Thu.Oct 21, 2021

Volkswagen testing 5G for production on its way to smart factories; Wolfsburg, Transparent Factory in Dresden

Green Car Congress

Volkswagen is taking a further step in the direction of fully networked factories. A local 5G campus network is now available at its main plant in Wolfsburg that initially covers the main production development center and the pilot hall.

Tesla announces plans to triple the size of Supercharger network within 2 years

Electrek

Tesla has announced plans to triple the size of the Supercharger network within the next two years. It’s an ambitious goal, but the automaker has fallen short of its growth goals for the fast-charging network in the past.

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HaaS company Hydra Energy delivers first converted hydrogen-diesel co-combustion heavy-duty truck; up to 40% hydrogen

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Hydra Energy, the Hydrogen-as-a-Service (HaaS) provider for commercial fleets looking to reduce emissions and costs with limited risk and no up-front investment ( earlier post ), has delivered its first hydrogen-converted, heavy-duty truck to paying fleet customer Lodgewood Enterprises.

Tesla is moving Model 3 Standard Range to LFP cells in Fremont, wants cell production closer

Electrek

Tesla confirmed that it is moving Model 3 Standard Range production to Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery cells at Fremont factory. The company also wants the production of the cell, which has been only produced in China, to be closer.

Snam, Toyota and CaetanoBus collaborate to accelerate the development of hydrogen mobility

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Snam, Toyota and CaetanoBus have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), with the aim of starting a wide-ranging collaboration to promote and accelerate the introduction of hydrogen-based mobility.

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid pickup hits 42 mpg city, but it’s a limited offering

Green Car Reports

EPA fuel economy numbers for the upcoming 2022 Maverick Hybrid pickup are shaping up to be even better than Ford had previously expected.

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Carbon Recycling International and Johnson Matthey collaborate on sustainable methanol

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Carbon Recycling International (CRI) and Johnson Matthey (JM) have agreed on a long-term exclusive catalyst supply agreement for the use of JM’s KATALCO methanol catalysts in CRI’s Emissions-To-Liquids (ETL) CO 2 -to-methanol plants.

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China Yuchai forms joint venture in Beijing to develop fuel cell powertrain systems

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China Yuchai International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of engines for on- and off-road applications in China through its main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL), announced that its subsidiary Yuchai Xin-Lan New Energy Power Technology Co., Yuchai Xin-Lan) has entered into a cooperation agreement to further develop hydrogen energy applications with fuel cell powertrain systems in the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei markets.

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Tesla confirms new Cybertruck prototypes, gives hope on its timeline

Electrek

Tesla has given an update on the Cybertruck – confirming that it has new prototypes and giving some hope on the timeline to production. more… The post Tesla confirms new Cybertruck prototypes, gives hope on its timeline appeared first on Electrek.

Gestamp first automotive Tier 1 to use ArcelorMittal XCarb green steel certificates

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Automotive Tier 1 supplier Gestamp has signed an agreement with ArcelorMittal to start using XCarb green steel certificates for the production of automotive components, as part of a sustainability strategy aimed at achieving decarbonization in all of its operations. Gestamp products cover the areas of body-in-white, chassis and mechanisms.

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Ørsted is going big on US offshore wind and this is what it needs to succeed

Electrek

Denmark-headquartered Ørsted is the largest offshore wind company in the world. David Hardy, who became CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America in October 2020, testified today on Capitol Hill, before the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy Subcommittee.

Extreme-fast-charging solid-state battery company Storedot opening US R&D hub

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StoreDot, the developer of extreme fast charging (XFC) technology for electric vehicles ( earlier post ), is opening an R&D innovation hub in California. The new US-based innovation hub is being established to help StoreDot in its mission to provide automotive battery technologies that will significantly enhance the electrified vehicle ownership experience, eradicating range anxiety.

The world’s largest offshore wind farm just hit two major milestones

Electrek

The UK’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, soon to be the world’s largest when it’s completed next year, just achieved a couple of major construction milestones. more… The post The world’s largest offshore wind farm just hit two major milestones appeared first on Electrek.

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Allison Transmission makes strategic equity investment in Jing-Jin Electric Technologies

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Allison Transmission will participate in the initial public offering (IPO) of Jing-Jin Electric (JJE), a leader in electric motor, inverter, and integrated electrified propulsion systems within China—the largest electric vehicle market in the world. As part of JJE’s upcoming IPO at The Science and Technology Innovation (STAR) Board on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Allison will make a strategic investment of 264 million CNY (approx. US$42 million).

Clean energy jobs: Here’s what happened in 2020, and what’s coming

Electrek

Clean energy employment reached 12 million globally in 2020, up from 11.5 million in 2019, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the eighth edition of “ Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2021.”

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NFTA-Metro orders 10 New Flyer battery-electric buses with options for 140 more

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority of Buffalo, New York (NFTA-Metro) has issued a five-year contract to NFI subsidiary New Flyer of America, which includes a firm order for 10 Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses and options to purchase up to 140 additional buses. NFTA-Metro provides bus and rail transportation services in Erie and Niagara Counties in New York State, delivering more than 24 million rides annually.

California EV incentive is getting smaller in November

Green Car Reports

A California incentive for plug-in cars is about to be reduced by half. Effective November 2, the California Clean Fuel Reward (CCFR) for electric cars and plug-in hybrids will go from $1,500 to $750.

