Tue.Nov 30, 2021

BMW M presents Concept XM PHEV

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At Art Basel’s 2021 Miami Beach show, BMW M GmbH presented the new BMW Concept XM; the concept car looks ahead to the most powerful BMW M car ever to go into series production, which is set to begin at the end of 2022.

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Nio and Shell partner for battery swapping and charging stations, in Europe and China

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Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and Chinese EV firm Nio last week announced a cooperative agreement to expand charging and battery swapping stations in Europe and China.


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bp plans major green hydrogen project in Teesside; 60 MWe production by 2025, 500 MWe by 2030

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bp confirmed it is planning a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility in the North East of England that could deliver up to 500MWe (megawatt electrical input) of hydrogen production by 2030.

2023 Kia Niro: EV, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions return in redesigned model

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Kia has provided a first look at a redesigned, second-generation Niro, plus a nod that this sustainability-focused crossover will again be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric versions starting next year. The company hasn’t provided any update on which of these models are U.S.-bound—or

Researchers advance direct ethanol fuel cells

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Researchers in the US and China have developed a catalyst that solves three key problems long associated with direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs): low efficiency, the cost of catalytic materials and the toxicity of chemical reactions inside the cells.

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Elon Musk says SpaceX could soon face bankruptcy – here’s why that’s unlikely


In a new leaked email, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the company could go bankrupt if, by the end of 2022, it can’t achieve Starship and Starlink milestones that are by all practical appearances out of reach.

9 national, regional, state and city governments sign up to ZEV Pledge for their fleets; 121,355 vehicles

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Nine national, regional, state and city-level governments signed up to Climate Group’s newly launched initiative ZEV Pledge. The ZEV Pledge asks governments at all levels, as well as individual departments, agencies and public sector bodies, to pledge to convert their entire owned or leased fleets, where feasible, to zero-emission vehicles. This should be achieved as soon as possible and no later than the following target dates: Buses by 2030. Two- and three-wheelers by 2030.

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Pony.ai receives approval for paid autonomous robotaxi services in Beijing

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Pony.ai has received approval to run paid autonomous Robotaxi services in the Beijing Intelligent Networked Vehicle Policy Pilot Zone in southeastern Beijing. With this approval, Pony.ai will be permitted to charge fees for Robotaxi services provided to the public.

Tesla enables in-car upgrade purchases with new software update


Tesla has enabled drivers and owners to purchase upgrades for their vehicles in their cars with the rollout of Software Update 2021.40.6. Upgrades for Tesla have been available for years in many different forms.

Early results from ECLIF3 study on in-flight use of 100% sustainable aviation fuel in passenger jet show promise

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Initial findings from a world-first study of the impact of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on both engines of a commercial jet have provided promising early results, according to the participants.

Tesla’s Giga casting strategy to be adopted by half a dozen other automakers


Tesla’s approach to using giant casting machines, nicknamed Giga Press, to make car bodies with just a few massive casted parts is catching on in the auto industry. A Tesla supplier says that it is working with about half a dozen other automakers taking the same approach.

Juniper: Automotive sensor market revenue to hit $92B globally by 2026; LiDAR fastest growing; changes from electrification

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A new report from Juniper Research has found that the automotive sensors market will grow to more than $92 billion by 2026—a 30% increase over 2021. This growth will be driven by sensors that enable automated vehicles and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).

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Elon Musk highlights that Tesla employees make more than GM’s union workers


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla’s non-unionized employees actually get paid on an hourly basis more than their unionized counterparts from General Motors. Musk’s update was shared as a response to a post about GM CEO Mary Barra on Twitter.

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Dana TM4 to build new electrodynamics facility in Sweden

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Dana TM4, the joint venture between Dana Incorporated and Hydro-Que?bec, bec, North America’s largest renewable energy producer, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in A?ma?l, l, Sweden that will initially produce electric motors for the mobility industry. This $50-million fully sustainable operation has received $10.7 million in support from the Swedish business development community.

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NASA wants SpaceX to dock Dragons at new Russian space station ‘node’


State media agency RIA says that NASA and Roscosmos are negotiating an agreement that would eventually allow SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and other future visiting vehicles to dock to a new Russian ‘node’ module recently installed on the International Space Station (ISS).

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JiDU, Baidu and Qualcomm to build China’s first production vehicle powered by Gen4 Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform

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Baidu, Inc., JiDU Automotive and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that JiDU’s first production vehicle will feature an intelligent digital cockpit system assisted by Baidu and Qualcomm Technologies. This system is based on the 4th Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies, together with the next generation intelligent cockpit system and software solution developed by JiDU and Baidu.

Tesla to provide product roadmap update in Q4 2021 earnings call


Elon Musk plans to update investors about Tesla’s updated product roadmap at the Q4 2021 earnings call. “Oh man, this year has been such a supply chain nightmare & it’s not over! I will provide an updated product roadmap on next earnings call,” Musk tweeted.

