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BYD launches Blade Battery to address battery safety in EVs

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BYD launched the Blade Battery, a development intended to mitigate concerns about battery safety in electric vehicles. The Blade Battery has been developed by BYD over the past several years. The individual cells are arranged together in an array and then inserted into a battery pack. Due to its optimized battery pack structure, the space utilization of the battery pack is increased by more than 50% compared to conventional lithium iron phosphate block batteries using modules.

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Electric cars are cleaner than gasoline ones in 95% of the world, study finds

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A new study confirms what electric car drivers already know: that EVs are cleaner than gasoline cars, even when emissions from electricity generation are factored in. Electric cars are in fact cleaner than gasoline cars in 95% of the world, according to a joint study by the Universities of Cambridge, Exeter, and Nijmegen (via BBC News). The only. emissions

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2021 BMW 330e and 330e xDrive PHEV sedans priced in US starting at $44,550 and $46,550

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BMW is introducing the BMW 330e and 330e xDrive PHEV sedans ( earlier post ) in the US with an MSRP of $44,550 for 330e and $46,550 for 330e xDrive sedan plus $995 Dest. The new BMW 330e and 330e xDrive Sedans utilize an intelligently controlled powertrain consisting of an electric motor, a high voltage battery pack and an internal combustion gasoline engine to enhance the performance driving experience of the 3 Series.

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Aptera's hyper-efficient, solar-charged car: Does $2 gas change its appeal?

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Is it a good idea to market an efficiency-focused car around oil dependence when national-average gas prices are headed toward $2.00 a gallon? A video recently last Tuesday by Aptera takes exactly that angle—introducing the company’s electric three-wheeler in light of international conflict and climate change, as related to the oil. youtube

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Electric VTOL company Lilium completes $240M funding round

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Lilium, the Munich-based aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for regional air mobility ( earlier post ), completed an internal funding round worth more than $240 million. The round was led by Tencent, with participation from other existing investors including Atomico, Freigeist and LGT. The all-electric Lilium Jet is a tilt jet aircraft with 36 engines mounted on its flaps.

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Ethanol may be the loser amid cheap gas and an oil glut

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As gas prices plummet toward the $2-per-gallon mark on a national level—with some regions already reporting $1 gas—forecasts are suggesting the bargain pump prices will last at least through the summer. The cheap gas, at a national-average $2.01 as of Monday morning, according to AAA, comes as a rare bit of positive financial news for

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First DAF CF Electric refuse collection truck delivered to ROVA

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As part of a field test comprising four comparable vehicles, the first DAF CF Electric 6x2 refuse collection truck has entered operations with Dutch public waste disposal firm ROVA. The vehicle features a zero-emission VDL electric powertrain alongside a fully electric VDL refuse collection superstructure. The vehicle will be operated by ROVA in the Dutch city of Zwolle.

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Study links air pollution to dementia and cardiovascular disease

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People continuously exposed to air pollution are at increased risk of dementia, especially if they also suffer from cardiovascular diseases, according to a study at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal JAMA Neurology. Patients with cardiovascular diseases who live in polluted environments may require additional support from care providers to prevent dementia, according to the researchers. The number of people living with dementia is projected to triple in the next 30 years.

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Review: Volvo XC40 Recharge

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Volvo promised that all of its cars would be electrified in some way by 2020, and it completed that task recently by adding a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the popular XC40 SUV

New SEAT Leon first model of the brand to offer five different powertrain technologies: gasoline, diesel, MHEV, PHEV and CNG

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The all-new SEAT Leon offers five different powertrain technologies: gasoline (TSI); diesel (TDI); mild-hybrid (eTSI); plug-in hybrid (eHybrid); and compressed natural gas (TGI). SEAT is a member of the Volkswagen Group. In total, there are eleven different mechanical variants, with power outputs ranging from 90 PS with the 1.0 TSI to 204 PS with the SEAT Leon eHybrid. The all-new SEAT Leon also offers different predefined drive modes—Eco, Normal, Comfort and Sport—to the driver.

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