Fri.Mar 11, 2022

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MIT, Brookhaven team develops simple method for stabilizing interfaces in solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Green Car Congress

Solid-state batteries could potentially not only deliver twice as much energy for their size, they also could virtually eliminate the fire hazard associated with today’s lithium-ion batteries. However, instabilities at the boundary between the solid electrolyte layer and the two electrodes on either side can dramatically shorten the lifetime of such batteries.

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Rivian plans LFP cells, heat pump, 800V upgrade; 2022 production plan halved to 25,000

Green Car Reports

Rivian revealed updates on R1T, R1S, and EDV van production; information on preorders; and what amounted to its most significant product update in months, as part of a letter to shareholders and Q&A held Thursday. The company is ramping up production, gradually and with plenty of supply-chain-related fits and starts. As of March 8, Rivian.

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2022 Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle offering new Toyota Teammate advanced driver assistance; Level 2 automation

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Toyota’s second-generation Mirai, a premium rear-wheel drive fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) with coupe-like design, is offering Toyota Teammate advanced driver assistance technology for model year 2022. Toyota Teammate is built around the philosophy that people and vehicles can work in partnership to achieve safe, convenient and efficient mobility.

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Toyota Teammate driver-assistance system hikes price of Mirai fuel-cell car to $72,195

Green Car Reports

The 2022 Toyota Mirai is now available with Toyota's Teammate driver-assistance system, but only as a $5,170 option on the top Limited trim level. Toyota confirmed to Green Car Reports that while the 2022 Mirai has been available for months, the Teammate option hasn't been available until March. Unveiled last year, Toyota Teammate has been billed.

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

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BMW iX5 Hydrogen in final winter testing close to the Arctic Circle

Green Car Congress

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen ( earlier post ) is currently undergoing testing in extremely challenging winter weather conditions on public roads and at the BMW Group’s testing center in Arjeplog, northern Sweden. The integrated functional testing and validation of the fuel cell system, hydrogen tanks, peak power battery and central vehicle control unit have confirmed that this additional CO 2 -free mobility option can also be relied on to provide sustainable driving pleasure with high levels of comfort

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Ford and PG&E study how F-150 Lightning might support the grid, not just the home

Green Car Reports

While bidirectional charging remains at the hypothetical or developmental stages for some automakers, it’s almost here for Ford and its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. A new partnership between Ford and California utility PG&E is aiming to take that functionality to the next stage: the electrical grid. Ford plans the first.

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Rivian LFP shift, F-150 Lightning grid support, Toyota Mirai gets Teammate: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

Rivian reveals some technology news and lowers its production plans. Ford and PG&E aim to study how the Lightning electric truck could support the grid. And Toyota’s driver-assist system debuts for the brand in the Mirai. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. As part of a quarterly business update, Rivian revealed that due to supply.

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PG&E and Ford collaborate on bidirectional electric vehicle charging technology in customers’ homes

Green Car Congress

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Ford Motor Company announced a collaboration exploring how Ford’s new F-150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV)—the first commercially available light-duty truck with bidirectional charging technology ( earlier post )—can interact with the electric grid and provide electric reliability benefits to PG&E customers.

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Tesla battery partner Panasonic shares insights on 4680 cell development

Teslarati

Kazuo Tadanobu, the CEO of Panasonic’s energy division, recently shared some insights about the company’s upcoming 4680 batteries, which would be sold to longtime partner Tesla. Tadanobu mentioned a number of key observations about the upcoming batteries, particularly on how the 4680 cells could effectively initiate change in the transportation sector.

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Study finds Tula dDSF software reduced NOx 41% and CO2 9.5% in Leibherr D966 diesel

Green Car Congress

At the International Engine Congress in Baden-Baden (Germany), Liebherr-Components AG and US-based Tula Technology presented the results of their joint study on heavy machinery. Based on simulations, Tula’s diesel Dynamic Skip Fire (dDSF) software ( earlier post ) allowed the reduction of NO x tailpipe emissions by 41% and CO 2 by 9.5%. For this study, Liebherr Machines Bulle SA provided its D966 engine that operates in a variety of applications, such as mobile or maritime cranes and wheel loade

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

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NHTSA halts requirement of human controls in fully autonomous vehicles

Teslarati

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that it would no longer require fully autonomous vehicles to equip human control elements in its vehicles to meet crash standards. “Through the 2020s, an important part of USDOT’s safety mission will be to ensure safety standards keep pace with the development of automated driving and driver assistance systems,” U.S.

