Stephanie Weaver

The Current News - Jan 25, 2023

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome back to The Vintagent’s EV news roundup. We have some really neat stuff for y’all this week, including an electric self-balancing wheelchair, Honda’s hot new releases, and the world’s first fully forged carbon fiber e-Motorcycle. If you see any EV stories that excite you, please share them with us at stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

Scewo Reveals Self-Balancing Electric Wheelchair

Improvements to mobility vehicles are long overdue: let's hope the Scewo will become affordable and widely adopted. [Scewo]
Lauded as a pioneering design by the medical tech industry, Switzerland-based company Scewo recently unveiled its self-balancing, stair-climbing electric wheelchair at CES 2023. Designed for optimal comfort and safety, the BRO e-Wheelchair is outfitted with sensors, a camera, and modifiable configurations. Users can operate the wheelchair from an app or joystick and steering console.

Meet the World’s First Fully-Forged Carbon-Fiber e-Motorbike

Small but very light and extraordinarily strong: the Magron Novus eBike in forged carbon fiber. [Rush Lane]

Rush Lane published a story earlier this week that immediately caught our attention. Bengaluru-based startup Magron Novus recently introduced the world’s first fully-forged carbon-fiber e-Motorcycle. Currently being test ridden, the bike features a fully-forged carbon-fiber body and a 7.5kWh battery pack.

Honda Releases e-Cubs in China

Hey, when Honda last released a Cub, it sold 100Million+ ...so how will this new version be received? [Honda]

We’d like to thank Eric for sending us some big news from Big Red. Honda finally released an electric version of its iconic Cub line in China. Hailed as the world’s top-selling motor vehicle, the Honda Cub has gained a huge fanbase since it first hit the market in 1958. Honda’s new e-Cub lineup includes three variants: the Cub e; the Dax e, and the ZOOMER e. To meet China’s e-Bike regulations, all three versions have top speeds of just 15.5mph. Hopefully, we’ll soon get some e-Cubs stateside.

BMW is Trying Out Solid-State Batteries

Solid state batteries are one promising possibility to relieve the need for massive Lithium and other rare earth mineral mining operations. As well, they promise better energy density. [BMW]
Through a collaboration with Solid Power, luxury automaker BMW will start testing solid-state battery technology. The company is preparing to develop a new line in Germany to test the solid-state cells and plans to present a working prototype before 2025.

Michael Blast’s New e-Scrambler is a Stylish Ride

A new entry into the highly competitive, highly popular eBike market for small street bikes. [Michael Blast]
Vancouver-based e-Bike manufacturer Michael Blast recently released a new retro-inspired e-Bike dubbed the Outsider. The punchy e-Bike comes in two trims, including 500W and 750W, both of which can reach speeds of 20mph or more.

Lazzarini Design Unveils Flying Foil Superyacht Concept

eOligarchs, anyone? Can you be green and still consume 10,000 times more resources than an average human? [Lazzarini]
Italian design studio Lazzarini Design unveiled renderings for a jaw-dropping 74m “flying” superyacht. Dubbed the Plectrum, the vessel is powered by a unique foiling system and runs on three hydrogen-powered motors that are capable of producing 5,000hp each. The Plectrum can lift itself above the water before reaching speeds of up to 75 knots. The superyacht is modeled after America’s Cup Prada sailing yachts. The Plectrum’s interior layout is subdivided into four decks, with enough space to fit six guest staterooms, a helicopter hanger, and a bow-lifting garage.

 

 

 

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.

The Current News- January 20, 2023

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the latest installment of our EV news roundups. This week, we’ll be taking a look at Devot Motors’ first electric motorcycle, a new moped-style e-Bike, big news from HD, and more. See anything you’d like us to cover? Please send it to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

Devot Motors Unveils Its First e-Motorcycle Prototype

The Indian market is coming our way, and the Devot is one of the many possible offerings on its way. [Devot]

India’s 2023 Auto Expo ended with a bang this week with Jodhpur-based EV startup Devot Motors unveiling its first e-Motorcycle prototype. The new production-ready e-Roadster concept features neo-retro bodywork, keyless start, TFT dash, and a 12.7-horsepower motor that juices the electric runabout. The bike can reach up to 75pmh and is promised to run for 124 miles on a single charge. The new model is slated to hit the market later this year.

Bugatti’s New e-Scooter

Not the first Bugatti two-wheeler: the factory built a couple of interesting machines just after WW2. But that's another story. [Bugatti]

Through a partnership with tech company Bytech, Bugatti recently released a luxurious, high-performance e-Scooter priced at $1,200. The new scoot features “self-repairing” tires, a 36V/15.6Ah battery, and can cover 35 miles on a single charge.

The Perfect e-Scooter for Tech Lovers

The Felo is the aggressive sports e-scooter we didn't know we were waiting for! [Kymco]

Kymco’s partner brand Felo recently released an awesome electric scooter that’s a tech lover’s dream come true. Called the FW06, the new scoot offers superior acceleration and advanced technology. Modeled after the Kymco F9, the FW06 is available in two variants, including an 80Ah lithium-ion battery-powered model that offers 68 miles worth of range. The premium version sports an 88Ah battery with an 87-mile range.

Affordable New e-Bike Hits the Market

Made in San Diego, the Ride1Up joins the market for lightweight ebikes. [Ride1Up]

San Diego startup Ride1Up recently released a moped-style e-Bicycle that won’t break the bank. Called the Revv1, the retro-themed e-Bike features 1970s mini-bike and moped styling. The Revv1 is available in two versions that both feature 750W motors and top speeds of 28mph. The starting price for the Revv1 is $1,899 for the front-suspension model and $2,399 for the full-suspension version.

H-D Confirms It’s Going All Electric

Earlier this week, Harley-Davidson CEO Jochen Zeitz confirmed that the company has plans to make e-Motorcycles its new norm. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise given the massive success of HD’s spinoff brand, LiveWire. According to Zeitz, the transition won’t happen overnight, so internal combustion engine enthusiasts shouldn’t start panicking just yet.

EV Chargers of the Future

Earlier this week, automaker Audi revealed new EV charging cubes made from the battery modules of dismantled test vehicles. The cubes provide 72 charging points, with each cube housing 198 battery modules with additional space for 132 more. Cumulatively, the cubes store 1.58MWh of energy, with each cube providing 24 charging points and 500kWh of energy.

Vanwall to Release Electric Hatchback

The next 'hot hatch'? Vanwall joins the frenzy for fast soccer moms. [Vanwall]

British race car maker Vanwall is planning to release an electric hatchback next year. Dubbed the Vanwall Vandervell, the new EV features throwback styling that is reminiscent of 1980s Lancia Delta Integrale rally cars. The hatch will be outfitted with 22-inch wheels, a carbon-fiber front splitter, and a rear spoiler. The Vandervell comes in two variants, churns out 580hp, and can travel up to 280 miles on a full charge.

Kawasaki Drops Tot-Sized e-Bikes for Little Riders

How cute is that? No doubt Kawasaki has its eyes on future markets: start 'em young. [Kawasaki]

Want to get your kids in on all the EV action? If so, Kawasaki’s new Elektrode electric balance bike is the perfect option. Suitable for children as young as three, the Elektrode features a 250W in-wheel brushless electric motor and three selectable speed modes with a passcode parental lock.

Meet the New Hybrid Corvette

Looks great, but will you be able to insure it? Corvettes are notorious for single-vehicle accidents...meaning owners with lead feet and little experience. Perhaps the EVette will have enough tech to prevent issues... Chevrolet]

The long-awaited hybrid ‘Vette is finally here! The 2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray combines an electric motor with an LT2 V8. The electric motor is mounted at the front axle, allowing for 125 lb-ft of torque that feeds the front wheels. The new E-Ray pumps out 160 ponies and can go from 0 to 60 in under three seconds.

 
  

 

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.

The Current News- January 13, 2023

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the second installment of our EV news roundups for 2023. This week, we’ll be covering CAKE’s new report on zero emissions, a design student who conceptualized an e-Scooter way back in 1995, tons of new charging networks, and more. See any stories you think we should cover? Shoot them our way at stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

Slick New e-Bike Makes Its Debut

The Nocturne is a smart and safe cycle from Edgenity. [Edgenity]

Japanese design firm Edgenity recently unveiled its newest e-Bicycle, the Nocturne. The sleek new bike features linear-styled LED lights at the front and bright red rear ones below the seat. Both sets of lights display bright bursts to help nighttime riders be more visible. Thanks to the high-output motor, the Nocturne has a maximum torque of 40Nm, making it great for adrenaline junkies. More safety-conscious riders will appreciate the e-Bike’s advanced sensors, which alert them to road surface inclinations and weather changes.

A Battery that Doesn’t Die?

Coat your gold nanowires with manganese dioxide and stick em' in plastic to make a forever battery! [UCI News]

Researchers at the University of California at Irvine recently developed a groundbreaking technology that could significantly extend the lifespan of EVs, computers, smartphones, and even spaceships. The researchers found that by coating the gold nanowires in batteries with manganese dioxide shells and then wrapping them in an electrolyte made from Plexiglas-like gel, batteries become much more reliable and failure-resistant. Their first prototype endured almost 200,000 recharge cycles during a three-month period.

