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Study: annual climate impact of wild pigs could be greater than 1.1M cars

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By uprooting carbon trapped in soil, wild pigs (feral swine), are releasing around 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually across the globe, the equivalent of 1.1

Lightyear One solar car will be made by Finland's Valmet

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Dutch startup Lightyear has selected Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive to build the Lightyear One solar-supplemented electric car. Prototype builds are scheduled to start in January 2022, followed by full production in summer 2022, Lightyear said in a press release.


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Toyota launches all-new Aqua (Prius C) hybrid in Japan; bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery

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Toyota Motor Corporation launched its all-new Aqua. The all-new Aqua is approximately 20% more fuel efficient (WLTC) than the previous generation; it combines outstanding fuel efficiency of 35.8 km/L (84 mpg US) with the comfortable, high-quality ride of an electrified vehicle.

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Beyond Hummer EV: Fully electric GMC pickup confirmed

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While the GMC Hummer EV will likely serve as an luxury off-road halo model for GMC, the brand’s reputation is fueled by fleets of work truck that don’t entirely fit within the Hummer EV’s eventual base price of $79,995.

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WHYY reports Philadelphia’s Proterra electric bus fleet sidelined due to cracked chassis and other defects

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Philadelphia’s public media organization WHYY, also the local PBS and NPR station, reports that the regional public transportation authority SEPTA has sidelined its entire fleet of 25 Proterra electric buses since February 2020. In an initial report in September 2020, unnamed sources within the agency blamed a defect in the chassis that led to a cracking problem.

GMC electric pickup, Volvo C40 Recharge price, Lightyear One solar car production: Today’s Car News

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There’s a second, more affordable electric truck coming to the GMC brand after the Hummer EV models. Volvo’s first EV-exclusive design has a price tag. And the Lightyear One solar car is coming from the factory that built the Fisker Karma. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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USDOT releases report on smart cities and communities

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The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released the Putting People First – Smart Cities and Communities report. The report covers the benefits, goals, challenges, and success factors associated with smart cities and communities (SC&C) and gives a glimpse of the path forward. SC&Cs use advanced information and communications technologies to find new ways to solve problems such as potholes and pollution, traffic and parking, public health and safety, and equity and public engagement.

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Volkswagen ending production of US Passat; Chattanooga to pick up ID.4 production next year

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Volkswagen of America, Inc. will end assembly of the Passat sedan in Chattanooga with model year 2022 as part of the plant’s transformation to build future electric vehicles.

Elon Musk confirms Tesla plans to open Superchargers to other automakers later this year


Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla plans to open its Supercharger network to other automakers later this year. It’s something that has been in the works for a while.

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Volvo C40 Recharge EV coming to US with $58,750 MSRP

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The Volvo C40 Recharge pure electric will start at an MSRP of $58,750 in the United States before tax credits. This newest addition to the Volvo electric line-up has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design.

Tesla (TSLA) could make more money from software subscription than hardware, says analyst


Morgan Stanley believes Tesla (TSLA) could end up making more money from selling software subscriptions than selling hardware, like its actual vehicles. more… The post Tesla (TSLA) could make more money from software subscription than hardware, says analyst appeared first on Electrek.

FREYR to proceed with construction of Customer Qualification Plant and first battery cell production line; 24M SemiSolid technology

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FREYR Battery will proceed with the construction of the Customer Qualification Plant (CQP) and first battery cell production line in Mo i Rana, Norway.

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Tesla Semi electric truck is finally about to go into production


After years of delays, Tesla is finally about to start production of Tesla Semi, its all-electric semi-truck. The whole truck industry is watching. more… The post Tesla Semi electric truck is finally about to go into production appeared first on Electrek.

Group14 Technologies and SK materials form JV to build plant for lithium-silicon battery materials

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Group14 Technologies, a global provider of silicon-carbon composite materials for lithium-ion markets, and SK materials, one of the world’s top manufacturers of special gases and industrial gases, are forming a joint venture to build a factory for lithium-silicon battery materials in South Korea.

Tesla reduces price of FSD computer upgrade to $1,000 (but not zero) after criticism


Tesla has dropped the price of their FSD Computer/Hardware 3.0 upgrade to $1,000, from the previous price point of $1,500. This applies to vehicles that still have Hardware 2.0/2.5 computers and want to try the new Tesla FSD subscription service rolled out this weekend.

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MAHLE criticizes EC CO2 regulation proposal for abandoning technology neutrality

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Last week, the European Commission adopted a package of proposals to make the EU’s climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels (Fit for 55). Earlier post.). One element of that economy-wide set of proposals is requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55% from 2030 and 100% from 2035 compared to 2021 levels.

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Volkswagen’s electric vehicle plan starts to deliver volumes: 171,000 BEVs so far this year


The Volkswagen Group’s plan to accelerate electrification is starting to pay off as we are now seeing significant delivery volumes of fully electric vehicles from the German automaker’s brand. The group has already delivered 171,000 BEVs so far this year.

Tesla Supercharger Network will open to other EVs this year


At the beginning of the year, there were signs that Tesla planned to significantly expand the Supercharger Network. And by the end of the year, Tesla could be reaping the benefits from its SuperCharger expansion.

