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GM’s assembly line delivers bouncing baby Volt

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Since GM will be one of the first to the EV market with its Volt in 2011, we came to film them being put together through the multiple stages of the car manufacturing process. Chris is pleased to announce that he and his crew were there live to see the completion of Chevy Volt pre-production car #100 at the Hamtramck Assembly Plant in Michigan. And accompanied by quite a few of the Volt’s siblings in all colors. 1 Cadillac SRX to every 6 Volts.

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GM puts $336m into Volt plant

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GM to invest $336 million in Volt plant. General Motors Co will invest $336 million in a Detroit-area plant to produce its heavily anticipated Chevrolet Volt electric car beginning next year, the No. Tags: Production News Detroit GM Chevy Volt 1 U.S. automaker said on Monday.

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GM’s Volt Program = $700m

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GM to invest $700m in Volt rechargeable electric car. litre engine-generators; $43m for a plant in Brownstown Township outside Detroit that will manufacture battery packs; $37m for a camshaft and connecting rod plant in Bay City, north of Flint; and $27m for GM’s Tech Center in suburban Warren, a Detroit suburb, location of Volt’s battery laboratory.&#. GM to invest $700m in Volt rechargeable electric car. Tags: Production News Detroit GM Chevy Volt

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Cash for Volts?

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The “cash for volts&# approach was touted Monday by the Electrification Coalition, a 13-member group that sees electric plug-ins as the answer to a host of problems, from dependence on foreign oil to tailpipe emissions that some believe is contributing to global climate change. Tags: EV Economics cash for volts electrification coalition A coalition of car makers, battery suppliers and electricity providers has come together to ask for federal help for EVs.

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At Home with Bob Lutz

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She was in town for a little business and a little fun—test driving the next Volt mule. If Chelsea’s ear-to-ear grin was anything to go by, the Volt seemed to be progressing fine. We took Chelsea on a ride on the People Mover to get her reaction to the downsizing of the company she once belonged to and her test drive of the Volt. Tags: In the Media Production Diary Bob Lutz Detroit GM Chevy Volt We went to Detroit recently to see Bob Lutz.

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Chelsea Sexton has a Volt for a foster child

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Our Consulting Producer Chelsea Sexton was recently chosen as one of a small group of EV enthusiasts to field test a Chevy Volt: living with it and driving it on a daily usage basis. Read about her cautious optimism for GM’s new electric car in her recent blog post: “I first learned of the Chevrolet Volt while standing on a Minneapolis street corner on June 23, 2006.

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NYC Goes EV

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The Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf will lead the way, with others manufacturers including Ford, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Tesla planning to introduce their electric cars sometime between 2011 and 2012. The new plug-in-hybrids, like the upcoming Chevy Volt, contain the same technology as the hybrids on the market today but have larger battery packs and get about twice the fuel economy of a conventional hybrid. On Volt and Leaf.

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Special Guests at an LA Rally

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Two guests of honor also included a GM Chevy Volt and a plug-in Prius also powered by algae. Revenge of the Electric Car director Chris Paine attended the “LA Get Off Oil Day&# rally in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 2 2nd, where Chelsea Sexton from Who Killed the Electric Car? was also spotted, along with author and radio personality Richard Greene, LA’s mayor, members of NRDC, The Sierra Club, Heal the Bay, and more.

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Nissan Leaf – Taking Reservations

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Others include the Fisker Karma, the Aptera 2e, the Coda sedan, Chevy’s Volt and Tesla’s Model S. Others include the Fisker Karma, the Aptera 2e, the Coda sedan, Chevy’s Volt and Tesla’s Model S. Nissan's new electronic vehicle, the Leaf. (AP AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File). Nissan began accepting reservations for its eagerly anticipated Nissan Leaf today.

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Tesla To Offer Auto Leases

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’s Chevy Volt, an extended range electric vehicle, will launch by December. 2010 Tesla Roadster. Tesla is hoping its new leasing strategy will help usher in a new round of early adopters into the mainstream. Read more in the article: Tesla to Offer Auto Leases.