Big Plans for New Charging Networks

New charging networks will soon be coming to North America. Luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is planning to build 400 hubs featuring 2,500 chargers across North America by 2027. Meanwhile, urban mobility company Revel is slated to open the largest charging hub in the western hemisphere in New York City.

Designer Conceptualized e-Scooters Almost 30 Years Ago

Tue Behir has been developing his concept for the STILRIDE chassis for 30 years! [STILRIDE]

While EVs are fairly new concepts, STILRIDE co-founder Tue Beijer has been conceptualizing them for decades. In fact, he created his very first ideation and iteration of the Sport Utility Scooter way back in 1995 and displayed his concept at the Turin Auto Show Italia in 2000. Beijer’s latest innovation is a project for his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art in London. The sleek design is inspired by BMW with just a touch of Lamborghini’s aerodynamic aesthetics.

 A Not-So-Pristine Start Toward Zero Emissions

This box represents the total volume of CO2 required to produce a CAKE Kalk. [CAKE]

e-Bike manufacturer CAKE released a new report this week about the world’s journey toward zero emissions. The report found that though driving an EV is considered zero emissions, the overall carbon footprint is not zero. The term “zero emissions” refers only to the use phase of the vehicle. While EVs don’t produce any tailpipe emissions, they do create emissions from a life-cycle perspective. Even the electricity used to power the battery has a carbon footprint. Report the full report here.

New Solar-Powered Car Is Priced to Please

The Lightyear 2 is a more affordable EV at about 30% less than average cost. [LIghtyear]

According to Kelley Blue Book, the average price of an electric vehicle is $66,000. Want a more affordable option? Then check out the solar-powered Lightyear 2. Priced under $43,000, the new four-door fastback features both solar panels and a plug. This allows the car to charge in about a third of the time as conventional battery-electric vehicles and provides an additional 500 miles of range between charges from the grid. Production is slated to start in 2025.

 

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.

The Current News- December 31, 2022

Happy New Year, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the final installment of our EV news roundups for 2022. This week, we’ll take a look at electric batteries made from hemp, Fuell’s e-Motorcycles gearing up to hit the market, and a reimagined Volcon e-Motorcycle. Also, how’re we doing? Are there any EV topics you’d like to see more of? Feel free to send us your thoughts, tips, and feedback to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

Sustainable Batteries Made from Cannabis

Bemp is working on new battery coatings made from hemp to supplant Lithium and other nasty chemicals, and dramatically reduce the environmental impact of batteries. [Bemp]

Bemp Research is out to revolutionize the EV sector. The Texas-based company is currently developing new EV batteries coated with hemp to make them more durable and sustainable. The company promises that its hemp batteries will charge in just 20 minutes and have twice the range of traditional lithium-ion batteries. Bemp Research is hoping to make its cannabis batteries available to the market by 2026.

Revival Cycles Reimagines Volcon e-Motorcycle

Revival reboots the Volcon into a cool e-ADV funster. [Revival Cycles]

EV-maker Volcon recently approached Austin-based Revival Cycles to recreate its Grunt e-Motorcycle. . The company closely collaborated with designer Ed Boyd to draft several CAD designs of the Grunt before choosing to experiment with new fiberglass bodywork. While the new bodywork was being reworked by hand to seamlessly fit the frame, Revival removed the stock subframe and built a new cantilevered design using smaller 7/8-inch tubing. This made the bike shorter and narrower. Revival also relocated all of the electrical components, including the motor controller and 12V regulator, closer to the motor using custom brackets for a tidier wiring harness. Additionally, Revival stripped down and powder-coated the bike, sanded and polished the wheels and swing arm, and freshened up the aesthetics with fun, bright paint.

Bertone Releases Hypercar Powered by Plastic Waste

The rich go faster on garbage! Bertone explores new power sources for its supercars. [Bertone]

To celebrate its 110th birthday, Italian design firm Bertone recently unveiled a sleek new supercar that is powered by plastic waste. Called the GB110, the slick coupe cranks out 1,100hp and 1,100Nm of torque. The company claims its car can go from 0 to 60mph in just 2.79 seconds. The vehicle’s most stand-out feature is its ability to burn fuel made from plastic waste. Bertone partnered with Select Fuel to use its patented technology that converts polycarbonate materials into renewable fuel. Bertone will only release 33 units to the market.

Huck Cycles Starts Production of Stinger e-Motorcycles

The new Huck Stinger is made in the USA, and ready for production. [Huck]

North Carolina-based e-Bike manufacturer Huck Cycles is beginning production of its latest model, the Stinger e-Motorcycle. The company, hailed for its retro-inspired e-Mopeds that are hand-built by Americans, will release two versions of the Stinger, including Standard and Performance Upgrade models. Both versions weigh about 200 pounds and feature adjustable seat heights, hydraulic disc brakes, and 17-inch wheels.

Fuell Relaunches Pre-Order Campaign for Fllow e-Motorcycle

Ffinally Ffuell Fflow! We've been waiting for Erik Buell's new baby for some time: does the shape look familiar? [Fuell]

Electric mobility company Fuell will soon be relaunching a pre-order campaign for its Fllow e- Motorbike. While the bike was originally slated to hit the market in 2021, the global pandemic derailed Fuell’s plans. The Fllow features a 47-horsepower electric motor, can produce a staggering 553 lb-ft of torque, and has top speeds of 85mph.

Ola to Launch Premium Line of e-Motorcycles

Ready to take over the world: Ola started out with eScooters, and is moving into eBike and even SUVs. The Indian motorcycle industry is enormous, and switching to EVs [Ola]

Indian e-Scooter company Ola Electric recently announced its big plans to release e-Motorcycles over the coming two years, as well as an electric SUV in 2025.  Given the enormity of both the Indian vehicle market and the Indian motorcycle industry, we'll certainly see a few juggernaut eBike companies coming soon the streets near you.

Audi Turning Old Laptops into New EV Batteries

Is the age of battery recycling upon us? [Redwood Materials]

Audi dealerships across the US are collecting old electronics—from laptops to toothbrushes—to recycle them into new lithium-ion batteries.  Partnering with Redwood Materials, a pioneering lithium battery recycler, Audi hopes to push the industry forward in this age of critical future materials shortage.

 
  

 

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.

The Current News- December 21, 2022

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.

The Current News- December 14, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Can y’all believe how fast the time is flying by? The New Year will be here before we know it. For this week’s EV news roundup, we’ll be taking a look at CAKE’s new ATV for regenerative farming, a DIY eVTOL kit, underwater mining robots, and much more. As always, please send us your tips and feedback to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

Meet the Sleek STILRIDE Sport Utility Scooter

A new category? STILRIDE's sport-utility scooter with an amazingly futuristic steel chassis. [STILRIDE]

Our friends over at STILRIDE recently unveiled a stunning new e-Scooter called the STILRIDE Sport Utility Scooter 1. The scooter is made using the company’s innovative STILFOLD technology, which uses the principles of origami to promote sustainable metal manufacturing and fabrication methods. The STILRIDE scooter will be featured at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles next summer. The company hopes to create STILFOLD manufacturing cells to build e-Bikes both on-site in Stockholm and in targeted cities worldwide, including LA.

CAKE’s New Semi-Autonomous Electric ATV

Yo Wall-E! CAKE's new autonomous agriculture drone: far more useful than a delivery drone on the sidewalk. [CAKE]

CAKE recently announced that it will be developing a new semi-autonomous ATV for regenerative farming. Called Kibb, which means “ox” in the local ancient language of “Gutniska,” the electric four-wheeler is designed to handle light agricultural tasks with minimal environmental impact. The Kibb can operate with or without a driver and will alleviate some of the daily duties associated with regenerative farming. While the Kibb is still in the early stages of development, CAKE hopes to release it to the public in 2025.

 Build Your OWN eVTOL

Up Up and Away! Home-built helicopters have always been a (dangerous) thing, and now we can do it EV style. [Rotor X]

Air mobility manufacturer Rotor X just released an “easy to build” DIY eVTOL kit. All parts of the aircraft will be shipped to users, along with a video guide and instructions. Rotor X is also allowing users to enroll in its builder assist program, where they’ll learn how to assemble and fly their new personal helicopters. 

Deep-Sea Metal Mining Robots

Less menacing and hopefully less destructive to the seabed: metal mining on the seafloor using drones. [Impossible Metals]

Impossible Metals’ deep-sea mining robots now make it possible to harvest battery metals from the seabed without destroying the habitat. The underwater vehicles activate their camera and arms to identify and collect crucial minerals along the seafloor as they hover just above it. This keeps them from disrupting nearby marine animals.

No License is Required to Drive This 500kg-Payload EV

Pedelec with a payload! So many ways to use EVs in urban areas, and 'last mile' delivery needs to move away totally from gas-powered vehicles in urban areas. [Fiil Cargo]

The Fiil Cargo Pedelec may be small, but it sure is mighty. This compact EV has a 500kg payload and doesn’t require a license to operate. You can use it to easily move gear and goods all around town. The only caveat is that this cargo bike is limited to 15.5mph, and you still have to do some pedaling.

