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Achates near-zero heavy-duty opposed-piston diesel enters fleet service; compliant with 2027 NOx levels

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Achates Power announced that the 10.6-liter, heavy-duty opposed-piston, three-cylinder diesel engine it developed in a project funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and several partners ( earlier post ) has entered fleet service with WALMART Corporation in a Peterbilt 579 tractor. It is the only diesel engine operating on the road capable of meeting CARB’s 2027 regulation, which requires a 90% reduction in emissions of NO x compared to current standards.

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First drive review: 2022 GMC Hummer EV mainlines electric to truck fans

Green Car Reports

Electric vehicles are far too often a polarizing tag. The idea gets sifted away into a particular ideological bin before some get the chance to grasp the freedom it enables.

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Werner piloting Aurora’s autonomous trucks on 600-mile route in Texas

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Aurora Innovation and Werner Enterprises, a premier transportation and logistics provider, announced a collaboration and commercial pilot to test and deploy safely autonomous trucks on one of the most commercially active and critical stretches of highway in the US. Starting this week, Aurora Driver-powered trucks are hauling loads between Fort Worth and El Paso on behalf of Werner.

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Alongside EVs, Porsche sees a business opportunity in synthetic fuels

Green Car Reports

As it continues to launch new electric cars, Porsche is continuing to invest in synthetic fuels for internal-combustion vehicles. The automaker on Wednesday announced a $75 million investment in HIF Global LLC, a holding company for projects to develop synthetic fuel production facilities. The investment gives Porsche a "long-term stake" in HIF.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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Mercedes-AMG entry-level SL 43 features electric exhaust gas turbocharger from Formula 1 for the first time in production vehicle

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Following two variants with V8 engines, Mercedes-AMG is presenting the entry-level SL 43 version of its newly developed roadster icon. The SL 43 features an M139 in-line two-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric exhaust gas turbocharger—used for the first time in a production vehicle. This technology comes from Formula 1. The system in the SL 43 is a direct derivative of the development successfully used by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team for many years in the premier cla

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GMC Hummer EV review, traffic-light pollution, Porsche synthetic fuels: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

The GMC Hummer EV isn’t a truck for EV fans, but it’s even better than we expected off-road. Poorly timed traffic lights are adding to emissions. And Porsche invests more in synthetic fuels. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. We drove the 2022 GMC Hummer EV last week in Arizona. It drives a size smaller—provided.

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Poorly timed traffic lights add to greenhouse gas emissions: Here's an estimate of how much

Green Car Reports

Mass adoption of electric vehicles is proceeding slowly, but one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today could be addressing poorly timed traffic lights, the traffic data analysis and controls firm Inrix claims. The company is hawking an analytics tool it claims will allow traffic agencies to run their networks of stop lights more.

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Daimler Truck subsidiary Torc Robotics opens Technology and Development Center in Stuttgart

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Torc Robotics, an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck, is opening a technology and software development center in Stuttgart, Germany. Torc is a leader in SAE Level 4 self-driving vehicle software for heavy-duty vehicles. Torc Europe GmbH will tap into the available talent pool in one of Germany’s prime automotive regions. The team will support the ongoing development of the Level 4 autonomous virtual driver for deployment in autonomous trucks in the United States.

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Elon Musk’s talk at Tesla Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo: updates and details

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As everyone at Tesla’s Cyber Rodeo settles down to listen to Elon Musk’s talk at Giga Texas, the anticipation builds in the air. The Tesla community is eager and excited to hear about any updates and details Elon Musk will announce to the world at Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo. Welcoming Elon Musk to the stage are drones depicting an image of Nikola Tesla, the inventor the company is named after.

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Argonne researcher using hydrous ethanol as a dual fuel to lighten the carbon footprint of locomotives

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Essam El-Hannouny, a principal mechanical engineer at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, won a Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) Award from DOE to expand his research on how a renewable alcohol-based biofuel can serve as a dual fuel to help decarbonize locomotive engines. His research is also relevant to port and inland marine vessels, such as tugboats and ferries.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Tesla is going to make a new futuristic-looking electric vehicle as a ‘dedicated robotaxi’

Electrek

Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to build a new futuristic-looking electric vehicle as a “dedicated robotaxi” – though there’s no clear timeline for the new vehicle. more…. The post Tesla is going to make a new futuristic-looking electric vehicle as a ‘dedicated robotaxi’ appeared first on Electrek.

