As gas tax revenues drop, states like Utah want EVs to pay for road upkeep

“Gas taxes pay for the upkeep of our roads, but electric cars don't use gasoline,” Jonathan Gitlin writes at Ars Technica. Read the rest

Telsa's In-Car Gaming System Looks Kinda Meh

If you've been holding off on buying a Telsa Model 3 until you found out whether the car's arcade functionality was worth the electric ride's asking price, wait no more.

In this video, The Verge breaks down its experience with the Model 3's in-car gaming system. From what I can see, you can have damn near the same player experience with an iPad and some duct tape in the drivers seat of a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta. Read the rest

Freedom EV: free/open replacement firmware for your electric vehicle -- including a Tesla

Freedom EV is a free/open software stack intended to replace the software in your electric vehicle, it's been tested on a Tesla Model X and should work on a Model S, if you can get root. Read the rest

Nissan releases all-electric camper van model

Nissan electric cargo vans had become a favorite of people who wanted to convert them into electric campers, so Nissan has now come out with an official model. Read the rest

Here's a Tesla Model X towing an airplane

There must have been one helluva marketing meeting to come up with this PR stunt.

"No one believes electric vehicles have pulling power!"

"Let's prove they do!"

"With a 287,000 pound plane!"


Six months later...

On a remote taxiway at Melbourne Airport, a Tesla Model X P100D with the greatest pulling power of any electric passenger vehicle came face to face against the newest star of the Qantas fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The stunt earned a new Guinness World Record for "heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle," according to CNN Money.

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For sale: a 1958 Nash Metropolitan converted to an electric vehicle

Someone is selling this super cute 1958 Nash Metropolitan that runs on batteries for $12,500. It has a range of 45-55 miles. There's no room in the trunk because of all the batteries, but I am tempted to buy it.

From Craigslist:

1958 Nash Metropolitan EV Conversion: This unique car is a head turner which is great fun to drive. As an EV enthusiast, it has led me into many great conversations which resulted in others joining the growing number of EV drivers but, after about 5,000 miles of enjoyment, I am moving and must sell. This is your chance to help others understand the benefits of EV ownership and have fun doing it.

The Details:

Vehicle: 1958 Nash Metropolitan (built by Austin of England for Nash) Curb Weight: Original: 1,890 lb. Converted: 2,250 lb. Drive Train: AC-50 3Phase Motor coupled through 3 speed transmission. Motor Controller: Curtis 1238 - 650 Amp Batteries: 32 - Thundersky 160ah (102 Volts - 16.4KW) Battery Charger: Elcon 4KW 110/220 volt on-board Battery Management System Mini-BMS from Clean Power Cabin Heat: Ceramic electric installed in original enclosure Range: 45-55 miles depending upon driving conditions

This is a very clean and reliable conversion which included many chassis improvements and upgrades during the vehicle restoration phase resulting in a total investment of over $30,000. The batteries (rated for 3,000 to 5,000 charge cycles) are still strong since I have charged them less than 200 times. With a 220 Volt outlet (like a dryer) the 4KW charger will restore full power to the batteries in 3 to 3-1/2 hours.

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