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Uber and EVgo Expand Partnership to Support High-Volume Rideshare Drivers with Fast, Reliable Public Charging

November 09, 2021

 

 

Uber and EVgo Expand Partnership to Support High-Volume Rideshare Drivers with Fast, Reliable Public Charging

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES—-Nov 9, 2021– EVgo Inc. (NASDAQ: EVGO), a first mover in fleet electrification and owner and operator of the nation’s largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) and first powered by 100% renewable electricity, today announced an expansion to its EV charging program for rideshare drivers on Uber’s platform. With nearly one million rideshare vehicles on the road, electrification of rideshare provides a significant opportunity to add high-utilization drivers to EVgo’s network. Featuring new discounts and benefits for all drivers using Uber, this expanded initiative builds upon the existing program’s success to ultimately increase access to, and utilization of, EVgo’s network of over 800 public fast chargers — helping both companies further accelerate the adoption of zero-emission transportation at scale.

Rideshare drivers often charge multiple times per day. A recent EVgo survey of drivers in the EVgo program, indicates that approximately 34% of drivers drive 400 to 800 miles each week and another 47% drive more than 800 miles each week and rely heavily on public fast charging. Conveniently located in high ridership urban areas, EVgo’s fast chargers enable drivers without access to at-home charging to charge in between Uber trips.

“Helping drivers go electric remains one of the most important things we can do as a company,” said Adam Gromis, Head of Sustainability Policy at Uber. “The enhanced incentives from EVgo’s program help drivers save money and take another step towards transforming Uber into a zero emissions platform.”

As part of the expanded EVgo Discount Program with Uber, drivers are granted access to discounted EVgo accounts and pricing based on their Uber Pro status. Drivers using Uber — regardless of status– will continue to be able to access EVgo’s member rates without any monthly fees. Drivers with Uber Pro Gold, Platinum, or Diamond status will unlock even lower EVgo Plus rates, saving up to 30% on charging costs over EVgo’s standard Pay As You Go rates.*

“EVgo’s ongoing partnership with Uber tackles access to reliable, affordable and convenient public charging solutions while simultaneously accelerating the electrification of rideshare vehicles,” said Cathy Zoi, CEO at EVgo. “We are excited to see more rideshare drivers making the switch to electric and look forward to providing fast charging for high volume rideshare drivers and decarbonizing this growing segment of transportation.”

The enhancement of this program further accelerates Uber’s initiative to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2030 in the US. In addition to new charging discounts, EV drivers can also earn more per trip from Uber, including a dollar more per trip incentive for fully electric drivers on any product plus $0.50 more when completing Uber Green trips. Uber Green, is the most widely available low- or no-emission on-demand ride product in the world, now available in 100 urban areas across 2 continents. By selecting Uber Green, riders can support current drivers who use sustainable modes of transportation as well as Uber’s Green Future Program, which utilizes Uber Green fees and proceeds to help hundreds of thousands of rideshare drivers transition to electric vehicles by 2025. Drivers who drive a Tesla will also have access to nearly 600 integrated Tesla connectors at EVgo stations across the U.S., enabling them to charge their vehicles without the need for an adaptor.

For more information around the locations of fast chargers within EVgo’s charging network, visit www.evgo.com

*Actual savings subject to time of day, location, geography, and length of charging session

 

About EVgo

EVgo (Nasdaq: EVGO) is the nation’s largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles, and the first to be powered by 100% renewable energy. With more than 800 fast charging locations, EVgo’s owned and operated charging network serves over 68 metropolitan areas across 35 states and more than 300,000 customer accounts. Founded in 2010, EVgo leads the way on transportation electrification, partnering with automakers; fleet and rideshare operators; retail hosts such as hotels, shopping centers, gas stations and parking lot operators; and other stakeholders to deploy advanced charging technology to expand network availability and make it easier for drivers across the U.S. to enjoy the benefits of driving an EV. As a charging technology first mover, EVgo works closely with business and government leaders to accelerate the ubiquitous adoption of EVs by providing a reliable and convenient charging experience close to where drivers live, work and play, whether for a daily commute or a commercial fleet.

