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Greenlots Working With Californian Utility For Turnkey Charging Solutions In Critical Spots

January 17th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

If you live in PG&E's utility network, there is a program you might be interested in checking out. Greenlots provides grid-enabled EV smart charging solutions that have caught the eyes of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which has launched a program that will help further the adoption of electric vehicles in the region. In particular, PG&E is working with Greenlots to roll out intelligent EV charging in the areas of most latent demand — at multifamily buildings, workplaces, and universities


Electra Meccanica Finally Reveals The Solo Single-Seat EV Commuter

January 15th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Although the Solo EV Commuter answers a very niche market, the single-seater car boasts a 100-mile range at a $15,500 price tag. It is highway legal since its top speed is 85 MPH, and should you want to pump some adrenaline, it sprints from 0 to 60 in 8 seconds. It boasts 61.14 kW (82 hp) with 94.4 pf ft. lb. of torque (128 Nm) powered by a 16.1 kWh lithium battery pack


You Can Now Legally Ride Your UBCO 2×2 Utility Electric Bike On Streets

January 12th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

There are a lot of electric bicycles (e-bikes) on the market today — from off-road adventure beasts to fat-tire bikes with folding frames. Some can't even be legally ridden on streets. If you own a UBCO 2x2 e-bike, you know what we're talking about, but here's some good news: the new UBCO 2x2 utility e-bike solves that problem


Most EV Drivers Choose To Lease Instead Of Buy

January 6th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Are you surprised by the title? We're not — 100% not surprised. Why buy a new car technology as it rapidly improving year after year when you can lease? That is one of the biggest problems carmakers are facing today as they try to sell EVs, and so far, they haven't come up with the solution needed. How do you sell in an economy that favors leasing and ride-hailing instead of ownership


Workhorse Gets Approved To Test Its SureFly Electric Hybrid Helicopter

January 5th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

There is something going on at Workhorse, and its latest press release hints at what the company is trying to do. After the announcement of its newest electric vehicle (EV) van, it is now announcing that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given it a green light to fly its electric helicopter, the SureFly Electric Hybrid Helicopter


China Keeps A Tight Leash On Its Businesses To Avoid Scandals

January 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

China might be the world's biggest polluter but perhaps no other country has done more to clean up its act and step up to its cleantech international stewardship in the past several years. But all of this comes at a price. Often times, it means reprehending its own businesses to avoid global scandals


DeLorean DR7 Wants To Fly Us Back To The Future

January 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Short of the revolutionary Burt Rotan wild aircraft designs, airplanes have changed little over the past decades. Winged-cylinder with a propulsion system is how we travel through the air. Unless you have the astronomical budget the military enjoys to design hypersonic aircraft, not for the general public, the choice is simple — airplanes or helicopters. Delorean Aerospace just announced that its DR7 should fly by the end of 2018. That would shake things up, but is it practical, viable, for real


2017 Electric Mobility Highlights

January 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

2017 was a strange year, with plenty to celebrate and plenty to ponder about. The wild ups and downs most of us have gone through, both personally and professionally, were reflected in the industries we cover as well. So let's take a look at what surprised us, what shows the most potential, and what was simply strange


LeEco & Faraday Future Founder Jia Yueting Skips Out On Chinese Authorities

January 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Things are not looking any better for electric vehicle (EV) maker Faraday Future (FF) now that its CEO and co-founder, also LeEco's Founder, defied an order from Chinese authorities to come back and explain himself for his lack of financial performance. Jia Yueting was once portrayed as a rising Chinese star (and billionaire) potentially following in the footsteps of Elon Musk


CHINA X Cleantech — 1st Edition

January 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

China is the largest emitter of CO2. It has also firmly cemented itself as a global leader in clean technologies. Sooner or later, we will see Chinese electric cars sold globally, and Chinese solar cells and solar panels already dominate global sales. In early editions of CHINA X Cleantech, we'll spend some time figuring out who’s who and what does what


Who’s Ready For The Electric Morgan EV3 In 2018?

December 30th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

An electric three-wheeled vehicle from Morgan? How much more modern + old British can it get? And Morgan now tells us this is for real and the electric Morgan EV3 is due to hit the market in


Qualcomm Self-Driving Tests Start In California

December 29th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Qualcomm is not sitting idly as the electric vehicle (EV) and autonomous vehicle (AV) revolution marches onward. The company has been active with inductive wireless charging and is also present in the AV field, with the Californian Department of Motor Vehicle recently giving it a go-ahead to test self-driving cars


3 Million Plug-In Vehicles Sold On This Planet

December 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Although we are far from the millions of plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and fully electric vehicles (EV) needed to slow down our pollution race, the 3 million mark of sold PHEVs and EVs has been reached globally


Byton (New Chinese Global Electric Vehicle Brand) Starts With An “SIV”

December 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

In the electric vehicle (EV) world, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of Chinese electric vehicles and global startups. China is doing everything it can to establish its international brand in this arena — perhaps the hottest new consumer market of the 21st century. It makes us wonder how the West will react? Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, GM, Daimler, and others have strong statements on electric vehicles and autonomous ones at that, but how prepared are each of them to genuinely compete


Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free, But Who Will Pay?

December 27th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Autonomous vehicles (AV) were all the rage this year, and we bet they will be the main topic of 2018. As much as we've covered the technicality of the AV challenge, we're even more interested in the socioeconomic backbone of the technology. How will society coordinate self-driving cars and who exactly will pay for it all



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