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Micah Toll

@MicahToll

Micah Toll is a battery nerd, personal electric vehicle enthusiast and author of the books DIY Lithium Batteries, DIY Solar Power and the Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide.

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Yesterday

You’ve probably heard a lot about electric bicycles and electric scooters by now. These small personal electric vehicles (PEVs) are often touted as last mile vehicles that can help commuters travel short distances between home or work to other mass transit hubs, or as complete commuting alternatives in cities.

But one PEV you might not have heard about yet are electric unicycles. These odd-looking little EVs consist of just a single wheel that a rider straddles. They self balance like a Segway or hoverboard, but are much more narrow and nimble. Though they look like a toy, electric unicycles might be a more serious transportation alternative than many people think. Read on to learn why.

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November 14

The GenZe 2.0 electric scooter is one of those rare vehicles that doesn’t just excite me, it actually makes me hopeful about the future of urban transportation. I’ve spent the last two months using it as my daily driver, and it has fundamentally changed the way I get around town.

After nearly 200 miles in the saddle, here are my thoughts on the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter.

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Torqeedo is an industry leader in electric motors for aquatic applications. The company is known for producing a wide range of motors from 500 W to 50 kW.

Now that power is doubling, as Torqeedo has announced their new line of electric motors rated for 100 kW, along with a number of new smaller motors as well.

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November 13

One of the advantages of electric scooter shares such as Lime and Bird, besides their convenience, is that they introduced the world to how much fun electric scooters can be. But as riders grow frustrated searching for available scooters, sales of consumer electric scooters have skyrocketed, prompting more companies to enter the fold.

Unagi is the latest to join the fray, and their electric scooter definitely stands out among the rest. Read on to see my full review of the Unagi electric scooter. expand full story

November 11

Electric motorcycles are really coming into their own. This year’s EICMA 2018, the world’s premier motorcycle show, was bursting with new and exciting models. But one thing that we didn’t see there were electric motorcycles with sidecars.

ReVolt has been promising an electric sidecar motorcycle but has yet to deliver. Now Ural has stepped in to fill the gap with their own electric motorcycle and sidecar.

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This year’s EICMA 2018 Milan Motorcycle Show was a site to behold. In addition to the standard endless booths of gas-powered motorcycles, this year saw a huge number of new EVs.

Check out all of the coolest, most interesting and even some of the weirdest new EVs we saw there.

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November 10

Every year on November 11th, China celebrates their own version of Black Friday known as “Single’s Day”. The origin story is a bit odd (something about celebrating single people, hence the four 1’s), but the point is that it has turned into a massive international shopping holiday with crazy good deals on sites like AliExpress. Last year Alibaba reported over $25B in sales in one day.

The discounted prices cover just about everything, from computers to toothbrushes (seriously, I’m not kidding). But what we’re really interested in are the EV’s and associated parts for things like electric bicycles, e-scooters, e-skateboards, etc. Read on to see a list of some of the best deals we’ve found this year.

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November 9

The Spanish automobile company SEAT is the latest to join the electric scooter craze. SEAT just announced that they have developed a new electric scooter along with the electric mobility company Segway-Ninebot.

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Spanish-based Torrot already has a nice lineup of electric scooters. Now the company is showing off their newest electric vehicle, the Torrot Velocipedo, at the EICMA 2018 Milan Motor Show.

The Velocipedo is designed to offer the same advantages of an electric scooter, but in a safer and more convenient package.

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November 8

Paris is demonstrating a strong commitment to promoting commuting via electric bicycles. The city is set to rollout the world’s largest electric bicycle rental program, Veligo. The program will see up to 20,000 e-bikes rented out by the end of the month to local residents.

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Energica showed up to the EICMA 2018 Milan Motorcycle Show with an impressive display of electric racing motorcycles. In addition to their newest 150 mph electric superbike, the Ego Sport Black, Energica also debuted a new concept bike, the Bolid-E.

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November 7

NIU, the largest electric scooter manufacturer in China, made quite a showing at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show. The company has a wide range of electric scooters and brought every model they had to the show, including some new ones.

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Lyft, normally known for their ride-sharing service, has been trying to break into the personal mobility market with electric bicycles and scooters. Now the company has reportedly hired Liam O’Connor to help build their personal electric vehicle portfolio.

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Super SOCO just unveiled their newest electric motorcycle at the 2018 EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show. The TC Max fills the space between their existing lower powered electric motorcycles and higher powered Zero electric motorcycles.

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Electric bicycles are great, combining a lightweight vehicle with near-effortless propulsion. But sometimes you just want to sit back and relax a bit more. That’s when an electric pedal car might be right for you.

Now there’s an interesting new option coming to the admittedly small US electric pedal car industry: the Screecher.

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November 6

KYMCO, one of the largest scooter manufacturers in the world, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to electrification. The company has already released a handful of electric scooters and introduced a new EV battery standard.

Now the company has just dropped the veil on their newest electric vehicle, the insanely fast and powerful SuperNEX electric superbike.

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Ducati, the famed Italian motorcycle manufacturer, hasn’t released an electric motorcycle – yet. But they have dabbled in electric bicycles with various partners.

Today at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show they unveiled their newest electric mountain bicycle, the MIG-RR.

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Harley-Davidson has made a commitment to pursuing electric vehicle development, beginning with their LiveWire electric motorcycle program.

Today the company is showing off the final production prototype of their first electric motorcycle at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show, and we got up close and personal with it.

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Arc has taken to the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan to debut its new electric motorcycle, the Arc Vector. The sporty bike is equal parts high speed, high tech and high price.

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November 5

Lime is reportedly preparing to upgrade from Lime bikes and scooters to small Lime electric cars, with tests planned soon in Seattle. The move would put them in increasingly direct competition with ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft.

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