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Headlining today’s Green Deals is a two-week Rad Power Memorial Day sale that is taking up to $600 off three e-bikes, while also offering free extra battery promos as well – starting with the RadRover 6 Plus High-Step Fat-Tire e-bike at $999. It is joined by a rare discount on the all-black Hover-1 Instinct Electric Bike, as well as the multi-color model, all starting from $715. And to round out the main deals, the Greenworks 48V 21-inch Cordless Self-Propelled Lawn Mower, 24V 320 CFM Leaf Blower, and a 24V 12-inch String Trimmer with two 5.0Ah batteries has fallen to $488. Plus, all the other hangover Green Deals that are still alive and well.

Head below for other New Green Deals we’ve found today and, of course, Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

Rad Power Memorial Day sale takes up to $600 off e-bikes and offers free extra batteries – starting from $999

Rad Power Bikes has launched its Memorial Day sale through May 29 that is taking up to $600 off three of its e-bikes, while also giving you a free extra battery for two of the models. Leading the sale is the RadRover 6 Plus High-Step Fat-Tire e-bike for $999 shipped. Usually going for $1,599 since the company lowered prices across its lineup of models, this e-bike has seen three previous flash sales since the new year began, with the most recent one in April dropping costs to $1,099. Today’s deal comes in as a new all-time low, amounting to a $600 markdown off the going rate. You can learn more about this model by heading below the fold or checking out our hands-on review.

Nicknamed Rad Power’s “beast of a bike,” the RadRover 6 Plus reaches a 20 MPH top speed for up to 45 miles on a single charge thanks to its 750W brushless geared hub motor working in tandem with the semi-integrated 672Wh battery. Sporting a 12-magnet cadence sensor, this e-bike has five levels of pedal assistance to choose from, accessible through the full digital display that also gives you real-time performance data like battery levels or a wattage meter to keep track of the motor’s output. Should you take the roads less traveled (often off the paved paths), this model is ready and willing with its water-resistant connectors and wiring harness, as well as a pair of 26-inch by 4-inch puncture-resistant fat tires with fenders over each.

Next is the RadExpand 5 Folding e-bike for $1,249 shipped, plus the free extra battery (just be sure to add both items to your cart so the discount can be automatically applied). It has the same combination motor and battery to reach a 20 MPH speed for 45+ miles on a single charge, which can vary depending on your travelling conditions, but is also doubled with your extra battery. This model only comes with four levels of low-profile cadence sensing pedal assistance, along with features like a water-resistant wiring harness, a standard LED headlight, an integrated taillight with a brake light indicator functionality, an integrated rear storage rack, fenders for both tires, and a simple LED display. As the name suggests, its folding frame makes space saving far easier when not in use.

Then there is the RadRunner Plus Utility e-bike for $1,599 shipped, down from $1,799 and coming with the same free extra battery deal. Equipped with the same 750W motor and 672Wh battery, it can match the RadExpand 5’s speed and mileage (doubled with the extra battery too). Its five levels of normal pedal assistance are joined by a bonus zero level for manual pedaling (if you want to get in some cardio). Its taillights have the added ability to go into flash mode for more obvious illumination at night or when parking, an integrated cargo rack that can double as passenger seating, and it has an included 7-speed Shimano derailleur for when you go manual.

Hover-1 Instinct Electric Bikes start from $715

Amazon is offering the Hover-1 Instinct Electric Bike for $763.59 shipped in black, after clipping the on-page 15% off coupon. Already down from its usual $1,000 price tag, this particular model hasn’t seen quite as many discounts like its multi-color counterpart, having spent much of 2024 so far hovering near or around its MSRP after starting the year off by riding in on its $596 low from leftover Christmas sales. Today you can grab this model for one of the lowest prices we’ve seen as a combined $236 markdown, making it a much more affordable commuting option for those on a budget. The blue model is still sitting at its MSRP, while the multi-color model can be found for $715 currently.

