January 10

January 9

We’ve all heard it: “Supply chain issues”. It’s one of the main reasons for disruptions to so many industries across the spectrum. And at a time when micromobility products such as electric bikes and e-scooters are taking off like wildfire, many companies are coming under fire for their slow shipping and slower responses to customer complaints. But while several companies have battled with angry consumer sentiment, one has drawn more ire than anyone else: GoTrax.

It got so bad that the Better Business Bureau issued a rare public warning last month, informing consumers that it was flagging GoTrax and giving the company an “F” rating.

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January 8

Electric farm trucks are awesome – I actually bought one from China to use as a utility vehicle around my parents’ sprawling property. But while mine looks like a knockoff American truck, I recently found a much more Eastern-style truck that has me intrigued. It’s a perfect selection for the latest entry in my Awesomely Weird Alibaba Electric Vehicle of the Week column!

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January 7

Beijing-headquartered electric power company Huaneng Power International (HPI) has completed the world’s largest floating solar project in Dezhou, which is in Shandong, an eastern Chinese province on the Yellow Sea. The 320 megawatt (MW) project is the largest floating solar farm to come online to date.

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Everywhere you look, you can see signs of an automotive market that’s been hit hard by a silicon “chip shortage.” Everywhere that is, except Tesla, where a more flexible, software-focused approach and sturdier grip on its critical parts supplies have allowed the company to nearly double its deliveries from the year before. Over in China, Geely and Foxconn have taken notice.

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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 incredible Q4 performance, GM unveiling the Silverado EV and Equinox EV, Ford releasing pricing and configurator for the F-150 Lightning pricing, and more.

Sponsored by: Portable power expert BLUETTI who have exciting new products released at CES.

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Kenworth’s latest, production-ready T680E electric semi truck made its debut earlier this week at the PACCAR CES display in Las Vegas. Make no mistake, this K Whopper is ready to work with 670 hp and an absolutely massive battery to give it 150 mi. of range – but that’s just the headline, and it gets more impressive from there. Read on!

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Automate your heater or lights with a 4-pack of smart plugs at $19, more in New Green Deals

If you have plug-in electric heaters or lamps around your home, then it can cost a lot of electricity to have them running when not being used. Prevent that from happening by using Wi-Fi smart plugs that can help automate your home. Whether you choose to turn the heater, lamp, or something else on with a schedule, smart home automation, or through voice, these plugs will cost just $19 for a 4-pack, which is around 30% below its normal going rate. You’ll also find discounts on electric lawn mowers and much more below, as well. We also have a wide selection of Tesla, Greenworks, and other e-bike discounts in today’s New Green Deals, so you won’t want to miss that either.

Head below for other New Green Deals that we’ve found today, more on why going electric for your yard tools like the mower on sale is important, and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

You could argue that the quietest business week in the Western world is that week between Christmas and New Year’s, and into that nebulous, boozy, cheese-filled week of relative silence was lobbed news that China has lifted its decades-old ban on foreign ownership of Chinese car factories. Tesla already owned their Chinese factory, so it seemed like business as usual – until Honda announced plans to build a massive EV factory in China.

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The Microlino is an electric bubble car, often referred to as microcars, that looks like a modern take on a classic BMW Isetta. Swiss mobility company Micro has spent the last few years working out the kinks in the innovative electric vehicle’s design and is now ready to begin production this spring.

With the production line nearly complete, the company is giving us our first look at how these unique little rides come together.

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Folding electric bikes are one of the most useful niches in the industry, helping commuters get to work or school quickly without taking as much space as a traditionally large bicycle. GoCycle has always been at the top of the list when it comes to premium electric folding bikes, but the GoCycle G4i+ is now pushing the brand even further with a pile of fancy new features.

Just don’t expect to pick this one up with your summer lawn-mowing money. It’s a bit…. pricey.

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January 6

Portable power expert BLUETTI is kicking off 2022 with more energy than ever, unveiling new products at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Soon, consumers will be able to get deals on some of the best tech yet from BLUETTI, including the long anticipated APEX inverter, a small but mighty EB3A Power Station, and a world’s first in the NA300 sodium-ion solar generator.

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After sharing its quarterly deliveries to cap off 2021, General Motors revealed just how rough of a Q4 it had in terms of EV deliveries. While the legacy automaker has recently unveiled several new and exciting EVs to come, GM’s current EV output is quite nominal, opening the door for rival Ford to carry its electrified momentum to become the #2 EV automaker in the US behind Tesla.

