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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:33:49 pm »

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Electric For All Campaign From Volkswagen — 10 Million EVs Based On MEB Platform

September 19th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

Volkswagen officially launched its “Electric For All” campaign this week with the official introduction of its MEB platform. The platform system is the heart and soul of modern automobile manufacturing. The platform is where the powertrain, suspension, brakes, and other vital components all come together.

Volkswagen MEB platform

Regardless of what bodywork the manufacture chooses to wrap around it — sedan, hatchback, SUV, or minivan — the platform is the same for all of them, which leads to substantially lower manufacturing costs. On electric cars, the platform is often referred to as a skateboard. It consists of a battery mounted low in the chassis between the wheels. Companies can make it longer or shorter as market demands require, but the basic architecture remains the same.

At a press presentation in Dresden this week, VW gave members of the press an opportunity to see the MEB skateboard without the bodywork that will surround it in a completed automobile. The company says it expects this platform to be the basis for 27 electric models from all its divisions by 2025. In total, it says 10 million vehicles will use the MEB architecture in the years to come. Production of the first ID branded electric cars will begin at the factory in Zwickau about a year from now.

The MEB is an important development for Volkswagen, as it seeks to make electric cars for millions of mainstream drivers. VW board member Thomas Ulbrich told the press, “We will make electric vehicles popular and get as many people as possible excited about electric cars. The MEB is one of the most important projects in the history of Volkswagen — a technological milestone, similar to the transition from the Beetle to the Golf.”

“We are making optimal use of the possibilities the electric car has to offer and creating massive economies of scale at the same time. Some 10 million vehicles across the Group will be based on this platform in the first wave alone. The MEB is the economic and technological backbone of the electric car for all,” Ulbrich added.

Building electric cars is one thing. Providing a way to recharge their batteries quite another thing entirely. The MEB platform incorporates fast charging technology developed by Volkswagen that will allow for an 80% charge in just 30 minutes. “The use of a new generation of high-performance batteries begins with the ID models. Thanks to their modular design and the multi-cell format, these batteries can be installed in smaller or larger ID. models,” said Christian Senger, head of e-mobility for Volkswagen. “The ID will be a milestone in technological development. It will be the first fully connected electric car with full everyday utility that millions of people will be able to afford.”

Just when all 10 million electric Volkswagens will be built is left unspecified. The company does say it expects 100,000 ID branded cars to be on the road by the end of 2020, with another 50,000 plug-in hybrid electrics made by Volkswagen joining them. The company says its 10 million vehicle goal is just the “first wave” of its electric vehicle plans without providing specifics about its plans for a potential second wave. But we all have to walk before we run. Volkswagen at least is focusing on doing what it does best — selling lots of cars to lots of people. The more of those cars that are electric, the better for all concerned.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/09/19/electric-for-all-campaign-from-volkswagen-10-million-evs-based-on-meb-platform/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 18, 2018, 05:44:00 pm »

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Chrysler Schedules Portal Electric Minivan For Production

September 18th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

The Portal, an all new fully electric minivan, scheduled for production beginning in 2020


Article with above video:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/09/18/chrysler-schedules-portal-electric-minivan-for-production/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 15, 2018, 11:45:05 am »

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100% Electric Autonomous Shuttle Project For Quebec

September 15th, 2018 by Jake Richardson

A 100% electric autonomous shuttle will be used on roads in Candiac, Quebec, in a long-term demonstration project. It is a collaboration between the shuttle’s manufacturer, NAVYA, Keolis Canada, the Quebec government, and Propulsion Quebec. From fall to winter, the shuttle will provide free service between the park-and-ride lot and André-J.Côté Park.


There will be a person onboard to answer rider questions and to take over the shuttle if necessary. When winter conditions become rougher, there will be a phase with no riders to continue testing operations.

Autonomous cars are in the works and some Teslas have autopilot assistance, though it seems to be debatable at this point how trustworthy it is, depending upon who you ask. Uber has been experimenting with self-driving cars as well.

A shuttle carrying multiple riders seems to be something different, though. Is the point to eliminate drivers of these types of vehicles permanently? What if a passenger was having a medical emergency like a stroke or heart attack? How would the shuttle be stopped to allow medical personnel to board and help the person?

There’s a self-driving truck startup, but hauling cargo without human drivers seems more feasible, because at least there would not be any human passengers to be harmed by glitches or gaps in the technology’s coverage. However, huge, driverless trucks could still cause accidents if something went wrong.

Naturally, driverless shuttles would transport humans, which means there could be a variety of contingencies, like the medical ones mentioned previously. What do you think about the potential advantages of having self-driving shuttles?

Image Credit: P199,Wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/09/15/100-electric-autonomous-shuttle-project-for-quebec/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 20, 2018, 04:47:53 pm »

Musk Talks Tesla & Automaker’s $25,000 Future Car With MKBHD

AUG 18 2018

BY STEVEN LOVEDAY

Project Loveday winner and king of tech reviews talks Tesla and tech with Elon.



Who better to partake in a new, exclusive interview with Tesla CEO Elon Musk than tech-reviewer extraordinaire, Tesla owner, and Project Loveday winner Marques Brownlee . Many of you may also know him as MKBHD. We had a chance to meet Marques at the Model 3 handover event last year and we’re here to say he’s kind, eloquent, and crazy smart. If you watch his tech reviews, this probably comes as no surprise.

Fast forward to recent days and Brownlee took a trip to the Fremont factory to sit down with the busy CEO. Despite Musk’s crazy schedule and the mounting situation in the media, he was able to give MKBHD a good chunk of his time to talk about tech and the future, among other things. Brownlee also notes that he was also able to tour the Fremont facility with Musk. He’ll be releasing a video of that in the near future. As soon as that happens, we’ll share it with our readers.

Without further ado, enjoy the interview. But be warned, there’s a shocker within. Musk hints at a future $25,000 Tesla. Zing! 🧐
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 19, 2018, 07:21:09 pm »

Microlino ⚡ modern Isetta already has 7,200 orders

By  Viknesh Vijayenthiran

6 Aug 17, 2018

Two brothers from Switzerland in 2016 presented an electric city car whose design was inspired by the iconic Isetta—right down to the front-mounted door.

Called the Microlino, the car is the result of Oliver and Merlin Ouboter's desire to free up space in cities and promote environmentally friendly mobility in a way that's “fun and cool.”

It seems a lot of people share this vision as the company behind the Microlino, Micro Mobility Systems, a specialist in kickboards and micro scooters, has already racked up 7,200 orders for its electric car, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The Ouboter brothers are currently testing prototypes for the two-seat Microlino and plan to start production this year. Handling the production will be Italian firm Tazzari which has a 50 percent stake in the project.


Right now the Microlino has only been confirmed for Europe, where it is priced from $13,600. 👀 🧐 Many subcompact cars can be had for similar money and the rival Smart ForTwo only costs slightly more. The Microlino will also have to stay on city streets as its 20-horsepower electric motor, borrowed from a forklift  :D, will only see it reach a top speed of 55 mph.

Two battery sizes are offered, both lithium-ion units. The standard battery is an 8.0-kilowatt-hour unit good for 74 miles of range.  An available 14.4-kwh battery offers 133 miles. Charging takes about four hours. The figures may change once production starts, however.

What's impressive about the Microlino is that it is only about 8.0 feet in length. It means you could fit three of them parked nose to curb in the space normally taken up by one car. The Microlino also has a handy 10.6 cubic feet of space in the trunk. 👍👍👍

Just 100 examples are scheduled for production this year but the goal is to quickly ramp this up to 5,000 annually. Tazzari has the capacity to build up to 10,000 annually if demand is sufficient.

https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1118287_microlino-modern-isetta-already-has-7200-orders#image=100666371
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 18, 2018, 09:35:03 pm »



Shipbuilding Contract Signed for Unmanned, Zero-Emission Container Ship ‘Yara Birkeland

August 15, 2018 by Mike Schuler


Unmanned operation of the ‘YARA Birkeland’ is planned to start in 2022.

The world’s first autonomous and electric container ship is one step closer to reality with a shipbuilding contract now in signed and sealed for the vessel.

Norwegian technology firm Kongsberg, who is partnering with Yara on the project, announced today that Yara has signed a deal worth NOK 250 million ($25.9 million) with VARD to build the vessel with launch scheduled for early 2020.

The vessel will initially start out with manned operation but quickly move to fully autonomous operation by 2022.

In May 2017, YARA and Kongsberg announced a partnership to build the world’s first autonomous, ⚡ electric containership.

The vessel, named Yara Birkeland, will replace 40,000 truckloads per year, reducing NOx and CO2 emissions in the process. With the shipyard, selected, construction is now set to begin.
 
A vessel like Yara Birkeland has never been built before, and we rely on teaming up with partners with an entrepreneurial mindset and cutting edge expertise. VARD combines experience in customized ship building with leading innovation, and will deliver a game-changing vessel which will help us lower our emissions, and contribute to feeding the world while protecting the planet, says Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of YARA.