Metorbike’s Dapper New Electric Moped

Cafe racer moped style from Meteorbike, looking very cool. [Meteorbike]

We love mopeds!  And Hamburg-based EV startup Metorbike just released a handcrafted café-style e-Moped. The bike, which can be customized to your exact specifications, is outfitted with a removable 1.6kWh lithium battery that offers 60km worth of range. The e-Moped has top speeds of 50 km/h, making it perfect for the city.

New e-Motorcycle Can Be Converted into a Snowmobile

For cold-climate folks, here you go...anywhere in the snow. Year-round EV fun. [Daymak]

Canadian manufacturer Daymak recently unveiled a new multi-role EV that can function as an e-Motorcycle or snowmobile. As soon as the harsh winter weather hits, simply swap out the two wheels for a set of track and ski attachments.

 

 

 

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.

The Current News- December 9, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the first installment of our EV news roundups for December. This week, we’ll look at a 3D-printed electric car, Tesla’s first semi, an e-Bike and car hybrid, and many more. If you see any stories you think we should cover, please send them to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Our inbox is always open. Let’s roll.

Eysing by Pininfarina

Need slick, modern urban transport? Check out the Eysing e-moped designed by Pinfarina! [Eysing]

Eysing was founded by four Dutch friends as an updated homage to Eysink, a Dutch motorcycle brand whose most famous product was the Alpenjager single-cylinder of 1938.  Eysing was founded in 2017, and builds charming retro e-mopeds.  This year they've collaborated with legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina on a slick modern version of their e-moped platform, called the PF40, and introduced just last weekend at the Masters Expo in Amsterdam.  First deliveries are expected in a little over a year, at the beginning of 2024.  

Scottish Startup Rolls Out Bollinger-Esque EV

Wait, is it a Bollinger? Nope, it's a Munro, rugged as the Scottish mountains it's named after. But there's a connection... [Munro]

Scottish startup Munro - the Scottish term for 'mountain' - has recently released images of its new EV, the boxy MK1, that looks a hell of a lot like a Bollinger.  There's a reason for that, beyond the brand's stated aim of producing a strictly utilitarian EV truck: British designer Ross Compton formerly worked at Bollinger on the design of the B1. There are of course other design cues present, mostly early Land Rover, but the monochromatic, geometric, no-frills no-grills design of the Munro Mk1 is clearly a kin of the Bollinger...but since that company has given up on private vehicle production to focus on the commercial vehicle market, we suppose the market space for a geo-ute is wide open.  Munro claims that its five-seater electric SUV can crank out 375 ponies and has a range of about 186 miles thanks to the 82.4kWh battery.

Meet the Animal, a 3D-Printed Electric Car

The Animal doesn't look particularly savage. Perhaps it's a domesticated animal, like a dog or cat or hamster. Anyway, it looks like a Tesla. We do applaud its innovation in materials, though. [LIUX]

A Spanish startup has recently claimed that it has made the most sustainable electric car the world has ever seen. LIUX’s 3D-printed car, dubbed the Animal, is made from recyclable materials, including bio-resin and plastic. These materials make up 90% of the plant-based car, including the interiors, outer skin, and chassis components. The company has also removed any unnecessary design elements, only using parts that are simple to assemble, repair, and recycle. The 3D molds of the bodywork and chassis allow LIUX to cut CO2 emissions, energy, and manufacturing times by as much as 70%.

Tesla Unveils Its First Electric Semi

Coming soon to a rearview mirror near you, the terrifying Tesla truck. [Tesla]

EV automaker Tesla recently shipped its first  electric semi-truck to PepsiCo. Aptly called the Semi, the battery-electric Class 9 rig is outfitted with a tri-motor layout similar to those found in the Model X Plaid. Tesla’s Semi has a range of about 500 miles.  Will it include a 'self driving' mode?  We certainly hope not.

Electric Canoo Being Considered by the US Army

The Canoo LTV has a future-war vibe that suits a fully-funded military industrial complex just fine. And hey, we can maintain the dream of American Empire and be green! [Canoo]

EV startup Canoo recently released its Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to be evaluated by the US Army. The EV can be converted from a flatbed truck to a pickup truck, enabling it to haul tactical equipment. Since the vehicle is not armored, it will not be driven too close to the front lines. The LTV features a proprietary all-wheel-drive system and cranks out up to 600hp. To help it navigate rugged terrain, it incorporates a raised suspension, air springs, and 32-inch all-terrain tires. "The LTV is another milestone proving the power of our technology and how it can be used, even in tactical situations," said Canoo CEI and chairman, Tony Aquila.

Berlin-based Startup is Ready to Revolutionize Urban Mobility

ONO, it's going to revolutionize urban delivery! [Onomotion]

Berlin-based startup Onomotion recently unveiled its first e-Bike and car hybrid product. Called the ONO, the e-Cargo bike merges the flexibility of a bike with the durability and capacity capabilities of a truck. This provides folks with an effective and sustainable way to move goods. Currently, the company has a few hundred vehicles on the road in Germany. Onomotion has plans to expand its footprint across North America and Europe. The startup’s vehicle-as-a-service model allows customers to pay monthly fees for vehicles, chargers, containers, servicing, and maintenance.

YouTuber Builds Cordless Tesla Hybrid

How f*cked up is this? A noisy little Honda gas-powered generator transforms a Tesla into a nasty kinda hybrid. [Warped Perception]

YouTuber Warped Perception recently posted a video of his build of the world’s first cordless Tesla. The influencer embarked on a 1,800-mile journey without needing to stop and charge his vehicle. Instead of its traditional plug-in charger, Warped Perception used an adaptation of a power plant generator that burns gas to keep the Model S fully juiced.

 

 
  

 

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.

The Current News: Dec 2, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome back to our weekly EV news coverage. This week, we’ll be covering an electric convertible sportscar, GM’s road to EV profitability, technology that can charge a car in 72 seconds, and more. What EV stories resonate with you? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to reach out to us at stephanie@thevintagent.com with your tips, feedback, and questions. Let’s roll.

University of Michigan Students Build e-Superbike

The Atlas e-Bike from the UM crew. [Leo Lavigne]

University of Michigan engineering students recently built an e-Superbike that can  reach speeds of 160mph. Dubbed the ATLAS, the e-Motorcycle is set to compete in international races and is constructed from a 2001 Yamaha R1 frame.

Meet the New Electric Convertible Sports Car

Meet the new Project Thunderball, with a bit of William Lyons in the inspo mix.  Take your cues from the best, no? [Weismann]

German automaker Wiesmann recently revealed its new electrified sports car, the Project Thunderball. The two-seater convertible is the first of its kind on the market and is outfitted with twin electric rear-mid-mounted motors. Churning out 680 ponies to the rear wheels, the Project Thunderball can go from 0 to 62mph in just 2.9 seconds. The carbon-fiber frame makes the vehicle light as a feather, clocking in at just 3,747 pounds. The EV has a target range of about 310 miles due to its high-voltage battery capacity.

GM is On the Road to EV Profitability

Recently, General Motors stated that the company’s EV profit margins could equal those of its internal-combustion models by 2025. The automaker is relying on tax credits of up to $7,500 to drive more EV sales. “We expect our EV portfolio will be profitable in 2025, including projected greenhouse gas benefits and revenues from software after-sales. And this is before the benefits of the new clean- energy tax credits,” CEO Mary Barra explained at GM’s Investors Day on November 17 in New York.

Fiat’s New EV Hot Rod

Fiat Abarth EV. An electric scorpion? [FIAT]

Fiat recently unveiled its new 2023 Fiat 500 Abarth, an electric-battery hot rod that makes 173 lb-ft of torque and 155hp. Featuring a 42kWh battery pack, the compact car has about 200 miles worth of range and can go from 0 to 62mph in seven seconds.

New Technology Makes 72-Second Charging Times Possible

Swiss startup Morand recently introduced its Morand e-Technology, which promises to
recharge a car in as little as 72 seconds. The hybrid system mates chemical battery and ultracapacitor capabilities and is ideal for EVs that require semi-frequent charges of five minutes or less, including e-Bikes and city cars.

Lancia Rebrands Itself as an EV Maker

Et tu, Lancia? A conceptual sketch of Lancia's EV, with a nod towards their 1970 Stratos HF Zero. [Lancia]

Lancia recently unveiled a new design language and logo in preparation to enter the EV sector. Inspired by the iconic Delta and Ypsilon models, the new branding initiatives will position the Italian automaker as a luxury EV brand. Its first concept, the Pu+Ra Zero, is slated to hit the market in 2024. "Born from the crasis of the words 'Pure' and 'Radical,' Lancia Pu+Ra Design is the name of (Lancia's) new and sustainable design language, which inspired the future style of Lancia cars, and that will be unique and destined to last,” Lancia explained.

Archer Releases New Production eVTOL

Large-scale electric planes are very much cutting edge, and we'll see how they fly... [Archer]

Archer Aviation recently unveiled its new four-seater electric aircraft, Midnight. The eVTOL can reach speeds of up to 150mph and fly as far as 60 miles. The company wants to certify the eVTOL with the Federal Aviation Administration in 2024.

