Green Deals: 250W Electric Personal Heater will keep you warm this winter for $8, more

Walmart offers the 250 Watt Soleil Personal Electric Ceramic Heater in black (MH-01) for $8 with free in-store pickup. Third-party Amazon sellers have it listed for closer to $20. This is one of the best prices we’ve tracked historically. With winter just around the corner, this is a great way to warm up a space without heating the entire house, which can save you quite a bit on electricity. Rated 3.9/5 stars.


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Bollinger Motors Announces New B2 Electric Pickup Truck

Despite the fact that the Bollinger B1 has yet to materialize, the B2 is now revealed.

Bollinger says as it works through the final stages of the development of its all-electric B1 Sport Utility Truck, the all-new B2 makes perfect sense. The company refers to it as its new all-electric, all-wheel-drive, street-legal pickup truck. Company founder Robert Bollinger shares:

The new B2 incorporates everything that we’ve learned in making the B1, and takes it in an exciting new direction. It’s always been the plan to have both the B1 and B2 start off our line-up. Now that we have so much incredible data from testing our B1 prototype, we can put all of that engineering knowledge into our final four-door B1 and B2 vehicles. It’s the Pickup I always wanted and something crazy better than what’s available on the market today.

Very similar to the B1 truck, the B2 relies on two motors, a 120-kWh battery pack, in-wheel portal gear hubs, and a hydropneumatic suspension. It also boasts lots of storage space complete with a large frunk, and unique pass-through doors for hauling long cargo. Bollinger says the B2 was designed for storage. It features a 4-foot-one-inch by 5-foot-9-inch bed. It can fit up to 72 sheets of 4×8 plywood with the internal cab tailgate open and can haul some 5,000 pounds.

Bollinger Motors also disclosed that its new headquarters is now located in Michigan. It moved its operations out of New York and into the Motor City to better take advantage of the automotive network in the Detroit area.

The B2 will be built in 2020 alongside the company’s B1 pickup truck. Reservations for both vehicles are already open and no deposit is required.

Source: Bollinger Motors

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Tesla Model 3 #1 Selling Plug-In Electric Car In Canada For September

Tesla Model 3 once again leads the Canadian plug-in market.

Plug-in electric car sales for September in Canada are estimated by at approximately 4,396, which translates to year-over-year growth of 93% at a market share of over 2.5%.

Top 5 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars: U.S. September 2018 Edition

The pace of growth slowed down as the generous $14,000 CAD incentive to purchase EVs in Ontario comes to an end (for cars ordered on or before July 11, the delivery needs to be completed by September 10). It means that October will bring much lower numbers.

So far this year, sales amounted to roughly 33,879 (up 159%).

The best selling model is the Tesla Model 3, at least according to preliminary estimations, with some 1,300 deliveries (about 1,000 less than its peak of 2,329 in June). Tesla deliveries are usually highest in the last month of the quarter.

Strong results of the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV enabled those two models to remain #1 and #2 after the first nine months of 2018.

The best selling plug-ins in Canada in September:

  • Nissan LEAF – 605 (4,481 YTD)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 554 (4,402 YTD)
  • Tesla Model 3 – expected 1,300 (4,295 YTD)

Source: Green Car Reports

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Ford Begins Production Of DHL Electric Streetscooters

DHL wants 3,500 StreetScooter WORK XL units annually.

Ford has begun production of the new all-electric van, the Deutsche Post StreetScooter WORK XL, at its plant in Cologne, Germany.

The StreetScooter WORK XL is based on a Ford Transit chassis, but with a battery (up to 76 kWh for 200 km /124 miles of range). The drivetrain and body is designed and built to Deutsche Post DHL Group’s StreetScooter specifications.

Some 16 units will be assembled each day, by around 180 employees in two shifts (up to 3,500 annually), which should be enough to make StreetScooter WORK XL one of the most popular electric vans, although not yet ahead of Renault Kangoo Z.E. or Nissan e-NV200.

The StreetScooter WORK XL will be used by Deutsche Post DHL for parcel delivery service in Germany. The company is considering whether it will offer the vans to third-party customers.

StreetScooter WORK XL spec:

  • load volume of 20 m3, room for more than 200 packages, and a payload of up to 1,275 kg
  • electric motor: 90 kW (122 PS) and 276 Nm
  • battery capacity up to 76 kWh for up to 200 km (124 miles)

“WORK XL is the largest delivery van in the StreetScooter portfolio, with a load volume of 20 m3, room for more than 200 packages, and a payload of up to 1,275 kg. Ford will manufacture the van with a range of electric motors and lithium-ion batteries, delivering up to 90 kW (122 PS) and a maximum torque of 276 Nm. With a battery capacity of up to 76 kWh, the WORK XL has a range of up to 200 kilometres. Compared with diesel models, each electric delivery van will offer a reduction in CO2 emissions of 5 tonnes each year and a saving of 1,900 litres of fuel.

