Tue.Jan 04, 2022

Deutsche Post now automatically offsetting all CO2 emissions from mail transport

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Starting immediately, Deutsche Post is offsetting any unavoidable CO 2 emissions due to mail transport with investments in internationally recognized and certified climate protection projects at no extra charge.

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Ford F-150 Lightning EV production boosted to 150,000 annually, orders start this week

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Ford announced early Tuesday that this Thursday it will start inviting reservation-holders of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup to start placing their orders.

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Wallbox introduces Quasar 2 next-generation bidirectional home charger at CES 2022

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Wallbox, a leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions worldwide, introduced Quasar 2, the latest generation of its bidirectional home chargers designed specifically for the North American market.

Tesla nears million-vehicle mark in 2021, despite supply-chain challenges

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Despite supply-chain issues affecting the entire auto industry, Tesla claims robust 2021 deliveries came close the million-vehicle mark.

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EIA: Energy prices rose more than other commodities in 2021; up 59% over the year

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Energy prices used in the S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) ended 2021 59% higher than the first trading day of the year, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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475,000 US Tesla vehicles will need a service visit for safety recall issues

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One of Tesla's strengths is that it has been able to quickly deploy over-the-air fixes for some safety-related issues.

Mercedes unveils VISION EQXX electric halo car; range and efficiency

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the VISION EQXX electric concept car ( earlier post )—a highly efficient, sleek concept car capable of exceeding 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on a single charge with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers (efficiency of more than 6 miles per kWh).

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AIMPLAS developing transformation processes for thermoplastic composites that can replace metal components of battery systems

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The VETERIA21 Project, funded by the Valencian Regional Government and implemented by AIMPLAS, will develop new, more efficient transformation processes for thermoplastic composites so they can be used to replace the metal content of electric vehicle batteries.

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SpaceX preparing to test Starship-catching ‘chopstick’ arms


SpaceX has moved Starbase’s rocket-catching “chopstick” arms for the first time since they were installed on the orbital Starship pad’s ‘launch tower’ two months ago.

Teijin begins life-cycle analysis of its carbon fibers

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Teijin Limited has started to carry out a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of its carbon fibers to calculate their total carbon emissions—an industry first. Teijin previously calculated the carbon footprint of its carbon fibers used in sports, recreational and industrial applications and more recently its carbon fiber filaments used in aircraft applications, which will make it possible to now calculate emissions for all of its carbon fiber filament applications.

Elon Musk says SpaceX making good progress on Starship’s upgraded Raptor 2 engines


As is routine, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to offer a few details about the status of Starship, its Raptor engines, and a few upgrades planned for both.

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StoreDot announces first close of $80M Series D, led by VinFast; manufacture at scale of extreme fast charge battery cells by 2024

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StoreDot, the developer of extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology for electric vehicles, announced the first close of its Series D funding round of up to $80 million, the majority of which have already been secured. The round is led by key strategic investors, strengthening StoreDot’s partnerships in the global automotive battery eco-system.

Tesla’s vertical integration and preparation were keys to avoiding chip shortage: Reuters


Tesla seemed to be made of Teflon in 2020 and 2021, as the company seemed to avert the semiconductor chip shortage with relative ease, while longstanding and prestigious automakers scaled back production due to the lack of supplies.

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Clean energy generated 46% of Germany’s net public power in 2021


Clean energy made up 46% of Germany’s net public power generation in 2021. That was down from 50% in 2020, according to Fraunhofer ISE , the largest solar energy research institute in Europe.

Tesla Cybertruck order page no longer mentions a 2022 production estimate


Tesla quietly updated the Cybertruck’s order page, removing references to the vehicle’s expected 2022 production date. The update may have been implemented during the final weeks of 2021.

Panasonic turns to JB Straubel’s Redwood for recycled battery materials to supply Tesla Giga Nevada


Panasonic announced that it is going to purchase copper foil produced from recycled materials by Tesla co-founder JB Straubel’s Redwood Materials for battery cell production at Gigafactory Nevada. The materials will end up in Tesla vehicles – going full circle.

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Ferrari named Morgan Stanley’s ‘favorite EV stock’ for 2022


Italian luxury sports car maker Ferrari ( NYSE: RACE ) is Morgan Stanley’s pick as the firm’s “favorite electric vehicle stock for 2022,” according to a note released by the Autos and Shared Mobility team.

Tesla Supercharger network is now ‘officially’ in all 50 states with public Hawaii station


Tesla announced that it installed a new Supercharger station in Hawaii, which means that the Supercharger network is now “officially” in all 50 states. I say “officially” in quotes because technically, there was already a station in Hawaii, but there was a big caveat.