 
  

 

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.

The Current News: Nov 25, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers and riders! After you feast on turkey and mashed potatoes, be sure to catch up on the latest EV stories. This week, we’ll take a look at the limited-edition Montage Electric Coupe, future plans for hybrid motorcycles, a windshield-less electric sports car concept, and more. As always, please send your tips and quips to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

Alpha Motor’s Limited-Edition, Custom-Built Electric Coupe

Looking like a childhood memory of a William Lyons design, the Alpha Motors coupe is retrolectric. [Alpha Motors]
Want to live in the lap of electric luxury? If so, Alpha Motor’s new exclusive custom-build EV, the Montage Electric Coupe, is right up your alley. Scheduled for limited production in the US, the Montage will be constructed on a custom-built EV platform that is developed from the ground up using the company’s proprietary development process. The Montage will be outfitted with a custom-built Electric Drive Unit (EDU), predicted to churn out 150kW of power and 3,335Nm of torque. The coupe will also feature a custom-built lithium-ion battery pack with 250 miles worth of range.

Vitesco’s Hybrid Motorcycle Concept

Going places? The Vitesco hopes so, on its hybrid Husqvarna. [Vitesco]
German powertrain supplier Vitesco recently unveiled a running example of a hybridized Husky at EICMA to demonstrate how a bike’s weight and performance will be impacted by a hybrid-electric powertrain. While the prototype’s appearance may look wonky, try and see past it to the promises of double available torque and a 75% decrease in emissions. Vitesco outfitted the Husqvarna with a 48-volt, 16hp electric motor, which is a starter/generator from the company’s auto supply business. The kit also includes a “powertrain domain control unit” that sends power to either the electric motor, the combustion motor, or both. The battery pack has a mere 1.5kWh of energy storage, but it has enough range to get you around town if you’re traveling under 37mph. Vitesco says the entire system adds about 44 pounds to the bike’s existing weight.

GAC Design’s New Avant-Garde Electric Sports Car Concept

An ecstasy dream? The GAC certainly looks intriguing, and carved out. [GAC[
GAC Design recently released its new EV sports car concept, the GAC Barchetta. The avant-garde concept lacks both a windshield and roof. Instead, it sports triangular steel bars which are anchored on the inside of a hollowed cabin. The flattened chassis contains compact batteries and the mono-material aluminum body is elegant and lightweight. The GAC Barchetta’s seats and steering wheel are made from recycled plastic.

Lucid Drops Details About the 2024 Gravity Electric SUV

Deep on the luxury end of the EV spectrum, the new Lucid SUV will vie with Range Rover and Rolls Royce. [Lucid]
Earlier this week, California-based luxury EV maker Lucid revealed new details about its 2024 Gravity electric SUV. The new model promises more range than any other electric vehicle currently available on the market, with the exception of the 520-mile Lucid Air sedan, of course.  The SUV will offer a glass roof option and be available in two- or three-row forms.

Porsche Debuts New 800-Volt Platform

If its Porsche, it will be powerful. We see a lot of EV Porsches on the streets already. [Porsche]
Porsche has plans to expand its EV offerings with its upcoming Premium Platform Electric battery-electric platform. The new platform is promised to support 707 lb.-ft. of torque, 603 ponies, and an 800-volt architecture. The Premium Platform Electric will be modular and will be able to support both all-wheel and rear-wheel-drive systems. The platform’s rear motor is “positioned particularly far back, resulting in a slightly rear-focused weight balance with the ratio of 48% to 52%.”

US Aims to Electrify All Buses and Trucks by 2040

The US has joined a global effort to achieve 100% zero-emission truck and bus sales by 2040. The new move was announced last week at the COP27 climate summit. Sixteen other countries have signed the non-binding Global Memorandum of Understanding on Zero-Emission Medium-and Heavy-Duty Vehicle, including Canada, Norway, New Zealand, and Turkey. "This global partnership will leverage the billions of dollars in clean transportation investments provided by President Biden's agenda to drive technological innovation, lower vehicle costs, and reduce transportation emissions,”  US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said at the summit in Egypt.

 

 

 

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.

The Current News: Nov. 18, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the third edition of our EV news roundups for the month of November. This week, we’ll be taking a look at an e-Bike made of plywood, the new EV Fiat, a 3D printed hybrid e-Bike, and more. Send your tips, questions, and feedback to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

 Plywood e-Bike

The ElectraPly is a novel construction, using plywood and off-the-shelf hub motor. [Electraply]

There’s a new e-Bike on the market, and it’s made of plywood. Fittingly called the ElectraPly, the eco-friendly bike is made from sustainable plywood. Its design was inspired by the iconic Yamaha SR250 scrambler.  It's a possible DIY construciton, should you be so inspired.

Take This 3D Print Hybrid e-Bike for a Spin

Looking like an '80s art project, the UILA is a 3D-printed four-wheeled bicycle, with an electric boost. [UILA]

Berlin-based design studio nFrontier recently unveiled an innovative e-Bike concept that looks like a cross between a small EV and cargo bike. The four-wheeled, two-seater UILA is a sustainable way to transport passengers and payloads of up to 250K. The pedal-operated drive train means that the rider doesn’t need a driver’s license to operate the EV and can ride it in bike lanes. The UILA was developed in partnership with 3D print company Stratasys.

Electrify Any Bike in Seconds

Cool or what? The PikaBoost turns any bike into an eBike, for when you want a boost. Try it on the Tour de France! [PikaBoost]

Do you have an old, rusty pedal bike sitting in your garage? Breathe new life into your bike with LIVALL’s PikaBoost, a portable converter that transforms any bike into an EV. The e-Bike conversion kit includes a motorized hub, controller, and battery pack that can easily be assembled onto your bike in under 30 seconds. The PikaBoost is also equipped with an intelligent control algorithm and rotary gyroscope, allowing riders to navigate all types of road situations. Some kits aren’t as helpful. Amazon and other large retail companies are now facing criticism for selling kits and devices that enable e-Bikes to be upgraded to illegal speeds for as little as $100.

Future EVs Could Be Powered by Lithium Sulfur Battery Cells

 The race to develop more affordable EV battery cell materials is on. A recent article published by The Economic Times stated that future electric vehicles arriving after 2025 might shift to using lithium sulfur or sodium ion battery cells, which are up to two-thirds cheaper than the lithium-ion cells being used today.  The materials used - sulfur and sodium - are far less environmentally destructive to mine, and if they can be made stable, could prove a far greener alternative to Lithium.

Two-Way Charging is the New Favorite Hack of EV Owners

As electric vehicles with plugs become more ubiquitous, many owners have begun using two-way charging methods to power other electric devices in their home or business, including camping stoves, power drills, and even tea kettles. CAKE has been promoting this with its :work series - using the bike's batteries to power tools, instruments, even cooking utensils and food delivery warm boxes.  It's also proposed as a way to stabilize a power grid with multiple generation sources, with everyone's EV being used as a buffer for excess electricity demand or production.  And 'old' L-ion car batteries can be used with great economy for home power storage (solar or wind), since they don't need 100% efficiency to run your lights, washing machine, or a/c at home.

New Electric Fiat 500 to Hit the Market in 2024

The new Fiat 500e, just like the old Fiat 500, but e. [Fiat]

It began life as the Topolino in the 1940s, then became the Fiat 500, the microcar for the masses.  Fiat is hoping to capture the same market share as before with their new 500e, the latest EV, available to the market in 2024, intended as the ideal EV for urban dwellers.

 

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.

 


The Current News: Nov. 11, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the latest installment of our EV news roundup series. This week, we’ll be taking a look at tree-based batteries, a foldable carbon-fiber bike made from vegetable resins, Honda’s new EM1e, and why Arrival will move production to US soil. Read an EV story that you think we should cover? Drop us a line at stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

CAKE’s Beefy Bukk

CAKE's new Bukk is a 250-class off-road eBike, and we understand they'll offer a road version in the future, just as they did with the Kalk. [CAKE]
CAKE recently dropped its latest off-roading e-Bike, the Bukk. It will be the biggest and fastest model the company has ever made.

Tree-Based Batteries

Batteries made from trees? As more investment pours into EVs, battery tech will become more sustainable. [StoraEnso]
Stora Enso, a leading provider of renewable packaging products, is now developing batteries for EVs that are made from trees. Most trees are composed of 20% to 30% lignin, which is a complex organic polymer that gives woods its rigorousness and rot-resistance. Stora Enso is transforming lignin by-product into a fine carbon powder, which will be used to make electrode sheets and rolls which are fused with different components, including separators and positive electrodes, to turn them into lithium-ion batteries.

Folding e-Bike Made from Veggie Resin

A folding bicycle made from plants? Manufacturers concerned with their carbon footprint are exploring options, always. [Ossby]
Mobility company Ossby recently dropped a lightweight folding e-Bike that is made from a composite of plant-based resins and recycled fibers. Called the Ossby Geo, the bike’s frame is promised to be stronger and more eco-friendly than the aluminum foldable bikes on the market, while still weighing less than 25 pounds. The Geo has a range of about 31 miles thanks to its 250W DC motor.

