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NYC had electric taxis in the '90s—the 1890s, that is

Green Car Reports

New York City's iconic fleet of taxis once included some EVs—but you have to look back more than a century to find them. As National Geographic explains in a recent article, electric taxis had a brief moment of popularity in the city in the 1890s. The fleet quickly grew from a dozen vehicles in 1897 to over 100 by 1899. It's an important.

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After Tesla, the surprising next best-selling electric vehicle in America is this electric bike

Electrek

In a world where electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, it’s no surprise that the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 are the best-selling EVs in the United States. But what if I told you that the third best-selling electric vehicle in America isn’t a car at all? It’s actually an electric bike!

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Mercedes and Stellantis pause European EV battery plans, look to LFP

Green Car Reports

Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis are pausing work on two EV battery plants and may be looking to LFP battery cells to lower costs, reports Bloomberg. Automotive Cells Company (ACC), a battery supplier for the two automakers with plans to open three new battery plants in Europe at a cost of 7.6 billion euros (approximately $8.2 billion at current.

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Volvo’s first all-electric EX90 rolls off the production line in South Carolina

Electrek

Volvo’s first all-electric EX90 SUV rolled off the production line in South Carolina Wednesday. Deliveries of the US-made Volvo EX90 are set for the second half of 2024 as the Swedish automaker embarks on a new era.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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Tesla builds 50 million 4680 battery cells at Giga Texas

Teslarati

Tesla announced today that it has built 50 million 4680 battery cells at its Giga Texas plant in Austin. The company made its announcement through a post on X, along with a collage of team members at Giga Texas who contributed to the goal: Congrats 4680 Cell Manufacturing team on building their 50 millionth battery cell at Giga Texas! pic.twitter.com/zMhzAOghLi — Tesla (@Tesla) June 5, 2024 Tesla’s 4680 production has increased significantly as it is building the battery cells for electric

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Archer Aviation receives FAA certification to begin commercial air taxi operations

Electrek

One week after sharing plans to bring commercial eVTOL operations to South Korea, advanced air mobility developer Archer Aviation is touting a key milestone in the US. The eVTOL air taxi manufacturer has received Part 135 certification from the FAA – a vital certificate to begin commercial flights – and Archer is now one of two air taxi companies worldwide to confirm the receipt of one.

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NIO is building its third EV plant as it can no longer meet demand

Electrek

Who said EV sales were slowing? NIO kicked off construction on its third EV plant as the existing two can no longer meet demand. Amid reports that the new plant will boost production capacity to that of Tesla’s Shanghai plant, NIO’s president clarified rumors.

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Tesla finally improves Auto Wipers — but how?

Teslarati

Tesla has finally improved the functionality and operation of the Auto Wiper feature, something that many owners have complained about in the past. With the new 2024.14 Software Update, the automaker has detailed the changes it made to improve its performance. The Auto Wipers have been a pain point for Tesla owners, as they are one of the most frequently complained-about features.

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Winning: diesel demand hits 26-year low as EV, hydrogen sales boom

Electrek

US diesel demand plummeted to its lowest seasonal level in 26 years last quarter – but is that due to a down economy, or booming commercial EV sales?

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“Madmen fuelling the madness:” UN chief demands end to fossil fuel advertising

The Driven EV News

UN chief Antonio Guterres calls out fossil fuel industries as "godfathers of chaos" for their efforts to sabotage the world's actions on climate, and calls for fossil fuel advertising ban. The post “Madmen fuelling the madness:” UN chief demands end to fossil fuel advertising appeared first on The Driven.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

Brief

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The US installed more solar in Q1 2024 than it did in all of 2018

Electrek

In Q1 2024, the US saw the largest quarter of solar manufacturing growth in its history, bringing its total installed capacity to 200 GW.

