India Goes Electric With Battery-Swapping Rickshaws

Pankaj Kumar drives his autorickshaw up to a charging station in a covered parking lot in Gurugram, a satellite city of New Delhi. He flips open a lid on the side of the box that was the driver’s seat. One at a time, he pulls out the two batteries powering the small vehicle, each about a foot high, five inches wide, and weighing 26 pounds. Kumar taps his key fob on the station, a large black box a bit shorter and wider than a vending machine. A locker pops open, revealing a fully charged battery. He pops it in, then repeats the action for the second battery. After just a few minutes of downtime, Kumar and his electric ride are …

Stacking Teslas Model Y Against Its Electric SUV Competition

For the Tesla fans who attended last night's Model Y unveiling event in Hawthorne, California, the effects of the open bar and Elon Musk's pizzazz should be just about wearing off. Which means it's time to get serious here, people, and size up the competition. The baby SUV Model Y will come in a few versions, priced from $39,000 to $60,000, offering ranges between 230 and 300 miles. Those are impressive specs, but while a new Tesla still feels like a major event, a whole host of family-toting electric SUVs are already on sale or about to come online. Glitzy debuts for the Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and Audi E-tron have come and gone. You can place an order for …