The right to charge.
In disbelief, we have been watching racial tension in the U.S. escalate. And this story is just as inexplicable. An African-American man was charging his EV in the dark, when police told him to stop since the station was closed. He refused and the officers responded by using pepper spray and tackling him – all for charging his electric vehicle!
The Tesla Club Sweden wondered what the heck this hype on gasoline driven cars was all about and decided to test one for themselves. Slight irritation occurred at the garage – after all, who would like to buy a car at a place you hope to see as rarely as possible afterwards – and got only stronger when they discovered that they could not refuel the vehicle at home and were asked to pay for petrol. What a brave new world!
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electrive today is taking time to recharge over International Workers’ Day and will be back with the top electric mobility news on Monday. We wish you all a most energising bank holiday!
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Soon there will be a new species populating the South Pole – not due to global warming, but to tackle it. The Zero South mission has taken it upon itself to take central Antarctica with mega vehicles converted into plug-in hybrids running on electricity and bio fuel. Recharging with solar power is obviously out of the question.
Audi together with Amazon and DHL will test a new service starting this May. When ordering, Audi drivers can state their car’s trunk as delivery address. Just be careful not to re-park while DHL is on the way. You know how they schedule arrival between 9am and 6pm sometimes.
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Shanghai is also a place to see the latest “adaptations” by Chinese manufacturers of rather well-known models. Take the Changan Raeton CC which is undoubtedly inspired by Tesla. The Suzhou Eagle appears to have taken the best of luxury when crossing a Ferrari and a Porsche. At least, they do not copy the love of SUVs and strong motors from the west.
autoevolution.com: Changan, Suzhou Eagle
The truth is out there.
At least that is the direction you think this video might be going, judging by the first 20 or so seconds. A very, let’s say hyper Romanian woman test drove the Renault Twizy. Well, actually, she hung out of the window or sang into its charging cable, but the main facts about the EV did come across.
youtube.com via autoblog.com
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The British Lib-Dems are having a hard time to decide on their EV policy. Once they want to ban all gas-guzzlers before then claiming EVs do not suit all family needs. Now their latest election spots shows a BMW i3. Wise choice one might think until the sound of a gas engine come in. Obviously overlaid and helplessly pathetic.
transportevolved.com (with video)
Venturi has gone to the Alps to tests its new prototype Antarctica, a new all-electric, all-terrain and joystick-controlled vehicle. The Antarctica was named after its future place of deployment as antarctic researchers will use it to collect and transport samples at -40° C.
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Green Car Reports speculates what a new limousine for the U.S. president could look like, if Tesla would provide it, silencing the current car known as “The Beast.” Who knows, maybe there will one day also be a PoTUS Hyperloop for a quick meeting on the West Coast.
The Wide Path Camper is a super compact caravan to be toiled along by a bicycle. It is said to sleep two, if you squeeze on a 97 x 200 cm bunk, and is ready to pre-order. If you do consider a weekend trip with it, we strongly recommend you to use an electric bike to tow your 45-kg tiny home away from home along.
Too good to be true.
Tesla introduces the “ticket avoidance mode” for the Model S. The EV now detects an approaching meter maid from far and immediately starts counter measures like windshield wiping or self-driving around the block before safely parking falsely again. Mind the date of the announcement!
Tesla's April Fools' joke.
On April 1st, Elon Musk announced the launch of the Model W, a watch that not only tells time but also the date! You will therefore never have to check your mobile for the time again. Clearly, the joke was intended to poke a little fun at the colleagues at Apple.
Apparently, not even journalists always double-check their facts and so our dear colleagues have spread a few false news – some deliberately so. Here is the best of April Fool’s day.
++ In Japan, the BMW i3 can now be ordered via Amazon and boasts 300 km range all of a sudden. The media was in a fool’s frenzy. ++ The RoamR stove is a wood-powered range extender for PHEVs that comes with a carefully controlled burn-rate. ++ Renault fooled folks with a new side-by-side seating configuration for the Twizy. ++ Lastly, the Guardian reports on a purified Jeremy Clarkson as the fired Top Gear presenter became the new face of the Divest Fossil Fuels campaign. “This is Planet Everybloodybody,” right?! ++
With hearty laughter we set the start to a long Easter weekend. The next edition of electrive.com is due on Tuesday, 7th April. Happy Easter!
The car is yet so small and the spot twice its size, still, this poor lady cannot seem to parallel park her car. While it’s already amusing watching her try, she really did save the best for last – just watch what (different) parking spot she decides on in the end.
No point of sale.
In general, car salesman are not really known for pushing EVs nor talking you into buying one. But in this case one Canadian Kia dealer had actually tried to talk a potential Soul EV buyer out of purchasing one. Even though the manager was not as bad-mouthing when he tried to apologize afterwards – one thing gets clear: no EVs at this dealership!
Star Engines uses a BMW i8 to demonstrate its portable range extender JERR.E which in turn is powered by a petrol rotary engine. A more pleasant sight however, is a video in which a BMW i3 tows a stranded gas guzzler. We wish you a flawless weekend!
vrworld.com (range extender), youtube.com (electric tow car)
Once in a while in the far east, products arise which strongly resemble some in the west. The latest such copy is the Jinma JMW2200, a micro EV that looks a lot like BMW’s i3. It is smaller though, a lot less expensive and way slower. Latest when you get inside, any “danger” of a mix-up evaporates.
Scoop on climate change.
Ice cream maker Ben&Jerry’s will be driving a Tesla Model S on its “Save our Swirled” campaign to raise awareness about climate change and hand out scoops of ice cream along the way. If the flavour will be named after Tesla CEO Elon Musk was not announced.