Murphy Highlights Norwalk’s JuiceBar as “Innovator of the Month”

August 31, 2021

 

 

 

Murphy Highlights Norwalk’s JuiceBar as “Innovator of the Month”

 

HARTFORD–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced that JuiceBar, based in Norwalk, has been named August’s “Innovator of the Month.” JuiceBar manufactures electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are made and assembled in the United States with the mission of addressing climate change while building a national EV charging infrastructure. Murphy toured JuiceBar’s manufacturing facility in Oxford earlier this month.

To meet the growing demand for EV charging stations, JuiceBar has tripled its Connecticut workforce over the past year and plans to create at least 100 more engineering and advanced manufacturing jobs in the state by the end of 2022. The U.S. Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill also includes $53 million for over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in Connecticut.

 

“JuiceBar is the only American made and assembled EV charging station manufacturer, and I’m proud to recognize their leadership and the game-changing technology they’re building in Connecticut. Their innovation is a perfect example of how we tackle the climate crisis while creating good-paying green jobs. I look forward to seeing their continued growth in the state and impact on strengthening our national EV infrastructure,” said Murphy.

“JuiceBar is honored to be named Innovator of the Month by Senator Murphy,” said Paul Vosper, JuiceBar CEO. “We had the pleasure of showing Senator Murphy firsthand how JuiceBar is paving the way for Connecticut’s rapid expansion of electric vehicles. The number of charging stations around the country is expected to grow exponentially. JuiceBar is committed to continuing to create more jobs in advanced manufacturing and engineering and leading in innovative charging technology in the great state of Connecticut.”

JuiceBar recently announced its charging stations meet Made in America criteria in the Buy America provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Murphy’s BuyAmerican.Gov was included in the Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and he also introduced the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act earlier this year.

Murphy believes entrepreneurship and innovation are the building blocks for a strong economy. In the U.S. Senate, he has introduced two bipartisan pieces of legislation to incentivize angel investors to put more money into startup companies—the Angel Tax Credit Act and the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) ActStartup companies create an average of 2 million jobs each year.

Endera CEO John Walsh Announces Partnership and 250 EV Order With Pritchard Ford, Customers Can Now Access National Service Presence Though Ford

June 29, 2021

 

Endera CEO John Walsh Announces Partnership and 250 EV Order With Pritchard Ford,  

Customers Can Now Access National Service Presence Though Ford

 

 

SAN DIEGO, CA [June 29, 2021]  Endera, a technology company specializing in all-electric commercial vehicles, charging infrastructure and software solutions, announced its EV partnership with Pritchard Ford.

 

Under the partnership, Pritchard Ford will serve as a supplier of Ford Chassis and provide servicing for Endera vehicles. Pritchard Ford has also signed a contract committing to purchase 250 EV vehicles.  Pritchard Ford will expand Endera’s national service network, ship through, and dealership presence with 2,600 service points across the country.

“Pritchard Auto Company is an award-winning and leading Ford dealership nationwide.” said John Walsh, Endera’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the access to new customers and added value for existing ones, Endera’s reach will expand in both size and quality through its partnership with Pritchard. The Pritchard Company corporate heritage brings a depth of experience and experience founded on its fully integrated automotive platform to the Endera team.”

 

Pritchard Commercial can be found nationally in 50 states with over 60,000 units supplied. As an automotive enterprise that has been family-owned and operated since 1913, Pritchard Companies have over a century of experience in the industry. One of The Pritchard Company’s core values includes relationships, which is apparent in its successful work as a trusted Ford dealership.

 

“Our partnership is setting the stage for innovation in the electric vehicle market. The depth and breadth of expertise in our team is impressive, and it’s exciting to see each company play a unique and vital role in what we will accomplish in partnership with Endera,” said Joe Pritchard, CEO, Pritchard Companies.

 

Customers utilizing the Pritchard network to make additions to vehicles receive free shipping nationwide. Additionally, Pritchard’s nationwide purchasing and distribution network will increase Endera’s revenue and presence. By partnering with Pritchard, Endera benefits from over 100 years of industry expertise while gaining increased service, supplies, and access to new connections in the automotive space.

