Ryobi’s 13-inch electric lawn mower is on sale for $149 today, plus deals on raised garden beds and more

Home Depot offers the Ryobi 13-inch ONE+ 18V Cordless Electric Lawn Mower for $149 shipped. That’s good for $50 off the regular going rate and a match of our previous mention. Warmer temperatures means that yards across America are starting to perk back up, and it will be time to start mowing. Go with an electric alternative this year and ditch the oil and gas. This model sports a 13-inch cutting deck that’s powered by an 18V motor and bundled 4Ah battery. It weighs just 27-pounds, so you know it will be easy to move around from garage to yard, and wherever else your mowing adventures take you. Includes a three-year warranty. Rated 4.4/5 stars. Head below for more.

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Evans Could Have Ruined Rome Formula E Race For Everyone

Mitch Evans says he could have ended up “destroying” the Rome E-Prix for the whole ABB FIA Formula E field if he didn’t heed Jaguar’s request to slow down towards the end of the race.

Evans took his first win in the all-electric series on Saturday after muscling his way by polesitter Andre Lotterer and fending off the DS Techeetah driver in the closing stages.

As the race approached its final minutes, Evans was asked to slow down by his engineer to avoid adding an extra lap to the race distance and risk running out of energy.

That was on top of the extra stress caused by missing the activation zone for his second use of attack mode, which allowed Lotterer to close right on to his tail.

“[I was] like, ‘what? – that is not what I need right now’,” Evans told Motorsport.com. “I had one stressful moment missing the attack mode, which wasn’t needed. To need to slow down when you’ve got someone like Andre right up your rear wing is the last thing you want.

“But we had a lot of pace, and I could’ve easily gone with the attack mode [once I’d got it], could’ve upped the speed and extended the race, and destroyed everything for everyone because none of us would’ve finished.

“It was extremely important to deal with that communication, but it was a bit of an unusual situation, and I’ve never ever been in that in my life. We managed it well, but it was a bit bizarre.”

Evans’ victory in Rome was also the maiden category win for Jaguar, which became the seventh different team to win in the 2018/19 season in as many races.

The marque is celebrating its first major international series victory since the 1991 World Sportscar Championship at the Nurburgring, although it did take a pair of IMSA GT Championship wins with Davy Jones at Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio in ’92.

Jaguar entered FE at the start of the 2016/17 season, but endured a disastrous campaign with an uncompetitive package and finished 10th in the teams’ standings.

It improved to sixth last season, with Evans claiming its first podium with third in Hong Kong – although only after race winner Daniel Abt had been disqualified – and its first pole, which came in Zurich.

Evans fought for the win in Rome last year before falling out of contention as he ran out of energy, and also fell away into the clutches of cars with better efficiency performance while leading in Zurich.

After securing the Rome win, team principal James Barclay outlined his “relief” and emotion.

“[It’s] relief because this is a group of people capable of delivering these results,” he told Motorsport.com. “So absolutely relief, of course, because there is not a team in the pitlane that doesn’t have pressure – everyone has pressure.

“As a young team, we’ve learned a lot of lessons. This is not a flash in the pan – there has been some genuine bad luck we’ve had and there’s been some areas where we haven’t given ourselves the best luck by maybe not making the right decisions at times.

“So that’s part of why the emotion is there – we’ve felt this has been coming for a long time.”


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Harley-Davidson opens pre-orders in Europe & Canada for LiveWire electric motorcycle

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycle has been available for pre-order in the US since January. But now the American-made electric motorcycle is available to our neighbors in the North and across the pond.

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Rivian Electric R1T Truck & R1S SUV: Incredible Machines – Video

It comes as no surprise, Rivian is firing up the masses.

This most recent video share didn’t come to us directly from Rivian. This is because it’s a fan-made commercial. It came via Detroitable, which is a YouTube channel we know little about. Upon a closer look, we realized that Detroitable has only a few videos available, and surely none quite like the above. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty sweet Rivian “commercial” showcasing the upcoming automaker’s “incredible machines.”

