Thu.Mar 10, 2022

The Bulli is back; Volkswagen unveils the new ID. Buzz models

Green Car Congress

Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles held the world premiere of the new ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo in Hamburg. Earlier post.) The vehicles are near production concept cars and have not gone on sale yet. The ID. Buzz and ID.

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Analysts: Raw material price surge will put EV battery affordability gains on hold until 2024

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A surge in raw material prices could cause EV battery prices to rise, according to a recent Reuters report.

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Keliber says studies show its lithium hydroxide will have smaller carbon footprint than most of the competition

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Keliber, a Finnish mining and battery chemical company that aims to start the sustainable production of battery-grade lithium hydroxide, has analyzed the CO 2 emissions generated by its future production using two studies.

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Affordable electric Chevy Blazer due in 2023—sporty SS version too

Green Car Reports

General Motors on Wednesday teased that its Chevrolet Blazer electric crossover, due to arrive starting in spring 2023 and debut later this year, will be the first from the brand to be offered in an “SS” performance model.

Hino to join hydrogen demo study in California ports with Class 8 trucks

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Hino USA has been awarded a grant provided by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese governmental agency, to promote new technology for energy and environmental sector, along with Hino Motors, Ltd.

Tesla wins Kelley Blue Book’s “Best Overall Luxury Brand” award for 3rd year in a row

Teslarati

Tesla was recently listed by vehicle valuation and automotive research company Kelley Blue Book (KBB) as the “Best Overall Luxury Brand” in its 2022 Brand Image Awards. The awards are designed to recognize automakers whose vehicle lineups create enthusiasm among car shoppers.

Vertical Flight Society hosting first hydrogen aviation symposium in US

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The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), a non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, is holding the first public event in the United States on the use of hydrogen and fuel cells for aviation applications.

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Rock Tech Lithium signs MoU with Romanian Government for second lithium hydroxide plant

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Canada-based Rock Tech Lithium has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the Government of Romania. The MoU provides for cooperation and support in the company’s search for a location in Romania for one of the company’s next planned lithium hydroxide converters and, in the longer term, the construction and operation of such converter.

Tesla is experiencing order rate increases in the U.S. because of soaring gas prices: report

Teslarati

Tesla is reportedly seeing increased order rates in the United States this week after soaring gas prices have helped some drivers transition to electric vehicles to avoid paying astronomical amounts at the pump.

EPA restores California’s authority to enforce greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reinstated California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to implement its own greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards and zero emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate. This means that the Clean Air Act (CAA) waiver granted to California to implement its Advanced Clean Car (ACC) program in 2013 is back in force.

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Tesla is tripling your Model Y delivery time if you don’t add on the $12,000 FSD option

Electrek

A recent update to Tesla’s website configurator reveals that it is prioritizing reservations that include the $12,000 full self-driving (FSD) option, at least for the Model Y and Model 3.

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Senators introduce bill to expand E15 sales, ban Russian petroleum products

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A bipartisan group of senators led by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Home Front Energy Independence Act. This legislation would make the sale of E15 year-round permanent; create a tax credit for higher biofuel blends; streamline E15 labeling; provide funding for E15 infrastructure; extend the biodiesel tax credit for three more years; and ban imports of Russian petroleum products.

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Rivian to focus on nickel-free LFP batteries for Amazon delivery van, Standard battery pack

Teslarati

Rivian announced that it developed a new pack architecture using Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LFP) cells in its latest Shareholders Report. Rivian is expanding its cell and pack technology by including high-nickel and LFP cells.

Further reduction in licensing of young drivers during the pandemic

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by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. In 2011 , Brandon Schoettle and I documented the fact that, during the 25-year period from 1983 to 2008, there was a large reduction in the proportion of young persons with a driver’s license, and an increase in the licensing of older persons. I periodically updated that research, with the previous update examining the data through 2018. The present analysis focuses on the changes from 2019 to 2020 (the first year with the pandemic).

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OLA S1 Electric Scooter Ownership Blog

Plug In India

By Kamlesh I'm Kamlesh and i got my OLA S1 electric scooter here in Pune. I hope to document my findings here as i use this ground breaking electric scooter from OLA Electric. I used an electric car for 8 years from 2013 to 2021. My blog unearthed a lot of the inner workings on that vehicle.

Sion Power demonstrates more than 2500 cycles with Licerion-EV R&D pouch cell

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Sion Power Corporation (Sion Power) reports reaching a development milestone with its Licerion Electric Vehicle (EV) technology by demonstrating more than 2,500 cycles to 70% of initial capacity. The results were achieved by a multilayer R&D pouch cell, charged in 180 minutes (C/3 rate), and completely discharged (100% depth of discharge) in 45 minutes (4C/3 rate).

Ethanol producers, states join opposition to stricter Biden emissions and mpg standards

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A coalition of ethanol producers have joined a group of 16 states challenging tougher vehicle emissions standards for model years 2023 through 2026, Automotive News reported last week.

