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Modeling study suggests 1.8M excess deaths attributable to urban air pollution in 2019

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A new modeling study led by researchers from George Washington Universit (GWU) finds that 86% of people living in cities worldwide (~2.5 billion people) are exposed to annual average levels of fine particulate matter exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline from 2005, leading to 1.8

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Vietnam's VinFast reveals EVs, plans factories in US and Germany

Green Car Reports

Vietnamese automaker VinFast is growing its planned EV lineup to five models, and plans to open factories in the United States and Germany, alongside an existing factory in its home country. The automaker unveiled three new models at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week.

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HyBlend project to assess hydrogen compatibility with pipeline materials and operations

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Chrysler Airflow EV concept, VinFast electric SUVs, greener Goodyear tires: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

VinFast is moving fast to present a whole family of EVs. Goodyear goes sustainable with its tire ingredients. And Chrysler could reboot the brand with its Airflow EV concept. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

Peugeot focusing its people mover offering on purely electric versions; e-Rifter & e-Traveler

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Peugeot is accelerating its electrification and, starting in January 2022 in Europe, is focusing its people mover offer—embodied by the compact Rifter and the medium Traveler/Expert Combi—solely on purely electric vehicles.

Chrysler Airflow EV concept marks a leading edge for Stellantis’ EV push

Green Car Reports

Pontiac. Mercury. Oldsmobile. It seemed that Chrysler was headed for the same fate as these other ill-fated legacy American brands, but the company with the winged logo is looking to take flight again as the electric vehicle emissary for Stellantis. And that has given Chrysler new life.

Dongfeng Honda to build a dedicated EV production plant; 120,000 units/year

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Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned Honda subsidiary in China, announced that Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.,

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Ambarella introduces new AI-based image signal processor

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Ambarella, an AI vision silicon company, announced its new Artificial Intelligence Image Signal Processor (AISP). Ambarella’s new AI-based ISP architecture uses neural networks to augment the image processing done by the hardware ISP integrated into its SoCs.

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Tesla to raise Full Self-Driving price by $2,000, bringing price to $12k

Teslarati

Tesla will raise the price of the Full Self-Driving suite by $2,000, bringing the price to $12,000 effective on January 17. The price revision was announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who shared details on the decision via Twitter. “Tesla FSD price rising to $12k on January 17,” Musk said.

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GM’s Ultra Cruise to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Ride

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GM’s next-generation hands-free driver assist system, Ultra Cruise, will be powered by a scalable compute architecture featuring system-on-chips developed by Qualcomm Technologies.

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World’s largest floating solar farm comes online with wind and storage

Electrek

Beijing-headquartered electric power company Huaneng Power International (HPI) has completed the world’s largest floating solar project in Dezhou, which is in Shandong, an eastern Chinese province on the Yellow Sea.

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Saia LTL Freight signs LOI to purchase or lease up to 100 Nikola Tre battery-electric trucks

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Nikola Corporation announced a collaboration with Saia LTL Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) company, to accelerate the implementation of heavy-duty electric transportation trucks. This collaboration includes a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase or lease 100 Nikola Tre heavy-duty battery electric vehicles (BEVs) following the satisfactory completion of a demonstration program.

First 15 Tesla Semi units to be delivered to PepsiCo by end of January: report

Teslarati

Last November, PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta surprised the electric vehicle community when he noted during an appearance on CNBC that his company was looking forward to the first deliveries of the Tesla Semi in Q4 2021.

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Fisker Intelligent Pilot ADAS features digital radar

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The Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV is equipped with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) called Fisker Intelligent Pilot. The ADAS platform integrates four types of sensors: a surround-view camera suite; a camera-based driver-monitoring system; ultrasonic technology; and a Digital-Imaging Radar System that Fisker expects will be first to market when the Fisker Ocean begins production in November 2022.

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Legendary Tesla Model S high-mileage road warrior is going for its 1 millionth mile

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When Germany-based Hansjörg Gemmingen purchased his Tesla Model S P85 in 2014, the world was a far different place. Back then, the idea of an all-electric car hitting 1 million kilometers, or better yet, 1 million miles, is something widely considered farfetched.

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Vinfast announces all-electric strategy and full electric vehicle lineup; halting ICE production by end of year

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At CES 2022, Vietnam-based VinFast announced its new development strategy and revealed its complete electric vehicle lineup covering five segments. VinFast said will stop producing vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE) by the end of 2022. The company will instead focus research and development efforts on all-electric powertrains for their vehicles. This makes VinFast one of the world’s first automotive companies to switch completely to pure electric.

Tesla launches ‘Plaid Track Mode’ to push track performance to a whole new level

Electrek

Tesla announced today the launch of ‘Plaid Track Mode’, a new version of its track mode software to push the track performance of the Model S Plaid to a whole new level.

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CALSTART report shows 27% growth in full-size zero-emission buses in US to total 3,533

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CALSTART published its annual inventory of zero-emission buses (ZEBs) “ Zeroing in on ZEBs ,” providing insight on the current state of ZEBs ahead of $5.25 billion in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s Low-No Program. The deployed number of full-size ZEBs has grown to 3,533 nationally—an increase of 27% since the 2020 count.