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‘Revenge’ Hits Indiana

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He likes the new Chevy Volt. Director Chris Paine was in Indianapolis this week to film for ‘Revenge.’ ’ More details in this TV report: Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc. Here is the full text of the article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc. Updated: Friday, 12 Feb 2010, 6:51 AM EST. Published : Friday, 12 Feb 2010, 6:02 AM EST. * By: Debby Knox. Indiana is slated to be the leading state in the development of electric cars.

Notes from the road: a guest post from Portland

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” As if that weren’t enough to get pulses racing with anticipation, also on display out front were a bevy of Tesla Roadsters, the PGE Nissan Leaf, and to round things out, Chris Paine & brother Nels arrived in a cherry Chevy Volt. E-bikes from the Alberta E-bike store joined flawless MG, Porsche and Fiat convertible EV conversions among the Teslas, Volts and LEAFs that offered a taste of things to come in the film.

One out of four consumers interested in electric vehicles

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General Motors is bringing the Volt extended-range electric (meaning it has a gas engine to back up the electric power) and Nissan’s all-electric Leaf. One out of four consumers interested in electric vehicles. From the USA Today Article: One out of four consumers say they would be willing to consider a plug-in electric car next time they are shopping for a new vehicle, Consumer Reports says one of its polls found. Seven percent said it is “very likely&# they would buy one.

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Are You Plugged In?

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Volt. Answer: Tesla already is making the fully electric sports luxury Roadster; Nissan will manufacture the five-passenger all-electric Leaf from late 2010; Fisker will make the first deliveries of its luxury Karma later this year; and GM’s Chevrolet Volt is a four-passenger hatchback due at some dealerships later this year. Which one applies to the Chevy Volt, to be introduced later this year by GM? GM calls the Volt an extended-range electric vehicle, or EREV.

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When Bob Met Elon … and Chris

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s and a prime mover behind the development of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. s and a prime mover behind the development of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Mr. Lutz put in a plug for the “range-extending capability” of the Volt, which can travel about 40 miles on electric battery power alone and another 300 miles or so with a recharging assist from an onboard gasoline generator. Chris Paine, Elon Musk, Bob Lutz.

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In San Jose area? Come join us next week!

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The conference goes from July 26-29th in San Jose, CA, and Public Night will open the doors to the exhibit hall of the San Jose Convention Center to the public from 5:30-7:30pm, where you can check out upcoming EV models such as the Nissan LEAF, Ford Escape Hybrid, Chevrolet Volt, and more.

When Will EVs Hit Primetime?

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Interest in electric cars is surging: •Nearly 52,000 people were wait-listed as of mid-April for General Motors’ electric model, the Volt, due in November. Bob Lutz, the outgoing vice chairman of GM, has said the company will produce about 8,000 Chevy Volts in 2011. This Christian Science Monitor article takes an in-depth look at an age. old question for electric cars – When will electric cars make a real.

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Coulomb Gets Charged Up

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Lowenthal points to the upcoming rollout of Chevrolet’s Volt and Nissan’s Leaf. Coulomb Technologies are moving into EV charging. More details — and a nice namecheck for ‘Revenge’ – after the jump: Harris: Coulomb Technologies gets funding for electric car charging stations. “The director of the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?&# is now filming the sequel, “Revenge of the Electric Car.&#

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Chris Paine in the ‘Daily Beast’

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We’re tracking the fortunes of GM with the Volt and Tesla, initially with their Roadster and now the Model S, and the electric Smart Car. Chris gives his views on the EV revolution — and our new film — to The Daily Beast. For full interview, follow this link. What can we expect to see in Revenge of the Electric Car? And then we’re tracking a whole group of other manufacturers and related stories like Better Place in Israel and what the Chinese are up to.

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Feds Offer Free Chargers

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s or plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt, electric Smart Fortwo and Ford Transit Connect battery-electric van can get more information about the free chargers on the Internet or by visiting dealerships. The ChargePoint America program's Chargers are made by Coulomb Technologies. A new Federal Grant will enable many electric vehicle early adopters to get their chargers for free. (A A $2,000 value!).

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Nissan Promises EV for 2010

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He said Toyota’s 2010 Prius hybrid electric gets about 10 miles range on pure battery, while the planned Chevy Volt will get 40. He said Toyota’s 2010 Prius hybrid electric gets about 10 miles range on pure battery, while the planned Chevy Volt will get 40. Nissan is a first tier OEM building a pure EV in the U.S. - for sale to regular folks. They’re going to hit the market next fall, but will target Tennessee (where they will be made) and Oregon and Sonoma County, initially.

