Tesla explores fresh ground in emissions testing
Tesla has pioneered a new emissions test with their most recent software update, albeit not for the vehicle itself. As a battery electric car, the Tesla models do not emit any greenhouse gases, but now drivers can measure their own emissions for a more honest and holistic picture.
Die-hard pick-up fans protest Tesla
A new “trend” seems to be picking up in the USA, where pick-up truck drivers purposefully park in front of Tesla supercharging stations where they can insult Tesla drivers. At least that’s what happened in the town of Hickory, North Carolina.
Tesla drivers go too fast
Three-quarters of the 9,000 Tesla drivers in the Netherlands were fined for speeding last year, according to figures from the national statistics office CBS. No other car brand showed such a high proportion of speeders.
Burning Tesla story takes on bizarre twist
Back in 2014, the owner of a brand new Tesla claimed his Model S spontaneously caught fire and Tesla offered him compensation. Tesla went back on the deal when they discovered that the fire was caused, not by a faulty battery, but by a bullet.
Vespa-infused electric unicycle made in Barcelona
A monowheel scooter sounds interesting enough but this one also uses the iconic Vespa look and has some more surprises hidden under the seat. Built by Bel y Bel in Barcelona, this electric unicycle – or uni scooter – self balances and shows some impressive performance.
Why Tesla was almost called Faraday
Tesla bought the rights to the company name in 2004 for 75,000 dollars from a man named Brad Siewert, who had already had it protected in 1994, Elon Musk now revealed. At first, the man did not want to sell the rights.
A drag race of a kind nature never invented
Formula E has released another rather spectacular PR film just before the start of the fifth season in Saudi Arabia. This time it is about one of the oldest sports in the world and one beloved in the arabic world. Here, it is of course combined with one of the newest.
Aldi’s electric kids’ cars sell like hot cakes
It seems that electric cars can sell well in Australia after all. With Christmas at the door, one of Aldi Australia’s best and fastest-selling “special buys” is back. The kids’ electric cars that sold out in seconds in 2017 are on offer again this year.
In Québec, Racine offers a spin in a Tesla to sell their EVs
Sometimes a little madness goes a long way: The Canadian state of Québec is trying to get more EVs in the country to satisfy increasing demand. Racine has just opened a pre-owned EV division offering a free ride in Québec’s “fastest” EV – a pimped Tesla Model 3 – to inspire electric vehicle ownership.
Insensible urban aesthetics
The Zipcar car club that runs 325 VW e-Golf in London complains about the slow expansion of fast-charging infrastructure in the British capital. That is nothing new, unfortunately, but Zipcar makes a new argument.
Electric SUVs now grace the African Serengeti
In Tanzania, the Mount Kilimanjaro Safari Club (MKSC) announced its plans to electrify its fleet of safari vehicles following a successful trial. The idea is to reduce emissions across the whole operation with the electric cars charging on solar power.
Now that’s a fine
The Spanish government has decreed that major gas station operators have to provide EV charging stations within the next two years, and that failure to do so will result in fines of up to 30 million euros. Yet, it was not the money but time frame the association of pit stop owners complained about when calling the measure “absolutely hasty”.
Points for trying
The Formula E wants to send a message that goes beyond electric transport when opening the new season in Saudi Arabia next month. Seven female drivers will take part in the FE test in the country.
The Tesla Model 3 hugger
Forget about tree hugging for now, there is a new earth conscious (kind of) practice around and this one is more responsive than any old bark. This new Model 3 hugging is brought to you by Tesla and involves embracing the whole of your electric car.
Nio sells outfits so you can match your electric car
The Chinese EV startup Nio adds a new dimension to their offering. Fans can now wear their drive on their sleeve, thus showing both eco conscience and a sense of style. The clothing has not been made in just any factory but is a cooperation with the fashion designer Hussein Chalayan.
Close, but not close enough
Harrogate Bus Company unveiled eight electric buses in July, announcing a five-year vision to make Harrogate a low emission bus town. But in a statement, the company revealed it needs a diesel generator because it is struggling with infrastructure.
PHEV a fossil fuel burning bridge technology
Perhaps there are times when it makes sense to do away with incentives, especially if they do not lead to the desired behaviour. This may be the case for the Plug-In Grant in Britain that has been changed to exclude PHEV recently. New data suggest, the removal was right.
Bright or brazen, or both perhaps?
This is a taste of things to come once more and more cars become autonomous: A Tesla owner has innovatively used the ‘summon’ function to regularly and remotely move his EV. While surely fun, the exercise actually served to circumvent a new two-hour limit rule on parking spots the town of Janesville, Wisconsin had introduced.