Tesla is helping to boost electric car sales in South Korea, which is slowly starting to take part in the EV revolution. expand full story

Studies have shown that EV range can drop by as much as 40% when temperatures drop below 20°F and the heater is running. Tesla and others might dispute the exact amount of lost range, but there’s broad agreement that cold weather has a meaningful impact. That challenge led the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to award $480,000 to Professor Brett Lucht to study how to improve battery performance in low temperatures.

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Tesla has invited YouTuber JerryRigEverything to take a look at the Model Y’s impressive durability test in cold weather. expand full story

Despite the pandemic, Chevrolet increased its Q1 sales of the Bolt EV by 36% compared to a year ago. Electrek spoke this week with Tony Johnson, the marketing and advertising lead for Chevy cars and crossovers, to see how the brand will maintain that momentum. Johnson told us that Chevy is “doubling down” on the Bolt this year as it paves the way for future EVs. Chevy might even have an electric sports car in the works.

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Tesla has removed its mention of free Supercharging on new Model S and Model X orders as part of its new price cuts. expand full story

While California represents the majority of EV sales in the US, the American South is the auto manufacturing powerhouse of the country. Yet, southern states have been among the slowest to adopt electric vehicles. That needs to change, argues Gerald Allen, a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Montana court strikes down 440 oil and gas leases in the West to protect the sage-grouse.
  • 9 million renewable jobs per year could be created for five years for less than the US spent in two months, says a new study.
  • The UK has asked the UN that COP26 Climate Summit be moved to November 2021.

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The Sierra Club has released a green recovery report that asserts that 9 million US jobs could be created every year for the next 10 years “while building an economy that fosters cleaner air and water, higher wages, healthier communities, greater equity, and a more stable climate.”

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