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Ford Motor Company has just issued its first safety recall on its all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup. According to the American automaker, the issue is surrounding the EV’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) but only affects trucks delivered with certain size tires.

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Following news of a strategic deal for electric motors announced last week, Aptera Motors has announced an additional agreement to receive lithium-ion battery cells from EVE Energy Co., Ltd. With two new supply agreements in place, Aptera moves one step closer to serial production of its flagship solar electric vehicle.

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GOLABS 518Wh power station with 100W USB-C PD now $315 (Reg. $450), more in New Green Deals

Are you ready to head out on a camping trip? Maybe a week at the lake or a simple picnic? Well, be sure to bring GOLABS portable power station along. It’s on sale today for $315 from its normal $450 going rate and packs 100W USB-C PD output as well as a secondary 60W USB-C PD port, dual 110V AC plugs, and much more. We also have a wide selection of Tesla, Greenworks, and other e-bike discounts in today’s New Green Deals, so you won’t want to miss that either.

Head below for other New Green Deals that we’ve found today and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

In June, Rhode Island’s House and Senate approved legislation, expected to be signed into law by Governor Daniel McKee (D-RI), that will require all of the state’s electricity to be offset by renewable energy by 2033 – the fastest timeline of any state in the US.

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Some electric bicycles are for leisurely rides in the park. Some are for dropping off the kids at school or picking up groceries. Some are for budget-friendly alternative methods of transportation. The C3STROM ASTRO PRO electric bike is none of those things, and I struggle to even call it an electric “bike.” This is a powerful, full-featured electric motorbike wearing an e-bike’s clothes.

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Volkswagen has shared news that its ID family of all-electric vehicles has now grown by one. The
German automaker revealed the ID. AERO – a concept previewing Volkswagen’s future of electric sedans, as its production version is expected to arrive worldwide beginning in 2023.

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Tesla CarPlay workaround now supports browsers in each model

Currently, Tesla cars do not support CarPlay, but by the beginning of the year, 9to5Mac reported a nice project called Tesla Android with CarPlay. Created by developer Michał Gapiński, this workaround to enable CarPlay on Tesla cars has now been updated to version 2022.25.1 with a ton of new features. In addition, it now supports all the cars the company has.

Tesla Megapacks are on their way to Hawaii in order to create a giant new energy storage system that is about to replace the state’s last remaining coal power plant.

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Yesterday

A fully electric car has beaten every car ever at the Goodwood Hillclimb track at the Festival of Speed, an annual gathering and demonstration of racing vehicles in England. The McMurtry Speirling fan car driven by Indycar and ex-F1 driver Max Chilton set a record of 39.08 seconds on the 1.86km (1.16 mile) course, almost a second better than the previous record.

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So you’ve made the wise decision to go all-electric and get yourself your first EV. Nice. With plenty of options hitting roads in 2022 and even more electric vehicles on the way, you may wonder if it’s a wiser move to start with a lease, or go straight for the buy. Great question, and one that many EV drivers have pondered including myself. Let’s dissect this dilemma to help you determine what might be the best option for you.

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Every new passenger car sold in the world will be electric by 2040, according to Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods in an interview aired this weekend by CNBC.

The interview also covered the company’s climate ambitions, putting a flashy coat of paint on an organization that is the world’s fifth-largest historical polluter and has pushed climate denial at a high level for half a century.

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Remember that fun little Jeep-lookin’ Mini Moke from a post-WWII British military vehicle development program? It’s been rehashed in several incarnations since, but the most recent (and most stateside) is Moke America, which wants to get Americans to switch from big gas guzzlers to fun little open-top electric cars.

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When the SONDORS Metacycle was unveiled in Los Angeles in early 2021, its highway-ready performance and low initial price of US $5,000 sent shock waves around the internet. After navigating a roller coaster of design changes, production delays, and price hikes, the bike is finally preparing to ship to the first reservation holders this month.

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June 25

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotifyTuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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When it comes to fun and wacky electric vehicles, the undisputed titans of the industry are those wild EV engineers that must surely be keeping Alibaba in business. Despite a global supply chain crunch, there’s no shortage of fun and fascinating options in the endless EV pages on the site. This week’s entry in the Awesomely Weird Alibaba Electric Vehicle of the Week is no exception. I want to call this gem a flatbed truck, but it’s not just the bed that is flat. This is a flat everything electric truck.

