Mon.Apr 25, 2022

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Pony.ai receives a taxi license in China; commercialization of robotaxi services

Green Car Congress

Pony.ai, a global autonomous driving technology company, announced it is the first autonomous driving (AD) company to obtain a taxi license in China. Pony.ai was awarded a permit to operate 100 autonomous vehicles as traditional taxis in Nansha, Guangzhou. In May, Pony.ai will start charging fares in the entire 800 square kilometers of Nansha with 100 robotaxis and intends to gradually expand the scale and scope of service to other areas of Guangzhou to benefit more residents.

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CATL launches first battery-swapping in China, aimed at those without home charging

Green Car Reports

Chinese battery maker CATL is launching a battery-swapping service in its home country. Called Evogo, the service launches with four stations in the city of Xiamen. A total of 30 stations are planned in that city by the end of the year, meaning drivers will never be more than 1.8 miles from a station, CATL said in a press release. "In the future.

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POSCO breaks ground on $805M non-oriented electrical steel (NOES) plant

Green Car Congress

POSCO has broken ground for another electrical steel plant. South Korea’s top steelmaker will spend 1 trillion won (US$805 million) in building the plant in the southwestern port of Gwangyang, which will have an annual production capacity of 300,000 tons of non-oriented electrical steel. Electrical steels ( earlier post ) are special steels optimized for specific magnetic properties, including a small hysteresis area for low power loss per cycle, low core loss and high permeability.

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Heat pumps included in GM EVs could give them a real-world range advantage

Green Car Reports

GM confirmed Monday that it plans to include heat-pump technology in all of its current and upcoming Ultium-platform electric vehicles. That includes the Hummer EV now being delivered and the soon-arriving Cadillac Lyriq, plus many more to arrive in the next several years. In them, the tech will help recover low-level waste heat in ways that can.

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

emissions global warming Norway climate change carbon dioxide youtube lighting

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Schaeffler signs five-year supply deal with REEtec for rare earth oxides

Green Car Congress

Global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has signed a five-year contract with Norwegian company REEtec AS for the purchase of rare earth oxides. The aim is to make electric motors for hybrid modules, hybrid transmissions and all-electric axle drives even more sustainable. Permanent magnets manufactured using rare earth metals such as neodymium produce optimum magnetic flux in electric motors.

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Preview drive: 2023 Vinfast VF 8 has a long way to go, and a short time to get there

Green Car Reports

“So, how fast can I really go?” I ask the Vinfast handler sitting next to me in the passenger seat of the VF 8 prototype. I’ve been told before my first chance around the short test loop to keep it under 80 km/h (or right around 50 mph) but as I get ready for my second run I’ve seen a few other drivers zip by at much higher.

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Vinfast VF 8 preview drive, Hummer EV heat pump, CATL battery swapping: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

GM is planning to put a heat pump in every one of its Ultium EVs. CATL has launched its battery swapping venture for affordable EVs and apartment dwellers. And we drove the first of the pending EVs from Vinfast. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. In a preview drive of the 2023 Vinfast VF 8, the first of two electric crossovers claimed to be.

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CATL subsidiary acquires exploration rights to lithium clay deposit in Yichun; location of new $2.1B, 50 GWh plant

Green Car Congress

Yichun Contemporary Amperex Resources Limited, a subsidiary of China-based battery giant CATL, won the bid for the exploration rights to a lithium clay project in Yichun, east China’s Jiangxi province at a cost of 865 million yuan (about $135 million). In October 2021, CATL broke ground on a new lithium-ion battery plant in Yichun. The first phase of the project involves an investment of 13.5 billion yuan (around US$2.1 billion ) to build 50 GWh of capacity.

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SpaceX’s private Dragon astronauts leave space station five days late

Teslarati

Following extensive weather delays, a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) after carrying the first all-private astronaut mission to the orbital outpost. That private mission – known as Axiom-1 – was originally supposed to head to the ISS in February and, later, late March. For unspecified reasons, apparent issues with processing or Dragon/Falcon refurbishment ultimately pushed Ax-1’s launch to April 8th.

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Four key Hyundai Motor Group affiliates join Climate Group’s RE100, aim to expand renewables usage

Green Car Congress

Four key Hyundai Motor Group affiliate companies—Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai Motor), Kia Corporation (Kia), Hyundai Mobis, and Hyundai Wia—are now members of Climate Group’s RE100 , a global initiative committed to large corporates moving toward 100% renewable electricity. All four affiliates join more than 350 other global firms in the initiative, with plans to accelerate efforts on the use of 100% renewable electricity throughout global operations.

