Tue.Sep 14, 2021

Monash researchers stabilize Li-S battery with saccharide-based binder

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Researchers from the Monash Energy Institute, with colleagues from CSIRO, have used a saccharide-based binder system to develop a durable sulfur cathode with minimal polysulfide escape in a lithium-sulfur battery. The saccharide-based binder system regulates polysulfides due to its reducing properties. The binder also promotes the formation of viscoelastic filaments during casting which endows the sulfur cathode with a desirable web-like microstructure.

Revamped EV tax credit: Tesla, Toyota, Honda pushing back vs. union-made bonus

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Honda, Tesla, and Toyota are pushing back against a proposal by Democrats in the United States House of Representatives to give union-made electric cars an additional $4,500 federal tax credit. The two Japanese automakers issued statements late last week criticizing the move, Reuters reported.


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Kinder Morgan and Neste partner on major renewable fuels logistics project in US

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Kinder Morgan, one of North America’s largest energy infrastructure companies, is partnering with Neste, one of the leading providers of renewable and circular solutions, to create a premier domestic raw material storage and logistics hub in the United States, supporting increased production of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel and renewable feedstock for polymers and chemicals.

California "green hydrogen" facility claims to displace more CO2 than electrolysis from renewable energy

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Hydrogen firm SG H2 Energy plans to build a hydrogen production facility that, the companies claim, will significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Aurora provides first look at autonomous Volvo VNL long-haul truck, powered by the Aurora driver

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Aurora provided a first look at the Aurora-powered Volvo VNL—Volvo’s flagship long-haul truck, integrated with the Aurora Driver’s sensor suite.

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Dual-motor VW ID.4 AWD models earn up to 249 miles of range

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Volkswagen on Tuesday revealed EPA range and efficiency estimates for the all-wheel-drive versions of its ID.4 electric crossover, which it says are the market’s lowest-priced fully electric models with AWD.

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ICCT briefing paper estimates infrastructure cost and buildout required for 100% sales of zero-emission tractor-trailers by 2040

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A new working paper from the the International Council on Clean Transportation ( ICCT ) estimates the order of magnitude in scale and pace of national infrastructure investment required to meet the goal of 100% sales of zero-emission tractor-trailers (Class 7 and Class 8)—battery-electric and fuel-cell electric—by 2040.

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Roy Hill purchases Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive

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Roy Hill , the largest single iron ore mine in Australia, has purchased Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive, the world’s first 100% battery-electric, heavy-haul locomotive ( earlier post ) for the region and the mining industry. We are committed to transforming the next generation of transportation by adopting advanced technologies that improve energy efficiency, lower operating costs and improve our rail and mining network.

Tesla cofounder JB Straubel announces new 100 GWh battery material factory in the US


JB Straubel, better known as a Tesla cofounder and longtime CTO of the electric automaker, announced that his new company, Redwood Materials, will build a giant new battery material factory in the US.

Volkswagen introduces Over-the-Air Updates for all ID. models

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All Volkswagen ID. models will now receive regular software updates via mobile data transfer. The updates had previously only been available as part of a test phase for customers who had registered with the “ID. First Movers Club”. The “ID. Software 2.3” offers new functions and optimizes existing ones. Networking the entire ID. fleet will allow Volkswagen to lay the foundation for new, customer-oriented business models.

EGEB: 76% of proposed coal plants have been canceled since 2015


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): If just six countries took action now, it would eliminate 82% of the remaining coal pipeline. Solar is growing, but prices increased for the first time in seven years due to supply chain constraints.

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IHS Markit projects for first time that 2050 global refined product demand will be lower than 2019 levels

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For the first time, the IHS Markit base case scenario for refined products expects total global demand in 2050 to be lower than 2019 levels. However, other more drastic scenarios for falling demand remain unlikely under present conditions. The findings are part of a new analysis by the Refining and Marketing service at IHS Markit. Under the new IHS Markit Inflections base case scenario, global refined product demand is expected to peak in 2036.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch contracts reach double digits after latest NASA win


For the third time in seven months, NASA has contracted SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to launch a high-value scientific spacecraft, raising the number of active contracts for the world’s most powerful rocket into the double digits.

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Orange EV introduces new series of high-load, higher speed, fast-charge terminal trucks for intermodal operations

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Orange EV , a manufacturer of heavy-duty, electric vehicle (EV) truck solutions, announced its new intermodal terminal trucks, scheduled to be available Q3 2022, to meet the increased cargo handling and lifting demands required by port and rail intermodal operations. Orange EV’s T-Series Class 8 electric terminal trucks have been commercially deployed since 2015 and have proven their outstanding performance, uptime, and cost savings during more than 1 million hours of operation.

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Tesla (TSLA) is the US EV market right now — how will it change with new incentives?


It is fair to say that Tesla (TSLA) is the electric vehicle market in the US as new registration data shows more than two-thirds of new electric cars are coming from Tesla. How will it change with new incentives?