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Element 1 and NEXA Capital partner on methanol-based hydrogen generation for electric vertical aircraft

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Element 1 Corporation has entered into a global agreement with NEXA Capital Partners LLC to accelerate the adoption of its methanol-to-hydrogen generators ( earlier post ) for fuel cell applications in aerospace and particularly electric vertical aircraft (EVA). Element 1 and NEXA are combining their expertise, along with NEXA’s capital market access, to hasten the introduction and commercialization of fuel cells for hydrogen-powered flight.

Tesla enables in-car purchases and subscriptions


Tesla has started to enable in-car purchases and subscriptions in its latest software updates. Owners can buy a “Premium Connectivity” straight from their center console inside Tesla vehicles.

Factorial Energy announces investments from and collaboration agreements with both Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis

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Solid-state battery company Factorial Energy ( earlier post ) has entered into Joint Collaboration Agreements with both Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis, each of which is also making a strategic investment in the company. Factorial’s technology offers a high level of operational safety and extends driving range by 20 to 50 percent, addressing two key factors to broad consumer adoption.

Tesla and fellow renewable companies are standing against Australia’s proposed network fees


Tesla and its allies in Australia’s renewable energy sector are taking a stand against the country’s proposed new network fees, which could render solutions such as battery storage systems impractical.

Electric vehicle battery cost falls to $132 per kWh, but it might go up from there


The cost of electric vehicle battery packs has fallen to $132 per kWh – continuing decades of cost improvements. However, it might go up over the next year as increased material prices are catching up to incremental cost improvements.

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Tesla Cybertruck’s “insane” characteristics are entirely intentional


It appears that the Tesla Cybertruck’s production version would indeed be as crazy as its prototype suggests. As per Elon Musk’s recent comments on Twitter, the Cybertruck would be a technology bandwagon — an insane one at that — and it is intentionally designed that way, from its unique features to its one-of-a-kind look. Musk’s recent comments came as a response to a Twitter post about the Tesla Model S Plaid’s controversial steering yoke.

Ford likely to have more EV sales than ‘all in’ GM for 2021, analyst concludes


According to a recent research study by Morgan Stanley, Ford Motor Company is on pace to outsell General Motors (GM) in the EV market for 2021.

Electric bus market and trends 

Electric Vehicles India

Electric bus market and trends . As electric vehicles are growing rapidly especially the electric scooters, bikes, cars and three-wheelers segment and simultaneously the electric bus market is also growing rapidly in India and worldwide.

Elon Musk says SpaceX could face ‘genuine risk of bankruptcy’ from Starship engine production


In an email sent to SpaceX employees, obtained by Space Explored , Elon Musk addressed the ‘crisis’ of Starship Raptor engine production and said the company could face a ‘genuine risk of bankruptcy’ if the company is unable to achieve a Starship flight rate of once every two weeks next year.

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Cheaper FWD Volvo XC40 Recharge Added To UK Lineup


It shares its single-motor powertrain with the base front-wheel drive Polestar 2

Zero Labs introduces generation 3 EV platform, new converted classic to come in 2022


Classic EV developer Zero Labs Automotive has shared new details of its third-generation EV platform, on which its vehicle conversions will now sit.

Osprey Charging opens first of 150 high-speed charging hubs

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Osprey Charging opens high-speed charging hubs

Factorial Energy adds investments from two more automakers to develop its solid-state EV batteries


Factorial Energy, a US-based solid-state battery developer, has announced not one, but two new investments from automakers Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis. Each looks to jointly develop EV solid-state batteries with Factorial, joining previous investors Hyundai and Kia.

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Why Is President Biden Acting As If He Is PR For General Motors?

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Why is President Biden pushing General Motors as the electric vehicle leader so hard? It would be different if he were to just say that’s his favorite brand.

Porsche Taycan GTS sedan first drive: Getting to the track is half the fun


For Electrek ‘s first drive of the Grand Turismo Sport (GTS) , Porsche brought us out to Willow Springs race track in the high desert, northeast of Los Angeles. The cars it gave us were stock models with nothing you can’t option at a Porsche dealer.

Rivian Reps Reportedly Bullied Rich Rebuilds After R1T Drive


We’re not exactly sure what happened, but they were supposedly accusing him of doing something he shouldn't have with the truck


Hennessey announces $3 million electric hypercar with 6 wheels and motors


Hennessey, an American car tuner better known for its gas-guzzlers, announced its first electric vehicle: a $3 million electric hypercar with six wheels powered by motors and a private jet interior.

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Self-Driving Microscopes to Navigate the Nanoscale

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It's difficult to find an area of scientific research where deep learning isn't discussed as the next big thing.

3 things I learned on a rural Florida road trip in my Tesla Model 3


I recently drove from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Tallahassee, Florida, and back in my Tesla Model 3. It’s a five-hour drive each way, and it was my first real road trip longer in my EV. Here are three things I learned.

Lucid Battery Controversy: Engineer Provides Exhaustive Analysis


Rapidly adding 118 kWh and only suffering 16 kWh of losses is an engineering miracle, not a false marketing conspiracy