GM leaves owner owing $12K after Bolt EV battery fire last year


Details are emerging from a dozen Chevy Bolt EV fires that have occurred in a little over the past year. Electrek sat down with the owner of one of the first to get his story. More than a year later, he is still making car payments on a car he doesn’t own.

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The Tesla Semi is finally nearing production: report


The Tesla Semi is about two years delayed by now, but recent reports and rumors suggest that the all-electric Class 8 truck is indeed closing in on production. If these prove accurate, Tesla’s lineup this year would be boosted by what could very well be its most disruptive vehicle yet.

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England may lower speed limit to curb pollution; should EV drivers have to comply?


Highways England is considering imposing the UK’s first pollution-linked speed limits to help reduce smog in Sheffield. But why should electric vehicle drivers have to slow down too? more… The post England may lower speed limit to curb pollution; should EV drivers have to comply?

Tesla Model Y, Model 3 dominate 2021’s EV sales charts…and it’s not close


Tesla’s Model Y and Model 3 combined for the ideal one-two punch in the global EV sales charts through 2021 so far.

Ola’s 60 mph electric scooter gets 100,000 pre-order reservations on its first day


Ola’s hotly anticipated upcoming electric scooter has started with a bang as the company has been flooded by pre-order reservations. more… The post Ola’s 60 mph electric scooter gets 100,000 pre-order reservations on its first day appeared first on Electrek.

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Crazy Tesla footage shows Model 3 attacking deep floodwaters in China


A Tesla owner in China recently provided what could very well be the most extreme video yet of a Model 3 handling floodwaters. The clip was short, as it only depicted the all-electric sedan driving over a flooded area, but it was quite shocking nonetheless, for several reasons.

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Volkswagen begins ID.6 deliveries in China, no plans for Europe


After unveiling the ID.6 in Shanghai this past spring, Volkswagen has officially begun delivering the all-electric mid-size SUV to Chinese customers. The first version of the SUV to see deliveries is the Volkswagen ID.6

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Tesla FSD Beta V9 earns sharp rebuke from Consumer Reports


Consumer advocate group Consumer Reports (CR) has issued a sharp rebuke of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta V9, which began its initial rollout earlier this month.

Toyota’s Woven Planet acquires Lyft’s Level 5 self-driving division


Toyota Motor Group Subsidiary Woven Planet has announced the completed acquisition of Level 5, the self-driving division of rideshare veteran Lyft, Inc.

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Tesla FSD Hardware 3.0 retrofit price reduced to $1,000


Less than a week after going live with its Full Self-Driving subscriptions, Tesla reduced the price of its Hardware 3.0 retrofit offer to $1,000. Hardware 3.0 upgrades was previously priced at $1,500 per vehicle. Unveiled in April 2019, Tesla’s Hardware 3.0

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EGEB: These 15 US retailers’ ship imports pollute as much as 3 coal plants annually


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Walmart’s maritime shipping caused more pollution in 2019 than a coal-fired plant emits annually. A solar company sues the Department of the Interior over offshore wind farm approval.

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Rivian R1S transports passengers to Blue Origin’s first human flight


Blue Origin successfully launched and landed its first space flight with human passengers recently. Blue Origin’s first astronauts rode a Rivian R1S to the historic space launch. Blue Origin shared a short video of the astronauts heading to the launch pad and riding in a Rivian R1S.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021: the biggest electric shocks [video]


If you’re a lover of stuff on wheels, there truly is no place like the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Situated in the sprawling front garden of the Duke of Richmond’s house, complete with hillclimb route and rally stage, it truly is a glorious day out.

Tesla Model 3 becomes newest member of the NYPD


The New York City Police Department has landed a Tesla Model 3 as its newest automotive fleet addition. It was added to the NYPD’s fleet of highway patrol cars last month. The NYPD acquired the Dual Motor, Long Range All-Wheel-Drive variant of the Model 3 for its fleet.

Quick Charge Podcast: July 20, 2021


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: July 20, 2021 appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla China more than doubles VW’s Q2 sales figures in June alone


Tesla more than doubled Volkswagen’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales for the second quarter of 2021 in a single month. In June alone, Tesla sold more than 28,000 BEVs to Chinese customers, while VW managed to deliver just over 12,000 BEVs in Q2 as a whole.

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Hover-1 Origin Hoverboard lets you cruise the town + listen to tunes at $130, more in New Green Deals


It’s that time again, so we’re bringing you the latest batch of New Green Deals to browse. Today, we’re going to take a look at deals on the Hover-1 Origin Hoverboard with a built-in Bluetooth speaker at $130. Plus, you’ll find a discounts on electric pressure washers and much more below, as well.

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Rivian R1T production delays will not affect Amazon delivery van rollout


Rivian’s first deliveries of its R1T pickup truck may be delayed to September, but the company has stated that its custom-designed Amazon delivery vans are still being rolled out as scheduled. .

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RadRover 6 Plus e-bike launched by Rad Power Bikes with new battery, dual screens, and more


The newly released RadRover 6 Plus marks the biggest update Rad Power Bikes has ever launched and showcases brand-new components like upgraded hydraulic disc brakes, new dual-screen displays, and a totally redesigned semi-integrated battery.

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