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Wärtsilä hits methanol milestone with first newbuild engine order

Green Car Congress

The technology group Wärtsilä has received its first order for newbuild methanol-fueled engines.

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The top-selling electric vehicles in the U.S. have two wheels

Green Car Reports

E-bikes might be more than a fad brought on by the pandemic. According to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA)—considering import data—e-bikes are the best-selling electric vehicles in the U.S.,

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Benevelli introduces new line of IPM electric motors for off-highway and eMobility vehicles

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Benevelli , an Italy-based producer of transaxles, wheel drives and electric motors, has launched the new SMAC Serie 270, a line of IPM (interior permanent magnet) electric motors systems ideal for off-highway and eMobility vehicles. IPM motors feature a rotor embedded with permanent magnets.

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Battery firm Factorial aiming to provide cells for EV testing, claiming up to 50% range boost

Green Car Reports

Solid-state battery firm Factorial Energy is nearly ready to provide test cells to automakers, the company said last week in a press release announcing completion of its Series D funding round. Factorial said it raised $200 million in the round, which was led by Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis.

Wisk Aero secures $450M from Boeing to advance certified autonomous electric flight

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Wisk, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first all-electric, self-flying air taxi in the US, has secured $450 million in funding from The Boeing Company, making it one of the most well-funded AAM companies in the world.

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Tesla shows off its super-effective HEPA filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode in crazy new test

Teslarati

Tesla released a new video to its YouTube channel today to show off its super-effective HEPA filter, which when combined with Bioweapon Defense Mode, keeps nearly all traces of pollution and particulate matter out of the cabin.

Researchers use induced activation to enhance catalytic activity twofold towards methanol steam reforming

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Researchers from Lehigh University, in collaboration with colleagues from the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), have developed an induced activation strategy to enhance the performance of the ternary Cu/Zu/AL 2 O 3 catalyst towards the methanol steam reforming (MSR) reaction (used as a model reaction).

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InCharge Energy releases scalable DC fast charger; 180kW unit can charge two fleet vehicles simultaneously

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InCharge Energy, a provider of turnkey electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for commercial fleets, introduced its latest charging hardware offering: the ICE-180.

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Report: Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi EV plan might boost models, platforms

Green Car Reports

Once an EV leader, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance has fallen behind. But on Thursday the automaker will unveil an ambitious EV plan that could help it make up lost ground, Reuters reported Sunday.

Toshiba releases high-voltage automotive photorelay; suited for use with battery management systems

Green Car Congress

Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH has launched a new normally open (NO) 1-Form-A photorelay that is intended for use in a multitude of battery- and hybrid-electric vehicle applications including within the battery management system (BMS), ground fault detection and identifying faults with mechanical relays. The new TLX9160T consists of an infrared emitting diode optically coupled to a photo-MOSFET and is Toshiba’s first device with a high output withstand voltage (VOFF) of at least 1500V.

General Motors makes $7B EV investment in Michigan official

Teslarati

Today, General Motors made its $7 billion plan to expand electric vehicle and EV parts manufacturing in Michigan official. CEO Mary Barra announced the plans to add 4,000 new jobs to the State through EV updates to its factories.

Ørsted acquiring 45% ownership of Liquid Wind FlagshipONE e-methanol project

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Ørsted and Liquid Wind AB have reached an agreement under which Ørsted will acquire a 45% ownership share of Liquid Wind AB’s FlagshipONE e-methanol project. Earlier post.). FlagshipONE is a late-stage development project and could become the world’s first large-scale sustainable e-methanol project. Liquid Wind AB plans to establish a series of facilities across Sweden to decarbonize the maritime sector, of which FlagshipONE will be the first.

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Boeing Wisk-ed away with Larry Page’s eVTOL – to the tune of $450 million

Electrek

Wisk Aero, the California-based eVTOL company from Google co-founder Larry Page, recently announced a $450 million funding boost from The Boeing Company to further develop its Cora, an electric VTOL aircraft that the company plans to get type-certified with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an autonomous, all-electric, air taxi.

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Lithion Recycling closes first tranche of Series A with up to C$125M

Green Car Congress

Canada-based Lithion Recycling closed a first tranche of Series A equity with a strategic group of investors led by IMM Investment Global Limited and supported by Fondaction and its managed fund, the LCC Fund. The size of the first round is expected to reach up to C$125 million (US$99 million). IMM Global will join the company’s Board of directors as a result of the significant investment.

Tesla ‘Passenger Play’ option prompts NHTSA to open Preliminary Evaluation

Teslarati

Tesla’s Passenger Play feature has prompted the NHTSA to open a “Preliminary Evaluation” into the capabilities of the option, which will require the automaker to submit certain information to the agency by March 4.

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Rio Tinto, Mongolia resolve issues over $6.925B Oyu Tolgoi copper project; underground operations to start

Green Car Congress

Rio Tinto, Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ) and the Government of Mongolia have reached an agreement that will move the Oyu Tolgoi (OT) copper mine project ( earlier post ) forward, resetting the relationship between the partners and increasing the value the project delivers for Mongolia.

