“Unlimited range” stealth e-bike never needs plugging in

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And it recharges the battery with regenerative braking, and also sips a bit of power from you when you’re pedaling along the flat or going downhill. The company says if you leave it in this mode, you can get around indefinitely without ever charging the thing – obviously this will depend on the terrain, but it’s a neat idea.

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Ford invests $500 million in electric truck company Rivian

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Ford Motor Co., maker of the best-selling F-Series pickup, announced early Wednesday that it is investing $500 million in Rivian, the Michigan-based electric truck startup company.

“Rivian and Ford match up strategically,” said Ford CEO Jim Hackett. “We can learn a lot from each other.”

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Waymo picks Detroit factory for self-driving fleet, to be operational by mid-2019 – Reuters

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Waymo said in January it had chosen Michigan for its first production facility, adding it would receive incentives from the public-private partnership agency, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and create up to 400 jobs over time exclusively related to self driving.

In a sea of rivals, Waymo is generally thought of as ahead in the self-driving race. It already operates a robotaxi service in Arizona that it plans to expand geographically over time.

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Google Maps now tells you if an EV charging station is in use – The Verge

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Along with showing you the location of charging stations for your electric car, Google Maps now also shows you whether they’re currently in use. The functionality is available across the US and UK for charging points from Chargemaster, EVgo, and SemaConnect. Google plans to add ChargePoint chargers soon.

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Ribbon cutting held for new EV charging stations at downtown SLO parking structure | KSBY.com

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San Luis Obispo has new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at the downtown Marsh Street parking structure.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday.

It is now the largest charging station location in San Luis Obispo with 17 regular and two handicap accessible charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles open 24 hours a day.

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Magna International tests EV performance in bad weather

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One standout among a group of a half-dozen specially equipped cars is a BMW 218i outfitted with Magna’s e2 Technology Demonstrator. The car comes equipped with a hybrid all-wheel-drive system with a gasoline engine and hybrid transmission, but with the e2 system, it can demonstrate 10 combinations of electric drive.

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EV makers earn owners’ loyalty; registrations reach record high | Auto Remarketing

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New electric vehicle registrations during 2018 more than doubled year-over-year from slightly more than 100,000 to 208,000, according to business intelligence company IHS Markit. EV market share has also seen a strong gain during that period, the company said.

Along with those gains, the loyalty rates of EV buyers has also continued to grow.

IHS Markit said nearly 55 percent of all new EV owners who returned to market during the fourth quarter of 2018 acquired (purchased or leased) another EV. That loyalty rate is up from 42 percent in the previous quarter.

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