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GM Detroit Shoot (2 of 2)

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We shoot at the Tech Center campus where engineers ran tests on Volt battery packs. After an off-camera briefing about all their alt energy car efforts, we took a high speed run in the Volt “mule&# vehicle. On the morning of the new Volt introduction, about a thousand people gathered in a four story atrium in the Renaissance Center in Detroit. It all came back to live in Detroit where Bob Lutz drove the new Chevy Volt from under the TV screens onto the stage.

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CNN namechecks ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’

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What next for GM, the Volt, and the director of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’ … Tags: EV News Inside Track Who Killed the Electric Car GM Chevy Volt Detroit Check out this CNN segment from Nov 20th 2008.

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Lotus Reportedly Planning Electric Car

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Actually, it’s a plug-in hybrid much like the Chevy Volt. Like the Volt, they are shooting for a 300 mile range with the first 40 miles all electric. Kimberley told the FT that the Lotus effort will differ from the Telsa and ENVI in that it will utilize a gasoline engine hooked to a generator as a range extender — much like GM’s coming Chevrolet Volt and the Fisker Karma. Lotus Evora 2+2. Well, it had to happen. Lotus is making an EV.

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Nissan’s Big Gamble

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will sell a plug-in Toyota Prius after 2010, taking on the Chevrolet Volt, which goes on sale in November 2010. We’ll finally get to see the new Nissan August 2nd. That’s Tokyo time, it’ll still be the 1st here.) I assume they’ll have the name finalized by then, too. I’m kind of excited to see this car, having tested the drivetrain in the Nissan Cube. The drivability was similar to my RAV, but quicker.

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A Bright Day in DC

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GM’s Tony Posawatz was there plugging the Volt. YOU KNOW THE times are a changin’ when you see Republican senators like Richard Lugar turning out for the launch of an electric vehicle. We interviewed Senator Lugar in DC recently — as we caught the Capitol Hill debut of Bright Automotive’s Idea — a plug-in hybrid electric delivery vehicle.

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GM Detroit Shoot (1 of 2)

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Since GM’s Vice Chairman, Bob Lutz planned to unveil the Chevy Volt production prototype, we decided to take our film crew. Only 20 months ago, Chelsea and Bob Sexton and I visited GM to cover the debut of the Chevy Volt electric hybrid concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. Was the Volt an attempt to greenwash GM’s image? Will GM be able to survive until the Volt is ready? How far along is the Volt?

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Driving Nissan’s Trial EV

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The first cars will be available next fall, about the time of the Chevy Volt debut. Photo by Antuan Goodwin, from the CNET Article: Test-driving the Nissan EV-02 electric car. I got invited to go to Dodger Stadium this afternoon to test drive the Nissan EV. This wasn’t the final car, but the finished drivetrain in a Nissan Cube.

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Voltageville, USA

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Tags: EV News Inside Track Who Killed the Electric Car GM Chevy Volt

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Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

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One example is the much-publicized Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid due out in 2010 that ailing General Motors is staking its future on. Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. Josh Hafenbrack posts this informative entry covering the status of Hasner’s Florida State electric car tax break on the SunSentinel.com. Florida State Representative (and House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (R) has just introduced the bill HB 879 - Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles.

Say Hello To The Cadillac Converj

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Bob Lutz announces the next GM Electric Car program, post Volt. will sell after the Chevrolet Volt. It’s the Cadillac Converj. For more details, read the story: Lutz: GM to make Cadillac Converj electric car. Here is the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Lutz: GM to make Cadillac Converj electric car. January 10, 2010 [link]. Lutz: GM to make Cadillac Converj electric car. ALISA PRIDDLE. The Detroit News.

Ford Teams Up With Microsoft

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The Ford Focus Electric is an all-electric vehicle, unlike the Chevrolet Volt that uses a small gasoline engine to keep the car chugging along for several hundred miles. Ford is on a fast track with electric vehicles: the all-electric Transit Connect later this year, the Focus Electric in 2011, and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (similar to Chevrolet Volt) and two next-generation hybrids in 2012.