In Q3, Tesla posts best net income, operating profit and gross profit

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For the third quarter of 2021, Tesla reported best net income, operating profit and gross profit. Additionally, it achieved. an operating margin of 14.6%, exceeding its medium-term guidance. This was accomplished while Tesla ASP (averaged selling price) decreased by 6% YoY in Q3 due to a continued shift in the mix towards lower-priced vehicles. Its operating margin reached an all-time high as Tesla reduced cost at a higher rate than the declines in ASP.

42-mpg hybrid pickup, California EV incentive, Volvo and Polestar OTA update: Today’s Car News

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Volvo and Polestar models get an update for more predictable charging and range. One of California’s EV incentives is soon getting halved. And Ford tops 40 mpg with a pickup. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Johnson Matthey, Echion, Britishvolt and UCL to develop eLNO cathode, niobium anode demonstrator cells in CASCADE

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Johnson Matthey (JM), Echion Technologies , (Echion), Britishvolt (BV) and University College London (UCL) are grant recipients in the latest round (Round 4) of the Faraday Battery Challenge in the UK. Earlier post.).

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Check out this working prototype lunar electric motorcycle for NASA’s moon exploration

Electrek

Lunar rovers are typically four-wheeled electric vehicles, but a new prototype shows how a two-wheeled electric motorcycle may have serious advantages on the moon.

Tesla plans shift to LFP cells for Model 3 and Model Y, likely with US production

Green Car Reports

After switching to lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cells for Chinese-market Model 3 and Model Y electric cars, Tesla plans to expand use of the cells to global markets—with local production.

Tesla is enforcing strict FSD Beta rules for inattentive drivers

Teslarati

It appears that Tesla is indeed determined to keep its FSD Beta program as free from untoward incidents as possible.

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ZEEKR 001 EV produced in China

Drive Electric

Geely-owned Chinese EV brand ZEEKR has announced that it has commenced production of its 001 model. The ZEEKR 001, which might not hit the UK, offers some incredible performance figures – including 0-100kph time of just 3.8

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Update: Top 10 Electric Cars

Clean Fleet Report

2021 Is Here: Here Are the Top 10 Electric Car Companies. We update this list regularly because the market is changing so quickly. The new models we’ve driven have caused us to rethink the Top 10. We’ll try to keep this up-to-date as the EV market continues to evolve.

Volvo and Polestar EVs to get Range Assistant app as part of OTA update

Green Car Reports

Volvo and Polestar electric cars are getting a new Range Assistant app as part of an over-the-air (OTA) software update, the two brands announced Tuesday.

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Tesla’s R&D center for its $25k electric car is complete

Teslarati

Tesla’s Q3 2021 Update Letter included several critical tidbits about the company’s ongoing projects across the globe. But amidst the wealth of information provided in the document, Tesla also included a small yet notable update of sorts from the Gigafactory Shanghai complex.

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Tesla Autopilot vindicated by event data in highly publicized fatal crash ‘with no one at the wheel’

Electrek

Tesla Autopilot has been vindicated by its event data recorder in a highly publicized fatal crash that was reported as having “no one at the wheel.”

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SEA Electric got massive order for 1,150 new electric trucks

Electric Vehicles India

SEA Electric got massive order for 1,150 new electric trucks. SEA Electric an Australian-founded and California-based Global transport innovator company has received a massive order for 1,150 electric trucks which is said to be the largest in its history.

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Ducati, which makes no electric motorcycles, to supply e-motorcycles for MotoE races

Electrek

After Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer Energica announced recently that it would not be extending its agreement to produce racing electric motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE racing league, speculation regarding a possible replacement ran rampant.

Tesla requests PM Modi to cut import taxes on electric vehicles 

Electric Vehicles India

Tesla requests PM Modi to cut import taxes on electric vehicles . Tesla Inc urged the Prime Minister’s Office to cut down the import taxes on electric vehicles before it enters the market.

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Volocopter is bringing eVTOL vehicles to Japan with public test flights in 2023

Electrek

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) specialist Volocopter recently announced it has joined the Osaka Roundtable with the goal of bringing its eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) technology to Japan. Volocopter has also committed to showcasing its flight technology during Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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The World's Fastest-Growing Brand In 2021? Tesla, Up 184%

InsideEVs

That's according to Interbrand’s 2021 Best Global Brands, which calls the growth "unprecedented

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Rogues gallery: Leaked documents reveal lobbying to gut COP26 climate and carbon audit

Electrek

With the opening of the UN-sponsored COP26 climate summit less than two weeks away, a trove of leaked documents obtained by Greenpeace is revealing efforts by of a group of nations furiously lobbying to gut language critical of their carbon-spewing economic interests from a report to be released during the Glasgow conference.

Tesla 4680 Battery Cells To Debut In Production In Early 2022

InsideEVs

There's a strong chance they will debut as part of structural battery packs in Model Ys built in Austin and Berlin

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Scorpion X e-bike review: Juiced’s awesome electric moped gets a power upgrade

Electrek

The Juiced Scorpion X recently replaced the original Scorpion moped-style electric bike and offers new upgrades to improve upon an already strong entry in the market. more… The post Scorpion X e-bike review: Juiced’s awesome electric moped gets a power upgrade appeared first on Electrek.

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Air Taxis Are Safe—According to the Manufacturers

Cars That Think

Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for urban commuting are currently under development by more than a dozen different companies.

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