Green Deals: 24-pack Sylvania Non-dimmable LED Light Bulbs $23, more

Amazon offers a 24-pack of Sylvania A19 Non-dimmable LED Light Bulbs for $22.70 Prime shipped. As a comparison, this bundle originally had a $40 value but it’s trended around $25-$30 at various retailers recently. The big news here is that today’s offer equates to $0.95 per bulb, which is amongst the best offers we’ve ever seen. Switching to LED light bulbs has a number of perks, including lower costs per month and longer lifespans. In fact, you can expect up to 11,000 hours of use per bulb. This bundle is a #1 best-seller at Amazon with over 640 reviewers leaving a 4.3/5 star rating.


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“Hey Alexa, mow my yard…” The new Husqvarna 435X robotic lawn mower sports AWD, more

While robotic mowers are not new to the scene, this is still a growing category in the United States. Far more popular in Europe, brands like Husqvarna are just beginning to expand their robo-presence in the United States. The latest release comes out of Mobile World Congress where we are getting our first look at the Husqvarna 435X robotic lawn mower.

Thanks to compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, users will be able to call up various features on the Husqvarna 435X with their voice. While smart home-grade features are welcome, it’s the unique design with all-wheel drive performance that has us particularly interested in this model.


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24M Delivers SemiSolid Cells With Energy Density Above 280 Wh/kg

The potential is for 400 Wh/kg

24M, the battery start-up headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., announced first delivery of a commercially viable, high energy density lithium-ion cells – the SemiSolid lithium-ion battery design – to an undisclosed industrial partner.

The energy density of the cells produced at the pilot facility exceed 280 Wh/kg, which – as 24M points out – is over 10% more than the current state-of-the-art industry benchmark for EV applications – 250 Wh/kg.

“These deliveries represent a significant milestone in the 24M mission to scale its unique, capital-efficient, low-cost approach to advanced lithium-ion battery manufacturing.”

The 12% increase is welcome, although 24M’s goal is much higher – 350 Wh/kg or even over 400 Wh/kg. We guess that those goals are not yet available and development needs to be continued.

“The development of the high energy density nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cells is part of a $7M three-year contract awarded to 24M in 2016 by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy. The program is chartered with developing electrochemical energy storage technologies that support the commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. To achieve the final USABC 2020 density target of 350 Wh/kg by the end of 2019, 24M has developed a multi-faceted, lab-proven approach that includes a novel use of silicon for high energy density anodes.24M also delivered similar NMC cells with energy densities above 280 Wh/kg to an industrial partner. With these cells, the higher energy densities were achieved by optimizing 24M’s SemiSolid electrode technology, which eliminates the use of a pore-clogging binder, enabling higher active material densities than can be achieved with conventional electrodes. The demonstration of this technology is a major milestone on the 24M roadmap to achieving even higher energy densities (>400 Wh/kg) using its capital-efficient manufacturing process.”

Naoki Ota, CTO of 24M said:

“It’s very gratifying to see science translated from the lab into innovative new products as 24M has done by developing and delivering these high energy density cells. Moreover, we were able to leverage our novel electrode, cell and manufacturing approach to exceed 280 Wh/kg, a significant step towards delivering low-cost lithium-ion cells with industry-leading performance to the EV market.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

$35,000 Base Tesla Model 3 Predicted To Arrive Soon

When will the sought-after $35,000 Tesla Model 3 actually come to market?

Sadly, there’s no way to really know. But, notoriously Tesla-negative outfit Seeking Alpha seems to think the highly anticipated base Tesla Model 3 might be available in the upcoming months. While some people, in addition to Seeking Alpha have asserted that it may never come to be, now there’s a change of direction. As Tesla CEO Elon Musk continues to assert, the “cheap” model is definitely on its way.

Seeking Alpha points out what we already knew. Tesla plans to bring a $35,000 base Model 3 to market at some point. But as stated on numerous occasions — per CEO Elon Musk — the automaker can’t do so until certain monetary expectations are met. In addition, the automaker must finally streamline Model 3 production to a level of efficiency such that it won’t lose money on the cheaper variant.