Yes, Rivian has revealed some pretty incredible machines for sure. In fact, its R1T pickup truck and R1S three-row SUV stand to be segment toppers once they’re in production. We can only cross our fingers that the upcoming automaker can find the utmost successes in the future.

We encourage you to check out the short video above and then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Most importantly, do you think Rivian can actually find success? What about other EV startups like Nikola, Byton, and Atlis?

Video Description via Detroitable on YouTube:

“Incredible machines” Rivian Electric adventure vehicles fan video commercial

Every epic adventure starts with an incredible machine.

Fun Rivian electric trucks fan commercial just in time for the New York auto show. Please leave a message and tell me what you think.


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Hyundai Plug-In Electric Car Sales Shoot Over 8,000 In March

Kona Electric back to 5,000+ sales per month territory

There is nothing better than good news for a good start to the day. Hyundai just released its sales report for the month of March, indicating strong growth of its plug-in car sales after two months of lower performance.

Sales amounted to 8,072, which is the second-best result ever (just 102 off the record) at a growth rate of 169% year-over-year. Also, the share for plug-ins out of overall volume increased to the 2nd best 5.2%!

Hopefully, higher output at the factory will translate to more availability at the dealerships, of course at prices close to MSRP.

Additionally, Hyundai sold some 224 NEXO hydrogen fuel cell cars (over 1,366 since January 2018), which also is a new record.

Hyundai plug-in electric car sales – March 2019

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America’s biggest cities could save up to 60% on fuel by electrifying buses

America’s largest metropolitan areas could save an average of 37 percent on fuel costs by electrifying buses and light-duty fleet vehicles, according to a report by EV charging company AMPLY Power. The report also found that charging regimes focused on off-peak hours can save up to 60 percent compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and unmanaged EV fleets.

To conduct the analysis, AMPLY compiled public data to create a dollar-per-gallon equivalent (DPGe) rating, which the company says offers a direct comparison between the price of electricity and gas or diesel. A white paper provides a price comparison of electric-to-gasoline for the 25 largest cities in the US.

To calculate DPGe, AMPLY incorporates region-specific electricity rates, charging strategies, and vehicle class efficiencies into a single metric. The cities with the highest estimated savings from electrifying buses are Portland, Oregon (82 percent), Tampa, Florida (79 percent), and Seattle (78 percent). The city with the lowest savings is Detroit (12 percent).

AMPLY also found that 19 of the 25 cities could decrease fuel costs by electrifying light-duty fleets. The cities with the highest savings include Portland, Oregon (69 percent), Seattle (63 percent), and San Francisco/Oakland (62 percent).

Vic Shao, AMPLY CEO, said, “Optimizing fleet
electrification programs to maximize fuel savings requires planning and due
diligence based on a fleet’s location and other factors. While this may seem
complex, we challenge fleet operators to embrace these intricacies, and realize
the real economic value in switching to electric.”

Simon Lonsdale, Head of Sales and Strategy at AMPLY, said, “Savings realized from EVs can easily be torpedoed if a fleet is charging at peak rates, or charging activities trigger demand charges. For instance, in New York City, it could be more costly to transition a light-duty fleet without a managed charging strategy. However, with management, a transition could yield almost 20 percent savings. This finding illustrates both the opportunity and the risks associated with fleet electrification, and why managed charging is vital to ensuring the full economic benefits.”

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Mercedes Concept GLB Might Become An EV SUV

The automaker showed the Concept GLB at the Shanghai Auto Show this week, previewing a new compact SUV design based on the front-wheel-drive underpinnings of the new A-Class and CLA four-doors. It will likely arrive next year and rival the likes of the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40, and predominently powered by gasoline and diesel engines.But according to Wards Auto, Mercedes will also introduce plug-in powertrains to the GLB shortly after launch, focusing on an all-electric version as a smaller offering to its upcoming EQC.

As well as offering conventional combustion engines, the GLB also is being developed as a battery-electric model due to join Mercedes-Benz’s new EQ electric-vehicle sub-brand badged as the EQB in 2021.

