Mon.Oct 11, 2021

Rock Tech Lithium to build Europe’s first lithium converter in Germany

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Rock Tech Lithium intends to build Europe’s first lithium converter—a production plant for battery-grade lithium hydroxide—in Guben, Brandenburg, Germany. The company intends to locate all production steps of lithium refining in one overall plant at the Guben site.

Study: Taking Uber or Lyft costs society and environment more than driving yourself

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Using ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft leads to higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion than driving personal cars, according to a new study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.


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Sandia team develops gasoline-like fuel blend with high renewable content that simultaneously increases ?-sensitivity, RON, and octane sensitivity

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A team at Sandia National Laboratories has designed a five-component gasoline-like blend containing 40% vol of a mixture of 2-methyl furan and 2,5-dimethyl furan (representative of products of a viable pathway to make furans from bio-feedstock).

First drive review: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT upgrades performance without losing range

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As if carrying just one legacy name wasn’t enough, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT adds a second set of historical baggage with by tacking on a pair of initials that mean something extra to Ford.

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Wärtsilä report finds accelerated adoption of renewables can reduce electricity production costs by up to 50%

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The technology group Wärtsilä has issued a report ahead of COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow this autumn, describing the environmental and economic opportunities for states that decarbonize rapidly.

Report: Ford is sending "charge angels" to infrastructure trouble spots

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As the rollout of the Ford Mustang Mach-E continues, the automaker is reportedly sending "charge angels" to identify faulty infrastructure.

Study: air pollution caused 1.1M deaths across Africa in 2019, toll from outdoor pollution rising

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HyPoint working with BASF New Business to develop high-performance hydrogen fuel cell membranes for aviation; >3,000 W/kg

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HyPoint, a company developing turbo air-cooled hydrogen-fuel-cell systems for aviation and urban air mobility ( earlier post ), has entered into a strategic development agreement with BASF New Business GmbH (BNB), a subsidiary of chemical company BASF.

California bans gas-powered lawn equipment and other “small off-road engines”


California will ban “ small off-road engines ” (SORE) primarily used in gas-powered lawn equipment like leaf blowers and lawnmowers, in a law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom this weekend.

SwRI engineers help develop post-refinery diesel treatment that overcomes soot/NOx tradeoff for cleaner burning fuel

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is helping a client develop a simple post-refinery treatment process that reduces exhaust emissions from diesel engines by overcoming the soot/nitrogen oxides (NO x ) reduction trade-off that has plagued engine researchers for decades. The result is a modified fuel that potentially could replace today’s ultra-low sulfur diesel, biodiesel and other renewable diesel fuels.

Kawasaki announces its motorcycles to go all-electric by 2035


The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has announced that by the year 2035, it will only sell electric motorcycles in developed countries. more… The post Kawasaki announces its motorcycles to go all-electric by 2035 appeared first on Electrek.

New method for extraction and separation of rare earth elements from low-grade sources uses a bacterial protein

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New research led by scientists at Penn State and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) demonstrates how a protein isolated from bacteria can provide a more environmentally friendly way to extract rare earth elements from unconventional sources such as mine tailings and e-waste and to separate them from other metals and from each other.

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Tesla announces a new ‘Gigabeer’ with Cybertruck-inspired bottle, because why not?


Tesla announced a new “Gigabeer” with Cybertruck-inspired bottle that it plans to sell out of its factory in Germany. more… The post Tesla announces a new ‘Gigabeer’ with Cybertruck-inspired bottle, because why not? appeared first on Electrek.

Repsol produces renewable hydrogen from biomethane from urban solid waste

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Spain-based energy and petrochemical company Repsol has produced renewable hydrogen using biomethane as raw material for the first time. This renewable hydrogen was used to manufacture fuels with a low carbon footprint, such as gasoline, diesel, or kerosene for aviation. This milestone took place at Repsol’s Cartagena Industrial Complex, where 10 tons of renewable hydrogen were produced from 500 MWh of biomethane, thus avoiding the emission of about 90 tons of CO 2.

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Foxconn’s first electric ‘Foxtron’ car has been spotted ahead of unveiling


Foxconn, best known as Apple’s iPhone manufacturer, has been working on electric cars and now its first vehicle has been spotted ahead of the unveiling. It’s being marketed under the Foxtron brand.

WUR developing new aviation fuel based on mixture of acetone and alcohol from wet bio-waste streams

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In the Netherlands, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and its partners have developed a new type of aviation fuel produced using bio-based waste streams from the agriculture industry. The new fuel is based on a mixture of acetone and alcohol. Although it does not yet meet all industry requirements for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), it is getting close, the researchers say. The expectation is that, after some processing steps have been optimized, it will meet all the applicable conditions.

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Tesla (TSLA) takes over HP’s campus in California despite moving HQ out of state


While Tesla is moving its headquarters out of California, CEO Elon Musk made it clear that the automaker would still grow in the state. He wasn’t lying, since Tesla is now taking over a large part of HP’s campus in Palo Alto.

