A new California law going into effect in 2020 will encourage low-income motorists to buy an affordable used EV. On Jan. 1, qualifying solo drivers who buy a used electric car can gain access to carpool lanes. The stickers granting access were previously only available for those who bought more expensive new electric vehicles. The change is designed to address concerns that only wealthier people buying high-priced EVs can drive solo in the fast-moving high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lane.
December 31, 2019
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Tesla’s sales are surging in the Netherlands with over 11,000 Model 3 deliveries this month. The market is closing the year strong for electric car sales due to the end of an EV incentive. expand full story
Tesla appears to be ramping up its Model Y test program as yet another prototype, this time a Model Y Performance, was spotted during a road test on the highway. expand full story
In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):
- The Vauxhall Corsa E goes on sale in the UK in early 2020, and its latest ad is full of surprises.
- Kansas emissions are at their lowest in four decades. Here’s why.
- A school district in British Columbia has reduced its emissions by 25% over the last five years.
- Must-read: ProPublica‘s investigative work about how oil companies avoid accountability.
Tesla executives have confirmed that Gigafactory 3 has already achieved its goal of producing “more than 1,000” Model 3 vehicles per week. expand full story
December 30, 2019
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week unveiled a couple of all-electric vehicle prototypes that will launch TOGG, a new state-supported automotive enterprise. The first vehicle, a compact SUV, is expected by 2022. An investment of $3.7 billion will enable output of about 175,000 EVs a year. The all-electric SUV unveiled last week used rehashed 2017 designs from Italy’s Pininfarina.
A Tesla Model 3 driver filmed himself crashing on Autopilot and it serves as a good reminder that Tesla drivers need to keep their hands on the wheel on Autopilot at all times. expand full story
The experiment to offer battery-electric vehicles by the day or hour is mostly done. Companies such as BlueIndy, Maven, and ShareNow pulled the plug in 2019. These companies, launched with enthusiasm just a couple of years ago, were based on the idea that urban consumers would be eager to access (rather than own) a zero-emissions vehicle for local travel. But the operational costs and complicated logistics outweighed the interest in fledgling services. Maybe people want a private EV after all.