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NASA to fly payload with SpinLaunch’s mass accelerator to test low-cost, high-cadence kinetic launch system

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SpinLaunch , the developer of a ground-based, electric-powered, kinetic launch system, has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA. Through this partnership, SpinLaunch will develop, integrate, and fly a NASA payload on the company’s Suborbital Accelerator Launch System to provide valuable information to NASA for potential future commercial launch opportunities.

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Tesla is aiming to start production of its Optimus humanoid robot in 2023

Electrek

Elon Musk gave a timeline to production for the first time for the Tesla Optimus project, a humanoid robot capable of doing general tasks. The CEO believes the company can bring the ambitious project to production as soon as next year. It’s an ultra-ambitious timeline even for him. more…. The post Tesla is aiming to start production of its Optimus humanoid robot in 2023 appeared first on Electrek.

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Porsche strengthens commitment to industrial production of eFuels with $75M investment in HIF Global

Green Car Congress

Porsche is investing US$75 million in HIF Global LLC, a holding company of internationally active project developers of eFuel production facilities. Among other projects, the Santiago de Chile-based company is building the Haru Oni eFuel pilot plant in Punta Arenas (Chile). ( Earlier post.). Punta Arenas pilot plant under construction. Initiated by Porsche and implemented with partners including Siemens Energy and ExxonMobil, production of eFuels from hydrogen and CO 2 using wind energy is expec

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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Tesla’s Elon Musk and Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson attend Biden admin’s EV meeting

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It appears that the Biden administration has turned over a new leaf, with senior officials holding a meeting on Wednesday with automotive leaders in the country. The goal of the meeting was to discuss electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure. This time around, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was invited, and he accepted. . In a statement, the Biden administration stated that the meeting was fruitful.

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HT-PEM fuel cell company Advent Technologies, Hyundai enter technology assessment, sales & development agreement

Green Car Congress

Advent Technologies Holdings, a developer of highly efficient high-temperature PEM fuel cells, and Hyundai Motor Company have signed a technology assessment, sales, and development agreement. Advent and Hyundai aim to deliver green energy solutions to current high carbon applications, using fuel cell technology. Under the agreement, Hyundai will provide catalysts to Advent for evaluation in its proprietary Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs), while Advent intends to support Hyundai in fulfillin

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Tesla Cyber Rodeo livestream date and time announced

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Tesla fans who would not be able to physically attend the Cyber Rodeo at Gigafactory Texas this Thursday need not be disappointed, as the electric vehicle maker formally announced that it would be posting a livestream of the event on Thursday night. The livestream announcement was posted by Tesla’s official account on Twitter. As per the company’s announcement, the Cyber Rodeo livestream will be starting at 9 p.m.

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Tesla raises prices on Model 3 vehicles with nickel-based battery packs

Electrek

Tesla has implemented another price increase (its third in about a month), but this time it only affects Model 3 vehicles with nickel-based battery packs. more…. The post Tesla raises prices on Model 3 vehicles with nickel-based battery packs appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla debuts new Model Y Standard Range with 4680 structural battery

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Tesla’s new Standard Range All-Wheel-Drive Model Y all-electric crossover with 4680 battery cells is present at the Cyber Rodeo event the automaker is holding at its new production facility in Austin, Texas. Tesla is currently holding a 15,000-person event in Austin, displaying its new manufacturing facility where it will build its newest state-of-the-art vehicles.

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Electric Vehicles Could Save North Carolinians $92 Billion, Avoid 679 Hospital Visits

CleanTechnica EVs

RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina can avoid 679 hospital visits and save $92 billion by transitioning to zero-emission electric vehicles and trucks, according to a new report. North Carolina Transportation Electrification Roadmap illustrates North Carolina’s pathway to develop light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle electrification policies that support clean and reliable transportation for all North Carolinians.

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Tech: Why Don’t Tires Last as Long on an EV?

Clean Fleet Report

EVs Are Low Maintenance, But Still Need Care. Switching to an electric vehicle has a spectrum of benefits. In addition to being environmentally friendly, they reduce fuel expenses, improve your image and eliminate some maintenance concerns. However, they run through tires faster than conventional vehicles. Regular tires wear out roughly 20% faster on an EV than on an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle.

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“Home of the Future” — Solar Power Home with Electric Ford F-150 Lightning Backup Power (Video)

CleanTechnica EVs

National Homebuilder Partners with Ford to Create the “Home of the Future” on Innovation Way PulteGroup, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, has built a living laboratory to explore how homeowners will live in the not-so-distant future. Located on “Innovation Way” within Babcock Ranch, America’s first and largest solar-powered town near Fort Myers, Florida, PulteGroup has […].

