Category Archives: technology

Electra Meccanica Heads Into Production

“Electra Meccanica intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for plant and equipment, production molds, sales and marketing and inventory associated with the mass production of its SOLO electric vehicle by Zongshen Industrial Group Co. Ltd., initial deliveries … Continue reading

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Tesla Playing Catch-up With Electra Meccanica

“Imagining what a single-passenger Tesla vehicle might look like, the first thing that comes to mind is low cost. With the Tesla Model 3 expected to be released at a $35,000 price point in coming months and demand far exceeding … Continue reading

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Solo Production

I like numbers. Electra Meccanica has just provided one on FaceBook: Because Canadian safety certification is not yet complete, I guess this number is units shipped to USA. Pity. Derek lives in Washington state. I’ll have to wait until 2019 … Continue reading

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Women And Evs

“Weekly trips to the gas station have now been replaced with daily plugging in at home, which is both faster and more convenient. The Leaf has a limited range of 80–100 miles, so it’s essentially a drive-to-work or haul groceries … Continue reading

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A Mystery In My Keyboard

The keyboard on Beast is an ancient Fujitsu thing, built like a tank, nicely curved surface, and with reliable hysteresis and feedback. This morning I went to use it and the keyboard had lost its mind. Keys weren’t mapped. “Enter” … Continue reading

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Range

“A large majority of people, therefore, require a range of no more than 180 miles in their electric vehicle. It is notable that the 2018 Nissan Leaf, which I drove in a recent test achieved a range of 185 miles … Continue reading

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Fools Rushing In

“the Trumpinistas have done it. Not only will the EPA — now headed by Andrew Wheeler, former chief lobbyist for Murray Coal Company — roll back the fuel economy standards put in place with the consent of the auto manufacturers … Continue reading

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Black ICE

“Germany must eventually follow other European countries in banning new diesel cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, conceding for the first time that diesel’s days are numbered in the wake of the emissions scandals.” See Back from holiday, Merkel shifts gear on … Continue reading

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Trump Shoots USA In The Foot With Cobalt Bullets

“Panasonic was unable to discern how much cobalt sourced from Cuba via its Canadian supplier ended up in batteries it provided to the US market. The uncertainty is “due to co-mingling of sources by its suppliers in several phases of … Continue reading

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Trump v Air

“The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions — including its mandate for electric-car sales — in a proposed revision of Obama-era standards, according to three people familiar with the plan. The proposal, … Continue reading

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The Return Of The Smartphone

For weeks I’ve been without my smartphone last seen in the hands of a grand child. The supposition was that the battery died and the phone was laid to rest wherever said highly mobile grand child was at some instant… … Continue reading

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Making The World A Better Place

“The Billion Tree Tsunami project in Pakistan has been a success. About 730 million trees were regrown using various forestry measures for regeneration, and three hundred million seedlings were planted using about 40 different species in the province of Khyber … Continue reading

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