Wed.Jan 19, 2022

Cummins completes 50% acquisition of Momentum Fuel Technologies; JV to focus on natural gas solutions

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Cummins Inc. and Rush Enterprises, Inc. have closed on Cummins’ acquisition of 50% equity interest in Momentum Fuel Technologies from Rush Enterprises. Earlier post.) The joint venture between Rush Enterprises and Cummins will seek to enhance production of near-zero emissions natural gas powertrains by manufacturing Cummins-branded natural gas fuel delivery systems for the commercial vehicle market in North America.

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GM fuel-cell tech could enable more EV fast-charging, help prevent blackouts

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As General Motors works to fill its lineup with battery electric passenger vehicles, it’s made clear that it sees hydrogen fuel-cell technology as an important part for future zero-emissions growth in bigger vehicles. Think heavy-duty commercial trucks, locomotives, and aerospace applications.


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Blink Charging to supply IQ 200 EV chargers to GM dealerships in US and Canada

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Blink Charging, a leading owner, operator, and provider of EV charging equipment and services, is deploying EV chargers at General Motors (GM) dealerships in the US and Canada.

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Blink 80-amp chargers will ready GM dealerships for Cadillac Lyriq, GMC Hummer EV

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Blink Charging will supply Level 2 charging stations to General Motors dealerships in the United States and Canada, the company announced Tuesday in a press release.

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Nikola and Proterra agree to long-term battery supply for zero-emission Class 8 trucks

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Nikola and Proterra announced a strategic, multi-year supply agreement to power Nikola zero-emission semi-trucks with Proterra’s battery technology. Proterra product is expected to be incorporated in the Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and Tre fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).

BMW X3 plug-in hybrid dropped, leaves no entry for brand in fast-growing EV SUV segment

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The BMW X3 xDrive30e plug-in hybrid has been dropped for the 2022 model year, the automaker confirmed in a press release of its updates for the new model year.

Mopar introduces new at-home plug-in wall chargers for Jeep 4xe models and Chrysler Pacifica

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Mopar has introduced new, Wi-Fi-capable, Level 2 (240-volt) charging units for at-home charging for Jeep 4xe and Chrysler plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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EV Connect introduces flexible EV charging solution designed for fleets

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EV Connect announced the general availability of its Fleet Charging Management Platform.

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One of Tesla’s (TSLA) largest individual shareholders calls for optimistic 2022 guidance


Leo KoGuan, one of Tesla’s ( NASDAQ:TSLA ) largest individual shareholders, is calling on the company to provide an optimistic 2022 vehicle delivery guidance.

NREL review explores potential value of EV managed charging for realizing effective vehicle-grid integration

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A team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has completed a literature review on the potential value of EV managed charging.

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A bunch of former SpaceX engineers are making electric and autonomous railway vehicles


A bunch of former SpaceX engineers banded together to create a new startup looking to make electric and autonomous railway vehicles to revolutionize rail-based freight transport. They have a big task ahead of them.

ICCT report finds expected surge in renewable diesel production could have damaging environmental impacts due to feedstock demand

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The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has released a report prepared by the consultancy Cerulogy that explores the potential market and environmental impacts of increased capacity for renewable diesel produced by hydrotreating oils and fats in the US.

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Tesla water supply, drinking water not at risk due to increase pumping rates: Environment Minister


Brandenburg State Environment Minister Axel Vogel said on Wednesday during a State Parliament meeting in Potsdam that Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin, nor the approved contracts for increased water withdrawal, have any negative effects on the drinking water of 170,000 people.

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Honda signs joint development agreement with SES for Li-metal batteries; to take 2% stake

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Honda Motor announced that, in December 2021, it signed a joint development agreement with SES Holdings Pte. the area of Lithium-metal rechargeable batteries. Moreover, SES plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) via a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transaction, and through the PIPE (private investment in public equity) offering by the SPAC, Honda plans to acquire approximately 2% of the shares of SES AI Corporation, the company to be listed on NYSE.

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Electric Airstream concept is the RV industry’s ‘iPhone moment’


Thor industries just revealed its new electric Airstream concept, and made every other RV on the market – even the ones announced a few short hours ago – seem like antique relics of a distant past.

BMDV providing €20M to support fleet electrification and infrastructure

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The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) is investing a further €20 million in the procurement of vehicles for fleets and the development of charging infrastructure as part of its electromobility funding guideline. The ministry approved a total of 86 projects, 36 of them by municipalities and 50 by companies. The BMDV is thus supporting the procurement of more than 1,000 vehicles and almost 250 charging points within the framework of this guideline.

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NASA updates status of SpaceX’s next two astronaut launches


NASA has updated the status of SpaceX’s next two crewed Falcon 9 launches – one fully private and the other for the space agency.

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Volkswagen and Bosch exploring establishing European provider of battery production systems

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The Volkswagen Group and the Bosch Group have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the establishment of a European battery equipment solution provider. The two companies plan to supply integrated battery production systems as well as on-site ramp-up and maintenance support for battery cell and system manufacturers. The companies are aiming for cost and technology leadership in the industrialization of battery technology and the volume production of sustainable, cutting-edge batteries.