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Heritage Battery Recycling & 6K partner to commercialize cathode-grade battery-recycling network for N. American market

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Heritage Battery Recycling, LLC and plasma technology company 6K announced an exclusive joint development agreement to produce new cathode material from recycled batteries. The process uses Heritage’s established network infrastructure to collect, store, and process end-of-life batteries, combined with 6K’s plasma technology to manufacture critical cathode-grade battery materials needed to power applications with high-purity requirements.

Tesla Full Self-Driving v10 is not ‘mind-blowing,’ but it shows progress


After the first few demos of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta v10 software came out, it is becoming clear that it is not “mind-blowing,” like CEO Elon Musk said it would. But it does show progress. Enough for robotaxis by the end of the year? I don’t think so.

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SpaceX’s first West Coast Starlink launch orbits 51 new ‘space laser’ satellites


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched 51 upgraded laser-linked Starlink satellites from its Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) – the first mission of its kind out of the company’s west coast launch facilities.

Tesla releases new software update to enable Sirius XM and immersive sound in new Model S


Tesla has started pushing a new software update that enables Sirius XM and “immersive sound” in the new Model S. more… The post Tesla releases new software update to enable Sirius XM and immersive sound in new Model S appeared first on Electrek.

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VW ID.4 AWD range, EV tax credit union pushback, “green” hydrogen from methane: Today’s Car News

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Tesla, Toyota, and Honda are among the automakers pushing back about an EV tax credit that gives a boost to labor unions. Volkswagen reveals range ratings for its affordable all-wheel-drive EVs. And can hydrogen from a landfill really be greener than that from solar and wind?

EPA confirms range for dual-motor versions of VW’s ID.4 Pro, Pro S


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed the estimated mile range of two AWD versions of Volkswagen’s all-electric ID.4 The dual-motor trims of the ID.4

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Multimac Gears Up for Rise in Electric Vehicles

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In the wake of World Electric Vehicles Day, one automotive supplier has been working hard to ensure their product range is a good fit for the EV market.

Chevron and Gevo partner to produce sustainable aviation fuel


Oil giant Chevron USA and Gevo, a Douglas County, Colorado-headquartered renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, today announced a letter of intent to jointly invest in building and operating one or more new facilities that will process inedible corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel.

Another Day, Another Chevy Bolt Fire, This Time In Georgia


It's another 2019 Bolt - is this problem more common for that particular model-year

KBO Breeze electric bike review: A leisurely e-bike with real commuter potential


We’ve watched many electric bicycle models in North America push further into the heavier, more aggressive categories of fat tire e-bikes and electric moped-style rides. But the KBO Breeze takes a different approach, bucking the trend toward bigger and bolder e-bikes.

Report: First Production-Ready Rivian R1T Rolls Off Assembly Line


Are customer deliveries imminent now

Quick Charge Podcast: September 14, 2021


Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. more… The post Quick Charge Podcast: September 14, 2021 appeared first on Electrek.

Faster Microfiber Actuators Mimic Human Muscle

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Robotics, prosthetics, and other engineering applications routinely use actuators that imitate the contraction of animal muscles. However, the speed and efficiency of natural muscle fibers is a demanding benchmark.

METAKOO’s latest Cybertrack 300 e-bike, $50 GC at $849 ($1,000+ value), more in New Green Deals


Today, we found the all-new METAKOO Cybertrack 300 e-bike on sale for a new all-time low of $849 with a bundled $50 gift card, delivering a $1,000 or more value to your garage.

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Don't Want To Wait For Tesla Cybertruck? How About A Plybertruck?


Do-it-yourselfers are all about homemade Tesla Cybertrucks

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Portable Analyzer Brings Blood Testing to Rural Areas

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Blood tests are vital for detecting and monitoring disease, but they are most often done near more populated areas, where the samples can be analyzed in a laboratory.

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Camaro Driver Tries To Get Tesla To Race: Watch What Happens Next


Gas car owners may want to see what it's like to race a Tesla, but a public road is not the place for such stupidity

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Tesla Software Update, Autopilot Challenge Australia, & Map Data Update

EV Obssesion

Nash from “Tesla in the Gong” shared a fun video on YouTube this week that covered the new Tesla software update (2021.24.5) along with an Autopilot challenge and some thoughts on the map data update.

Analyst: VW On Track To Pass Tesla As Top Global EV Brand By 2025


Volkswagen has plans to become the world's leader in EV market share, and the potential for success is promising

Rule of the Robots: Warning Signs

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A few years ago, Martin Ford published a book called Architects of Intelligence , in which he interviewed 23 of the most experienced AI and robotics researchers in the world.

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EPA Confirms Volkswagen ID.4 AWD's Range


The results are only slightly lower than in the case of rear-wheel-drive versions

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New Battery Laboratories: Volkswagen

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