As reported by Seeking Alpha, Tesla’s constant innovations may finally make its standard Model 3 available within the next three to five months. The firm currently puts gross margin of the base $35,000 Model 3 at 12.07%. If indeed this happens, Seeking Alpha sees a market increase of about 9 percent for Tesla. This is, as long as the Silicon Valley automaker is able to actually deliver on these previous promises. The story predicts that Tesla will release a related statement by March 15, 2019. To further substantiate Seeking Alpha’s claims, it adds:

 As I mentioned before, it seems Tesla, or Elon Musk, may be trying to work around the initial promise of a $35,000 vehicle. This idea is quite worrisome for many customers that are looking to buy the Standard Range variant as it hints at the idea of this vehicle never actually being available. If Tesla were to forego a true $35,000 Model 3, I believe that they would try to find a type of loophole to get around their promise. However, Elon Musk has an incredible ego, and to admit even slight failure would crush him, so I do believe he will do what he can to create a true $35,000 Model 3.

Do you agree? Is it bound to happen at some point? Let us know in comment section below.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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Tesla Model 3 is now hitting the road in good numbers in Norway

As we recently reported, Norway’s EV sales are about to skyrocket to a new high with the arrival of Tesla Model 3 and we are now already starting to see the evidence of that as the new vehicle hits the roads in the country. more…

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Investors sue to stop Tesla’s acquisition of Maxwell Technologies

Tesla Batteries 18650 Li-ion Cells

A group of investors has filed a class action lawsuit in San Diego federal court to stop Tesla’s acquisition of battery and ultracapacitor innovator Maxwell Technologies. Bloomberg Terminal reports (via Electrek)  that the litigants are calling the price of $4.75 per share (over $200 million total) and the process that led to the deal “unfair.”

This sort of rebellion by a group of investors is not unusual in the world of corporate acquisitions, and it’s unclear at this point whether the deal is in jeopardy or not.

Maxwell’s board unanimously approved Tesla’s offer. However, Electrek reports that the deal was a long time in the making – the two companies had been in discussions for years, and there was a lot of back and forth about the price. Tesla made several offers that were refused before the two sides came to an agreement.


Source: Electrek

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Bombardier scoops up Alta assets, meaning its tech could live on in e-karts and other powersports

California-based Alta Motors was well known for their electric dirt bikes. However, disaster struck when the company was forced to close late last year amid financial trouble. While many held out hope that the company would be purchased and saved, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Instead, their assets were bought by Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP).


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CharIN Starts Development Of Fast Charging Beyond 1 MW

1 MW is equal to 1,000 kW or a few hundred households

CharIN, which so far was focused on the Combined Charging System, released an announcement about a new standard under development for high power charging of trucks, buses, aircraft or other large BEVs beyond 1 MW.

The new solution – High Power Charging for Commercial Vehicles (HPCCV) – is envisioned as conductive (plug type) with voltage of up to 1,500 V and current of up to 3,000 A! It seems that the 350 kW at 800 V is not even close to what the heavy duty charges will provide. On the other hand, raising the bar was expected, especially as some manufacturers announced higher power charging (i.e. Tesla Megachargers).

See very interesting requirement list here.

Positive information is that backward compatibility with CCS charging system is considered. Work is just starting and interested parties are invited to join the HPCCV working group.

From the press release:

“A CharIN e.V. working group defined requirements for a commercial vehicle high power charging standard within the holistic system approach of the Combined Charging System. Contributions to solve the set of requirements are welcome.

The CharIN e.V. formed the working group High Power Charging for Commercial Vehicle Charging (HPCCV) with the purpose to define a new commercial vehicle high power charging solution to maximize customer flexibility when using fully electric commercial vehicles.

The scope of the technical recommendation is to be limited to the connector and any related requirements for the EVSE, the vehicle, communication, and related hardware.

The standard focuses on Class 6, 7, & 8 commercial vehicles, but could easily be used for buses, aircraft or other large battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Separate subgroups were formed to explore the problem from their unique point of view: Customers, Truck & Bus OEMs, Utilities, Site selection and permitting firms, EVSE manufacturers, Service Providers, Hardware manufacturers and Cyber Security experts. From those inputs, a single requirements document was created, which was further refined by the working group.

The CharIN e.V. is now calling for contributions to solve this set of requirements. All submissions will be reviewed and graded based on how well they solve the requirements and on their technological readiness.

The deadline for submissions is March 22nd, 2019.

The working group HPCCV will review the submissions and request further clarification or presentation of the concept to the working group HPCCV between March 25th and May 15th, 2019.”

Source: CharIN, High Power Charging for Commercial Vehicles (HPCCV)

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Uber’s electric bicycles are starting to get more riders than their cars

The shared electric bicycle and scooter market is still undergoing explosive growth. With tens of millions of rides across just a few large industry players, there is every incentive for companies to grow their electric scooter and bicycle sharing operations quickly.

Uber-owned Jump has managed to secure its own fair share of the booming market. In fact, Jump is beginning to score more electric bicycle riders than Uber’s own ridesharing cars.


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