Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

Welcome again to The Station, your central hub for all previous, current and future technique of transferring individuals and packages from Level A to Level B. Reporter Rebecca Bellan is again within the driver’s seat the subsequent couple of weeks as I stash my laptop computer and head out for some adventures (planes, ferries and bikes included).


India has been main the shift to electrical two-wheelers, however the rollback of a preferred authorities incentive has brought about gross sales to nosedive, Jagmeet Singh reviews.

In Could, the Indian authorities revised its incentive scheme, lowering subsidies from $183 per kWh (as much as 40% of the automobile worth) to $122 per kWh of battery capability (as much as 15% of auto worth). Adjustments to the scheme resulted in a sudden gross sales disruption. In June, gross sales dropped greater than 56%, and it marked the bottom gross sales month in a few 12 months.

This not solely impacts shoppers, nevertheless it may additionally trigger consolidation within the business and even exits of some gamers. It simply goes to point out, authorities subsidies assist individuals purchase inexperienced options, and so they can increase nascent industries.

In different information . . .

We did an enormous e-bike roundup, so you could find the perfect electrical bike to fit your wants — whether or not you’re a commuter or a supply employee, a mum or dad or a senior, a discount hunter or a mountain biker. And the perfect half is, MANY of those firms are holding gross sales in the mean time, so get in now for some nice midsummer offers!

Former Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer desires his Hilo One to “be the Volvo of scooters.”

NYC is inviting supply employees to use for the town’s e-bike trade-in program to get probably fire-causing e-bike batteries off the streets.

Upway is partnering with Super73 to deal with reselling all pre-owned e-bikes.

A 12-year-old boy died whereas using a Voi e-scooter in Birmingham, U.Ok., prompting the town to require selfie checks from riders with a view to keep away from underage using.

Deal of the week

Deal of the week? Extra like no deal.

Troubled British business EV maker Arrival has killed off what would have been its second SPAC cope with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. The corporate introduced a plan to de-SPAC (it debuted publicly by way of SPAC with CIIG Merger Corp. in 2021) in April 2023, however it seems that plan for liquidity has fallen by means of.

As common readers of The Station may recall, this complete double SPAC enterprise raised a couple of of our eyebrows. Wejo was the primary double SPAC, which means an organization that went public by way of a SPAC merger after which made a second SPAC merger looking for extra capital.

It’s not clear what prompted the loss of life of the second Arrival SPAC. Was it the phrases? And was it Arrival or Kensington that backed out?

Different offers that acquired my consideration . . .

Finn, a German automotive subscription firm with operations within the U.S., has signed a €25 million asset-backed facility with Avellinia Capital, to assist fund its automobile purchases. The corporate says this implies it might dedicate future capital to development initiatives as an alternative of fleet financing.

Moove, an African mobility fintech startup raised $8 million from Absa Company and Funding Banking. It’s raised a complete of $28 million to this point.

NEU Battery Supplies, a Singapore-based lithium-ion battery recycling startup, raised $3.7 million in a seed spherical led by SGInnovate. The spherical was additionally joined by ComfortDelGro Ventures, Shift4Good, Paragon Ventures I and different angel traders.

Nikola failed but once more to get sufficient shareholders to vote on a proposal that might enable it to situation extra shares, and thus increase extra capital. However a brand new legislation could quickly assist the corporate bypass the necessity to safe greater than 50% of all excellent shares. The corporate additionally managed to safe a $41.9 million grant from the California Transportation Fee to construct six heavy-duty hydrogen refueling stations throughout Southern California.

RapidFlight, an unmanned plane manufacturing firm headquartered in Virginia, acquired the mental property portfolio of defunct Native Motors. Monetary phrases weren’t disclosed.

City SDK, an organization that sells cloud-based site visitors administration techniques to state and native governments, raised an undisclosed quantity in a seed spherical led by GOVO Enterprise Companions. DeepWork Capital, Florida Alternative Fund, Techstars and venVelo additionally participated.

Notable reads and different tidbits

Autonomous autos

A bunch of secure road activists in San Francisco have been disabling Cruise and Waymo robotaxis by placing site visitors cones on their hoods. The now-viral prank is finished in protest of the autos that many accuse of malfunctioning and disrupting site visitors move, emergency autos and public transit.

