Tesla Semi Shows Up In Iowa At Ruan HQ

Tesla demonstrated the Semi to Ruan

Tesla continues its Semi tractor-trailer tour through the U.S. using the Supercharger network and one of the most recent stops was at Ruan, the transportation company that reserved five Semis.

Tesla Semi at Ruan in Iowa (source: Ruan)

This week, representatives from Tesla Motors visited with Ruan team members and several customers for a viewing of the new, wholly electrically powered tractor-trailer.

Ruan would like to purchase the Tesla Semi as part of its sustainability efforts, but also notes Tesla’s promise of a payback period of just two years (the price to be $180,000 vs about $100,000 for the diesel) because of low energy costs and high reliability. Not less important is its ability to recharge in 30 minutes for another 400 miles (in case of the 500-mile versions) at Tesla Megacharger stations.

Visiting customers as far as in Iowa, which is not that Supercharger dense, shows that the Semi runs just fine. Hopefully, we will not wait long for the second, redesigned version that is expected to enter production within two years.

James Cade, vice president of fleet services said:

Ruan CEO Ben McLean with Tesla’s wholly electrically powered tractor (Tesla Semi). (Source: Ruan)

“We are excited to have an opportunity to experience the new electric semis. The reservation of these vehicles is part of Ruan’s sustainability efforts and commitment to providing our customers and professional drivers with the best technology available,”.

“We will continue to be involved with the team at Tesla Motors as they introduce the trucks to the market. We will work with them directly to ensure the vehicles will serve us and our customers to the level we both expect.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

In Which U.S. Cities Is It Least Expensive To Drive Electric?


Sure, charging a Tesla is cheaper than filling the gas tank of a BMW. However, that savings can vary depending on where you live. Jim Gorzelany (via Forbes) reports, “Just as the price of gasoline varies from one part of the country to another, so too does the cost of running an electric vehicle.”

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla’s Model S (Image: Tesla)

It turns out that Crescent Electric recently conducted a study of electricity costs in the 52 largest cities in the United States. So where is it least expensive (based on the typical daily commute) to drive an electric car? According to the study, here are the top five cheapest cities to drive an electric car

1. New Orleans, LA: $54.03/year

2. Salt Lake City, UT: $59.47/year

3. Louisville, KY: $60.70/year

4. Seattle, WA: $61.50/year

5. Cincinnati, OH: $64.00/year

Gorzelany notes that “the above estimates are limited to an average resident’s daily commute, which can vary by city. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, it’s a national average 15 miles each way. Those estimates don’t include weekend driving, running after-work errands, and such, so the aggregate savings of owning an EV can be greater depending how much it’s driven.”

Above: According to the study, New York City is the costliest city to drive to work each day for EV drivers, at an average $157.16/year (Image: Teslamondo)

In contrast, paying a hefty price for fossil fuels at the Shell station can hurt. Compare that with an inexpensive infusion of electrons at the EV charger. Many Tesla owners actually get free lifetime supercharging. And this trend holds true with other EV vs. gas guzzler comparisons. Gorzelany compared an all-electric Chevy Bolt with an all-gas Toyota Corolla using the EPA’s fuel cost calculator. Sure enough, the Bolt was estimated to save about $4,000 over a five-year ownership period when compared to the Corolla.

And, it’s not just gas costs that can save you cash as an electric vehicle owner. Gorzelany says, “Electric cars can further save an owner money with lower maintenance costs. Driving an electric car means being able to avoid oil changes, cooling system flushes, transmission servicing and replacing the air filter, spark plugs, and drive belts. Regular service visits are typically limited to rotating the tires and checking brake pads and other components.”

And then there’s the “$7,500 federal tax credit [which] remains in place to help sweeten the deal for EV buyers… However, because these credits are limited to a set number of units sold per automaker, they’ll begin phasing out this year” for models sold by Chevrolet and Tesla. So if you’re interested in the best-selling electric cars (see below), it’s best you snap one up soon.

