Thu.Jul 22, 2021

Porsche, Customcells plant to start production in 2024 with 100 MWh/year; Si anode, BASF HED NCM cathode

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In June, Porsche announced an investment in its new joint venture company Cellforce Group GmbH. Porsche and joint venture partner Customcells, a spin-off from Fraunhofer, also announced the launch of production of high-performance battery cells at Porsche’s Weissach Development Center.

Study busts myth about EV greenhouse gas emissions and dirty grids

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A new study confirms that, even when charged from the dirtiest electricity grids, electric cars are still cleaner than internal combustion engines over their lifecycles.

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Deutsche Aircraft and Universal Hydrogen partner on hydrogen-fueled regional aviation

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Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ( earlier post ), and Universal Hydrogen Co.

Which EV model has the fast-charging connector compatible with more US stations?

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A year ago this month, Nissan confirmed that it planned to abandon the CHAdeMO fast-charging standard and migrate to CCS-format DC fast charging with its upcoming Ariya electric crossover. That leaves a single U.S.-market market EV offering a standard CHAdeMO fast-charging connector: the Nissan Leaf.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems road map for climate-neutrality; 35% cut by 2030 from 2019; key role of mtu engines

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Rolls-Royce Power Systems has outlined its road map for climate neutrality: Net Zero@Power Systems. By 2030, the Rolls-Royce business unit is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% compared to its 2019 level through the use of new net zero and zero carbon technologies.

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Mercedes-Benz announces dedicated EV platforms, aims to go all-electric in some markets by 2030

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Mercedes-Benz on Thursday provided an update on its electrification plans, including a goal to switch to an all-electric lineup by 2030, where market conditions allow.

Mercedes launches new plug-in hybrid S 580 e; Gen4 hybrid system, 100 km electric range

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Mercedes-Benz is launching the new S 580 e plug-in hybrid, with which the fourth generation of the hybrid drive system is celebrating its premiere in the S-Class. The plug-in hybrid is available to order, in both short and long wheelbase versions, with price starting at €123,736 (US$146,000).

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Argo AI and Ford to launch self-driving vehicles on Lyft network by end of 2021; targeting 1,000 over next 5 years

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Argo AI, Lyft and Ford Motor Company are collaborating to commercialize autonomous ride hailing at scale.

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Tesla releases details of new virtual power plant, says it’s a public good without compensation


Tesla has released details of its new virtual power plant in California, and it confirmed that Tesla and Powerwall owners will not get compensation. The company is presenting the project, at least at first, as a “public good.”

Toyota Chief Scientist Pratt makes the case for hybrids and plug-ins

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In a post published on Medium, Gill Pratt, Toyota Motor Corporation’s Chief Scientist and the CEO of Toyota Research Institute, explains why he is not a proponent of ditching ICE and switching to only BEVs as soon as possible. He argues that a diversity of electrified drivetrain types are better means of addressing climate change than “a monoculture of only BEVs” for two main reasons: Battery cell production is expensive, uses natural resources and produces significant greenhouse gases.

Tesla Model 3 used by Police Department reveals massive financial savings


The Westport Police Department in Connecticut has released a new financial analysis that is showing massive savings, as anticipated, after the purchase of a Tesla Model 3 that would be used as a police cruiser.

EIA: US renewable diesel capacity expected to increase significantly through 2024

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US production capacity for renewable diesel could increase significantly through 2024, based on announced projects and those that are under construction, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Mercedes-Benz announces plan to go all-electric by 2030


Mercedes-Benz today announced a new electrification plan that sets them up to “go all-electric by the end of the decade.” ” more… The post Mercedes-Benz announces plan to go all-electric by 2030 appeared first on Electrek.

XL Fleet and eNow partner to electrify refrigerated trailers

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XL Fleet Corp. announced a battery and power electronics development and supply agreement and an investment in eNow, Inc., a provider of solar and battery power systems that enable fully-electric Transport Refrigeration Units (eTRUs) for Class 8 commercial trailers.

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Tesla signs deal with world’s largest nickel miner to secure resource for battery production


Tesla has signed a new deal with BHP, the world’s largest nickel miner, in order to secure the resource for upcoming battery production. more… The post Tesla signs deal with world’s largest nickel miner to secure resource for battery production appeared first on Electrek.

Up-to-date information on the rebound in flying in the United States

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by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Among the variables included in my ongoing monthly monitoring of key transportation indexes is revenue passenger miles for domestic flying. That monitoring has shown a huge pandemic-related drop in flying during the spring of 2020 and a gradual rebound later in 2020 and in early 2021. However, the underlying data for that analysis (from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics ) are published with a substantial lag.

Anaheim, California, secures $2 million to purchase 5 Arrival buses


EV startup Arrival has announced it has been chosen as a partner by the Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) to replace Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) buses currently operating in Anaheim, California, with Arrival’s zero-emission battery-electric buses.

