Today

Great Britain is arguably better known as a bleak little island on the edge of Europe, rather than as a renewable powerhouse, but ‘the times they are a-changin’. It won’t be surprising that Britain with its considerable coastline is ‘blowing in the wind’, but what is less well known is that occasionally there is sunshine too. GRIDSERVE has made its name in recent years by building out solar farms across the UK. As such, the team there, led by CEO Toddington Harper, has approached the electric vehicle charging challenge from the perspective of primarily serving the grid and electric car drivers, and free from any fossil fuel legacy, not its shareholders. And it shows.

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Extreme E, an upcoming electric racing series, started delivering its electric off-road car, the Odyssey 21, to its racing teams, and it’s making me jealous.

I want an electric off-road car now.

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A new trademark for the eSR1 shows that Aprilla is likely developing an electric scooter, which would be the first electric vehicle under the brand’s name.

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Green Deals: Greenworks 14-inch Electric Chainsaw $59, more

Amazon offers the Greenworks 14-inch Electric Chainsaw for $59.16 shipped. That’s down from the usual $80 price tag and the best we can find by around 15%. This model offers a 10.5A electric motor that powers a 14-inch bar. It’s great for light cleanup around the property, cutting down limbs and other light brush. Tool-less chain tensioning makers for “quick adjustments so you can get back to the task at hand.” Rated 4.3/5 stars by over 1,000 Amazon customers.

Head below for more deals on snow blower, tankless water heaters, and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best Tesla accessories.

After years of fighting, Tesla thought it was safe from Michigan’s latest effort to prevent car dealers from having competition from new automakers, but now we learn that the state legislature is trying to shut Tesla’s legal loophole.

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

  • 42 corporations release a letter to the US government urging ambitious climate policies.
  • The US would save billions if local solar powered 25% of homes, according to a new study.
  • Japan may ban sales of ICE cars by the mid-2030s.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Vote Solar, the Coalition for Community Solar Access, and solar provider Sunrun (Nasdaq: RUN) conducted a study that found that if just a quarter of US households were powered by local rooftop and community solar and storage, Americans would benefit financially and environmentally overall in a very big way.

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Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, announced a new investment plan worth €70 billion ($85 billion USD) for the years 2021 through 2025.

The automaker says that most of the investment will be used “to accelerate the transformation towards electrification and digitization.”

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Goldman Sachs says that Tesla (TSLA) could sell up to 20 million electric cars per year in a new note to clients.

I am extremely bullish and long on Tesla and EVs, but they’ve got it wrong.

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Yesterday

Last month we reported on rumors that BMW had greenlit development of a high-performance “GP” version of the electric Mini. Today BMW announced that the car is indeed being worked on, but it will be designated as a “John Cooper Works” model, a name reserved for the brand’s highest-performance, track-ready vehicles.

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