Ludicrously fast electric skateboard
Australia’s BajaBoard presents the Pantera, an electric skateboard that can reach a top speed of 72 kph (45 mph). That is why BajaBoard speaks of a “technology demonstrator” that is for use on private property and not public roads. “Obviously,” the firm added.
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Electric scooters more dangerous than anticipated
After a recent injury statistic on electric kick scooters from the US made people sit up and take notice, the authorities in the New Zealand cities of Auckland and Dunedin have also banned provider Lime from renting their electric scooters for now. 155 cases of “irregular braking” incidents are said to have occurred.
Test ride anyone? Audi targets Tesla drivers
What happens if an Audi e-tron happens to be ready and waiting near a Tesla Supercharger? It sounds a bit like a joke, but it did happen. And what is best, we found out, that the barely-undercover guerilla marketing of Audi employees was captured on video.Continue reading
Cookie Monster fails to get cookies out of a Tesla
It seems that Cookie Monster took time out from his busy Sesame Street schedule to show Tesla’s Sentry Mode security system. Tesla released footage of Cookie Monster’s attempted break-in via Twitter to show all three modes of the system.Continue reading
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Zero emissions musicians on the road
The Philadelphia area musicians Rick Denzien and Debra Lee are convinced electric mobilists. On their last tour, the self-declared Zero Emission Musicians travelled a solid 8,070 miles in their Tesla Model 3 on their way to California and back, visiting over 50 superchargers.Continue reading
Arcimoto’s electric Rapid Responder to save lives
Arcimoto has announced that it will test its fully electric trike, the Rapid Responder, in pilot programs in Oregon and California. The vehicle was originally released as a fun utility vehicle (FUV), and will now be outfitted for first resonders and law enforcement.Continue reading
Porsche plays for the record
Porsche converted the last set of tyres from its 919 Hybrid that won Le Mans in 2017 into a record of the feasible kind. They pressed the tires into a vinyl record titled ‘The 24 Minutes of Le Mans’ that is a retelling of Porsche’s history at the 24-hour race. What a lifecycle.Continue reading
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Blocking charging stations is over
For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction: After some unpleasantly disgruntled combustion engine drivers have been deliberately blocked charging stations, practical solutions are now ready to put an end to the practice – firstly in China, and now in Taiwan.Continue reading
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Mobile libraries with Volvo e-buses in Sweden
The Gothenburg Municipal Library will use two Volvo e-buses for its mobile libraries from summer 2020. Finnish company Kiitikori designed the interiors of the two 7900 Electric buses, which not only include bookshelves but also meeting points for children and adults.Continue reading
Running low when its cold out
The heat is on in a dispute between the American Automobile Association (AAA) and Tesla over range decreases in freezing temperatures. While the AAA claims to have found a loss of range of up to 41% with the heating on, Tesla says its data show the decrease not “anywhere near” that value.
Scooter licenses incoming?
According to a study by Consumer Reports, around 1,500 people have been injured in accidents involving electric kick-scooters in the USA since the end of 2017. The article is based on estimates from hospitals in 47 US cities in which either Bird or Lime operate.Continue reading
Mass marketing fail
Volkswagen was to make 3% of sales with EVs in 2018, estimated Martin Winterkorn in 2010 but now we know, they failed. According to VW, it delivered 6.24 million vehicles in 2018, of which only around 50,000 were electric cars and plug-in hybrids so they did not even manage to crack the 1% mark. Much […]Continue reading
Polar vortex affects EV batteries
The record cold in the US American Midwest is also causing problems for electric cars. EV drivers in tweets complain about significantly declining ranges. What is worse, some Tesla drivers report that the door handles, which otherwise extend automatically, are iced up due to the Arctic freeze.
Toyota blames Tesla for defectors
Tesla’s Model 3 is apparently causing a bit of trouble for Toyota’s US American market: As Toyota’s North American boss Jim Lentz recently admitted, around nine percent of Toyota customers are unfaithful to the brand. About half of them are (former) Prius owners who migrate to Tesla.
Porsche Taycan for tykes
For those who cannot afford Porsche’s incoming BEV flagship the Taycan just yet, Playmobile is offering a budget version that is a little more compact. The toy version even drives fully electrically, although via remote, and placing a passenger inside may prove a bit difficult.
Nio update causes PR stir
During a demonstration drive in Beijing, a Nio EV caused a traffic jam. The reason was an update, that launched, causing the vehicle to stand still for over an hour. We figured after the times of Microsoft, software developers would learn not to surprise users with updates.
DeepFlight Dragon works like a drone under water
DeepFlight Dragon is the promising name of an electric submarine for two people. At a price of 1.5 million US dollars, it is easy to see why its aimed at superyacht owners. The new underwater vessel operates much like a drone, only under water.Continue reading
Mexican fuel shortage as Chevrolet marketing chance
After a tapped gasoline pipeline exploded, the Mexican government closed several pipelines to combat fuel theft, leading to a nation-wide shortage of gasoline. Chevrolet Mexico immediately turned this into a marketing campaign for the e-model Bolt.Continue reading
Porsche uses environmentally pro-active surface tech
As part of its electric offensive, Porsche is declaring war on the pollutant nitrogen dioxide that is escaping from diesel vehicles, including those which were almost snuck by during the diesel scandal.Continue reading
Nikola CEO makes job offers to laid-off Tesla workers
The recently announced renewed job cuts by Tesla have prompted the US startup Nikola Motor, specialising in fuel cell trucks, to make a special job offer: Nikola CEO Trevor Milton offers affected Tesla employees a job perspective in his company in a LinkedIn article.Continue reading
Hack it to get it: Tesla Model 3 at CanSecWest
Those competing in the Pwn2Own contest at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, Canada usually have the task of hacking a device, generally a computer. If they can breach the devices security measures, they get it for free. This year a Tesla 3 is up for grabs.Continue reading
Tesla Model 3 design flaw vs CCS Supercharger flow (videos)
Must Tesla brace itself for a social media storm under the #trunkgate? Possibly, since EV fan Bjørn Nyland demonstrates that the Model 3 trunk has a design flaw when it rains. Yet in our own news, we present one of the first CCS adapted Superchargers ready for the Model 3’s arrival in Europe.Continue reading