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Above: The top 5 best-selling pure electrics in the U.S. as of July 2018, ranked according to numbers from InsideEVs (Youtube: Roadshow)

Regardless, whenever you get your first electric car, you probably won’t miss that ATM-like feeling at the gas pump. Sliding in your credit card before you pump gas can leave you feeling queasy. After all, that regular trip to the gas station allows Big Oil to drain your bank account every week. Save that money by driving electric instead. Your wallet will thank you.


Source: Forbes

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

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Co-Creator Says Keep Your Eyes On BYTON

Watch This Space: BYTON

Individualism in shared mobility; They can coexist and it’s about time…

Recently, the most colorful bikes I’ve ever seen have bloomed like flowers in the world’s densest cities including in my city, San Diego.

Millions of colorful urban flowers planted in soils of asphalt…all a fantastic color, however all the same generic hue. The post-bloom, unfortunately, has been an unsustainable apocalyptic hell of discarded industrial bikes for San Diego and other cities to deal with. We must do better.

A dead flower enriches and nourishes the soil onto which it falls. Let’s learn that fundamental lesson from nature.

Are we headed towards a “generic transportation hell” so to speak in our fast past race towards shared mobility? Dystopian, wasteful, longer commutes, more congestion, more vehicle trips? Queue Johnny Cab in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall. I think my head just exploded.

The answer as always is yes…or…no. It depends on our decisions and how we use the technology.

10 years ago in 2008, three years before the J1772 plug standard was implemented and six years before BMWi sold it’s first electric car, a fortunate small group of us began collaborating with BMW in the BMW MINI-E Field Trials. In my case, three of the BMW Mini-E’s entered service in the city of Encinitas Ca.

Our endeavor in 2008, automotive, civic, and personal was singular. To usher in electric mobility and all its benefits…and to make it stick this time. My personal reasons driving my BMW Mini-E named SUNGAS, was because I was locked in a quest to see if I could sustainably drive on the sunshine harvested from my roof powering both our home and electric cars in the garage.

If I could, then others…Today over 125,000 San Diego households power their home and/or cars by sunshine.

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Last month I traveled to Munich Germany at the invitation and expense of BYTON. I was invited as a “Co-Creator” a group of 15-20 individuals from all over the world, two of us from the USA including my fellow pioneer and visionary from the prehistoric days, Tom Moloughney. As I traveled to Munich my mind was racing with equal parts of past lessons learned and anticipation of listening and learning from the other co-creators and the BYTON team.

What surprised me greatly was that for BYTON, electric, shared, and connected was a given. Move on.

The two-day BYTON Co-Creator workshop singularly explored the field concerning the value of time and optimizing utilization in an ever-increasing autonomous vehicle. User not driver, shared not owned, helpful not hurtful.

Not so much about horsepower or 0-60 times, range, or torque and certainly not about electric drive, but about precious time and meaningful social connections that in the past the car has ripped us apart from. Can the vehicle be used differently when autonomous? What does that look like? How will it benefit the driver? How will it benefit our community? How will it enrich a person’s life? How will it give you more time and improve your time while on the road commuting?

Let’s be real, in a perfect world, a staircase commute or a brief commute is the best, but as our cities get denser and as our population increases around these cities, the trend of longer commutes at stop and go speeds is, unfortunately, going to increase for many. Uggh!

Good land use planning along with a local jobs-housing balance can reduce vehicle miles traveled. New modes of mobility connecting seamlessly with each other and a greater appreciation and valuation of time spent with loved ones or on a personal hobby, or in your community, will also help shorten commutes.

However, we all make decisions and not the same decisions. Nor do we all value the same intangibles. Thankfully we’re all not the same.

Driving in a car can be an awful – repetitious – stress inducing behavior. A prison of sorts that separates us as an individual in a metal box from others. A solitary confinement.

Driving can also be enjoyable. The future, and prevailing thoughts and actions from mobility companies like BYTON, can be extremely helpful, sort of an eraser on a blackboard of past automotive sins.

