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More than 300 customers have ordered 10,000 Ford E-Transit electric vans

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More than 300 customers have plced orders for a total of 10,000 E-Transit vans, according to Ford Pro, the global commercial and government business and brand within Ford.

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Musk says Tesla isn’t working on $25,000 EV, suggests robotaxis make it less important

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed Wednesday that the electric-car maker is not currently working on its $25,000 EV and suggested that the availability of such a car doesn’t matter as much as when the car becomes autonomous.

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Carrier partners with ConMet to advance zero-emission transport refrigeration solutions

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Carrier is further expanding its electrification capabilities through a new alliance with ConMet , adding trailer wheel-based power generation that captures energy that otherwise would be wasted during braking events.

Joe Rogan gives the Tesla Cybertruck some praise: “Coolest car I’ve ever seen in my life”

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Over two years since its initial unveiling and the Tesla Cybertruck remains as polarizing as ever. But while critics continue to argue that the vehicle is simply too “ugly” or “strange” to be successful, the Cybertruck is still attracting the interest of many.

NREL and Hyundai Supernal collaborating with LA to study aerial mobility

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The exploration of airborne transportation and advanced air mobility (AAM) is the focus of a new partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Supernal—an advanced air mobility company from Hyundai Motor Group ( earlier post ).

Tesla Mic launches in China with KTV function in 2022.2.1 update

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Tesla’s 2022.2.1 over-the-air (OTA) update for its China-based customers includes a fun KTV function and support for a new vehicle accessory — the TeslaMic. The update is expected for a wide release on February 1, 2022, just in time for the Spring Festival in China.

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Bentley launching five new electric cars from 2025

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Bentley Motors will launch five new electric cars from 2025. Bentley also revealed a £2.5-billion (US$3.4-billion) sustainable investment to realize this strategy. From 2025, the first Bentley electric vehicle will be designed, developed and produced at its headquarters in Crewe, England. Crewe is to become a “Dream Factory”— a digital, zero environmental impact, flexible and high-value manufacturing facility.

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Baidu’s smart car company JIDU raises nearly $400M in Series A

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Baidu’s intelligent electric vehicle arm JIDU has closed Series A financing, raising nearly $400 million. This round of financing was backed by Baidu and its strategic partner multinational auto manufacturer Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. JIDU’s first Robocar concept car will be unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April this year, with a mass-produced model set to be launched in 2023. In January 2021, Baidu announced its plan to enter the automotive industry by launching a smart car company.

Firestone stores are vying for EV and hybrid customers, adding charging

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Firestone is rolling out expanded services for EV and hybrid drivers at certain service centers, as well as EV charging, parent Bridgestone announced Tuesday in a press release.

Consortium invests $80M in silicon anode company Nexeon; strategic partnership with SKC

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Nexeon Limited—a supplier of advanced silicon anode materials for next generation lithium-ion batteries— announced a US$80-million investment from a consortium including SKC Co. Ltd (SKC), SJL Partners LLC (SJL), BNW Investment Co. Ltd, (BNW) and Kiwoom Private Equity Inc. Ltd (Kiwoom). Through this transaction, Nexeon enters into a strategic partnership with SKC, a major global battery and semiconductor materials company, for volume manufacturing of its silicon anode materials.

LG Energy Solution raises about $10.6 billion in South Korea’s biggest IPO to date

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LG Energy Solution (LGES/ 373220.KS) raised about $10.6 billion in South Korea’s biggest IPO to date, hitting a market cap of over $98 billion. LG Energy Solution soared well above its IPO price of 300,000 won ($248.67) in its first day of trading, closing 68% higher. . LGES priced its IPO at 12.8

Jeep 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV starts at $57,700

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, the first electrified Grand Cherokee, offers an all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain delivering 25 miles of all-electric range and 56 MPGe at a starting US manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $57,700. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe lineup consists of four models: 4xe, Trailhawk 4xe, Overland 4xe and Summit 4xe, as well as one package (for the Summit 4xe): the Summit Reserve 4xe. 2022 Model/Package. Starting US MSRP. Grand Cherokee 4xe. 57,700.

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Bentley commits to £2.5bn investment for updated EV factory in UK

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Bentley has announced that it will build its first-ever electric vehicle manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom with a £2.5 billion investment ($3,375,537,500). Bentley plans to update its Crewe, England plant with the investment.

J.D. Power: automotive OEM smartphone apps still struggle to meet owner expectations of speed and functionality

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The percentage of vehicle owners using the app of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) continues to increase year-over-year, with 38% of respondents indicating that they use the app at least half of the time that they drive, according to the J.D. Power 2021 US OEM ICE Benchmark Study. The usage rate is highest for domestic OEMs with almost 50% of their owners using it half of the time and 27% saying they use it each time that they drive.

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Elon Musk: Tesla is prioritizing product development of Optimus humanoid robot in 2022

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Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to be shifting its product development to make Tesla Bot, a humanoid robot also known as Optimus, a priority in 2022. This is quite a surprising change of strategy.

Bentley secures plans for first EV in 2025, carbon-neutrality in 2030

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Bentley on Wednesday confirmed that its first electric car will roll off an assembly line at the automaker's existing factory site in 2025.