The Hover-1 Instinct sports a smaller 350W brushless motor than we usually see with a lot of e-bikes these days, but with its removable 36V battery you’re still getting one hell of an affordable commuting option with 40 miles of travel range on a single charge, albeit with only a 15 MPH top speed. With each ride, you can choose between using the throttle for pure electric action (though this will decrease mileage) or one of its three pedal assistance levels – and if you want to get some low-stress exercise, the lower levels provide only a little extra power as opposed to its highest level setting. It also features 26-inch pneumatic tires, front and rear disc brakes, and an LCD digital display that gives real-time readouts for speed, battery level, mileage, pedal assist level, ride time, and more.

Greenworks 48V mower, 24V blower, and 24V trimmer combo falls to $488

Amazon is offering the Greenworks 48V 21-inch Cordless Self-Propelled Lawn Mower, 24V 320 CFM Leaf Blower, and a 24V 12-inch String Trimmer with two 5.0Ah batteries for $487.99 shipped. Down from its $610 price tag, this is a smaller voltage combo than we’ve seen more regularly discounted in the new year, having only had two major discounts since 2024 began, first to $488, then to the $487 low last month. Today’s deal repeats its first discount from February as a 20% markdown that drops costs to the second-lowest price we have tracked – only $1 above the all-time low.

The lawn mower sports 48V of power with its brushless motor and two 5.0Ah batteries (which are also compatible for the other tools in the combo as well), giving you around an hour of runtime on a single charge – though this timeframe may vary depending on terrain conditions and operator techniques. It has the usual seven-position height adjustment as well as the 3-in-1 functionality to mulch, rear bag, or side discharge clippings. The leaf blower offers 320 CFM at 90 MPH for up to 20 minutes on a single battery’s charge, while the string trimmer provides a 12-inch cutting path with an auto-feed system to replace broken lines as you go for less stop-start distractions.

Spring e-bike deals!

Jetson Canyon Folding Electric Scooter being ridden along boardwalk with ocean in background, within post for Rad Power e-bikes

Other new Green Deals landing this week

The savings this week are also continuing to a collection of other markdowns. To the same tune as the offers above, these all help you take a more energy-conscious approach to your routine. Winter means you can lock in even better off-season price cuts on electric tools for the lawn while saving on EVs and tons of other gear.

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There’s a big problem with McClaren’s ‘World’s most powerful trail-legal’ electric mountain bike

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There's a big problem with McClaren's 'World's most powerful trail-legal' electric mountain bike

McClaren, better known for its high-performance sports cars, has just announced a series of new electric bikes, including what the company calls the “World’s most powerful trail-legal” electric mountain bike.

The new carbon fiber e-bike models include two full-suspension electric mountain bikes known as the Extreme 600 and the Extreme 250, as well as two hardtail eMTBs known as the Sport 600 and the Sport 250.

Both bikes feature mid-drive motors, with the power rating matching the monikers to offer 600 and 250 Watts of power, respectively.

The lower power 250W versions are likely intended to meet regulations for the European market, where stricter e-bike laws limit most models to 250 watts of power, or roughly one-third of a horsepower.

The 600W models take advantage of looser regulations in markets that allow more power, such as in North America.

The only problem is that McClaren’s marketing line of being the “world’s most powerful trail-legal electric mountain bikes” is, at best, misleading, and at worst, patently false.

The issue is that for European e-bikes, 250W is the legal limit for both on-road and trail usage. So if you’ve got a 250W e-bike, you’ve basically tied every single other e-bike on the market for highest power. Of course, none of the 250W e-bikes rolling around today actually put out only 250W of power. They all sneak by with higher peak power ratings, but the continuous power ratings are all identical. Thus, claiming to have the world’s most powerful trail-legal electric mountain bike is a bit like claiming to sell the world’s tallest 6-foot ladder.