Clear the air, reduce congestion, make our cities better, give us valuable time by letting us be productive while commuting and partner with nature on as many levels as possible. This is the future I’m excited about.

In my view, BYTON is the smart mobility company talking about this, about five years from now, about what we value most as humans, each other.

Watch this space. I hope to be able to share with you future progress reports as a BYTON Co Creator of a better, not worse transportation future for our cities and for ourselves.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla misses Model 3 production goal of 6,000 units per week, but on track for overall Q3 goal

Tesla has been aiming for a production rate of 6,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of August and an overall production of 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3 vehicles throughout the third quarter.

Electrek has learned that the automaker missed the 6,000 unit production rate goal, but Tesla is nonetheless on track for its overall third quarter goal. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Formula E develops new off-road Extreme E racing series

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race car dynamic debut during 2018 Formula E Berlin ePrixFormula E, the first all-electric worldwide racing series, plans to expand beyond street racing to remote parts of the planet with a new series. Called Extreme E, the new series would use SUV-like race cars to tackle the wilds of lands such as the Arctic and the Himalayas. Formula E CEO and founder Alejandro Agag confirmed the new series to…
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Cars.com Conducts Car Seat Test On Tesla Model 3

Cars.com says despite the Tesla Model 3’s “dazzling design and technological wizardry,” it’s ordinary as far as car seats are concerned.

We should be clear here that the word “ordinary” is not used to say that the Tesla Model 3 is a bad choice for car seats. In fact, Cars.com is simply saying that the car is “normal,” much like many other family sedans when it comes to car seat tests.

According to Cars.com testing, the Model 3 fits two car seats in the second row. A previous video that we shared shows a family with three children in car seats in the second row (above). This really comes down to what brand and size the seats are. Like many vehicles of this size, you’ll likely be able to get three seats in the Tesla, so it’s up to you. However, we’d feel much safer going with Cars’ recommendation of two car seats since the publication has years of experience with testing.

The test results are as follows:


  • Rear-facing convertible, grade A: This seat had ample room and it was easier to connect to the Latch anchors with the convertible’s chunkier connectors than it was with the infant seat’s thin, hooklike connectors.


  • Latch, grade B: The two sets of lower anchors aren’t set too deeply into the seat bight, but the upholstery is stiff so accessing the anchor required a bit of muscle to connect when installing the infant seat with its skinnier, hooklike connectors. With the convertible seat’s thicker, more rigid connectors, it wasn’t a problem. The three tethers on the rear shelf are clearly marked for easy connection.
  • Infant, grade B: This seat had ample room, but we needed to use a bit of muscle to connect to the Latch anchors.
    Forward-facing convertible, grade B: This seat installed easily, but the fixed head restraint pushed the car seat forward on the seatback, which is not ideal. It should be flush against the seatback.
  • Booster, grade B: The fixed head restraint didn’t interfere with how the booster fit on the seat. The buckles are flush with the seat-bottom cushion, however, which could make them tough for kids to find and use.

Skip It

  • None

These car seat tests are performed using a Graco TurboBooster seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat, and a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat. Follow the link below for more information related to the Cars.com grading scale and methodology.

Source: Cars.com


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2. Tesla Model 3
Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

Tesla Model 3 charge port (U.S.)

Tesla Model 3 front seats

Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)

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Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is not hiding anymore!
Tesla Model 3 (Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

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Tesla Model 3 rear seats

Tesla Model 3 Road Trip arrives in Tallahassee
Tesla Model 3 charges in Tallahassee, trunk open.


Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Curtiss Motorcycles Unveils “V8” Electric Zeus

A modern-day V8 will all of the power and none of the gas

Curtiss Motorcycles is a fascinating beast. The company originally named Confederate Motorcycles recently changed its branding and adopted “Curtiss”, a name rich with history. The company has also announced that it will be dropping gasoline engines to focus its energy on electric bikes. On the same train of thought, Curtiss is bringing back something from the original company’s past, with a little modern touch: an electric V8.

