Feature February 14

After four long years, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has its mid-cycle refresh with lots of asked for features and gains a new, bigger sibling with Super Cruise – the Chevrolet Bolt EUV.

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Feature September 23, 2020

Drive Electric Week is going online this year — on its 10th anniversary — with events centered around electric vehicle advocacy. Most events will be virtual, though some local in-person events will be held — far fewer than in previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic (wear your masks!). A full list and map of events can be found on Plug In America’s website.

The week kicks off Thursday, September 24, at 5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT, with an “all-star” event featuring longtime EV advocates Bill Nye and Leilani Munter. Its host will be NPR’s Peter Sagal. It will be streamed on Facebook Live (no account required to watch). Register here to get more information via email, or find the event on Sierra Club’s Facebook page.

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Feature March 25, 2020

Coloradans can look forward to a Rivian store of their own in the not-too-distant future, thanks to a new law allowing electric vehicle makers to sell direct.

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Feature January 28, 2020

The new fully electric Mini, the Mini Cooper SE, hits US showrooms in March. BMW flew us down to Miami last week to drive it up and down the Florida coast, and Electrek is here to tell you whether it lives up to expectations.

The Mini Cooper SE is Mini’s first entry into the electric vehicle market…sort of. Mini made a limited-run vehicle in 2009, the Mini E, and I was one of the lucky 450 drivers in the US to have one. I drove it for two years and loved it, and it’s what got me into electric vehicles in the first place. Will the 2020 Mini Cooper SE inspire other drivers the same way the original Mini E inspired me? Let’s find out.

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Feature January 7, 2020

Two weeks ago, we reported on California’s new regulation that would ban electric vehicle charging companies from selling electricity by time, and also put in new physical display requirements for EV charging stations.

We’ve had subsequent conversations with California’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS), and it’s clear the agency is counting on EV drivers to help them give force to their new regulation.

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Feature December 4, 2019

Gas generators still own the portable, emergency home-backup power space. Ten years ago there was a lot of hope and hype for using all the energy stored inside EVs’ batteries to power your entire house, but it hasn’t come to pass. No EV maker will sell you a bidirectional charger, outside of Japan and a handful of small utility pilots.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Ford F-150 will come with the option for its own built-in, onboard gas generator. And aftermarket companies, like Indiana’s Real AC power, offer sleek, chassis-integrated generator systems (pictured above) for internal combustion engine (ICE) trucks. EV makers ceded this space for unknown reasons. But now Tesla CEO Elon Musk has teased a 240V AC power outlet on the Cybertruck, something neither Rivian nor Bollinger have announced. We don’t know how many watts we can expect, though. So will the Tesla Cybertruck finally offer EV enthusiasts a path to navigate societal collapse? Or are we stuck with settling for “head’s up, you’re going to lose power” messages?

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Feature November 17, 2019

Ford’s Mustang Mach E electric crossover SUV gets unveiled tonight in Los Angeles, in advance of the LA Auto Show.  Electrek is at the event and will bring you full coverage of everything you need to know about the car here.

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Feature October 23, 2019

Tesla has released its financial results and shareholders letter for the third quarter of 2019 after market close today.

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Tesla (TSLA) is set to announce its third-quarter 2019 financial results today, Wednesday, October 23, after the markets close. As usual, a conference call and Q&A with Tesla’s management is set, following the results. This time it’s going to be an hour later than usual: 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET).

Here we take a look at what both the street and retail investors are expecting for the quarterly results. expand full story

Feature October 2, 2019

In this post, we review the portable EV charging cords that come standard with the following electric vehicles sold in North America: Tesla (all models), the Audi e-tron, the Nissan Leaf, the Jaguar I-Pace, the Porsche Taycan, the Chevy Bolt, the BMW i3, and Hyundai (all BEVs). This review is pretty wild; the specs (usefulness) of OEM standard charging cords are all over the place. Some car makers gave a ton of thought to this while others clearly gave none. That’s concerning, because “electricity is everywhere” is a major argument in favor of EV ownership, but that’s only meaningful if you can usefully tap the grid.