When you look at the US market, it’s even more problematic. E-bikes in the US fall under various regulations depending on the state, but most areas use a 3-class system. And to make things simple, all three classes allow up to 750 watts of power.

If you’re on private property, it doesn’t really matter how much power your e-bike has. ‘Murica! But if you’re on public property, like public roads or trails on state land, you’re likely going to be limited to that 750W of power in most places. Thus, claiming that a 600W e-bike is the world’s most powerful trail-legal e-bike is obviously quite problematic in the land of 750W e-bikes.

If we are to consider peak power, McClaren claims that its 600W mid-drive motor actually peaks at 852W. That’s impressive, but still below the peak power of dozens of e-bike models in the US that peak in the four digits.

What McClaren might be referring to is torque, and the 600W version of their new e-bike does make an impressive claim of 161 Nm, one of the highest figures in the industry. But it takes more than being “one of the highest” to park at the top of the podium. For example, other trail-legal e-bikes, such as Optibike’s Class 1 RIOT eMTB, claim 190 Nm of torque.

But marketing untruths aside, we might as well take a look at what McClaren is offering. We’re already here, as it were.

For a starting price of just US $7,950, you can throw a leg over the Sport 250, the lower-power hardtail model. That ticket price gets you entry to a carbon fiber frame and a 250W mid-drive motor with a claimed 121 Nm of torque. That’s pretty darn torquey, though it still doesn’t surpass several other mid-drive e-bikes we’ve seen.

Garnished with a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and SRAM G2 RE quad-piston hydraulic disc brakes, the bike certainly looks ready for action. The 36V battery isn’t huge at just 540 Wh, but the bike is intended for pedalers, so it’s likely to still offer good range on the trails. This isn’t a motorcycle in a bike frame like many we’ve seen.

Rounding out the major components are a RockShox Pike Rush RC fork, a color display embedded in the carbon fiber handlebars, and a carbon wheelset to match, complete with a set of Pirelli Scorpion Enduro M 29×2.4″ tires.

The bike comes in three sizes and offers a two-year warranty.

And the prices only go up from there. Upgrading to the more powerful Sport 600 bumps the price to US $8,950.

The full-suspension bikes are even pricier, with the Extreme 250 coming in at US $10,950 and the Extreme 600 topping the lineup at US $11,950.

To be fair, you do get the more premium wireless 12-speed SRAM XX Eagle AXS transmission on the higher-end model, as well as a wireless dropper post and a nicer RockShox Lyrik Rush RC fork, but that’s still a pretty penny.

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Caterpillar is putting MASSIVE 240-ton electric haul truck to work in Vale mine

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Caterpillar is putting MASSIVE 240-ton electric haul truck to work in Vale mine

Mining company Vale is turning to Caterpillar to provide this massive, 240-ton battery-electric haul truck in a bid to slash carbon emissions at its mines by 2030.

Caterpillar and Vale have signed an agreement that will see the Brazilian mining company test severe-duty battery electric mining trucks like the 793 BEV (above), as well as V2G/V2x energy transfer systems and alcohol-powered trucks. The test will help Vale make better equipment choices as it works to achieve its goals of reducing direct and indirect carbon emissions 33% by 2030 and eliminating 100% of its net emissions by 2050.

If that sounds weird, consider that most cars and trucks in Brazil run on either pure ethyl alcohol/ethanol (E100) or “gasohol” (E25).

“We are developing a portfolio of options to decarbonize Vale’s operations, including electrification and the use of alternative fuels in the mines. The most viable solutions will be adopted,” explains Ludmila Nascimento, energy and decarbonization director Vale. “We believe that ethanol has great potential to contribute to the 2030 target because it is a fuel that has already been adopted on a large scale in Brazil, with an established supply network, and which requires an active partnership with manufacturers. We stand together to support them in this goal.”

