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UQ, TUM team finds way to convert sugarcane into isobutanol more efficiently

Green Car Congress

University of Queensland researchers, working in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), have found a way to convert sugarcane into isobutanol— a building block of aviation fuel and other products—more efficiently.

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Lightyear 0 solar EV nixed, as company pivots to Lightyear 2

Green Car Reports

Lightyear on Monday announced that it is halting production of the Lightyear 0 solar EV, which it has claimed to be the first production solar car in the world. Instead, the Netherlands-based company is aiming toward the production of its mass-market, $40,000 Lightyear 2 solar EV due in 2025.

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Fujitsu & Teijin in joint trials with V Frames & Advanced Bikes with recycled carbon fiber; blockchain platform

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Luxury EV leases are already tapping into $7,500 EV tax credit

Green Car Reports

New federal EV tax credit rules have set price caps that are narrowing the field of qualifying EVs; but a leasing loophole is already opening up a much wider field eligible for federal subsidies The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) re-upped the federal EV tax credit of up to $7,500 for qualifying vehicles. It added price caps of $55,000 for cars and.

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ORNL researchers identify mechanism in 3d-printed alloy that could enable better lightweight materials for vehicles

Green Car Congress

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have identified a mechanism in a 3D-printed alloy—termed “load shuffling”—that could enable the design of better-performing lightweight materials for vehicles. A paper on their work is published in the journal Acta Materialia.

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Tesla heat pump detailed, gives a boost to winter EV range

Green Car Reports

Tesla last week outlined some of the details that distinguish its heat pump system that’s now included throughout its vehicle lineup. The electric vehicle maker claims that its design performs well in very cold weather, where other heat pumps fall short.

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Asahi Kasei collaborates on development of recycling technology for carbon fiber from autos

Green Car Congress

Asahi Kasei, a diversified Japanese multinational company, has developed a new technology for recycling carbon fiber plastic compounds together with the National Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu College and Tokyo University of Science.

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Braking and the Porsche Taycan EV

Green Car Congress

Developers at the Porsche Group are working on new concepts for brake force distribution which will enable better braking energy recuperation in electric vehicles without compromising comfort.

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Volvo set to release its smallest and cheapest electric vehicle this summer

Electrek

Volvo is set to release its “smallest and cheapest” EV thus far on June 15, the EX30, which will be aimed at drawing younger people into the brand and electric vehicles. more… The post Volvo set to release its smallest and cheapest electric vehicle this summer appeared first on Electrek.

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Vulcan and Stellantis to support decarbonization of Rüsselsheim plant with geothermal energy

Green Car Congress

Geothermal lithium producer Vulcan Energy Resources signed a Binding Term Sheet (BTS) with Stellantis for the first phase of a multiphase project aimed at decarbonizing the energy mix of the Rüsselsheim manufacturing site in the Upper Rhine Valley, Germany, by developing new geothermal projects.

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Low-cost tiny electric cars like these could be the next big thing

Electrek

It’s true that prices for many leading full-size electric cars have dropped slightly in the last few months. But even a $50,000 Tesla is still much harder to afford than an electric micro-car that can cost a quarter of the price.

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Sakuú selects Porsche Consulting for design of commercial-scale battery manufacturing plants

Green Car Congress

Sakuú, the developer of 3D-printed Swift Print solid-state battery technology ( earlier post ), has selected Porsche Consulting, a subsidiary of the automotive manufacturer Porsche, to lead all aspects of design for its planned global gigafactories. The relationship will ensure that Sakuú has expertise secured for building gigafactories to meet its 2030 annual energy output goal of 200GWh across its developing energy storage product line.

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Using drones to collect environmental data

Innovation News Network

The environmental data can provide highly relevant information about the state of and changes happening on our planet. The post Using drones to collect environmental data appeared first on Innovation News Network. Environment Earth Observation

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Hertz launches Hertz Electrifies public-private partnership in US; bringing 25,000 EVs to Europe with Uber

Green Car Congress

Hertz has launched a new public-private partnership initiative, Hertz Electrifies, aimed at accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, while creating economic opportunity and environmental benefits for communities. In partnership with mayors across the US, Hertz will bring its EV fleet to US cities, while supporting the build-out of charging infrastructure. Hertz Electrifies is launching in Denver, Colorado in partnership with Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

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Nissan is exploring a mid-size electric pickup truck similar to the Frontier

Electrek

Nissan is exploring a mid-size electric pickup for US buyers that could look a lot like its current Frontier model. more… The post Nissan is exploring a mid-size electric pickup truck similar to the Frontier appeared first on Electrek.

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Rivian VP of Public Policy & Chief Regulatory Counsel leaves company

Teslarati

Rivian VP of Public Policy Jim Chen is departing the company. He is expected to leave the electric truck maker at the end of February. Chen has a lot of experience lobbying for electric vehicle makers.

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Kia just leaked what is likely a first look at the 2024 EV9 specs, here’s what to expect

Electrek

The highly anticipated 2024 Kia EV9 will debut this year with a bold design and a slew of innovative features. Despite the excitement, Kia has kept the EV9 specs to itself – that is, until now.

