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Toyota introduces home storage battery system based on EV battery technology

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Toyota Motor is introducing the O-Uchi Kyuden System, a home storage battery system based on its electrified vehicle battery technology. Pre-orders for the system have started, and sales in Japan will begin in August through home builders and general construction companies.

Toyota's Powerwall alternative is designed to work with solar, plug-in hybrids

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Toyota on Thursday unveiled a home battery energy storage system similar in concept to Tesla's Powerwall.

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Mercedes-Benz EQB electric SUV arriving in US starting at $54,500

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The Mercedes-Benz EQB electric SUV ( earlier post ) is arriving on the US market this summer, with the the 2022 EQB 300 4MATIC starting from $54,500 and the EQB 350 4MATIC from $58,050. The EQB provides space for up to seven passengers with an optional third row.

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Ford CEO anticipates EV price war, shakeout to favor China, and industry consolidation

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Ford CEO Jim Farley sees the automotive industry “headed to a huge price war,” with the idea of “democratized EVs” coming soon.

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Geely subsidiary Geespace successfully launches first 9 satellites of planned 240; positioning and connectivity

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Geespace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely Technology Group and China’s first privately owned developer, operator, and mass producer of low-orbit commercial satellites, has successfully launched its first nine satellites into low earth orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

2022 Mercedes EQB electric SUV starts at $55,550, optional third-row seat

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The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB electric SUV will start at $55,550 when it arrives at United States dealerships this summer. That price, which includes a mandatory $1,050 destination charge, buys the lower-level EQB 300 4Matic model. Mercedes will also offer an EQB 350 4Matic version in the U.S.

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SafeAI, Siemens, Obayashi collaborate to bring retrofitted autonomous, zero-emission heavy vehicles to off-road industries

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SafeAI, a global leader in autonomous heavy equipment, announced a collaboration with Siemens today to create an autonomous, zero emission heavy vehicle fleet for Obayashi Corporation.

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Yamaha and Sumitomo demo on-board thermoelectric generator for CO2 reduction

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Yamaha Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation Power & Mobility Co., Ltd., a Sumitomo Corporation Group company, jointly demonstrated a new waste heat recovery system based on a thermoelectric generator (TEG), which generates electrical power via exhaust gas heat.

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SEC announces Tesla Fair Fund distribution plan to pay investors affected by ‘funding secured’


The Securities and Exchange Commission has officially established the distribution of the Tesla Fair Fund, the agency announced.

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Stellantis-LG Energy Solution battery joint venture named NextStar Energy; 45 GWh plant in Windsor

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Stellantis and LG Energy Solution announced NextStar Energy Inc. as the official name of its battery joint-venture company. Earlier post.) Danies Lee has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of the new company. NextStar Energy will be Canada’s first large-scale lithium-ion battery production plant. Stellantis and LG Energy Solution committed to invest more than $5 billion CAD ($4.1

SpaceX’s upgraded Starship passes first ‘cryoproof’ test after repairs


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says an upgraded Starship prototype has passed its first cryogenic proof or ‘cryoproof’ test after undergoing a week of repairs.

Renesas introduces complex device driver software to ease development of battery management systems for EVs

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Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced an AUTOSAR-compliant complex device driver (CDD) software module for designers of automotive battery management systems (BMS) in electric vehicles (EVs).

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The USPS is already testing mail delivery by electric bike with these neat little US-built mail bikes


I recently wrote an opinion piece about how the United States Postal Service (USPS) could look to solve its gas-guzzler truck problem by following Europe’s example of delivering mail with smaller electric cargo bikes.

Around 640 Mercedes-Benz Axors for automated harvesting operations delivered in Brazil by the end of the year

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Automated Mercedes-Benz trucks are being used in the Brazilian sugar cane harvest since 2019.

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Elon Musk says Tesla will reduce salaried headcount by 10%, while increasing hourly employees


After Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly sent an email to company executives stating the automaker may reduce its employee headcount by 10 percent due to a “super bad feeling” about the economy, he sent another email to all employees confirming the company is “overstaffed in many areas.”

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Stellantis secures low-emission lithium supply for N American EV production from Controlled Thermal Resources

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Stellantis N.V. and Controlled Thermal Resources Ltd. CTR) signed a binding offtake agreement for CTR to supply battery-grade lithium hydroxide for use in Stellantis’ North America electrified vehicle production.

The heat pump market will more than double to $13B in cold climates by 2031


Contrary to popular belief, air-source heat pumps can work very well in cold climates. They’re now the best choice for energy efficiency and reducing heating bills, and that’s why their adoption is going to grow quickly in colder countries. more….

