October 1

Ever wondered how your electric vehicle updates itself over the air (OTA)? Is it software or firmware? Perhaps you’re wondering if the new EV you’re considering is even fit with over-the-air capabilities.

No matter the reason, we’ve put together a guide outlining how OTA updates work, plus some of their benefits looking toward the future. Furthermore, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of EV automakers, and their current status of OTA implementation.

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September 30

I recently had an exclusive opportunity to visit Lucid Motors’ powertrain manufacturing and AMP-1 facilities and test drive a Lucid Air Dream Edition (Performance). Inside and out of my detailed tours full of manic note scribbling, I had tons of time to mingle with members of the Lucid team, from manufacturing employees at AMP-1, to Lucid’s CEO himself. What I discovered was a company-wide focus on teamwork, efficiency, and the utmost quality – an ethos that is apparent when you view the Lucid Air sedan up close.

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Cruise around this fall for nearly 40 miles on SWFT’s e-bike at $1,200, more in New Green Deals

Fall weather is in full swing, so it’s time to get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather that we’re having across the country. SWFT’s ZIP e-bike lets you do just that with near-20MPH speeds and the fact that it can travel almost 40 miles on a single charge. At $1,200, this is a great way to enjoy the weather while also cutting down on emissions while traveling locally. Plus, you’ll 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 Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance (CEVA), a coalition of 28 major US and global companies and fleet operators, released a letter today urging automakers to rapidly expand their zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) offerings. The group also specified what kind of vehicles they want. CEVA, which is led by nonprofit Ceres, includes such corporate heavy hitters as Amazon, American Airlines, Best Buy, DHL, T-Mobile, and Uber.

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Ola has just announced a major new funding round and a sky-high valuation that follows on the heels of unprecedented demand for its new electric scooters. With an extra $200 million of funding raised at a new $3 billion valuation, Ola is quickly becoming a major disruptor in the electric scooter market.

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

  • Fossil fuel lobbyists are using Facebook ads to try to thwart crucial climate-change initiatives.
  • GM says it will source 100% clean energy for its US sites by 2025.
  • SolarReviews launches a new solar calculator that doesn’t require you to sign up.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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September 29

They say the first car race occurred shortly after the second car was built. Speed junkies have long created races around just about every form of transportation out there, so it comes as no surprise that electric scooter racing would eventually pop up.

What is surprising though is just how freaking fast these racing scooters actually are, capable of exceeding 60 mph (100 km/h) on what looks like an overgrown kid’s toy.

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Enjoy off-season discounts on Greenworks’ 3-tool yard care kit at $297, more in New Green Deals

Sure, fall is in the air and it’s starting to cool down, but that means it’s the perfect time to score an off-season discount on some electric lawn care gear. Greenworks’ latest deal delivers a blower, mower, and string trimmer to your setup for $297. Plus, you’ll 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.

Three years ago yesterday, I broke the news on SOL Motors’ debut of its innovative Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle. We’ve had to wait quite a while for a major update, but now, after a lengthy period of continued development (and one pandemic later), the company is taking orders for its eye-catching electric motorbikes.

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Earlier this summer, BMW unveiled an interesting electric cargo bike known as the Dynamic Cargo Concept. It used a three-wheeler platform and novel tilting mechanism to make a more stable e-cargo trike.

BMW said at the time that it had no plans to produce the design, but instead was seeking a partner to commercialize the concept. Fast forward several months and it appears BMW has found that partner in German bicycle company Cube.

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

  • Most planned US battery storage is paired with solar.
  • The solar industry boosts its targets to 30% solar by 2030.
  • Ceylon Graphite makes a lithium-ion battery breakthrough.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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September 28

Portable Power and Renewable Energy Solutions company EcoFlow has shared details of the newest member of its DELTA product line, complete with modular expandable storage capacity and other new features. EcoFlow’s arsenal of power stations and solar panels has already established the brand as a major player in energy on the go, and its new EcoFlow DELTA Max will push customer’s capabilities when it becomes available for order in late September.

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During its “Production Preview Week” in Arizona, EV automaker Lucid Motors opened the doors of its AMP-1 production facility to the media, investors, and Air Dream Edition reservation holders to showcase the first customer-quality Air EVs rolling off the assembly line. Lucid shared that it will deliver in late October.

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Sun Joe’s $101 cordless blower/vacuum/mulcher makes leaf cleanup easy, more in New Green Deals

Now that we’re well into fall, it’s time to prepare to pick up leaves as they begin to clutter our yards. Well, Sun Joe has you covered with its cordless blower/vacuum/mulcher kit that easily tackles large lawns for $101. Plus, you’ll 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.

Tesla is named as a defendant in a lawsuit by five police officers who suffered injuries after a Model X on Autopilot crashed into them during a traffic stop.

While Autopilot is being blamed, the officers are also suing a restaurant that reportedly overserved the driver.

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

  • GM endorses the EPA’s stricter emissions rule, and 22 states say it’s not enough.
  • The US energy secretary details how the country can achieve a more resilient power system.
  • Sri Lanka will stop building coal plants, aims to be net zero by 2050.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Rivian wowed us at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, coming out of stealth mode with a working R1T electric pickup prototype. Fred said at the time:

I am stunned by the specs here. We are talking about a best-case scenario for an all-electric pickup truck. It looks like these guys have really figured out how to take advantage of an electric powertrain to get some great performance in a pickup truck package.

Fast-forward three years, including a pandemic and almost a year delay, and we’re finally able to take one for a serious drive.

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Following a progress update of its upcoming EV600 electric Light Commercial Vehicle (eLCV), BrightDrop has unveiled a second EV to follow. General Motors’ newly dedicated commercial EV and logistics company has now shared a glimpse of the BrightDrop’s EV410, a smaller version of its flagship eLCV, and announced that Verizon is locked in as the vehicle’s first customer.

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September 27

This 60W 18V portable solar panel powers your off-grid campsite at $90, more in New Green Deals

Fall is prime camping weather, and if you’re planning on bringing phones, cameras, drones, or anything else electrical with you, it’s inevitable that it’ll need to be charged. That’s where this 60W 18V portable solar panel comes to play with an affordable $90 price point, down $60 from its normal going rate. Plus, you’ll 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.

In a new report revealing Tesla’s non-disclosure agreement with Full Self-Driving beta testers, we learn that the automaker tells them to be “selective” with what they share publicly and warns them that “a lot of people want Tesla to fail.”

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