Rachio smart sprinkler controllers are on sale from $200, more in today’s Green Deals

PC Richard & Son offers the Rachio 8-zone Smart Sprinkler Controller for $199.99 shipped. That’s a $30 savings off the regular going rate, and just the third discount we’ve tracked all-time. You can grab the upgraded 16-zone model for $229.99, which is a $50 savings from the usual price. Rachio’s third generation smart sprinkler controller offers “p to 30-50% savings on your monthly water bill thanks to integrated smart weather tracking. Works with HomeKit, Nest, and other smart home platforms. Rated 4.6/5 stars. More below.

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Nissan turns its electric van into a zero-emission ice cream truck

Nissan partnered with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream producer, to create a new version of its e-NV200 all-electric van designed to be a zero-emission ice cream truck. more…


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Famed film composer Hans Zimmer develops drive sounds for future BMW electric cars

Film composer Hans Zimmer, famous for his work on Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Lion King and more, has been tabbed by BMW to develop drive sounds for the carmaker’s future electric vehicles.

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Review: Gazelle CityZen T9 – I just found the perfect bike for my wife

I’ve spent the last month with the Gazelle CityZen T9 Class 1 electric bike with Bosch Performance powertrain and in-tube battery but it only took my wife a few seconds to realize this bike was for her. Let me explain… more…


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GE gas plant to close 20 years early, become battery storage site — sign of the times?

General Electric will demolish a California natural gas-fired plant with 20 years remaining in its useful life, deeming the plant “uneconomical” as inexpensive solar and wind grab a larger share of power in the state.

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This beautifully retro electric motorcycle is headed to market next year

Regent Motorcycles is preparing their retro-styled Regent NO 1. electric motorcycle for production after showing off the production prototype recently. The company is aiming for a May 2020 release of this eye-catching bike.

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VW says battery cell contracts for massive EV ramp up are secured ‘for first few years’

The Volkswagen group is about to transition its electric car production from just a few thousand cars per year to millions of units per year and that’s going to take an incredible amount of battery cells.

Despite some concerns, VW now says that its battery contracts are secured ‘for the first few years’ of the production ramp up. more…


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