Video » The Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle » At US$30,000 it’s way overpriced, yet amazing » Is it worth it? » Electrek’s review

Micah Toll, Electrek »

When it comes to performance, Harley wasn’t messing around. The 78kW (105hp) motor is more than you’ll ever need. In Sport Mode, the acceleration is outrageous, blasting you to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 3 seconds. Though “blasting” isn’t the right word, actually. In fact, it’s almost eerie how smooth it is. I almost felt like the speedometer on the digital screen was lying to me because the launch feels so…. calm. So relaxed. It felt like I couldn’t possibly have reached these speeds so quickly, so calmly. One moment I’m waiting at rest for the on-ramp light to turn green. Three seconds later I’m at highway speed. And it feels like not much happened in between. One second I’ve got two feet on the ground. The next second is a gentle blur.

I didn’t reach the bike’s top speed of 110 mph (177 km/h), but I went faster than I ever planned to (and faster than I should probably admit). And considering how much the bike still wanted to give, I have no doubt that the electronically limited 110 mph top speed is attainable. Not that anyone would ever really need it. […]

 

Unique Nottingham 30-day ‘try before you buy’ electric vehicle loan project

The following from a DriveElectric blog post about one of their programs.

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DriveElectric has managed the EV trials for the Nottingham ULEV Experience including providing the vehicles, booking the 30-day loans, providing a handover about the vehicles and charging, being available throughout the trial to answer any queries, and even arranging insurance if required.

The vehicle fleet included some of the very latest EVs such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, which are long-range EVs, capable of between 250-300 miles per charge, and these vehicles proved to be the cars that were most in demand. A total of 52 organisations in Nottingham have enjoyed 72 EV loans over the last 18 months, with 20 EVs being adopted as a result so far.

As well as businesses, public sector organisations can be successful ULEV early adopters for a range of reasons, including due to the driving cycles of their fleets often being ideally suited to electric vehicles. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is one example of such an organisation, which trialled EV loans from the ULEV Experience. The project provided Renault Kangoo and Nissan e-NV200 electric vans for a month to allow the Transport and Logistics team to assess the suitability of the vehicles.

Following the trial, positive feedback was received about the larger Nissan e-NV200 van in particular. As well as the electric vans having zero emissions, lower whole-life costs, and being suitable for the required duties, employees preferred the driving experience of the EVs. The Trust now operates two Nissan e-NV200s and based on running these vehicles to date, 40 vans could be swapped to EVs. […]

Niu Technologies reports strong electric scooter sales, strong growth in revenue in it’s Q4 and 2019 financial report

NIU designs, manufactures and sells electric bicycles, motorcycles, and scooters aimed at the urban mobility market.

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— Fourth Quarter Total volume of e-scooter sales up 13.5% year over year

— Fourth Quarter Revenues of RMB 536.1 million, up 25.4% year over year

— Fourth Quarter Net income of RMB 60.7 million, compared to net loss of RMB 32.0 million in the fourth quarter of last year

— Full Year Total volume of e-scooter sales up 24.1% year over year

— Full Year Revenues of RMB 2,076.3 million, up 40.5% year over year

— Full Year Net income of RMB 190.1 million, compared to net loss of RMB 349.0 million in 2018

More » NIU Press Release

How the U.K. budget affects to EV market

On March 12, 2020, the British government announced it’s annual budget which brought about changes for the electric vehicles market.

The following government grants are in effect for the next three years until 2023, starting March 12, 2020.

  • The grant to purchase a new EV, with a minimum range of 70 miles (112 km), is now £3,000, down from £3,500. This grant can now only be applied to new cars that cost less than £50,000.
  • Zero emission Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) are now also eligible for government grants. New EV vans are eligible for up to £8,000 in grants. Large vans and trucks can apply for up to £20,000.
  • Electric taxis can access up to £7,500, and electric motorcycles up to £1,500.
  • Grants for electric vans, large vans, trucks, taxis, and motorcycles are extended until 2023.
  • Zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) will be exempt from the Vehicle Excise Duty ‘expensive car’ supplement from 1 April 2020 until 31 March 2025. This is good news. Ordinarily, this tax applied to all vehicles that cost over £40,000. Removing this for EVs is step in the right direction to encourage the uptake of EVs and support the road to zero in the UK.
  • The U.K. government has committed to a £500 million investment in the rapid charging network over the next 5 years, to ensure that drivers are never more than 30 miles from a fast charging station. This will provide further comfort for drivers to make the move to EVs, which has largely been hindered by a perceived lack of charging facilities.

More » gov.uk, electrive, Accountancy Daily, Electrek

VoltAero tests new Safran smart electric motors in it’s electric plane

VoltAero Cassio

VoltAero Cassio

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Nicolas Zart, Electrek »

VoltAero tested Safran’s new ENGINeUS smart electric motors on its Cassio airframe. The VoltAero electric and hybrid nine-seater is the brainchild of Jean Botti, ex-Airbus E-Fan director, and test-pilot Didier Esteyne, who handled the test flight. Both pack serious electric aviation credentials, having spearheaded Airbus’ now-defunct e-Fan aviation project. It has since been replaced by the e-Fan X project.

More » VoltAreo (Press Release)

Lack of demand in U.S. shelves the introduction of the BMW iX3 crossover EV

Urvaksh Karkaria, Automotive News »

BMW, like its German rival Mercedes-Benz, is grappling with the realization that the world’s second-largest auto market remains half-hearted in its embrace of electric vehicles. Despite their proclamations of interest in battery-powered vehicles, few automakers other than Tesla have made much traction in the U.S. market with EVs.

Complicating their calculations, regulatory pressures in Europe and China are creating urgent need for EVs in those markets. Automakers face hefty fines in Europe next year if they fail to cut their fleet CO2 emissions to an average 95 grams per kilometer.

As a result, the German automakers are recalibrating their EV ambitions in the U.S. — diverting production supply to markets that are more receptive to the new technology, and biding their time for America’s interest to kindle.

Related » US market launch of Mercedes EQC delayed until at least 2021 due to lack of interest

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