 

About Endera

Endera is a vertically integrated technology company specializing in commercial electric vehicles, charging stations and software solutions. We design American-made electric vehicles and provide transportation and energy services that leverage leading technologies and American manufacturing. With one of the lowest total costs of ownership over other commercial electric vehicle offerings, Endera provides sustainable solutions that rival its fossil fuel counterparts in price, technology, longevity, profitability and service. . Additional information about Endera is available at www.enderamotors.com.

 

About Pritchard Companies
Established in 1913, Pritchard Companies is a national automotive enterprise, providing fully integrated solutions to the commercial vehicle industry. The Company owns and operates locations across the United States, representing the world’s finest truck and bus manufacturers. They offer a full range of products, from sales of new and used vehicles to aftermarket parts and service, to financing, insurance, telematics, leasing and rental. Additional information about Pritchard Companies products and services is available at www.pritchardco.com.

 

Media Contact:
Domenique Sciuto (307) 302-9110 or domenique@enderacorp.com

Beep to Attend the Electric Mobility Symposium This Week

June 22, 2021

Beep to Attend the Electric Mobility Symposium This Week

 

 

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 22, 2021) – Join industry and Government leaders at the Electric Mobility Symposium on Thursday, June 24th at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, CA.

Beep will be showcasing full integration of Local Motors Olli platforms with the Ride Beep app. Two shuttles will be on-site for demonstrations.

Hear from key government leaders on changing policies and plans for electric mobility. See and discuss the latest technologies with industry-leading organizations as they show you the art of the possible for use on and off base both now and in the near future. For more information, see below:

WHAT:
Electric Mobility Symposium

WHERE:
MCAS Miramar

WHEN:
Thursday, June 24,2021
9am – 5pm PST

For additional information on the event, see the full agenda.

To schedule a time to meet with Beep at the symposium, please email scaro@meritmile.com.

About Beep
Beep is a mobility services and technology innovator delivering the next generation of transportation utilizing driverless, electric, multi-passenger vehicles. We specialize in planning, deploying and managing advanced autonomous shuttles in both public and private communities seeking to more safely connect people, places and services in first-mile, last-mile mobility networks within controlled speed areas.  Our mission is to enable mobility for all with the services we provide.  Beep also leverages the data and learnings from each live deployment to produce vehicle agnostic, edge solutions which are advancing the safety, access, artificial-intelligence and driverless operating capabilities of autonomous platforms thus advancing the use of these new, innovative, environmentally friendly transportation solutions.  For more information visit: www.ridebeep.com

Endera Adds Kevin Hernandez as Chief Commercial Officer

February 09, 2021

 

 

 

Endera Adds Kevin Hernandez as Chief Commercial Officer

 

SAN DIEGO, CA – Endera, an end-to-end provider of electric commercial vehicles, charging infrastructure and software, today announced the addition of Kevin Hernandez as Chief Commercial Officer.

As CCO, Hernandez will be responsible for leading Endera’s commercial operations, developing new business opportunities, managing overall client relationships as well as overseeing the buildout of Endera’s service network.

Photograph of Kevin Hernandez, CCO at Endera

Photograph of Kevin Hernandez, CCO at Endera

Hernandez will lead the execution of customer success strategies throughout the client engagement process, focusing on program design, sales, operational consulting, and after-sales support, service and management. His role includes leading operational process improvement and internal cross-functional collaboration to ensure Endera’s clients benefit from industry leading technologies, products, and services. Hernandez will engage with and develop key strategic partnerships with suppliers, corporations, and organizations to support the long-term objectives of the business.

With over 13 years of experience in the transportation industry, Hernandez was most recently the Managing Director of Ground Transportation at ACE Parking, overseeing the company’s fleet operations for the ground transportation division, during which he was able to double the size of the business during his five year tenure. This included operations at the San Diego International Airport, Illumina, the Port of San Diego, the County of San Diego, among others.  Most notably, Kevin was an integral part of spearheading the San Diego International Airport’s transition to electric shuttles for their fleet, making their fleet the largest electric fleet at a US airport.