Honda’s New Little Electric Commuter

In the battery-swap camp like Gogoro, Honda's new eScooter the EM1e. [Honda]
Honda recently unveiled its new commuter e-Scooter, the EM1e, at the EICMA show in Milan. The neat thing about this little scoot is its quick-swap batteries, allowing it to swiftly replenish its energy supply. The EM1e will be available in the EU next summer.

A New Gorgeous Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Is Here

Promising 500hp and a 3-minute charge - big promises from new player Hopium Māchina Vision.

First unveiled during 2022 Paris Automotive Week, the Hopium Māchina Vision is the first high-end hydrogen-powered sedan the world has ever seen. Set to hit the market in 2025, the Māchina features an electric motor that is juiced by hydrogen fuel cells and offers 620 miles in range, 500 ponies, and top speeds of 143mph while being able to be refueled in just three minutes flat.

Arrival is Arriving in the US

Arriv(al) in style: a new concept in EVs coming to the USA for the tax credits. [Arrival]

EV startup Arrival recently announced its plans to shift production stateside, with North Carolina predicted to be its main manufacturing base. The company cites the Inflation Reduction Act as the reason for the move, which offers between $7,500 and $40,000 in tax credits for commercial vehicles.

Another Six Figure EV Is Hitting the Market

The Aerha is an Italian luxury EV with 800hp and a 500-mile range. [Aehra]
Italian electric vehicle startup Aehra recently revealed its ultra-lux electric SUV. Slated to enter production in 2025, the new EV promises to deliver 500 miles worth of range and features a dual-motor layout with 804hp. Priced at $140,000, the SUV was designed by Filippo Perini, formerly of Lamborghini.

California Voters Say “No” to Taxing the Rich for New EVs

This week, California voters rejected a measurement that would have increased tax rates on incomes over $2 million to help produce more electric vehicles. Most of the funds would have gone to programs that help people buy EVs or to install more chargers.

Shared e-Scooters Reduce Carbon Emissions 

A new study from German research institute Fraunhofer ISI found that shared e-Scooters can reduce carbon emissions within major city transportation networks. The researchers surveyed Lime scooter riders from Paris, Stockholm, Melbourne, Berlin, Dusseldorf, and Seattle and found that these riders would have taken a taxi or car if the scooter sharing service wasn’t available.

 

 

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.

The Current News: October 28, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to our final EV news roundup for the month of October. This week, we’ll be taking a look at an e-Motorcycle with 1,000+ computer chips, off-roading EVs, the first megawatt-level battery energy storage system, and more. As always, send your tips, questions, or feedback to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

An EV Off-Roader that Performs Like a Mini Jeep

Le Bagnole is a 1000lb ADV EV, and an alternative take on what one needs to spend money on for advantures. [Kilow]

Leave it up to the French to design something totally unique and practical. EV startup Kilow recently revealed its compact electric off-roader, La Bagnole. Part petite pickup and UTV, the tiny 1,000-lb EV can conquer rugged terrain thanks to its modest yet powerful 16kW powertrain. The lil’ La Bagnole can fit two passengers and 650L of cargo or gear.

A Moto-Robot you can ride

Do you need it, or does it need you? Maybe neither! DaVinci of the AI variety. [DaVinci]

The Davinci DC100 is a smart self-balancing e-Motorcycle equipped with more than 1,000 computer chips and 200 advanced sensors. This helps the bike keep track of the surrounding environment, road conditions, motor and battery temperature, and movement status. America’s First Megawatt-Level Storage System Earlier this week, Electrify America opened the first ever megawatt-level battery energy storage system for EV charging stations in California. The new system allows for increased independence from the grid by collecting energy during off-peak hours or from its solar canopy.

Zero Partners with BDR

Zeros exploring remote places? That's looking more possible every year. [Zero]

Zero Motorcycles just announced its new partnership with Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) to make electric ATV riding more accessible. While all of the details of the new partnership haven’t been revealed, the BDR crew will display EV charging stations on its digital maps and use electric bikes to scout out two new BDR-X routes.

BMW Thinks It's Hydrogen

BMW's CEO is gambling on hydrogen as the next fuel, while still building EVs. Why? If it can be made cheaper, it's much simpler and potentially less environmentally destructive. [BMW]

Luxury automaker BMW thinks that hydrogen is the next big thing. During a recent interview, Oliver Zipse, chairman of BMW AG, stated, “After the electric car, which has been going on for about 10 years and scaling up rapidly, the next trend will be hydrogen. When it's more scalable, hydrogen will be the hippest thing to drive.” The company, which has been experimenting with the use of hydrogen for years, is currently developing fuel-cell systems for a production version of its hydrogen-powered iX5 SUV. According to Zipse, the car will be available in the US within the next five years.

Biden Doles Out $2.8B to Boost Electric Battery Production in US

Made in America? Maybe, but the USA is 15 years behind China in committing to battery production... [Reuters/ Kevin Lamarque]

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden announced $2.8B in grants to increase EV battery production in the US. Twenty companies received grants that ranged from $50M to $480M, including Mercedes and Tesla. The grants aim to expand America’s supply of EV battery components and reduce reliance on China.  According to a recent article published in The Economic Times, American automakers need more time from legislators to meet the country’s mineral requirements for electric vehicles. The Inflation Reduction Act currently requires car manufacturers to have 50% of critical minerals used in electric batteries come from US allies or North America by 2024. This number rises to 80% by the close of 2026. Auto makers, including Volkswagen, believe the industry cannot keep up. VW is also entering into direct purchase agreements in preparation for the worst natural and supply chain shortages it has ever seen.

Studies Show EV’s Carbon Footprint Will Decrease Over Time

Simply driving EVs will decrease our carbon footprint significantly, argues this report. [Autoweek]

Recent reports indicate that electric vehicles have a lower lifetime carbon footprint than traditional combustion-engine cars at just 19,000 miles. At the 200,000-mile marker, ICE vehicles will emit 66 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, while battery EVs account for 39 tons, according to the report.  Not a miraculously lower figure, but significant.  The problem of consumption and lifecycle carbon are not addressed in the report, which assumes a simple swap of EVs for ICEs, with no changes in behavior.

Lucid’s First At-Home EV Charger

Lucid is entering the fray on home EV power stations: even if EVs are overtaken by hydrogen, we still need battery storage for homes... [Lucid]

Lucid Motors recently debuted its first at-home charger. The wall-mounted unit, priced at $1,200, can be used both indoors and outside, produces 80 miles of range per hour of charging, and charges at 19.2kW.

 

 

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.

 


The Current News: Oct 20, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the third installment of our EV news roundup for the month of October. This week, we’ll be taking a look at NASA’s solid-state battery research, Rolls-Royce’s electric debut, the advanced intelligence of the Polestar 3, and more. As always, please send any tantalizing leads to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

The Ultimate Overland Toy Hauler

The ultimate toy hauler/camping rig? Maybe you don't need that monstrous 4x4 Sprinter after all...[Ryder]
Want to get off the grid? If so, meet the Ryder from Australian manufacturer Offline Campers. Designed for overland vehicles, the Ryder allows you to fit up to three motorcycles in its deck while giving you a place to sleep at night thanks to the rooftop tent. The Ryder holds about 28 gallons of water, has an outdoor shower, and includes 210 amp-hours of AGM batteries, with both AC and DC charging stations, including a MPPT solar controller. This makes this hauler great for digital nomads.

Meet the Boxy New Brainchild of Solid EV

The Solid EV concept is exactly that - bulky. But tough looking. [Solid]
Voyager, a Dutch company, was recently commissioned by Netherlands-based Solid EV to build an e-Moped, called the Solid CRS-01. The bike features a boxy body, bulky wheels, and has top speeds of 45km/h. “We took a highly modular, product-like approach, using cost-effective materials such as sheet metal to build a self-supporting monocoque frame also doubling as the exterior panels of the motorcycle,” Voyager’s team explained.

Meet the Upgraded Hydrofoil Bike

Bicycling on water is the next wave of watersports and fitness. [Manta5]
Manta5, a company based in New Zealand, recently unveiled its second-generation model of the Hydrofolier SL3 hydrofoil bike. The electric watercraft uses a throttle-only launch and a patent-pending mechanical design that allows novice riders to boost their competence within minutes. When a rider stops moving, the EV will lower into the water until the chassis is floating on the water’s surface.

NASA is Going Above and Beyond with Solid-State Battery Research

Finally, the best brains in the business focus on terrestial issues: batteries. [NASA]
Shout out to Raúl for sending us this story! As part of their commitment to sustainable aviation, NASA researchers are making headway in developing a safer, more efficient battery pack that is commonly found in EVs. NASA’s Solid-state Architecture Batteries for Enhanced Rechargeability and Safety (SABERS) research team has successfully raised their battery’s discharge rate by a factor of 15, moving them closer to their ultimate goal of powering a massive vehicle. Researchers also discovered that solid-state architecture enabled them to change the battery’s packaging and construction, saving weight and boosting the amount of energy it can store.

