The Latest Electric Car Hurdle: What if You Can’t Resell It?

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Much of the anxiety stems from batteries – the price, technology, density, and where to charge them. Manufacturers have worked for years to bring down the price on a per kilowatt-hour basis. Technology has improved, with different materials helping cars run longer and further, thus needing less charge. The chemistry has become more stable. In May, for instance, Svolt Energy Technology Co., owned by the parent of China’s Great Wall Motor Co., launched the world’s first battery that doesn’t use the controversial yet once-essential cobalt. It costs less than the mainstream competition and has higher density, meaning more energy is packed into the same volume.  

So the good news is, battery prices are dropping, down to 1.1 yuan ($0.13) per watt-hour in 2019 from 2.1 yuan per watt-hour in 2016. That also means that the cost of electric vehicles is coming down (though the good ones still aren’t that affordable),

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Electric bike sales are surging ahead of traditional bicycles

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The US is entering the era of the electric bicycle. The favored conveyance of New York City delivery workers, the e-bike has now gone mainstream: Sales in America have outpaced conventional bikes for three years running.

While conventional bike sales declined slightly in 2018 and 2019, e-bikes soared more than 50%, according to data from market research firm NPD. And they’ve gone into overdrive during the coronavirus pandemic. E-bike sales have more than doubled since January, outpacing even huge sales growth in conventional bicycles.

 

The US is following the global trajectory. Consulting firm Deloitte is predicting (pdf) a “surge” of 130 million e-bike sales in the next three years. By 2023, it expects 300 million e-bikes to be on the streets, compared to less than 10 million electric vehicles (including cars and trucks).

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That would make e-bikes the best selling electric conveyances in

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ECCO Launches Electric Vehicle Alert System Ahead of Federal Regulations

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlines the minimum sound emitting requirements in regulation FMVSS 141. Essentially, vehicles under 10,000lbs that operate on public roads and spaces need an audible signature above ambient street noise when accelerating, decelerating, reversing and idling. The measure is intended to protect vulnerable pedestrians and reduce injury crashes involving silently running cars.

EVAS offers the latest technology in the industry’s most reliable speaker, producing a 360-degree perimeter of sound around the vehicle. It features a wide frequency band (350Hz to 5KHz) and can be programmed with a variety of approved tones. Visit the dedicated EVAS page and listen to sample sound profiles. ECCO will work with customers to develop their unique “voice.” Electric car manufacturer Karma Automotive partnered with ECCO to do just that late last year, giving their line of luxury cars a branded acoustic signature.

Easily install EVAS in any vehicle, from passenger

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Lucid Will Finally Show Off Production Air Electric Vehicle on September 9

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From Car and Driver

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed more than a few vehicle unveilings. With nearly all the auto shows of the year already canceled, automakers are figuring out how to make the best of a weird situation. Lucid for its part was planning on showing off its first vehicle at the New York auto show in April. But in a post-auto show world, the electric vehicle startup has announced it’ll show off the production version of the Lucid Air online on September 9.

Lucid is pitting the Air mostly against German sedans as a luxury vehicle that happens to be electric. Regardless of what it’s aiming for, the Tesla Model S will likely be what it is judged against when it comes to market. It’ll be capable of a range over 400 miles which is something that Tesla just announced its Model S Long Range Plus is currently

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