Land’s End To John O’Groats On An Electric Royal Enfield

Electric Royal Enfield goes the distance.

Back in October, we documented the project of two ambitious British blokes working on a documentary revolving around a 1,200-mile journey on an electric Royal Enfield titled Charging Bullet. At the time, their adventure had yet to unfold and the reality of running a homemade ev had yet to sink in. We checked back on the guys to see how the project is coming along and as farfetched an idea as their trip through UK seemed, it looks like they made it work.

Imagine what living with a homemade electric powertrain built into a 1961 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 for 20 days is like? Fred Spaven and Finn Varney found out and documented the venture on camera and also in writing. You can read about their journey across the UK on their blog and beyond the hurdles and the technical difficulties, there is something to be learned from their adventure. Not only are people a lot more willing to help out than we might think, but there are also wonderful things to be discovered and experienced when we slow things down.

After 10 months of preparation and a rollercoaster of successes and fails, Spaven and Varney finally hit the road on October 8. Their goal was to do the Land’s End To John o’Groats run through England and Scotland on their e-Bullet and to make a documentary of it.

To add to their challenge, the road north wasn’t exactly charger-friendly. Forget the 30-minute superchargers—the bike wasn’t equipped to support that technology. Instead, they had to proceed the good old way: ask people to borrow an outlet and take a break while the bike charges.

That’s pretty much the end of the world for most people, right? But what if it wasn’t? What if stopping to smell the flowers was injected back into the way we travel? This is exactly what the crew was forced to do with only enough power to travel 50 miles and (mostly) conventional outlets to deal with along the way.

What they ended up having to do though is probably what I find to be the most interesting part of their story: ask people for help to get a charge and take advantage of the downtime to talk with these people and see things they otherwise wouldn’t have seen. They made a pit stop at the Ariel shop where the brand’s iconic cars are built, visited a network of caves at Creswell Crags, and even visited a hydrogen generation station.

The entire trip took them roughly 24 days—that’s 58 miles a day on average. They finally made it to John o’Groats in Northern Scotland on November 1st with precious footage and a still-running Enfield—not without a few hiccups. They calculated that they ended up putting 1,400 miles in total on the electric Enfield.

For the trip back, they loaded the bike in the van and headed back south to Yorkshire. As Spaven commented on their blog: his work riding the e-Enfield is done; Finn’s work is only beginning and there’s long hours of editing ahead of him. The documentary is set to come out in 2019.

Source: Charging Bullet

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Daimler delivers its first all-electric Freightliner truck

Daimler’s Freightliner aims to be “frontrunners with electric trucks” and offer all-electric options to compete with Tesla Semi.

Now it has delivered its first all-electric Freightliner truck to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation as part of its ‘innovation fleet’. more…

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The EV Annex OWL Is An Affordable Way To Add Wireless Phone Charging To The Model 3

Usually when we talk about charging here on CleanTechnica, it has to do with plugging in an electric car to juice up the batteries. The folks at EV Annex are all about electric vehicles, but their expertise is helping owners to make their vehicles fit their lifestyles. To do that, EV Annex developed a wireless Qi charging pad for the Model 3 that makes keeping your smartphone juiced up a breeze
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Do GM Brownstown Layoffs Indicate No Future Volt Crossover?

50 employees out of 116 will be laid off at the battery pack assembly plant.

Since October of 2010, GM’s battery assembly plant in Brownstown, Michigan has assembled battery packs for the Chevy Volt. Packs for the Cadillac ELR and 2015+ Chevy Spark EV were assembled here. Cells for the Volt are produced at LG Chem’s plant in Holland, MI.

Previously it was expected that the Volt would live until a Voltec crossover was ready. The decision to end Volt production will result in the layoff of 50 Brownstown employees. This suggests that a replacement is not coming anytime soon. At least not for Brownstown.

It could be that a future U.S. Voltec product will involve a long term deal with LG Chem similar to the Bolt EV. Last year, LG Chem began an expansion of their Holland facility. Perhaps it will assemble future packs for the Chevy Bolt EV or a new, unknown GM plug-in. Chevy currently receives fully assembled Bolt battery packs from LG Chem’s facility in Incheon, South Korean.