Rolls-Royce Makes Its Electric Debut

It's Spectre, not S.P.E.C.T.R.E. - that would be an Aston Martin EV. [Rolls Royce]
Earlier this week, Rolls-Royce debuted its first fully electric production car. Hitting the market in 2023, the Spectre is an electric luxury coupe that offers supreme performance, thoughtful design touches, and a whopping 260-mile range. The EV also promises to deliver 577 ponies and 664 lb-ft of torque, which is the equivalent of the Ghost Black Badge’s twin-turbo V12 torque output.

Meet the Most Intelligent EV On the Road

Polestar from Volvo is packed with tech, as one has come to expect in the EV space. [Polestar]
Polestar’s first SUV, the 2024 Polestar 3, might be the smartest EV on the roadways. Among the SUV’s many highlights include an estimated 300-mile range, 489hp, 620 lb-ft of torque, and an array of AI and driver-assistance tech, which comes standard. The Polestar 3 will be available in North American markets late next year.

See Renault Like Never Before

Are we ready for an ADV EV? Renault thinks so. [Renault]
Renault recently unveiled its 4EVER Trophy at the Paris Motor Show. The handsomely rugged EV gives us dune buggy vibes. The 4EVER Trophy boasts major ground-clearance capabilities thanks to the shortened front overhangs, LED lights, and a 42kWh battery pack, which promises 250 miles worth of range.

Poseidon Amphibworks Corporation to Develop Amphibious Three-Wheeled EV

As sea levels rise, perhaps this is the most practical EV of all? [Poseidon Amphiworks]
California-based Poseidon Amphibworks Corporation recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a street-legal, three-wheeled amphibious EV. Called the Trident LS-1, the patent-pending vehicle is aimed to solve the mobility challenges caused by ever-increasing wetlands and rising sea levels. “We are so excited to finally launch this opportunity for the public to join us in developing this vision of practical, affordable amphibious electric vehicles that not only perform but are efficient both on land and in bodies of water. With like-minded investors to help us, we are confident we will get our vision into production as soon as possible… After prototypes are tested within the next five years and services are established in main coastal markets around the world, we hope to have over 1000 vehicles sold globally, with many more exciting developments in the horizon beyond,” said Steve Tice, CEO and Founder of the company.

Telsa's Autopilot is Killing Motorcyclists

Tesla's 'autopilot' mode is anything but, and regularly fails to recognize motorcycles before it's too late.

From CNN:

Tesla’s Autopilot was involved in a third fatal motorcycle crash this summer, raising questions about the driver-assist system’s ability to operate safely. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already launched investigations into the first two crashes and gathered information on the third crash. More details of the latest crash surfaced Monday. The three fatal crashes occurred in a 51-day span this summer and follow a similar line of events: A person driving a Tesla in the early morning hours with Autopilot active strikes a motorcycle.

The crashes renew questions about whether users of the systems are kept sufficiently engaged and prepared to fully control the vehicle when needed. Research has shown that drivers glance away from the road more frequently while using Autopilot, and that many Autopilot users believe their cars drive themselves.

Tesla’s Autopilot system keeps the vehicle in its lane while traveling at a set speed, and drivers are instructed to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times. The automaker says it detects torque on the wheel and uses a camera near the rear-view mirror to determine driver inattentiveness, and uses alerts to remind drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

Ingrid Eva Noon was riding her motorcycle in Palm Beach County, Florida at 2:11 a.m. on Aug. 26 when an impaired driver using Tesla’s Autopilot impacted the rear of Noon’s motorcycle, throwing her onto the Tesla’s windshield and killing her, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office. Driver-assist crash data that automakers like Tesla must report to NHTSA was published Monday and revealed that Autopilot was engaged.

A Tesla driver using Autopilot struck a motorcycle lying on a road on July 7 at 4:47 a.m in Riverside, California. The motorcyclist, who had already fallen off the bike after hitting a dividing wall, was killed, according to California Highway Patrol. The Tesla did not strike the rider, who had already been ejected, California Highway Patrol said.

The recent crashes suggest the Tesla system is insufficient, according to motorcycle advocates.

Motorcycle safety advocates say they’re concerned that the software fails to see motorcycles and lulls Tesla drivers into a sense of complacency and inattentiveness. The advocates say that the government’s vehicle safety regulations do not adequately protect motorcycle riders and that steps should be taken to better protect them, including testing driver-assist systems like Autopilot for motorcycle detection.

The American Motorcyclist Association has cautioned for years about the risks of emerging driving technologies not adequately detecting motorcyclists.

“If this issue is not addressed early in developing automated vehicles,” it wrote to NHTSA last year, “The consequences will prove disastrous for motorcyclists.”

 

 

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.

The Current News: October 12, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Fall is in full swing and the second installment of our October EV news coverage packs some heavy hitters. This week, we’ll take a look at an EV made from a Factory Five Racing Cobra, Tesla’s new electric ‘Semi’ trucks, and a sustainable sailboat concept made from algae-based biopolymer. As always, send us your tips, quips, and tricks to stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

The New E-Kawi

Finally, an electric Kawasaki powersports machine? [Kawasaki]

Kawasaki recently wowed us with the unveiling of its electric motorcycle prototype at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany. The new e-Motorcycle is clearly inspired by the company’s stripped down Z400 naked bike. However, further details are still under wraps.

Meet the Electrified Factory Five Racing Cobra

Among the coolest American cars of history goes electric. Even faster than the fastest American roadster? [Factory]

What would you get if you combined a Factory Five Racing Cobra and a Tesla powertrain? The result would be the new Scorpion EV, a limited-production electric roadster that will be on display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas next month. Born in Temecula, CA, this exquisite EV is made from a Factory Five Racing Cobra, a Tesla powertrain, and some proprietary software and controllers. Packed with unrivaled power, the Scorpion EV is available in 600-hp or 1,000-hp, all-wheel-drive versions.

Tesla to Deliver ‘Semi’ Trucks to Pepsi in December

Be afraid. Be very afraid. The Tesla truck is coming. [Tesla]

Earlier this week, Elon Musk announced on Twitter that his company would be starting production for its all-electric ‘Semi’ delivery trucks. The first 100 EVs will be delivered to Pepsi on December 1. Thanks to their advanced autopilot technology, the electric trucks will be able to avoid collisions and position the driver at the center of the vehicle for optimal control and visibility. Tesla’s ‘Semi’ trucks promise ranges between 300 and 500 miles and will consume less than 2kWK/mile energy, saving over $200,000 in fuel.

Sustainable Sailboat Concept Made from Algae

It's a beautiful thing, a sailboat made of algae and recycled refuse. [Furf Design Studio]

More companies than ever before are prioritizing sustainable, eco-conscious practices. A prime example of this is the recent collaboration between designer Cesar Pieri and Furf Design Studio to create a unique sailboat concept called the Second Sun. The sustainable sailboat will be made from ocean plastic and algae-based biopolymer. The result is a minimalist design with an even smaller carbon footprint.

All-Electric Flying Car Flies the Dubai Skies

Flying cars over Dubai. Or at least, a takeoff. [X2 eVTOL]

A new electric flying car made its first global appearance this week when it successfully took flight over Dubaii. After being granted a special flying permit from the Dubai Civil Aviation. Authority, the X2 eVTOL completed a demonstration flight during the opening day of the GITEX global technology show. Built by Xpeng Aeroht, the eVTOL seats two people, can reach up to 3,200 feet above the ground, and has top speeds of 130km/h for 35 minutes.

Honda to Produce Battery Modules in Ohio

Honda digs in on battery production with LG in the USA. [Reuters]

Big Red just announced that it would be joining forces with LG Energy Solution to develop battery modules in Ohio. The joint venture will involve retooling several of Honda’s Ohio plants so that they will be able to produce EVs based on the e:Architecture platform, which is slated for arrival after 2025.

Let GM Power Your Home Electrically

Look out Tesla, GM is coming for you... [GM]

GM has plans to become the Tesla Power Wall's biggest rival with its new Ultium Home energy system. The automaker will soon be offering systems for home energy storage for bi-directional charging, vehicle-to-grid charging, and vehicle-to-home charging. The systems are scheduled to start rolling out in 2024.

 

 

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.

The Current News: Oct. 6 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the first installment of our EV news roundup series for the month of October. This week, we’ll cover Tesla’s strange humanoid robot, a new sci-fi e-Scooter, and New York’s push to ban gas vehicles. If you see anything interesting you’d like us to cover, shoot us an email at stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

 

Bandit9 Unveils a Sci-Fi e-Scooter

The Nano is the latest kickass design from Bandit9, this time in the form of an eScooter. [Bandit9]
Designer Darryl Villanueva and his Vietnam-based vehicle company Bandit9 have been featured on The Vintagent and included in our Petersen Museum exhibits in the past, as Villanueva's skills are world class.  From futuristic lightweight Honda clones to EV cars looking like F1 refugees, Bandit9 consistently moves the needle forward on anything they touch.  The latest project on two wheels is a sci-fi-inspired e-Scooter. Called the Nano, the futuristic scoot features a robust frame crafted from Rolex steel and a sleek, metallic sheen. Created for city dwellers, the scooter is available in two different models and has a 60-mile range.