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

Brief

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Tesla bull details Elon Musk’s moves that forced Twitter board to strike a deal

Teslarati

Tesla bull Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities detailed the saga of Elon Musk buying Twitter after the $44 billion deal was officially completed following the social media platform’s announcement just before noon on the West Coast today. Ives commented that Musk’s moves over the past few weeks essentially backed the Twitter board into a corner, forcing them to meet at the negotiation table this past weekend.

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Researchers report that SiC derived from ag waste can function as Li-ion anodes; competitive with silicon

Green Car Congress

Researchers at the University of Michigan, with colleagues from Michigan State University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, report that high surface area silicon carbide (SiC) w/wo 13 wt. % hard carbon (SiC/HC, SiC/O), derived from the carbothermal reduction of silica-depleted rice hull ash (SDRHA), can function as Li + battery anodes that are potentially competitive with silicon anodes.

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SpaceX’s Starlink service coming to Hawaiian Airlines

Teslarati

Hawaiian Airlines will offer SpaceX’s Starlink internet service onboard flights. In a press release published on Monday, April 25, Hawaiian Airlines announced that it would be offering complimentary high-speed, low-latency broadband internet access to passengers on flights between the United States, Asia, and Oceania. Starlink’s airline antennas will be installed in the airlines’ Airbuss A330 and A321 new aircraft.

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15 European Countries Have 15%+ Plugin Vehicle Sales (New Car Sales)

CleanTechnica EVs

There are now 15 European countries that have 15% or more of new-car buyers buying plugin electric cars (full electric cars or plugin hybrids). There are 12 European countries that have 10% or more of new-car buyers buying full electric vehicles (BEVs). China also passed those milestones in 2021 (15% plugin vehicle share and 12% […].

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

Oil

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Elon Musk, Twitter reach agreement for sale of social media platform

Teslarati

Following Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposal to complete a buyout of social media platform Twitter, the company’s board has decided to accept the offer of $54.20 per share. Twitter confirmed the sale to Musk in a statement on Monday. “Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk , for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion.

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Swedish E-Bikes

Energy Institute at HAAS

Uppmärksamhet! New research digs into the economics of ebikes. What do Sweden, Norway, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and Scotland have in common? They have all introduced subsidies for electric … Continue Reading Swedish E-Bikes.

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Twitter likely to accept Elon Musk’s $54.20 per share offer as early as Monday

Teslarati

Tesla CEO Elon Musk may be closing in on a successful Twitter acquisition. As per recent reports, Twitter is reportedly in the final stretch of its negotiations with the CEO, and if the terms of the deal could be ironed out without issues, an announcement of the agreement may happen as early as Monday. Elon Musk’s efforts to acquire the social media company made a lot of headway this weekend, as Twitter’s Board of Directors met with the Tesla CEO to discuss his acquisition offer.

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The Boring Company is finally going to make a full-scale version of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

Electrek

The Boring Company is finally going to make a full-scale version of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop – a new high-speed mode of transportation – and it is coming as soon as this year. more…. The post The Boring Company is finally going to make a full-scale version of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop appeared first on Electrek.

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RAM 1500 BEV debut set for Fall 2022, teaser takes jab at Ford F-150 Lightning 

Teslarati

The RAM Trucks’ official Twitter account announced the RAM 1500 BEV’s official debut for the Fall of 2022. The announcement included a slight nod to its perceived competitor, the Ford F-150 Lightning, with the line: “Time to steal the thunder.” The company that will unleash the RAM 1500 BEV is Dodge, which is part of Stellantis — created by a merger between Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group.

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Manganese Could Be the Secret Behind Truly Mass-Market EVs

Cars That Think

Most automakers are dying to sell you—and the world—an electric car. But they’re up against the challenge of our global-warming time: dauntingly tight supplies of both batteries and the ethically sourced raw materials required to make them. Tesla and Volkswagen are among the automakers who see manganese—element No. 25 on the periodic table, situated between chromium and iron—as the latest, alluringly plentiful metal that may make both batteries and EVs affordable enough for mainstream buyers.

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Anti-Tesla Super Bowl ads worked…but not in the way you would think

Teslarati

On Super Bowl Sunday this past February, Tesla did not run television advertisements. The $6.5 million price tag for a 30-second slot during the Bengals-Rams thriller had other takers, though. Polestar was one of them. Polestar took shots at Tesla and others with a spicy ad during the big game that indirectly called out Elon Musk’s other ventures, including SpaceX.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially acquires Twitter to take it private – it’s happening

Electrek

Twitter announced that it accepted an acquisition offer from Tesla CEO Elon Musk for roughly $44 billion, and it will become a private company once the transaction is closed. more…. The post Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially acquires Twitter to take it private – it’s happening appeared first on Electrek.