“Adding Kevin to the team is monumentally beneficial for our company’s future, especially at the fast pace that Endera is growing.” said John Walsh, CEO of Endera. “Our team members and clients will benefit immensely from his industry expertise, dedication to quality, and innovative approach. He truly is one of the best and brightest in the industry and we are lucky to have him as part of our team.”

Throughout Hernandez’s career, he has specialized in building customized operations at major international airports including San Diego International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.  He will be responsible for leading customer adoption of electric vehicles & infrastructure, provide consulting services, lead sales and customer success from design to delivery & beyond.

“My goal is to be a partner to the fleet managers and executives who face the challenge of transitioning to electric,” said Kevin Hernandez. “It is a challenge that I faced head on during my tenure as an operator and I hope to bring those lessons learned and custom approaches to help our customers adopt electric fleets seamlessly nationwide.”

Hernandez holds a Bachelor’s degree from Biola University, a Master’s Degree from California State University Fullerton, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with a Finance concentration from Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management.

About Endera

Endera is a vertically integrated transportation technology company, specializing in smart electric commercial vehicles, charging stations and software solutions. As an end-to-end electric commercial vehicle supplier, Endera provides vehicle design and technology. Made in America, Endera delivers one of the lowest total costs of ownership over other commercial electric vehicles and provides sustainable solutions that rival its fossil fuel counterparts in price, technology, longevity, profitability and service. To learn more, visit www.enderamotors.com.

EVBox’s next generation of commercial EV charging arrives in North America

November 18, 2020

EVBox’s next generation of commercial EV charging arrives in North America

Leading global provider of smart charging solutions for electric vehicles introduces EVBox Iqon to improve EV charging infrastructure for public and semi-public parking spaces.

Libertyville, Ill. – Electric vehicle (EV) charging hardware and software company EVBox announced today that its award-winning Level 2 commercial charging station, EVBox Iqon, has received UL-certification and is available for installation across North America. Designed specifically for the scalability needs of the North American market, Iqon alleviates many of the common problems faced at EV charging locations at shopping centers, hotels, parking facilities, or workplaces and improves the EV charging experience for drivers and operators alike.

With its North American headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois, EVBox is bringing its experience and leadership in the European EV market to the U.S. and Canada, specializing in high value, flexible and reliable charging equipment at competitive price points. Backed by ENGIE, EVBox has already installed more than 150,000 charging ports across more than 70 countries and is committed to a future of EV charging. In Europe, it is the sole supplier of public charging infrastructure in cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Monaco.

“By creating Iqon for the North American market, we are expanding our AC charging options and directly responding to the rapidly growing EV charging needs in public spaces across the U.S. and Canada,” said Mark Henderson, vice president of Sales and Marketing, EVBox North America. “We are here to help meet the growing demand for reliable EV charging at work, retail, and hospitality locations with a flexible and adaptable option. With more than 20 million electric vehicles expected to be on U.S. roads by 2030, we want to ensure drivers can find charging as easily as they can find a parking space.”

Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) interoperability is a central pillar across all EVBox chargers, including the new Iqon, giving users the freedom to choose the right hardware and software combination for their needs and the flexibility to change their EV charging set up at any time without having to replace their hardware. The ability for customers to choose between vendors promotes competition in the market, which stimulates innovation and fair pricing. EVBox North America is a founding member and first certified hardware manufacturer of the Open Charge Alliance.

Key benefits of Iqon

Designed to balance form and functionality, Iqon provides an accessible, intelligent, and reliable EV charging experience. It has also been recognized with a 2019 Red Dot Award, 2019 iF Design Award 2019, and as a 2019 CES Innovation Honoree.

  • User-centric, attractive design

    • Durable, sleek design – Stainless-steel housing enhances nearby buildings and surroundings and ensures Iqon will last over the years.

    • LED light guides – EV drivers can easily identify charging locations so they can quickly find a spot to park and charge, and once charging, colored light rings display the status of each charging session.