VARD is a leading global shipbuilder of specialized vessels.

Yara Birkeland is scheduled to be delivered from Vard Brevik in Norway in Q1 2020. The hull will be delivered from Vard Braila in Romania.

Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of VARD, commented: “We are honored to be chosen as Yara’s partner in this innovative and exciting project. With a longstanding experience in building state-of-the-art and tailor-made specialized vessels, we are excited to be given the opportunity to build the world’s first autonomous and electric-driven container vessel. It is a pleasure to welcome Yara and Kongsberg to VARD, and we look forward to working closely with all parties involved.”

The project has received NOK 133.6 million in support from the Norwegian government enterprise ENOVA. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was present for the signing at the shipyard in Brevik, Norway.

“This is a good example of how Norwegian industry can collaborate to create new solutions and green jobs. YARA, KONGSBERG and VARD have built on their knowledge about technology, logistics and ship building with an ambition to create sustainable innovation together. The result is exciting pioneer projects like this one. I am proud that the Government has supported the development of Yara Birkeland through ENOVA and send my best wishes for the construction,” says Prime Minister Solberg.

Kongsberg is a key partner in the project, responsible for providing the technology including the sensors and integration that will enable remote and autonomous operation.

Yara Birkeland represents an important next step for the entire maritime industry, representing a major technological and sustainable advancement. The Norwegian maritime cluster has taken a leading position within technology, design, legislation, testing and all other aspects of the development,” says Geir Håøy, CEO of KONGSBERG.

The project was initiated in an effort to improve the logistics at Yara’s Porsgrunn fertilizer plant. Each day, more than 100 diesel truck journeys are needed to transport products from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant to ports in Brevik and Larvik where the company ships products to customers around the world.

With this new autonomous battery-driven ⚡ containership, YARA moves transport from road to sea, thereby reducing noise and dust, improving the safety of local roads, and reducing NOx and CO2 emissions.

http://gcaptain.com/shipbuilding-contract-signed-for-unmanned-zero-emission-container-ship-yara-birkeland/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:55:23 am »

August 15th, 2018 by Kyle Field

Tropos Motors Extends Range Of Its Low Speed Electric ⚡ Vehicles With New Lithium-Ion Packs




 https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/15/tropos-motors-extends-range-of-its-low-speed-electric-vehicles-with-new-lithium-ion-packs/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:06:46 pm »

Hyundai Kona ⚡ Electric review part 2

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Bjørn Nyland

Published on Jul 24, 2018

01:00 Charging ⚡ with Tesla UMC (Schuko and 32 A)
03:56 Tires on test car
04:27 Two large suitcases in trunk
06:51 Fob to open all windows
07:45 Ground clearance
08:44 Adjust charging power
11:05 Banana 🍌🍌box test 😀
14:00 Charging ⚡ on 175 kW fast charger
20:08 Charging ⚡ on 50 kW fast charger
21:10 Steering wheel, sun visors, front seats
23:57 Back seats, interior materials
27:39 Front passenger space and legroom
30:57 Charging ⚡ at another 50 kW fast charger to 75 %
31:20 Short summary of Kona
36:05 Entering address in navigation
38:11 Android Auto
39:42 Active cooling of battery
40:40 48 kW charging ⚡ speed at 65 % SoC
41:40 35 kW charging ⚡ speed at 74 % SoC
42:28 93 kW regen at high speed
43:48 End
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:04:08 pm »

Tesla Model Y — How Should Tesla Proceed?

August 13th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan

As you may have heard, one of my questions for Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the last Tesla conference call concerned Tesla Model Y. Elon had previously tweeted that they’d unveil the Model Y on March 15. Given how the Model 3 reservations turned out (I’ll get to that in a moment), I was curious if Tesla was planning a significant departure from that with the Model Y. Elon’s response was that they didn’t know yet how they’d be handling the reservation process this time. Well, specifically, the following was my question and his response:

Me: “And regarding the Model Y, there’s been a lot of questioning if you’re going to have the same process as with Model 3 with reservations, if you’re going to shorten the reservation timeline or if you’re going to have a different process this time around.

Elon: “We haven’t made a final decision on that.”

OK, before we toss Elon some unsolicited suggestions, let’s just drop a handful of key pros and cons about the reservation system used for the Tesla Model 3.

Pros:

Hundreds of thousands of $1,000 reservations = quite a decent no-interest loan.
Customers feel more committed to a company and product when they’ve put money on the line (even refundable cash money).

This is a bumper sticker for good press — very good press. (At the beginning.)
A reservation list that involves money down helps Tesla to plan production for demand and also tells Tesla where its future customers live (and, thus, where Tesla should build more Superchargers, service centers, etc.).

The long reservation list proves to the world — including other automakers — that, yes, there’s a ton of demand for good electric cars.

Cons:

Separating dudes from their money for a long time can irritate a brother.

If you were #2 in line but ended up being #222,222 to get the car because you’re not as rich as the others (or simply don’t want to fork over $9,000 for battery capacity you don’t need), you might be p i s s e d. (On the other hand, the wait means that you’re more likely to get a high-quality build and you have more time to save up the cash for the car.)

The reservation list sort of doesn’t really matter — unless Tesla changes its production approach with the Model Y, which seems unlikely. (Yeah, you get in the front of the line for whatever variation of the vehicle you want, but unless you’re reserving a very specific version of the vehicle, production will probably be rolling so fast by the time Tesla gets to your variant that it doesn’t really matter.)

You have to manage not only all of the reservations but also all of the cancellations that come along due to impatience, bitterness, or just simply life. You also have to deal with the bad press that comes from such people complaining on social media or to major media outlets.

When it comes down to it, if the base price of the model isn’t actually available for 1½ years after higher-priced versions of the car, yikes, you’ve got a bit of a PR and customer happiness problem on your hands!

So, what to do❓

I didn’t have big pre-conceived notion of how Tesla should handle Model Y reservations and production, but I figured Elon Musk and team must have thought a lot about this, so I was curious to hear what improvements they were planning. But who needs them, #amiright? Without any word from the dude or his crew on probable changes, some members of the Tesla Motors Club forum just jumped in and threw some wonderful ideas in the hat. Perhaps Tesla should just adopt these fanboy/fangirl suggestions.

One forum member, “GaryW,” provided a handful of good ideas, questions, and commentary (as well as some compliments that I’ll leave in the quote for maximum CleanTechnica promotion):

Zach, thanks for all your work on Clean Technica and all your other sites.

He was clear in the Tom Randall interview that Model Y is top of mind after Model 3.

I would appreciate any thoughts about the model Y ‘dilemma’.

Mid-sized SUV’s are among the hottest vehicles in the US, while mid-sized sedans are among the weakest.

I really think the Tesla team was surprised by the number of Model 3 reservations. The demand may have caused them to push Model 3 production harder than they would have otherwise. This push was not all positive.

What if they recreated this with the Model Y? Since the size of the market is so much bigger, is it possible they get 1,000,000–2,000,000 reservations? Or even more? I’m thinking they don’t want another trip to Hell, either with money or manufacturing.

So maybe they are mulling over their options, and don’t have a plan yet? Here are a few changes I could see them contemplating:

1) Announce the car after they are farther along? If the care is closer to production, this could reduce a number of risks.

2) Announce a higher end Model Y first? They could always bring out a lower end model whenever it makes sense. They get a lot of unwanted press about the lack of the $35K availability for the Model 3.

3) Ask for a higher deposit? This could reduce the craziness of many people getting in line to get in line.

Great points, eh?

Point #1 is something I actually assumed would be the case, until Elon tweeted about showing the car in March, which seems like a similar timeframe in the development process as with the Model 3. But maybe Elon could walk that back and delay the Model Y showing. (Or maybe March 15 is indeed the perfect date for that.)

As far as #2, I totally agree — don’t even mention the expected eventual base price until you’re close to producing it. It’s not worth the headaches and it can actually be deceiving to some customers who don’t follow Tesla obsessively.

I think I prefer #3 — asking for reservations of $5,000, for example — over $1,000 reservations or not asking for reservations at all. It helps to get a sense of how many people will really buy the vehicle and where they live, and if people are able and willing to put down $5,000 for an indefinite period of time, they better understand the risks and they will almost certainly be ready to buy the car when it becomes available.

“Words of HABIT” took some of those questions and suggestions a step further, contributing the following (note that “MY” = “Model Y” and “M3” = “Model 3,” not “BMW M3,” which is obviously old and boring news):

My thoughts on MY:

֍ No refundable reservations in favour of non-refundable deposits, and only accept for premium orders to start (refer to next point).

֍ Acknowledge upfront LR and Dual Motor and Premium Package and Performance to be produced first. (it will happen anyway.)

֍ Once the worldwide demand has been sustained for premium MY orders — say, 3 years after start of production — only then offer the base version SR MY to keep ramping production higher.