WEIRD FROM WEIRDTOWN: Video: Curtiss Motorcycles Wants You to Do It

Long story short: in the early 1900s, Curtiss built a motorcycle fitted with a monstrous V8 engine. Forward 100 years: the V8 is making a comeback, but this time, in the shape of a battery. The architecture is similar to the Curtiss Zeus’ E-Twin, introduced earlier this year. However, it’s Zeus’ wife, Hera, that will be getting the royal treatment in electric motors. Hera is the new addition to Curtiss’ godly lineup.

“With Hera, we set out to create the world’s most luxurious motorcycle. Featuring the world’s first V8 battery architecture, an ultra-powerful, yet refined, E-Twin motor, and a 66-inch wheelbase, Hera will occupy a class all her own, ” Curtiss Motorcycles CEO Matt Chambers told Electrek.

THE LAST OF ITS KIND: Curtiss Motorcycles’ Last Gas Bike is Wicked

The eight cylinders are in reality lithium-ion batteries that replicate the engine layout of the 1907 Curtiss V8. The “engine” will span the length of the bike and tucked right under the seat, the design suggests the presence of a belt drive. The Hera is still in the early stages of its development so no official figures have been released but Curtiss promises record-setting speeds.

THE MISTER: Curtiss Motorcycles’ Fully-Electric Zeus Prototype

In comparison, the Zeus is powered by two electric motors for a combined output of 170 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. The Zeus’ electric powertrain is signed by another known name of the e-bike industry, Zero.

Hera had a reputation for being a feisty goddess and if Curtiss’ promise of power becomes reality, the motorcycle will be true to its mythological character.

Source: electrek

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Sila Nanotechnologies Raises $70 Million To Scale Next-Gen Batteries

Sila Nanotechnologies secured financing to scale the next-generation of battery materials

Sila Nanotechnologies, the company that develops silicon-dominant anode materials that replaces conventional graphite electrodes (recently also in partnership with BMW), raised $70 million in Series D funding.

The latest investment round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures. Among new investors is the Next47, the Siemens-backed global venture firm, and Amperex Technology Limited (ATL).

Sila Nanotechnologies already raised $125 million since its inception in 2011, and hopefully it will now be able to increase energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

“To hit the future targets of multiple industries, Sila Nano understood that significant advancements in lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology were necessary. The company is focused on developing and now commercializing the next generation of battery materials. Their first products are a family of silicon-dominant anode materials that replace conventional graphite electrodes entirely. Developed for cost-effective production within current cell manufacturing processes, these materials work today and enable high cycle life, ultra-low swelling, and high energy density in next generation battery cells.”

Mike Speiser, Managing Director, Sutter Hill Ventures said:

“Changes in battery chemistry are generational, and Sila Nano is bringing the next one to market. Sila has solved the hard scientific and engineering problems and is ready to rapidly scale up manufacturing to meet the enormous demand for better batteries. We back companies that solve big problems that are worth solving, and Sila is a great example of that. Dramatically better batteries will change the landscape of what’s possible for the phone in your pocket, the cars on the road, and the entire grid infrastructure.”

T.J. Rylander Partner at Next47 said:

“Batteries are a key component in the future of mobility and electrification, but the current technology can’t keep up,” said . “Future progress in everything from wearables and smart devices to industrial IoT and electric transportation depend on improvements in energy density and cycle life. Sila has demonstrated that they have the right technology and the right team to meet these demands.”

