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Fraunhofer analysis finds battery-electric trucks have energy cost advantage over hydrogen trucks

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In a recent analysis, Fraunhofer ISI concludes that battery-electric drives will become established in heavy-duty applications in the commercial vehicle sector and that fuel cells will remain a niche application.

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2022 Super Bowl LVI EV ads: Dr. EVil, robot dog, charging “issues,” Zeus and the iX, more

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With electric cars still supercharging the stock market, it’s no surprise that several automakers are showing big-budget EV ads this Super Bowl Sunday, February 13.

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Tesla Giga Texas 360-degree video previews an upcoming revolution in EV production

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A recently-shot 360-degree footage of Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas facility hints at what could very well be an upcoming revolution in electric vehicle production.

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Biden announces $5 billion over 5 years for a nationwide EV charging network

Electrek

The US Departments of Transportation and Energy today announced that nearly $5 billion is earmarked for a national electric vehicle charging network under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established by President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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Project Triumph TE-1 prototype revealed; Williams Advanced Engineering battery system

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Project Triumph TE-1 was revealed in completed prototype form.

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Global EV sales more than doubled in 2021 vs. 2020, tripled vs. 2019

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Global EV sales took a giant leap in both volume and market share in 2021, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Automakers sold 6.6 million plug-in vehicles in 2021, more than double the 3 million sold in 2020, and more than triple the 2.2

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Watch Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta’s software operate without ‘rolling stops’

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Tesla has rolled out Full Self-Driving Beta software version 10.10, which has eliminated the vehicle’s ability to perform “rolling stops.”

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Amprius Technologies ships first commercially available 450 Wh/kg, 1150 Wh/L batteries

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Amprius Technologies, Inc.,

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Tesla hits mute on "Boombox" feature, was drowning out federally mandated pedestrian warning sounds

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Tesla has issued a recall to partly deactivate its Boombox feature originally added in late 2020, because it interferes with federally mandated pedestrian warning sounds. Released in December 2020 as part of a software update, Boombox mode allows drivers to play sounds outside their cars.

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Tesla Giga Berlin’s delays are shining a light on Germany’s slow approval processes

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Germany’s Traffic Light Coalition recently cited Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin as an example of why there is a need for Germany to develop a system that could allow permitting procedures to be completed at a quicker timeframe.

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smart transforms into an all-electric brand and teases 2023 crossover EV called the smart #1

Electrek

smart Automobile Co., has officially begun its transition into an all-electric automaker by offering the latest taste of its first new EV following parent company Mercedes-Benz AG’s joint venture with Geely Holding.

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Rice lab’s flash Joule heating extracts rare earth elements from waste at high yields

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The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has successfully extracted valuable rare earth elements (REE) from waste at yields high enough to resolve issues for manufacturers while boosting their profits.

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Volvo plans Tesla-style "mega casting" for its biggest plant, as it shifts to EVs

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Volvo is revamping its largest factory to produce next-generation electric cars more efficiently.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk updates schedule for first orbital Starship launch

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has presented the first significant update on the company’s Starship program since September 2019, offering a couple of new details about the status of the first orbital launch attempt of the largest and most powerful rocket ever built.

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Here’s how rooftop solar could have prevented 2021’s Texas big freeze power outage

Electrek

A year on from the big Texas freeze that knocked out the state’s power system and caused at least 246 deaths , new research released yesterday found that rooftop solar could have supplied more than enough electricity to meet the shortfall on all but two of the 13 days when power production fell short of forecasted demand.

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Adamas Intelligence: record 286.2 GWh deployed onto roads in passenger EV batteries in 2021; up 113% y-o-y

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A record 286.2 GWh of passenger EV battery capacity was deployed onto roads globally in 2021—a 113% increase over 2020—as battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sales surged year-over-year, according to Adamas Intelligence.

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Faraday Future FF 81 EV slated for "high volume production" in 2024—at GM's former South Korea plant

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Faraday Future's second EV will be manufactured by South Korean auto-parts supplier Myoung Shin, Faraday announced Wednesday in a press release. Production is scheduled to start in 2024, with a "high volume production" target later that same year.

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Ford hires former Tesla engineer to lead ‘Advanced EV Development’

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Ford has hired former Tesla Engineer Alan Clarke, who left the company over twelve years to oversee Ford’s “Advanced EV Development” projects. According to Clarke’s LinkedIn, he accepted the position this week and officially joined Ford in California.