Tesla’s 200 MWh Megapack installation in Angleton, TX is ready for the next big freeze

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Tesla recently uploaded a video introducing its latest energy storage project in Angleton, Texas. Tesla installed 81 Megapacks in Angleton totaling 200 MWh of energy.

Volta Trucks partners with HERE Technologies for last-mile EV navigation system featuring what3words geolocation

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Volta Trucks’ forthcoming Volta Zero will feature integrated navigation services from HERE Technologies, the leading location data and technology platform. The Volta Zero will use EV Range Assistant, a feature from HERE tailored for inner-city deliveries. EV Range Assistant includes range prediction for trucks on route and allows for route planning including multiple delivery stops. Search, routing, real-time traffic, and turn-by-turn voice guidance will be available both on- and offline.

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Tesla Model 3 leads charge of UK’s ‘most successful year for EV uptake’

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In 2021, Tesla’s Model 3 all-electric sedan undoubtedly lead the United Kingdom to what the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) called “the most successful year in history for electric vehicle uptake.”

Seeing Machines and Ambarella collaborate on integrated forward-facing ADAS and in-cabin occupant and driver monitoring system solutions

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Seeing Machines, the advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, announced a collaboration with Ambarella, an AI vision silicon company, to bring integrated Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and occupant and driver monitoring system (OMS and DMS) solutions to the market.

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Ford advises dealerships to not apply markups to F-150 Lightning customers

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Ford has sent out an internal memo to all dealerships in the United States and Canada, advising sales staff to not apply dealership markups to customers ordering the new, all-electric F-150 Lightning.

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670 hp Kenworth T680E electric semi debuts at CES with 150 mi. range

Electrek

Kenworth’s latest, production-ready T680E electric semi truck made its debut earlier this week at the PACCAR CES display in Las Vegas. Make no mistake, this K Whopper is ready to work with 670 hp and an absolutely massive battery to give it 150 mi.

Tesla releases Model S Plaid Track Mode details as it rolls out to North America

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Tesla is officially rolling out the Plaid Track Mode to all Model S Plaid vehicles across North America this week. Tesla developed a few cool features for Plaid Track Mode, listed below. Optimized Powertrain Cooling.

Volvo Cars set to debut unsupervised autonomous driving in California

Electrek

Volvo Cars has announced plans to launch its new Ride Pilot unsupervised autonomous driving feature to customers in the state of California, and it will make its debut in an all-new, all-electric flagship SUV set to make its debut later this year.

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Tesla sets bold goals for its vehicles’ safety in recent Giga Shanghai video

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Tesla China has released another informative video, this time providing a close look into Giga Shanghai and the vehicles that it builds. The video, which is quite extensive at eight minutes, provided details on how Tesla goes above and beyond to ensure the safety of its vehicles’ passengers.

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China halts ban on foreign-owned factories, Honda announces an EV factory in China

Electrek

You could argue that the quietest business week in the Western world is that week between Christmas and New Year’s, and into that nebulous, boozy, cheese-filled week of relative silence was lobbed news that China has lifted its decades-old ban on foreign ownership of Chinese car factories.

Tesla-CATL partnership strengthens as new facility sends cells to Giga Shanghai

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Tesla battery supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology’s (CATL) new facility near Gigafactory Shanghai is already sending cells to the electric automaker, strengthening the already robust partnership between the two companies, new reports suggest.

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Micro shows off production line for its adorable electric microcars, first units coming in March

Electrek

The Microlino is an electric bubble car, often referred to as microcars, that looks like a modern take on a classic BMW Isetta.

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Tesla Model X Plaid interior options dwindle down to six-seat configuration only

Teslarati

Tesla has revised the Model X Plaid interior seating options to now only offer a six-seat configuration. Previously, the vehicle came in five and seven-seat options, but Tesla has evidently removed them.

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Ford warns dealers taking advantage of F150 Lightning reservation holders

Electrek

Ford issued a warning to dealerships that are taking advantage of F150 Lightning reservation holders and asking for more money. But it looks like it might not be able to prevent markups.

No more “Tesla Killers:” It’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish the “EV market” from the mainstream auto segment

Teslarati

Those who have followed the Tesla story for years would remember a time when practically every single concept car and production EV was dubbed as a “Tesla Killer.”

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Geely and Foxconn establish JV to push back against chip shortage

Electrek

Everywhere you look, you can see signs of an automotive market that’s been hit hard by a silicon “chip shortage.”

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Charging Incentives for Condos and Apartments

EV Club of CT

MUD It stands for multi-unit dwellings. According to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) adjudication, about 10% of Connecticut residents call this type of dwelling home. These are mostly in the cities, which have the. Read more.

GoCycle G4i+ review: The fanciest folding electric bike in the world, and it ONLY costs $6,999

Electrek

Folding electric bikes are one of the most useful niches in the industry, helping commuters get to work or school quickly without taking as much space as a traditionally large bicycle.

The GMC Hummer EV Could Once Pop Wheelies, WTF

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Reportedly, GM engineers had to make some tweaks due to safety concerns

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