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June 24

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy. This week, we discuss a Tesla Cybertruck update, bringing back Enhanced Autopilot, Tesla’s first full-scale virtual power plant in the US, and more.

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First discount of ONYX CTY2 e-bike with 60-mile range takes $200 off, more in New Green Deals

Are you tired of driving everywhere and paying the high price of gas just to get to or from work? Well, the ONYX CTY2 e-bike is the perfect resolution to that problem, delivering the ability to get around town without a single drop of gas or oil. It’s powered by a battery, can ride up to 60 miles on a single charge, and reaches speeds of up to 40 MPH. Plus, it’s on sale for the first time that we’ve tracked at $200 off with out exclusive code at checkout, making it $3,500 to overhaul your daily routine. We also have a wide selection of Tesla, Greenworks, and other e-bike discounts in today’s New Green Deals, so you won’t want to miss that either.

Head below for other New Green Deals that we’ve found today and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

Spanish-German wind giant Siemens Gamesa has been awarded a firm order for 60 of its SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines, which will be installed at the 882-MW Moray West offshore wind farm in Scotland. It will be the first installation of the world’s most powerful wind turbine, which has 14.7 megawatts (MW) of capacity.

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Tesla is preparing to partly shut down Gigafactory Shanghai for a few weeks in order to upgrade the factory to a production capacity of 21,000 electric vehicles per week.

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Months after initially announcing plans for a combined merger with Gores Guggenheim, Inc, Swedish EV automaker Polestar has successfully completed the task and has listed on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol $PSNY, beginning today.

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After previously following and reporting on Silent Yachts, the solar-electric boat maker invited me down to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to experience a cruise on the vessel for myself. The SILENT 60 yacht is a solar electric catamaran that represents the future of zero-emissions maritime travel and a mere stepping stone to the more advanced vessels Silent Yachts is already developing next.

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Tesla has relaunched its Enhanced Autopilot option and pulled almost all the features from its Full Self-Driving (FSD) package in the process.

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June 23

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotifyTuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Here’s where the world’s seven largest economies stand in their clean energy transitions ahead of the 48th G7 Leaders’ Summit next week in Germany.

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GM’s autonomous driving division, Cruise, has begun its paid driverless taxi service in San Francisco and officially took its first fares last night.

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Tesla has launched a new virtual power plant in partnership with PG&E in California that will pay Powerwalls owners to help stabilize the electric grid and end brownouts in California.

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If you’ve owned an electric bike, e-scooter, or other personal mobility device (and especially if you’ve owned more than one), you know they all have a charger that pretty much fits nothing else you own. I have several electric bikes, scooters, skateboards, and other e-rideables, and almost none of them can share chargers. But don’t fret! There’s already a convenient solution here, and it’s called USB-C. Electric bike battery USB-C charging needs to become a thing. And while, we’re at it, USB-C PD discharging, effectively turning the battery into a backup power supply for your electronics, could easily be added.

So listen up, electric bike companies. This one’s for you.

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Get ready for summer trips with a 100W portable solar panel at $250, more in New Green Deals

Are you ready to go off-grid this summer? Whether that constitutes as camping, glamping, or just an outdoor shed in the backyard, having solar power at the ready is a must. ROCKPALS’ 100W portable solar panel does just that with 100W of 18V power ready to go at a moment’s notice with built-in USB-A, USB-C, and DC outputs depending on what’s needed. Down to $250 right now, it’s seeing a $50 discount at Amazon, making now a great time to pick it up. We also have a wide selection of Tesla, Greenworks, and other e-bike discounts in today’s New Green Deals, so you won’t want to miss that either.

Head below for other New Green Deals that we’ve found today and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

Toyota issued a recall on 2,700 bZ4X electric cars, roughly all the ones produced to date (though most undelivered), over the potential of wheels falling off.

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Mercedes-Benz’s ultra-efficient VISION EQXX electric car completed a 750-mile (1,200 km) trip on a single charge between Germany and the UK.