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Feature September 20, 2019

Young people are leading marches, big and small, in a truly global climate strike today. (Adults are there, too.) They are protesting inaction on climate change by governments and businesses.

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Feature September 18, 2019

Six months after youth took to the streets around the world demanding climate action, more climate strikes are scheduled this coming week. The strike events are mostly planned for Friday, September 20 and 27, but several more will take place in the interim.

There are a total of over 3,500 events happening in 117 countries, with 800 events planned in the US alone. The events are largely organized and led by youth, but anyone who desires climate action is welcome and encouraged to walk out and attend your local demonstration.

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Feature September 9, 2019

VW has unveiled today the production version of one of the most anticipated electric car of the year, the ID.3, Volkswagen’s first car on its new MEB electric platform.

The based version of the ID.3 electric car starts under $33,000 (€30,000) and the range of the higher-end version goes up to 340 miles (550 km). expand full story

Feature September 4, 2019

Porsche has unveiled today its highly-anticipated first all-electric car, the Taycan, and it delivers on most of our expectations, except maybe for the price, with a range of 280 miles (WLTP) and impressive performance. expand full story

Feature August 18, 2019

Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster that SpaceX launched into space on their Falcon Heavy rocket last year has completed its first orbit around the sun, according to a tracking report. expand full story

Feature August 13, 2019

Tesla started pushing a new mobile app software update to enable homeowners with its solar products and/or Powerwall to access and dive deep into their own power generation data. expand full story

Feature August 7, 2019

Super73 started the current electric mini-bike craze with its original offering. And years later, the company is still leading the pack with its current fun-loving Super73-S1 electric bike.

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Feature July 24, 2019

After market close today (a while after), Tesla released its financial results and shareholders letter for the second quarter of 2019.

We are updating this post with all the details from the financial results and shareholders letter. expand full story

Feature July 23, 2019

Tesla (TSLA) is set to announce its second-quarter 2019 financial results tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24, after the markets close. As usual, a conference call and Q&A with Tesla’s management is set, following the results. This time it’s going to be an hour later than usual: 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET).

Here we take a look at what both the street and retail investors are expecting for the quarterly results. expand full story

Feature July 9, 2019

Last weekend, I set out on my longest Tesla road trip yet, and I came to the conclusion that Model 3 is the best road trip vehicle out there for several reasons — but the main ones are Supercharging and Autopilot. expand full story

Feature June 25, 2019

BMW announced today that it is accelerating its electric car plans by two years as it unveils new electric vehicle concepts – showcasing its latest EV technology. expand full story

Feature June 18, 2019

Tesla had a difficult first half of the year on many levels, but the second half of the year could prove to be quite interesting as we learn that Tesla is planning a series of surprises to be unveiled by the end of the year. expand full story

Feature June 11, 2019

Tesla is holding its annual shareholder’s meeting today in Palo Alto and it could be an interesting one with all the recent changes to the board.

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Feature June 3, 2019

The Lift eFoil is part of the small but growing electric watersports market. It’s basically an electric surfboard with hydrofoil that lets you raise up out of the water and glide along like a silent, airborne dolphin. The sleek and expertly engineered board is really something special and unlike anything I’ve ridden before. Read on and check out the video below to see how my test ride went, and what makes the eFoil such an awesome ride.

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Feature May 21, 2019

Apple reportedly offered to buy Tesla at around $240 per share back in 2013.

The bid from six years ago is now being reported as Tesla’s share price has dipped under the price Apple was allegedly willing to pay. expand full story

Feature May 7, 2019

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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Feature April 24, 2019

After market close today, Tesla released its financial results and shareholders letter for the first quarter of 2019.