Meet a Four-Wheeled e-Scooter

The Dragonfly is stable without gyros...with four wheels, is it a standup car? [Dragonfly]
A new four-wheeled e-Scooter recently hit the market. Called the Dragonfly, the scoot is touted as the “world’s first hyperscooter.”  Made of carbon fiber and aluminum, with 10" tires and 4-wheel independent suspension, the Dragonfly weighs 40lbs and folds up flat.  With 3 ride modes from a handlebar display, top speed is reckoned to be 30mph in Mode 3...but we reckon hackers will pump up the volume on that in short order.  After all, we've seen 70mph standup eScooters before...can this be even quicker?

One EV Is on Its Way to Pre-Production While Another Drags Its Feet

The Faraday is on its way, with over 1000hp on tap - quite the fam wagon! [Faraday]
The long-anticipated electric crossover from Faraday Future is finally on its way to pre-production. Called the FF91, the EV promises to churn out 1050 ponies and has a range of just under 400 miles, thanks to its impressive 130kWh battery.

Lordstown's groovy ePickup is on hold while they raise funds. Go for the commercial market, folks, to secure a financial pipeline. Just sayin'. [Lordstown]
Another company isn’t so lucky. Ohio-based EV truck maker Lordstown still needs to raise the funds to build the remainder of its Endurance electric pickups. While the company plans to release 50 trucks by the end of the year, the remaining 500 vehicles are on hold until further notice.

 

Charge Cars to Debut the Charge ’67 at the Petersen Museum

The Charge '67 is surely an electric Bullitt, shooting silently across our urban streets. Will the remake be silent? [Charge]
London-based EV-maker Charge Cars recently announced that it will be debuting its electric AWD carbon fiber modernized 1967 Mustang, the Charge ’67, at the Petersen Museum in LA later this month as part of its US launch. Production is limited to just 499 vehicles. The Charge ’67 can go from 0-62mph in under four seconds, cranks out 536hp and 1120 lb.-ft. of torque, and features a Ford-licensed bodyshell, custom suspension, and AC Racing brakes. “We are delighted to be in Los Angeles with our partners to celebrate the launch of the Charge '67 in the United States. It’s the ideal destination for our technology, design and performance, which has come to life in such an exciting way,” said Vadim Shagaleev, CEO of Charge Cars.

 

Yamaha Bicycles Releases All-Mount e-Bike Models

No trail is impossible with super-sophisticated technical assistance. Yamaha's new eMTB is all that. [Yamaha]
Yamaha Bicycles recently announced the addition of two YDX-MORO models to its e-Bike lineup. Called the YDX-MORO 07 and YDX-MORO 05 models, the bikes are outfitted with a PW-X3 drive system that boasts a max torque of 85Nm, while ensuring 250W nominal assist, 500W maximum assist, and power assist up to 20mph. The bike’s Automatic Support Mode gives the right amount of assist based on riding conditions, allowing riders to conquer any obstacle on the trail. “The PW-X3 drive unit is 10% lighter and 20% smaller, while producing more torque and the most ‘Pure Ride’ feeling of any e-MTB on the market,” stated Drew Engelmann, Sales and Marketing Manager at Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles.

 

New York Aims to Ban New Gas Vehicles by 2035

It's happening on the streets of NYC already: it's hard to find a gas station in Manhattan, but EV chargers will be everywhere...

Not wishing to be outdone by California, the Empire State recently adopted a plan to phase out the sale of new gas trucks and cars by 2035. The plan will require 35% of light vehicle sales in the state to be zero-emissions by 2026. This percentage will increase to 68% by 2030, and then to 100% by the target year.

 

A Human Tesla

In the 'fuck that!' category of true Halloween stories, Tesla's ethically challenged CEO builds an AI version of himself, for his own clone army and eventual takeover of Mars. Amirite? [Tesla]
Leave it to Elon to turn the terrors of The Terminator into reality. Earlier this week, the Tesla CEO unveiled a humanoid robot prototype during the company’s AI Day. Called Optimus—really, Tesla?!—the robot uses software derived from Tesla’s cars to move itself and is powered by a 2.3kWh battery. According to various sources, the robot can be used to tackle tasks you don’t want to do yourself, including office work and gardening. If you want your own creepy robot servant, it’ll cost you around $20,000.  No guarantees it will not kill errant children or motorcyclists.

 

Fresh Funds 

  • The global battery materials market is forecast to cross $120B by 2027
  • Euler Motors raised $60M in series-C funding led by GIC Singapore to beef up its manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure

 

 

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.

The Current News: September 29, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the last installment of our EV news roundup for September. This week, we’ll cover the world’s first flying motorcycle, a truly ugly autonomous concept from VW, a Dutch e-Bike literally designed to last a lifetime, and the latest from Livewire. If you see anything cool you’d like us to cover, hit us up at stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

Livewire is Taking Reservations for the S2 Del Mar

The hotly anticipated S2 Del Mar is the second model from Livewire, and available next Spring. [Livewire]

Earlier this week, Livewire announced that it is taking reservations for the production version of its S2 Del Mar e-Motorcycle. This will be the brand’s first model to feature the new ARROW architecture. The S2 Del Mar, priced at $16,999, will churn out 80 ponies, 184 lb-ft of torque, and is expected to have a city range of 110 miles.

CAKE’s New Line of e-Bikes Supports Global Bee and Pollinator Population

On the 60th anniversary of Rachel Carlson's groundbreaking book 'Silent Spring', CAKE is supporting the Global Bee Initiative with a series of floral Kalks. [CAKE]

Swedish e-bike maker CAKE dropped its new line of Flower Power Limited Edition mono- colored motorbikes earlier this week. The new bikes, available in a wide range of stunning colors, were made in an effort to raise awareness and support the World Bee Project, a global initiative to protect pollinators. “The reality of bees diminishing has been disturbing, but it was not until I and the rest of us here at CAKE watched the French documentary, Insecticides, A Licence to Kill, that the complete crisis fully materialized. The Flower Power initiative is a small contribution sharing the painful reality of our fragile ecosystem, where everyone is obligated to change and take action,” Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of CAKE, said in a press release.  Read our most recent interview with Stefan here.

Meet the World’s First Flying Motorcycle

Wannabe Iron Man? Sounds amazing, sounds terrifying, and if I see you in the sky making as much noise as on your chopper I will consider you a target. [Poetry by HS Thompson, image by JetPack Aviation]

Flying cars are cool and all, but JetPack Aviation’s flying motorcycles are even better. The California company, which has already made a name for itself in the vertical people propeller department, recently announced a successful test flight of the world’s first flying motorcycle. The 300-pound flying machine, called the Speeder, can take off and land vertically, as well as fly autonomously. The ultralight version can be flown sans pilot’s license, has top speeds of 60mph, and a flight time of about 15 minutes. The company’s experimental version does require a basic pilot’s license, tops out at 250mph, and has a flight time of 35 minutes. The final design will be outfitted with eight turbines and a size-to-payload ratio of 600 pounds. The Speeder is expected to be commercially available by next year.

An e-Bike That Lasts for a Lifetime

A modest assault an planned obsolescence: the new business ethic? [Roetz]

Amsterdam-based Roetz-Bikes recently released the Roetz Life, an e-bike that’s intended to last forever. The modular e-Bike’s development was three years in the making but well worth it. The result is a futureproof design that relies on a modular concept that enables separate modules to be repaired and replaced as needed. This allows the Roetz Life to evolve with its owner.

The Ugliest Concept We’ve Ever Seen

Well, they called the Beetle 'ugly bugly', and if this is ever produced it will surely deserve a nickname. [VW]

Volkswagen is no stranger to boundary-pushing designs. However, the automaker’s latest concept, the VW Gen.Travel, is truly a sight to behold—and not in a good way. The battery- electric autonomous vehicle is set to replace short-haul flights thanks to its modular interior. Depending on the interior’s configuration, you can host a conference, sleep inside overnight, or entertain the kiddos with augmented reality. This all makes the Gen.Travel a testament to function over form.

Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Plant Will Alleviate Critical Material Supply Chain Woes

A gritty glimmer of hope: if LiON batteries can be recycled, the pressure on the environment will be reduced. [Cerba]

Heritage Battery Recycling, an affiliate of Cirba Solutions, recently announced plans to build a lithium-ion recycling plant in Eloy, Arizona. This will help alleviate the critical material supply chain that is currently challenging the U.S. The 75,000 sq.ft. facility is expected to produce enough battery material to support 50,000 electric vehicles each year and will be up and running
by mid-2023.

Volvo’s New EV is Spying on You

If you drive this car forever, you will never ever sleep. [Volvo]

Swedish automaker Volvo’s newest EV, the EX90, keeps a watchful eye on its driver. The car’s Level 3 driver-assist system carefully analyzes your attention and will notify you if you take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel for too long.

