Today

A day after we reported on Ford potentially going ‘all-in’ on all-electric vehicles under new leadership, the American automaker announced a new expansion of its all-electric vehicle lineup.

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Dutch Utility Bets Its Future on an Unusual Strategy: Selling Less Power – When Eneco tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes – when Eneco sent workers to recover the monitors — a tenth of customers refused to open their doors. “They wanted to keep it,” said Tako in ’t Veld, a former Eneco executive who now leads the “smart energy” unit at Quby, the company that makes the energy meter. “They were so happy with the energy insight.” An electric utility that is now focusing on offering services beyond simply selling kilowatts – this is where other groups need start moving. The reality of electricity is that its a commodity that is no longer monopoly produced – just like Kodak can no longer make money off of selling film, its times to move on.

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Can you hear the shredders? In the latest development in Tesla’s lawsuit against the State of Michigan over their right to sell and service their vehicles in the state, a federal judge has ordered lawmakers involved in creating the sales ban to disclose their communications related to the ban. expand full story

Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen says that they designed the Model 3’s interior to “age gracefully”, which could actually help with its resale value in the long-term as cars are expected to change a lot in the next few years with the advent of self-driving and car-sharing.

Interestingly, a new report trying to project the Tesla Model 3 depreciation curve now suggests that it will be “best-in-class”. expand full story

Yesterday

Early Tesla and Uber investor Jason Calacanis is calling for a merger of the two companies, which he says could “beat everybody at transportation.”

Calacanis says that it would also solve Uber’s CEO search by making Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, in charge of both companies. expand full story

Green Deals: WORX 19-inch 56V Electric Mower (Cert. Refurb) $239.50, more

The official WORX eBay Store offers its certified refurbished WG771 19-inch 56V 3-in-1 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower for $239.49 shipped. That’s a $130 savings off the original price and the best offer available in any condition. Today’s deal is $43 less than our previous mention. Rated 3.9/5 stars. It features a powerful 56V electric engine, 19-inches of cutting width and a fold-up design. WORX includes two batteries, which is enough juice to cut up to 9,400 square feet of grass and mulching capabilities. A full one-year warranty is included with purchase.

Today’s solar eclipse is expected to have an important impact on productivity and a noticeable one on solar energy generation, but all the travel to optimize the viewing experience also has another less obvious impact.

It is putting Tesla’s Superchargers to the test and it is showing some weaknesses in the network. expand full story

Mercedes-Benz is about to expand its lineup of all-electric vehicles under its new ‘EQ’ brand with an all-electric compact car to be unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) next month. expand full story

Ford’s electrification plan has been disappointing to EV enthusiasts. They focused on hybrid vehicles and the company’s first all-electric vehicle built from the ground up to be electric is not expected to arrive until 2020.

But now an analyst sees an opportunity for Ford to go ‘all-in’ on EVs following the ousting of CEO Mark Fields and appointment of Jim Hackett. expand full story

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its latest annual evaluation of “Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment and Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development” report today.

The assessment shows that about 1,300 new fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been deployed on California’s roadways between June of 2016 and April 2017, based on the latest active registrations reported by DMV. expand full story

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