Today

Daimler has many different heavy-duty electric vehicle efforts, including electric buses, but now the Germany automaker is also investing in U.S. electric bus maker Proterra.

The startup has secured a new massive $155 million round of investment. expand full story

As we reported a few months back, Schaeffler has built a crazy new all-electric vehicle by adding a battery pack and 4 Formula E electric motors to an Audi RS3 in order to create an 880 kW all-electric racing car.

They have now let German race driver Daniel Abt drive the machine and make ‘the hottest donut ever’. expand full story

Following a few tough weeks for Tesla on the financial markets and in the news, short sellers and detractors are already claiming victory, but to borrow the words of Mark Twain: the reports of Tesla’s death are greatly exaggerated. expand full story

Amazon sells pretty much everything and it already sells electric car home chargers, but now the company also wants to get involved in the installation process with a full “turn-key” solution – starting with the Audi e-tron quattro. expand full story

Yesterday

VW unveiled its MEB electric platform this week and it is launching a new effort called ‘Electric for all’, which represents the brand’s goal to deploy millions of “attractive models at affordable prices on the road.” expand full story

One of the most disappointing thing about the launch of the e-tron yesterday was that Audi is not making it immediately available despite announcing the start of production earlier this month.

Instead, Audi is following Tesla with the reservation model that requires a $1,000 refundable deposit.

With a reservation, you at least get to see all the options and pricing information in the online configurator. expand full story

Green Deals: Earthwise 21-inch Push Lawn Sweeper $57.50, more

Amazon offers the Earthwise 21-inch Push Lawn Sweeper for $57.42 shipped. Also at Walmart or Home Depot for $1 more. Regularly up to $70 at other retailers, today’s deal is a new Amazon all-time low and the best available. Comparable options sell for $100 or more at Amazon. This is an easy way to clean your yard this fall, and get a little exercise at the same time. Add in that you don’t have to do deal with oil or gas, and you’re in business. Rated 3.5/5 stars.

Even weeks after giving up on the idea, Elon Musk’s attempt to take Tesla private is still haunting the automaker in a big way.

Tesla is now reportedly under a criminal probe over Elon Musk’s take private comments. TSLA stock price is down 5% in trading on the news. expand full story

Tesla has been talking about demonstrating the full capabilities of its second generation Autopilot system with a fully self-driving cross-country road trip for 2 years now, but it has yet to happen.

Now CEO Elon Musk gives a new timeline for the fully self-driving cross-country road trip: ‘probably’ with the release of version 10 ‘alpha’. expand full story

September 17

After years of teasing with concept vehicles and prototypes, Audi has finally launched the production version of the e-tron electric SUV in the US.

A special ‘Edition One’ is hitting the market first in Q2 2019 at $86,700 before incentives and it will be followed by a base version starting at $74,800. expand full story

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