֍ Tesla should not even comment on SR MY base price as this traps them into a potentially far lower price that what the market is willing to pay, which is what is now happening with the M3 SR base model.

While I never though M3 would bite into MS or MX sales (we now know the opposite to be true, M3 increasing MS & MX sales due to cross selling), I do believe MY will bite into M3 sales. I for one would have preferred small SUV over a Sedan type and would have changed my order in a heartbeat had MY been available now. If Tesla follows the above points, they can ensure continued increase in M3 sales for the foreseeable future and keep MY as a premium product, which is really no different than MS is to the MX now. IMHO anyone hoping for a $35k base price for SR MY will be sadly mistaken. Law of supply and demand, and demand will outstrip supply for the foreseeable future.

I love these ideas, especially the suggestion to take reservations/deposits for certain trims in order of planned production. I also think Tesla should limit such reservations/deposits to whichever continent(s) the car will first be available on. (In other words, if the Model Y won’t be shipped to Antarctica until 2025, don’t let people or intellectually gifted penguins living there reserve the car until closer to that time.)

It has been a painfully long wait for people in Europe (I was living there) who are sitting with their Model 3 reservations unfulfilled while cars roll into tens of thousands of American and Canadian homes, and I imagine it’s even worse in places like Australia and Antarctica. Overall, I just figure the upfront cash isn’t worth the hard feelings that inevitably develop. (Also, I’m a little sick of reading gripes from Europeans and Australians waiting on their cars — no offense, eager customers. :p)

Any other thoughts on how Tesla should proceed with Model Y reservations, demonstrations, and communications?

Check out more Tesla Model Y stories to dive further into Tesla’s next big thing.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/13/tesla-model-y-how-should-tesla-proceed/

Agelbert COMMENT: I have some food for thought in regard to the Model Y.

The SUV is a marketing invention of the automotive industry to get around the environmental requirements imposed, believe or not (one of the few things Reagan did right), by the U.S.  Government around 1988 to clean up exhaust and improve mileage. Passenger cars were regulated and trucks, heavy or light, were not. SO, the bright bulbs at Ford and othe car makers put their clever, scheming heads together 😈 and came up with "sport" utility vehicle in the (of course 😉) "light truck" category.

Ford Bronco (first SUV) gasoline  🦕 guzzler 🐷 with trailer

The result was that Americans used MORE gasoline to move a heavier vehicle and pollute the air even MORE than before.  🤬

There is absolutely nothing "sporty" about a truck with some branding, but most people bought into it because they actually believed they would be safer in an SUV, never mind the fact that the people in the car that the SUV hits, or is hit by, will be more severely injured, if not killed outright. 👎

Tesla, stop with the SEXY branding baloney already. We-the-people want a Model Y that is an E-van 🌟, not an E-suv 🐷.

You can use E-van chassis to make the E-pickup truck too.

Elon, put a passenger E-van 🌟 out there. Make windowless models for businesses as well. Think about what SUVs were invented for. It was a bad idea from the point of the environment and continues to be a bad idea.

For that matter, an E-van with an E-trailer (no motor but addtional batteries in the trailer) attachment option  would take care of ALL pickup truck requirements. A plus of having a trailer with batteries is that you only use it when you need it, saving a lot of energy and, if the  need arose for the E-van to make a long range trip, use the empty attached trailer as a range extender.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:24:20 pm »

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Mate Rimac’s Electric Odyssey (Video)

August 12th, 2018 by Roger Atkins


Following a hugely interesting presentation on Mate’s “rimaculate perception” I got the chance at EV Momentum to ask a few questions about the man, the mission, and the methodology that brought him to this point.

A well informed audience was also invited to pose a few questions on such things as strategy, and the Porsche investment that had been announced only 24 hours earlier.

If you have an interest in EV I’m certain you’ll enjoy what he has to say!

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/12/mate-rimacs-electric-odyssey-video/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 11, 2018, 06:30:42 pm »

NauticExpo e-magazine

{Seawork} Sunshine Superstar

Marine Propulsion / Underwater Works and Pollution Control

EVENTS  /  July 17, 2018

By Tony Slinn

Formerly editor-in-chief of IHS Maritime, Tony Slinn is an independent maritime journalist.

The ECOCAT (Courtesy of Torqeedo) 

purely solar-powered zero emissions electric ⚡ ferry with deployable and retractable pneumatic wings—that’s ECOCAT and it took Seawork’s Maritime Sustainability Award 🌟.

An 18 m-long, 8 m-wide, 120-passenger aluminum catamaran built by Metaltec Naval in Cantabria, Spain, ECOCAT has an integrated propulsion system from Torqeedo of Starnberg, Germany, relying 100% on its solar-battery system with no auxiliary internal combustion engine.

“It has two 50 kW Torqeedo Deep Blue motors driven by eight 30.5 kWh BMW i3 high-voltage marinized lithium ion batteries, four in each hull,” a Torqeedo spokeswoman told NauticExpo e-magazine. “Power is generated by 120 photovoltaic solar panels on the vessel’s roof. To maximize that area, Metaltec designed a set of deployable and retractable pneumatic wings.”

“Top speed is 9.7 knots—normal operating speed is 7 knots—and the vessel’s cruising range is eight hours running on batteries without sunshine. ECOCAT will go into service on Spain’s Mediterranean coast and the operator expects to average six 13 km trips daily.”

“ECOCAT’s power system provides significantly lower operating costs over internal combustion engines,” she concluded, “with zero fuel costs, lower maintenance and a long battery life.”

The vessel is the first of Metaltec’s new ECOBOAT series of environment-friendly aluminium vessels. The company also has designs for a monohull solar-electric boat as well as a twin-hull hybrid vessel.


http://emag.nauticexpo.com/sunshine-superstar/
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« on: August 11, 2018, 04:51:46 pm »

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The Big Short Burn … Er, Explosion Implosion  ;D

August 10th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan

You don’t get much props for predicting something after it happened. This is sort of lame: “I knew that would happen. I didn’t say it, but I knew it.” So, I’m going out on a short limb and am making a prediction here in the open while the market remains irrational.

Well, to be honest, you don’t get much props for predicting something that someone else already predicted either. I’m just going on some simple, direct statements from a person who has shown for years that he’s exceedingly honest and often provides hints of things he knows are coming months in advance. He has also accomplished — several times — things that experts said were “impossible.” The task at hand here is not at all impossible.

That said, the stock market is acting as though Tesla CEO Elon Musk is either an idiot or a liar. In the age of a reality TV president, I guess this is par for the course, but it is shocking me yet again. If you’re just skimming the headlines and major media commentary about Tesla this week, you may well think Musk’s plan to take Tesla private is a dishonest, impractical, highly unlikely scheme. Perhaps you even think Musk is going to jail, just because the SEC is doing one of its basic jobs — very likely nothing more than some simple due diligence. Headline after headline makes it seem like a serious SEC investigation is growing and growing, but then I look into the details and nothing notable has changed. From what I have read, they are checking with Musk to make sure he does indeed have financing secured (as he tweeted) to take Tesla private. Given that he followed that up with the statement that all that was really a question mark at this point was whether shareholders voted for the plan — that doesn’t sound like someone I know to be honest fudging the facts.

So, no, I’m not concerned that Musk was serious. My first assumption isn’t that Musk was manipulating the market and has no one lined up to finance taking Tesla private. I don’t beat animals, dead or alive, but to further emphasize a point that I think doesn’t need to be emphasized: Musk has said for years that Tesla would probably be better as a private company, and he reportedly tried to convince Japan’s SoftBank last year about helping to make this happen. In other words, the man has been working on this for a while. This is not a joke. The chance that he did indeed get enough of a financial commitment to bring this proposal to the Tesla board of directors and the public is close to 100%, in my humble opinion. If you absolutely think that’s not true, you may as well skip the rest of this article.