Maersk launches the world’s first offshore electric vessel-charging station venture

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Maersk Supply Service, a subsidiary of Danish shipping giant Maersk, is launching Stillstrom – an offshore vessel-charging venture to support the decarbonization of the maritime industry by eliminating idle emissions.

No $25,000 Tesla yet, Bentley preps for EVs, Firestone adds chargers: Today’s Car News

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Tesla isn’t developing the $25,000 car yet, and it won’t launch any new models in 2022. Bentley is getting ready to build its first electric car. And some Firestone service centers are getting ready for EVs. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

Tesla is not working on its $25,000 electric car at the moment, says Elon Musk

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Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is not working on its previously announced $25,000 electric car right now because it has “too much on its plate” more… The post Tesla is not working on its $25,000 electric car at the moment, says Elon Musk appeared first on Electrek.

Rivian is reportedly boosting R1T production by 300 percent

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Rivian is reportedly planning to boost production of the R1T all-electric pickup by 300 percent, from around 50 units per week to 200 units per week, according to Bloomberg.

Ford’s new gaming concept lets you turn your Mustang Mach-E into an interactive ‘escape room’

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Ford has developed a spy-themed concept game that allows Mustang Mach-E owners to turn their EVs into an “escape room” – or escape car, rather.

Tesla’s push for telematic rates rejected by California Insurance Commissioner

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said yesterday during the Q4 2021 Earnings Call that the automaker is pushing California to adopt telematics-based insurance rates. Ricardo Lara, the State’s Insurance Commissioner, is advising Musk to ease off.

Royal BAM announces ‘world’s first’ fully electric road paver and massive 270 kWh batteries

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Dutch civil engineering company Royal BAM has announced a fully-electric asphalt spreading road paver, which will save more than 93,000 kilograms of CO? and 115,000 grams of nitrous oxide emissions compared to its bio-diesel counterparts.

SpaceX reveals Starship “marine recovery” plans in new job postings

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In a series of new job postings, SpaceX has hinted at an unexpected desire to develop “marine recovery systems for the Starship program.”

Joe Rogan gets a rare look at new Tesla Cybertruck prototype, releases new pictures

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Joe Rogan is one of the first people to get a close at Tesla’s new Cybertruck prototype, and maybe even a tour of Gigafactory Texas. The comedian and podcast host shared some pictures and his thoughts on the electric pickup truck.

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Tesla’s locations for next factories may be announced towards end of 2022: Musk

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Tesla may already be launching two new vehicle factories this year in the form of Gigafactory Texas and Giga Berlin, but it appears that the company is still just getting started.

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StoreDot, which makes ultra-fast, Tesla-like 4680 battery cells, develops tech to extend batteries’ first and second life

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StoreDot, an Israel-based electric vehicle extreme fast charging (XFC) battery startup , today announced that it has advanced technology that extends the life span of batteries, making them highly effective not only during the vehicle life span, but also for second-life applications.

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Leaked: peek inside the new VW ID. Buzz before you’re supposed to!

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Just like it says in the headline – here’s your chance to check out the nearly production-ready interior of the upcoming Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric van weeks before VW wants you to see it! more… The post Leaked: peek inside the new VW ID. Buzz before you’re supposed to!

DARPA’s RACER Program Sends High-Speed Autonomous Vehicles Off-Road

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DARPA has announced the first phase of a shiny new program called RACER , which stands for Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency. I’m not sure why they couldn’t have just left it at RACE, but that’s government backronyms for you.

Ola plans electric scooter and electric car R&D center based in the UK, investing $100M

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India-based Ola Electric made a splash with its high performance and low cost S1 Pro electric scooters, which are now taking India by storm.

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Is the 2022 RI budget good for climate action?

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RI’s administration needs to get real on climate funding, because the Governor’s budget doesn’t. Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island

US-based startup adds second model of all-wheel-drive electric motorcycle, claims 2022 production

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When Colorado-based electric motorcycle startup Zaiser first claimed last summer to be working on an all-wheel-drive electric motorcycle with 300 miles (482 km) of range , it sounded a bit out there.

The Long Road to Today’s Cochlear Implant

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“A bit of bedlam.” That’s how the physician Graeme Clark described the scene at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, on the day before what would be the most important surgery of his career. Engineers and staff were running around with last-minute equipment tests.

Varla Pegasus review: Flying at 28 mph on a full-suspension electric scooter

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The Varla Pegasus is one of those rare electric scooters that strikes a nice balance between higher-than-average performance and a reasonable price tag.

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Bentley’s first EV will be built in Crewe in 2025

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Bentley to make ftrst-Ever EV Will Be Made In The UK From 2025

Nissan teases retro styled Micra EV, solid-state batteries for Europe, €23 billion investment

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Nissan plans to manufacture its all-new, all-electric successor to the compact Nissan Micra at the Renault ElectriCity center in France, where the retro-styled hatchback will serve to kick off the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance 2030 roadmap , its planned 23 billion Euro investment in EVs, and the group’s push for solid-state batteries.