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Heavier, more powerful and less efficient pickup trucks are offsetting gains in other segments. When we moved to our current house from downtown San Francisco, we did what one … Continue Reading Monster Trucks

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Snow Lake Lithium seeking to develop first all-electric hard-rock lithium mine to supply N. American EV industry

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Canada-based Snow Lake Lithium has outlined plans to develop the first all-electric hard-rock lithium mine in Manitoba, Canada, thereby developing a domestic supply of this critical resource to the North America electric vehicle industry.

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Right to repair bill could allow more independent shops to work on EVs and hybrids

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A right to repair has been introduced in the House of Representatives, which could help more independent shops work on electric cars and hybrids. Introduced by Representative Bobby L. Rush, the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act (H.R.

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Elon Musk’s jet tracker gains FAA approval to continue tracking flights

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Elon Musk’s flight-tracking rival Jack Sweeney won a small victory today after receiving approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue tracking the billionaire’s flights.

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Over 50% of Harley-Davidson’s electric revenue came from selling kids’ e-bikes, not motorcycles

Electrek

Harley-Davidson’s recent financial reports shed an interesting new light on its electric motorcycle operations. We’re now seeing more detail than ever before on where Harley’s electric-based revenue is coming from.

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NEO Battery Materials doubles target annual production to 240 tons for silicon anode commercial plant

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As Nissan overhauls its roadmap to EVs, is it cutting out gasoline engine development?

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So far, Nissan hasn’t been among the growing group of global automakers to put an end date—estimated or not—on the sale of new vehicles with internal combustion engines.

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Rivian R1T crashes into pole, fire ensues but driver escapes unharmed

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The Rivian R1T may not have received its official safety ratings from agencies like the NHTSA yet, but a recent crash in California suggests that the all-electric truck is quite a safe vehicle.

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RadRunner 2 electric bike review: Rad Power Bikes’ most fun utility e-bike yet!

Electrek

When Rad Power Bikes launched the RadRunner 2 , it didn’t show off a laundry list of new updates. Instead, there were only a few key changes.

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BNEF: electrolyzer sales more than doubled in 2021, set to grow 4-5x this year

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BloombergNEF has just published its hydrogen market outlook for the first half of 2022. Among its findings are that asnnual government funding for hydrogen has reached $16 billion per year globally, up 40% from July 2021.

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CEO: Ford plans to "reengineer" Mustang Mach-E incrementally, won't save improvements for mid-cycle refresh

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The Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV will get continual incremental updates instead of the industry-standard mid-cycle refresh, CEO Jim Farley said Thursday during the automaker's quarterly earnings call.

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The DFEH’s case against Tesla has been filed, and its allegations are very, very serious

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Just a few days ago, Tesla noted in a blog post that the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is intending to file a lawsuit against the company over alleged systemic racial discrimination and harassment in the its CA facilities.

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Tesla loses Roadster chief engineer behind several important vehicle programs to Ford

Electrek

Tesla has lost its executive in charge of new vehicle programs who has been in charge of several important engineering programs, and now, he is going to work on Ford’s electric vehicles.

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ICCT study finds LH2-powered combustion aircraft can play an important role in meeting aviations 2050 climate goals

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A new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has found that although liquid-hydrogen- (LH 2 )-combustion aircraft do not perform as well as their jet fuel counterparts, they can still play an important role in meeting aviation’s 2050 climate goals.

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Fully electric Ram 1500 development is working from the inside out

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Stellantis last year revealed that a fully electric Ram 1500 is due in 2024. Now it’s looking inside the fold, to its most devoted Ram truck brand fans, to help decide what the priorities should be for this upcoming electric truck—with something called RamRevolution.com.

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Astra ‘Rocket 3’ nosecone dooms first Florida launch attempt

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On Thursday, February 10th, Astra Space’s Rocket 3.3 launch vehicle took off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) Launch Complex 46 (LC-46).

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Tesla dominates car sales in California with impressive growth in 2021 and 2 of top 5 best-selling cars

Electrek

Tesla is dominating car sales in California with impressive growth in 2021 that has resulted in having 2 of the top 5 best-selling cars in the state.

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Eneco to install 240 charging connections this year at Albert Heijn supermarkets in the Netherlands and Belgium; 2,000 by 2025

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Albert Heijn and Eneco—a producer and supplier of natural gas, electricity and heat—will be working together on the installation of rapid charging stations at Albert Heijn stores in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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Airstream eStream: Electric travel trailer could boost range or mpg, upgrade the whole experience

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Airstream and its parent company Thor Industries surprised and excited RV enthusiasts and EV enthusiasts alike last month with an eStream electric travel trailer concept that might essentially go off the grid for days, boost the range or mpg of the tow vehicle, and potentially maneuver itself into a camping or charging spot. Now the company has.

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