I’ll get to Tesla short sellers in a moment, but first, let’s have a look at who owns Tesla. Thanks to some research and calculation work from Maarten Vinkhuyzen, this is how Tesla ownership breaks down (known, non-institutional shareholders are in red):

Owner                                           Date                        Shares                Value               Size

Elon Musk                                                                        06/13/2018                       33,737,921               $ 11,890,930,256       19.87%

PRICE T ROWE ASSOCIATES INC /MD/                                03/31/2018                      15,625,798               $ 5,507,312,505          9.20%

FMR LLC                                                                        03/31/2018                      14,214,496               $ 5,009,899,115         8.37%

BAILLIE GIFFORD & CO                                                06/30/2018                      13,171,801               $ 4,642,401,262          7.76%

TENCENT                                                                                                                 8,489,684               $ 2,992,189,214        5.00%

VANGUARD GROUP INC                                               03/31/2018                         7,123,666               $ 2,510,736,082         4.20%

BLACKROCK INC.                                                       06/30/2018                         6,459,236               $ 2,276,557,728         3.80%

CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS                                       03/31/2018                         4,449,216               $ 1,568,126,179         2.62%

JENNISON ASSOCIATES LLC                                       06/30/2018                         4,332,187               $ 1,526,879,308         2.55%

SAUDI ARABIA Wealth Fund                                                                                      3,395,874               $ 1,196,875,686         2.00%

BANK OF MONTREAL /CAN/                                               06/30/2018                         3,308,742               $ 1,166,166,118        1.95%

STATE STREET CORP                                                       03/31/2018                         2,488,466               $ 877,059,842        1.47%

BAMCO INC /NY/                                                       03/31/2018                         1,657,488               $ 584,181,646        0.98%

INVESCO LTD.                                                               03/31/2018                         1,427,089               $ 502,977,518            0.84%

MORGAN STANLEY                                                       03/31/2018                         1,395,354               $ 491,792,517        0.82%

SUSQUEHANNA INTERNATIONAL GROUP, LLP               03/31/2018                         1,278,592               $ 450,639,750        0.75%

PRIMECAP MANAGEMENT CO/CA/                               03/31/2018                         1,097,040               $ 386,651,748        0.65%

GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC                                       03/31/2018                         1,055,539               $ 372,024,721        0.62%

GEODE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC                               03/31/2018                         1,032,506               $ 363,906,740        0.61%

BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORP                               06/30/2018                            937,605               $ 330,458,882            0.55%

DEUTSCHE BANK AG\                                                       03/31/2018                            881,309               $ 310,617,357            0.52%

NORTHERN TRUST CORP                                               03/31/2018                            835,851               $ 294,595,685            0.49%

ALLIANZ ASSET MANAGEMENT GMBH                               03/31/2018                            799,486               $ 281,778,841            0.47%

NORGES BANK                                                               12/31/2017                            788,319               $ 277,843,032            0.46%

J&P(CHINA)CAPITAL MANAGEMENT CO.,LTD                       09/30/2017                            781,379               $ 275,397,029            0.46%

JPMORGAN CHASE & CO                                               03/31/2018                            769,800               $ 271,316,010            0.45%

MITSUBISHI UFJ TRUST & BANKING CORP                       03/31/2018                            708,321               $ 249,647,736            0.42%

AMERICAN CENTURY COMPANIES INC                               06/30/2018                            619,585               $ 218,372,733            0.36%

BARCLAYS PLC                                                               03/31/2018                            576,101               $ 203,046,797            0.34%

SUMITOMO MITSUI ASSET MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LTD  06/30/2018                            540,971                $ 190,665,229           0.32%

CREDIT SUISS AG/                                                      03/31/2018                             520,227               $ 183,354,006            0.31%   

LEGAL GENERAL GROU PLC                                              03/31/2018                             516,632               $ 182,086,948            0.30%

ILDER G GNON HOWE & C   LLC                                      06/30/2018                             514,365               $ 181,287,944            0.30%

Now, let me be clear — there’s very little info out there about how these institutional investors view the offer. Even for large shareholders, like Baillie Gifford, that think Tesla is worth far more than $420, it’s unclear if they have limitations that would prevent them from carrying over a large portion of their shares in a private Tesla. Furthermore, some may simply prefer the public accountability and stock market pricing system — even if that means a lot of FUD bringing the brand down.

As it goes, experts in the field who I respect seem to be throwing their hands up and just guesstimating that 50% of those institutional shares would transfer over to private shares. If you add that onto Elon Musk’s 20%, Tencent’s 5%, and the Saudi Arabia Wealth Fund’s 2%, you’re at about 54% of the shares. If you cautiously (I’d say pessimistically) consider that half of the remaining retail investors are interested in going private, that’s 64%.

Now, this is not an evaluation of whether shareholders will vote for Tesla to go private. Again, perhaps many of those institutional investors would rather Tesla stay public. However, if you assume that the shareholders do vote to go private, there’s another very interesting matter to consider here. Actually, this is a matter that could be highly relevant even before the vote.

As it stands, there is an enormous short position on Tesla. Approximately 35 million Tesla shares are “loaned” out to shorts/short sellers. Basically, shorts have “borrowed” the stock from a shareholder and then loaned it out to someone else, with a commitment to buy it back at some undetermined point in the future in order to give it back to its rightful owner. (See our extensive articles on short selling and Tesla shorts on the bottom of this article for more info on this topic.)

A “short squeeze” is sort of, kind of like a “run on the bank” (which you’ve probably learned about from It’s a Wonderful Life). Basically, if a company you’re shorting has strongly positive news, it would be smart of you to immediately buy back the share you borrowed and lent out. The stock price is likely to jump up, and if you wait too long, you’re going to have to buy that share back for much more than you lent it out.

The Tesla [TSLA] stock price jumped up rapidly earlier this week when there was news of the Saudi Arabia wealth fund investment and then more so when Musk tweeted about potentially taking Tesla private at $420/share. But a couple of interesting things happened. First, trading was halted for a couple of hours. This is standard in the situation we were in, but the point is that it gave everyone some time to think about the news and decide what to do. The much more interesting thing is that by and large short sellers by and large didn’t cover — they didn’t start buying back shares they loaned out.

This gets us back to the top of this article. Short sellers 😈 👹 didn’t buy the news. They seemingly didn’t believe that Musk would take Tesla private and that he had financing lined up (they’ve been claiming he lied about that). Some others seemed to think $420 was a ceiling for their losses anyway, but that theory doesn’t appear to be grounded in reality from what I’ve read. We’ll get to that in a second.

Some longs have added onto their holdings as well. (Full disclosure: With my meager opportunity for this, I was one of them.) However, many longs also seem skeptical that the deal is going through. They want more evidence before buying in at $350–370. Given that there have likely been hundreds of mainstream media articles and TV talking heads scaring people about a potential SEC violation and ruminating on the slim possibility (which they consider not so slim) that Elon Musk lied about securing financing and there’s no way that Tesla is going private, I can’t say I’m all that surprised. (Even normally pro-Tesla tech sites like ArsTechnica — an early inspiration for CleanTechnica — have been spreading the fear, uncertainty, and doubt.)

So, now we get to predictions. Here’s the thing I think is going to happen (but am not providing as investment advice!):

I, like Gene Munster, think that shareholders will vote to take Tesla private (or delist it if that’s what we’re actually talking about). Since some major shareholders think Tesla is worth far more than $420/share and since this will be the last chance for many people to buy into Tesla — for a long time at least (since it is going to be much, much harder to buy shares in private Tesla than in public Tesla) — I think the share price will jump. People who don’t plan to hold onto the stock would hold at least until $420 since Tesla would cash out their shares at that price.

Meanwhile, short sellers will finally get the message: Yes, Tesla is going off the market, and they need to buy back the shares they loaned out in order to return them to their rightful owners. Furthermore, they should finally understand that $420 is not a cap on the buyback price for them. If the stock price jumps to $1000 because people value private shares in Tesla that high, then they still need to buy back the shares they don’t really own in order to return them to owners. ;D

Furthermore, if the price gets up that high, the privatization deal may get dropped or have to be revised. $420 is not a ceiling. In fact, it’s more of a floor for short sellers if the deal moves forward. ;D

So, we are back to the point that approximately 35 million TSLA shares are shorted right now. If there’s a sprint for the door, those short sellers will be fighting to buy shares back — and shareholders can wait as long as they like to sell them back.    If they think the share price will go up to $500, they can wait till then. Furthermore, if they value the private shares at $2000 each, they may have no interest in playing games and selling to shorts until the price is $2001. Institutional investors surely understand this. Many of the retail investors understand this. Who the heck is going to sell a short a share for $420? You must be high to think that’s going to happen in a large volume.

The most epic short squeeze in history seems to be a Volkswagen short squeeze that happened in 2008. The short interest in the stock before this happened was approximately 13%. The short squeeze resulted in the stock price increasing multiple times over at its peak (see that link above for details). Approximately 20% of Tesla shares are shorted right now. 👀   

Perhaps the shorts with billions and billions on the line don’t want to believe the possibility of a short squeeze. Perhaps they are so obsessed with the idea that Elon Musk is a liar and a fraud that they can’t believe the simple tweets he sent earlier this week represent exactly what they say. If they are wrong, holy hell in a hot air ballon — this is going to be the most epic short squeeze in history. 🧐


I watched that video after writing this article. Even if you read the full piece above, I recommend watching it. A tip of the hat to JRP3 for sharing it.

Update: This article was updated shortly after publishing to fix a couple of errors.

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Full disclosure: I am long TSLA. Because, duh.  😀
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:48:47 pm »

 
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August 10, 2018




Myth Bus-ting the Misleading Attacks on Electric ⚡ Busses

We’ve heard about how the Koch network 🦕🦖 is attacking public transit, and last year targeted electric cars. Now, it seems there is a similar sort of campaign afoot to combine those two and go after electric buses.

