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Hyundai Motor Group completes acquisition of 80% of Boston Dynamics from Softbank

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Hyundai Motor Group, Boston Dynamics, Inc. and SoftBank Group Corp. announced the completion of Hyundai’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank, following the receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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Report: Hyundai electric air taxis might arrive as soon as 2025

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Hyundai believes its first electric air taxis could lift off by 2025—years earlier than expected—even as regulation for the completely new aviation format lags.

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Porsche invests in high-performance battery JV Cellforce; Si anodes; BASF NCM cathode materials

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Porsche is investing a high double-digit-million amount in its new joint venture company Cellforce Group GmbH. Porsche and joint venture partner Customcells, a spin-off from Fraunhofer, also announced the launch of production of high-performance battery cells at Porsche’s Weissach Development Center.

Tesla unveils its new supercomputer (5th most powerful in the world) to train self-driving AI


Tesla has unveiled its new supercomputer, which is already the fifth most powerful in the world, and it’s going to be the predecessor of Tesla’s upcoming new Dojo supercomputer. It is being used to train the neural nets powering Tesla’s Autopilot and upcoming self-driving AI.

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Tesla Model S Plaid brakes mid-race to avoid getting kicked off drag strip, still dominates


Tesla owner Emmet Peppers is not a professional racer, but in a recent outing at the SMI Sonoma Raceway, the Model S Plaid owner ended up sandbagging his car constantly to avoid going too fast.

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iSun, Inc. Selected to Provide Its Solar Powered EV Charging Solutions Across America

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Trailhead and urban locations to provide solar powered EV charging at multiple National Forest trailheads and municipal fleet-charging sites across America. Reliable and clean power in any location, for both grid-tied and off the grid power.

BMW begins road testing of i Hydrogen NEXT; small-series production model in late 2022

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The BMW Group is beginning to test near-standard vehicles with a hydrogen fuel cell drive train in everyday conditions on European roads.

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Porsche gets into battery cells, creates new Cellforce battery manufacturing company


Porsche is getting into battery cells for the first time as it invests in Customcells and creates a new company, Cellforce, with the battery cell manufacturer. more… The post Porsche gets into battery cells, creates new Cellforce battery manufacturing company appeared first on Electrek.

The Boring Company expands its reach with wider freight tunnels


Elon Musk’s Boring Company might be working on 21 ft tunnels to transport standard-sized freights side-by-side. Wider tunnels could expand The Boring Company’s business. Bloomberg obtained information revealing that The Boring Company (TBM) was pitching 21 ft tunnels to potential clients.

Kia EV6 Offers Outstanding Level of Usability

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Rivian and VW play an important part in Ford’s electric vehicle strategy

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Last month, as Ford outlined its Ford+ strategy, focused around two new fully electric platforms to debut by 2025, it provided some useful updates on why it still sees partnerships with Volkswagen and Rivian important. How do global rival VW and U.S. EV startup Rivian fit in?

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Elon Musk: Tesla will hold ‘AI Day’ to show progress and recruit talent


Elon Musk announced that Tesla will hold an ‘AI Day’ in about a month to show its progress in software and hardware related to artificial intelligence. However, the main goal is to recruit talent.

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Tesla Model S deliveries accelerate as Q2 2021’s end approaches


With the end of the second quarter approaching, Tesla seems determined to ensure that it delivers as many Model S sedans as possible. This was hinted at by sightings of the refreshed premium sedan, both in the Fremont Factory grounds and on car carrier trucks on the road. .

Volkswagen ID.4 is the Most Affordable All-Wheel-Drive Electric Vehicle on Sale in the U.S.

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AWD Pro carries a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $43,675, lower than any other AWD BEV on sale today Dual-motor ID.4 offers maximum of 295 hp and AWD Pro achieves 0-60 mph in 5.7

Toyota Research Institute reaches new technical milestones in robotics

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Toyota Research Institute (TRI) unveiled new robotics capabilities aimed at solving complex tasks in home environments.

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Lincoln will launch first EV model in 2022, at least three more for the US by 2030

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Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand confirmed Wednesday that its first battery electric model will arrive in 2022—and that it’s one of four EVs that will be part of “a full portfolio of connected and electrified vehicles” by 2030.

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Elon Musk asks Tesla employees to go ‘all out’ for end-of-quarter delivery push in leaked email


Elon Musk is asking Tesla employees to go ‘all out’ for the end-of-quarter delivery and production push as the automaker is trying again to achieve record numbers.

First Tesla Model Y primed bodies spotted in Giga Berlin’s paint shop


It appears that Gigafactory Berlin is starting to awaken, as hinted at in recent flyovers of the facility’s expansive complex. Based on new videos and images from the site, it appears that the first Model Y test bodies are now running through the paces in Gigafactory Berlin. .