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What Do People Want To Know About EVs?

CleanTechnica EVs

As people walked by an exhibitor's booth featuring EVs, it became clear that many have questions about all-electric transportation and don't have places to get answers.

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It finally happened: GM announces the electric AWD Corvette

Electrek

Today GM finally announced the electric AWD Corvette and perhaps something that will have a wider consequence outside of car enthusiasts: GM’s Ultium platform’s “energy recovery system”. The EV tech will help boost range, help vehicles charge faster, and heat car interiors with excess heat produced by the batteries. more…. The post It finally happened: GM announces the electric AWD Corvette appeared first on Electrek.

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GM to produce electrified Chevy Corvette next year, all-electric variant to follow

Teslarati

It’s now confirmed. America’s homegrown sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette, is going electric. Well, electrified as of next year, but General Motors states that an all-electric variant will be following in the future. Needless to say, the future seems bright for GM’s flagship sports car. General Motors President Mark Reuss confirmed the vehicle on a LinkedIn post on Monday, noting that the hybrid variant of the Corvette could be coming as early as 2023.

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Lucid Air Reportedly Launching In Europe In June Or July

InsideEVs

The EV startup also has plans to expand into China come 2023, according to the same source.

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Leaked Elon Musk text messages confirm what everyone knew about Tesla’s take-private deal

Electrek

As part of a lawsuit between shareholders and Elon Musk regarding his “funding secured” tweet, new text messages and emails between Musk and people involved have been released. The communications pretty much confirmed how most people saw the situation: Elon Musk took a meeting with the head of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and had early discussions about taking Tesla private, which he took as enough to say that the “funding was secured”. more….

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GM Ends Support For Spark EV Batteries

CleanTechnica EVs

Zach Hurst over at EV Resource has some sad news for us: GM will no longer support Spark EV batteries, even for the few remaining vehicles still under the 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty. “EV Resource has confirmed that GM will no longer be providing replacement battery packs for the Spark EV. This means that when the […].

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The Boring Company launches Prufrock-2 in TX, prepares for Hyperloop testing in late 2022

Teslarati

The Boring Company (TBC) has made some notable moves recently, including launching Prufrock-2. Elon Musk’s tunneling company also announced its aim to conduct full-scale Hyperloop tests later this year. Pictures on TBC’s official website reveal that it has launched Prufrock-2 in Bastrop, Texas. Preparations for Prufrock-2 were spotted at TBC’s Bastrop location in September 2021.

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Sunbelt Rentals Adds Ford F-150 Lightnings To Its Fleet, Offers Battery Storage Systems

CleanTechnica EVs

There’s a Sunbelt Rentals not too far from my house. I’ve been there a few times with relatives renting tools, from trenchers to large front-end loaders. It is a great place to get expensive tools that you need for a job here and there but don’t do often enough to justify spending big, big bucks […].

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Elon Musk, Twitter reach buyout deal for $44B with potential announcement Monday

Teslarati

Elon Musk and Twitter have reportedly reached a deal for a buyout of the social media platform worth $44 billion, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. The report said the deal could be finalized and announced after market close on Monday, but perhaps even sooner. Musk and Twitter executives have been working to make a deal happen since yesterday when the Tesla CEO met with the social media platform’s board to discuss a potential buyout.

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Tesla launches competition to design Cyberquad electric ATV’s battery pack

Electrek

Tesla has launched a new competition to design the Cyberquad’s battery pack as the automaker appears to literally be crowdsourcing R&D for the electric ATV, though it’s more likely a recruiting effort. more…. The post Tesla launches competition to design Cyberquad electric ATV’s battery pack appeared first on Electrek.

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Twitter engages Elon Musk in acquisition talks amid shareholder pressure: report

Teslarati

Following a meeting on Sunday morning, Twitter’s Board of Directors reportedly met with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to discuss the executive’s acquisition offer for the social media platform. The negotiations between Musk and Twitter were reportedly extensive, as the discussions lasted into the early hours of Monday. While neither Musk nor Twitter has issued a statement about the Sunday negotiations, it is believed that the CEO’s 13D filings with the SEC last week — wh

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Subaru Solterra: First drive & US pricing – $45K for amazing AWD, but that range…

Electrek

Subaru has revealed US pricing for their new all-electric crossover, the Soltera. As a matter of fact, I was flown to Catalina Island and got to experience the Subaru Solterra – then got lost, had a flat tire, and almost missed my plane. But lived to tell the tale. The Solterra is coming in hot, offering a highly competitive price for one of the best AWD systems on the market today, electric or otherwise.

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