The timing of this makes sense: LA, NYC, and San Francisco are committing to 100% EV bus fleets, while other major cities like Chicago and Dallas are greening their fleets. Globally, the Chinese city of Shenzhen has a full EV fleet, with over 16,000 ⚡buses. 👍

Transitioning the US bus fleet to EVs could save more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. As a July UCS study shows, regardless of the electricity source, EV ⚡ buses are cleaner.   

And as the good EV bus news comes, so must also come the pushback. Over the last couple of weeks, the conservative but generally-not-crazy Washington Examiner ran four pieces, three in quick succession, attacking electric buses. One was by Ross Marchand, of the Koch’s Taxpayers Protection Alliance , and the other three by a commentary writer for the Examiner, Philip Wegmann 👹.

The four pieces have barely enough rhetoric between them to scrape together one argument. Marchand claims in his piece that the buses’ expense is a problem, but neglects to mention that the fuel, maintenance and health savings from an EV replacing a diesel bus[/color] is well worth the initial cost, leading to a net savings. He also claims that EVs may be dirtier than conventional ones, citing the Koch’s Manhattan Institute. This, simply put, is false. Particularly for busses.

Wegmann offers even less in the way of substance than Marchand. In one of his pieces, he implies electric buses are unreliable because of some problems between the headlights and radios on a grand total of four buses. In another, he calls the city of Santa Monica stupid for buying electric buses, decrying “the lunatic fanaticism” of liberal cities that think it’s important to provide public transit, even if it’s not popular.

But in the first example, published in late July, Wegmann hits on some reality. In a piece that starts by proclaiming that “the wheels on the bus roll toward communism in Los Angeles,” Wegmann 😈 rehashes a legit LA Times story from back in May about problems with the Los Angeles EV Bus fleet. However, problems with one particular company’s subpar EV bus performance is hardly an indictment of the entire industry.

Unless, of course, you’re worried the success of the industry will harm you, like the Kochs are.

And Wegmann, as it turns out, is something of a Koch acolyte. His Twitter bio notes he’s a fellow of the Steamboat Institute, which is “a 501(c)(3) educational organization promoting Liberty, Free Markets, and the Founding Principles of the United States.” Though there are no obvious Koch-funding links, the Steamboat Institute is a member of the Koch’s State Policy Network.In Wegmann’s bio on Steamboat’s site, we see that he was a fellow of the Koch’s America’s Future Foundation writing program.

As for his writing career, Wegmann appears to have gotten his start in 2010, when he won a college scholarship from the NRA, then won an essay contest by Fox’s John Stossel and featuring pardoned felon Dinesh D’Souza. Then he wrote a couple things for his college paper, like “What texting hath wrought,” but was apparently “lucky enough to stumble into a job shortly” after graduating.

It looks like that job was writing at the Koch-funded Heritage Foundation publication, the Daily Signal, in 2015. Then he went to the Federalist for a few months, then back to the Signal, then stepped up to the Examiner.

To be clear, we have absolutely no evidence that Wegmann went on this anti-EV bus kick at the Koch’s insistence. But that’s sort of the point of the Koch’s strategy when it comes to blurring the lines between journalist and Koch operative. After getting trained by the Koch’s writing program, starting his career at the Koch’s Daily Signal, and enjoying a fellowship at a Koch-adjacent group, Wegmann probably doesn’t need marching orders to toe the Koch party line.

Then again, news that Wichita, Kansas was buying EV buses broke just three days before Wegmann’s first EV bus hit piece.

Wichita, of course, is the home of Koch Industries.  
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:05:23 pm »

Aug 8, 2018

Sono Sion solar car starts testing in Germany

By Eric C. Evarts

Sono Sion solar charged electric car

Solar cars are like sunny days—always waiting for tomorrow.

Now the dawn may be breaking on that tomorrow with the small, crowd-funded Sono Sion solar car in Germany.

The company has raised enough online funding to begin testing, according to a Reuters report carried by Autoblog.

The car is mainly battery-powered, but the roof, doors, and hood are covered with 330 solar cells. The battery has a total range of 155 miles between charges.

Sono Sion solar charged electric car

Sono believes the solar cells can provide about 18 miles of that range a day in the summertime (such as the heatwave blanketing Europe this summer). In the winter, the solar range could drop to as little as three miles a day, but drivers can still plug the car in and get the full 155 miles of range.

The Sion's solar panels are embedded in the car's polycarbonate body panels.

Sono's founder and CEO Laurin Hahn says the car could be a good solution for apartment dwellers who don't have a place to plug it in.

READ THIS: Sono Sion solar electric car promises 18 miles of range from solar panels

Hahn said the car will have seat heaters and air conditioning, a smartphone connection, as well as automatic emergency braking and other safety features to get a top score in European crash tests.

The company is preparing to take the Sion on tour of 42 cities in 10 countries to demonstrate the concept and give people an opportunity to drive it.

Sono plans to introduce the car late in 2019, and says it already has 5,000 orders at a price of $18,540


https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1118108_sono-sion-solar-car-starts-testing-in-germany
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:04:37 pm »

Is the $35K Tesla Model 3 a Lie

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Published on Jul 20, 2018

Is the $35K Tesla Model 3 a Lie?

After making our Tesla Model 3 True cost of ownership video, we were amazed at all the insightful comments. So we decided we’d take a list of all the top comments, and cover them one by one, starting with a comment we get quite a bit: “You can’t compare the Model 3 at $35,000 because you can’t get a Model 3 for $35,000!”

Clearly, this is an important topic, especially when talking about the first mass production, affordable Tesla. So the question is, is the $35,000 Model 3 a lie? Or can you actually buy one with any hope of one day seeing it on your driveway? To answer this question, let’s first look at your purchase options when considering a Tesla Model 3.

For $35,000 you get the vaunted base model in any color you want, so long as its black. Yes, any other color will cost you $1000. But before you get flashbacks of hand cranking the windows and being without A/C, you should know the base model is pretty well equipped. It comes with one-touch power windows all around, the 15” touch display which is years ahead of anything else and even wifi. The base model comes with a 50 kWh battery pack good for 220 miles of range, it’ll do 0-60 MPH in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 130 MPH.

Now if you want to go further, you’ll have to shell out an additional $9,000 for the long-range option. This increases the battery pack from 50 to 75 kWh and increases driving range from 220 to 310 miles. And with more batteries to draw from, the 0-60 time is reduced to 5.1 seconds, and the top speed is increased to 140 MPH.

Next up is the Autopilot features. The first tier is the “Enhanced Autopilot” package which costs $5,000. On top of more ubiquitous features like forward collision mitigation, or blind spot monitoring, with this Package, your Tesla, will be able to change lanes for you, navigate freeway interchanges, and even exit and park at your destination. This upgrade includes a lot of the hardware and sensors needed for a fully autonomous car. But if you actually want your car to be fully autonomous, you’ll have to get the Enhanced Autopilot package, and then add the $3,000 Full self-driving package.

They aren’t even taking reservations yet for the base model car, and they expect wait times of 6-9 months. So is the $35,000 base model a lie, well not. But you’d better be prepared to wait until probably mid 2019 to get one. This might all seem a bit backward, delivering the promised $35,000 EV last, after all the other models, but fear not, Elon Musk knows what he’s doing.

Remember that Tesla’s software and machine learning for self-driving cars helps them on all their platforms, not just the Model 3. The same self-driving technology can apply to the Model X or the Tesla Semi, so adding it to a Model 3, doesn’t really directly cost them anything. In fact, it helps them, since they’ll have more cars on the road collecting data, to feed their algorithms, making them even better.

If we first consider that battery production is the limiting factor in the Model 3, then a $35,000 base model would need 50kWh worth of batteries and yield Tesla just $2,000 in profit or a profit of $40 / kWh of battery required. Compare that with an extended range car with premium package and autopilot, that needs 75 kWh of batteries, but yields a profit of $15,000. That’s a profit of $200 / kWh. So if batteries are the limiting factor, it makes sense that Tesla would want to make as much money as they can up front, to help further the production process. Inversely, if there was a surplus of batteries, and the production bottleneck was caused by some other part, then it would still behoove Tesla to create more extended range cars, to use as many batteries as they have for higher profits, rather than having them sit around, waiting on cars.

So if you’re a fan of Tesla, and really want that base model 3, relax, it’s coming. Elon has worked through a lot of sleepless nights, and it finally looks like Tesla is out of production hades for the Model 3. And if you’re one of the early Model 3 adopters who’s purchased a highly appointed car, well bravo, you’re quite literally keeping this one of a kind company afloat.

Tesla is sure to make headlines, and lately, it has been a mixed bag, of production targets and fake news about skipping crucial final stage safety tests.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:48:05 pm »

Is Elon Musk Taking Tesla Private❓ ???

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Published on Aug 7, 2018

At 12:28 PM on August 7th Tesla issued a bombshell announcement via Twitter, that they are thinking about taking the company private. This has some very significant implications, and we thought we’d take a moment to talk about their reasons, and what this means for Tesla believers, and shareholders alike.