E-bike sales surge, solid-state tech, Nissan EV plan: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

The e-bike market pulls past electric cars again. One of the top solid-state battery tech firms pushes ahead. And is Nissan preparing to ramp up its EV plan across an Alliance? This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

Massachusetts will host the first US solar on highway sound barriers [Update]

Electrek

Massachusetts-based Ko-Solar wants to put solar panels in places no one really notices, like on industrial building roofs, in parking lots , and sound barriers on highways. It may finally get its chance, in the Boston area. And that will be a US first.

Hertz says it is ‘actively receiving’ Tesla Model 3 rental cars across the country

Teslarati

Update: Hertz told Teslarati in a statement that it cannot currently share delivery figures but it did confirm that they are “actively receiving deliveries for both our retail and Uber rental fleet and have availability in several markets throughout the country as part of our phased national rollout.”

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Tesla releases Autopilot software update to better use regenerative braking for higher efficiency

Electrek

Tesla has started pushing a new software update that enables Autopilot to better use regenerative braking. It should result in higher efficiency and a smoother experience in stop-and-go traffic, where Autopilot is really useful.

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SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft returns to Earth after second trip to orbit

Teslarati

A SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft has safely returned to Earth after a month in orbit, completing the company’s 24th successful cargo delivery to the International Space Station (ISS).

Tesla appears to be finally adding a regular horn to its yoke steering wheel

Electrek

Tesla appears to have finally agreed to walk back one feature of its controversial yoke steering wheel, as it will now provide a regular horn. more… The post Tesla appears to be finally adding a regular horn to its yoke steering wheel appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla’s corporate family rating upgraded to Ba1 by Moody’s Investors Services

Teslarati

Tesla’s corporate family rating has been upgraded two levels from Ba3 to Ba1 by Moody’s Investors Services, citing a positive outlook that the automaker will maintain its position as the leading manufacturer of EVs.

Electric scooter company Ola shares first image of previously teased electric car

Electrek

Ola Electric is known for its low-cost and high-performance electric scooters, but the company has previously teased the idea of adding two more wheels and producing full-size electric cars. Now we’re getting a better idea of what an Ola electric car might look like.

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How Claude Shannon Helped Kick-start Machine Learning

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Among the great engineers of the 20th century, who contributed the most to our 21st-century technologies? I say: Claude Shannon. Shannon is best known for establishing the field of information theory.

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Foxconn chairman: Lordstown pickups will begin shipping this year

Electrek

Famous as a major iPhone assembler and would-be electric carmaker, Foxconn chairman Young Liu said on Sunday that electric pickup trucks will begin rolling out of the Lordstown, Ohio plant in the second half of this year.

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New Jobs Created by the EV Industry

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With several million EVs needed to achieve ambitious environmental goals, supply chains, manufacturing, and servicing jobs related to EVs must plan for the growing demand. The post New Jobs Created by the EV Industry appeared first on Smart Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations. Blog careers

GM and LG announce giant new 50 GWh battery cell factory in the US

Electrek

GM and LG Energy Solution, through their Ultium partnership, announced a giant new 50 GWh battery cell factory coming to Lansing, Michigan in the US. It’s going to be the third Ultium battery factory to support GM’s EV ambitions.

Pirelli launches P Zero tire specifically for Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance

Teslarati

Italian tire maker Pirelli has announced the launch of the P Zero tire made for the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance, the automaker’s fastest variant of its first all-electric vehicle.

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Kia announces 2022 EV6 pricing, starts at $33,400* in the US

Electrek

Kia America today announced pricing for its 2022 EV6 lineup, which is the brand’s first electric-only model. Pricing starts at $33,400 (here’s that asterisk) after the $7,500 federal vehicle tax credit for the 2WD “Light” model.

Road Test: 2022 Kia K5 GT 2.5L

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High-Performance Version of a Midsize Sedan. When the K5 replaced the Optima in 2021, Kia’s intention was to disrupt the midsize sedan market. Built on an all-new platform, the K5 is wider, longer and lower than the Optima, more powerful, and takes design cues from the performance minded Kia Stinger.

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Heavy-duty, go-anywhere electric 6×6 truck from EMotive gets funded

Electrek

Devon, UK-based EV startup Emotive recently surpassed its crowdfunding goals and now plans to develop its heavy-duty electric 6×6 to meet the growing electric demands of the UK’s fire rescue, farm, forestry, and adventure tourism markets.

Tesla Model Y Structural Battery Pack: What We Know (And Don't Know)

InsideEVs

Tesla's patent application and Model Y battery pack cutaways help us learn more about the structural battery pack

GM announces its largest investment ever, $7 billion, toward an EV production capacity over one million units by 2025

Electrek

Fresh off recent battery production news, General Motors (GM) is investing further into its US EV production, particularly in Michigan. In fact, the American automaker has announced a sum of $7 billion, its largest single investment in its 113 year history.

2018 Tesla Model S With 104,000 Miles Sells For A Whopping $51K

InsideEVs

Tesla's vehicles are so popular, even used models with high mileage are selling at a premium

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Tesla (TSLA) Q4 2021 earnings preview: Here’s what to expect

Electrek

Tesla (TSLA) is set to announce its fourth-quarter and full-year 2021 financial results tomorrow, January 26, after the markets close. As usual, a conference call and Q&A with Tesla’s management is scheduled after the results.

See Camouflaged Volkswagen ID. Buzz Spotted In Norway

InsideEVs

It simply showed up at a fast charging station