Fri.Mar 11, 2022

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MIT, Brookhaven team develops simple method for stabilizing interfaces in solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Green Car Congress

Solid-state batteries could potentially not only deliver twice as much energy for their size, they also could virtually eliminate the fire hazard associated with today’s lithium-ion batteries.

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Rivian plans LFP cells, heat pump, 800V upgrade; 2022 production plan halved to 25,000

Green Car Reports

Rivian revealed updates on R1T, R1S, and EDV van production; information on preorders; and what amounted to its most significant product update in months, as part of a letter to shareholders and Q&A held Thursday.

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2022 Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle offering new Toyota Teammate advanced driver assistance; Level 2 automation

Green Car Congress

Toyota’s second-generation Mirai, a premium rear-wheel drive fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) with coupe-like design, is offering Toyota Teammate advanced driver assistance technology for model year 2022.

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Ford and PG&E study how F-150 Lightning might support the grid, not just the home

Green Car Reports

While bidirectional charging remains at the hypothetical or developmental stages for some automakers, it’s almost here for Ford and its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck.

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BMW iX5 Hydrogen in final winter testing close to the Arctic Circle

Green Car Congress

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen ( earlier post ) is currently undergoing testing in extremely challenging winter weather conditions on public roads and at the BMW Group’s testing center in Arjeplog, northern Sweden.

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Toyota Teammate driver-assistance system hikes price of Mirai fuel-cell car to $72,195

Green Car Reports

The 2022 Toyota Mirai is now available with Toyota's Teammate driver-assistance system, but only as a $5,170 option on the top Limited trim level. Toyota confirmed to Green Car Reports that while the 2022 Mirai has been available for months, the Teammate option hasn't been available until March.

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GlobalData: Russian nickel sanctions would slow electric vehicle adoption

Green Car Congress

Sanctioning Russian nickel will slow the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and hinder the decarbonization of Western economies, according to GlobalData. The data and analytics company notes that such actions will simply mean Western countries will be more reliant on Russian oil and gas for longer. According to GlobalData’s Mining Commodity Analyzer , Russia was the third-largest producer of nickel in 2021, producing more than 200,000 tons.

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PG&E and Ford collaborate on bidirectional electric vehicle charging technology in customers’ homes

Green Car Congress

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Ford Motor Company announced a collaboration exploring how Ford’s new F-150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV)—the first commercially available light-duty truck with bidirectional charging technology ( earlier post )—can interact with the electric grid and provide electric reliability benefits to PG&E customers.

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SpaceX to launch AST SpaceMobile’s first space-based cell towers

Teslarati

AST Space Mobile says it has chosen SpaceX to launch its first operational BlueBird satellite after contracting the company to launch BlueWalker 3, its first major prototype. An SEC filing made around the same time states that AST SpaceMobile will pay SpaceX at least $22.75

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Study finds Tula dDSF software reduced NOx 41% and CO2 9.5% in Leibherr D966 diesel

Green Car Congress

At the International Engine Congress in Baden-Baden (Germany), Liebherr-Components AG and US-based Tula Technology presented the results of their joint study on heavy machinery.

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Rule change now allows deliveries of self-driving vehicles without steering wheels or pedals

Electrek

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has officially changed a long-standing rule that is now creating a path for automakers to deliver self-driving vehicles without steering wheels or pedals. more….

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BMW Group, Qualcomm and Arriver to form long-lasting strategic cooperation for joint development of Automated Driving software

Green Car Congress

BMW Group, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Arriver Software AB announced a long-term development cooperation for the development of Automated Driving technologies.

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Washington passes bill to ban gas car sales by 2030 – for real this time?

Electrek

Washington state has passed a bill that would ban the sale, purchase, and registration of new gas-powered vehicles of the model year 2030 or later. The bill passed yesterday and will now be delivered to Governor Jay Inslee for his signature.

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Maersk parterning with 6 companies to source at least 730,000 tpy of green methanol by end of 2025

Green Car Congress

To boost the global production capacity of green methanol, A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) is entering strategic partnerships with six leading companies with the intent of sourcing at least 730,000 tonnes/year by end of 2025. The six companies are CIMC ENRIC, European Energy, Green Technology Bank, Orsted, Proman, and WasteFuel.

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NHTSA halts requirement of human controls in fully autonomous vehicles

Teslarati

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that it would no longer require fully autonomous vehicles to equip human control elements in its vehicles to meet crash standards.

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We got a sneak peek of the Arrival Van ahead of US production later this year

Electrek

While its initial production will begin in the UK, the Arrival Van will eventually be produced on US soil as well.

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Tesla battery partner Panasonic shares insights on 4680 cell development

Teslarati

Kazuo Tadanobu, the CEO of Panasonic’s energy division, recently shared some insights about the company’s upcoming 4680 batteries, which would be sold to longtime partner Tesla.

