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National Drive Electric EVent in Birmingham to showcase latest in EV technology

Mark Bentley, Special to the Advertiser
Published 10:44 p.m. CT Sept. 30, 2020

Imagine there’s a simple way to save your family money, help the environment and support the creation of American jobs in one simple step.

It’s not science fiction. It’s the reality for motorists who have chosen to drive electric vehicles (EVs) instead of gasoline-powered cars and trucks and explains how EVs have emerged as the fastest-growing transportation vehicle segment.

Anyone wanting to get an up-close look at electric vehicles and learn more about them can visit The Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham (in the parking lot in front of Betolla restaurant on Third Avenue South) on Saturday, Oct. 3. Electric car owners will be on hand from 8 a.m. until noon as part of a National

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Electric Truck Startup Nikola Postpones December Event

Electric truck startup Nikola said Wednesday it was postponing a December launch event due to Covid-19 as it seeks to reset expectations following recent controversies.

The Arizona-based company said the “Nikola World” event, which nad been billed a potential launch of new vehicles and technology on December 3, would be rescheduled to a time when “we can bring the Nikola community together safely.”

The company, which has been beset by questions over its business viability and its former chairman, also put out a timetable with targets for completing a US factory, finishing vehicle prototypes and commencing production, according to a press release that boosted shares.

Citing recent policy actions by the European Union and California on the hydrogen economy and phasing out gasoline-fueled cars, Nikola is developing environmental trucks, fueling stations and recreational vehicles to meet “the need for green transport solutions.”

Key targets include completion of the first phase

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Renewables Won’t Save Us If The Electric Grid Is Not Ready

In recent weeks, the media landscape has been awash with stories declaring the beginning of the end of the age of hydrocarbons in America and around the world.

The facts on the ground, however, paint a different story.

As of this year, renewable generation accounted for only 17.5% of the US’ energy mix. While Deloitte predicts this number will grow to just shy of 50% by 2050, it would be naïve to assume that fossil fuels won’t continue to play a significant role in our lives for the foreseeable future.

The road to the energy system

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Ninety Percent of U.S. Cars Must Be Electric by 2050 to Meet Climate Goals

The United States is not expected to electrify passenger cars fast enough to stay on track with the Paris climate accord’s goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study.

Published in the journal Nature Climate Change yesterday, the study by engineers at the University of Toronto concludes that 90% of light-duty cars on American roads would need to be electric by 2050 to keep the transportation sector in line with climate mitigation targets.

That might mean requiring all of the nation’s new car sales to be electric as early as 2035, the state target established by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in an announcement last week.

The prospect of a national ban on gasoline-fueled cars emerged throughout the Democratic primaries, where several candidates proposed a 100% EV sales policy for 2035 or earlier. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden favors the idea of phasing out

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National Drive Electric EVent in Birmingham to showcase latest EV technology

Mark C. Bentley has served as the executive director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition since August 2006.

Imagine there’s a simple way to save your family money, help the environment and support the creation of American jobs in one simple step.

It’s not science fiction. It’s the reality for motorists who have chosen to drive electric vehicles (EVs) instead of gasoline-powered cars and trucks and explains how EVs have emerged as the fastest-growing transportation vehicle segment.

Anyone wanting to get an up-close look at electric vehicles and learn more about them can visit The Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham (in the parking lot in front of Betolla restaurant on Third Avenue South) on Saturday, Oct. 3. Electric car owners will be on hand from 8 a.m. until noon as part of a National Drive Electric Week EVent co-sponsored by the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (ACFC), UAB Sustainability, Alabama

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Electric Snowmobiles? Polaris Partners With Zero Motorcycles To Bring EV Tech To Their Many Toys

Big news in the recreational and utility vehicle world today as snowmobile, side-by-side and Slingshot maker Polaris has inked a 10-year partnership with the Zero Motorcycles, a worldwide leader in electric motorcycle design and production.

To be clear, Polaris is not going to start selling Zero motorcycles at Polaris dealerships. The partnership will initially be focused on bringing electrification to other products in the Polaris lineup, including their market-leading side-by-side four-wheelers and, yes, snowmobiles. But never say never.

