Happy holidays, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the second-to-last installment of our EV news roundups for 2022. This week, we’ll take a look at a limited-edition CAKE moped made in collaboration with Polestar, a solar-powered race car made by students, an EV that can alter its track width, and much more. Feel free to send your tips, questions, and holiday cards to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

CAKE X Polestar Moped

The CAKE collab with Polestar based on the Mäkka platform [CAKE]

Swedish EV maker CAKE recently partnered with Polestar to develop a new limited-edition electric moped. The customized version of Cake’s Makka moped will be available in select Polestar markets and costs $5,300. This is the second collaboration between the two companies.

Man Builds Six-Seater e-Bike for $150

How many friends you bringing along to work? To party? [Ashhad Abdullah]

Ashhad Abdullah from Lohra in eastern India hand-built an e-Bike that seats six. Most impressive, he built it for just $150! Ashhad decided to build his bike because of the recent spike in gas prices. His custom creation has about 93 miles worth of range and costs $0.12 to recharge.

New e-Motorcycle Caters to an Underserved Indian Segment

The Pure EV ecoDryft will be part of an enormous boom in EV sales in India. If they can sort their electricity production, it spells good news for India’s air quality. [Pure EV]

PURE EV recently unveiled the first e-Motorbike that will cater to India’s commuter segment. While Indian commuters make up 80% of the country’s motorcycle sales, there are currently no e-Motorcycles that are designed specifically for this market. Called the ecoDryft, the bike will be available in four different colors and is completely developed and manufactured in India.

Flying Cars Will Soon Become a Reality

Terror from the sky!  Although helicopter crashes are fairly rare in urban areas, the question remains, who will be allowed to fly these airborne automobiles? [Lilium]

eVTOL startup Lilium recently secured an additional $119 million in funding in preparation to manufacture a small batch of flying electric cars next year. The startup’s crafts will use a proprietary technology called Ducted Electric Vectored Thrust (DEVT) to achieve vertical lift before flying horizontally. The interior promises several configurations, including six-seat and four-seat layouts, as well as a cargo version.

Compact CT-1 Can Alter Track Width

Squeezing in! The only car that gets narrower on demand, although why you’d want to block other cars in is beyond me. [City Transformer]

Urban mobility company City Transformer just released a petite EV that can change its track width, making it easier for urbanites to park. Called the CT-1, the vehicle can whittle down its track width from 4.5 feet to 3.2 feet. The CT-1 offers the power and performance of a traditional electric car, with top speeds of 55mph and a 111-mile range.

Students Build World’s Fastest Solar Car

The Sunswift 7 kicks solar car booty! The fastest solar-powered vehicle thus far… [UNSW]

A team of Australian engineering students at UNSW recently secured the Guinness World Record for the swiftest solar-powered car over 1,000 km. Appropriately dubbed the Sunswift 7, the car reached top speeds of over 85kph, or 53mph. The race car is powered by solar panels fastened to the hood and roof, as well as a battery. During a test drive at the Australian Automotive Research Center (AARC), the Sunswift 7 drove for 1,000 km in under 12 hours on a single charge – that’s 83km/h (50mph). The students stripped the car of its airbags, AC, and other features to reach a weight of just 1,102lbs.

Global Light EV Market Is Predicted to Skyrocket

The global light electric vehicle market, which consists of two- and three-wheeled EVs, is forecast to reach $130.4 billion by 2028, , representing a market growth of 8.9% CAGR.

EVs Might Be Added to US Biofuels Law

The Biden administration is looking to transform US biofuel blending laws next year. Enacted in the mid-2000s, the Renewable Fuel Standard mandates the number of biofuels that oil refineries must blend into the national fuel mix, or purchase tradable credits from refineries that do. This law is part of the reason large swaths of the Midwest produce millions of acres of corn – for fuel not food, and under the government fuel subsidy. The new proposal would allow EVs that use biofuel-generated power to receive credits, which depends on where you live and where your fuel is generated, of course. The Environmental Protection Agency must finalize the rule by early next summer.



Stephanie Weaver is the EV Editor at The Vintagent, and a Philadelphia-based freelance writer. When she’s not locked to her laptop, she can be found riding horses and motorcycles.
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