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Fonzarelli NKD – Electric Motorcycle from Down Under

The hottest segment in motorcycling right now isn’t big-bore adventure tourers or over-the-road sofas, it’s mini motos. Small, fun, agile, and lightweight motorcycles like the Honda Grom that don’t require too much investment and don’t themselves too seriously but still deliver in terms of fuel economy and practicality. Following close behind the growing popularity of these bikes, however, is the coming onslaught of electrics– but Australian EV builder Fonzarelli has beaten the big four to the punch with a new, fun, bite-sized electric motorcycle called the NKD. They’re billing it as, “Australia’s first locally designed, manufactured, and retail-ready emission-free motorbike,” and it perfectly captures a sort-of chunky, go-anywhere, urb...

Can Your Household Go Fully Electric?

If you’ve ever assumed that you “need” a gasoline powered car in your household for things an electric vehicle just can’t do, think again. Maybe you only have one car and wonder whether an electric would work for you. Or perhaps you’re already enjoying an electric vehicle but have a secondary vehicle, or spouse’s vehicle that relies on fossil fuels just in case. I’m here to tell you that for most of us, an electric vehicles meets all driving needs. The Federal Highway Administration publishes the average annual mileage that drivers drive per year by age. The aggregate amount (that is, both males and females) driven by both the 20-34 and 35-54 age groups is about 15,000 miles per year. A study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that...

5 New Cars that Really SHOULD Have Been Electric 2019

Battery technology has come a long way over the last decade, with mainstream electric products from General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla proving over and over again that EVs are more than capable of being, you know, real cars. As such, I feel like a lot of you are reading this and thinking, “All cars should be electric!” and that’s true– but that’s not what this post is about. Instead, I’m taking a look at the current crop of 2019 cars powered by internal combustion engines, thinking about what purpose and what customers they serve, and then picking the ones that I think would serve that same purpose and that same customer BETTER by being electric. Once I had my list, I narrowed it down to 5 New Cars that Really SHOULD Have Been Electric for the 2019 model ...

EVs and Electricity Bills

One of the most common questions I have gotten in 5 years as an EV owner is “how much did your electricity bill go up?” My short answer: it didn’t. When my husband and I moved into our single home with central air and an in-ground pool, we were shocked by the electricity bill. We came from a typical Philly row home (a block of brick houses all connected) where utility costs were low. In the first 3 years living there, we made several notable purchases: LED light bulbs, high efficiency washer/dryer, variable speed pool pump, a new 10 cubic ft. refrigerator to replace the 30 year old beast behind our bar, and a Tesla Model S 85. Comparing our first 6 months in this house (2012) with those same 6 months the first full year we had an electric vehicle (2015), we actually used ...

Video: Harley LiveWire and the Sound of Silence

The embattled Harley-Davidson motorcycle company has been pushing hard to reinvent itself in recent years, with sporty new products and new marketing campaigns that target a younger, more more modern, more genteel demographic. Its most publicized and expensive attempt to get people to think of Harley as a modern company, though, is undoubtedly the LiveWire electric motorcycle. It is massively important, and its success represents nothing less than the survival of an independent HD– which begs the important question: how does the LiveWire sound? Yes, I know it’s silly to talk about how important an electric motorcycle’s sound is. Still, this is Harley-Davidson we’re talking about. Remember that, “for decades, the sound of a Harley-Davidson was at least as impor...

GM’s Autonomous Taxi Service is Behind Schedule

GM announced plans to launch Cruise, a large-scale fleet of autonomous taxi and rideshare cars based on a “driverless” version of its all-electric Chevrolet Bolt model, early last year. It was an ambitious project, and it had an equally ambitions timeline: to launch by 2020. We’re halfway through 2019, however, and it may already be too late to overcome all the unexpected government hurdles and technical issues that are standing in the way of GM’s success. For their part, executives at GM are still putting on a happy face when it comes to Cruise. “We’re working aggressively,” said GM CEO Mary Barra when asked about the project last month. “Our rate of iteration continues to improve. So, that is the position we’re in and that’s the...