Deutsche Post DHL is using the WORK XL to support its urban parcel delivery service in Germany, while the future availability of the electric van to third-party customers is under consideration.”

Joerg Beyer, managing director, Product Development, Ford of Europe said:

“Manufacturing the StreetScooter WORK XL at our plant in Cologne brings together perfectly Ford’s unrivalled expertise in commercial vehicle production along with StreetScooter’s strengths as an agile start-up company. This joint project underlines that as well as being a volume manufacturer, we can also deliver smaller production runs.”

Prof. Dr. Achim Kampker, CEO and founder, StreetScooter said:

“With Ford, we have found the ideal partner who understands our flexible and customer-oriented way of production. Together, we are promoting electromobility in Germany and making inner‑city delivery traffic more environmentally friendly and quieter. With the new WORK XL StreetScooter, we now have the perfect e-van for parcel delivery in metropolitan areas, which in the future will also benefit other transport companies,”

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How Is Our App-Driven World Changing The Automotive Industry?

How Apps are Changing the Driving Experience

*This article comes to us courtesy of Rilind Elezaj, who has a detailed background in apps and app development. He’s willfully submitting a multitude of news surrounding the subject. We’ll share more in the near future if this is a topic that InsideEVs readers appreciate.

Today, you find mobile apps for almost everything, but not so much for driving and driving-related purposes. For instance, Google’s in-car system popularly known as Android Auto comes pre-installed in most vehicles. Drivers can use the app to accomplish a wide range of activities while using the car.

There is no doubt that mobile apps are rapidly changing the world that we are living in from how people interact with each other to how they operate their cars. The driving mobile apps have taken into consideration strategic approaches, following the changes and updates in the vehicle industry of different countries, penetrating wider markets where the need for these sort of apps is present. One way to reach this international exposure is through localizing mobile apps.

If you have never used a mobile app to enhance your driving experience, you might be asking yourself how this is even possible. Well, we have compiled useful information on how mobile phone applications are changing the driving experience and why everyone should be prepared to embrace the new wave of change in the motor vehicle industry.

Tesla Autopilot

Tesla Autopilot

Autonomous Technology is Accelerating

Most people tend to associate autonomous driving with Tesla and futuristic concept cars that haven’t been developed yet. However, this is no longer the case since most of the leading auto manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan, and Honda are already showing off their latest car models that incorporate autonomous technology into their production models.

This means that the era in which you will be completely in charge of your vehicle is quickly fading away. Nissan has already declared 2019 as a year when they look forward to producing numerous car models that incorporate autonomous technology. This technology allows most of the cars to operate autonomously during single-lane driving on the highway.

Mobile Apps Fight Distracted Driving

Even though distracted driving is not a new threat, it is real, and it continues to grow every day. People get hurt while others lose their lives due to road accidents that are directly related to distracted driving. It is no secret that our cell phones play a significant role in the increase of distracted driving accidents.

However, what most people don’t know is that many developers who work in a mobile app development company have also created mobile apps improving the driving experience, giving power to your smartphone and making it a tool that fights distracted driving rather than cause it. Distracted driving apps incentivize safe driving or even block you from using your mobile phone while driving to ensure that you keep your attention off your mobile phone and on the road.

 Some Cars Allow Your Smartphone to Interface with Them

Motor vehicle manufacturers also seem to be aware of the fact that people are accustomed to taking their content with them wherever they go – whether it’s their music, podcasts, access to prime time news or even social media.

This is the primary reason why some cars interface with smartphones allowing drivers to stream their favorite music from their mobile phones. Some auto manufacturers have taken it a step further and are now collaborating with other partners such as Spotify, The New York Times, Weather Channel, and Fox Sports to build unique apps that offer the drivers much more freedom.

 The Changing Face of Uber Apps

Uber is among the top mobile apps changing the driving experience in the modern world. The platform has attracted over three million drivers who spend an average of 8.5 million hours logged into the company’s mobile app.

In fact, Uber has become an essential aspect of the gig economy all over the world. The Uber app serves as the drivers’ workplace, and the company has been making changes on the app to address the drivers’ needs promptly.

Uber recognizes the fact that drivers are at the heart of its service hence the need to focus on the group of people that help the company realize growth. Over the past six months, Uber has launched nearly 40 new features that are primarily designed to improve the driving experience.

The company’s Driver app sits at the center of the driver experience. In fact, the latest version of the driver app was built for drivers, with drivers and it is purely designed to meet the various needs of the drivers at every moment of the trip.

