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Tiny EVs in China: Small Vehicles, Huge Market

China is home to the world largest populace, with over 1.4 billion people calling it home. China is also the number one market for all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), as we noted here. Sales of EVs and PHEVs in China dwarf those in the United States, at least partially due to their government’s proactive measures to increase ownership. Much like in the U.S. electric sports cars, motorcycles, and scooters can all be seen on the streets of the PRC.  Conversely, there is an additional category of EV found in China that we don’t see here: the tiny EV. Tiny EVs are extremely popular with Chinese consumers. These vehicles can cost as little as $1,000 and the operator does not need a driver’s license to use them. Sounds great right? Well the...

Faraday: Will the Company Survive to See the Future?

Faraday Future, Inc. is an interesting company to say the least. We’ve touched on the company’s past troubles here, and posted one of its most spectacular and most public failures here. Despite all the turmoil, Faraday is still in business as of the date of this writing. Will the company be able to hang on long enough to bring a car to market? As it always is, the future is uncertain at this time. According to the company’s website, “Faraday Future (FF) is a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company focusing on building the next generation of intelligent mobility ecosystems. Established in May 2014, the company is headquartered in Los Angeles with R&D Center and Futurist Testing Lab, and offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing, Shanghai, a...

AI Powered Hybrid Supercoupe | 965HP Puritalia Berlinetta

There’s a lot to digest here, kids, so I’m going to get right to it. This is the Puritalia Automobili Berlinetta Hybrid. It features a unique and innovative “Purhydrive System” that dynamically process information like weather conditions, traffic data, the route you’re driving on, your state of charge, your current driving behavior, and your typical driving style to maximize your driving efficiency and minimize emissions. Oh– and it makes almost 1000 HP. So, yeah. This Berlinetta’s a thing. The Puritalia’s styling is just that: pure Italian. It’s long hood, short deck proportions evoke some of the most classic shapes of the Ferrari and Maserati GTs from decades past. The coupe is clean, without any gaudy rear wings or splitters to detra...

Sick Electric Scooter Tricks!

Most of our past articles on electric scooters have covered new offerings from manufacturers or changes to laws and regulations. Today, we are going in a different direction: SICK ELECTRIC SCOOTER TRICKS! As my regular readers know, I’m a Youtube aficionado. In my most recent binge, I set out to find videos of riders doing carzy tricks on electric scooters. I won’t lie to you friends, most of the videos were quite lame. I did however, find five that will not disappoint. 1. Jumps and Grinds on a Bird Scooter This video from user UOVDrummer79 features riders doing some pretty cool jumps and grinds on a Bird electric scooter. Not sure that the fine folks at Bird would approve but what are you gonna do? 2. Taking a Bird Off-road  In this video from Dylan Stark, he and his girlfrien...

Indonesia to Offer Incentives to EV Producers and Buyers

The Indonesian Government will offer a series of incentives to increase production of electric vehicles (EVs) according to Reuters. Indonesia is hoping to become the EV hub of Asia, and wants 20% of all cars produced in the country to be EVs by 2025. The island nation is home to Southeast Asia’s largest economy and hopes to begin production of EVs in 2022. “By 2022, production of electric-based vehicles should start,” Indonesia’s Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto told reporters last week. Hartarto further stated that Toyota has pledged to invest up to $2 billion in Indonesia over the next five years, part of which will be spent on EV production. Japan’s Softbank Group is also considering potential EV investments in the country. Softbank has already promised to...

Karma GT Coupe Concept by Pininfarina Headed Stateside

Karma Automotive– formerly Fisker Automotive– has been working hard to reinvent itself after its initial bankruptcy. The new owners, however, seem to be moving things in the right direction. Its reborn Revero sedan is selling steadily, if slowly, and its GT coupe concept by Pininfarina is doing its job of generating press and moving the brand upscale, too. The next step for Karma, then, is to get its product in front of the stylish, well-heeled people it would like for its buyers. To do that, they’ll be taking the GT to Monterey Car Week next weekend in California. That’s right, gang– this multi-million dollar one-off PHEV coupe is coming to America! Long associated with the best-looking Ferrari models, Pininfarina has dabbled in low-volume manufacturing proje...

