Author: ECar

It’s a tale as old as time. Man sees electric bike advertisement touting 50-mile range. Man buys e-bike. Man’s first ride gets 25 miles before the battery’s charge dwindles. Man is justifiably disappointed. So what gives? Why does it seem like you can never trust the range numbers that the electric bike makers tell us? The short answer is that it seems that way because that’s the way it is. You simply can’t trust the range figure printed on an electric bicycle’s marketing material. At least not most of the time. There are several good reasons for this, so let’s…

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Elon Musk had some encouraging words for Ford as the automaker continues to report significant losses from its electric vehicles. There are many ways in which Tesla leads in the auto industry’s transition to electric vehicles. One of them is margins. While virtually all legacy automakers have started on a path to switch to electric vehicles, most of them struggle to make money selling them. Most of them sell EVs at a loss or with a slight positive margin and compensate with their gasoline vehicle business until they can improve these margins. Meanwhile, Tesla is selling its vehicles at a…

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PepsiCo will enter at least one of its Tesla Semis in the Run On Less trucking industry event running for three weeks starting September 11, the company confirmed on Wednesday. The event, which showcases advances in freight efficiency, will provide the first independent performance data for Tesla’s all-electric Class 8 semi-truck, according to Automotive News. “We’re really excited to participate in the run and allow the industry to have access to the insights and the learnings that we are getting from experiencing these vehicles,” Amanda DeVoe, sustainability and technology director, fleet at PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division, said during a panel…

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Alfa Romeo, the famed Italian brand that started its American renaissance almost a decade ago, will launch a large E-segment all-electric SUV in the United States to compete with the Tesla Model X and other zero-emissions models from rival companies. The Stellantis-owned Italian carmaker will design the new SUV in Italy with US customers in mind, according to The Drive, who spoke with the brand’s North American chief, Larry Dominique. Set to be launched in 2027, when Alfa Romeo will no longer sell internal combustion-engined vehicles, the large electric SUV will have an interior size, features, packaging, and tech “ideal…

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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. New episodes of Quick Charge are recorded Monday through Thursday and again on Saturday. Subscribe to our podcast in Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they’re available. Stories we discuss in this episode (with links): Subscribe to the Electrek Daily Channel on Youtube so you never miss a day of news Follow Mikey: Twitter @Mikey_Electric Listen & Subscribe: Share your thoughts! Drop us…

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The RadRunner is an extremely versatile bike that has built up quite a following across the country. Rad Power Bikes is clearly thrilled about its success and has built up an upgraded version of the bike with a new frame and even more capability and christened it the RadRunner 3 Plus. Upgraded The new build introduces a completely reimagined frame with a more angular look and a stronger geometry that translates to a higher hauling capacity of 350 pounds. Building on the improved capacity, Rad Power Bikes introduced a vast new lineup of accessories, panniers, hard shell locking boxes, and…

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Consumer interest in used EVs is on the rise, with some of the most popular gasoline cars getting traded in for EVs, according to data compiled by retailer CarMax. Search traffic for terms containing “electric” on CarMax’s website doubled between February 2022 and February 2023, with a peak 5.6% of searches containing “electric,” in October 2022. CarMax attributes that partly to upticks in gas prices throughout 2022. 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV The most popular EV on CarMax from September 2022 to February 2023 was the Tesla Model 3, and CarMax said the most popular trade-ins for the Tesla were the…

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Costco is offering members a $2,500 discount on the Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge—the Swedish automaker’s two all-electric models. The discount is available on 2023 and 2024 models between May 2 and July 31, according to a company press release. A $1,000 incentive is also available for all other 2023 and 2024 Volvo models. The automaker’s entire U.S. lineup switched to mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or all-electric powertrains for the 2023 model year. Revamped 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge (international spec) Launched for the 2021 model year, the XC40 Recharge is an all-electric version of the XC40 crossover, which is still…

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Lordstown Motors could be in financial trouble. Hyundai’s supplier shows off its e-Corner EV tech with a crab walk and pivot turn. And is a growing group of U.S. shoppers rejecting EVs? This and more, here at Green Car Reports.  In its latest survey data, J.D. Power saw a higher portion of shoppers indicating they were “very unlikely” to consider an EV purchase in the next 12 months than ever before—indicating a growing portion of shoppers may be flat-out rejecting EVs. Although it’s unclear what new factors contributed to that, price and charging were familiar foes.  On Monday, Lordstown Motors…

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Hyundai’s affiliate technology supplier, Hyundai Mobis, has shown its e-Corner modular steering and propulsion system for EVs in real-world testing, and it’s just released a bit more about what the system will allow dynamically.  Put simply, it could dramatically change the maneuverability of electrified urban vehicles, driven or not.  The company already gained attention earlier this year with the system showcased on an Ioniq 5. With steering, braking, and propulsion consolidated into modular units that can be installed at all four corners of a vehicle, it potentially allows a new type of skateboard platform with even more packaging freedom, as…

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