Gene Berdichevsky, CEO of Sila Nano said:

“We have spent the past seven years diligently developing critical new materials to improve battery storage capacity. With the chemistry proven we are now moving into a new phase of market application and manufacturing at industry scale. “We are incredibly gratified to be supported by a group of investors from finance and industry who recognize the opportunity, understand the science and share our vision.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Podcast: A Weekend At The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance With Modern Mobility Provider Byton

Byton Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2018After spending three days with the Byton team in Monterey, California, at the world famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, I talked to the team in detail on behalf of CleanTechnica about their upcoming M-Byte, which included a ride in the 85% ready prototype. You will also hear what other people had to say about the car. I was recovering a cold … but notice that not even that stops me from talking!
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Grab To Add 200 Electric Cars In Singapore

Grab purchases 200 EVs and partners with SP Group charging operator in Singapore

Singapore-based Grab, a provider of on-demand transportation and a mobile payments platform intends to add 200 electric cars with DC-fast charging capability to its fleet. The first model is the Hyundai IONIQ Electric, although it’s not said that it will be the only model.

The first cars will enter service from early 2019. At the same time, Grab starts a strategic partnership with fast charging network SP Group (SP), which by 2020 plans to install 500 AC and DC charging points in Singapore.

As Grab provides a platform for taxi drivers, it hopes that those who sign up to use EVs, will be able to replace conventional cars by using DC fast chargers, but also improve earnings by up to 25%.

Grab and SP will also use the data to study EV usage patterns and behaviours to improve the accessibility and utilization of EV charging stations.

“Driver-partners on this new model will enjoy preferential EV charging rates from SP, at all their charging stations island-wide. With the cost benefits offered by EVs, they can expect to earn up to 25% more in daily income compared to those on a regular petrol vehicle and up to 20% more daily income compared to a hybrid vehicle.”

“Grab and SP will study EV usage patterns and behaviours to improve the accessibility and utilisation of EV charging stations. SP plans to install its charging points in convenient locations, many within close-proximity to coffee-shops and food outlets. This will allow Grab driver-partners to match their charging time with meal and driving breaks.”

“Specific details on pricing of charging facilities and EV models will be disclosed towards the end of the year when SP Group is expected to set up the first 30 charging points.

New EV fleet to hit the roads in 2019

With a sporty style and spacious interior that will appeal to Grab driver-partners, the new EV model boasts an estimated range of 400km per charge. Driver-partners only need approximately 40 minutes at SP’s high-speed DC charging points for a full day’s worth of driving on the Grab platform. In addition, some of SP Group’s venue partners will offer discounted parking to EV drivers using SP’s charging network. This partnership provides Grab driver-partners with greater time and cost savings, maximising their daily income.

Grab today operates the largest network of environmentally friendly vehicles such as EVs and hybrid vehicles in Southeast Asia and plans to further expand its electric mobility fleet.

Grab and SP Group believe in the impact of EVs on improving the overall health and liveability of cities. With a pervasive charging network and growing investments in EV, Singapore is one step closer to meeting its sustainability goals.”

Lim Kell Jay, Head of Grab Singapore said:

“We have heard from our driver-partners that a faster charge time and longer EV driving range are important considerations for them when making the switch to EVs. We have taken their feedback on board and have negotiated the best deals to bring them concrete savings and the best vehicle model to cater to their driving needs. We are proud and happy to partner with SP, which has a long history of serving Singaporeans. With SP joining our consortium of EV partners, Grab is in a unique position to help drive a cleaner, greener Singapore by encouraging more of our drivers to adopt EVs. Grab operates the largest electric and hybrid vehicle fleet in Southeast Asia today, and we are committed to delivering the benefits from EVs to more of our driver-partners,”.

Mr Goh Chee Kiong, Head, Strategic Development, SP Group said:

“We are pleased to enable the success of Grab’s electrification efforts through our plans to launch Singapore’s largest public electric vehicle charging network. The pervasive fast-charging network will provide Grab’s EV drivers with convenience and speed in charging their vehicles, while helping them to achieve energy and cost savings. This will accelerate the wider adoption of EVs in Singapore and support the nation’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint,”.

Commenting on the partnership, Grab driver-partner Jason Ryan, said:

“This new partnership will give me access to more charging locations island-wide, allowing me flexibility to plan my day. I am also excited to try out the new fast-charging EVs which will let me maximise my time on the road and increase my overall income.”

Source: Grab via Green Car Congress

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