Polestar joins the micromobility race | December 03, 2022
Plus, take a look at Volt’s new high-end ebike, DoorDash faces a new wave of layoff and Oregon is offering refunds to ebike purchasers.
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EV batteries play a vital role in enabling circularity in the battery industry but having so many players after raw material possession, who will be their owner in the end? / ClingSystems
Parking reform may be glad tidings for housing authorities and small businesses but without proper planning and strategies, we might see public backlash and the return of mandatory car storage / StreetBlogs
Vision Zero campaign may not be just a manifesto after all! After a dramatic 19% reduction in traffic deaths in New York City, there is still hope for this policy to bring much more to the safety and sustainability of other cities as well / Bloomberg
Polestar is making its very own e-bike, but the Swedish automaker is aiming for originality and not letting it be another ‘licensing deal’ / The Verge
The usage of e-bikes and e-scooters in Qatar shot up 400% at the FIFA World Cup! The local micromobility operators consider this as a silver lining for future development in the micromobility market / ZAGDaily
E-scooter schemes have yielded a whopping £53 million in economic benefit across the United Kingdom and are on the road to improving the lives of many / Voi
Shared e-mopeds are losing popularity in the US despite having low emissions, more safety, and occupying less public space. Who is to blame? / Smart Cities Dive
This traditional cyclist bought a Rad City 5 Plus e-bike for the first time and now suggests experiencing it for all the right reasons! / Android Authority
Product Launches & Updates
VinFast, a Vietnam-based electric vehicle company, is exporting its first batch of nearly a thousand VF8s to the US, aiming to localize production of EVs in the US by 2024 / The Verge
Forget everything you thought you knew about electric bikes. With various features such an integrated yet removable battery, a brushed aluminum frame, and its Alexrim reinforced wheels, Volt's new high-end e-bike offers a competition-level riding experience—from the very first pedal / BikeBiz
Ready to meet the new Buxus EVA Tank 300 edition e-Bike? With fat tires and a punchy hub motor of 750 watts, this all-terrain e-Bike can take your overlanding experience to a whole new level! / InsideEVs
Ridehailing, Carsharing & Delivery
Amazon UK is accelerating the decarbonization of its delivery fleet by adding more e-cargo bikes and walkers. Opening new hubs in London and Manchester, it is aiming towards net-zero carbon by 2040 / Finance Yahoo!
Three Wheels United, a global fintech company, and Zyngo, an Indian EV logistics platform, are teaming up to speed up the switching of fuel-operated cargo vehicles to electric ones to reduce last-mile emissions / Indian Web
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are battling it out again, but this time for sustainability and low CO2 emissions of last-mile deliveries! They are adding heavy-duty electric trucks to their delivery fleets / Electrek
DoorDash has made the difficult decision to terminate 1,250 employees in order to streamline its organization and reduce expenses by focusing on key initiatives / The Verge
Investment & Deals
By 2025, the BMW Group intends to invest more than €2 billion in the construction of its next plant in Debrecen, Hungary, as well as a new high-voltage battery assembly facility / Telematics
ABB has raised CHF200 million in private placements to continue its development of smart, emission-free concepts for charging electric vehicles / Tech.eu
Nissan has secured a $1.44 billion green loan agreement from Mizuho Bank and MUFG Bank to invest in zero-emission mobility solutions. The money will be used to fund research and development of zero-emission vehicles and other carbon-neutral initiatives. This investment is a significant step forward for Nissan's goal of becoming a sustainable mobility leader and will help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future / Reuters
Lilium, a Munich-based manufacturer of eVTOL aircraft, has raised $119 million in a simultaneous private placement and recently registered direct offering / Tech.eu
Last-mile delivery provider OneRail announced it had raised $33 million in a Series B funding round from Piva Capital and Arsenal Growth. Funding will be used to expand the company's sales and marketing teams and segment their approaches to more specifically target specific customer personas / FreightWaves
Cities & Policy
Trucking companies, the government, and environmentalists are at odds over a contentious new proposal to outlaw diesel-powered trucks in California / SFGate
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has announced his plans to hasten the city's switch to electric vehicles (EV), saying that City Hall has found locations on the Transport for London (TfL) Road Network that will be appropriate for an additional 100 ultra-rapid charging points / Intelligent Transport
Outgoing Oregon State Representative Karin Power has introduced a new measure called Legislative Concept (LC) 1994 to assist in offering refunds to e-bike purchasers / Electrek
The California Department of Social Services will provide more than $25 million to seven pilot programs through the state of California's first guaranteed income program / Smart Cities Dive
New Products, Features, and Data Points
While under heavy inspection for its driver-assist technology, Tesla has announced that its “Full Self-Driving” Beta software feature is now up for grabs for its customers in North America. Only, there is no mention of the fulfillment of minimum safety requirements! / The Verge
Swytch electric bicycle conversion kit is now available with the world’s first “pocket-sized” eBike battery! The London-based startup claims the kit to be much lighter, smaller and more affordable than anything else out there / BikeRumor
Three Nigerian engineers out of 15 African innovators are being nominated for 2023 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation (APEI) to acknowledge their remarkable efforts towards sustainability and renewable energy production / Bellanaija
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