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The ’72 Plymouth Satellite is a bit more obscure than the ’69 Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard or Kowalski’s white ’70 Challenger from Vanishing Point, but it’s still one of the most desirable pre-emission Mopars out there. The owner of this particular Satellite loved the looks of the car, but Hemi muscle isn’t what it used to be. So, he went searching for a way to keep the car relevant 50 years after its original build date. Thanks to a Tesla Model S Ludicrous rear drive unit and 100 kWh battery pack, it looks like he found one!

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Unagi E350 electric scooter with three riding modes at $490 ($300 off), more in New Green Deals

If you’re ready to stop using gas and oil for short trips to the store, your friend’s house, or even work, then it’s time to pick up an electric scooter. Right now Unagi’s E350 electric scooter is on sale for $300 off, falling to $490 shipped at Best Buy. It delivers a range of 15 miles on a single charge as well as allows you to ride at up to 15.5MPH. If that sounds a bit fast, that’s okay as the scooter offers three different modes to choose from with built-in governed speeds and accelerations depending on your skill level. You’ll also find discounts on electric lawn mowers and much more below, as well. We also have a wide selection of Tesla, Greenworks, and other e-bike discounts in today’s New Green Deals, so you won’t want to miss that either.

Head below for other New Green Deals that we’ve found today, more on why going electric for your yard tools like the mower on sale is important, and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

The electric mobility company NIU has several interesting electric motorcycles and scooters headed to the US and Europe this year, yet the company’s new BQi electric bicycle has drawn just as much attention recently. And now we’re finally getting pricing and tech specs as NIU displays the new e-bike models at CES 2022.

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Pure Watercraft has unveiled the first fruits of its collaboration with General Motors at CES 2022, and it’s a Pure-branded, “affordable luxury” electric pontoon boat that offers silent running, smooth acceleration, and dramatically reduced maintenance – without exhaust gas and oil leaks ruining the water for everyone. Is it enough to to make a splash in the recreational boat market, and why did GM buy 25 percent of the company back in November? Read on.

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During its “Global EV Day” presentation day at CES 2022, Vietnamese automaker VinFast introduced its entire lineup of upcoming electric vehicles, covering five different market segments. By vowing to go all-electric by the end of 2022, VinFast has already rebranded its two flagship EVs to remove the “e” for electric, creating one cohesive lineup that includes three new electric vehicles now introduced.

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Doosan Bobcat launched its new, all-electric Bobcat T7X compact track loader at CES this week, calling it the first fully electric machine of this kind to reach the market. Even better news for Bobcat fans: they’ve already sold a whole bunch of ’em.

But wait, there are already electric loaders on the market, aren’t there? What makes this Bobcat a “world’s first”? Read on.

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January 5

Electric boats have been around for a long time, mainly in applications where the expectations for range and speed are lower than large powerboats. Now, companies like Taiga Motors and Nautique are leveraging electric motors’ low-end torque to enhance the water powersport experience – but bigger boats carry bigger expectations. Brunswick’s ACES strategy, revealed this week at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, aims to meet those expectations head-on.

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Fossil fuel heating is bad for the environment and super expensive right now: Three Democratic legislators wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today asking them to protect consumers from unfairly high energy costs. Geothermal heating is fantastic, but it’s not yet widely available – and it’s still financially out of reach for many. Enter Swedish energy giant Vattenfall with high-temperature heat pumps that can easily replace gas boilers.

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Sun Joe 2800PSI electric pressure washer cleans your sidewalks at $150, more in New Green Deals

While winter is in full swing across the country, spring is only a few months away at this point. It’s never a bad time to enjoy an off-season discount to prepare for the upcoming weather change. Sun Joe’s electric pressure washer is one such purchase that you should consider for when it comes time to clean up your siding and sidewalks after snow melts, and right now the 2800PSI model is on sale for $150 from its normal $233 or more going rate. You’ll also find discounts on electric lawn mowers and much more below, as well. We also have a wide selection of Tesla, Greenworks, and other e-bike discounts in today’s New Green Deals, so you won’t want to miss that either.

Head below for other New Green Deals that we’ve found today, more on why going electric for your yard tools like the mower on sale is important, and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3 continues to build upon Xiaomi’s strong start in the electric scooter space, making small tweaks to features that needed improvement, yet having enough sense to leave the good stuff alone. The result is an electric scooter that still feels every bit like a Xiaomi, but has now become the company’s best rendition yet.

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Porsche just released its 2021 sales figures, and you’d never know there was any kind of supply problems from looking at them. Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) had its best year ever in 2021, up 22 percent from the pandemic-stained 2020 and 14 percent above the record set in 2019.

Even bigger news? It was Porsche’s electrified lineup that led the charge in 2021.

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