Wed.Feb 23, 2022

Cummins to acquire Meritor in $3.7B deal

Green Car Congress

Cummins has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Meritor, a global leader of drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Under the terms of the agreement, Cummins will pay $36.50

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 range boosted, now up to 280 miles

Green Car Reports

The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is getting a range boost, VW announced Tuesday in a press release, including a series of EPA-estimated figures that haven't yet been officially posted. The estimates do point to a significant range improvement. VW said the base rear-wheel drive 2022 ID.4

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EIA: US, Qatar and Russia provided almost 70% of liquefied natural gas received in Europe in 2021

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In 2021, a large share of Europe’s supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) originated in the United States, Qatar, and Russia.

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Mazda CX-60 plug-in hybrid SUV will debut new platform, interior theme

Green Car Reports

Mazda will unveil a plug-in hybrid SUV based on a new platform March 8. The Mazda CX-60 will be the first model to use a new rear-wheel drive platform, according to a UK press release from the company.

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BMW deploys first all-electric BMW xDrive system in the BMW iX and the BMW i4 M50

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BMW introduced all-wheel drive more than 35 years ago; for almost two decades the intelligent power distribution between the front and rear axles has been known as BMW xDrive. Now the first all-electric BMW xDrive system can also be experienced on the road. It premieres in the BMW iX and the BMW i4 M50 (electricity consumption combined: 22.5 - 18.0 kWh/100 km according to WLTP).

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VW ID.4 range boost, Mazda CX60 PHEV, Tesla EPA fine, Polestar climate-neutral car: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

Tesla gets a slap on the wrist from the EPA. Mazda teases a new plug-in hybrid. VW gives the ID.4 a range boost. And Polestar reveals more about its climate-neutral car project. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Volkswagen boosts range of 2022 ID.4 electric SUV to EPA-estimated 280 miles

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Volkswagen of America announced that the 2022 ID.4 electric SUV offers an EPA-estimated range of 280 miles—an increase of 20 miles from the 2021 model. The ID.4

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Airbus and CFM collaborating on hydrogen combustion demonstration program

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Airbus has signed a partnership agreement with CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, to collaborate on a hydrogen demonstration program that will take flight around the middle of this decade.

Tesla Model 3, Model Y rank among IIHS’ 2022 Top Safety Pick+ winners


The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y won the 2022 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS tested a mid-range 2019 Tesla Model 3 and a Long Range 2021 Tesla Model Y for its 2022 Top Safety Pick+ award.

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Eaton’s Vehicle Group introduces new ePowertrain business unit; EV transmissions, reduction gearing and differentials

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Power management company Eaton’s Vehicle Group has formed a new ePowertrain business unit, which will focus on products from Eaton’s electrified vehicle (EV) transmission, reduction gearing and differential portfolios.

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Electric Vehicle sales peaked in Q4 2021, Tesla dominates market share with 72%: KBB


A new report from Kelley Blue Book indicates electric vehicle sales peaked in the United States in Q4 2021, accounting for 4.5 percent of all automobile sales in the final three months of the year.

Kia America collaborates with Electrify America to provide EV6 buyers with 1,000 kWh charging gratis

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Kia America and Electrify America are partnering to provide Kia EV6 buyers with 1,000 kWh of complimentary EV charging/energy at any Electrify America station across the US.

Tesla loses Director of Engineering to generator giant looking to compete with Powerwall


Tesla has lost Brian Dow, Director of Engineering, to Generac, the leader in gas generators who is now trying to compete with Tesla’s Po looking to compete with Powerwall. more….

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US DOD awards MP Materials $35M heavy rare earth processing contract

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MP Materials Corp. has been awarded a $35-million contract through the US Department of Defense (DoD) Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment Program to support the construction of a commercial scale processing facility for heavy rare earth elements (HREE) at Mountain Pass. MP Materials owns and operates Mountain Pass, the only integrated rare earth mining and processing site in North America. Earlier post.).

Tesla planning to expand parts production in Giga Shanghai to meet export demand


An environmental assessment report posted on the Shanghai government’s website on Tuesday has revealed that Tesla is looking to expand its parts production capacity at Gigafactory Shanghai.

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Audi of America, Verizon partner to bring 5G to vehicle lineup starting in MY2024

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Verizon and Audi of America will bring 5G connectivity to the automaker’s US lineup, estimated to begin with select models for the 2024 model year. The collaboration brings embedded 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity into Audi vehicles and provides the speed and telecommunication architecture necessary for highly personalized and augmented mobile services, new driver-assistance features, and connectivity-enabled innovations for the automated future of driving.

Elon Musk to the SEC: ‘I didn’t start the fight, but I will finish it’


Elon Musk is ramping up his fight with the SEC saying that he has been “building a case” against the agency and that he “didn’t start the fight,” but he “will finish it.”. Tesla is stuck in the crossfire. more….

Diesel giant Cummins makes $3.7B bet on an electric truck future with players like the Tesla Semi


It seems like one the most notable vanguards of diesel engines has begun preparations for an upcoming Tesla-like disruption in the trucking sector.