Vale will test a 240-ton Cat 793 battery-electric haul truck at its operations in Minas Gerais, and put energy transfer solutions to a similar tests at Vale’s operations in Pará over the next two-three years. Caterpillar and Vale have also agreed to a joint study on the viability of a dual-fuel (ethanol/diesel) solution for existing ICE-powered assets.

Vale claims to be the world’s largest producer of iron ore and nickel, and says it’s committed to an investment of between $4 billion to $6 billion to meet its 2030 goal.

Cat 793 electric haul truck

During its debut in 2022, the Cat 793 haul truck was shown on a 4.3-mile test course at the company’s Tucson proving grounds. There, the 240-ton truck was able to achieve a top speed of over 37 mph (60 km/h) fully loaded. Further tests involved the loaded truck climbing a 10% grade for a full kilometer miles at 7.5 mph before unloading and turning around for the descent, using regenerative braking to put energy back into the battery on the way down.

Despite not giving out detailed specs, Caterpillar reps reported that the 793 still had enough charge in its batteries for to complete more testing cycles.

Electrek’s Take

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Cat 793 EV at 2022 launch; via Caterpillar.

Electric equipment and mining to together like peanut butter and jelly. In confined spaces, the carbon emissions and ear-splitting noise of conventional mining equipment can create dangerous circumstances for miners and operators, and that can lead to injury or long-term disability that’s just going to exacerbate a mining operation’s ability to keep people working and minerals coming out of the ground.

By working with companies like Vale to prove that forward-looking electric equipment can do the job as well as well as (if not better than) their internal combustion counterparts, Caterpillar will go a long way towards converting the ICE faithful.

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Argonne Nat’l Lab is spending big bucks to study BIG hydrogen vehicles

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Argonne Nat'l Lab is spending big bucks to study BIG hydrogen vehicles

Argonne National Laboratory is building a new research and development facility to independently test large-scale hydrogen fuel cell systems for heavy-duty and off-road applications with funding from the US Department of Energy.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is hoping Argonne Nat’l Lab’s extensive fuel cell research experience, which dates back to 1996, will give it unique insights as it evaluates new polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems ranging from 150 to 600 kilowatts for use in industrial vehicle and stationary power generation applications.

The new Argonne test facility will help prove (or, it should be said, disprove) the validity of hydrogen as a viable fuel for transportation applications including heavy trucks, railroad locomotives, marine vessels, and heavy machines used in the agriculture, construction, and mining industries.

“The facility will serve as a national resource for analysis and testing of heavy-duty fuel cell systems for developers, technology integrators and end-users in heavy-duty transportation applications including [OTR] trucks, railroad locomotives, marine vessels, aircraft and vehicles used in the agriculture, construction and mining industries,” explains Ted Krause, laboratory relationship manager for Argonne’s hydrogen and fuel cell programs. “The testing infrastructure will help advance fuel cell performance and pave the way toward integrating the technology into all of these transportation applications.”

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is dedicating about $4 million to help build the new Argonne facility, which is set to come online next fall.

Electrek’s Take

Medium-sized Hydrogen FC excavator concept; via Komatsu.

It’s going to be hard to convince me that the concentrated push for a technology as inefficient as hydrogen fuel cells has more to do with any real consumer or climate benefit than it does keeping the throngs of people it will take to manufacture, capture, transport, store, house, and effectively dispense hydrogen gainfully employed through the next election cycle.

As such, while case studies like the hydrogen combustion-powered heavy trucks that have been trialed at Anglo American’s Mogalakwena mine since 2021 (at top) and fuel cell-powered concepts like Komatsu’s medium-sized excavator (above) have proven that hydrogen as a fuel can definitely work on a job site level while producing far fewer harmful emissions than diesel, I think swappable batteries like the ones being shown off by Moog Construction and Firstgreen have a far brighter future.

Speaking of Moog, we talked to some of the engineers being their ZQuip modular battery systems on a HEP-isode of The Heavy Equipment Podcast a few months back. I’ve included it, below, in case that’s something you’d like to check out.

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