Mon.Feb 21, 2022

VW to stage world premiere of ID. Buzz on 9 Mar; two versions to be sold in Europe

Green Car Congress

Volkswagen will unveil the ID. Buzz electric microbus on 9 March as the ID. Buzz (5-seater) and Buzz Cargo (van). Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is currently going through the final phase of ID. Buzz prototype testing; the pre-production fleet is currently touring Europe.

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Could spinning off EV business allow Ford to go electric quicker?

Green Car Reports

Ford is looking at ways to separate its EV business from its other operations in order to win more positive attention from investors, according to a Bloomberg report published Friday.

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MPIE researchers investigate hydrogen embrittlement in aluminum alloys

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Due to its low density, high strength, and abundance, aluminum and its alloys are widely used in constructions, consumer electronics and for vehicles including cars, ships, trains and planes.

VW electric Microbus revival due for March 9 reveal, 2023 deliveries

Green Car Reports

Volkswagen plans to reveal its ID.Buzz electric Microbus in production form on March 9. But with each reminder of the pending reveal, it's trickling out a little more information about the long-anticipated electric van.

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Electrolyzer company Verdagy closes $25M funding round led by TDK Ventures

Green Car Congress

Verdagy recently closed a $25-millionfunding round led by TDK Ventures.

Tesla’s Elon Musk promptly flattens US Senator Warren’s claim that he doesn’t pay taxes

Teslarati

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently threw a quick counter towards US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who reiterated her argument that billionaires do not pay taxes.

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Teijin unveils advanced spread-tow carbon fiber woven fabric

Green Car Congress

Teijin Limited launched a lightweight, strong and cost-effective carbon fiber woven fabric developed with the company’s proprietary tow-spreading technology. Carbon fiber “tow” is the thread used to weave carbon fiber fabrics; two-spreading spreads the fiber into a thinner, flatter reinforcement.

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LG Energy Solution hires NVIDIA scientist to transform battery manufacturing facilities

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LG Energy Solution has hired Dr. Peter Kyungsuk Pyun for the newly created position of Chief Digital Officer, CDO, as the company ramps up efforts to transform its global facilities into data-centric operations. Before joining LGES, Pyun worked at Nvidia Corporation, Silicon Valley headquarters, as one of five principal data scientists.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy likely to launch NASA telescope after ULA skips competition

Teslarati

On the heels of what will likely be NASA’s most significant telescope launch for at least a decade, the space agency appears to be about to select the launch provider for its next most expensive space telescope – a contract that SpaceX seems all but guaranteed to win.

Lummus and Synthos advance bio-butadiene technology development to produce sustainable rubber

Green Car Congress

Lummus Technology and Synthos S.A. have reached a major milestone in the development of advanced bio-butadiene technology. After completing a successful feasibility study in 2021, Lummus and Synthos have concluded that the bio-butadiene technology is ready for implementation, and the companies have agreed to move into the engineering and design phase of the project.

Tesla is facing scrutiny over Autopilot’s auto lane change feature, may be considered illegal in Europe

Electrek

Reports in Germany state that regulators are investigating Tesla Autopilot’s auto lane change feature, which may be considered illegal in Europe.

Tesla reportedly pauses Model S line to make way for updated headlights

Teslarati

Tesla has reportedly paused the Model S line production at the Fremont Factory to work on some slight changes for the flagship full-sized sedan.

Tesla asks fans in Oklahoma and Mississippi to fight new bills to ban direct sales of electric cars

Electrek

Tesla is using its community platform to ask fans in Oklahoma and Mississippi to help defeat new bills that could be used to ban direct sales of electric cars.

Tesla calls for support in OK to battle a bill that may force closure of existing locations

Teslarati

Tesla is using its Engage platform to call for community support in fighting against Oklahoma’s House Bill 3994. The bill, according to Tesla, could be interpreted as a way to outlaw manufacturers like itself from servicing and delivering cars within the state.

‘Proterra Powered’ electric bus travels 1,700 miles using only public chargers, exceeding 300 miles during certain legs

Electrek

ABC Companies, a North American motorcoach seller, announced it has completed a 1,700 mile trip across the Pacific Northwest using a Van Hool CX45E all-electric bus.

SpaceX Falcon 9 booster aces eleventh launch and landing for the second time

Teslarati

For the second time, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster has completed its eleventh launch, spaceflight, and landing – helping deliver dozens of new Starlink satellites to orbit in the process.

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Tesla moves plans for ‘diner/drive-in theater’ Supercharger station to Hollywood

Electrek

Elon Musk says that Tesla is moving its plan to build a “diner and drive-in theater” at a Supercharger station in Santa Monica, California, to a new, undisclosed location in Hollywood.

