Mercedes amplifies the electric van market with 250-mile, eight-seat EQV

The EQV powers up in around 10 hours using Mercedes' Wallbox Home

If you would have guessed a few years ago which major German automaker would be first out of the gate to develop a ground-up electric passenger van, the obvious answer would have been Volkswagen. But Mercedes-Benz snuck in earlier this year with the Concept EQV and promised to ready it before year-end. The production EQV debuted this week makes good on that promise, offering zero emissions driving for up to 250 miles (405 km) per charge. It'll be available in two different wheelbase lengths with up to eight seats.

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South Australia's Ace EV rolls out its first electric cargo van

The Ace Cargo is designed as a simple, practical electric delivery vehicle

Compact and humble, the first of Australia's Ace EVs rolled out to meet the media this morning in South Australia. With a range of around 200 km (124 miles) and a carrying capacity of 500 kg (1,100 lb), the Ace Cargo is a simple, practical delivery vehicle its creators hope will hit the sweet spot early.

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Silicon Valley's Drako Motors unleashes track-torching 206-mph electric sedan

Drako Motors holds the world premiere of the GTE at the Quail 2019

It's become all too common for a startup to materialize out of nowhere with claims of having the next groundbreaking electric car. In fact, it's happened twice this month alone. Much less common is for that startup to accompany those claims with a production-ready vehicle. But here comes Drako Motors, a Silicon Valley-based startup you've probably never heard of, with an all-out hyper-GT it says is ready for production. Four doors, four seats and four motors, the 1,200-hp GTE debuts as the world's most powerful sedan, a grand tourer built to exceed 200 mph (322 km/h) and vector sharply around twisting pavement with four passengers and all their bags.

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Segway prepares Max G30 e-scooter for the long commute

The Segway-Ninebot Max G30 electric kickscooter will make its debut at IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany, ...

You may associate the name Segway with those self-balancing electric rollers that never quite captured the buying public's imagination but can still be found patrolling shopping malls and ferrying visitors around eco-parks. Now owned by Chinese robotics firm Ninebot, the company has since broadened its catalog to include personal commute unicycles, skates and even gokarts. With Europe's biggest tech show looming, Segway-Ninebot has announced the Max G30 electric kickscooter, which is claimed to have the longest battery range in its class.

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Volkswagen's barnstorming I.D. R to tackle China's most spectacular mountain road

The 99 curves of the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road are shaping up as an iconic ...

Volkswagen's barnstorming electric race car already holds records for Pikes Peak, Goodwood and the Nurburgring, and now it's headed to China, where it will tear up the famous 99 turns up Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road, one of the most spectacular roads on God's green Earth.

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Norway's Fresco Motors announces the Reverie, a super-quick premium electric sedan

The electric Freco Reverie will offer blistering acceleration, sky-high top speeds and a "built in Norway" ...

Norway has famously adopted electric cars at a staggering rate – some 60 percent of all cars sold there this March were battery-powered. According to Forbes, a number of factors are behind this success, from sales tax breaks, free parking and bus lane access to the fact that almost all the country's power comes from hydro-electric plants, tipping the scales even further toward EVs as a pollution-busting solution.

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HET electric motor massively boosts power, torque and efficiency, reduces weight and complexity

Linear Labs makes some enormous claims about its innovative electric motor design: two to five times ...

A Texas-based startup has raised US$4.5 million in seed funding to develop and commercialize a remarkable electric motor technology. The father/son team claims the design can massively reduce the size and complexity of electric powertrains while also significantly boosting efficiency and doubling the torque output.

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Audi takes a one-handed approach to last mile e-scooting

The Audi e-tron Scooter is due to go into production by the end of 2020

There are many electric kickscooters to buy or hire and, with a few notable exceptions such as the Uno Bolt Mini and the CityRabbit, they pretty much all follow the same basic design blueprint. They have two wheels, a deck that's home to a battery bank, a rear hub motor and a T-shaped handlebar column. Audi's new e-tron Scooter is a little different, sporting four wheels and a one hand-friendly triangular steering handle.

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