Volvo Cars global sales drop 28.3% in May y-o-y; full electric share climbs to 7.9% up from 3.7%

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Volvo Cars reported retail sales of 45,952 cars in May, down 28.3% compared with the same month last year. In May the share of fully electric cars grew to 7.9% (3,652 units), up from 3.7% (2,399 units out of 64,111). Sales of Recharge models (plug-in hybrid and fully electric) represented 33.6% of total sales in May, an increase of 10 percentage points compared with the same month in 2021. January-May. Change. Change. Europe. 18,752. 24,761. 24.3%. 103,731. 138,127. 24.9%. Recharge. 8,813. 9,850.

Toyota energy storage, Mercedes EQB details, Ford CEO on EV shakeout: Today’s Car News

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Mercedes puts a price on its EQB electric SUV. Toyota gets in the home energy storage business—albeit only in Japan, for now. And Ford’s CEO sees EVs as the spark for a big industry consolidation. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

Elon Musk clarifies that Tesla layoffs are just for salaried employees, still hiring hourly workers


Elon Musk has clarified that Tesla laying off 10% of its workforce only applies to “salaried employees,” and that the automaker is still hiring hourly workers. more….

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GM’s Cruise secures first-ever permit to charge for self-driving car rides in California


General Motors’ Cruise became the first autonomous driving program to secure a permit to charge people to ride in a self-driving car after numerous objections from city officials in San Francisco.

Southwest Airlines is investing in a sustainable aviation fuel pilot program


Southwest Airlines announced this week that it’s investing in SAFFiRE Renewables as part of a Department of Energy (DOE)-backed project to develop and produce scalable, sustainable aviation fuel. more….

Tesla reportedly set to drop 10% of its employees, Musk has ‘super bad feeling’ about economy


Tesla is reportedly going to cut its employee headcount by 10 percent, according to a new report from Reuters , CEO Elon Musk said in an email to executives.

Tesla finally prepares to launch photos of referral program prize winners to space?


Tesla is finally preparing to honor its referral program prize and launch photos of owners who won into space. more…. The post Tesla finally prepares to launch photos of referral program prize winners to space? appeared first on Electrek.

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Number Of Tesla Owners Who Reported Phantom Braking Rises To 758


The NHTSA has now requested additional information from Tesla to get to the bottom of it

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Tesla has to respond to increase in phantom braking complaints


Tesla has to respond to an inquiry from NHTSA regarding the increasing number of phantom braking complaints that it has been receiving. more…. The post Tesla has to respond to increase in phantom braking complaints appeared first on Electrek.

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Volkswagen Aero B Electric Sedan Spied Again Showing More Details


The first electric sedan from Volkswagen is expected to be released in 2023

Greenworks 14-inch electric chainsaw falls to 2022 low at $52, more in New Green Deals


If you’re looking for a way to tidy up the trees around your yard, then a chainsaw is the perfect solution. Today, you can pick up a for just $52 , which marks the lowest price that we’ve tracked all year long as it normally goes for $67.

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Video Friday: ICRA 2022

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. This week is going to be a little bit on the short side, because Evan is getting married this weekend [!!!!!! – Ed. ] and is actually supposed to be writing his vows right now.

Podcast: Tesla layoffs, VW ID.Buzz price, BMW iX1, and more


This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy. This week, we discussed the Tesla layoffs, VW releasing the price of the ID.Buzz, the BMW iX1 unveiling, and more. more….

Volvo Promises Photorealistic In-Car Graphics Thanks To Unreal Engine


The latest generation of Unreal Engine is so groundbreaking that it will help advance many industries, the car business included

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Elon Musk asks Tesla execs to ‘pause all hiring,’ cut 10% of staff, amid ‘bad feeling about economy’


Elon Musk has reportedly asked Tesla executives to ‘pause all hiring worldwide’ and cut about 10% of the staff due to what he called a “bad feeling about the economy”. more….

China based company introducing a new Electric car.

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The new Electric vehicle is tinier than Nano and it comes with 40 hp. Wuling, the china based company introducing a new Electric car small-sized electric vehicle in Indonesia.

Mercedes-Benz shares US pricing for upcoming EQB SUV starting under $57,000


Mercedes-Benz has shared detailed pricing and available trim levels for its upcoming EQB SUV ahead of its anticipated delivery to the US in summer of 2022. Beginning at a price of $56,800 for the lowest trim level, the EQB will arrive as the most affordable EQ model to date for US customers. more….

Volkswagen Boss Herbert Diess: Race With Tesla Will Be Tight


The company acknowledges Tesla's strong points, but notes also its own advantages

Hero MotoCorp, Delayed the launch of their Vida electric scooter.


A few months back the most pre-dominant two-wheeler manufacturer “Hero MotoCorp” declared that they are going to launch their new subsidiary brand called “Vida” that’ll manufacture top-class, high-end electric scooters for the Indian market.

US: Hyundai Ioniq 5 Sales Slowed Down In May


Insufficient supply holds Hyundai Ioniq 5 sales below 2,000 units