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Tesla announces new investment in Gigafactory Shanghai on road to 1 million electric cars per year


Tesla announced a new investment to expand production at Gigafactory Shanghai on the road to achieving a production capacity of 1 million electric cars per year at the factory.

Tesla sued by ex-employee after worker says he was fired for reporting race and safety issues


Tesla is being sued by an ex-employee of the Fremont factory and Gigafactory Nevada after the worker alleges he was fired for reporting racial issues and safety discrepancies at the factories.

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Tesla vehicles with 3G modems are starting to lose connectivity as the networks are shutting down


Early Tesla vehicles still equipped with 3G modems are starting to lose connectivity as 3G networks are shutting down , but there are still ways around it.

NHTSA formally announces Lucid Air recall of 203 vehicles for safety issue


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has formally announced the recall of 203 Lucid Air sedans for a potential safety issue regarding the suspension system.

China expected to add up to 90 GW of solar power capacity, a record increase, in 2022


The China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) said today that it expects China to add 75 to 90 gigawatts (GW) of solar power in 2022. more… The post China expected to add up to 90 GW of solar power capacity, a record increase, in 2022 appeared first on Electrek.

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Volkswagen teases ID. Buzz minibus launch in Europe and the US


Volkswagen is set to debut its new all-electric ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo on March 9, 2022. The ID. Buzz is inspired by VW’s popular minibus from the 1950s, the iconic and legendary T1. . The ID. Buzz is a five-seater vehicle that seems to fit the description of a minibus.

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USPS is trying to greenwash its plan to spend billions on gas guzzlers


The USPS issued a “ record of decision ” today stating that it has finished its environmental review and responded to the EPA’s concerns and will go through with its plan to spend up to $11.3 billion on gas-guzzling, 8.6 mile-per-gallon vehicles to replace the aging USPS delivery fleet.

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Revel raises $126M in new funding round led by BlackRock, funds will expand fast-charging network


Revel has announced a new funding round led by BlackRock Renewable Power, which resulted in $126 million Series B. The funds will be used to expand Revel’s infrastructure of electric vehicle fast chargers.

Faraday Future shares drive footage of its first production-intent FF 91 ahead of testing


Southern California EV startup, Faraday Future, unveiled a pre-production version of its long fabled FF 91 EV. This EV marks the beginning of pre-production ahead of engineering validation and certification testing, as the vehicle approaches start of production in Q3 of 2022. more….

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SpaceX to launch “next-generation satellite-servicing vehicle” for Northrop Grumman


Northrop Grumman subsidiary SpaceLogistics has selected SpaceX to launch its first Mission Robotic Vehicle (MRV) – better described as the company’s “next-generation satellite-servicing” spacecraft.

LG Electronics is going to stop manufacturing solar panels – here’s why


Seoul-headquartered LG Electronics Inc. is pulling out of the global solar panel business. The decision was approved yesterday by the LG board of directors in South Korea. more…. The post LG Electronics is going to stop manufacturing solar panels – here’s why appeared first on Electrek.

What’s the Etiquette for Electric Vehicle Drivers?

Drive Electric

With electric vehicles becoming the norm, lots of drivers new to electric cars are hitting the road and charging stations. It’s brilliant to see. But for those new to the world of EVs, there are a few dos and don’ts of EV ownership. | Safety First. Always practice safe charging.

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Biktrix XD unveiled as mind-bogglingly powerful electric bike motor with 300 Nm of torque


Canadian electric bike company Biktrix has never shied away from high-power motors. Several of the brand’s e-bikes feature what used to be one of the most powerful mid-drive e-bike motors on the market: the Bafang M620 Ultra motor.

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Ford to collaborate with Universal Technical Institute on EV training curriculum


Ford Motor Company and Universal Technical Insititute (UTI) are collaborating to roll out a new curriculum responsible for training students to maintain and work on electric vehicles. UTI is rolling out a new curriculum in its Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT) program.

QuantumScape opens R&D center in Japan to expand solid-state battery development


Solid-state battery developer, QuantumScape, has shared plans for a new office in Kyoto, Japan, which will feature a state-of-the-art lab for battery research and development.

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Elon Musk is not getting White House invites because advisors fear he might embarrass Biden: report


Recent reports have indicated that there might be a reason why Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not being invited to electric vehicle-focused White House events.

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2022 Nissan LEAF gets cosmetic updates but is still clinging to yesteryear’s CHAdeMO fast charging


Ahead of an opening of orders on March 1, the 2022 Nissan LEAF will arrive in the UK and Europe with a refreshed exterior look. The 2022 models will include new alloy wheels, Nissan brand badges, and new exterior color choices.

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At Last, a Self-Driving Car That Can Explain Itself

Cars That Think

For all the recent improvements in artificial intelligence, the technology still cannot take the place of human beings in situations where it must frame its perceptions of the world in words that people can understand.

Nature Power’s 215W solar panel starts your off-grid journey at $207, more in New Green Deals


Ready to begin your conversion to off-grid power? Well, the best way to start is by picking up a few solar panels. Home Depot’s 1-day-only sale is going on right now with a wide array of discounts to be had.

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