Wed.Jan 12, 2022

Moscow deploys its 1,000th electric bus; targeting 2,200 by end of 2023

Green Car Congress

Moscow has deployed its 1000 th electric bus. This electric bus has become the 400 th vehicle purchased with the funds from the green bonds.

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Research could help extend EV battery life by 30%, slow degradation

Green Car Reports

Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University claim to have found a method to "revitalize" lithium-ion batteries, potentially extending their useful lifespan by nearly 30%. The research points to a novel way to slow battery degradation.

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U Mich team develops 1,000-cycle lithium-sulfur battery

Green Car Congress

A University of Michigan team has shown that a network of aramid nanofibers, recycled from Kevlar, can enable lithium-sulfur batteries to overcome their Achilles heel of cycle life, delivering an estimated 1,000 real-world cycles. A paper on their work is published in Nature Communications.

In the shift to electric, the three-box sedan is obsolete: Here’s why

Green Car Reports

Not everyone who wants an electric vehicle wants an SUV. There’s still life for longer and lower electric cars—especially as highway models that are optimized toward maximizing driving range.

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Toshiba launches 20Ah-HP SCiB rechargeable Li-ion battery; high energy and high power

Green Car Congress

Toshiba Corporation expanded its SCiB product offering with the launch of a 20Ah-HP rechargeable lithium-ion battery cell that delivers high energy and high power at the same time.

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Tesla Giga Berlin’s approval process won’t be affected by water supply lawsuit: Minister Steinbach

Teslarati

On Wednesday, January 12, Brandenburg’s Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach stated that the Frankfurt (Oder) administrative court’s judgment on the water supply lawsuit concerning Eggersdorf waterworks would not affect Tesla Giga Berlin’s approval process.

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General Motors introduces omnichannel used car marketplace CarBravo

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General Motors introduced CarBravo, a new marketplace for used vehicles. GM says that CarBravo will offer used-vehicle customers access to an expansive inventory, an omnichannel shopping experience and exclusive ownership benefits.

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BMW i Ventures invests in HeyCharge to amplify EV charging rollout at residential locations; Y Combinator alum

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BMW i Ventures announced a lead investment in HeyCharge , the German start-up democratizing access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in apartment complexes, office buildings and other infrastructure locations. HeyCharge was in Y Combinator’s Summer 2021 batch of start-ups.

Tesla is getting a new batch of Giga Press deliveries in Gigafactory Texas

Teslarati

Recent drone flyovers at the Gigafactory Texas site have revealed that Tesla is currently receiving what appears to be a new batch of Giga Press parts.

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FREYR Battery and Aleees to pursue LFP cathode manufacturing joint venture in Nordic region

Green Car Congress

Norway-based FREYR Battery and Taiwan-based Aleees, a producer of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode materials for batteries, have signed a Head of Terms agreement to pursue a joint venture with the ambition to establish an LFP cathode plant in the Nordic region. The joint venture partners will seek to commence production in 2024, coinciding with the anticipated ramp-up of operations from FREYR’s first Gigafactory in Mo i Rana, Norway.

Tesla Gigafactory Texas will sit on ‘Tesla Road’ following unanimous vote on name change

Teslarati

Tesla Gigafactory Texas will not move geographical locations, but it will be on a new road. On Tuesday evening, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to pass Item 21 on the agenda, which would change “Harold Green Road” to “Tesla Road.”

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Rheinmetall setting up JV with PolyCharge for DC-link capacitors; taking 13% stake

Green Car Congress

As part of its electrification strategy, Rheinmetall is setting up a joint venture with the US start-up PolyCharge America, Inc. to produce, develop and market DC-link capacitors. Underlying this move is Rheinmetall’s goal of gaining a stronger foothold in the rapidly growing markets for electromobility and industrial applications as well as accessing subsystems and components necessary for making innovative products in future.

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Government data shows gasoline vehicles are up to 100x more prone to fires than EVs

Electrek

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Unless it pertains to EV fires, as that’s more smoke and mirrors.

ExxonMobil acquires 49.9% stake in Biojet AS

Green Car Congress

ExxonMobil is acquiring a 49.9% stake in Biojet AS , a Norwegian biofuels company that plans to convert forestry and wood-based construction waste into lower-emissions biofuels and biofuel components. Biojet AS plans to develop up to five facilities to produce the biofuels and biofuel components. The company anticipates commercial production to begin in 2025 at a manufacturing plant to be built in Follum, Norway.

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Taiwan soon to have more Gogoro electric scooter battery swap stations than gas stations

Electrek

Electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro is famous for its battery-swapping network of GoStations that extensively covers its native Taiwan. The system has become so popular that it will soon eclipse the number of gas stations on the island nation.

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Covenant Logistics Group signs letter of intent for 10 Nikola Tre BEVs and 40 Tre FCEVs

Green Car Congress

Nikola Corporation and Covenant Logistics Group, a total logistics provider based in Chattanooga, Tenn., announced a collaboration that will further Covenant’s sustainability objectives by adding 50 zero-emission vehicles to its fleet. This collaboration includes a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 10 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and 40 Nikola Tre fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), following the satisfactory completion of a Nikola Tre BEV and Nikola Tre FCEV demonstration program.

SpaceX set to conduct world’s first and second orbital launches of 2022

Teslarati

After a minor issue forced startup Virgin Orbit to delay an upcoming mission by 24 hours, SpaceX is now on track to conduct both the first and second orbital launches of 2022.