 There’s An App for Every Driving Experience

It is good to mention that mobile apps are used across the motor vehicle industry, even by truck drivers. In fact, the increasing use of mobile apps in the auto industry has led to a sudden increase in the number of tracking apps available to truck drivers.

At least 90% of truck drivers carry at least one mobile device that has a tracking device installed on it. Most large fleets have invested heavily in mobile apps to enhance their service delivery.

For instance, Zonar, a fleet management technology, and telematics company recently introduced the FieldView app that allows managers to keep track of drivers and vehicles that are in the field even when they are out of office. There are lots of apps that can be categorized into fleet focus, freight focus, and driver focus apps.

GM Produces Self-Driving Chevy Bolt EV Test Vehicles

How Driverless Cars and Mobile Apps Will Go Hand in Hand

The car manufacture industry is about to witness a significant innovation with Google, Uber, and Tesla vying to launch the first ever consumer self driving car. However, there is much more to it than just moving around.

Once these vehicles come into full swing, we might forget the steering wheel since the new command center of the car will become a smartphone. The driverless car will offer safer and more convenient driving experiences, but the big question is; how will these driverless cars and smartphone apps integrate?

This will not be something new since we are already witnessing how smartphones integrate more deeply with various cars through services such as the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Some manufacturers such as Hyundai are currently providing drivers with remote car controls through mobile apps, and this technology will only become better with the implementation of driverless cars.


The innovation that app development offers will definitely give driving that futuristic edge that we once only saw in movies and increase the value of cars to something much more than just a transportation machine.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Leave us your intelligent and enlightening thoughts in the comment section below.

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Here’s all the gear you need for commuting by electric bicycle or motorcycle

Commuting on a light electric vehicle such as an electric bicycle or motorcycle can have a number of benefits. From reducing your carbon footprint to making your commute enjoyable, electric bicycles and e-motorcycles are full of advantages. I haven’t owned a car since high school, and have spent the past decade commuting almost entirely on e-bikes, e-scooters, e-motos and just about e-anything.

But to make light electric vehicle commuting safe and fun, you’ll need the right kit. Here’s a list of recommended gear you’ll need when transforming your commute from a four-wheeled traffic-laden slog to a two-wheeled fun-fest. Each piece of gear described below is something I have used in my own commuting and can personally vouch for.


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Charging Bullet: Electric Royal Enfield That Will Go the Mile

Two guys and an e-Enfield are tackling the Land’s End to John o’Groats

What happens when a British engineer takes an old 1961 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and decides to flip it? Magic! That’s the challenge Fred Spaven, a mechanical engineer specialized in vintage motorcycles restoration, tackled: make an electric Royal Enfield. As fun as the undertaking is, Spaven also has a purpose and he teamed up with filmmaker Finn Varney to make it happen.

The project is called Charging Bullet. Spaven plans on taking the e-Enfield on a 1,200-mile journey across England and Scotland, from Land’s End to John o’Groats. Varney will tag along for the ride to record the trip with the mission to make a documentary out of it. We always hear about all the advantages of electric vehicles and dealing with range anxiety: Spaven is jumping in the zero-emission lifestyle head first to tackle a road that isn’t exactly e-bike friendly.

The team will hit the road on October 8, 2018 and take three weeks to travel across the country. However, the adventure started in January 2018, when Spaven got his hands on a rundown Bullet on its last leg after a life spent on the rugged roads of India. The Bullet was the perfect match for what Spaven had in mind. He needed a sturdy little bike with an open-enough frame to receive the new electric powertrain.

He then proceeded to fit the Enfield with a 48V, Saietta DC motor paired with a Kelly controller and an Orion Battery Management System. The end-result is an electric Bullet that weighs virtually the same as a standard one and that produces a similar output, minus the note.

Of course, the documentary won’t be limited to the trip—the entire conversion process has been documented as well. The film is expected to be available in early 2019 and is expected to be submitted for consideration at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival.

Despite having a few sponsors, the Charging Bullet team also turned to crowdfunding on Kickstarter to help make the journey come true. The project recently reached its goal of GBP 6,500 (US$8,500) which will provide the travellers with accommodations, music licenses for the film, a range-extender battery pack, a fast charger, as well as a type 2 connector.

Though we won’t get to see the trip in full until next year, the team has kept a journal of the adventure on its Website.

Whether you like the idea of electric motorcycles or not, you have to admit that this is undeniably cool. I don’t know for you, but I look forward to knowing how the trip through the not-so-electrified Scottish Highlands went!


Source: Charging Bullet

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Tesla aims to have 20,000 employees at Gigafactory 1, could invest in local housing, says Elon Musk

Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Nevada is already the world’s largest battery factory, but CEO Elon Musk wants to expand it significantly.