At the New York Auto Show, Mercedes made another open commitment to its electrification promises, vowing to EQ-ify pretty much all of its cars, whether it’s a full EV or a plug-in hybrid or a 48-volt mild hybrid system to add performance. An EQB would also likely be joined by full EV versions of its front-drive compacts, such as the A-Class sedans and hatchbacks.

Read the full press release on the Mercedes GLB Concept here:

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB

This is how spacious and robust a compact car can be

With the Concept GLB at Auto Shanghai (April 18 to 25, 2019), Mercedes-Benz shows what SUV ideas on the company’s compact car platform might be realized alongside the GLA as a sporty all-rounder. While the latter promises engaging driving enjoyment with its coupe-like lines, the Concept GLB places an emphasis on spaciousness with a robust character. The concept car (length/width/height: 182/74/75 in) has space for up to seven occupants, thanks to its long wheelbase (111 in). A number of sturdy features also signals that the Concept GLB feels right at home on rough tracks.

“We asked ourselves whether there is still space between the GLA and GLC in our successful SUV range. The Concept GLB is the answer to this question. With it we are demonstrating the creative ideas we have for this segment, too,” says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales. “The Concept GLB is a durable and practical SUV with nonetheless compact dimensions. Whether it is a generous, seven-seater family vehicle or a versatile leisure time companion: we are certain that this concept will be of great interest to our customers.” Customers highly appreciate the varied SUV portfolio of Mercedes-Benz. To date, more than six million customers worldwide have purchased a Mercedes-Benz SUV. In 2018, with more than 820,000 units sold, the SUVs were the strongest segment for Mercedes-Benz.

SUV genes brought to the forefront: Exterior design

The Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB has a distinctive presence in the world of compact SUVs thanks to its muscular proportions. The clear, surface- accentuated contours with minimal lines and precise joints convey effortless superiority and modernity. The upright front section with striking MULTIBEAM LED headlamps is clear evidence of off-road genes, as are the short overhangs at the front and rear. The long wheelbase and large greenhouse are key factors providing generous space for up to seven occupants.

The muscular and sensuously contoured vehicle shoulder dominates the side view, an effect reinforced by the rising beltline. All-round protective cladding divides the overall proportions and emphasizes the vehicle’s off-road character.

The harmonious color concept has exterior paintwork in designo cashmere white magno with high-gloss black parts (e.g. the claddings or integrated roof box) as a contrast, plus discreet orange highlights in the radiator grille and as lettering on the outside mirror housings.

The chrome underguard at the front with integral air inlets in a stainless steel look emphasizes the off-road qualities. The rear underguard echoes this theme, creating a balanced overall picture.

Extra show car elements: equipped for expeditions

With a series of distinctive extra elements, the concept vehicle exhibits a particularly robust character. At the front and rear, two shrouds emerge from the roof frame and accommodate LED spotlights acting as ambient lighting and orientation aids when driving off-road.

The black roof rails end in a curve at the front and rear. A roof box is mounted on the rear area. The aggressive-tread off-road tires are on robust 17-inch wheels in a two-color design.

High-quality finish and very spacious: the interior

The interior of the Concept GLB reveals its membership of the new Mercedes- Benz compact car family, but as a showcar and SUV it has special leather features and trim elements. For the first time in a compact model by Mercedes- Benz, a third row seat is equipped, with two additional single seats that can be recess-flushed into the load compartment floor to increase load capacity. These seats are far more than emergency seats, and offer comfortable seating for two medium-sized occupants.

Making space: flexible seat arrangements in the second and third row

The backrest of the middle seat row is 40:20:40 split-folding, and can be folded down to create a level load surface. The seat surfaces have a 40:60 division. The second row is fore-and-aft adjustable by 5.5 in – by 3.5 in to the front, to increase luggage space or legroom for occupants right in the rear, and by 2 in to the rear if particularly generous legroom is required in a five-seat configuration. An eight-stage backrest incline adjustment in the second row also facilitates adjustment according to the space or comfort requirements.

To facilitate access to the third row, the seats in the second row have an Easy- Entry function: when the unlocking lever on the top outer edge of the backrest is operated, the backrest folds forward and the entire seat can be pushed forward. A total of four child seats can be attached in the second and third seat rows.