Gaussin Develops Next-Gen Skateboard Truck Platform


It will be powered by Microvast batteries

Zaragoza orders 68 Irizar e-mobility electric buses

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The Zaragoza, Spain City Council is ordering 68 Irizar e-mobility electric buses—51 12-meter units and 17 articulated. These buses will be progressively incorporated into the service from the last half of next year and will be operated by Avanza.

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2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid rated at 31 electric miles, 33 mpg

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Official EPA fuel-economy and electric-range ratings for the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid are in, with solid numbers for this mid-size crossover SUV, which is due in United States showrooms later this year.

Maine becomes the first US state to divest from fossil fuels


Maine has become the first US state to pass statewide legislation to divest from fossil fuels. LD 99 , “An Act To Require the State To Divest Itself of Assets Invested in the Fossil Fuel Industry,” was signed late Wednesday by Governor Janet Mills (D-ME).

SpaceX retires brand new Starship to focus on orbital launch buildup


SpaceX has moved its newest finished Starship straight from its Boca Chica, Texas factory to a nearby ‘rocket garden,’ all but guaranteeing an early retirement.

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Watch Tesla Model S Plaid Blow Away Challenger While Sandbagging


The Plaid gives the Dodge a head start and brakes halfway through race to avoid getting banned from the track

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Rio Tinto to deploy world’s first fully autonomous water trucks at Gudai-Darri iron ore mine

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Rio Tinto will deploy the world’s first fully autonomous water trucks at its $2.6-billion Gudai-Darri iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

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Quirky Canoo EVs set for Oklahoma production in 2022, subscription model played down

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California-based Canoo announced on Thursday that it plans to use Netherlands’ VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner.

Tesla Model S Plaid receives 348-mile EPA rated range on 21-inch wheels


The new Tesla Model S Plaid has received its first official EPA rating with a range of 348 miles on a single charge, but that’s for the bigger and less efficient wheels. more… The post Tesla Model S Plaid receives 348-mile EPA rated range on 21-inch wheels appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla Model S Plaid is actually faster than its listed 1.99-second 0-60 mph time: report


The Tesla Model S Plaid’s 0-60 mph time is listed on the company’s website as 1.99 seconds, a figure that critics have challenged since it was revealed online.

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Ample Goes to Japan with ENEOS to Launch EV Battery Swapping Service

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We’re thrilled to be announcing our partnership with ENEOS where we’ll be deploying our battery swapping technology in Japan. ENEOS is one of our early investors and is a strong advocate of transitioning transportation to renewable energy.

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HYBRIT produces hydrogen-reduced sponge iron on pilot scale

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SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall have now produced hydrogen-reduced sponge iron on a pilot scale. The technological breakthrough within the HYBRIT ( earlier post ) initiative cuts about 90% of the emissions in connection with steel production and is a decisive step on the road to fossil-free steel.

Fuel-cell Defender; Lordstown upheaval; taxi battery swapping; Ford, Rivian, and VW: Today’s Car News

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Battery swapping might come to U.S. electric taxis soon. Land Rover is working on a hydrogen fuel-cell version of its Defender SUV. Ford still sees Rivian and VW an important part of its EV strategy.

VW launches ID.4 AWD Pro electric SUV in the US starting at just $36,175 with incentives


VW has now launched the ID.4 AWD Pro, the all-wheel-drive version of its new electric SUV, in the US, and it is starting at just $36,175 with incentives. It’s the least expensive all-wheel-drive electric car in the US. more… The post VW launches ID.4

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Tesla’s 4680 cell production process outlined in Giga Berlin’s revised filings


Tesla’s revised documents for Gigafactory Berlin have been posted online, and they are a treasure trove of information.

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International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is an Annual Celebration of Female Engineers

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International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is an Annual Celebration of Female Engineers & their accomplishments.

Carbon nanomembrane prevents dendrite formation in Li-metal batteries, doubles lifetime

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The energy density of traditional lithium-ion batteries is approaching a saturation point that cannot meet the demands of the future—in electric vehicles, for example. Lithium metal batteries can provide double the energy per unit weight when compared to lithium-ion batteries.

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Evasive Motorsports' modified Tesla Model 3 readies for a run at Pikes Peak glory

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The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of America’s most famous races, and for the past several years it’s served as a de facto proving ground for electric racing vehicles—including multiple Tesla Model 3s, all rather lightly modified.

EGEB: How US utilities are trying to block rooftop solar adoption


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): US special interest groups and utilities are working to stall the growth of rooftop solar. Why Penn State University won the US Department of Energy’s Collegiate Wind Competition.

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