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E-bikes are all the rage, but do you know the hidden aspects of owning one? Beyond the convenience, they bring unexpected transformations. To begin with, they might get you fitter than you think by encouraging more exercise and also enable you to save on gas or car maintenance. You'll rediscover outdoor exposure and a changed daily schedule thanks to their speed. Also, expect friendly interactions on the road as well | Electrek
Future Motion has announced a recall of all 300,000 of its self-balancing Onewheel electric skateboards in the US following four known fatalities between 2019 and 2021, three of which involved riders without helmets. Despite initially disputing the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's recall request due to testing results showing no issues with the Onewheels, the company is now working with the CPSC to address the matter | The Verge
Bergen, the historic Norwegian city, has unveiled the world's longest purpose-built cycling tunnel, the Fyllingsdalen tunnel. This three-kilometer marvel offers an extraordinary biking experience with art installations, creative lighting, and scenic views. However, it also highlights the challenge of shifting from car-oriented development in a city historically designed for automobiles, and is just one step in a complex journey toward sustainable urban mobility | Bloomberg
Germany’s e-bike industry is booming, with sales reaching a record €7.36 billion in 2022. E-bikes are seen as crucial to reducing carbon emissions and easing pollution in cities. German automakers are offering their own e-bike models. The average e-bike sold for €2,800 last year, making leasing popular. Despite high prices, they are still a fraction of the cost of a new electric car | The New York Times
Belgium now allows motorcycle license exams to be taken on electric bikes. This policy could expand to other regions. Kawasaki has revealed specs and pricing for its first electric motorcycles. Zero Motorcycles announced a price drop for its 2022 and 2023 models in North America | Electrek
Product Launches & Updates
In a world of countless electric scooters, the Scooterson has managed to stand out as a true game-changer. With its unconventional design and handling, it's not your typical ride. It may take a few minutes to get used to, but once you do, it's a blast! Featuring a powerful 2,000W motor and a removable battery, this scooter offers both style and substance. It's fast, agile, and boasts an impressive range. Plus, its sleek design and smart app integration make it a complete package | Electrek
Honda has recently revealed their commitment to a sustainable future by unveiling two eco-friendly vehicles. These include the Sustaina-C electric hatchback and the Pocket Motocompo scooter, both of which are constructed from recycled materials. Additionally, they will be showcasing the CI-MEV, a two-seater electric hatch that features automated driving technology, at the Japan Mobility Show | Autoweek
Ridehailing, Carsharing & Delivery
A judge ruled in favor of New York City’s new minimum wage rules for delivery workers, despite Uber, DoorDash, and Grubhub’s opposition. The companies will have to pay gig workers at least $17.96 per hour, increasing to $20 by 2025. The companies claimed the rules would force them to limit their service areas, leading to hurting their service quality and reliability | The Verge
Delivery Mates, a company focused on environmentally friendly transportation, is teaming up with Laundryheap, the largest on-demand laundry service, to make their vehicles more eco-friendly and efficient. Laundryheap will enjoy Delivery Mates' services like maintenance, repairs, fleet management, telematics storage, and insurance. The partnership also opens up opportunities for Laundryheap to enter small UK markets with cargo bikes | ZAGDaily
Investment & Deals
In the third quarter, Tesla's vehicle deliveries amounted to 435,059, which was below the expectations of Wall Street and represented a nearly 7% decline compared to the previous quarter. Tesla cited planned factory downtimes as the reason for the reduced production and delivery numbers | TechCrunch
EV Mobility, LLC, has disclosed its submission of a draft registration statement on Form F-S to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its intended initial public offering (IPO) of common stock. While the precise information regarding the offering's size and price range is yet to be finalized, it is a notable step towards the company's IPO process | FutureCar
Blacklane, a provider of chauffeur services, has secured an investment in its Series F funding round from SIXT. This investment will be used to expand Blacklane's premium mobility offerings. Notably, Blacklane's chauffeur services will soon be integrated into the SIXT app, allowing customers in the United States and other international markets to access these services conveniently | Tech.eu
Izix's sustainable parking platform has received a notable boost of €3 million in funding, further strengthening the company's position. The platform offers a solution for parking spaces that not only enhances flexibility but also contributes to emissions reduction and aligns with ESG objectives | Tech.eu
In its recent announcement, Rivian Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIVN) disclosed the production and delivery numbers for the quarter ending on September 30, 2023. During this period, the company manufactured 16,304 vehicles at its manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois, and successfully delivered 15,564 vehicles | Rivian
Amidst the ongoing autoworker strike, Ford has leveled allegations against the UAW, claiming that the union is holding contract negotiations “hostage” by leveraging the company's upcoming EV battery plants as a bargaining tool. The strike has now entered its third week, with Ford expressing concerns about the union's tactics regarding the battery plants | The Verge
NIO achieved remarkable results in September 2023, with a substantial year-over-year growth of 43.8% in vehicle deliveries, totaling 15,641 units. This consisted of 11,504 premium smart electric SUVs and 4,137 premium smart electric sedans | Electric Cars Report
Cities & Policy
Tesla faces another lawsuit alleging "severe" racial harassment at its California factory. According to a civil rights agency, black employees endured persistent racial slurs and racist imagery during their tenure at Tesla. The lawsuit raises concerns about the treatment of these employees while working at the company | The Verge
The California Air Resources Board has proposed an $80 million budget for equity programs, including $18 million for e-bike incentives. An extra $3 million has been added to the initial $10 million funding to keep up with the demand. The goal is to make e-bikes more accessible for low-income Californians | CalBike
New Products, Features, and Data Points
Vivian Myrtetus, an industry expert and partner at Converge Transport, delves into the autonomous vehicle landscape in the United States, aiming to determine the timeline for when this technology will reach mainstream adoption | ZAGDaily
A conflict has arisen between Ford and GM regarding the inclusion of Chinese batteries in their electric vehicle offerings. Interestingly, this dispute emerges at a time when Chinese EV manufacturer BYD has overtaken Tesla to become the leading global brand in the EV market | FutureCar
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