December 31, 2019

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.

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Pick up four 150W equivalent dimmable LED bulbs for $29, more in today’s Green Deals

Amazon offers a four-pack of SANSI 150W Equivalent Dimmable LED Light Bulbs for $28.87 shipped. As a comparison, you’d typically pay $40 with today’s deal marking a new Amazon all-time low. Opt for these LED light bulbs and enjoy greater illumination. You’ll get 150W of equivalent lighting here, which we rarely see a deal on. Not to mention, dimmable features combined with LED functionality ensures notable saving over traditional alternatives. Rated 4.7/5 stars. More Green Deals can be found below.

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.

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The WideWheel Pro electric scooter is the latest update to what was likely the most popular electric scooter of 2019. And fortunately for American riders, the WideWheel Pro was just unveiled in the US.

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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.

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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.

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WORX 12A Electric Edger is $68, more in today’s Green Deals

Today only, the official WORX eBay store offers its WG896 12A 7.5-inch Electric Edger and Trencher for $68 shipped when promo code JUMBOSAVE is applied during checkout. As a comparison, that drops from the original price of $90 and the current $82 going rate at Amazon. You’ll often find edgers that are gas-powered on sale, but an all-electric version is more rare. Notable features include a 12A motor, 7.5-inch blade, and adjustable design. Rated 4.2/5 stars. More Green Deals can be found below.

Tesla is delaying some deliveries to next year in the US as part of their end-of-year rush to deliver all inventory, and it’s going to cost buyers $1,875. expand full story

Revel, the largest electric moped sharing company in the US, has just added Miami to its growing list of cities.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB), as the year comes to a close, here are your top 5 favorite EGEB stories of 2019. We start with the most popular.

  • Solar that can deliver electricity at night
  • Solar cell breakthrough
  • Exxon scientist: “They knew” that fossil fuels would cause CO2 to rise
  • “Treelon” Musk
  • Caffeinated solar

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Nobody expects Bentley to be a major player for electric cars. But it’s fascinating to consider what the Volkswagen group’s ultra-luxe brand is thinking about its EV strategy.

First, a future electric Bentley will use the group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture. Even more intriguing, Bentley’s leadership is talking about how energy-dense, solid-state battery technology could help the brand redefine future vehicle design.

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Ford confirmed that it has sold out its Mustang Mach-E First Edition reservations and the automaker revealed some of the most popular options. expand full story

US utility companies are borrowing big because interest rates are so low. Investors are keen to buy utility bonds because they offer safe and strong returns.

So the bond cash — a record $90 billion in 2019 — is resulting in utility companies making more green energy investments.

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GivePower has deployed a new water desalination plant in Africa using Tesla batteries and solar power that is now providing clean water to thousands of people. expand full story

Just as we predicted at the beginning of the year, 2019 turned out to be a huge year for electric motorcycles. Below you’ll find our top 9 picks for the coolest and most interesting electric motorcycles that debuted this year.

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Panasonic has had difficulties ramping up production of battery cells at Gigafactory 1 to support Tesla, but the company now says that it would be able to ramp up battery production to 54 GWh. expand full story

Tesla has officially started made-in-China Model 3 deliveries and delivered the first 15 units — opening the floodgates. expand full story

December 29, 2019

The first sales of the all-electric 2020 Mazda MX-30 crossover are expected in early 2020. It’s part of a wave of new EVs for Europe with a battery size considered behind the times in the US. But Mazda (and others) introducing electric cars in Europe believe that about 35.5 kilowatt-hours ­— enough for about 150 miles of range — is enough for customers and is better for the environment.

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December 28, 2019

In an email obtained by Electrek, CEO Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to “ignore stock price” as it soars to new highs in a market rally. expand full story

2019 was a big year for Tesla, with a significant increase in production and several new product launches. In 2020, Tesla is bringing to market some of those products and more.

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  • The Trump administration has dissolved more than 80 regulations protecting air, water, land, and health.
  • Activists in South Korea build a “Christmas tree” out of cigarette butts in a call for a plastic ban.
  • South Korea shuts down a second nuclear reactor.
  • And more…

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Cybertruck is making its music video debut today in a visual released for a new song from high-profile hip-hop artist Travis Scott. The video also features Tesla’s prototype electric Cyberquad ATV that the company unveiled alongside the new electric pickup, as well as Musk’s “Not a flame thrower” from The Boring Company.

While Cybertruck can be spotted parked throughout the new video, Travis Scott can be seen riding the Cyberquad ATV prototype in several scenes.

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BMW’s latest electric motorcycle patent shows that the company is hard at work on wireless charging options. And they seem to have come up with a clever option.