As of August 7th, Tesla shares were trading at around $379, and at a price of $420, would put Tesla’s market cap at $71.3 Billion dollars. He revealed all this information on twitter and you’re probably wondering if that’s somehow illegal, and well, it’s certainly unprecedented! The argument Musk and Tesla will make is that he has 22M twitter followers, his tweet was seen by many, and simultaneously broadcast over the financial news within the hour. So it isn’t like he’s secretly told a select few in private, offering some kind of insider information. But this should prove interesting, to say the least. Also, this would be the ultimate nail in the coffin of all the Tesla short sellers, who’ve lost billions since their Q2 earnings were released, and would never give them a chance to win any of it back.

So naturally after trading for the stock resumed after a brief pause, it has begun to surge closer to what investors are thinking is a buy out price of $420. It is important to note, that nothing has happened yet. Elon made it clear a final decision would hinge upon the votes of the shareholders. Be sure to subscribe, we’ll keep you updated on the news at it happens.

So why would they do this, why take a publicly traded company private? Let’s break down these reasons into a few categories.

The first category has to address the high volatility, speculation, quarterly focused earnings, and threat of short sellers. A publicly traded company is subject to quarterly earnings reports, which can send stock prices soaring or crashing. Q2 Earnings of Facebook, though pretty good, missed some analyst expectations, especially around new active users, and this sent their stock price crashing by 20%. That was a record for the most value a company has every lost on a single day. This is troubling for Tesla, especially when their vision looks far into the horizon, to years, and decades, not month to month. If you’ve followed Elon on Twitter, you know how vocal he’s been about the fear mongers spreading Fear uncertainty and doubt, and taking Tesla private, would insulate them from all that bad publicity.

This makes a lot of sense for Elon, because he’s already proved this model once, with Space X. Space X manages a private fund for their shareholders, and is also a employee owned company. Space X needs to spend millions in R&D, and can’t really expect to turn profits on a quarterly scale. This is the same reason NASA is a government agency, and not a publicly traded company. It’s important to note that Space X and Tesla will still be two completely different companies, with different management structures and funding.

The greatest risk public companies face, is the need to meet expectations in the short term. This drives decisions around the innovation of a product, vs. quickness to market. It facilitates mass hirings and firings, rather than slow and steady growth. It also explains why some well established brands seem complacent and unwilling to take on risk. It works for some companies like Apple, who are officially a Trillion Dollar Company as of August 2018. But Apple has a very simple product line, a phone or a watch, and spends very little on R&D, compared to the scale of something like Tesla. Tesla is building Gigafactories, and doing things that many believed impossible just 10 years ago.

Musk fears the obsession of quarterly profits will deter them from the very long term vision which was and will always be to “Accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” Quarterly profits are a big reason why established car manufacturers aren’t chasing Electric vehicles. Because to do so would require quarter after quarter of losses, due to increases in R&D spending. Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes Benz, knows this all to well, as their stock has been on the decline in 2018, due to their larger investment in the EV future.

For Musk, it’s incredibly simple, he wants to change the world. That clarity actually makes this monumental decision incredibly easy. He wants to do what’s right, and doesn’t want to answer to investors every few months. This moonshot approach is sure to be risky, because now private investors aren’t required to get quarterly earnings reports. The investors who follow Tesla into being a private company, will be the true die hard fans, and those who truly believe in the company. The road has been long for Tesla, and there is now a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. They’re making thousands of cars a week, and are already outselling other luxury car makers.

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Hyundai Kona Electric ⚡ review part 1

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« on: August 09, 2018, 02:24:54 pm »

INSIDEEVs

August 9, 2018

BY MARK KANE

Hyundai Kona Electric Arrives In Norway With 20,000-Order Backlog  :o


On August 4, Hyundai unloaded the first batch of Kona Electric in Drammen, Norway

Hyundai Kona Electric in Norway

This is the all-new all-electric CUV that is expected to shake up the EV scene.

For Hyundai in Norway, the Kona Electric will represent tremendous change as there are more than 20,000 people that are willing to buy one with 7,000 orders on hand.

That’s a lot even from the Norwegian perspective, where Hyundai delivered less than 2,300 cars in the first seven months of this year. Now you can understand that even several thousand Kona Electric would shoot the brand to the somewhere near the top of sales in the country.

The first batch is more than 100 Kona Electric. Hundreds of additional Kona Electric are now on ships from South Korea.

All of the Kona sold in Norway will be the 64 kWh versions with 482 km (300 miles) of WLTP of range. Pricing starts at 325.900 kr.

And by the way, just look how beautiful Norway is:


(more short pretty scenery videos 🌟 at link)
https://insideevs.com/hyundai-kona-electric-arrives-in-norway-with-20000-order-backlog/
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« on: August 09, 2018, 02:04:49 pm »

INSIDEEVs

August 8, 2018

Watch TC-X Doorslammer Lay Down Record Electric ⚡ 1/4-Mile Run🏁


BYDOMENICK YONEY

But still slower than a Silver Bullitt  ;)

The world’s fastest doorslammer is now officially the TC-X from True Cousins Racing with a run of 7.9822 seconds at 170.69 miles per hour. It’s even listed in the records books of the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA).

The Danish team has been building super-quick electric vehicles since 2007 and the fruits of that labor has finally paid off in the quarter-mile.

If the footage above doesn’t portray the drama of that feat well enough for your tastes, we have a bonus video below of its previous attempt that was a hundredth of a second slower.

https://insideevs.com/true-cousins-doorslammer-drag-record-video/

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« on: July 31, 2018, 10:25:29 pm »

 

Japan wants all new cars to be electric by 2050

LAST UPDATED ON JULY 27TH, 2018 AT 4:13 PM BY MIHAI ANDREI

Japan has announced a new plan under which, by 2050, all new passenger cars will be electric or hybrid. The government will also set up a new group to help manufacturers source cobalt for batteries.

The race for car electrification just got more intense as Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, announced plans to switch to electric cars in under two decades. The government panel also set a goal for emissions reduction: by 2050, all emissions from passenger vehicles must drop by 90% compared to 2010 levels.

The panel also includes members from major automobile companies such as Toyota and Nissan, who will work together on acquiring the much-needed cobalt for the cars’ batteries. This collaboration is particularly significant as Chinese investors are aggressively securing deposits of the rare resource. It’s very rare for carmakers to agree to this type of deal, which seems to bode well for the overall success of the initiative.

Overall, the fleet of light-duty plug-in electric vehicles in Japan ranked as the third largest in the world, trailing only after China and the US. However, the rate of growth of the plug-in segment has dropped somewhat, particularly due to the heavy promotion of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles over plug-in electric vehicles. Even though these vehicles hit the market only in 2015, they steered some of the Japanese buyers away from electric cars even before that year.

Now, Japan’s leaders want to infuse new life into the electric car market and continue to reduce emissions associated with transportation. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, said:

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“Japan would like to contribute to achieve zero emissions on a global scale by spreading electric vehicles worldwide.

“That’s a goal only Japan, home to the top level of the auto industry, can set.”

However, while Japan’s initiative is certainly laudable, it’s far from being a unique objective. Germany wants to make all cars electric by 2030, while France has announced a ban on gasoline and diesel cars by 2040. The UK plans a similar ban by 2040, but the country which seems lead this race is Norway. More than half of all cars sold in Norway are already, and the percentage is growing steadily.

Still, only a handful of countries have concrete plans to do this. It’s delighting to see Japan step in, and we can only hope other countries join in.

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/renewable-energy-ecology/japan-electric-cars-27062018/
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« on: July 29, 2018, 04:24:27 pm »

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Taking My Electric “City Car” On A Long-Distance Journey

July 29th, 2018 by Andy Miles


Water Feature at Gloucester Services

Charging at Gloucester Services

Article with video:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/07/29/taking-my-electric-city-car-on-a-long-distance-journey/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 28, 2018, 07:51:25 pm »

Tesla Model S high-speed police cruisers deployed in Luxembourg


By Simon Alvarez Posted on April 30, 2018 

Finally, after a long wait, Luxembourg’s Tesla Model S high-speed police ⚡ cruisers have been deployed to the field.

News of the police cruisers’ deployment was reported by local news site Luxemburger Wort, which noted that the two electric ⚡ vehicles have been in service as of Thursday last week. Just like any other ICE cruiser, the all-electric ⚡ vehicles — designated with numbers AA 5242 and AA 5243 — conduct regular patrols across the state.

The high-speed all-electric ⚡ police cruisers are currently driven by a few, specially-trained police officers. Over the past few days, eight officers were trained on how to utilize the Model S as a quick-response emergency vehicle. The initial eight who were trained for the electric ⚡ car will be tasked to teach their colleagues later on, where they are expected to cover the Model S’ capabilities and functions.

