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POSCO Holdings begins construction of $830M lithium plant in Argentina

Green Car Congress

Korea-based POSCO Holdings recently started construction of a lithium commercialization plant in Argentina. Earlier post.) POSCO Group is the first to produce lithium hydroxide for batteries in Argentina throughout the entire process from the acquisition of mining rights to exploration, construction and operation of a production plant. Construction of the brine lithium plant is to be completed in the first half of 2024, with annual production of 25,000 tons of lithium hydroxide.

Did big EV ad spending from GM, BMW, Kia, Nissan result in a "Super Bowl Effect" for Tesla?

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The Super Bowl continues to draw ad dollars from many automakers, but not Tesla. Yet in its quarterly earnings report, the automaker mentioned a "Super Bowl Effect" that saw United States orders spike the day after the game.

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Porsche and Audi form Premium Charging Alliance in Japan

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Porsche Japan and Audi Japan are forming a Premium Charging Alliance business partnership to expand the 150kW rapid charging station network across Japan. Rapid charging stations run by both companies will be available to both Porsche and Audi owners starting 1 July 2022.

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Elon Musk states Neuralink can address morbid obesity: Experts say it’s actually possible

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During an interview with TED’s Chris Anderson, Elon Musk remarked that his brain-machine interface startup, Neuralink, would be solving brain and spinal injuries “for probably a decade.”

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DOE offers conditional commitment for $107M loan to Syrah graphite-based anode material project

Green Car Congress

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has offered a conditional commitment for a US$107-million loan to Syrah Technologies to fund the expansion of its Vidalia graphite-based active anode material (AAM) facility in Louisiana to 11.25 ktpa AAM production capacity. Earlier post.). With this newly expanded production capacity, the Syrah Vidalia Facility is expected to produce enough natural active anode material (AAM) for approximately 2.5 million EVs by 2040.

Neuralink still on track for first human trials by end of 2022

Teslarati

Elon Musk shared a few updates on Neuralink, including that the company is still on track for human trials by the end of 2022. In February 2021, Musk shared that Neuralink was working “super hard” to make its brain implant safe.

FREY CC fat tire e-bike unveiled as 1,500W full-suspension electric comfort bike

Electrek

FREY Bike , the Jinhua, China-based high end electric bicycle manufacturer, has just released a fat tire version of the company’s popular CC full-suspension electric comfort bike.

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Q&A: Inside DARPA’s Subterranean Challenge

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Deep below the Louisville, Ky., zoo lies a network of enormous caverns carved out of limestone. The caverns are dark. They’re dusty. They’re humid. And during one week in September 2021, they were full of the most sophisticated robots in the world.

Honda will launch 30 EVs by 2030

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Honda to release 30 new electric cars globally by the end of the decade

Forecast: Li-Ion Battery Market Might Exceed 6 TWh/Year By 2030

InsideEVs

The total xEV battery deployment in 2021 is estimated at close to 300 GWh

Ford Mustang Mach-e review

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Ford Mustang Mach-e review

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Tesla Owner Gets Gun Pulled On Him For Honking Horn

InsideEVs

Taking road rage to another level

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EV Owners Join Supporters At Connecticut State Capital In Favor Of SB 214

CleanTechnica

EV owners across all brands recently showed up in the Connecticut State Capital to show their support for Senate Bill 214. Paul Braren, writer at TinkerTry, was invited and he shared his perspective in a recent post with several photos.

Report: Renault Might Separate Its EV Business Via IPO

InsideEVs

Reduction of Renault's stake in Nissan is also on the table

Why Tesla Needs A Specialized Robotaxi

CleanTechnica

At the Tesla Cyber Rodeo, Elon Musk said, “There’s going to be a dedicated robotaxi that is going to look quite futuristic-looking.” ” Then, in the recent earnings call, he briefly discussed the “futuristic” robotaxi.

China: NIO Celebrates 900th Battery Swap Station

InsideEVs

The goal for 2022 is to add a few hundred more

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Connecticut Auto Dealers Celebrate Earth Day With PR & Greenwashing

CleanTechnica

The Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association’s public relations firm shared a sweet, heartwarming tweet about Earth Day and their commitment to sustainability and protecting the planet. It’s a beautiful tweet, but, in my opinion, highly misleading.

California: Statevolt Battery Gigafactory Project Emerges On The Horizon

InsideEVs

A new 54 GWh lithium-ion battery plant might be built in Southern California

Dallas County Will Add 3 Tesla EVs To Its Fleet

CleanTechnica

Dallas County will add three Tesla EVs to its fleet of vehicles, Fox4 has reported. The county’s commissioners voted last week to approve the purchase of three Tesla Model 3s, which will be used at first as replacements for law enforcement agency cars that are in for service.

Tesla Profits Soar Amid Constantly Rising Prices

InsideEVs

With demand as high as ever customers are clearly unfazed by Tesla's continuously rising prices

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My Tesla Model Y Goes To Earth Day In Florida

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Elon Musk Has Little Time For Bill Gates In Leaked Texts

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Musk confronted Gates about his rumored half a billion short position on Tesla

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Tesla Model X Owner Summons SUV Into A Jet … A True Edge Case

CleanTechnica

There’s a viral video out there of a Tesla Model X on Summon crashing into a $3.5 million jet.

Rivian R1T Shows Bronco & Wrangler Who's Boss Off-Road In Deep Water

InsideEVs

This off-road course shows just how incredibly capable the Rivian electric truck can be

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Sibros CEO Took What He Learned At Tesla To Solve A Critical Problem Spanning Industries

CleanTechnica

Sibros CEO and co-founder Hemant Sikaria recently took the time to chat with me about what inspired him to start his company and solve a critical problem for a wide variety of industries. This problem, he told me, had already been solved at Tesla.

Ford Patents Tank Turn For F-150 Lightning

InsideEVs

Rivian demonstrated this feature to the pickup world, but Ford may bring it to production first

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Loup Ventures: “Tesla Is Putting Way More Than Traditional Auto In Trouble”

CleanTechnica

Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster recently shared some thoughts about Tesla and how it’s putting more than just traditional automakers “in trouble.”

Bill Gates’ $500 Million Tesla Short Is Awkward & Hypocritical

CleanTechnica

Bill Gates’ $500 million Tesla short position is a bit awkward in terms of his own pledges to help with climate change. Tesla is a trillion-dollar company with a focus on accelerating the transition to sustainability.