We are updating this post with all the details from the financial results and shareholders letter. expand full story

Feature April 10, 2019

One of the coolest electric conversions we have ever seen, an old-school VW Bug powered by Tesla batteries, is being given away for a good cause. expand full story

Feature April 3, 2019

Electrek got a first look at Tesla’s highly-anticipated new CCS adapter that should enable Tesla owners to get access to many more charging stations around the world. expand full story

Feature March 25, 2019

Following the announcement of its Supercharger V3, Tesla is now also starting to unlock more power in its existing Supercharger stations. expand full story

Feature March 15, 2019

Young people around the world are skipping school today to protest a lack of action on climate change. Pictures and videos of the protests are rolling in from across the globe.

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Feature March 14, 2019

Tesla is unveiling Model Y, its upcoming small electric SUV based on Model 3, later today and here’s what to expect. expand full story

Feature February 28, 2019

Tesla is finally launching the long-promised standard Model 3 with a base price of $35,000 – fulfilling Elon Musk’s “secret masterplan” released back in 2006.

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Feature February 25, 2019

Last week we were invited to San Diego to drive the new Nissan Leaf Plus, the updated version of the Leaf with a new 62kWh battery pack, which will start sales in March.  We spent the day driving it all through the county on a variety of roads, and came away impressed if not surprised by this iteration on an already-solid package.

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Feature February 22, 2019

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla scaring reservation holders by removing mention of $35,000 base Model 3, Tesla preparing Model 3 leasing, an interesting EV efficiency test, and more.

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Feature February 20, 2019

Tesla released a full demonstration of its new Sentry Mode car alarm system using none other than Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. expand full story

Feature February 14, 2019

The first Tesla owners are starting to receive Tesla‘s Sentry Mode software update and it’s resulting in our first visual look at the new feature, which apparently includes a Space Odyssey AI Easter egg. expand full story

Feature February 11, 2019

The Renault Zoe is consistently one of the best-selling all-electric vehicles in many European markets but it’s about the get some serious competition.

In order to compete, the French automaker is reportedly about to significantly refresh the vehicle with longer range, faster charging, and more. expand full story

Feature February 7, 2019

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that they are now aiming to release “Sentry Mode’ as soon as next week as Tesla vehicles are still heavily targeted by thieves, especially in the Bay Area. expand full story

Feature February 1, 2019

Tesla Model 3 is topping many lists these days like best-selling all-electric vehicles, best value retention, best-selling premium vehicles in the US, but now it is adding another one to the list: the vehicle that ‘brings the most joy’. expand full story

Feature January 24, 2019

Tesla’s Model 3 is already quite successful based on many metrics, but Tesla is still failing on arguably the most important promise: a starting price of $35,000.

Is the standard Model 3 still coming and where is it now? expand full story

Feature January 14, 2019

Tesla has been working closely with white hat hackers for years in order to make its vehicle software safer and now it’s taking an unprecedented step: it’s going to be giving away a Model 3 to a hacker who can crack the vehicle. expand full story

Feature January 11, 2019

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla changing its battery pack options, a flying Tesla Roadster?, Harley-Davidson finally launching its electric Livewire motorcycle, and more.

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Feature December 28, 2018

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla appointing new board members, Tesla releasing a new software update, a new cheap Chinese EV, and more.

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Feature December 27, 2018

Great Wall Motors' ORA R1 EV
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Great Wall Motor is launching its new flagship vehicle under its new ‘ORA’ electric car brand: the ORA R1.

The small urban car will cost only $8,680 after incentives and it will have almost 200 miles of range, according to the automaker. expand full story

Feature December 21, 2018

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Elon Musk’s Boring Company launches its first tunnel, Tesla launches new end-of-the-year delivery initiatives, Donald Trump goes after EVs, and more.

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Feature December 14, 2018

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Elon Musk firing shots at the SEC in controversial 60 minutes interview, Tesla pickup truck timeline, Tesla’s end-of-the-year sale and delivery push, and more.

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Feature December 7, 2018

The Audi e-tron is the first next-gen all-electric vehicle to launch the Volkswagen Group’s electric offensive. They invited us to participate in the first official media drive to get our impressions of the electric SUV.

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