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Tesla hires longtime GEICO exec to help with insurance costs

Teslarati

Tesla has hired a long-time GEICO executive to manage its Insurance program and make costs and premiums more affordable for drivers. Tesla launched its in-house insurance program in the United States in 2019. Most drivers have not adopted it because the rates are still higher than the company planned for them to be. Insurance costs were expected to be lower because Tesla knows its vehicles better than the large insurance companies out there.

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First drive with Mercury Marine’s electric Avator motors: A smooth, quiet ride (for small boats) [Video]

Electrek

A major name in marine mobility is dipping its toe into all-electric motors – Mercury. The noted developer of marine technologies has launched its five initial outboards under its new Avator lineup of all-electric motors, and I got the chance to test each of them out in Charleston, South Carolina. Be sure to check out the video below to see just how quiet these electric motors truly are.

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Tesla Sentry Mode helps police arrest suspect in intent to murder case

Teslarati

Tesla Sentry Mode helped police find and arrest a suspect in a case where a shooter was charged with Intent to Murder, along with several other charges, in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, a shooting that occurred in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, sent a victim to the hospital after he was struck with a bullet in the stomach following a confrontation.

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

Oil

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Kia opens EV3 orders in Korea with a starting price of $30,700

Electrek

The newest affordable electric car has officially hit the market. Kia began accepting orders for its new EV3 in Korea this week with a starting price of $30,700 (KRW 42.08 million). The EV3 is Kia’s third EV and the first of its next-gen affordable lineup.

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Report: Stellantis May Cut Loose Suppliers to Cope With EV Costs

The Truth About Cars

Stellantis is reportedly considering dumping some of its suppliers to help offset the massive costs associated in transitioning to all-electric vehicles. As part of its Dare Forward 2030 strategy, the automaker plans on investing at least €50 billion toward electrification over the next decade and looks like it'll need every penny. “When suppliers are not racing at the same speed of our teams, our teams see a big benefit to insource,” Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares was quoted by Bloomberg as sayi

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Ford U.S. EV Sales Rocket 65% In May 2024 To Third-Best Month Ever

InsideEVs

All three models—the F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit van—noted significantly better results than a year ago.

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The US is putting enough solar to power 400,000 homes on old nuclear weapons sites

Electrek

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is going to repurpose sites previously used in the nuclear weapons program into solar farms.

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Volvo Cars Starts Production of Fully Electric EX90 SUV in Charleston, South Carolina

CleanTechnica EVs

We are in a celebratory mood this week, as our factory outside Charleston, South Carolina has now started building our new electric flagship SUV — and the first customer deliveries are scheduled for the second half of this year. The EX90 not only expands our portfolio of fully electric cars, [continued] The post Volvo Cars Starts Production of Fully Electric EX90 SUV in Charleston, South Carolina appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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An electric Jeep Wrangler may not be coming anytime soon, but another off-road EV is

Electrek

The iconic Jeep Wrangler may not get an all-electric version anytime soon, but the rugged SUV brand is planning to launch a new off-road EV. Inspired by the Wrangler, Jeep’s new off-road EV is designed for adventurers as a fully capable electric SUV.

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Tesla billionaire investor Ron Baron supports ratification of Musk’s 2018 pay package

Teslarati

Legendary investor Ron Baron has noted that he would be voting in favor of the ratification of Elon Musk’s 2018 CEO Performance Award. Baron’s rationale behind his vote was highlighted in an open letter and discussed in a segment on CNBC’s Squawk Box. In his open letter, Baron noted that Musk’s 2018 compensation package included aggressive performance metrics that — at the time when the CEO Performance Award was approved — few believed were possible.

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GreenPower just launched a new electric refrigerated delivery truck

Electrek

Today, GreenPower (Nasdaq: GP) debuted its latest electric truck offering, the electric refrigerated medium-duty delivery truck, the EV Star REEFERX.