  • Accessibility

    • Smart Cable Management – Iqon’s auto-locking cable management system uses counterweights to make cables lighter and easier to pull, while also ensuring they never drag on the ground.

    • Wheelchair Accessibility – Iqon is ADA-compliant, keeping all of its access points (charging cables, touch screen) easy to reach from any height and intuitive to use.

  • Flexibility and adaptability

    • Easy set up – Out-of-the-box installation and Bluetooth commissioning via the EVBox Connect app ensures Iqon is always easy to set up.

    • WiFi and 4G/LTE capabilities – Iqon is always connected to the Cloud, allowing for remote station monitoring, adjustment of charging rates, control over user groups and access, and wireless software and firmware updates.

    • Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) compliant – Iqon is built for flexibility through interoperability. Iqon is also integrated with many top North American charging management software providers and can be configured with any other similarly OCPP-compliant EV charging network.

Energy savings and tracking

An important feature of Iqon is that it can be configured in Hub-Satellite clusters of up to 20 ports (10 stations) that act as a single entity, allowing the stations to communicate and ensure the most efficient use of available energy. With a dedicated kWh meter inside every Iqon, the charger can track energy usage and schedule reductions in output with precision.

UL certification

EVBox Iqon meets or exceeds the UL testing facility’s rigorous safety and reliability requirements. The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) third-party certification is considered to be the North American standard for electronics and appliance testing. By putting products through a series of standardized performance tests, UL ensures that everything they certify is safe and reliable.

Utility rebates

The Iqon qualifies for numerous rebates and programs across the United States that can save thousands of dollars in hardware and installation costs — in some cases paying for the entire project.

For more information about Iqon and to learn about available rebate opportunities, visit www.evbox.com.

About EVBox

Founded in 2010, EVBox Group accelerates the adoption of electric mobility by bringing convenient, integrated EV charging solutions to businesses and drivers around the world. From its extensive portfolio of commercial and ultra-fast charging stations built by EVBox to its scalable, open-source charging management software engineered by Everon, EVBox Group ensures that electric mobility is accessible to everyone.

Backed by ENGIE, EVBox Group is a leader in research and development, with multiple labs and factories across Europe and North America developing groundbreaking EV charging technology. With offices across the globe including Paris, Chicago, and Amsterdam, and strong foundations in dozens of markets, EVBox Group is shaping a cleaner future of transportation.

Envision Solar Announces Rebranding as Beam Global

September 15, 2020

Envision Solar Announces Rebranding as Beam Global

The name change reflects the Company’s continued commitment to lead the world to clean mobility

 

 

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 2020  — Envision Solar International, Inc., (Nasdaq: BEEM, BEEMW, formerly EVSI, EVSIW) (“Envision Solar,” “Beam Global,” or the “Company”), the leading provider of innovative sustainable technology for electric vehicle (EV) charging, outdoor media and energy security, today announced that it is changing its name to Beam Global. The new name, along with new branding and visual identity, reflect the Company’s continued commitment to lead the cleantech industry as the developer of products, solutions and business models that accelerate the global transition to a clean transportation sector.

The rebranding comes as the Company continues to meet the growing demand from governments and companies seeking to ensure their EV charging capabilities are scalable, robust and cost effective, as well as easy to use and install. The release of a new version of Beam Global’s flagship product, the EV ARC™ 2020 (Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Charger) —  which generates and supplies electricity to EV chargers without the need for construction, electrical work or a grid connection —  exemplifies the Company’s contribution to the rapid scaling of EV charging infrastructure. The Company is also preparing to launch new products tailored for the medium and heavy-duty vehicle and UAV markets. As Beam Global, the Company is establishing its position as a pioneer in enabling the rapid scaling of clean transportation infrastructure beyond its signature transportable, renewably-energized charging units.

“The transportation sector is rapidly becoming electrified. No matter the vehicle type, charging infrastructure will be essential across all sectors globally, and millions of EV chargers will be needed,” said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley. “Governments and enterprises are eager to provide charging infrastructure that is scalable, reliable and cost effective while avoiding hurdles like lengthy construction and electrical projects that are typical of grid-connected charging units. Beam continues to meet these needs — while securing our energy supply and supporting global climate commitments. Starting today, we are thrilled to lead the world to clean mobility as Beam Global.”