Electric vehicles are not new to Minnesota-based Polaris. A decade ago, Polaris invested in the upstart Oregon company Brammo as they tried to achieve the ambitious goal of bringing a full-blooded, full-size and feature-packed EV to market: the Empulse electric motorcycle. At the time, Polaris already offered an

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Tesla’s new battery technology could drive down cost of electric cars, company says

Tesla has announced new, internally-produced batteries for its electric cars, signaling a major shift from the automaker that, if successful, could significantly reduce the cost of electric vehicles.



a screen shot of Elon Musk: Elon Musk conducts Tesla’s “Battery Day” event outside its production facility in Freemont, Calif., Sept. 22, 2020.


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Elon Musk conducts Tesla’s “Battery Day” event outside its production facility in Freemont, Calif., Sept. 22, 2020.

“I think it’s the way all electric cars in the future will be made,” said CEO Elon Musk at Tesla’s “Battery Day” event outside its production facility in Freemont, California, on Tuesday.

Tesla’s new battery cell features a “tabless” design, which the company claims will provide five times the energy, six times the power, and 16% more range compared to its old battery cell.

The company’s current vehicles use batteries sourced from suppliers like Panasonic, where the energy stored in the battery pack is transferred to the car’s drivetrain via a conductive metal tab.

The new battery pack accomplishes the same

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Tesla’s $25,000 Electric Car Means Game Over For Gas And Oil

The monumental Tesla Battery Day last week clearly wasn’t as monumental for some as they had expected. The day after the much-anticipated event, Tesla shares dropped by nearly 10%. This seems to be partly because the “million mile battery” wasn’t part of the presentation. The fickle investment community was hoping for an easily understood revolutionary announcement like an EV battery that will do a million miles without needing replacement. What they got instead was a series of incremental improvements based on technologies that were hard to understand and not very well explained. But the tail end of the Battery Day presentation was incredibly significant and foretells the final nail in the coffin of the traditional car industry based around fossil fuel propulsion.

Without much more than a single slide and a couple of sentences, Elon Musk delivered

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Heinzmann Gmbh and Exro Technologies to Collaborate in Developing Advanced Coil Drive Technology for the Electric Micro Mobility and Lev Market

A further advancement in the commercialization of Exro’s Coil Drive technology

  • Collaboration project integrating Exro technology into micro-mobility applications with Heinzmann GMBH, a global manufacturer of electric drives up to 30 kW
  • Micro-mobility is projected to be a key factor in electric mobility adoption globally with an overall market size of USD $19B
  • Exro’s Coil Driver will help to expand the performance range of Heinzmann’s mobility applications by making them faster, stronger, and smarter

CALGARY, AB / ACCESSWIRE / September 24, 2020 / Exro Technologies Inc. (TSXV:EXRO)(OTCQB:EXROF) (the “Company”), a leading technology company which has developed a new class of power electronics for electric motors and powertrains, is pleased to announce it has initiated a collaboration with Heinzmann GMBH & Co. KG (“Heinzmann”) to integrate Exro’s patented coil drive technology into micro mobility applications.

Since 1985, Heinzmann has proven itself as a renowned manufacturer of electric drives up to 30

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Tesla says embattled electric truck maker Nikola itself stole truck design

The electric truck wars are getting even more charged. In a court document filed this week, Tesla accused rival Nikola of stealing the design for Nikola’s electric truck from Croatian car company Rimac Automobili. 

Tesla made the claim in a filing responding to a lawsuit in which Nikola alleges that Tesla stole Nikola’s design of its electric truck— the Nikola One — for the Tesla Semi, which was unveiled in 2017.

Nikola introduced its electric truck in 2016. The Nikola One and the Tesla Semi resemble each other, sporting a curved windshield, bullet-like aerodynamic front and silver finish. Nikola is suing Tesla for $2 billion for infringing on its design, which Nikola claims it patented. Both companies are named after Nikola Tesla, whose technological inventions defined much of the 20th century.

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Tesla’s lawsuit includes pictures of a number of electric trucks that came out before Nikola’s model.

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