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Meet the Lunar Gateway’s Robot Caretakers

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An integral part of NASA’s plan to return astronauts to the moon this decade is the Lunar Gateway , a space station that will be humanity’s first permanent outpost outside of low Earth orbit. Gateway, a partnership between NASA , the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is intended to support operations on the lunar surface while also serving as a staging point for exploration to Mars.

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Opinion: As Auto Dealerships Profit, Politricks Mingle

CleanTechnica EVs

As dealerships associations, surging profits, and politricks mingle, a theory has emerged. However, it’s just a theory of mine, but I’d like to explore it and share it here. It seems as if there have been a number of proposed anti-EV bills being put forth in many states, ranging from West Virginia to Oklahoma, while […].

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Fiido X electric bike’s frame can apparently break in half, company issues recall

Electrek

If you’ve got a Fiido X electric bike at home, now you have a pretty magnesium sculpture. That’s because the company has issued an urgent notice for owners to stop using the e-bike after a frame defect has been discovered that causes the bike to break in two. more…. The post Fiido X electric bike’s frame can apparently break in half, company issues recall appeared first on Electrek.

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The Carmakers’ Conundrum — An Economist’s Perspective

CleanTechnica EVs

By Paul Wildman and David Waterworth Legacy car manufacturers now need to restructure their organizational structures rather than just adding divisions for electric vehicle production. Ford and GM have just done this recently by splitting their organizational structures in two. Factors slowing down the innovation cycle in the fossil fuel auto world are a combination […].

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Tesla ‘recalls’ another 120,000 vehicles in China, but it’s another software update fix

Electrek

Tesla is again in the headlines in China – the world’s biggest EV market – due to a recall of over 120,000 vehicles in China, but it’s another over-the-air software update fix. more…. The post Tesla ‘recalls’ another 120,000 vehicles in China, but it’s another software update fix appeared first on Electrek.

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It’s Time To Charge Into The EV World!

CleanTechnica EVs

A new curriculum teaches students what it means to drive electric, encouraging them to become green activists in their communities -- and maybe inspiring their parents along the way.

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Tesla Cybertruck functions & improvements teased at Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo

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Tesla’s Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo is in full swing, and many people have seen the Cybertruck — as promised by sightings of the all-electric truck before the event kicked off. While pictures weren’t initially allowed, some guests were able to capture some clear Cybertruck photos nonetheless. Some Cyber Rodeo attendees have shared a few tidbits about the Cybertruck, and one attendee managed to take a quick snapshot of the all-electric Tesla pickup truck as it was being prepared.

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Noodoe Makes EV Charging Simple

CleanTechnica EVs

Noodoe EV, a global leader in electric vehicle charging technology, has begun leaving its EV charging footprint to Australia, installing its first charger at the Golden Sands on the Beach apartments on the Gold Coast Australia. The announcement was made by Noodoe EV COO Jennifer Chang and Commercial EV Chargers (CEVC) Director Sam Moran. The […].

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Proterra becomes the first EV maker to earn multiple zero-waste certifications

Electrek

Burlingame, California-based Proterra , which designs and manufactures electric transit buses and electric charging systems, today announced that it has become the first EV maker to achieve multiple TRUE-certified zero waste facilities. That distinction got the stamp of approval from Green Business Certification Inc ( GBCI ), which independently recognizes excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. more….

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DeLorean Reimagined

CleanTechnica EVs

The DeLorean Motor Company is promising a premiere of their new electric concept car. Gas? Where we are going, we don’t need gas! Well, I took the liberty of swapping the word “roads” for “gas,” but with where we are in our transition to electric vehicles, this revised line from the Spielberg movie Back to […].

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Tesla Cyber Rodeo event livestream and news hub: everything you need to know

Electrek

Tesla is holding its Cyber Rodeo event at Gigafactory Texas today starting in a few hours, but the actual presentation is starting at 9:00 P.M. (central time – 10:00 P.M. eastern time). Here you will find the livestream and our news hub with everything interesting that comes out of the event. more…. The post Tesla Cyber Rodeo event livestream and news hub: everything you need to know appeared first on Electrek.

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Apple veteran launches fleet management platform for Teslas and all other EVs

Teslarati

Electric vehicles such as Teslas work great as fleet vehicles. Their total ownership costs tend to be lower than comparable internal combustion cars, their maintenance needs are relatively light, and they tend to be technologically advanced. This is especially the case with Tesla’s current vehicle offerings, which is one of the reasons why they are now being used in fleets.

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