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BMW Group, Qualcomm and Arriver to form long-lasting strategic cooperation for joint development of Automated Driving software

Green Car Congress

BMW Group, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Arriver Software AB announced a long-term development cooperation for the development of Automated Driving technologies. The companies signed an agreement for a strategic cooperation, which will focus on joint development of next-generation AD technologies ranging from New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Level 2 Advanced Driving Assistance Systems to Level 3 High Automated Driving functionalities.

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Tesla’s 4680 battery ramp may experience a “Death Valley” start, but it will be overcome: expert

Teslarati

To state that Tesla’s future lies in the success or failure of the 4680 battery is not an understatement. Without 4680 cells, Tesla’s efforts to create an affordable car at a price point beneath the Model 3 would likely be for naught. But if the company succeeds in ramping the production of its 4680 cells, Tesla could very well pave the way for electric vehicles to become the dominant form of personal transportation in the decades to come.

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Maersk parterning with 6 companies to source at least 730,000 tpy of green methanol by end of 2025

Green Car Congress

To boost the global production capacity of green methanol, A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) is entering strategic partnerships with six leading companies with the intent of sourcing at least 730,000 tonnes/year by end of 2025. The six companies are CIMC ENRIC, European Energy, Green Technology Bank, Orsted, Proman, and WasteFuel. With this production capacity, by the end of 2025 at the latest, Maersk will reach well beyond the green methanol needed for its first 12 green container vessels currently

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

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Video Friday: Robot Friends

Cars That Think

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far ( send us your events !): ICRA 2022 : 23–27 May 2022, Philadelphia ERF 2022 : 28–30 June 2022, Rotterdam, Netherlands CLAWAR 2022 : 12–14 September 2022, Azores, Portugal Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

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Washington passes bill to ban gas car sales by 2030 – for real this time?

Electrek

Washington state has passed a bill that would ban the sale, purchase, and registration of new gas-powered vehicles of the model year 2030 or later. The bill passed yesterday and will now be delivered to Governor Jay Inslee for his signature. If signed, this will become the earliest gas car ban in the US, five years earlier than the gas car bans adopted by California, Massachusetts, and New York. more….

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Mud Army Fights the Flood Mud with Hyundai Ioniq 5

CleanTechnica EVs

You may have seen it on the news — Brisbane, Queensland, has received unprecedented amounts of rain over the past few days and low-lying areas are flooded yet again. The state capital received over 80% of its annual rainfall in 3 days. (My house endured over 1 meter of rain.) The state government is mobilizing […].

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Elon Musk’s ‘funding secured’ Tweet draws skeptical reaction from judge in hearing

Teslarati

Elon Musk’s 2018 Twitter post that implied he had secured funding from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to take Tesla shares private at $420 per share drew a skeptical reaction from a United States District Court Judge on Thursday. During a court hearing on March 10, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen was skeptical of whether the Tweet was actually true based on Musk’s assertions that funding was secured to take Tesla private at $420 per share. “It seems to me it’s

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Rule change now allows deliveries of self-driving vehicles without steering wheels or pedals

Electrek

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has officially changed a long-standing rule that is now creating a path for automakers to deliver self-driving vehicles without steering wheels or pedals. more…. The post Rule change now allows deliveries of self-driving vehicles without steering wheels or pedals appeared first on Electrek.

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A Battery-Powered Air Compressor Saves The Day

CleanTechnica EVs

The other night, I found a great use-case for the battery-powered air compressor Fanttik sent me. You can find the full review here, but in short it’s a small air compressor (roughly the size of a soda bottle) that’s powered by a lithium battery pack. The obvious use case for such a compressor is in […].

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Plug In America partnering with National Automobile Drivers Association to train dealers nationwide

Plug in America

On March 11, at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show in Las Vegas, Plug In America announced that it is partnering with NADA and the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to educate franchised auto dealerships nationwide on electric vehicles. This will greatly improve the EV buying experience and make it easier for consumers to transition to clean EVs.

