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Mercedes-Benz receives world’s first internationally valid system approval for Level 3 conditionally automated driving

Green Car Congress

Mercedes-Benz is the first automotive company to meet the demanding legal requirements of UN-R157 for a Level 3 system for conditionally automated driving. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has granted system approval for this on the basis of the technical approval regulation UN-R157 (UN Regulation No. 157 - Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS)), thus paving the way for offering such a system internationally, provided that national legislation allows it.

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GM confirms Chevy Silverado EV will be built in early 2023

Green Car Reports

A top General Motors executive has confirmed that the Chevrolet Silverado EV will arrive in 2023, with production starting early that year. The timing, reported by Automotive News, is sooner than the late-2023 timeline previously suggested, yet it sets the Silverado EV—or Silverado E as it’s been called at times—up for an arrival.

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Maersk unveils design of new methanol-fueled container ships

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Maersk has introduced the design of its eight groundbreaking and industry-leading 16,000 TEU container vessels powered by carbon-neutral methanol. Unique to the industry, this design allows a 20% improved energy efficiency per transported container, when comparing to the industry average for vessels in this size. The entire series is expected to save around one million tons of annual CO 2 emissions, offering customers carbon-neutral transportation at scale on ocean trades.

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Biden targets all light federal fleet vehicles to be electric by 2027

Green Car Reports

The White House on Wednesday announced a goal to make all light-duty vehicles in the federal fleet electric by 2027, and to make all federal vehicle acquisitions electric by 2035. As a first step toward President Biden's previously discussed goal of making the entire federal fleet electric, this was one of several new environmental goals announced.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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CARB adopts “smog-check” regulation for heavy-duty trucks and buses

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The California Air Resources Board approved a smog-check regulation for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. While these heavy-duty vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds comprise only 3% of all vehicles on California roads, they are responsible for more than 50% of nitrogen oxides and fine particle diesel pollution from all mobile sources in the state.

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Report: Market for recycling used EV batteries won't heat up until 2030

Green Car Reports

EV battery recycling won't become a major business until 2030, according to a new report from research firm Wood Mackenzie. Recycling used EV battery packs has been discussed as a way to lessen demand on resources, but it will be difficult for recyclers to achieve competitiveness on cost and volume, or even find enough battery packs to recycle.

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SpaceX converts Falcon Heavy core into Falcon 9 booster

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More than two years after the rocket’s last launch, SpaceX appears to have finally decided to give at least one of two surviving Falcon Heavy Block 5 cores a new lease on life as a Falcon 9 booster. Known as B1052, the Falcon Heavy side core or booster debuted in April 2019 as part of the first flight of the rocket’s Block 5 variant, successfully launching Saudi Arabia’s large Arabsat 6A communications satellite to an almost 90,000 km (56,000 mi) transfer orbit.

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Monolith to collaborate with Goodyear on carbon black for its tire production; methane pyrolysis

Green Car Congress

Monolith , a leader in clean carbon black production, signed a collaboration agreement and letter of intent (LOI) with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, one of the world's largest tire companies. As part of the agreements, Monolith expects to collaborate with Goodyear on the development and potential use of clean carbon black produced at its expanding Olive Creek facility in Hallam, Nebraska.

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Tesla Cybertruck spotted on Fremont Test Track with massive wiper blade

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The Tesla Cybertruck was spotted with some new features, including a massive, vertical, singular windshield wiper, similar to what the company intended to use with the next-gen Roadster in patents. The Cybertruck was unveiled in 2019, and Tesla intended to build the vehicle this December. However, supply chain bottlenecks, demand increases, and Tesla’s soon-to-be-completed factory in Austin, Texas, where the Cybertruck will be manufactured, have all contributed to delays in the initial pro

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GM and MP Materials enter long-term supply agreement to scale rare earth magnet sourcing and production in US

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General Motors and MP Materials ( earlier post ) have formed a strategic collaboration to develop a fully integrated US supply chain for rare earth magnets. Under the long-term agreement, MP Materials will supply US-sourced and manufactured rare earth materials, alloy and finished magnets for the electric motors used in the GMC HUMMER EV, Cadillac LYRIQ, Chevrolet Silverado EV and more than a dozen models using GM’s Ultium Platform, with a gradual production ramp that begins in 2023.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Tesla Model 3 police vehicle is blowing minds nine months into its initial trials

Teslarati

As it turns out, the Tesla Model 3 actually works amazingly as a police car. The Model 3’s performance as a police vehicle in the UK has so far been pretty incredible, to say the least, according to information shared by Tesla Account Manager and Emergency Services Lead Max Toozs-Hobson on LinkedIn. Apart from being an excellent engagement tool and a source of positive public feedback, the Tesla Model 3 is a very capable police car.