Contrast in chestnut: exclusive leather and open-pored walnut

The seats, fittings and door panels are partially lined in nappa and nubuk leather, the predominant color tone being “chestnut brown”. Echoing the exterior highlights, there are orange trim strips and seams in a few key places. The center sections of the front seats have two parallel rows of perforations in their woven nubuk leather covers, revealing the orange-colored fabric sub- layer. These extend from the front edge of the seat cushion to the upper edge of the integrated head restraint.

The wood trim elements on the dashboard and center console are open-pore walnut. The walnut panels have a chiselled honeycomb pattern that fades out towards the edges. The pedals in the footwell feature decorative inserts in the same material within a high-gloss metal surround, with an identical honeycomb pattern.

Dashboard: MBUX and off-road elements

The basic architecture of the dashboard corresponds to that of the B-Class, with a widescreen cockpit facing the driver and functions and displays controlled via the Mercedes-Benz User Experience – MBUX. New features are the off-road- type tubular elements in milled aluminum, which round off the dashboard at the lower end. These give the dashboard support an impression of robustness, power and a certain factor of fun. Below the three round center elements is the air conditioning control panel with an intentionally analogue look, whose buttons create the impression that they have been milled from a solid aluminum cylinder.

The robust character of the interior continues on the center console. Aluminum tubular elements with a brushed structure in a grab-handle look lend solidity to the design of the components and controls. Along the doors, the SUV character is reinforced by the horizontal grab handle, which forms a robust part of the door panel structure as a machined aluminum tube.

Powertrain: Four-cylinder turbo with 224 hp

The Concept GLB is powered by the M260 four-cylinder gas engine combined with an 8-speed-DCT dual clutch transmission, with a maximum output of 224 hp and peak torque of 258 lb-ft. The engine block of diecast aluminum with cast iron cylinder liners has CONICSHAPE® technology, which is also known in-house as “trumpet-honing”. To further minimize piston friction and lower fuel consumption, the cylinder bore is widened at the lower end of the cylinder liners. The resulting conical shape resembles the mouth of a trumpet.

An innovative low-friction oil and optimized piston rings also reduce friction losses. To take account of the higher specific output, the pistons themselves feature cooling ducts. This also ensures more efficient combustion. The balance shafts for smooth running are located in the lower section of the crankcase. To enhance comfort even further, there is a centrifugal pendulum damper in the powertrain.

The aluminum four-valve cylinder head also features CAMTRONIC, a variable valve timing system that allows two-stage adjustment of the valve lift on the intake side of the valve assembly. In the partial-load range, this variable valve lift adjustment allows less air to be fed to the combustion chamber with a smaller valve lift, which leads to lower gas cycle losses. In higher load ranges the system switches to the higher valve lift to achieve the engine’s full power delivery.

All-wheel drive as a matter of course: 4MATIC with three selectable characteristic maps

The Concept GLB is equipped with the permanent all-wheel system, 4MATIC, with variable torque distribution. This sporty all-wheel drive configuration allows the driver to use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC. Three characteristic maps are available to control the all-wheel drive clutch, though the system responds flexibly to the current driving situation in any mode. In regular driving operation, the drive program “Eco/Comfort” is based on an 80:20 distribution (front axle:rear axle), while in “Sport” it is 70:30. In off-road mode the all-wheel drive clutch acts as an inter- axle differential lock, with the basic distribution a balanced 50:50.

4MATIC components include the power take-off to the rear axle, which is integrated into the automated dual clutch transmission, and the rear axle differential with an integrated multiplate clutch, which is electro-mechanically operated. Via a crown wheel and a ball ramp, an electric motor exerts an axial force on the clutch pack to open or close the plates. The rear axle differential compensates the different paths/rotational speeds of the rear wheels. The advantages of this control system are above all non-rpm-dependent operation across the entire actuation range, pilot control of the clutch while still stationary and higher efficiency thanks to the ball ramp concept.