20+ Countries Agree to Increase Low-Emission Hydrogen Output by 2030

As part of a global effort to protect the planet, more than 20 countries have agreed to increase low-emission hydrogen output in the next seven years by 90+ million tons. The agreement, led by Japan, will include the U.S., Germany, and Australia. Japan aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

For China, EVs are not the Future, they are the Present

"New electric cars parked under photovoltaic systems in Jinzhong. China has one of the fastest-growing E.V. markets, with sales expected to double this year to about six million vehicles." [China Group via Getty Images]

The New York Times featured an article today explaining how "more electric cars will be sold in the country this year than in the rest of the world combined."  25% of all new cars purchased in China are electric, and more than 300 companies are making EVs in China. The US, by comparison, EVs just passed 5% of new car sales, whereas China passed that marker in 2018. China's leader Xi Jinping declared in 2014 that EVs were the only path forward to make China a global power in the automobile market.  With an expected 6 million electric cars selling this year in China, more than the rest of the world combined, that's already true domestically.  The number of EV charging stations in China stands at 4 million today, which is double the number from one year ago - an extraordinary infrastructure commitment.  The reason for their popularity in China?  Price.  Reasonable EV sedans sell for $5-10,000, and have 1/10th the running cost of a gas or diesel motor.   Electric cars in the West are typically luxury models, but in China they're economy cars (plus some swank rivals to Tesla et al).  It will take a few years, but keep your eyes out for Chinese EVs in Western markets soon.

 

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.

The Current News: September 22, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Welcome to the latest installment of our EV news roundup, your hub for the latest updates about the electric revolution. This week, we’ll take a look at BMW’s plans for Tesla-inspired battery cells, a pioneering e- Motorcycle that’s pushing technological boundaries, a cute and compact city-friendly EV, and an all-electric camper. Your thoughts, tips, and feedback are always appreciated. Please send your inquiries to stephanie@thevintagent.com. iLet’s roll.

BMW’s Big Battery Plans

BMW will share battery dimensions with Tesla by 2025, meaning some modularity of production and use? [BMW]

Earlier this week, German luxury automaker BMW revealed its plans for a new kind of battery cell. The company plans to outfit their cars with the new round-cell batteries starting in 2025. BMW’s new batteries promise quicker recharging times, longer ranges on a full charge, and to reduce costs by as much as 50% compared to its current cells. BMW’s new batteries will share a format with Tesla.

Meet the New Boundary-Pushing e-Motorcycle

The Arc Vector is a hypersports eBike is in a class of its own. [Arc]

A new electric motorcycle dubbed the Arc Vector promises to be the most technologically advanced e-Bike in the world. Hand crafted in the UK, the e-Motorbike has a 40-minute charging time and a range of 436km. But that’s only the start. The Arc Vector lineup also includes a first- of-its-kind human-machine interface (HMI), including a helmet with head-up display and the Arc Origin haptic jacket, which keeps the rider alert with real-time vibrations and taps.

A Cute EV That is Reshaping the Future of Personal Mobility

The CUV is a micromobility vehicle intended for urban use, probably the #1 category for EVs today. [Biomega]

Meet the Biomega CUV, a compact EV that is positioned to redefine the future of city transportation. The petite production-ready electric vehicle features a range of 160km, top speeds of 130 km/h, a 20kWh battery capacity, and four in-hub motors, which keep the cabin clear. The vehicle’s minimalistic design allows for easy maneuvering in tight urban areas.

A Sustainable Bike Made of Concrete

Anytime you're slogging uphill and think your bike is made of concrete, think again. This one is! [Play to DIY]

While our main focus is electric vehicles, we also love to feature eco-friendly mobility concepts as well. This new concrete bicycle built by the team at the Play to DIY YouTube channel immediately caught our attention. Tipping the scales at almost 300 pounds, the concrete bike can roll and pedal. The bike is made from recycled bicycle parts, plywood, pipeline, and, of course, concrete.

This Electric Flying Car Comfortably Fits in Your Garage

The dream of a flying car is evergreen: will Doroni finally crack it? [Doroni]

Skip the hassle of rush-hour traffic when you fly the skies in the Doroni H1 flying car. Developed by Doroni Aerospace, , the two-seater electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (eVTOL) can be parked in a two-car garage. The Doroni H1 has a 60-mile range, payload capacity of 200 kilos, and can reach 80% battery capacity in as little as 15 minutes.

Experience Fully Electric Camping with the NS-1

Campworks is ready for you eSUV for a fully off-grid experience. [Campworks]

Want an eco-friendly camping experience? If so, meet the NS-1 electric camper from Campworks. This “off-road micro-grid” is powered by the sun and can store up to 1,840 watts of solar energy, allowing it to work as a generator for any EV that tows it. The NS-1 has 19 inches of ground clearance, enabling it to navigate all types of terrain. The double-pane windows and acoustic insulation wall panels will keep you comfy all year long. The caravan also has spacious sleeping areas and a small kitchen, complete with utensil storage, LED lighting, and a sliding counter.

Fresh Funds

  • President Joe Biden recently announced the approval of the first $900 million in funding of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill to develop EV charging stations across 35 states.
  • EnviroSpark, a commercial EV charging startup, raised over $5.7 million in Series A funding.
  • Monta, another EV charging company, raised $30 million from Energize Ventures.
  • Electric fleet charging infrastructure company, TeraWatt Infrastructure, secured over $1 billion in Series A funding.

 

 

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.

The Current News: September 16, 2022

Hello, dear readers and riders! Are you finally feeling the chill of the autumn air where you are? We sure hope so. It’s a nice reprieve from the sweltering summer heat we’ve been dealing with. This week’s EV news roundup is pretty cool too. We’re covering a hydrogen fuel cell cyberpunk motorcycle, a Tesla-inspired motorbike, a retro-themed e-Bike complete with a sidecar, and much more. If you’ve come across any compelling EV news you’d like us to cover, shoot us a message at stephanie@thevintagent.com. Let’s roll.

Hydra: The Hydrogen-Powered Cyberpunk Motorbike

A hydrogen motorcycle? There's no reason why not. [Hydra]

We always love a distinctly designed motorcycle. And the Hydra is dressed to impress. The brainchild of designers Anton Guzhov, Anton Brousseau, and André Taylforth, the  Hydra is powered by hydrogen fuel cells that have zero harmful emissions. The bike also makes toxic battery acid from EV batteries a thing of the past. In fact, the only by-products of this bike are heat and water—hence its name. And thanks to its fascinating aesthetics, this bike definitely grabbed our attention.

Meet the Tesla-Inspired e-Motorcycle

It's well known that Elon Musk doesn't give a fig about motorcycles, but folks have been designing bikes around the Tesla name for years. Here's the latest concept suggesting what a Tesla bike might look like, although Tesla doesn't build particularly exotic cars... [Zhang Yanqi]

Electric motors have led to an onslaught of peculiar designs. Zhang Yanqi’s new e-Motorcycle concept is just that. Dubbed the “Tesla Model-Z,” this abstract bike boasts thick front spokes, a hubless rear wheel, and a futuristic design. The tilted case with ventilation flares sleekly disguises the typical bulky look of the batteries. The Model-Z promises to go from 0 to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, with top speeds of 200km/h and a 75km range. These specs, of course, are theoretical.

High-End Electric Boat Features Smart Tech and a Roomy Deck

Xshore is a pioneer on the e-boat scene, and has had success in Sweden's amazing waterways. [Xshore]

Want a luxury, electrified at-sea experience? If so, meet the electric X Shore 1 by Swedish electric boat manufacturer X Shore. Promising to be the “future of boating,” this high-end boat features a generous deck, cantilevered roof, a range of 50 nautical miles, and top speeds of 55km/h thanks to its 125kW electric motor. The X Shore 1 is also outfitted with smart tech for anti-theft and can reach 80% charging capacity in just 50 minutes.

E-Bike with Sidecar

Take a friend on an e-bike adventure! [Modeasy]

Want to take your partner or pooch for a spin? The Mod Easy Sidecar allows you to do just that. Developed by Austin-based electric bike company Mod Bikes, this striking sidecar model is outfitted with 24-inch rims and thick tires, ensuring stability and supreme comfort. The throwback design gives us total vintage vibes. However, this EV has all of the modern creature
comforts your heart desires, including LCD display and password-protected unlocking.

This e-Motorcycle Charges All Your Devices

We are reaching the point where our vehicles will be fully integrated into our devices. [Mokwheel]

Want to keep everything juiced, including your EV?  Mokwheel’s latest e-Motorbike can do that! Called the Basalt, this bike harnesses the power of the sun to charge all of your gadgets. It’s equipped with a robust 960Wh battery pack and uses a specially developed inverter to charge your devices. Thanks to the solar panels, you can charge this bike virtually anywhere, making it perfect for your next camping adventure.

Electrify America to Build Fast Chargers for EV Truck Fleets

After the call last week for EV owners not to charge their vehicles during peak hours in California, Electrify America is building one possible solution. [Electrify America]

Electrify America will be installing 30 fast chargers in the Port of Long Beach, CA for electric drayage truck fleets. The chargers will feature battery energy storage systems (BESS), enabling them to store energy for use at any time, alleviating issues currently arising with excess demand on the grid at peak hours, and the ironic request by the state of California to take electric vehicles off the grid on hot weather days.

 
  

 

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.