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December 27, 2019

In November, Los Angeles-based clean technology leaders announced its Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0. At the time, Mayor Eric Garcetti called for a 25% reduction in air pollution by 2028. Today the Financial Times is reporting that Los Angeles may now force Uber and Lyft to use electric cars.

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As Tesla is working toward deploying an autonomous driving system as soon as next year, the automaker is patenting a data pipeline and deep learning system that could help them develop it faster. expand full story

Nearly half of US states impose fees on EV owners or will consider adding fees in 2020. The ill-conceived idea is to make up for gaps in roadway infrastructure investments usually derived from gasoline taxes. Expect these counter-productive fees to expand in the coming years as the EV market grows. Oregon and Utah are next.

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Tesla is about to deliver the first Model 3 cars made in China and when the floodgates open, there could be a lot of Model 3 vehicles coming out based on how the Gigafactory 3 parking lot is overflowing right now. expand full story

Kia Europe will meet the challenge of new EU emissions limits by doubling its EV sales next year, according to Emilio Herrera, COO for Kia Europe. He confirmed that the Imagine high-riding electric sedan will go into production in 2021. But the biggest obstacle for EVs is still affordability and profitability, especially for an all-electric version of the subcompacts popular in Europe.

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This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla’s massive ‘Holiday Update’, the Full Self-Driving ‘Sneak Preview’, some big news from Rivian, and more.

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Electric bicycle and e-scooter fans in New York had their hopes dashed after Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill set to legalize the two-wheeled EVs across the state.

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Tesla announced that it will start deliveries of its new made-in-China Model 3 vehicles on Monday after weeks of waiting for official sale approval. expand full story

Volkswagen, already one of the most aggressive automakers when it comes to electrification, announced that it is accelerating its electric car plans and now aims for 1.5 million electric vehicles in 2025. expand full story

December 26, 2019

Tesla released a filing today confirming previous reports that it secured $1.6 billion in financing from Chinese banks in order to finance its growing operation in the world’s largest electric vehicle market. expand full story

The global auto industry will need fewer employees in the future. That’s evident from the tens of thousands of jobs axed in 2019 for a host of reasons. The world’s manufacturing regions that survive (and thrive) in the 2020s will be the ones that embrace new technology. Rust-belt Ohio is emerging as a shining example of how EVs can become the savior – not the destroyer – of US auto-manufacturing jobs.

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A stunning new Tesla Model Y prototype has been spotted with a dual motor badge and the new Gemini wheel kit. expand full story

Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo wants to plot a new course for the Japanese automaker. He plans to simplify the product line, overhaul the production process, and re-align engineering resources to work on new technologies such as driver-assist features. However, EVs are not a priority. “I do not believe there will be a dramatic increase in demand for battery vehicles,” he told Automotive News this week.

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Who do you think would win in an electric drag race showdown: A Zero SR/F electric motorcycle or a Tesla Model 3 Performance sedan?

There’s no need to wonder since this very matchup was performed and you can see the winner in the video below.

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Volkswagen has unveiled a new concept for a charging butler robot that can charge electric vehicles in a parking garage using mobile battery packs. expand full story

Tesla has made a lot of battery moves this year and it is closing the year by filing a patent on a new chemistry for better, longer-lasting and cheaper batteries. expand full story

The Porsche Taycan has just hit the roads in the US, and Porsche Club of America had a chance to do a video walkaround of Porsche’s new electric sports car.  The video features Vu Nguyen, Executive Director of the Porsche Club of America interviewing Lukas Kraemer, Porsche’s Complete Vehicle Manager for Taycan.

The video covers a lot of topics and has some interesting insights and specs about the car, which we’ll get to point by point.

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As a fun end-of-the-year post, I thought I’d post 10 of the craziest and most interesting Tesla Sentry Mode and TeslaCam videos of 2019. expand full story

December 25, 2019

Rivian gave us a little Christmas present today by releasing real video of an awesome feature they’re calling “tank turn.”

This feature allows the Rivian to turn literally on a dime – it can do a full 360º turn without moving at all.

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December 24, 2019

On December 16, 2019, California’s Office of Administrative Law approved amendments to its Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems Specifications. These rules ban operators of electric vehicle charging stations from billing by the minute at new 240Vac stations in 2021 onwards, and new DCFC stations 2023 onwards.

This is a huge blow to Electrify America and EVgo. Both firms bill by the minute for EV charging, leaving drivers with sticker shock and feeling ripped off by the end of the session. Chargepoint will also be negatively affected, as many of their site-host partners choose to bill per minute. And while Tesla already bills by the kilowatt-hour, California will also be requiring charging stations to physically display “on their face” important information about electricity cost and delivery, a move that will put the most burden on Tesla’s Supercharger stations.

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Tesla’s new holiday software update is full of goodies for Tesla owners, but it also has another theme: It’s all about keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. expand full story

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