Category: Shift

Watch: Unboxing a $1,000 mail order electric car from China


China makes and consumes more electric vehicles than any other nation in the world. It just so happens to make some of the most bizarre ones too. The good folks over at Jalopnik, an online motoring magazine, have given us a look behind the curtain with one of their latest videos. In it, they unbox what is apparently world’s cheapest new car. The all-electric Changli — no, I’d never heard of it either. Jason Torchinsky, Jalopnik’s senior editor, has the pleasure of unveiling the unique ride and, well, it’s certainly cheap. While the “car” started out at around $930 (Torchinsky got…

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Ohio’s government is helping its residents switch to EVs — cutting 1,850 tons of CO2


This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. New figures show that 3,323 electric vehicles (EVs) were sold in Columbus, Ohio over the last three years, exceeding the target of 3,200. Consumer likelihood to purchase an EV also grew by more than 20 percent. The Electrification Program was developed after Smart Columbus, a public-private smart city initiative led by the City…

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Report: GM adds electric van to its upcoming EV fleet in a bid to rival Tesla


Cars and vans are all slowly shifting to electric power as governments around the world tighten emissions regulations. I know it, you know it, and General Motors knows it too. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, employees from the US car making titan revealed that the company is working on a whole host of electric vehicles — at least 20 of them — for release over the next three years. [Read: Germany orders all fuel stations to provide electric charging points] The lineup also reportedly includes a commercial vehicle platform, a van in other words, that is set to rival…

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Autonomous cars won’t prevent as many accidents as we’ve been told, study says


Some 94% of vehicle crashes are caused by humans. This figure is often touted by autonomous vehicle developers when they try to promote the potential value in their tech. It sounds logical: remove humans and road safety will improve dramatically. However, the improvements might not be as dramatic as we’d hope for. According to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only one third of vehicle accidents will be avoided if we pivot to autonomous cars or “robotaxis,” AP reports. The main benefits of autonomous vehicles are that they can’t get drunk or sleepy and can…

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How to reboot shared mobility in a post-pandemic world


Shared mobility must reinvent itself somewhat to adapt to the coming challenges resulting from COVID-19. Operators, software developers, vehicle manufacturers, and public services will all need to be creative in order to find ways to deal with a wide range of social/technical/business issues created or exacerbated by the pandemic. In this article (in 6 parts), we will explore a few ideas on how to build resilient shared mobility solutions for the near future. 1. Safety & hygiene: reconnect with riders Hygiene is perhaps the most significant psychological barrier to shared mobility usage in this era of COVID-19. While scooters, bikes,…

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Elon Musk only has to sell 59 Teslas to offset the CO2 from a single SpaceX launch within a year


Elon Musk is an interesting character. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I don’t always understand what he’s going on about. For example, I find his involvement in SpaceX and Tesla somewhat contradictory. Some might call it a hedge or diversification, I call it dissonant. On one hand, Tesla’s mission is to usher in a new era of clean vehicle and energy solutions and improve the world. On the other, SpaceX is an active attempt to leave the world. What’s more, a SpaceX launch produces loads of CO2, which is the exact opposite of what Tesla is trying…

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Germany to give citizens up to $10K towards a new electric car — doubling its subsidy


As other countries cut subsidies for battery electric vehicles (BEV), Germany is doubling down. As highlighted in a tweet from European automotive market analyst, Matthias Schmidt, Germany is literally doubling its stimulus payments for buyers of electric vehicles. In short, new EV buyers could receive up to €9,000 ($10,000) towards purchase of a new BEV. 🚨BREAKING🚨 Petrol and diesel cars omitted from the German government’s stimulus package. BEVs will see a government contribution for electric cars rise from €3k to €6k with the manufacturer’s contribution remaining the same (€3k). Total €9k for BEV <€40k pic.twitter.com/QRDNgDWzjp — Matthias Schmidt (@auto_schmidt) June… This story continues at The Next Web

UK launches yet another vehicle-to-grid charging trial — but only for 100 Nissan drivers


Powering your home using the energy stored in your electric vehicle (vehicle-to-grid) isn’t commonplace yet, but it could be if trials are successful. Speaking of which, a UK power distribution firm, that manages the energy grid across West England and Wales, has just launched a V2G trial and is giving away free smart chargers to Nissan EV drivers to test its platform, but there’s a catch. [Read: The future of electric motorbikes according to post-war inspired BMW concept art] In an announcement yesterday, Electric Nation, the consortium of organizations involved in the trial, said that it has opened applications to…

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Review: The Burley Travoy is an almost-perfect bike trailer for city life


If you ask me, every e-bike should be able to carry some cargo. Some cyclists do everything to minimize the weight and maximize the aerodynamics of their two-wheel machines. But as someone who uses e-bikes as veritable car (and subway) replacements rather, I need to be able to run most of the errands I’d regularly do using a larger vehicle. The Burley Travoy makes it so I needn’t have to choose. An ingenious cross between a bike trailer, a handtruck, and a granny cart, the Travoy has helped me haul all sorts of things I’d never imagined I’d be able…

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The future of electric motorbikes according to post-war inspired BMW concept art


Automotive design has been transformed over the past 100 years. Body shapes are smoother, more refined, and vehicles are bigger all round, but there are some general design cues that still hold up. But what about vehicles like motorcycles, how is the electric revolution likely to change how our motorized two-wheeled vehicles look?  [Read: BMW is reportedly working on a 1,000HP all-electric M5 that’ll rival Tesla’s Plaid Model S] Firstly, let’s take a look at a few iconic examples from years gone by to see how things “used to be.” More specifically, let’s look at a fast bike, an adventure…

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