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Battery500 Consortium awarded $75M for Phase 2 of research

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The Battery500 Consortium has been awarded $75 million—or $15 million each year over the next five years subject to appropriations—for a second phase of research. Announced in 2016, the Battery500 consortium , led by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is working to to develop next-generation Li-metal anode cells delivering up to 500 Wh/kg. ( Earlier post.).

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NYC Is Planning To Buy Over $12 Million Worth Of Tesla Model 3s

CleanTechnica EVs

According to New York City records, the city that never sleeps will be holding a Contract Public Hearing on December 16, 2021, via conference call. The topic of the hearing is a proposed contract between the Department of Citywide Administrative Service of the City of New York and Tesla. The city wants to purchase quite […].

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GM and Vacuumschmelze (VAC) to build a new magnet factory in US to support EV growth

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GM and Vacuumschmelze (VAC) of Germany announced plans for VAC to build a plant in the US that will manufacture permanent magnets for the electric motors used in the GMC HUMMER EV, Cadillac LYRIQ, Chevrolet Silverado EV and more than a dozen other models using GM’s Ultium Platform. The new plant would plan to use locally sourced raw materials. ( Earlier post.).

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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Tesla Cybertruck with updated design spotted on test track

Electrek

A new Tesla Cybertruck prototype with an updated design has been spotted on the automaker’s Fremont factory test track. It’s the best look we had at the upcoming electric pickup truck in a while. more… The post Tesla Cybertruck with updated design spotted on test track appeared first on Electrek.

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Robotic Research closes $228M Series A to scale its autonomous technology commercially

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Robotic Research, a leading developer of autonomous mobility and robotics solutions, today announced a $228-million funding round—the first outside capital the company has raised. This funding will drive further innovation and expansion of Robotic Research’s commercial division, RR.AI , which is focused on delivering comprehensive autonomous driving solutions for commercial truck, bus, drayage and logistics vehicles.

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Siemens Gamesa’s massive 14 MW offshore wind turbine produces its first electricity

Electrek

Spanish-German wind giant Siemens Gamesa’s SG 14-222 DD prototype offshore wind turbine has produced its first electricity and delivered it to the grid at the test center in Østerild, Denmark. more… The post Siemens Gamesa’s massive 14 MW offshore wind turbine produces its first electricity appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla China Sold ~53,000 Made-In-China Vehicles In November, Crushing Claims Of Dropping Demand

CleanTechnica EVs

For the month of November, Tesla China sold 52,859 made-in-China vehicles, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). This includes the export sales of 21,127 vehicles. Before getting into those numbers, I want to go back a few more months — to June — when many major media outlets were predicting Tesla’s failure at […].

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Tesla stops taking Model S and Model X orders outside North America

Electrek

Tesla announced to potential buyers today that it stopped taking new Model S and Model X orders outside North America. It now expects deliveries in other markets to start during the second half of 2022. more… The post Tesla stops taking Model S and Model X orders outside North America appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla could receive $12.36 million worth of Model 3 orders from New York City

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A notice for a public hearing posted to New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services website has indicated that the city is looking to order $12.36 million worth of Tesla Model 3 sedans. A hearing for the proposed contract is scheduled for next Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. ET. . The Model 3 purchases, if they do get approved after a public hearing, would be done over a five-year period.

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Netherlands Reaches 28% BEV Share In November!

CleanTechnica EVs

Despite an artificially inflated November 2020 (CO2 fleet mandates + fiscal changes), the Dutch plugin vehicle (PEV) market managed to stay in positive territory last month (+7% YoY), with 10,613 plugin registrations logged in November, a new year best. And with the overall market continuing to drop significantly (-18% YoY), one can’t really complain about […].