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IIHS announces new ratings set for the safeguards of semi-autonomous vehicles


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that it is developing a new ratings program that evaluates the safeguards that vehicles with partial automation employ to help drivers stay attentive.

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24M finalizes deal with Volkswagen Group to partner on next-gen EV battery manufacturing; new VW subsidiary

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24M Technologies, Inc. 24M) has finalized its deal, announced in December 2021 ( earlier post ) with Volkswagen Group (VWAG). Through the strategic partnership, Volkswagen will manufacture next-generation lithium-ion EV batteries using the 24M SemiSolid platform for use in Group electric vehicles.

A second US offshore wind farm just got approved for construction


The US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today gave final permitting approval to South Fork – New York’s first offshore wind farm. It’s now the second US offshore wind project authorized by the US government to begin construction.

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Rivian launches partnership with upscale camping company Under Canvas


Rivian and Under Canvas, a company known for providing upscale outdoor accommodations, will launch a first-of-its-kind partnership to bring Rivian’s Waypoint electric vehicle charging stations to the Under Canvas camp locations.

Yamaha launches striking new electric scooter that uses Gogoro’s swappable batteries


It’s been a big few days for Gogoro, with Yamaha announcing a new electric scooter using the company’s swappable batteries just hours after a big funding announcement.

LG Innotek and Samsung are bidding for Tesla camera module orders: report


Recent reports from South Korean media outlets have suggested that companies like LG Innotek and Samsung Electro-Mechanics are currently competing for a supply contract for Tesla cameras.

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Rivian partners with Under Canvas to bring EV charging to most beautiful camping sites in the US


Rivian announced a new partnership with Under Canvas to bring EV charging to some of the most beautiful campgrounds in the US. more… The post Rivian partners with Under Canvas to bring EV charging to most beautiful camping sites in the US appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla driver charged with vehicular manslaughter, NHTSA to release findings regarding Autopilot use


A Tesla driver involved in an accident in California over two years ago is now being formally charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter.

Skyportz signs agreement with airport parking company to build 400 eVTOL vertiports


The air-taxi infrastructure hopefuls at Skyportz have expanded their plans to provide eVTOL takeoff and landing sites throughout Australia by partnering an with airport and parking garage that’s looking for a new lifeline.

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Tesla’s $137M verdict in racism case is “extremely high” says judge: Report


District Judge William Orrick stated he was inclined to deny Tesla’s request for a new trial on the racism case brought against it by ex-employee Owen Diaz if the former Tesla worker agrees to a reduction in damages, reported Bloomberg.

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Koenigsegg gets into Tesla tuning through a partnership with Unplugged Performance


A new collaboration between hypercar company Koenigsegg and Tesla tuner Unplugged Performance will lead to the former manufacturing aftermarket parts for Tesla vehicles. more… The post Koenigsegg gets into Tesla tuning through a partnership with Unplugged Performance appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla’s $137M settlement in racism case is “extremely high” says judge: Report


District Judge William Orrick stated he was inclined to deny Tesla’s request for a new trial on the racism case brought against it by ex-employee Owen Diaz if the former Tesla worker agrees to a reduction in damages, reported Bloomberg.

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Winnebago e-RV electric motorhome concept kicks off a new era of RVing


As promised , Winnebago took the wraps off an all-new electric RV concept at the Florida RV Super Show in Tampa, this week – and it is significantly more advanced and capable than their first attempt, from back in 2018.

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Can Freight Train Cars Go Electric—and Self-Driving?

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Moving freight by rail hasn’t changed a whole heck of a lot over the last several decades. And there are good reasons for this: trains can move freight four times more efficiently than trucks can, and they can move a huge amount of it at once with minimal human supervision.

Ducati confirms its upcoming racing electric motorcycle to lead to electric Ducati street bikes


Ducati’s upcoming racing electric motorcycle designed for the FIM MotoE racing series will be used to further develop the company’s street offerings for consumers.

VW Reportedly Bringing Back The e-Up As Demand For Cheap EVs Soars


Reports from Germany claim the VW e-Up is coming back in mid-February with a starting price of around €17,000 after local incentives

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Automobili Pininfarina expands North American retail presence ahead of Battista hyper GT deliveries this year


European boutique hypercar manufacturer Automobili Pininfarina has announced a further expansion of its retail presence in North America, adding two new locations.

Taking Cosmology to the Far Side of the Moon

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A team of Chinese researchers are planning to use the moon as a shield to detect otherwise hard-to-observe low frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum and open up a new window on the universe.

Elon Musk: Tesla could play a role in Artificial General Intelligence, decentralize Tesla Bot to avoid Terminator scenario


Elon Musk announced that he is thinking about involving Tesla in the creation of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). He also added that he plans on decentralizing the control of Tesla Bot to avoid a Terminator-like scenario.

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