Volkswagen has launched an autonomous automobile check program in Austin utilizing a fleet of 10 all-electric ID Buzz autos outfitted with Mobileye’s know-how.

China’s WeRide has secured the primary countrywide autonomous driving license from the United Arab Emirates to check and deploy its robotaxis, supply vans, and different autonomous autos on public roads.

Electrical autos, charging and batteries

EV chargers will be hacked fairly simply, and that poses a catastrophic threat that may threaten drivers and the facility grid.

We can’t get sufficient of Fiat’s lovable Topolino EV. The automaker stated this week that the quadricycle will function a sequence of wierd equipment, together with somewhat bathe, “designed for these days spent on the seaside alongside the Italian coast.” Completely, completely, the Italian coast.

Fisker fell wanting its personal manufacturing expectations within the second quarter. The EV upstart produced 1,022 Ocean SUVs, when it had anticipated to provide between 1,400 and 1,700. The corporate blamed a scarcity of parts from its sub-suppliers.

Panasonic says it must construct 4 extra battery factories to succeed in its goal of boosting annual EV capability to 200 GWh by early 2031.

Polaris is engaged on constructing off-road EV charging infrastructure in Michigan.

Rivian has begun rolling out its electrical supply vans for Amazon in Europe. The primary 300 might be seen on the streets in Germany. The automaker additionally recorded a threefold improve in deliveries within the second quarter — 12,640 items to be actual — which despatched shares flying 16%. Rivian stated it’s on observe to ship on its earlier steering of fifty,000 items this 12 months.

TC+ reporter Tim De Chant weighs in on the seven issues each EV fast-charging community wants.

Gig financial system

Uber, DoorDash, Grubhub and Relay are suing New York Metropolis to dam minimal pay requirements for gig employees. They are saying regulators used defective knowledge to calculate new compensation guidelines. The brand new $18 minimal wage for supply employees was set earlier this month.

Hailing an Uber in Saudi Arabia is a nightmare, and that’s resulting from state laws about who’s allowed to work for ride-hailing apps.


Konux, a Munich-based deep tech AI scale-up, is constructing out a predictive upkeep SaaS enterprise to improve railway infrastructure. Its mission, as Natasha Lomas reviews, is to drive digitization and transformation in essentially the most sustainable mass transit choice utilizing AI plus IoT.


Tesla is getting its personal part this week. Right here we go.

Tesla has begun hiring “ADAS Check Operators” exterior of Europe as it really works to increase its FSD (Full Self-Driving) beta and Autopilot suite exterior of North America. Apparently, Australia is subsequent up.

There have been growing Cybertruck sightings, and the Tesla bros are freaking out about it.

The corporate delivered a report 466,140 items within the second quarter, which is up 10% YoY. Buyers might be searching on earnings day for wholesome margins, since a lot of Tesla’s gross sales had been fueled by worth cuts.

Talking of worth cuts…Tesla is slashing costs of Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y autos in Japan now.

The Elon Musk–owned automaker began a worth warfare in China, and now the corporate is attempting to calm the waters. Tesla joined Chinese language automakers, together with its largest rival BYD, in signing a letter pledging to reinforce “core socialist values” and compete pretty within the nation’s automotive market.

However then…Tesla went forward and rolled out a world referral program, giving $500 in money again to consumers who buy the Mannequin 3 or Mannequin Y. This system was rolled out in Tesla’s largest markets, together with the U.S. and, you guessed it, China. (Additionally Germany, France, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong and Singapore.)

Tesla has extra converts to its North American Charging Customary (NACS). Mercedes-Benz is the most recent to undertake NACS, becoming a member of a handful of different automakers like GM, Ford, Volvo and Polestar. Mercedes EVs could have entry to Tesla’s supercharging stations by 2024. The automaker additionally plans to increase its personal charging community, with greater than 2,500 chargers in North America.

And Kentucky now requires that EV charging firms embody Tesla’s charging plug, in addition to the usual CCS, in the event that they wish to safe federal {dollars} from a state program to impress highways. Kentucky is the primary to undergo with it, however Texas and Washington are interested by it.

The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration has demanded that Tesla present extra data on its driver-monitoring system as a part of an ongoing probe into the protection of Autopilot.

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