The two Tesla ⚡ Model S police cruisers are part of a program from Luxembourg’s Ministry of Sustainable Development, with the electric pursuit vehicles initially set to be released after autumn last year. Last January, however, reports emerged that the rollout of the Model S police cars will be delayed due to problems with the vehicles’ setup.


As we noted in an earlier report, the blue emergency lights of one of the cruisers failed the technical specification standards of the Technischer Überwachungsverein (TÜV), a German company that conducts certification services. Based on last week’s news report, however, it appears that the Model S cruisers have successfully passed the TÜV’s standards.


Luxembourg’s decision to utilize the Tesla Model S as a high-speed pursuit vehicle is quite similar to the Swiss Police’ decision to replace its fleet of diesel cruisers with the ⚡ Model X.

According to the Basel-Stadt police department in its announcement, the Model X electric ⚡ SUVs are cleaner, cheaper to maintain, and faster than their diesel fleet.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was ultimately impressed with the Swiss Police’s decision, even joking that the “bad guys will definitely not escape.”

Tesla’s electric ⚡ cars have also been used by law enforcement in the United States. Back in 2015, the LAPD announced that it would be adding a Tesla Model S to its fleet as part of a test to determine if the electric cars can be used for regular police work. While the vehicles met the police’s requirements for speed, performance, and range, the car suffered from a steep price tag. The Denver PD also unveiled its own Model S police car, though the vehicle did not see any action at all, as it was used primarily for community outreach events.


https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s-police-cruisers-luxembourg/

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« on: July 28, 2018, 04:07:55 pm »

Green Car Reports

2018 Nissan Leaf battery technology, a deep dive

Jul 27, 2018

2017 Nissan Leaf showing battery pack (Source: Nissan)

When the first-generation Nissan Leaf debuted in 2011, it quickly became the best-selling electric car in history, with no real competition.

By the time the most recent version debuted in 2017, it was nearly outdated before it left dealers’ lots due to a shorter range than rivals from Tesla and Chevrolet.

The biggest issues with the first-generation Leaf involved low range and the lifespan of the battery pack.

After experiencing higher problems with its battery pack than other electric cars in the first generation Leaf, Nissan has focused attention on the battery pack in the new model, so we dug into what has changed and how the new pack stacks up to the competition.

To improve the range, Nissan has almost doubled the Leaf’s battery capacity from 24 kwh (and 30 kwh in the last models) to 40 kwh in a package with the same volume as the first-generation car.

It has 67 percent more capacity and a 37 percent higher output compared to the 2010, though it’s just 0.9mm thicker. This is a 33 percent increase from the 2017 vehicle.

2017 Nissan Leaf battery cell diagram (Source: Nissan)

The nickel manganese cobalt cells Nissan uses in the latest 40-kwh Leaf battery pack use a new layered molecular spinel structure that is cheaper and delivers more power than the lithium manganese oxide cells in the original Leaf battery.

The battery still has 192 cells but they are arranged in 24 modules of eight cells each, rather than 48 modules of only four cells.

The pouch construction of the new battery creates fewer hot spots compared to other cell construction methods, Nissan says.

2017 Nissan Leaf battery pack and cell construction (Source: Nissan)

A single-layer pack with laminated cell structures keeps the modules cool, Nissan says, despite doubling the battery’s capacity and output.

The company has not modified the cell monitoring, or cooling systems, which has been a key concern for some observers, who worry that the new pack may not last any longer than the originals.

As we reported in April, Nissan slows down charging time if the car is fast-charged multiple times.

Nissan says this significantly reduces battery degradation, though some customers have complained that it also significantly lengthens the time needed to make long-distance road trips.

—J.R. Lance Anderson

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1117928_2018-nissan-leaf-battery-technology-a-deep-dive
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« on: July 28, 2018, 12:08:19 pm »






Agelbert COMMENT: BYD (Build Your Dreams) understands that the key to get most people to switch to EVs is for most people to see the authorities driving EVs. The influence on the average citizen of seeing an EV prominently displayed at any time of the day or night cannot be underestimated.

Regardless of how the citizenry view police behavior, nobody thinks police vehicles are anything but the most reliable type of vehicle to own. ✨👍

This applies in any country on Earth. 🌞

I wish Tesla would move aggressively to give fleet discounts on Model 3 EVs to U.S. big city police. They can outrun most any car out there in a police chase so that alone will interest the police.

Also, the fact that they do not use gasoline, AND will have much lower maintenace costs than gas guzzlers, should interest 💵 😉 any municipality, not just the big cities.

For highway patrol cars, I am certain that Musk could EASILY come up with a 400 mile range lighting ⚡ fast modified Model S that would be the terror of speeders everywhere. 🏁 🧐

There is also much less routine police patrol workload with the autopilot. 👍😎

Once you've got the police AND most other municipality vehicle uses dominated by EVs, and bragging about all the money they save by running them, the public will begin buying EVs in droves.

As soon as EVs are perceived by the public as the BEST, it is game over for gas guzzlers and the hydrocarbon 🦕🦖hellspawn corporations that fight dirty to keep them in our polluted faces.

Positive Perception is not everything, but as any advertiser knows, it makes a GIANT difference. 

Come on Elon, start selling some EV fleets to U.S. cities!

Tesla now has the volume output to do that. Muncipalities have the financing power to buy these fleets so you get the money up front and Tesla has the cost benefit analysis data to convince them that it is a better deal than gas guzzlers.

ALL the mendacious propagandists constantly attacking Tesla products will evaporate as soon as the big cities have HUGE Tesla EV fleets.

Elon, of you don't do it, BYD will. 👀
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 27, 2018, 01:22:31 pm »

Green Car Reports

Tesla and its fans lash out at critics 🐉🦕 🦖commentary

By Eric C. Evarts

Jul 27, 2018

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One of the most vocal critics of electric-car maker Tesla appears to have been silenced.

Known as Montana Skeptic, he wrote 138 articles over three years on the stock-tip website Seeking Alpha.

On Tuesday, he published what he says will be his final article after he claims Elon Musk called his employer and threatened to sue Skeptic over his articles.

It’s worth noting that Seeking Alpha allows authors to publish anonymously, under pseudonyms as Montana Skeptic had. The site requires authors to disclose any stock positions in the companies they cover; Skeptic’s disclosure indicated he held no position in Tesla during his first years of coverage, but that he had taken a short position within the last year.

Cheers and jeers

Some Tesla fans are now rejoicing.

It’s not just CEO Elon Musk going after Tesla critics.

Tesla fans and doubters all over the internet are lashing out with increasing frequency and vigor against almost any coverage of the company they view as insufficiently supportive or insufficiently critical, depending on which side they've chosen.

By drawing such arbitrary lines in the sand, Tesla's vocal critics and supporters have stymied the pace of progress. Worse, they've endangered free speech through intimidation campaigns directed at perceived enemies—when there are very few.

Last weekend, The Wall Street Journal auto critic Dan Neil also deleted his Twitter account after being inundated with criticism of his mostly enthusiastic but nuanced review of Tesla’s new Model 3 Performance sedan.

Montana Skeptic 👹 Tweet criticizing Dan Neil's Tesla Model 3 Performance review

Montana Skeptic 🦖 Tweet criticizing Dan Neil's Tesla Model 3 Performance review:

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Tesla critics called Neil biased and unprofessional, or suggested that he had been influenced by the owners of The Wall Street Journal—namely NewsCorp, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, and the same company owns Fox News.


Those who know the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer or the newspaper’s editorial policies would doubt those claims.

As Jalopnik wrote, “Can a journalist criticize the company without being called a short or a pawn for Big Oil? Can they write something positive without being called a member of Elon Musk’s cult? Evidently not on both counts.”

Musk responded on Twitter Thursday morning expressing hope that Neil would reinstate his account.
 

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Worth another retweet. Hope Dan Neil returns to Twitter. He left due to relentless attacks from short-sellers, who constantly peddle fear, uncertainty & doubt about Tesla. Dan won the Pulitzer & is considered by many to be the best car critic in the world. https://t.co/txW3DDJpth

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 26, 2018


Beyond big names

Things have gotten even worse for writers who lack Neil’s clout—perhaps especially for women.

In a May article in the Daily Beast 🦖, tech writer Erin Biba 😈 noted that female journalists routinely become targets of Tesla fans any time they criticize either Tesla or Musk.

In the article, she notes that every time she or any of several colleagues she interviews in the article mentions Musk on Twitter, they spend half of every day for weeks dealing with a flood of often obscene insults from Musk fans on email and Twitter.


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https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1117904_tesla-and-its-fans-lash-out-at-critics-commentary/page-2
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« on: July 19, 2018, 12:14:53 pm »

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More Powerful 2019 Nissan LEAF Will Have 200+ Mile Range

July 18th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

Brian Maragno, Nissan’s director of EV marketing and sales, released some details about the upcoming 2019 LEAF while speaking at a press event regarding Nissan’s involvement in Formula E racing recently. The current version of the car has the new body style (which is a big improvement over the original) but retains the older car’s 40 kWh battery, 142 horsepower motor, and so-so 150 mile range.

