Green Deals: 3rd Gen. Nest Thermostat in three colors $187 (Reg. up to $250), more

Altatac via Newegg offers the 3rd Generation Nest Thermostat in white, copper or black for $186.99 shipped. Originally $250 and currently $220 at Amazon, today’s offer is the best available. While we’ve seen the stainless steel model hit $150 once in the past, we rarely see the alternative colorways on sale. Nest’s thermostat is loved for its automatic scheduling features, sleek design and smartphone control. Rated 4.3/5 stars. Read More

Green Deals: Sun Joe 16-inch 12A Tiller + $10 Gift Card $94, more

BuyDig offers the Sun Joe 16-inch 12A Electric Tiller and Cultivator for $94 shipped when promo code DIG5 is applied during checkout. BuyDig includes a $10 gift card with purchase. For comparison, it usually sells for around $120 but is down to $102 at Amazon. Today’s deal is $8 less than our previous mention before the gift card is factored in. Features include a 12A electric mower that power six “durable” steel tines. It has a three position wheel adjustment system and a fold down design for storage. Rated 4.7/5 stars. Read More

Porsche had ‘fantastic’ reaction from customers for the yet-to-be-unveiled all-electric Taycan

For its first all-electric vehicle, Porsche wants to cater to its own fans by making “a real Porsche” and bringing the same Porsche driving feel to an all-electric powertrain.

Now the German premium automaker says that it is already accumulating reservations in a few markets and it has received a “fantastic” reaction from customers even though they have yet to see the production car. more… Read More

Tesla buyers are asked to pay back €4,000 EV incentive in Germany, Tesla says it will cover cost and fight decision

Tesla’s continued issues with the German government over electric vehicle incentives are now impacting buyers retroactively as some are being asked to pay back the €4,000 EV incentive that they received from the government.

The automaker is appealing the decision and confirmed to Electrek that it will cover the cost of the incentive until it is resolved. more… Read More

Tesla’s fleet has accumulated over 1.2 billion miles on Autopilot and even more in ‘shadow mode’, report says

Automakers and tech companies are rushing to bring autonomous driving systems to market and accumulating mileage with their test vehicles.

Tesla is taking a different approach by accumulating mileage with its customer fleet through its Autopilot driver assist program.

A new report now estimates that Tesla has accumulated over 1.2 billion miles on Autopilot and more than twice that when accounting for mileage in ‘shadow mode’. more… Read More

Watch Mercedes-Benz EQC all-electric SUV prototype make its tires squeal on Nürburgring track

The Mercedes-Benz EQC all-electric SUV is going to be the German automaker’s first all-electric vehicle built to be electric from the ground up.

It’s going to launch its new all-electric EQ sub-brand next year and in the meantime, it’s undergoing a thorough test program as we get a look at an EQC electric prototype making its tires squeal on the Nürburgring race track. more… Read More

Tesla Model 3 teardown shows over 30% profitability as Munro research firm ‘eats crow’

Munro & Associates, an engineering research and consulting firm, bought a few Tesla Model 3 vehicles to tear them down and produce an analysis of the new electric vehicle.

The firm has been releasing partial reports on the Model 3 for months now.

At first, they were highly critical, but they are now “eating crow” and admitting that the vehicle should be “highly profitable.” more… Read More

Tesla deploys first 100 Powerwalls with solar for new virtual power plant in Australia – already having an impact

Tesla Model 3 Performance version gets efficiency of 116 MPGe – significantly lower than standard version

In the race of making electric vehicles more efficient, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is still the reigning king with its exceptionally small and efficient battery pack.

The Tesla Model 3 is its closest competitor and it could eventually beat it with upcoming new versions of the car, but not with the new Performance Model 3 which is unsurprisingly much less efficient. more… Read More

Green Deals: RAVPower 15000mAh Solar Powered Battery Bank $16, more

Sunvalley Brands (99% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon offers the RAVPower 15000mAh Outdoor Portable Solar Power Bank for $15.99 Prime shipped when code JPAKBVTQ is used at checkout. Regularly $30, this beats the all-time low at Amazon and is the best available. Whether you’re camping this summer or just want a battery that can be recharged by the sun, this is a great option. Rated 3.8/5 stars. Read More

PF0: Storied Automobili Pininfarina set to release 1.2+ Megawatt 250mph Hypercar next year

There aren’t many automobile companies with a stronger design heritage which has transformed the automobile industry decade after decade than the Italian Automobili Pininfarina.

The company behind classic designs from makes such as FerrariAlfa RomeoPeugeotFiatGMLancia, and Maserati, was acquired by the Indian Mahindra Group in a deal worth about €168 million in 2015. Since then, it has been on a mission to define itself in the era of electrification. Next year, that will culminate in what is currently codenamed the PF0 Hypercar. After looking at early teasers below, it feels safe to say Pininfarina won’t betray its design heritage even if its EV specs don’t destroy Rimac or Tesla’s Roadster… Read More

Watch the all-electric, driverless Robocar at the Goodwood hillclimb in this 360º video

Roborace, the planned driverless racing series which will act as a support race for the all-electric Formula E championship, has been taking their fully autonomous Robocar to various tracks over the last year to showcase their technology.  This weekend they’re at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England, which holds an annual hillclimb event with all sorts of interesting cars, old and new alike. Read More

Prodrive’s Hummingbird electric bicycle is a slick-looking 23 lb (10 kg) featherweight

Electric bicycles are usually quite heavy, though recent design innovations have been pushing the envelope to reduce motor weight. In the past, heavy-duty steel and aluminum frames, dense battery packs and bulky electric motors all helped tip the scales on these hefty metallic steeds.

The best way to get around the heavy e-bike problem is to design the vehicle from the ground up using lightweight materials and components combined with innovative weight-saving structures. And that’s exactly what Prodrive did with the new Hummingbird folding electric bicycle. more… Read More

Elon Musk says Tesla will be out of ‘production hell’ in a month as they start ramping up to 10,000 Model 3s per week

While Tesla managed to achieve a Model 3 production rate of 5,000 units during the last week of the second quarter, it doesn’t mean that they are out of “production hell”, which is what CEO Elon Musk has been calling the difficult part of the production ramp.

Now the CEO is optimistic that it should be “over in a month” as they now ramp up to 10,000 units per week over a longer period of time. more… Read More

Tesla confirms hitting federal tax credit threshold, $7,500 credit cut in half at end of 2018

After refusing to confirm the timing of the federal tax credit phase-out for months, Tesla has now confirmed that it has hit the 200,000th US delivery threshold, which triggered the phase-out period.

Tesla buyers will lose the full $7,500 credit by the end of the year unless the law is changed, hitting $3750 for the first half of 2019 and $1875 in the second half of 2019. more… Read More

Green Deals: WORX WG720 19-inch 12A Lawn Mower $108, more

Today only, the WORX official eBay store offers its WG720 19-inch 12-Amp Corded Electric Lawn Mower for $107.94 shipped when promo code PRIMOSALE has been applied during checkout. That takes over $110 off the list price and saves you $90+ compared to other retailers like Home Depot. Thanks to the oil and gas-free design, you’ll be able to mow your yard with its 120-Amp motor. It also folds up into a more compact form-factor for easily stowing away when not in use. Rated 4.5/5 stars. Don’t forget to grab an outdoor extension cord to complete your purchase. Read More

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