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GM confirms Chevy Silverado electric pickup production starts in ‘early 2023’

Electrek

GM has confirmed the timing of the Chevy Silverado electric pickup for the first time. It is going into production in “early 2023.” more… The post GM confirms Chevy Silverado electric pickup production starts in ‘early 2023’ appeared first on Electrek.

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Video Friday: Ascento Pro

Cars That Think

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far ( send us your events !): ICRA 2022 – May 23-27, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA, USA Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.

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2023 Electric Mini Cooper S spied with new center screen, taillights

Electrek

Images of the upcoming refreshed electric Mini Cooper have leaked, showing significant exterior and interior changes including redesigned taillights and a rimless center screen. more… The post 2023 Electric Mini Cooper S spied with new center screen, taillights appeared first on Electrek.

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Volkswagen boosts Project Trinity budget to electrify its European production plants

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Volkswagen has boosted the budget of Project Trinity as it plans to electrify its production facilities across Europe. Volkswagen intends to have eight manufacturing facilities in Europe that are completely catered to the company’s transition to electric vehicles across its many brands, including Audi, Porsche, and the Volkswagen ID. family. “The future-oriented investments, which will be primarily in e-mobility and digitalization, will account for the largest proportion of total inv

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Eviation unveils versatile interior of its electric plane with 440 miles of range

Electrek

Eviation, the company behind one of the most advanced projects to deliver an all-electric aircraft for commercial services, has unveiled the interior of its electric plane with 440 miles of range. It includes several configurations for different applications. more… The post Eviation unveils versatile interior of its electric plane with 440 miles of range appeared first on Electrek.

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AI Is Helping to Stop Animal Poaching and Food Insecurity

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When Fei Fang was a graduate student she was introduced to game theory—mathematical models that describe strategic interactions among rational decision-makers. The IEEE member knew she had found her calling. She has combined the modelling technique with machine learning to thwart terrorist attacks and reduce animal poaching. For Fang’s work in the field, she was named one of IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine ’s “ AI’s 10 to Watch in 2020.”.

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Ford announces 2022 Mustang Mach-E prices and features, expects triple NA/EU output to 200,000+ by 2023

Electrek

As Ford’s CEO Jim Farley took to Twitter to announce a 3x increase in Mustang Mach-E production, the company also alerted dealers that modest price increases and new packages would be coming for 2022 models. The California Route 1 edition also got a meaningful range bump. Meanwhile, the company delayed a much anticipated Explorer EV… more… The post Ford announces 2022 Mustang Mach-E prices and features, expects triple NA/EU output to 200,000+ by 2023 appeared first on Electrek.

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Shining Star: Quick Review of Polestar 2

CleanTechnica EVs

There are those famous lines from the classic “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind, & Fire that everyone knows: You’re a shining star No matter who you are Shining bright to see What you could truly be. This perfectly describes the Polestar 2, as Volvo Cars has truly done an amazing job with its self-described “electric […].

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VW Boosts EV Spending To Catch Tesla, Will Electrify More Plants

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VW Group pledged to increase investments in e-mobility by almost 50% to $59 billion through 2026.

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ANZU: Taking Chargers From Hard-To-Find Novelties To Ubiquitous Infrastructure In Oz

CleanTechnica EVs

A new startup, founded by Matthew Henley, ANZU charging aims to put affordable AC chargers everywhere. It is named after an ancient Sumerian mythical creature and a dinosaur. You can’t get cooler than that. Matthew has spent many years driving all sorts of cars. His job was to find out what breaks so that he […].

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Watch Updated Tesla Cybertruck Prototype On Track: Best Video So Far

InsideEVs

In the lengthy video, we can see the vehicle driving around a test track, from basically every angle.

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Ford Ends F-150 Lightning Reservations, Says It Needs More Batteries

CleanTechnica EVs

Customers can begin converting their reservation for the Ford F-150 Lightning into orders starting in January.

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Bitcoin for electric bikes? You can now buy e-scooters and e-bikes with crypto

Electrek

It was only a matter of time before two of the largest growing fields in the last few years, micromobility and cryptocurrency, combined their influences. Major micromobility retailer Voro Motors has just announced that it is now accepting Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) as a payment method. more… The post Bitcoin for electric bikes? You can now buy e-scooters and e-bikes with crypto appeared first on Electrek.

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