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Why graphite is essential to the electrification of North America

Innovation News Network

Graphite will play a major role in North America’s transition to electric vehicles and the new green economy. The post Why graphite is essential to the electrification of North America appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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Tesla obtains patent for Cybertruck’s novel windshield

Electrek

Tesla has obtained a patent for a new way to make glass that is evidently going to be used for Cybertruck’s novel windshield. more… The post Tesla obtains patent for Cybertruck’s novel windshield appeared first on Electrek.

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The Milky Way is more unique than we previously thought

Innovation News Network

A team of astronomers has found that the Milky Way is too big for its cosmological wall, something yet to be seen in other galaxies. The post The Milky Way is more unique than we previously thought appeared first on Innovation News Network. Space Astronomy

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Rivian’s first solar-powered EV charger in Tennessee is now live

Electrek

Rivian and solar company Clearloop have debuted the first of Rivian’s solar-powered EV chargers in Tennessee. more… The post Rivian’s first solar-powered EV charger in Tennessee is now live appeared first on Electrek.

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Chalmers University of Technology’s quantum computer becomes available to industry

Innovation News Network

A cutting-edge quantum computer is to become accessible for researchers and companies in Sweden thanks to sizeable funding. The post Chalmers University of Technology’s quantum computer becomes available to industry appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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Aptera takes customer feedback to heart, quickly makes DC fast charging standard on all solar EVs

Electrek

Just a few days after sharing specifications of its Launch Edition solar EV, Aptera Motors has backtracked on a previous comment stating that its upcoming vehicles will not come with DC fast charging capabilities.

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Researchers discover new method to assess responses to climate change

Innovation News Network

Researchers have found that museum collections can be used as a tool for assessing how species will be affected by climate change. The post Researchers discover new method to assess responses to climate change appeared first on Innovation News Network. Environment Climate Change

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Volkswagen brand brings back former Bentley, Audi designer to spearhead EV rollout

Electrek

The Volkswagen Group is looking to claim its position in the future of automobiles as the industry transitions to a zero-emission electric future. To keep up with the competition, VW is hiring a chief designer after his success at Audi and Bentley.

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Can ChatGPT Save the Planet?

Energy Institute at HAAS

A look at how artificial intelligence will interact with our efforts to deal with climate change. I will remember 2022 as a breakthrough moment for artificial intelligence (AI). I have … Continue Reading Can ChatGPT Save the Planet? Uncategorized featured

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Lightyear zeroes out 0 production to focus on more affordable Lightyear 2 solar EV, following encouraging wait list registrations

Electrek

Less than two months after its official start of production, Lightyear has suddenly suspended all assembly of its flagship 0 solar EV. Instead, the Dutch company says it will shift all focus and resources on the development and production of its second model – the Lightyear 2.

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SpaceX’s Starship rocket sails through first “flight-like” fueling test

Teslarati

SpaceX’s fully-assembled Starship rocket appears to have sailed through a major wet dress rehearsal test on the first attempt. With the completion of that test, the next-generation SpaceX rocket has taken a big step toward its first orbital launch attempt.

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Tesla makes a massive investment in service in California

Electrek

Tesla is making a massive investment in vehicle service in California with a significant hiring ramp as demand rises following price cuts. more… The post Tesla makes a massive investment in service in California appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla app update allows drivers to purchase major features with credits

Teslarati

In the most recent Tesla app update, drivers are gaining the ability to purchase features for their vehicles and check their “loot box,” among other upgrades.

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All-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre production likely to crank up, CEO credits stronger-than-expected demand

Electrek

According to Rolls-Royce’s CEO, orders for its upcoming all-electric Spectre are so plentiful that the legacy luxury automaker may need adjust its production output to meet the growing demand.

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Lithium battery partnership ignited between Warwick University and Bolivia

Innovation News Network

The University of Warwick is partnering with the Bolivian Government to advance lithium battery technologies. The post Lithium battery partnership ignited between Warwick University and Bolivia appeared first on Innovation News Network. Energy Battery Production Electric Vehicles Lithium Supply

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Denago Fat Tire e-bike review: 28 mph off-roader with a big ol’ battery

Electrek

As much fun as e-bikes are for getting around the city, I love taking them off-road and onto trails. That’s where fat tires really come alive, and the Denago Fat Tire Step-Thru electric bike showcases just what I love about e-bikes with big honkin’ tires.

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Tesla sales in California show it is still the preferred choice in an EV hotspot

Teslarati

Tesla’s exceptional sales record in California shows that, even though many other EV options exist, it is still the ideal choice in what could be considered the country’s hotspot for electric cars.

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Porsche to design 3D-printed battery gigafactories for Sakuu

Electrek

Porsche Consulting will design lithium-metal and solid-state battery maker Sakuu ’s first 3D-printing gigafactory for commercial production. more… The post Porsche to design 3D-printed battery gigafactories for Sakuu appeared first on Electrek.

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New Video “Just Scratching the Surface” of What Atlas Can Do

Cars That Think

With Boston Dynamics’ recent(ish) emphasis on making robots that can do things that are commercially useful , it’s always good to be gently reminded that the company is still at the cutting edge of dynamic humanoid robotics. Or in this case, forcefully reminded.

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Tritium to deliver 10,000 EV DC fast chargers to the UK by 2030

Electrek

UK charging network evyve has placed an order with DC fast charger maker Tritium for a whopping 10,000 EV DC fast chargers by 2030. more… The post Tritium to deliver 10,000 EV DC fast chargers to the UK by 2030 appeared first on Electrek.

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