Suzuki and Daihatsu join CJP to apply CASE technologies in mini-commercial vehicles in Japan

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Suzuki Motor Corporation and Daihatsu Motor Co., have joined the Commercial Japan Partnership (CJP) commercial vehicle project ( earlier post ) to accelerate their carbon neutrality initiatives in minivehicles through the dissemination of CASE technologies (connected, autonomous, shared and electric) and services.

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Tesla Superchargers estimated to make $25B+ in annual revenue when opened to other EVs


Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla is planning to open its Supercharger Network to other EVs later this year.

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Tesla (TSLA) increases Model 3 and Model Y prices again


Tesla (TSLA) has again increased Model 3 and Model Y prices in an overnight update to its online configurator. It’s the seventh price increase of the year. more… The post Tesla (TSLA) increases Model 3 and Model Y prices again appeared first on Electrek.

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SpaceX’s fourth Falcon booster delivery this year hints at rare production uptick


For at least the fourth time in 2021, SpaceX has shipped a new Falcon booster from its Hawthorne, California headquarters and factory to an expansive test and development campus in Central Texas.

Tesla (TSLA) is going on a salesforce hiring spree as demand ramps up in the US


Tesla (TSLA) is going on a salesforce hiring spree as demand is expected to ramp up in the US. However, the automaker is focusing on part-time positions to cut costs. more… The post Tesla (TSLA) is going on a salesforce hiring spree as demand ramps up in the US appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla supply chain: Biden team plans $52B funding to address chip shortage among US carmakers


The Biden administration is already assembling a team to invest around $52 billion worth of funding for semiconductor research and manufacturing, awaiting congressional approval.

The world’s largest floating solar farm to be built in Indonesia


Singapore-based solar energy provider Sunseap will spend more than $2 billion to build the world’s largest floating solar farm and energy storage system on Indonesia’s Batam Island, which is across the Singapore Strait from Singapore.

Tesla adopts straightforward and firm stance on employee language and respect


Tesla VP, People Valerie Capers Workman recently published a note for employees returning to the company’s offices this month.

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Mercedes-Benz teases super-efficient electric car with over 1,000 km (620 miles) of range


Mercedes-Benz is teasing its upcoming new super-efficient electric car that the automaker claims will have over 1,000 km (620 miles) of range. It’s actually a shorter range than previously announced.

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Mercedes-Benz announces all-electric strategy from 2025 onward


Mercedes-Benz is going all-electric starting in 2025, with plans to launch three electric-only architectures that year and install over 200 Gigawatt hours of battery cell capacity across eight factories.

AUDI Q4 e-tron first drive: the electric Audi we wanted all along [video]


After taking its sweet time to get cracking in the first place, Audi is now off to a strong start on its long journey to 100% electrification. more… The post AUDI Q4 e-tron first drive: the electric Audi we wanted all along [video] appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla Model 3 and Model Y Long Range get new round of price increases


Tesla has rolled out its latest round of price adjustments to the Model 3 sedan and the Model Y crossover’s Dual Motor AWD variants. Prices for other vehicles in the company’s lineup remained consistent for now.

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Fisker to debut Ocean EV at LA Auto Show, expand global retail presence in 2022


Fisker Inc. has recently shared plans to debut its upcoming Ocean SUV during the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, taking place this November. Furthermore, the born-again EV automaker has also shared a timeline for global “Brand Experience Centers,” set to roll out in the US and Europe in 2022.

Tesla adds several new languages to UI, including Hindi in preparation for India launch


Tesla has added five new languages to its user interface, including Hindi, as the company prepares to emerge into the Indian market in the coming years.

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Is the FUELL Flluid the ultimate commuter ebike?


Electric bicycles have exploded in popularity in the US and around the world. They provide the same personal mobility convenience as a bicycle, yet use an electric motor to help riders travel faster, farther, up steep hills and without the same level of exhaustion.

Tesla sells Maxwell’s ultracapacitor business amid dry electrode battery focus


Tesla has offloaded Maxwell Technologies’ ultracapacitor business to UCAP Power, Inc., a developer of ultracapacitor-based power solutions.

Suzuki Motor Corp and Daihatsu partners for smaller electric cars 

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Suzuki Motor Corp and Daihatsu partners for smaller electric cars . Suzuki Motor Corp and Daihatsu partners for commercial electric vehicles led by Toyota Motor Corp to help the alliance to expand its focus from trucks to smaller cars.

Elon Musk’s Starlink provides free internet in West German areas ravaged by floods


A week after Germany was hit by devastating floods that released two months’ worth of rainfall in just two days, several areas of the country remain severely hobbled by the effects of the natural disaster.

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350 EV charging stations installed under FAME Scheme 

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350 EV charging stations installed under FAME Scheme . Under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India Scheme 350 electric vehicle charging stations were installed.

Rivian to build second U.S. assembly plant, location to be determined


Rivian has confirmed that it is currently exploring locations for a second manufacturing facility within the United States. It would follow the company’s first facility located in Normal, Illinois. According to a report from Reuters , several U.S.