EPRI, NREL, and U of Washington form UNIFI consortium to advance grid-forming inverters to support renewables

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the University of Washington have formed the industry-wide Universal Interoperability for Grid-Forming Inverters (UNIFI) Consortium to advance research on grid-forming inverters supporting variable renewable energy growth across the power system.

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Elon Musk trolls Amazon’s Jeff Bezos after claiming title of ‘World’s Richest Person’


Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk trolled Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on Twitter earlier today after reclaiming the title of World’s Richest Person, tracked by Forbes.

Penske dips its toe into electric with five Navistar International eMV trucks


Reading, Pennsylvania-based truck-rental giant Penske Leasing is taking delivery of five of Navistar’s International eMV Series medium-duty full battery-electric trucks. This is Navistar’s first US delivery of the series’ trucks.

Tesla owner who claimed “brake failure” ordered to issue formal apology in 10 days


A former Model 3 The case of a former Tesla Model 3 owner from China who claimed that his vehicle experienced “brake failure” and unintended acceleration has been ordered by a court to issue a formal apology to the company in 10 days.

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Tesla officially starts its ‘wider release’ of Full Self-Driving Beta in the US


Tesla has officially started its “wider release” of Full Self-Driving Beta in the US, which consists of slowly allowing more owners to download based on their “safety score.”

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Tesla has already created 5,000 new jobs in Austin in 2021, the most of any company


Tesla has already created 5,000 new jobs in Austin, Texas, so far in 2021, according to a report from the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Companies expanding or relocating to the city pledged to create 20,840 jobs from January to September, with 150 companies contributing to the growth.

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Swiss electric bike brand FLYER coming to US, joining more European e-bike companies


The Swiss electric bicycle company FLYER has announced that it is entering the North American market with several of its popular e-bike models. more… The post Swiss electric bike brand FLYER coming to US, joining more European e-bike companies appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla Model S Plaid battery pack shows that 18650 cell innovations are not over yet


A picture of the Tesla Model S Plaid’s 18650 battery pack with its modules visible was recently shared online. The image hinted that Tesla is still in the process of optimizing and innovating its 18650 battery technology, despite the cells being quite a bit long in the tooth.

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EGEB: Ireland launches its first offshore wind auction


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Ireland opens a consultation of its first offshore wind auction. North Carolina’s governor is about to sign a major clean energy bill. Here are 3 standouts.

Tesla formally drops NDAs with FSD Beta 10.2 rollout


The FSD Beta 10.2 rollout is here, and the gloves seem to be off. As noted by members of the FSD Beta group, Tesla has formally discontinued the program’s nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), just as stated by Elon Musk in his recent appearance at the 2021 Code Conference.

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BLACK+DECKER electric hedge trimmer cuts down on fall chores at $38, more in New Green Deals


Now that fall is in full swing, it’s likely that you’ll have to work on trimming some shrubs or trees. This hedge trimmer from BLACK+DECKER makes quick work of those chores without requiring any gas or oil.

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Tesla tells new FSD Beta members their cars will use Pure Vision, axing radar altogether


Tesla has switched all vehicles in the Full Self-Driving Beta pool to Pure Vision, completely axing radar from any vehicles within the Beta fleet.

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Mustang Mach-E GT Performance first drive


I recently got the opportunity to experience the upcoming GT versions of Ford’s Mustang Mach-E electric crossover.

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SpaceX installing Raptors on first orbital-class Starship – third time’s the charm?


For the third time in two months, SpaceX has begun installing Raptor engines on its first orbital-class Starship prototype – hopefully for good.

Gigafest Berlin on the ground [gallery]


Editor’s Note: This is a guest article by David Reich ( Twitter ) from the Tesla Welt Podcast. Ich bin ein Berliner. These are the famous words with which John F. Kennedy won the hearts of the Berlin population in 1963. Tesla has the same goal. Hearts need to be won in Germany.

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Tesla FSD Beta 10.2 starts rolling out to new testers with perfect Safety Scores


After a slight delay this weekend, Tesla has formally started the rollout of Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta 10.2.

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Quick Charge Podcast: October 11, 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: October 11, 2021 appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin’s production start date a timely advantage for Musk and Co.: Wedbush


Tesla ( NASDAQ: TSLA ) announced this weekend that the production of its electric vehicles at Gigafactory Berlin in Germany would begin in November. The start date is a timely advantage that Tesla has, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives, who believes the ramp of production at the Berlin Gigafactory and Gigafactory Texas, also slated for initial manufacturing later this year, will coincide with the scheduled growth of the EV sector over the 12 to 18 months.

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Electric Vehicle Drivers from Europe Heading to COP26 to Support Call for Faster Global move to EVs

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Call for all sales of new cars and light duty vans to have a plug by 2030 and to be 100% zero emission by 2035 at the latest in the 28 countries represented in the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance (GEVA) ‘The Electric Road to COP26’ is being organised by EVA England, EVA Scotland, GEVA, Local […].

Tesla's FSD Beta 10.2 No Longer Asks Testers To Sign NDAs


Elon Musk confirmed that in a tweet that likened the NDAs to "perforated rolls

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