Volkswagen Secures EV Batteries Through 2023

Between its Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands, the Volkswagen Group has committed to building more than 300,000 electric vehicles in 2021. That’s a whole lot of electric cars from the company that, not too long ago, was touting the benefits of “clean diesel”. As such, you can imagine that some people doubted the company’s commitment ability to deliver. VW, though, claims they’ve locked down a battery supplier … for a full three years. “I can confirm that for the first years of our plan, a sufficient supply of cells has been contractually secured,” said Thomas Ulbrich, the Volkswagen brand management board member in charge of electric mobility. He also added that the contract would ensure this was the case until 2023 in a bid to remove all dou...

Retrotastic: Meet the Regent Electric Motorcycle

As far as motorcycles are concerned, the 70s are definitely coming back, from Honda’s new, neo-cafe styling school to Suzuki’s reborn Katana. The future, meanwhile, remains stubbornly electric. As such, it was only a matter of time before some enterprising young minds married that classic, UJM look to a more modern electric powertrain, right? Right– and it was Regent who seems to have got there first. Based in Sweden, Regent is hoping their bike’s clean, fuss-free, and classic UJM styling will help them become a sort of retro-Zero in Europe. They seem to be doing pretty well getting at it, too. As I write this, they’ve already pre-sold 78 of the 100 bikes they hope to build on their initial run, with articles on sites like this one and Electrek doing nothing t...

Mazda Set to Launch its First EV, Rotary Hybrid in 2020

Despite the company’s continued commitment to developing internal combustion engines like the new Sky-activ X, Mazda is planning to launch its first production-ready electric car sometime in 2020. Given the carmaker’s history of developing fun, sporty cars, that should be exciting news for Hiroshima and EV fans alike. Perhaps more exciting, however, is news that Mazda hasn’t given up on a new rotary engine. “We are jointly developing a new EV architecture with Toyota,” Mazda CEO, Akira Marumoto, explained in an interview with Automotive News Europe– but that’s not the car he’s talking about. He clarified, adding that Mazda “will introduce our own EV on a Mazda architecture in 2020.” That 2020 electric Mazda is expected to be a uni...

309,000 Electric Trucks Expected to Hit the Road by 2023

Companies like Volvo, Tesla, and Navistar are pushing hard to develop commercial-grade electric trucks, but it’s hard to imagine how electric trucks– which still require more downtime for recharging than ICE-powered trucks do for refueling– might be a profitable choice for fleet operators. Despite that, a recent report from research firm, TechNavio, concluded that the global electric truck market would grow to more than 309,000 fully electric and hybrid electric trucks by 2023. Their reasoning is based on one thing: cheap batteries. “The continuously reducing battery prices are expected to boost electric truck demand in the forthcoming years,” reads a sample of the report, distributed by TechNavio. “The battery cost is decreasing continuously owing to th...

VW ID.R Set to Defend Goodwood FOS Title

Volkswagen’s ID.R electric race car continues to re-write the rules of what electric cars are supposed to be capable of. In the last few years, the car has set records at both the perilous Pike’s Peak hillclimb and the Nürburging’s “Green Hell”, as well as at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, VW and its increasingly legendary driver, Romain Dumas, are headed back to Goodwood to defend their 2018 title. Dumas’ 2018 run up the world’s longest driveway was the third quickest in the history of that great event, and is 100% worth watching if you haven’t seen it, already. You can check out the 2018 run at this link, then read the official 2019 press release on the ID.R’s return, below. Enjoy!   Volkswagen ID.R Returns to Goodwood to D...

French Gov’t Votes to Uphold 2040 Fossil Fuel Ban

The French government this week moved to turn their stated goal of making the country carbon-neutral by 2050 into law, in a move that will uphold a planned ban on the sale of fossil fuel-powered cars after 2040. “We have target for carbon neutrality by 2050, and we need a credible trajectory towards that, which includes a ban on the sale of vehicles that consume fossil fuels by 2040,” French Transport Minister, Elizabeth Borne, said on Tuesday. She believes the move will help the French auto industry switch to electric or hydrogen-electric vehicles. “Since the start of Emmanuel Macron’s term, our target is the climate plan that Nicolas Hulot announced in the summer of 2017. We will now inscribe this target into law.” The new “electric mobility law”...