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ElectraMeccanica SOLO EV first drive: a certified head turner everywhere you go

Electrek

Electrek recently got the opportunity to test out the ElectraMeccanica SOLO EV for a few days and see what this single-passenger vessel can do. Small but speedy, the SOLO offers fun for single-rider drivers, and a picture-worthy experience for anyone you drive past. more….

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Tesla’s 4680 battery ramp may experience a “Death Valley” start, but it will be overcome: expert

Teslarati

To state that Tesla’s future lies in the success or failure of the 4680 battery is not an understatement. Without 4680 cells, Tesla’s efforts to create an affordable car at a price point beneath the Model 3 would likely be for naught.

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How insulation and heat pumps could cut the UK’s – and other countries’ – need for Russian gas

Electrek

As the global energy crunch deepens, thanks to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, new analysis from the nonprofit think tank Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit ( ECIU ) looks at how home insulation and heat pumps could reduce the UK’s need for Russian gas.

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Elon Musk’s ‘funding secured’ Tweet draws skeptical reaction from judge in hearing

Teslarati

Elon Musk’s 2018 Twitter post that implied he had secured funding from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to take Tesla shares private at $420 per share drew a skeptical reaction from a United States District Court Judge on Thursday. During a court hearing on March 10, U.S.

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Plug In America partnering with National Automobile Drivers Association to train dealers nationwide

Plug in America

On March 11, at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show in Las Vegas, Plug In America announced that it is partnering with NADA and the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to educate franchised auto dealerships nationwide on electric vehicles.

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Van Hool double-decker electric bus with Proterra battery drives 2,500 miles from Florida to California on public chargers

Electrek

North American motor coach seller ABC Companies has announced another successful trip across the US, this time using a Van Hool TDX25E all-electric bus.

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Stellantis CEO predicts healthy competition with Tesla: “I am trying not to be arrogant, just confident”

Teslarati

Tesla may be leading the electric vehicle market today, but Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares noted that the mega auto conglomerate has what it takes to catch up to the American EV maker in a couple of years.

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Polaris shows off test vehicles for electric ATVs, RZR side-by-side, and even electric snowmobile

Electrek

Polaris isn’t simply paying lip service when it talks about the future of electrification in powersports.

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Video Friday: Robot Friends

Cars That Think

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far ( send us your events !):

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Tesla produces video showing how to use Powerwall as mobile power station after sending a load of them to Ukraine

Electrek

Tesla appears to have produced a very interesting video showing how to use a Powerwall as a mobile power station after sending a load of them to Ukraine. more….

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Fully Charged Drives One-Off Polestar 2 Arctic Circle At Its Home

InsideEVs

That would be the Arctic Circle, where this Polestar 2 modified to go fast on snow and ice shines like no other electric vehicle

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Prep for spring with a Greenworks electric mower at the best price of 2022, more in New Green Deals

Electrek

Spring is fast approaching and as the weather warms up it won’t be too long until the first grass cutting session rolls around. To help make 2021 the last year you’ll have relied on gas or oil, we’re tracking a notable price cut to start out 2022 with.

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Check Out 21 Rivian R1Ts Awaiting Delivery At Denver Service Center

InsideEVs

Is this the highest number of Rivian R1Ts spotted in one place other than the factory in Normal, Illinois

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Podcast: Tesla sees orders surge over gas prices, more price increases, VW ID.Buzz unveiling, and more

Electrek

This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla seeing its order rate surge over gas prices, more Model 3 and Model Y price increases,the VW ID.Buzz unveiling, and more. more….

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Hagerty’s Jason Cammisa Wowed By Lucid Air, Calls It Tesla 2.0

InsideEVs

This review argues that the Lucid Air is so good, it could be called a time machine

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Why EVs should be part of your sustainable business strategy | EVBox

EV Box

As climate change becomes a reality, many countries around the world are working to limit its effects on our planet and its inhabitants.

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VW ID. Buzz Makes A Great First Impression On Doug DeMuro

InsideEVs

He's not too thrilled about the 2024 launch date in the United States, though

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EPA Reinstates California’s Authority To Set Stricter Auto Pollution Standards

CleanTechnica

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reinstated California’s authority to set its own motor vehicle pollution standards, the LA Times reported yesterday.

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Tesla Reportedly Makes Powerwall "How To" Video For Ukrainians

InsideEVs

Tesla sent expensive Powerwall home battery systems to Ukraine for use as mobile power stations

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Mud Army Fights the Flood Mud with Hyundai Ioniq 5

CleanTechnica

You may have seen it on the news — Brisbane, Queensland, has received unprecedented amounts of rain over the past few days and low-lying areas are flooded yet again. The state capital received over 80% of its annual rainfall in 3 days. (My My house endured over 1 meter of rain.)