May 7

Shea Nyquist is preparing to set a new land speed record for an electric motorcycle streamliner. And he’s doing it on a shoestring budget. His custom electric motorcycle streamliner is built largely from salvaged parts. And believe it or not, it looks like he just might succeed.

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Tesla confirmed that its new Model S and Model X vehicles are now compatible with its new CCS adapter that is now offered for €170 (~$190 USD) and it will soon offer retrofits for older vehicles. expand full story

Ever since it was announced, Kia’s Niro EV has been an interesting proposition. Fred did a fantastic one day first look at the Niro earlier this year, but I wanted to spend some more quality time with it and throw in my family for “extreme” testing.

Our Tesla Model X lease is ending soon and my wife is looking for a replacement that rides high, has good range, and is all-electric. Obviously the Model Y makes a lot of sense for us, but it won’t be ready until late next year and figuring “Elon Time”, ramp up, and first dibs to Californians, it will probably be well into 2021 before these are rolling out en masse.

A recent trip to the Bay Area to visit relatives provided a good week-plus opportunity to test the Kia Niro EV with the whole family and without a 240V home charger…

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Waymo self-driving cars coming to Lyft’s network in Phoenix

With Waymo One last year, the Alphabet division finally began monetizing its decade-long work in autonomous vehicles. Another revenue source for Waymo is making its self-driving cars available on other ride-sharing networks. The company is now partnering with Lyft to provide self-driving cars for riders in Metro Phoenix.

Chinese EV startup BYTON is close to securing $100 million in new funding, according to a report. The company is looking to raise $500 million as it prepares to bring its first all-electric SUV to market this year.

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BorgWarner, a large automotive supplier focused on powertrain components, is expanding into battery packs through a new investment in Romeo Power, a battery pack startup founded by former Tesla and SpaceX engineers. The companies have created a new joint venture to sell full electric powertrains. expand full story

Pick up the Jackery Portable Solar Generator for $105, plus deals on smart LED bulbs, more

Jackery’s Amazon storefront offers its Portable Power Station 160 Solar Generator for $104.99 shipped when promo code JACKERY160 is applied during checkout. That’s down from the usual $140 price tag. Have a portable solar panel on-hand? This Jackery generator delivers up to 150W of power and impressive connectivity, including USB-A and C, an AC outlet and more. The integrated LCD display shows how much battery power is left. Full charge takes five hours via wall socket or car, and eight hours via solar. Ships with a 24 month warranty. Rated 4.8/5 stars. Head below for more.

EVgo has contracted for 100% renewable energy to power its fast charging network, the company announced today, making it the first US EV charging network to do so.

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We recently learned that Tesla and Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) reached a deal to pool their fleet together in Europe for the purpose of the latter avoiding emission requirement fines.

It was first reported to be worth a few hundred million dollars, but FCA now says that it will pay Tesla up to $2 billion for the emission credits. expand full story

Lito Motorcycles, an electric motorcycle manufacturer based in Montreal, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the company debuted their newest model, the Lito Sora Generation Two, at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering this past weekend.

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