The Company’s brand name and visual identity have been updated to convey its mission to lead the world to clean mobility. Drawing connections to beams of energy, sunlight and steel, the new visual language emphasizes sustainability and strength. The debut of the Beam Global brand will be accompanied by the launch of the Company’s new website and a change in its Nasdaq ticker symbol (Nasdaq: BEEM, BEEMW).

About Beam Global
Beam Global produces innovative, sustainable technology for electric vehicle (EV) charging, outdoor media, and energy security, without the construction, disruption, and costs of grid-tied solutions. Our products are founded upon our patented EV ARC™ and Solar Tree® lines and include BeamTrak™ patented solar tracking, and ARC Technology™ energy storage, along with EV charging, outdoor media, and disaster preparedness packages.

From start to finish, we develop, patent, design, engineer, and manufacture unique and advanced renewably energized products that help the environment, empower communities and keep people moving. Based in San Diego, the company produces Made in America products. Beam Global is listed on Nasdaq under the symbols BEEM and BEEMW (formerly EVSI and EVSIW). For more information visit BeamForAll, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter.

ChargePoint Selected as SP+’s Preferred Provider for EV Expansion

August 20, 2020

 

SP Plus Corporation Expands Its Electric Vehicle Charging Program

ChargePoint Selected as SP+’s Preferred Provider for EV Expansion

 

 

CHICAGO  — SP Plus Corporation (SP+), (Nasdaq: SP), North America’s leading provider of parking, transportation and mobility-related services, today announced the selection of ChargePoint as its preferred provider for expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging program.

SP+ selected ChargePoint, the world’s largest manufacturer of EV charging stations with a full range of smart solutions, to accelerate its plan to offer drivers the convenience of charging their vehicles while parking at an SP+ facility while they work, shop, play or stay home.

“We chose ChargePoint because they match our commitment to accommodating the future demand for e-mobility which supports the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. They are also networked to help us remotely manage the charging stations and calculate our progress,” commented Jeff Eckerling, Chief Growth Officer for SP+.

The integration between SP+’s consumer-facing app Parking.com and ChargePoint is designed to allow EV drivers to easily find, reserve, park and identify locations to charge their vehicles.

“ChargePoint’s mission is to get every driver behind the wheel of an EV one parking space at a time,” said Adam Cook, Vice President, Channel Sales at ChargePoint, Inc. “To make that happen, drivers need to be able to charge everywhere they go and whenever they need to do so. We’re excited to have SP+ join this effort to enable the shift to electric mobility by supporting the buildout of EV charging at their facilities across the country.”

SP+ facilitates the efficient movement of people, vehicles and personal belongings with the goal of enhancing the consumer experience while improving bottom line results for our clients. The Company provides professional parking management, ground transportation, remote baggage check-in and handling, facility maintenance, security, event logistics, and other technology-driven mobility solutions to aviation, commercial, hospitality, healthcare and government clients across North America. For more information, visit www.spplus.com.

ChargePoint is creating the new fueling network to move all people and goods on electricity. Since 2007, ChargePoint has been committed to making it easy for businesses and drivers to go electric, with the largest EV charging network and most complete set of charging solutions available today. ChargePoint’s cloud subscription platform and software-defined charging hardware is designed internally and includes options for every charging scenario from home and multifamily to workplace, parking, hospitality, retail and fleets of all kinds. To date, ChargePoint’s network has grown to more than 115,000 places to charge with drivers plugging in approximately every two seconds while delivering more than 81 million charges. For more information, visit the ChargePoint pressroom or contact the North American press office at media@chargepoint.com.

CONTACT:
Jill Nagel
Senior Communications Manager
jnagel@spplus.com, 312-274-2102

Revealed: Drivers interest in electric cars strong despite coronavirus uncertainty

May 04, 2020

 

Revealed: Drivers interest in electric cars strong despite coronavirus uncertainty

 

A study earlier this year concluded that electric cars are much better for the climate than petrol cars in 95% of the world. Whilst other research last week found that on a yearly basis, electric cars (9,435 miles) are driven 26% more miles when compared to petrol cars (7,490 miles).

