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Here are 8 tips for the best EV winter range and performance

Tesla Model 3 winter app

Whether you’re a seasoned EV driver in cold climates or this is your first winter driving an electric vehicle, there’s always more to learn about how to get the best range and performance from your EV when the temperatures drop.

Electrek asked two experts for smart winter EV driving advice. This is what Richard Reina, the product training director at CARiD.com, and Casey Donahue, an energy analyst working as the CEO of Optiwatt, a residential managed charging platform in North America, had to say.

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An EV charging rebate program expands in Massachusetts – here’s why it matters

app for ev charging tax rebate massachusetts 2022

National Grid, a utility that serves more than 20 million people in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, is expanding its Off-Peak Charging Rebate Program in Massachusetts that it runs with ev.energy, a certified B corporation and global provider of managed EV charging software.

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Foreign ambassadors protest Biden’s US- and union-built EV rebate requirements

US President Joe Biden has spent weeks battling opposition to his sweeping Build Back Better spending bill from Just Say No Republicans, and even some self-promoting sellouts in his own party. Now he’s also getting blowback to proposed rebates on US- and union-built EVs from foreign ambassadors and several domestic automakers.

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Detroit daily hypes then tempers ‘EVs cost more than gas cars’ report

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The Detroit Free Press just may have been looking to stir the pot a bit over the weekend with its article on a study’s contrarian finding that driving an electric vehicle (EV) costs more than a standard gas-burning car. What the paper apparently got was a Wagnerian choir of “WTF?” because, on Tuesday, it ran what reads like a back-away-slowly follow-up to the original piece it demurely says “generated debate and inspired reader questions.” 

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The cheapest EV in the world has landed in the US – here’s what it’s like

Electrek was invited to try out the cheapest EV in the world, which is manufactured by Changli. It was hilarious, cute, “cheap” in every way, and a wild exercise for the imagination. Even though it doesn’t retain its famed price tag, the US importers have put great effort into adding back value where the shipping costs took it away.

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EGEB: UK sales of EVs jumped to 11K in June, 1 in 10 now electric

UK electric vehicles

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Battery electric cars now account for 11% of the UK market – tied with diesel.
  • The US consumed more electricity powered by renewables than by coal in 2020, reports the EIA.
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EGEB: California governor earmarks $3.2B to boost EV adoption

California EVs

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • California governor Gavin Newsom’s new proposal devotes $3.2 billion to boost EV adoption goals.
  • John Kerry says technology to reduce emissions hasn’t been invented yet. He’s wrong.
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EGEB: No. 1 wind state Texas to add record solar by end of 2022

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Texas is expected to add record utility-scale solar in the next two years.
  • West Virginia’s electric car drivers made a film about why they chose to embrace electric.
  • The Welsh capital of Cardiff is getting 36 e-buses – the largest order outside of London to date.
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EGEB: Minnesota’s largest utility files to replace coal plants with huge solar

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Xcel Energy has filed to replace its coal plants with what would be the largest solar farm in Minnesota.
  • A Clean Cars Illinois program would create jobs and save money.
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Awesomely Weird Alibaba EV of the Week: knockoff electric Hummer with a small catch

So here’s the thing: I’d love to have a brand-new GM electric Hummer when it comes out. It’d scratch my itch for adrenalized American excess without making me think too critically about my own contribution to the inevitable destruction of our world and everything we hold dear. The only problem is that I don’t have $80,000+ burning a hole in my pocket to plunk down on that beast of an EV.

But if you’re like me and are hoping to find a more affordable way to get your electric Hummer groove on, then you’ll want to check out this ridiculous knock-off electric Hummer straight from the coolest parts bin on the internet: Alibaba!

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Six US utilities form Electric Highway Coalition in Southeast, Midwest

EV charging ports

Six utilities today announced the formation of the Electric Highway Coalition. It’s a plan to ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to a network of charging stations on major highway systems on the Atlantic coast, in the Midwest and South, and in the Gulf and Central Plains regions.

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