2018 Nissan LEAF

Maragno said the 2019 LEAF will have a larger battery, and while everyone is assuming it will be 60 kWh, there has been no official confirmation of that. The car will feature an ‘E-Plus’ badge and will have a more powerful 200 horsepower motor. Maragno added that the larger battery simply makes it possible to have more power since the more robust motor would drain the smaller battery at a quicker rate.

According to a report in AutoGuide, Maragno said, “When you have a bigger battery with more capacity, it just opens up the door to be able to have more output,” he said. “A larger capacity battery lends itself towards two things. One is obvious: more range. The other one, which is maybe a little less obvious, but equally as true, is additional horsepower and output.”

In terms of range, most people are assuming 200+ miles, but that figure has not been confirmed by Nissan. If the battery is 50% larger, shouldn’t range be 50% more, all other factors being equal? The best anyone can say is the E-Plus should have at least 200 miles of range. Nissan is being coy about when the new car will be on sale. We know it will be sold as a 2019 model but no official release date has been disclosed by the company. It could appear as early as this fall or as late as next spring.

Maragno had lots to say about Nissan’s involvement in Formula E racing, however. “I mean, think about it. 320,000 cars globally, it’s quite a bit. So we’ve learned a ton. When I talk about the competitive edge that gives us, the competitive drive, we have a lot to bring to the table. So it’s really an exciting type of venture for us to get into because we think we could do really, really well with it. And of course it helps round out the EV ecosystem for us. It’s another piece of the puzzle if you will. It represents what we’ve been doing for a long time.” The Nissan LEAF first appeared in 2010.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/07/18/more-powerful-2019-nissan-leaf-will-have-200-mile-range/
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« on: July 17, 2018, 04:24:24 pm »

Rolls-Royce Electric VTOL Concept Means 5 People Flying At 250 MPH

July 17th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart


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https://cleantechnica.com/2018/07/17/rolls-royce-electric-vtol-concept-means-5-people-flying-at-250-mph/

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« on: July 16, 2018, 05:44:41 pm »

The Pure Cycle Capacita eBike Is A Sleek Cargo Bike For Commuters

July 16th, 2018 by Kyle Field

The team at Los Angeles-based Pure Cycles that brought the Volta ebike to the world is back at it again with the launch of the Capacita cargo ebike on Indiegogo.


The Capacita changes the game by adding the ability to haul a significant amount of gear around in the front basket and on the rear rack, while still delivering a beautiful, streamlined bike that looks like it is from the future. Much like the Gazelle Easyflow that we recently featured, the Capacita is built to be more than just a weekender bike, with integrated features that extend the functionality of the bike beyond the task of just moving people around.

For example, the 175 pound | 79 kilogram carrying capacity of the rear rack and optional foot rests on either side means you can put a person back there — or a mini-person, for those looking to haul a family around. Another mini-mini-person can be put up front in a handlebar seat, making the possibility of carrying kids + cargo around on a bike a real possibility.

For me, the prospect of being able to put the kids on my bike for the ~5 minute ride to school from our home across roads that are not safe for them to travel on alone is exciting. It’s worth noting that the 175 pound | 79 kilogram carrying capacity only works as long as the total package stays under the bike’s 350 pound | 159 kilogram total carrying capacity (including all those Impossible Burgers and cotton candy from the store).



The Capacita’s 42V, 10Ah Samsung battery provides for up to 40 miles | 64 kilometers of range from its 350 watt rear hub motor, although that’s not likely to be the case if you’re hauling a full load of kids, cargo, or some combination in between. To accommodate the extra weight, the Capacita had its power bumped up to keep everything moving down the road with the same silky smooth ride as the Volta.

The aluminum-framed bike was designed to be adjustable in order to accommodate riders from 5 feet | 152 centimeters tall to 6 foot, 4 inch | 193 centimeters tall. This is accomplished thanks to the tag team effort from the adjustable seat and stem that extend the functionality of the step-over frame to a wider range of humans. The frame is wrapped up in some serious rubber, with massive 24 x 2.35 fat tires that also add a bit of cushion to the ride.



The Pure Cycle Capacita is available on Indiegogo right now for a price of $1,499 or 2 for $2,599, compared to the MSRP after the campaign of $2,499. The campaign also features the usual array of accessories, options, and manufacturer swag that can be expected on crowdfunding campaigns. Coming from a company that’s been through the crowdfunding racket before with its Volta, the prospect of forking over a large chunk of change like this is a bit more palatable.


https://cleantechnica.com/2018/07/16/the-pure-cycle-capacita-ebike-is-a-sleek-cargo-bike-for-commuters/
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« on: July 16, 2018, 02:34:15 pm »

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The Copenhagen Wheel Was Worth The Wait: My First Ride

July 16th, 2018 by Jesper Berggreen

CleanTechnica’s own Derek Markham wrote about the Copenhagen Wheel from Superpedestrian on Treehugger recently, and Nicolas Zart has a bunch of technical details from the launch of the newest version last year, and last week I finally had the luck to try it out myself.

All things good comes to those who wait
The Copenhagen Wheel was unveiled on December 15, 2009 at the COP15 United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen. The project was conceived and developed by the SENSEable City Lab at MIT and was a showcase of what would be possible in the near future in terms of connectivity and sensors. The first prototypes even had sensors measuring air quality to help guide the rider to the cleanest route.

When I was in the e-bike business myself, I remember impatiently contacting MIT back in 2011 to hear when it would get to market. The first version went on sale in the US in 2013, and finally, long after I had given up making a living on e-bikes, it emerges here in Denmark.


As always, when some new and exiting e-bike tech comes to market, Carsten Obel at E-wheels.dk is quick to try it out. He has secured himself a small batch of the brand new Copenhagen Wheel, and I hurried right over and gave it a spin as soon as he had built his first test bike.

He had chosen a beautiful bamboo frame from Zambikes, fitted it with a carbon fork, leather handles and a comfy seat, and it just looks stunning. The whole bike weighs just short of 20 kg.

Here is a quick rundown on the specs of the Copenhagen Wheel:

Motor: US: 350 W, EU: 250 W

Top speed: US: 25 mph, EU: 25 km/h

Range: Up to 30 miles/48 km

Battery: 48 V – 279 Wh (5.8 Ah) Li-ion

Battery life: 1000 charge cycles

Charge time:
2 hours (80%), 4 hours (100%)

Hub weight: 16.8 lbs/7.6 kg

Wheel size: 26” and 700c

Brake type: Rim brakes only

Bicycle drivetrain: Single speed or 7/8/9/10-gear Shimano and SRAM

Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0)

Smartphone OS: iOS 9 or greater, Android 4.3 or greater

Price: $1499

Looks and feels very high-tech

I only had a short time with the bike, but it was enough to get the I-want-one feeling. The build quality of the Copenhagen Wheel is superb. The shiny red metal enclosure seems very solid, and since the battery is inside the hub, there are no additional wires like we are used to on other systems. The arrangement of the spokes just looks unreal.


It is very easy to fit on a donor bike, but unfortunately it is for rim brakes only, which is a shame since disc brakes are becoming the norm. However, one thing that really stands out on this system is how the regenerative brakes function: you simply pedal backwards when you want to slow down and the force of regeneration is proportional to the speed at which you pedal. I know, it sounds odd, but it works surprisingly well. Regenerative braking works to a full stop and unless you need to brake hard you don’t use the brake levers at all, and thus it mimics the feel you get in one-pedal-driving in electric cars like the BMW i3.

Fully connected and built to share

The system is turned on with a switch on the hub itself, and is unlocked from an app on your smartphone which even has a proximity lock/unlock feature. Set the assist levels you want, and off you go. The readouts on the app are very clear and smooth color animations shows you the current operation, such as whether it is applying power or regenerating. All you need is a mounting device for your smartphone.


One clever detail in the app is the possibility to share your bike with others. Someone with the app installed can be invited by you to unlock the bike. Also perfect for ride-sharing programs in cities.

A strong contender

I have tried lots of different e-bike systems, and the BionX D-series is still the one with the most torque, but the Copenhagen Wheel is actually very powerful and I would rate it somewhere between the very popular Bosch crank Center systems and the BionX direct drive hub systems in terms of acceleration and hill climbing capability.

The author riding the coolest tech in town   

Overall, the ride was remarkably smooth, and I must admit I fell for it right away. The team at Superpedestrian has really done everything in their power to make this extremely advanced piece of technology “disappear” from your awareness when using it. Now it just has to prove strong enough for everyday use in all-weather conditions. One thing comes to mind though: in the freezing cold of nordic winters you have to take the whole bike inside to prevent battery damage.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/07/16/the-copenhagen-wheel-was-worth-the-wait-my-first-ride/

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