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This is big. General Motors (GM) has announced that it is adding Plug and Charge capabilities to its Ultium Charging 360 network of charge providers across North America and across its line of Bolt, Hummer and Cadillac Lyriq EVs.

To begin, drivers with an EVgo account will be able to utilize the convenience of Plug and Charge before GM expands the technology to additional charging networks across its Ultium Charge 360 family.

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Autonomous EV freight company Einride has received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to operate its Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) trucks on public roads in the US. These Pod trucks will begin driving under a public road pilot operated by a Remote Pod Operator.

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Swedish marine technology company Candela is showing off the first images of its P-12 Shuttle flying electric ferry that is expected to begin production later this year.

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Tesla has expanded the availability of its new Texas-built Model Y by adding units to new inventory, and it raised the price of the brand-new electric SUV.

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One-of-a-kind custom vehicle manufacturer ECD Automotive Design is at it again, announcing it will now offer the classic Jaguar E-Type in addition to unique Land Rover Defenders and Range Rovers. With the option to choose a Tesla motor and battery, these electric Jaguar E-Types are now available to order.

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June 22

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotifyTuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Rivian plans to install a 2.8 megawatt wind turbine on the east side of its Normal, Illinois, manufacturing plant. The wind turbine will provide clean energy to charge new R1 vehicles for the first time.

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As of this month, US school districts and fleet operators have committed to 12,275 electric school buses in 38 states, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based nonprofit World Resources Institute (WRI). That’s about the size of the entire school bus fleet of North Carolina.

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Elon Musk says that he is considering Tesla ads, which are against the company’s current marketing policy, to counter what Musk perceives as media bias against Tesla.

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If you’re a Tesla Model Y driver looking to take full advantage of the frunk this summer, Tesloid’s Model Y Frunk Cooler is an excellent way of doing so. With a durable, versatile, and waterproof design, the Tesloid Model Y Frunk Cooler can keep your food cold and fresh for hours while on your summer roadtrips.

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Ever heard of an electric micro-bike? That’s okay, not many have. It’s a fairly new (and largely undefined) class of micromobility vehicles, but one that is growing thanks to several interesting new additions to the market.

While technically not really “bikes” at all in the traditional sense due to a lack of functional pedals, electric micro-bikes offer a similar style of seated ride to a conventional e-bike, yet are usually smaller and lighter for added convenience.

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Kick gas and oil to the curb when you pick up the 48V Greenworks cordless electric mower that’s on sale for $256 today. It uses two 24V batteries, which means your existing Greenworks tools are compatible with the dual 4Ah batteries that are included. Plus, it can run for up to 45 minutes per charge to ensure that your yard gets done quickly without using fossil fuels. We also have a wide selection of Tesla, Greenworks, and other e-bike discounts in today’s New Green Deals, so you won’t want to miss that either.

Head below for other New Green Deals that we’ve found today and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

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After several revisions, Elon Musk says that the final Tesla Cybertruck design is “finally locked,” and he updated the timeline to production for mid-2023.

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Volkswagen CEO questions Apple Car future as Polestar ships OTA CarPlay and promises next-gen adoption

Apple’s car ambitions range from replacing your infotainment system with the iPhone to someday selling self-driving electric vehicles. Not every auto exec is convinced Apple will ever cross the finish line to shipping its own car, however. Meanwhile, more automakers are continuing to adopt Apple CarPlay even as the company teases its next grand vision for taking over your car software.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has applied to dig a tunnel under Tesla Gigafactory Texas in Austin, but it’s unclear what they plan to do with it.

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President Biden is preparing to propose a three-month gas tax suspension to Congress, but at this point, it’s only a Band-Aid on a big open wound.

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For the last decade, the cofounders at Lightyear have been working to defy one single, formidable statement – a solar EV cannot be done. Although Lightyear has work to do before its newly rebranded Lightyear 0 solar EV begins production this year, its latest production intent prototype is quite close to becoming the real deal for the naysayers, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first people outside its creators to drive it.

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Senator Joe Manchin, who has a swing vote in the US Senate, said that the Democrats have given up on the $4,500 electric car tax credit bonus for union-made EVs as part of the Build Back Better Act.

It is still unclear what reform the EV tax credit will see in the spending bill, if any.

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