Today

Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, is already converting gas-powered car production capacity to electric car production capacity in Europe, but now it looks like they are turning their attention to the US.

The German automaker confirmed today that it plans to invest $1 billion to build Mercedes-Benz’s ‘EQ’ electric cars and its batteries in the US. expand full story

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team unveiled the latest version of their all-electric Formula E race car for the upcoming season of the racing championship today and confirmed that Mitch Evans and former Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive the vehicles. expand full story

Tesla is building two new 40-stall Supercharger stations in California that were expected to become the biggest in the world once completed… until now.

A new Supercharger station now under construction in Shanghai, China is now expected to become the biggest in the world and consequently, it could become the biggest electric car charging station in the world. expand full story

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Solar sedan and sports coupe in race across Australia – and to commercial market – Clenergy TeamArrow Founder Cameron Tuesley said the car’s energy management system included a highly efficient solar array that generates 1.1 kilowatts total power, making it able to of self-charge from sunlight, as well to charge from the electricity grid. The Arrow STF (Sports Touring Framework) was officially launched in Queensland on Thursday, after being designed and built in Brisbane. The sports coupe has a top speed of 150km per hour and can travel 1000km before needing to recharge. Violet relies on around 7kW of horsepower at 110km/h, and two 1.5kW motors that run at 98 per cent efficiency, the UNSW team says. She also weighs in at only 380kg, thanks to a twill carbon-fibre monocoque chassis. I’ve never seriously considered that a solar powered day driver car could really get it done – but every year this contest comes along, I see my levels of doubt fall. If the reality of the majority of our travel are short trips, in city traffic, at slow speeds and there is only one person in the car – why can’t we have a main driver being solar and access to rental/uber for longer trips?

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Current Tesla Model 3 deliveries are still only for employees and company insiders, but the automaker is expected to soon expand deliveries to regular customers with early Model 3 reservations.

The first sign of that happening would be to open the online design studio to let customers configure their vehicles ahead of deliveries and now it looks like Tesla is working to make that happen. expand full story

Tesla keeps making changes to the options and configurations of its current flagship sedan, the Model S, as it brings to market the less expensive Model 3.

Now we learn that the automaker is discontinuing the rear-wheel drive Model S 75, its cheapest option for the vehicle, as soon as next week. expand full story

Yesterday

There have been rumors that Tesla is developing its own chip optimized for self-driving applications ever since we reported on the company quietly hiring legendary chip architect Jim Keller from AMD last year.

Now further reports suggest that Tesla is indeed working on its own chip. expand full story

New York City announced a significant new electric car charging program today that will bring 50 fast-charging stations across all 5 boroughs.

The deployment of new stations will start next year and extend through 2020. expand full story

Green Deals: WORX 19-inch 36V Electric Cordless Lawn Mower $239, more

The official WORX eBay Store offers its WG770 19-inch 36V Electric Cordless Lawn Mower for $238.99 shipped. For comparison, it has a list price of $370 and usually goes for around $290 these days at retailers like Home Depot. Features include a 19-inch mowing deck, 36V electric motor, and enough power to cut 10,500 square feet of grass at a time. Rated 4/5 stars.

Kreisel Electric, a small Austria-based startup known for their impressive electric vehicle conversions, inaugurated their new research and development center this week and with it, they unveiled a new all-electric Hummer prototype. expand full story

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