Green Deals: Nest Thermostat E $133 shipped (Reg. $169), more

Trusted eBay seller E-Techgalaxy (99.3% positive feedback from 60,000) offers the Nest Thermostat E for $133 shipped. For comparison, it sells for $169 at just about every online retailer, including Home Depot.  Nest Thermostat E delivers a variety of smart features that are designed to save 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills, according to the manufacturer. You’ll be able to leverage your smartphone along with Google Assistant or Alexa to adjust temperatures and more. Rated 4.8/6 stars. If you need a lower cost alternative, consider this Honeywell option at $69 that drops some smart functionality.


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California Considers Additional $2,000 Electric Car Incentive: Total $4,500

California weighs higher subsidies for EVs.

Bloomberg reports that California will hold a hearing this week about increasing incentives to buy plug-in cars from the current $2,500 to $4,500.

One of the reason is that some plug-in car manufacturers already hit or soon will hit the federal tax credit limit of 200,000 vehicles sold, which starts the phase-out of $7,500 federal tax credit (it will decrease by 50% for up to six months and then to 25% for another six months, before drying out completely).

Tesla already reached 200,000 in July, while GM is expected to sell its 200,000th plug-in electric car in U.S. several months from now.

There is also a chance that the additional $2,000 could be provided directly to consumers at the point of sale.

“The state is able to consider an increase in its electric-car subsidy partly because revenue is becoming available as companies buy more credits to comply with the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, said Dan Sperling, a University of California Davis transportation professor who is also a member of the Air Resources Board. At this week’s hearing, the board will consider requiring oil companies to cut carbon intensity by 20 percent by 2030, compared with 2010 levels, from a 5 percent reduction mandated this year.

California may provide the funding generated from this program as subsidies directly to consumers at the point of sale, as proposed by automakers, electric utility companies and others, rather than via mail rebates later.”

The current state rebate ($2,500) is financed from the purchase of credits to comply with the state’s cap-and-trade program for reducing carbon-dioxide emissions.

Other topics under consideration will be whether or not to increase support for:

  • fast charging infrastructure
  • hydrogen stations
  • electric buses

Source: Bloomberg

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BYD Invests Millions To Up Battery Production In U.S.

As BYD works to further its U.S. presence, it invests big bucks in a U.S.-based warehouse facility.

This newest investment by BYD applies to a 100,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Lancaster, which will cost some $5 million to complete. It will further the manufacturer’s presence in the U.S. and lead to more efficiency and production capability, primarily for the company’s ramp-up of BEV buses.

This is not the first of BYD’s investments in electric vehicles in the U.S. In fact, it’s the fourth confirmed, major monetary investment announcement in reagrds to its facility in Los Angeles. For those unaware –  and we’ll admit that we didn’t know before looking it up – Lancaster is a major charter city in LA county. Thus far, BYD has poured $53 million into the project, in addition to $250 million in the area to date.

According to Green Car Reports, not only does this further investment add extra warehouse capacity for the company’s supplies and materials, but it also means that BYD’s 450,000-square-foot manufacturing facility – which is on the same property – will benefit from having an increased ability to produce and operate freely. BYD North American VP for Coach and Bus shared:

We have the capacity to produce up to 1,500 battery-electric buses a year, which will go a long way toward creating a cleaner climate and a quieter, more efficient way to travel.

What’s more, BYD has already purchased another 150 acres in the area near its LA-based Lancaster operations. Additionally, the company already has plans set to open service centers throughout the country. BYD currently employs over 820 workers and is an all-union company.

Source: Green Car Congress

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Musk Says Reach Out To Tesla For Model 3 Delivery By End Of Week

No, not that Musk.

Hoping to take delivery of a Tesla Model 3 soon? Musk says all you’ve got to do is reach out to Tesla to get one by week’s end.

In a new Cheddar interview (video above), Kimbal Musk, brother of Tesla CEO Elon Musk and himself a TSLA board member, made a bold claim that we’re not even sure Tesla can come through on, but here it is:

 “I think that if you have a Model 3, and you’d like it delivered, we could probably get it done for you by the end of this week. So if we haven’t reached out to you, reach out to us.”

So, it seems Musk is saying just give Tesla a ring and the process will be expedited.

In no way is it possible for Tesla to delivery Model 3s to all of its hundreds of thousands of reservation holders by week’s end, but from recent doings, we can assume Musk is suggesting Tesla can find an inventory Model 3 for you quickly, provided you’re willing to accept what is available.