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Bright’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key

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Andy Frank makes the observation that parallel hybrids (Toyota Prius) are cheaper than series hybrids (Chevy Volt). The Chevy Volt is based around a series hybrid design and so is the Karma coming later this year from Fisker Automotive. This new company, Bright Automotive , is founded by ex-GM EV1 people, and the super efficient Rocky Mountain Institute to make plug-in hybrids in Indiana.

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GM on the brink…

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Suffice to say, all of GM’s development programs including the Volt are threatened. Tags: Production News GM Chevy Volt In the Media For all of GM’s industrial successes and environmental failures, many elements of the American economy including the advertising-dependent entertainment industry — rise and fall with its fortunes. Says U.S. Cash Is Its Best Hope. By Bill Vlasic and Nick Bunkley for the NY Times. The government faces a difficult choice. If it provides G.M.

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Smart Meters and Electric Cars

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It might seem that simply plugging in your Chevy Volt or Ford Escape before bedtime would do. This is a well written story in the Pasadena Star News about how the utilities are gearing up for the coming plug-in vehicles.

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Coming Soon – The Electric City

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Around the same time, General Motors will introduce the Chevrolet Volt, a vehicle able to go 40 miles on electricity before its small gasoline engine kicks in. Before the first Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts reach the show room, an electric car infrastructure is getting a test drive in the Bay Area, in a limited way. Photo by Jim Wilson, New York Times. The New York Times looks at how EVs are going to shake up our cities. Cities Prepare for Life With the Electric Car.

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Gadget’s New World

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The blaze took away some of Gadget’s most prized work, including a super sleek electric powered Silver Porsche which featured at PlugInAmerica’s Sept 08 gala fundraiser alongside the Tesla Roadster and GM’s Volt prototype. Starting Again (photo: Steve Payne). . Over the holidays, the “Revenge&# team spent time filming with Greg “Gadget&# Abbott as he moved into a cavernous new warehouse space in downtown LA.

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Partying with Plug In America

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GM's amazing Chevy Volt - A 100% electric drive (range extending) plug-in hybrid. The party was totally sold out: 250 guests and two superb electric vehicle rockstars - GM’s newly released preproduction prototype Chevy Volt and a silver Tesla Roadster. Host Chris Paine discussed his recent trip to Detroit for the pre-production GM Chevy Volt unveiling and describing how surreal it was to have the Chevy Volt parked in his backyard for this memorable party.

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Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

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One example is the much-publicized Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid due out in 2010 that ailing General Motors is staking its future on. Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. Josh Hafenbrack posts this informative entry covering the status of Hasner’s Florida State electric car tax break on the SunSentinel.com. Florida State Representative (and House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (R) has just introduced the bill HB 879 - Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles.

The EV Curveball

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’ In the midst of conversations during lunch about engines and audio systems, I like to throw in my curveball : “I drive an electric car.&# Some have no clue what I am talking about, while the car junkies have heard of plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt. Welcome back to guest blogger Andrew Grin … Andrew Grin and his modified Hyundai Tuscon. As a new driver, learning on the roads of Kansas City, I pass by Suburbans and Tahoes on a daily basis.

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U.S. Battery Makers Power Up

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General Motors has said it might use foreign-produced batteries in the Chevrolet Volt, the plug-in scheduled for production in 2010. General Motors has said it might use foreign-produced batteries in the Chevrolet Volt, the plug-in scheduled for production in 2010.

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Interview with Chris Paine in the Whole Life Times

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With the promise of GM’s Chevy Volt and other EVs, are you more hopeful now? It’s fascinating what’s happened, from Tesla to the Volt to what hundreds and hundreds of garage mechanics are doing, converting cars. Chris Paine in the Whole Life Times. The Whole Life Times just published an Interview with Chris : The Electric Car Returns (and This Time It’s Personal). Filmmaker Chris Paine, director of Who Killed the Electric Car?

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We Love Electric Bikes

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7 gears, 500 watts, 3″ fat tires, 36 volt lithium battery, and GOOD LOOKING. 0 to 20 in seconds, pedaling optional. Three weeks ago we spent the day shooting at the Kick Gas Festival in San Diego. One of our favorite diversions was testing the electric bikes. I’ve always been skeptical about e-bikes. Why waste electricity when you can just pedal? Well, that day changed our minds. Electric bikes could well be the secret weapon of the EV revolution.

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