Sun Joe’s 14-inch Electric Tiller is $199, more in today’s Green Deals

Today only, Home Depot offers the Sun Joe 14-inch 48V Tiller for $199 shipped. As a comparison, this is the first discount we’ve tracked to date. This model offers 14-inch tines and a 48V motor for quick work of your gardening need this year. With no oil or gas to fuss with, it’s a great option if you want to skip those nasty fumes, as well. Rated 4+ stars so far.

Today only, as part of its Special Buy of the Day, Home Depot is offering up to 20% off outdoor power tool essentials and accessories. Free shipping is available for all. Our top pick is the Sun Joe Mow Joe 20-inch 12A Electric Corded Lawn Mower for $149.99. That’s down from the usual up to $180 price tag and the best we’ve seen in months. Sun Joe packs everything you need in this electric lawn mower to make the switch from gas and oil. It features a 20-inch cutting width powered by a 12A mower. There’s also an included bagger, too. Just be sure to leverage your savings and pick up an outdoor extension cord. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Lowe’s offers the Greenworks 1800PSI 1.2-GPM Electric Pressure Washer for $99 shipped. That’s down from the original $178 price tag and the usual $150 going rate. As a comparison, we previously saw it at $125 and today’s deal is the best we’ve tracked all-time. This model sports an ultra-portable design that can push up to 1800PSI of pressure alongside 1.2-GPM. You’ll get a 35-foot power cord and 20-foot high-pressure hose, as well. It’s an ideal solution as we turn our attention to cleaning up outdoor spaces after a long winter. Not to mention, you won’t have to fuss with any fumes from gas and oil. Rated 4/5 stars.

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Tesla warns on shutdown as Musk calls for end to lockdown

Demand for Tesla’s electric cars held up in the first three months of the year, despite upheavals caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Quarterly revenues jumped 30% from last year to $5.9bn (£4.7bn), allowing the firm to turn a small profit of $16m.

It is the third quarterly profit in a row for the company, marking a turnaround after years of losses.

But Tesla said forced shutdowns and limits on deliveries had clouded its forecast for coming months.

“Frankly I would call it forcibly imprisoning people in their homes against all their constitutional rights…that’s my opinion,” Tesla boss Elon Musk, who has been opposed to the lockdown measures, told investors in an earnings call on Wednesday.

“It will cause great harm, not just to Tesla but to many firms. While Tesla will weather the storm, there are many small companies that will not.

“And all of people’s – everything they’ve worked for their whole lives has been destroyed in real time.

“We’re going to have, and have many suppliers that are on super hard times, especially the small ones, and it’s causing a lot of strife to a lot of people.”

He added that Tesla was “a bit worried about not being able to resume production in the Bay area”, and said this should be considered “a key risk” because the firm only has two car factories – one in Shanghai and one in Fremont, California.

Mr Musk stressed that he did not mind if people wanted to stay at home, but he was concerned that citizens were being forced to lose their livelihoods as the lockdown continued.

Mr Musk had resisted closing Tesla’s main car factory, located in California, waiting several days after the state’s shelter-in-place order in March to formally suspend production.

More recently, he has celebrated plans to relax lockdown orders, writing on Twitter “FREE AMERICA NOW” early on Wednesday. He had previously dismissed concerns about the coronavirus as being “dumb”.

Uncertain guidance

Tesla said it still had the ability to deliver more than 500,000 cars this year, despite announced shutdowns. But it warned that this could change, as re-opening dates remain unclear.

“It is difficult to predict how quickly vehicle manufacturing and its global supply chain will return to prior levels,” the firm said.

“Due to the wide range of potential outcomes, near-term guidance … would likely be inaccurate.

“For our US factories, it remains uncertain how quickly we and our suppliers will be able to ramp production after resuming operations. We are coordinating closely with each supplier and associated government.”

Tesla’s performance comes as car sales have plunged. Ford earlier reported a $2bn loss in the first quarter and warned investors that it expected another $5bn hit in the April-June period.

Nicholas Hyett, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, thinks it is no surprise that Tesla is withdrawing guidance, given the economic risks ahead.

“If the world slips into a potentially dramatic economic slowdown, demand for big ticket items will likely fall and we would be very surprised if Tesla escape unscathed,” he said.

“Given that the group’s only recently achieved sufficient scale to be sustainably profitable, that would be less than ideal.”

Mr Musk’s commentary on the virus, which has also included promotion of unproven medicines, has drawn outcry.

It has also revived memories of the controversies he stirred using the social media platform two years ago, when he made several accusations against a British cave diver following a rescue operation in Thailand.

Here’s Why The Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series Is an SUV Icon

The Toyota Land Cruiser “80 Series” is a fantastic SUV — and it’s rapidly becoming an icon. Today I’m reviewing the FZJ80 Land Cruiser, and I’m going to show you all the quirks and features of the 1990s Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX450. Then I’m going to drive the Land Cruiser and show you what it’s like on the road.


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Continental postpones Vitesco spinoff

FRANKFURT — Continental is postponing the planned listing of its powertrain unit Vitesco Technologies, citing ongoing economic uncertainty.

Shareholders will not be asked to sign off on the plans for a Vitesco spinoff at the annual general meeting on July 14 and the deal will not take place this year, Continental said in a statement on Thursday.

“We are now arranging the organizational and procedural requirements so that Continental and Vitesco Technologies are in a position to swiftly implement the spinoff with listing once the market environment is suitable. The decisive preparations for this will have been completed by the end of the year,” Vitesco CEO Andreas Wolf said.

With the listing, Continental is hoping to capitalize on the industry’s rapid move toward electrification. By 2025, Vitesco expects 40 percent of all powertrains to be electrified because of a combination of tougher global emissions regulations and rising consumer demand.

Automotive News Europe contributed to this report

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