Maniacs Build 50HP Electric Honda Grom

Every once in a great while, someone comes along to challenge the status quo. They’re called geniuses, maniacs, or something more dramatic. And still, sometimes these brave people come up with an idea that is truly transformational– and that’s exactly what the mentalists guys at ElectroBraap have done by building the bike you see here. Meet an electric Honda grom dubbed Project Electrom, and witness its 50 (fifty!) horsepower all-electric motor with a sprocket the size of a pizza. This particular build starts with an ordinary Honda Grom, then stuffs it full of the hugely effective Alta Redshift MX electric power train. Even though that brand is long gone, at this point, a number of its compact and powerful battery and motor combinations are still out there, waiting to be ...

5 Ridiculously Cool Autonomous EV Concept Car Videos

As my regular readers know, I like to scour the Internet for cool videos so they don’t have to! I’m happy to do it, no need to thank me. My latest list of must see Youtube content features 5 short videos of autonomous, all-electric vehicle (EV) concepts that I hope to see on the road one day. Enjoy! 1. BMW Vision Next 100 So…it kind of looks like a reptile, but not in a bad way. The car is stylish and the technology is cool. If it ever does hit the streets, the Vision Next 100 will be a winner! 2. Renault EZ Ultimo The interior of the EZ Ultimo looks more like a miniature version of my living room than the inside of a car, and I like it! Renault is clearly aiming for customers that have no interest in driving and prefer to relax and/or work in the car. The market for this...

Clean-Vehicle Sales May Be Headed for a Slump in China

It may surprise our readers to learn that China, the undisputed heavyweight champion of pollution is also leading the world in sales of all-electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). China reported sales of 1.26 million EVs and PHEVs last year, up 61.7 per cent from 2017. This is in comparison to sales of 360,000 in the U.S. and 408,000 for the E.U. During the same time frame. While the fact remains that China simply has a huge population, and therefore a huge market, the Chinese government’s efforts to put more clean-technology vehicles on the road are respectable. Beijing has offered several subsidies to new car buyers who purchase “new-energy vehicles (NEVs),” what we here in the U.S. call EVs and PHEVs. These programs were scaled back in June however, ...

VW to Test Self-Charging Autonomous EVs

As first reported by The Verge, Volkswagen will be teaming up with Stable Auto, a California startup, to test self-charging autonomous all-electric vehicles (EV’s). The effort will be conducted under VW’s Electrify America project, an undertaking we mentioned earlier here. The goal of the project is to develop fast-charging stations where self-driving EVs can pull-up and attach to a robotic arm with a 150kW DC charger. The first test site will be built in San Francisco and is scheduled to open in 2020. In a prepared statement, Electrify America’s Director of Infrastructure Planning and Business Development Wayne Killen said: “We believe that reliable, high power electric vehicle charging infrastructure is essential for the accelerated adoption of EVs in the U.S., and reco...

Hydrogen Fuel-cell Lexus LS for 2021 Spied

Lexus redesigned its flagship LS sedan for the 2019 model year, releasing it in ICE and hybrid versions. The hybrid version is good, but Lexus– and its parent company, Toyota– seem to be falling behind in the premium ZEV/EV race, though, especially considering the launch of the Hardware 3 Teslas. Toyota hopes to start clawing some of that gap back next year, however, with the launch of the 2021 Lexus LS FC, caught here in testing by Paul Tan. That news may upset some readers who are under the impression that hydrogen fuel cells are bad, bad things, but there’s still quite a few companies– namely, Toyota/Lexus and Honda— who are believers. They’re partnering with other companies like Shell and Kenworth, too, who have a stake in a liquid fuel infrastructur...

Columbus Yellow Cab Adds Several Tesla Model 3s to Its Fleet

As first reported by cleantechnica.com, Columbus Yellow Cab announced last week that it has purchased ten Tesla Model 3s to add to its fleet. The mid-sized taxi company currently owns about 170 cars, 20 of which are all-electric vehicles (EVs). These newest additions to the fleet demonstrate Columbus Yellow Cab’s efforts to transition to cleaner transportation methods, as well as the company’s interest in further testing electric cars as taxis. In an interview, Columbus Yellow Cab owner and CEO Morgan Kauffman told reporters that the company’s goal was “To show the feasibility of going electric and, potentially in the next few years, do it in a way that is carbon net neutral and make it convenient and appropriately priced.” “We’ve been around for 91 years, and...