Musk added:

 “I do know that the company is working very hard to focus on deliveries, and we want to respect all of the government processes to make sure all the T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted, and we’re doing all the right things.”

He even commented on the “taking Tesla private” situation, stating this in connection to the current delivery hell:

 “This particular business challenge wouldn’t have been affected by that.”

All eyes on Tesla as this Q3 push comes to an end just a few days from today.


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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.

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Panasonic is ‘ahead of schedule’ to add Tesla Gigafactory 1 battery cell production lines

Panasonic’s battery cell production at Tesla Gigafactory 1 has emerged as a bottleneck in Model 3 production as Tesla managed to fix its own production issues.

The battery manufacturer has been deploying new production lines to fix the problem and they now say that they are “ahead of schedule.” more…

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Want an Audi e-tron quattro electric? Expect to wait

2019 Audi e-tron quattro, in European trim, at San Francisco launch eventWith its first electric car, Audi plans to change more than what powers the car. Ripping another page from Tesla’s playbook, the traditional car company plans to reserve its new electric 2019 Audi e-tron SUV for special orders. Instead of selecting among a wide variety of cars on a local dealer’s lot, customers will have to put down a deposit and…
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Lucid's power grows, Audi e-tron reservations, and Renault battery storage network: Today's Car News

Lucid AirLucid Motors will give owners access to Electrify America’s fast-charging network. Expect to wait for an Audi e-tron electric car. Renault plans for Europe’s largest battery storage network. And the results are in from our latest Twitter poll. All of this and more on Green Car Reports. Electric-car startup Lucid Motors has signed a preliminary…
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BMW & Volkswagen Are #1 And 2 In Plug-In Car Sales In Europe

BMW Group currently sells the most plug-in electric cars in Europe.

Nissan, Renault and Tesla sold the most all-electric cars in Europe during the first eight months of the year, according to research by AID analyst Matthias Schmidt (

However, if we include plug-in hybrids, there is no competition for BMW Group (BMW & MINI brands) and Volkswagen Group (Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen). Those two already sold between 40,000 to 45,000 units each through the end of August in 2018, including less than 15,000 BEVs. BMW is slightly above Volkswagen, but the BEV/PHEV proportions seem close to the same.

As you can see in the graph below, big progress was achieved by Hyundai Group (Hyundai & Kia) too, which seems to be in fourth place.

Far, far behind is hybrid-tycoon Toyota, which plays the game these days by suggesting it has no interest in plug-ins.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

This Rolls-Royce Train Can Operate Under Battery Power Alone

Rolls-Royce entered into a new contract to try out hybrid-electric powertrains to replace diesel engines in trains.

As with any news surrounding Rolls-Royce and electrification, this is situated in a specific area and may take a few years before it “rolls” out. The new agreement applies to trains in Britain and may impact hundreds of trains by the 2020s. The contract is with a company called Porterbrook, which Reuters calls “the UK’s largest owner of passenger rolling stock.”

Rolls-Royce focuses on much more than just cars. In fact, the British company is best known for its aircraft engines, as well as engines for trains, trucks, mining vehicles, ships, and yachts. Rolls-Royce Power systems CEO Andreas Schell says that hybrid tech could be the answer for all of the above. He told Reuters:

We expect hybrid technology to grow at above the current growth rates of diesel.

We’re going into serious production now. No more R&D projects, no more demonstrators. Serious production.

Yes, serious production of new hybrid and electrified systems. While it may take some time, Rolls-Royce is setting a course to make the switch. As it turns out, current diesel trains are able to be retrofitted with these new Rolls-Royce Hybrid PowerPacks. Essentially, they’ll become hybrid trains with the ability to run on only battery power alone. The company’s recent press release reads:

The MTU Hybrid PowerPack is an environmentally friendly drive system which combines the advantages of diesel and battery-powered rail traction. The version for Porterbrook incorporates an MTU diesel engine which fulfills future EU Stage V emissions regulations; plus an electric machine, which can be used either as an electric motor or generator; and an MTU EnergyPack battery system, which stores the energy recovered during braking. This enables very low-noise, emissions-free battery-only electric operation in urban areas and around stations.

This is all in support of Britain’s goal to rid of diesel-only trains by 2040. While the new systems are only set to be partially electrified, this is a step in the right direction, and further adaptations could be made in the interim. Currently, Britain has about 42 percent of its trains electrified, which is surprisingly still behind other European countries. With Rolls-Royce’s efforts, this may change in the coming years.

The new trial will begin in 2020 on two test trains and continue to progress after the initial studies.

Source: Reuters

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