He is now talking about having up to 20,000 employees at the factory – twice as many as the company previously guided. more…

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On Tesla: Open Letter Proposal For Your Consideration

This is an open letter to Tesla and Elon Musk that was shared with InsideEVs.

*This article comes to us courtesy of author Sanjeev Dhanda. If this is something that our readers appreciate, we look forward to sharing more of Sanjeev’s efforts. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Dear Elon, Tesla Employees, and Tesla Supporters,

This open letter to you is in regards to a proposal for how to accelerate the Tesla mission: to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport!

Given recent interviews where Elon has rightfully pointed out that even if we manage to replace 100% of car sales with electric vehicles, replacing all cars on the road would lag for 25 years while old cars live out their life cycle. If we are going to accelerate the adoption of EVs, we need to take advantage of programs established by conscientious governments that see the same writing on the wall.

In the process of building the safest car ever built, Tesla has also learned a lot of lessons of how to build an efficient EV factory. While I’m sure others will eventually learn to do similar things, there is a ticking clock when it comes to global warming, and many governments of the world are aware of this.

The Paris Accord saw 175 countries commit to reduce global emissions and prevent the earth from warming more than 2°C. This came with a financial commitment to spend $100 billion per year towards helping achieve this goal. Unlike Wall Street, which is primarily concerned with profit, many countries are more concerned about the survival of their coastal cities and avoiding the largest refugee crises the world has ever known. I propose that: Tesla should solicit bids from nations interested in hosting a Model 3 factory.

For sovereign wealth funds and governments, this makes sense from both a profitability and mission perspective:

  • Governments have the ability to cut the cost and time required to build a factory by expediting the permitting process and contributing land, power and tax incentives
  • While the battery production is fully automated, Elon Musk has pointed out that when it comes to the production of cars, at least for the near future, humans are better at certain aspects than robots. As such, building a factory will not only provide temporary work to construction crews, it will also provide quality jobs for the communities that house these factories.
  • At present, Tesla is easily producing ~4100 Model 3 cars/week (in addition to two thousand Model S and X cars). If we assume modestly that Tesla can produce at least 4000 cars/ week, and make a profit of $5000 per car, that represents an annual profit of $1 billion.
  • The estimated cost to build the Nevada Gigafactory was $5 billion; however, only $1.3 billion has been spent so far. Spending in this range in not uncommon for Infrastructure projects; however, governments can help cut this cost by providing the land themselves, and help improve the operating profits by providing unused electrical capacity at discounted rates (where applicable).
  • Governments that make this investment can ask for a sensible profit sharing model. For example, they could keep all profit until made whole or 50% until paid double — and keep a fair royalty in perpetuity. Governments could even choose to forgo the royalty knowing their Paris Accord spending wasn’t originally earmarked to make a return, and the cars generated by the factory will produce additional tax revenues for the local community!

Why is this a good idea for Tesla?

  • It’s not uncommon for franchisees to pay a franchise fee. Similarly, with enough interest, Tesla can do the same, with the intention of using the fees to pay down the debt incurred for the R&D of the Model 3 or to accelerate the production of the Model Y or design of the semi or pickup trucks. Given the impact and profit these factories will have, something on the order of a billion dollars isn’t unreasonable and it would help expedite the launch of the Model Y.
  • By providing a sensible profit sharing model, Tesla can accelerate its production capacity and while avoiding incurring debt on its balance sheets. Further, the overall cost to produce cars can be reduced by finding win-win opportunities and putting unused parcels of land governments can spare to work – even revitalizing communities that need an inflow of capital to help them grow.

Let’s consider one example, my home country: Canada.

  • Canada has the best renewable energy grids in the G8 (with 63% of its energy being produced via hydropower)
  • Canada has the capability to continue building out its hydropower grid, and just like everywhere else, using batteries to store unused power generated overnight can double the impact of the existing hydro production. Needless to say, Canada is capable of reducing the cost to make sure Tesla’s factories and Canadians that drive the cars use renewable energy.
  • Energy prices are also low in Canada, particularly in Quebec and Manitoba. Which means the cost for running the robots in the factory will be very low – even if it isn’t subsidized.
  • Canada also has existing mines that yield Cobalt, which is a key ingredient for battery production.
  • Canada also has a rich history of automotive production and free trade agreements with the large US market (When 75% of the car is made in North America secured in the USMCA)
  • Canada would be well served to spend some of its Paris Accord commitments on building out EV factories, and Tesla is a good place to start!

There are many other countries that could also stand to benefit, and asking states to compete was an effective strategy employed during the construction of the first Giga Factory. Doing the same with countries now makes a lot of sense as well.

Thanks for your consideration, from a Tesla owner, supporter, and fellow air breather on planet Earth.

Source: Electric Vehicle News