More Tesla Model Y with 4680 structural battery packs are gathering in Giga Texas

Teslarati

During the fourth quarter and full-year 2021 earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned that Tesla would start delivering Model Ys equipped with structural battery packs as soon as the vehicle’s final certification is complete.

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Michigan to get 200 more EV chargers, 100 of which will be fast chargers, by 2024

Electrek

Michigan public utility Consumers Energy , which serves 6.7 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents, today announced that it will install 200 new electric vehicle chargers across the state by the end of 2023. And that includes 100 fast chargers.

Tesla Giga Shanghai set to export thousands of cars before focusing on Q1 2022’s domestic production

Teslarati

Tesla China is ready to send another batch of Giga Shanghai vehicles abroad from Luchao Port. Thousands of Model 3 and Model Y vehicles were spotted parked at the port, hinting at another stellar month of export sales. .

Volkswagen teases double world premiere of ID. Buzz and Buzz Cargo alongside details like ‘Plug & Charge’ and bi-directional charging

Electrek

As its pre-production models tour Europe, Volkswagen has begun counting down the world premiere of its ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo electric vehicles. Ahead of the double premiere on March 9, Volkswagen has shared new details customers in Europe and the US can soon expect regarding the Buzz EV.

Tesla’s Automatic Lane Change feature faces scrutiny from German regulator

Teslarati

Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has initiated an investigation on American electric vehicle maker Tesla and its driver-assist system.

Bird Bike sees first discount at $300 off, now $2,000, more in New Green Deals

Electrek

Ready to get outside and ride in a few weeks once spring arrives? Well, the Bird Bike is seeing its first official discount that we’ve tracked at $300 off from Best Buy. This 1-day-only sale knocks the premium e-bike down to $2,000 and brings 50-miles of range per charge.

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Firefly nears second orbital launch attempt as US forces Ukrainian founder to divest

Teslarati

While the rocket startup he is responsible for resurrecting is preparing for a second orbital launch attempt, a Ukrainian multimillionaire – an entrepreneur, businessman, and the founder of Firefly Aerospace – has once again been forced to take extreme actions by the US government.

Quick Charge Podcast: February 21, 2022

Electrek

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: February 21, 2022 appeared first on Electrek.

2023 Kia Niro EV Specs Out In Sweden, Range Is 287 Miles WLTP

InsideEVs

Do the redesigned Niro EV and PHEV use the same platform as the first-generation model

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Energy price increases hit EV drivers – but they’re still cheaper

Discover EV

What do rising energy prices mean for EV drivers

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Watch LeBron James Wow Crabs With The Hummer EV's CrabWalk Feature

InsideEVs

The NBA star returns to endorse the Hummer EV pickup in a new commercial

Electric Vans Help Keep the UK’s Water Flowing

Drive Electric

Zip Industries. About Zip. Zip Water manufacturer innovative water systems for both businesses and consumers. Founded in Australia in 1962, they’re well-established in the UK. Customer offices are in London and Dereham, Norfolk – as well as warehousing.

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Check Out The Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo Interior

InsideEVs

The front reminds us of ID.3/ID.4, while the cargo compartment appears to be quite spacious

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Elon Musk Will Probably Bring Cybertruck To Tesla Takeover

CleanTechnica

Elon Musk will probably bring the Tesla Cybertruck to the Tesla Takeover in August. In a tweet on Twitter, John from Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley shared photos of last year’s event and tagged Elon Musk and a few others.

Tesla Giga Texas: Over 10 Model Y Spotted At Superchargers

InsideEVs

Almost all stalls were occupied

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Tesla Model S Plaid Proves It’s In A League Of Its Own

CleanTechnica

The Tesla Model S Plaid continues to prove that it’s in a league of its own. Having been in one last year, I can confirm that the speed genuinely makes your heart race.

Tesla Giga Berlin: Over 350 Model Y Spotted At The Site

InsideEVs

One of the videos includes quality check photos of the MIG Model Y exterior

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Tesla’s Giga Fest At Giga Texas Date: April 7, 2022

CleanTechnica

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has announced the date of Tesla’s Giga Fest at Giga Texas — twice. He actually pulled a prank with the first one when he told us it would be on April 1st.

Netherlands: January Brings A 100% Geely-Volvo Plug-In Podium Finish

InsideEVs

Plug-in sales increased to the best January ever

EXCLUSIVE: West Virginia Wants To Ban Tesla & Others From Sending OTA Updates To Customer Cars

CleanTechnica

West Virginia wants to ban Tesla and other automakers from sending out over-the-air updates, among other things, to vehicle owners.