These astonishing statistics alongside the fact that people have more spare time during lockdown to thoroughly look into electric cars, inspired private number plates provider Click4Reg to discover which pure electric cars people are most curious about based on online search data using analytics tool Ahrefs.

 

The key findings from the research include:

  • Tesla Model 3 is the electric car people are most curious about, with an astonishing 1.6 million online searches a month – equivalent of 53,333 searches everyday    
  • Nissan Leaf (552,000) and Tesla Model X (506,000) each receive over 500,000 monthly searches online
  • The Porsche Taycan (325,000) and BMW i3 (324,000) are each gaining more than 300,000 online searches per month 
  • Smart EQ Forfour (2,800), Chevrolet Spark EV (3,600), Volkswagen e-Up (5,100) are among the electric vehicles that people are least curious about

Additionally, from a survey of 1,844 drivers (interested in but not owners of electric cars) found that:

  • 39% stated they wanted to get a pure electric car this year (2020) but are not going to anymore because of uncertainty/concern about the coronavirus pandemic
  • Interestingly, 76% believe the lockdown has given them more time than ever before to thoroughly research and understand different aspects of electric cars
  • The primary medium those surveyed have used for researching electric cars over lockdown: online videos (31%), online news/magazine articles (25%), official car brands/models website (19%), blogs (13%), physical newspapers/magazines (10%) and podcasts (2%)
  • Despite the coronavirus crisis causing widespread chaos across several sectors, only 22% believe the disease will cause significant long-term damage to the electric car market

ElectraMeccanica Announces New Cost-Effective Aluminum Chassis for Flagship, Single-Occupant SOLO EV

April 07, 2020

ElectraMeccanica Announces New Cost-Effective Aluminum Chassis for Flagship, Single-Occupant SOLO EV

 

 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 07, 2020  — ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) (“ElectraMeccanica” or the “Company”), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, has announced the engineering and development of a new, cost-effective aluminum chassis for the Company’s flagship, single-occupant SOLO electric vehicle (EV).

The new, high strength, drop-in aluminum chassis will replace the current composite chassis in the SOLO EV, making it much better suited for mass production by reducing the overall weight and per-unit assembly cost of the vehicle. ElectraMeccanica has engaged a Tier-One engineering partner with a global presence, which will provide on-the-ground support in both Canada and China.

“This project represents our continued focus on evolving the safety, comfort and design of our flagship single-occupant SOLO EV, while incorporating important cost saving advantages to improve margins in mass-production,” said Paul Rivera, Chief Executive Officer of ElectraMeccanica. “The partner we’ve selected for this project brings significant expertise in lightweight, high-strength automotive safety structures that are perfectly suited for the SOLO. We look forward to the impending launch of the revolutionary SOLO EV later this year.”

With an MSRP of $18,500, the SOLO EV is a trend-setting all-electric, single-seat vehicle expected to revolutionize the commuting, delivery and shared mobility experience. To be one of the first to own a SOLO, please reserve yours online by visiting www.electrameccanica.com.

About ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.   
ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) is a Canadian designer and manufacturer of environmentally efficient electric vehicles. The company’s flagship vehicle is the innovative purpose built; single-seat electric vehicle called the SOLO. This three-wheeled vehicle will revolutionize the urban driving experience, including commuting, delivery and shared mobility. The SOLO provides a driving experience that is unique, trendy, fun, affordable and environmentally friendly. InterMeccanica, a subsidiary of ElectraMeccanica, has successfully been building high-end specialty cars for 61 years. For more information, please visit www.electrameccanica.com.

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Company Contact:
Ms. Bal Bhullar, CPA, CGA, CRM
Chief Financial Officer & Director
(604) 428-7656
Bal@electrameccanica.com

Investor Relations:
Greg Falesnik
Managing Director
MZ Group – MZ North America
(949) 385-6449
SOLO@mzgroup.us
www.mzgroup.us

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