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The Tribulations of Buying An EV From A Dealership – Lived Experience

EV Club of CT

This is an email that was sent to the EV Club on March 9, 2022 by a member, Svetlana Wasserman, from Greenwich. It is the text of a letter that she sent to her CT. Read more. Advocacy Blog Policy Buying an EV from a dealership EV Direct Sales SB 214

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Paying too much at the pump? Low-cost electric bikes like these can do 500 miles for $1

Electrek

I know, I know. The whole “Don’t like gas prices? Ride a bike!” sounds annoying and feels impractical for most people. But if you weren’t already aware, there’s a much more practical alternative to conventional pedal bikes: fun and energy-efficient electric bikes!

Electric Chevy Blazer SS, battery affordability woes, ethanol pushes against EV policy: Today’s Car News

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A Blazer SS could be a sporty, affordable crossover for the mainstream. Biofuels interests go against the Biden administration’s EV push. And battery affordability is threatened by surging materials costs. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

Tesla (TSLA) order rate is surging in the US as gas prices are turning people toward electric cars

Electrek

Tesla is seeing its order rate surging in the US, according to sources familiar with the matter, as the record gas prices are turning more people toward electric vehicles. However, it won’t significantly affect its deliveries since the automaker is still production-constrained. more….

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Tesla Service Center permit revoked due to local dealership concern over direct sales

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Tesla has had a permit for a new Service Center from the East Hartford, Connecticut Planning and Zoning Commission revoked after a local dealership voiced concern regarding direct-to-consumer sales laws.

84% of Florida voters support solar net metering, but Gov. DeSantis will gut it anyway

Electrek

Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) is expected to sign a bill after the state’s House and Senate passed it that would slash rooftop solar credits in the state. This would deny many homeowners net metering in the Sunshine State, and harm its solar industry. more….

SpaceX rapidly reuses converted Falcon Heavy booster

Teslarati

SpaceX has reflown a converted Falcon Heavy side booster just 37 days after its first mission as a Falcon 9 rocket, successfully delivering a batch of Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO) in the process.

Rivian announces Q4 results: loses $2.4 billion, revises production to 25,000 EVs in 2022

Electrek

Rivian has released its Q4 2022 earnings today and confirmed that it lost over $2.4 billion during the last quarter as it still faces significant challenges in ramping up production. The automaker has revised its production target for 2022 to 25,000 and it plans to lose money on those. more….

Tesla sends out Giga Berlin invitations, Minister slams water association over consumption concerns

Teslarati

Tesla has started sending out invites for a Model Y delivery event at Gigafactory Berlin on March 22, 2022. The event will begin at 3 p.m. local time.

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Former Formula E driver Bruno Senna joins Airspeeder as eVTOL pilot and global ambassador

Electrek

Nascent eVTOL racing league, Airspeeder, has announced its fourth pilot to join, and it’s Bruno Senna – a former Formula One and Formula E racing driver, current member of Rebellion Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and eSports World eX Championship winner.

Ukraine confirms second batch of Starlink terminals from Elon Musk have arrived

Teslarati

Ukraine Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov recently confirmed that a second truckload of Starlink terminals has arrived in Ukraine.

Quick Charge Podcast: March 10, 2022

Electrek

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. more…. The post Quick Charge Podcast: March 10, 2022 appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla Model 3 and Model Y receive latest round of price increases in US and China

Teslarati

The long range variants of the Tesla Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover have received a $1,000 price adjustment in the United States. In China, select variants of the Model 3 and Model Y also received a price increase of RMB 10,000 (about $1,500).

XPeng Motors opens P5 reservations in four European countries alongside a new ‘Experience Store’ in the Netherlands

Electrek

Chinese EV automaker, XPeng Motors , is expanding its presence in the EU by opening reservations of its P5 smart EV to four countries – Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

Tesla to defend lawsuit against ex-employee who appeared in Audi Super Bowl ad

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Tesla will defend itself in a lawsuit in Federal Court against an ex-employee and former Oregon State football player who says he was fired from the company after appearing in a Super Bowl ad for Audi.

Lucid Motors launches ‘Tech Talks’ YouTube series where experts explain the automaker’s EV technologies

Electrek

American EV automaker, Lucid Motors, is offering the public a glimpse behind its premium leather curtain with a new YouTube series explaining its innovative, and in some cases, industry-leading technologies.

NASA’s SLS Moon rocket is almost ready for its first trip to the launch pad

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Fiido’s powerful Beast sit-or-stand electric scooter is somehow also a 2-wheeled electric go-kart

Electrek

The Fiido Beast is preparing for its big unveiling, where it will be one of the first of its kind electric scooters. In addition to dual motors, dual suspension, and a giant battery, this electric scooter packs another big surprise: You can sit down on it and ride it like a two-wheeled go-kart.

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Rivian trims production target as supply chain delays linger, shares slide

Teslarati

Rivian ( NASDAQ: RIVN ) missed Wall Street consensus estimates after reporting a loss of $2.43 per share and revenue of $54 million. Wall Street expected Rivian to lose $1.64 per share and was expecting a consensus estimate of $61.18 million.

World’s fastest electric surfboard maker releases new Awake VINGA electric hydrofoil board

Electrek

The Swedish electric surfboard company Awake is best known for its high-speed boards that can surpass 57 km/h (35 mph). But now the company is reaching new heights as it rises out of the water on its latest product: the Awake VINGA electric hydrofoil board. more….

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