⚖️ EV Credit... for E-Bikes?
Plus, Ford poaches head of iCar, French runners break Paris speed limit, and BMW slams "irrelevant" e-bike laws.
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What You Need to Know This Week
This week the US House Ways and Means Committee proposed creating a 15% tax credit for e-bike purchases for those earning less than $75k/year (down from a 30% rebate with no income limits in the last version of the bill). The legislation would also extend tax-free commuter benefits to scooter- and bike-share users for the first time.
Ford has hired away Apple’s car chief, Doug Field, become its chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer.
Bikes are not only one of the cleanest forms of transport we have to mitigate climate change, they’re also among the most resilient for surviving extreme weather events. Case in point, New York’s Citi Bike set a single-day ridership record the day after Hurricane Ida closed subways.
Planned community Culdesec announced partnerships with Lyft, Bird, and other mobility services as part of its effort to help residents live car-free.
Founder Shield, Joyride, and Segway have joined forces to host a special post-conference get together for the micromobility community at the Seven Stills Brewery + Distillery beer garden.
Just a short ride from the ferry terminal, you can expect craft beers, whiskey tastings, cocktails, and networking with conference leaders across the full spectrum of mobility.
For those who can attend, spaces are limited so make sure to sign up here.
Chinese EV maker Xpeng says it’s going to make a robotic unicorn toy that kids can ride.
A French running store invited a group of athletes to break Paris’s new citywide speed limit (~18mph) on foot.
A shocking study finds that up to 14% of dementia cases registered in Denmark in 2017 could be attributed to transport noise.
Swedish EV firm Polestar is developing a sort-of electric cargo scooter that can carry up to 400lbs and be used in the bike lane.
BMW is criticizing e-bike regulations as “too complex and irrelevant” after unveiling a new two-wheeler that straddles the line between existing vehicle categories.
Chinese e-moped maker Niu reports its Q2 revenue rose nearly 50% year-over-year.
London is getting its first shared e-cargo bike service.
Portugal exported a record volume of e-bikes in July, an increase of more than 2x year-over-year.
Here’s a new one: A dock-based micromobility service called Shaero has launched in Tokyo with an ultra-compact electric moped that can be folded and stored inside of lockers, which are about the size of a vending machine, in between trips.
While Europe is remaking its cities in favor of cyclists post-pandemic, the US is reverting back to its car-friendly norm.
Dutch startup Squad Mobility revealed designs for a low-speed, two-seater EV equipped with solar panels and swappable batteries. The tiny city car (technically a quadricycle) is said to have a base price of $6,790, although amenities like removable doors, heating, and air conditioning will cost extra.
The US needs 10x more public charging stations if it wants to spur a mass transition to electric cars.
On the rise of ADAS in shared micromobility: “People riding or parking scooters on sidewalks is a big problem for cities and forms one of the main complaints from NIMBYist residents who dislike change all the more when it becomes a tripping hazard. Companies are trying to solve this problem with tech that effectively puts the onus of rider behavior on operators, which may result in cities requiring scooter operators to have this sort of ADAS tech.”
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