The other possibility is that if a crossover is coming, it will be from China. In fact Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, recently indicated this might be the case. According to Kudlow, “It seems like GM would rather build its electric cars in China rather than the United States.”

The larger Buick Velite 6 is very similar in function to the Chevy Volt. However, due to Chinese protectionist policies GM was forced to work with local manufacturers. GM turned to A123 for the Velite 6 to avoid import tariffs and gain access to incentives. But poor quality control from supplier A123 has delayed the launch.

If a future PHEV crossover is in the works, it will likely be built in China. Whether or not it reaches North America is still up in the air.

Source: GM Authority

Buick Enspire

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Electrek review: Ancheer folding e-bike/scooter makes a decent commuter ride for under $400

I work at home, and it so happens that I live in a one vehicle household at the moment. It’s been a good thing for our current situation for a variety reasons, but it does come with some downsides. There are those occasions where it’d be nice to be able to get around town when I don’t have access to a vehicle, and for that reason, I was excited to check out my first e-bike/e-scooter, the Ancheer “folding electric bike”.


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Electra Meccanica says it received over 41,000 orders for all-electric Tofino roadster and 23,000 SOLO EVs

Electra Meccanica, a Canada-based electric vehicle startup, confirmed today that it received over 41,000 orders for its all-electric Tofino roadster and over 23,000 reservations for the SOLO EV as they move production to China. more…

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VW Christmas Card Teases I.D. Electric Dune Buggy

Guess what might be comin’ to town.

Volkswagen has sent out its Christmas cards. Besides celebrating the holiday season, it teases an interesting new product. As you can see in the image above, it appears Santa has first crack at a vehicle that follows in the throwback tracks of the company’s Bus-inspired I.D. Buzz. This time around, it seems to be a take on the famous Meyers Manx. That was an open-top buggy built on a shortened VW Bug chassis. It meant for bombing across the sands of the southern California deserts.

This is, as you may remember, the dune buggy we were recently telling you about. It’s the second of three “I.D.” retro designs said to originate from the automaker’s CEO Herbert Diess. The I.D. Buzz, of course, is the first, while the yet-to-be-revealed third is supposedly a 5-door hatchback recreation of the classic Beetle.

According to Autocar, the electric knobby-tired buggy is bound for the Geneva Motor Show. Once fully revealed, we imagine the automaker will gauge public sentiment towards the interpretation. With no roof and a free-standing windshield, it seems an unlikely choice for mass production. Still, we’d be happy to see it get an enthusiastic reception. In small numbers, and at a premium price, it could be a unique sort of halo car: a vehicle meant to increase attention to the entire brand.

Currently, it’s under construction at the Volkswagen R&D facility in Braunschweig, Germany (or, possibly, on loan to some clandestine outfit headquarted at the North Pole). An eventual production version would share the MEB platform that underpins the entire I.D. lineup. and is integral to Volkswagen’s battery-powered future.

Source: Autocar, WardsAuto

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Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Race Chevy Corvette With Slicks

Slicks versus road tires

Right from the get-go you know this isn’t really a fair fight.

The Tesla Model 3 Performance is road legal, fitted with proper road tires. Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Corvette rolls up wearing a big pair of mean ‘ol slicks.

From a drag racing perspective, slicks provided perhaps the biggest single advantage, especially when you’re driving a RWD power monster like this tuned Corvette.

Let’s not overlook the fact that the Tesla Model 3 typically wins in these short drags. However, it wasn’t ever going to stand a chance in this unfair fight. The Model 3 can zip to 60 MPH in just 3.13 seconds, meaning it’s surely no slouch.

Here’s the timeslip from the race, with the Corvette on the left:

Video description: Street King’s Chevrolet Corvette Grandpavette Vs 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance

Drag racing’s Grandpavette Ivan Alcazar, as usual, gapping the competition.

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Tesla vehicles have completed 70% of the 1 million taxi rides at Amsterdam airport this year

The Schiphol airport, Amsterdam’s international airport, announced today that they completed their one-millionth taxi ride this year and an impressive 70% of those rides were done by their large fleet of Tesla vehicles. more…

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