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Proton Motor Fuel Cell, Torqeedo partner on new Ma-Hy-Hy project for marine hydrogen hybrid propulsion system

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Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH is working with Torqeedo on an innovative hydrogen hybrid propulsion system building kit for maritime mobility, which will be able to deliver fuel cell powers between 30 and 120 kW and variable hydrogen storage capacity. As part of the DEUTZ Group, Torqeedo offers marine electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 to 100 kW for commercial and recreational use.

Volkswagen reports 96% increase in deliveries of electric vehicles in 2021

Teslarati

Volkswagen said that deliveries of its all-electric vehicles increased by 96 percent in 2021 compared to 2020. The surge in sales for the German automaker helped the company claim the title of best-selling EV brand in Europe in 2021.

EIA expects annual US crude oil production to surpass pre-pandemic levels in 2023

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The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that US oil production will average 12.4 million barrels per day during 2023, surpassing the record high for domestic crude oil production set in 2019. In its January Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts US crude oil production will increase for nine consecutive quarters, from the fourth quarter of 2021 through 2023. EIA also expects OPEC to increase its crude oil production to 28.9

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Redwood CEO JB Straubel talks battery supply crisis, dubs tenure at Tesla as “amazing adventure”

Teslarati

During a recent interview with CNN anchor Julia Chatterley, Tesla co-founder and Redwood Materials CEO JB Straubel shared his thoughts about what he estimates is an upcoming electric vehicle battery supply crisis, his thoughts on the adoption of recycled batteries, and his long tenure with the Elon Musk-led EV maker.

New York Bight gets green light for massive 480,000 acre offshore wind deal

Electrek

The New York Bight auction will be the first offshore wind lease sale in over three years. Once built, the project will provide thousands of new jobs and enough clean, renewable energy to power millions of homes for decades. So, of course, a clueless gaggle of New Jersey NIMBYs has a problem with it.

The Boring Company shares sneak peek of Prufrock-1 constructing the Vegas Loop Resorts World exit

Teslarati

The Boring Company (TBC) provided a sneak peek into the Vegas Loop project after the LVCC Loop’s outstanding performance during CES 2022. The tunneling company showed Prufrock-1’s progress with the Resorts World exit.

Volkswagen doubles electric vehicle deliveries in 2021

Electrek

Despite overall sales being down about eight percent on the back of global supply chain and chip shortage issues, Volkswagen sold more battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2021 than ever, with more than seven percent of all VW-badged cars having been sold with plugs.

Tesla launches efforts to stop CA’s solar tax, which Musk dubs as “anti-environment”

Teslarati

With the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) potentially taking a vote on its proposed new net metering rules as early as January 27, American electric vehicle and energy company Tesla is launching a dedicated effort to stop the initiative.

Windows giant Andersen leads $30M funding of solar window company

Electrek

US window manufacturing giant Andersen Corporation is leading a series B $30 million funding round of solar window company Ubiquitous Energy. more… The post Windows giant Andersen leads $30M funding of solar window company appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla’s Full Self-Driving regulation process to be further examined by California DMV

Teslarati

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is further examining the regulation process of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta program to determine whether it could be held under the DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations.

Tesla owners are again losing heat in extreme cold as some heat pumps are failing badly

Electrek

Tesla owners are again losing heat in extremely cold weather as some heat pumps are failing badly. The problem was thought to be fixed last year, but it is resurging in a big way this year.

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Tesla (TSLA) Q4 and FY 2021 earnings call set for Jan 26, Musk expected to share product roadmap update

Teslarati

Tesla ( NASDAQ:TSLA ) will hold its Q4 and Full Year 2021 earnings call on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. As usual, Tesla will send out a brief advisory before the call with a link to a Q4 and Full Year 2021 update. The live question and answer webcast will start at around 4:30 p.m.

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EV sales rising ahead of schedule in EU & UK, predicted to overtake gasoline vehicles by 2025

Electrek

Efforts by automakers and legislators overseas appear to be paying off, as a new study found that consumers’ transition to all-electric vehicles in the EU and UK is “inevitable.”

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USPS says full-EV fleet not possible by 2033, requires $2.3B in additional investments

Teslarati

The United States Postal Service said in its December 2021 Environmental Impact Statement report that committing to a fully-electric fleet of 75,000 mail delivery vehicles would require an additional $2.3 billion investment.

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Elon Musk says California proposal to cut solar incentives is a ‘bizarre anti-environment move’

Electrek

Late Tuesday evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighed in on a controversial topic in California: the state’s solar tax proposal. Musk tweeted that California’s proposal was a “bizarre anti-environment move by govt of California.”

Revitalized EV batteries, obsolete sedans, dealerships and EVs: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

State franchise laws still present a different reality for EV shoppers, depending on the location. In the shift to electric, is the sedan obsolete? And can EV battery degradation be reversed with a certain charging method? This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

You’ve heard of electric bike sharing – now check out electric boat sharing

Electrek

For some time now we’ve been following the development of the Candela C-8 electric hydrofoil boat, whose Swedish manufacturer says is the fastest electric speedboat in the world. Or at least it will be, once it makes its maiden voyage later this winter.

Dealers thrived in 2021: Are state franchise laws hindering EV adoption?

Green Car Reports

Another year has gone by without a resolution to the fight between franchised dealerships—which had a strong 2021 thanks to weak supply and strong demand—and the direct-sales model pioneered by Tesla, and now taken up by Rivian and Lucid.

Kia EV6 deliveries are up to 3 months ahead of schedule

Electrek

The all-new Kia EV6 is one of the most hotly anticipated new cars of the year – electric or otherwise.

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Love Your Gas Car But Hate Emissions? Time for an EV Conversion

EV Club of CT

By Analiese Mione But I love my car. I have heard that refrain so many times when speaking to everyday people about driving electric. Now you can keep the car you love and nix the. Read more.