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Tesla Cyberwhistle sold out in China, knock-offs popping up online for 1/3 the price


The Tesla Cyberwhistle is sold out in China, revealing the car brand’s popularity in the region. Even more revealing is the fact that Cyberwhistle knock-offs have started popping up in Chinese online shops. The Cyberwhistle costs ¥350 (or $55.07), while it costs $50 in the United States.

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Wallbox Quasar 2 bidirectional V2H CCS-combo DC charger announced, turns EVs into huge Powerwall


Wallbox (WBX), the Barcelona, Spain-based charger maker, announced its second generation Quasar 2 bidirectional charger at CES this week, two years after the original Quasar won our best of CES 2020.

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Ford doubles its F-150 Lightning production target again to 150k units per year


It appears that Ford is getting more and more serious about ramping its upcoming all-electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning.

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Denmark PM wants fossil-free flights by 2030


Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said she wants to “make flying green” in an ambitious New Year’s speech that included a commitment by Denmark’s government to make domestic flights fossil fuel free by 2030 – how the country will achieve that goal is still in question.

F-150 Lightning orders, Mercedes EQXX, Tesla recalls and deliveries: Today’s Car News

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Mercedes previews tech and design details for its volume EV models coming in a couple years. Ford will soon let some F-150 Lightning reservation-holders spec their trucks. Tesla delivers a new record in 2021 but faces some big recalls that aren’t over-the-air.

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Ford launches F-150 Lightning online configurator, starts at $40,000 but $74,000 for bigger battery


Ford has launched the F-150 Lightning’s online configurator and revealed all prices and options in the process. It starts at $40,000 and it can be configured to a price up to $93,000 with all the options.

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Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX has considerably more range than any EV offered currently


German automaker Mercedes-Benz unveiled an electric car with 620 miles, or 1,000 kilometers, of range on Monday. The VISION EQXX has the potential to revolutionize electric vehicle road trips and overall adoption, offering considerably more range than any other EV on the market.

John Deere takes a step into the future with first fully autonomous tractor


John Deere revealed its first fully autonomous tractor today at CES 2022, building off of what it says are 20 years of AI development – and it’s not a concept. The self-driving John Deere is already up and running on select farms and available for sale.

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Tesla catches flak for opening a store in Xinjiang, which already has Ford and GM showrooms and a VW car plant


Tesla’s new showroom in China’s highly-controversial Xinjiang region has attracted a lot of criticism from American rights and trade groups, with some noting that the presence of the store suggests that the EV maker and its CEO, Elon Musk, are “supporting genocide.”

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$120,000 Arc Vector electric motorcycle back from the dead, preparing for deliveries


The Arc Vector luxury electric motorcycle’s development has been tumultuous, but good news appears to be on the horizon. more… The post $120,000 Arc Vector electric motorcycle back from the dead, preparing for deliveries appeared first on Electrek.

Three Benefits of Installing EV Charging Stations at Your Business

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Here are three of the most beneficial things you'll experience when you install an EV charging station at your business. The post Three Benefits of Installing EV Charging Stations at Your Business appeared first on Smart Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations.

Car ads get cigarette-like disclaimer in France suggesting walking or biking instead


A new law in France will soon require automakers to include a disclaimer in their advertisements encouraging more energy-efficient transportation alternatives such as walking, biking, or public transit.

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2023 Smart Electric Subcompact Crossover Will Look A Lot Like This


This rendering is based on the design patents Smart filed with the EUIPO last year and the Concept #1

Indigo set to launch rideshare and delivery EVs at CES


Indigdo Technologies promises “a new class” of purpose-built electric vehicles that it says are smooth, spacious, sustainable, and aimed at the meaty middle of the rideshare and delivery markets.

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Benefits of private and public EV charging

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Guide to private and public EV charging

Lightning eMotors unveils its new Lightning eChassis for purpose-built commercial EVs


Fleet EV developer Lightning eMotors has unveiled a new rolling chassis, purpose-built for Class 4 and 5 commercial EVs. The proprietary Lightning eChassis can support 1,500 lbs greater Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) on average compared to other commercial vehicles in the same class.

BMW i5 Electric Wagon Is Great, Too Bad It’s Just A Rendering


The Bavarians are working on an i5 electric sedan, but will it also get a practical load-lugging version as rumors suggest

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Closer look at Moonbikes’ wacky mashup between an electric snowmobile and motorcycle


It may be a bit of a misnomer ( it’s not meant for the moon , nor is it a bike), but Moonbikes’ wild-looking new electric snow vehicle sure is turning heads.

Drive Green: A Year in Review

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There’s no doubt about it, 2021 was a rough year for the auto industry and consumers looking for a car. The industry has suffered from the chip shortage, other supply chain issues, and not to mention the Chevrolet Bolt battery issues resulting in a stop-sale.