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East Hartford To Tesla: You Can’t Sit With Us

CleanTechnica EVs

East Hartford has ruled in favor of local auto dealerships and pulled a move that feels petty and straight out of Mean Girls. In August 2021, I reported on some good news for Tesla owners in Connecticut. That good news is no longer good, though, thanks to the moves of Hoffman Auto, a local dealer […].

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Stellantis CEO predicts healthy competition with Tesla: “I am trying not to be arrogant, just confident”

Teslarati

Tesla may be leading the electric vehicle market today, but Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares noted that the mega auto conglomerate has what it takes to catch up to the American EV maker in a couple of years. The executive stated that he believes that the competition between Stellantis and Tesla will be a healthy one, and it would be of benefit to consumers.

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Yes, More EVs = Fewer Emissions

CleanTechnica EVs

If this past Super Bowl was any indication, the time is now for electric vehicles. The growth of EVs has been phenomenal over the past few years, with just over 2 million EVs on US roads by mid-2021. Yet we need to put about 70 million EVs on the road (as well as decrease the number of vehicle […].

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We got a sneak peek of the Arrival Van ahead of US production later this year

Electrek

While its initial production will begin in the UK, the Arrival Van will eventually be produced on US soil as well. In the meantime, we were able to go see the commercial EV up-close in the Big Apple and learn more about its progress first hand from Arrival President Avinash Rugoobur and CEO of Arrival North America, Mike Ableson. more…. The post We got a sneak peek of the Arrival Van ahead of US production later this year appeared first on Electrek.

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Saietta Electric Powertrain Swap Plan For Buses Gains Momentum

CleanTechnica EVs

This UK company has a plan to convert diesel buses to zero emissions electric powertrains.

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Van Hool double-decker electric bus with Proterra battery drives 2,500 miles from Florida to California on public chargers

Electrek

North American motor coach seller ABC Companies has announced another successful trip across the US, this time using a Van Hool TDX25E all-electric bus. The double-decker motor coach was “Proterra Powered” and traveled 2,524 miles from Winter Garden, Florida, to Costa Mesa, California, using only public charging stations. This latest trip further showcases the potential of battery-electric buses, even larger models like the TDX25E. more….

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Is The SEC Ready To Concede Over Musk’s Tweets?

CleanTechnica EVs

Citing freedom of speech issues, attorneys for Tesla's CEO have argued that the SEC has not lived up to its side of a 2018 agreement and, as a result, should distribute fines set aside for Tesla stockholders.

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Polaris shows off test vehicles for electric ATVs, RZR side-by-side, and even electric snowmobile

Electrek

Polaris isn’t simply paying lip service when it talks about the future of electrification in powersports. The Minnesota-based leader in powersports vehicles has already unveiled its first next-gen electric UTV and now has shown off several test vehicles for electric Polaris ATVs, side-by-sides, and snowmobiles. more…. The post Polaris shows off test vehicles for electric ATVs, RZR side-by-side, and even electric snowmobile appeared first on Electrek.

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Lion Energy Plans Several US Battery Factories

CleanTechnica EVs

American batteries made by American workers. That's the idea behind American Battery Factory.

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Tesla produces video showing how to use Powerwall as mobile power station after sending a load of them to Ukraine

Electrek

Tesla appears to have produced a very interesting video showing how to use a Powerwall as a mobile power station after sending a load of them to Ukraine. more…. The post Tesla produces video showing how to use Powerwall as mobile power station after sending a load of them to Ukraine appeared first on Electrek.

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Fully Charged Drives One-Off Polestar 2 Arctic Circle At Its Home

InsideEVs

That would be the Arctic Circle, where this Polestar 2 modified to go fast on snow and ice shines like no other electric vehicle.

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How insulation and heat pumps could cut the UK’s – and other countries’ – need for Russian gas

Electrek

As the global energy crunch deepens, thanks to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, new analysis from the nonprofit think tank Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit ( ECIU ) looks at how home insulation and heat pumps could reduce the UK’s need for Russian gas. The approach could certainly be applied in other countries, too. more…. The post How insulation and heat pumps could cut the UK’s – and other countries’ – need for Russian gas appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla Reportedly Makes Powerwall "How To" Video For Ukrainians

InsideEVs

Tesla sent expensive Powerwall home battery systems to Ukraine for use as mobile power stations.

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