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AI in healthcare is taking over – for the better

Innovation News Network

Artificial Intelligence is becoming a buzzword around the workforce, but AI in healthcare could be life-saving. The post AI in healthcare is taking over – for the better appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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Tesla Cybertruck gets warm reception from Monaco’s Prince Albert II

Teslarati

The Principality of Monaco may be known as the city-state where Ferraris and Bentleys are commonplace, but on Tuesday, the attention of Prince Albert II was focused on a vehicle that’s far larger and more brutalist than even the most exotic supercars — the Tesla Cybertruck. A video shared of the Sovereign’s encounter with the all-electric pickup truck suggested that Prince Albert II seemed to have enjoyed his time with the vehicle.

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Factorial delivers 106+ amp-hour solid-state cells to Mercedes-Benz to validate for EV use

Electrek

Seven months after shipping out A-samples of its 100+ amp-hour (Ah) solid-state battery cells to automotive partners, Factorial Inc. is sending more energy-dense B-samples to Mercedes-Benz. Through a joint development agreement with Factorial, Mercedes will further validate the next phase of solid-state batteries, moving one step closer to integration in future passenger EVs.

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SpaceX sends 20 Starlink satellites airborne on special day for Falcon 9

Teslarati

SpaceX sent 20 more Starlink satellites into space on Tuesday night on a special day for the Falcon 9 rocket: the 14th anniversary of its first-ever launch. It also launched from the same pad on Tuesday that it did in 2010. The Falcon 9 rocket with tail number B1067 launched from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 10:16 p.m. EDT on Tuesday night.

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Volkswagen unveils the new ID.7 GTX as its most powerful EV yet

Electrek

The Volkswagen ID.7 is gaining new variants with more power, longer range, and sporty design. Volkswagen unveiled the new ID.7 GTX, its most powerful EV yet. It’s also launching the ID.7 Pro S pre-orders with up to 440 miles (709 km) WLTP range.

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Spotify’s Car Thing Is a Cautionary Tale About Connected Automotive Products

The Truth About Cars

Spotify has found itself on the receiving end of consumer backlash after announcing it would no longer continue support of its Car Thing media device. The company discontinued the unit shortly after its release and has since confirmed it will be launching a firmware update at the end of 2024 that will render it inoperable — exposing itself to a class action lawsuit from customers demanding refunds.

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Volvo EX90 Production Started In Charleston, South Carolina

InsideEVs

With up to 300 miles of range, the Volvo EX90 carries on the success of the XC90. Customer deliveries in the U.S. begin in the second half of 2024.

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Making Electric Motors More Efficient, Affordable By 3D-Printing Magnets

CleanTechnica EVs

A $2.6M project will fine tune an advanced manufacturing approach that opens doors to more power-dense and sustainable magnetic materials. Improving electric motor efficiency, reducing costs and ultimately making them without heavy rare-earth elements are the goals of a new $2.6 million project led by the University of Michigan. Today. [continued] The post Making Electric Motors More Efficient, Affordable By 3D-Printing Magnets appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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BYD Reportedly Sold 5,000 Qin L PHEV Sedans In First Three Days

InsideEVs

The $13,500 PHEV sedan has been a serious hit in China, and will likely allow BYD to hit its 3.6 million units sold goal for 2024.

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Audi EV fightback! Busiest period ever for German brand as it targets electric cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo

EV Central

Audi’s EV fightback kicks off now with the triple motor SQ8 e-tron and upcoming Q4 e-tron that’s primed to take advantage of the generous fringe benefits tax (FBT) exemption. But the real action is over the next two years as the German brand heads towards its busiest period of new model action in its century-long history. More than 20 models – most of them electric and most of them all-new – are due over the coming years as Audi looks to refresh its model line-up and catch up luxury rivals who a

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Finland’s Kempower just opened a DC fast charger factory in North Carolina

Electrek

Finnish EV charger manufacturer Kempower officially opened its first US DC fast charger factory in Durham, North Carolina.

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Stellantis And Mercedes-Benz Press Pause On Two EV Battery Gigafactories

InsideEVs

The Automotive Cells Company joint venture pledged to invest as much as $7.6B in three factories. Just one has been built so far.

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