A look back at Shanghai 2013: world premiere of the Concept GLA

This is not the first time a compact SUV concept has celebrated its world premiere at the Shanghai auto show: On April 18, 2013 the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA drew public attention. As a sporty, coupe-like evolution of this vehicle class, the showcar pointed a new way in the compact SUV segment. It combined a sporty spirit with the all-round qualities of a robust recreational companion.

The multitalented GLA became orderable from the end of November 2013, and deliveries began in March 2014. Since then the GLA has become a major contributor to the success story of the compact Mercedes-Benz models. In 2018 over 609,000 customers worldwide took delivery of their new A or B-Class, their CLA, CLA Shooting Brake or GLA. This means that in 2018, one in four cars sold by Mercedes-Benz was a compact model.


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Ford Says Mustang-Inspired Electric SUV Will Get Performance Variant

Ford came up with the new model in just 12 weeks.

There will be a new, “affordable” Ford model available at dealers by 2022, but the company won’t offer any specifics about the vehicle yet. Jim Baumbick, the Blue Oval’s vice president of enterprise product line management, announced the new mystery product during a speech at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2019 Auto Summit in New York, according to Automotive News.

“It’s an example of how we’re moving faster, working together differently and leveraging our five all-new flexible vehicle architectures. We came up with the concept in just 12 weeks using our new product creation process. Previous all-new vehicles could have taken years of research before receiving approval,” the company said in a statement about the upcoming model to Automotive News.

In addition, the upcoming Ford Mustang-inspired electric crossover will have a high-performance variant, according to Baumbick. He didn’t offer any further info about what the company was planning for this more hardcore version, though.

The new statement from Baumbick matches well with Executive Chairman Bill Ford’s earlier promise that the Mustang-inspired EV “is going to go like hell.

The latest info about the Mustang-inspired crossover tells us that the EV rides on a dedicated platform with similar dimensions to the current ‘Stang. Customers can choose between two range options, and the top one would offer a driving distance of around 373 miles (600 kilometers). On the inside, there would be a digital instrument panel and large infotainment display, and the tech would support over-the-air software updates. Look for the crossover to arrive in late 2020 or 2021. Ford promises to release more details about the EV in November, and we might finally learn the official model name there.

Source: Automotive News


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How to choose your first electric bicycle: an e-bike buying guide

Electric bicycles have become the fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry. While standard pedal bike sales are either flat or falling in nearly every category, electric bicycles continue to see double or triple digit growth year over year.

With their ease of use and thrilling performance, e-bikes are drawing more and more first riders. If you’ve been considering getting your own electric bicycle but don’t know where to begin, then this guide is for you!

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Watch Jaws Of Life Demo On 2018 Tesla Model 3

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but this Tesla Model 3 Jaws of Life demo is pretty neat.

We always try hard to track down the most interesting shares out there. There are literally thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube with a connection to the EV industry. Moreover, that number is growing exponentially.

A “Jaws of Life ” video pertaining to the 2018 Tesla Model 3 may not be everyone’s first choice for daily viewing. However, we find it to be pretty cool and surely unique. With the huge increase of Model 3 vehicles on the road (and EVs in general), first responders must undergo training. They must also take note of the many implications involved.

For those in the know, it’s become increasingly clear that dealing with EVs is much different than ICE cars when it comes to accidents, fires, and first responders’ necessary protocol and subsequent actions. This is not to say that it’s a bad thing, but just new and somewhat contradictory to the norm.

With all of that being said, we believe it’s fascinating on many levels. Obviously, it’s important since Hurst took the time to assure that it was showcased at the recent FDIC International 2019 in front of a large crowd of onlookers.

Anyhow, as always, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Video Description via Hurst Jaws of Life on YouTube:

HURST Jaws of Life Demo on 2018 Tesla Model 3

Watch HURST Jaws of Life rescue specialists demonstrate eDRAULIC and new battery-powered, watertight EWXT extrication tools on this 2018 Tesla Model 3 at FDIC 2019. Advanced Extrication’s Brock Archer provides commentary and introduces Tesla Technical Ambassador for Emergency Response Mike McConnell.


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