Tue.Dec 14, 2021

Harley-Davidson to spin-out LiveWire electric motorcycle division as public company via SPAC; $545M in proceeds

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Biden administration defines steps toward 500,000-charger national network for EVs

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The White House on Monday released its EV Charging Action Plan, outlining steps toward a previously announced goal of a national network of 500,000 charging stations.


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Honda researchers synthesize nanoribbons that can enable more energy-efficient quantum devices

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Scientists from Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) have synthesized atomically thin nanoribbons—atomic scale thickness, ribbon-shaped materials—that have broad implications for the future of quantum electronics, the area of physics dealing with the effects of quantum mechanics on the behavior of electrons in matter.

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Volkswagen ID.4: Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2022 finalist

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Electric vehicles, and their potential to greatly cut our carbon footprint over their useful life, can make the most difference if they’re adopted in mass-market numbers. And among all of this year’s Best Car To Buy finalists, it’s the Volkswagen ID.4

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Biden Administration releases EV Charging Action Plan

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As one of the results of the $1-trillion infrastructure bill signed into law in November, the Biden Administration released an EV Charging Action Plan to outline steps federal agencies are taking to support developing and deploying chargers across the country. The infrastructure law calls for a network of 500,000 public chargers and make EVs accessible to all Americas for both local and long-distance trips.

Ioniq 5 pricing, VW ID.4, Ghosn on Nissan EV plans, Biden charging infrastructure: Today’s Car News

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Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn calls out the company’s approach on EVs. The Biden administration lays out its approach for 500,000 national EV chargers. We look at the VW ID.4 and why it’s on our Best Car To Buy shortlist. And Hyundai has priced the Ioniq 5.

CPUC proposes revising Net Energy Metering rules to push customers to install storage with rooftop solar

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For more than 20 years, California has aggressively supported the rooftop solar market through its Net Energy Metering (NEM) program in Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) territories. NEM allows customers who generate their own energy (customer-generators) to serve their energy needs directly onsite and to receive a financial credit on their electric bills for any surplus energy fed back to their utility.

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Toyota to introduce 30 BEV models by 2030, boost battery spending to ¥2T

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In a media briefing in Tokyo, Toyota Motor president Akio Toyoda said that Toyota Motor will roll out 30 battery EV models by 2030, globally offering a full lineup of battery EVs in the passenger and commercial segments. Toyoda said the company is aiming for global sales of 3.5

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Elon Musk slams California’s $8 per kW monthly utility charge plan for solar owners


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has slammed California’s plan for homeowners who use solar panels in their homes.

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With new 58 kWh battery pack option, Hyundai IONIQ 5 to start at $39,700

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Hyundai revealed pricing, packaging and a 58kWh battery pack option for its coming IONIQ 5, an electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV). Customers can select from two battery pack options—either 58 kWh or 77.4

SpaceX schedules three Falcon 9 launches in four days


SpaceX appears to be on track to round out a record-breaking year with three Falcon 9 launches in four days.

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Lightning eMotors signs two-year agreement to purchase 175 MWh of CATL batteries

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Lightning eMotors reached a two-year agreement to purchase 175 MWh of CATL batteries. The agreement with CATL distributor Coulomb Solutions, Inc. CSI) provides Lightning eMotors with additional optionality around form factor.

Elon Musk: Tesla to start accepting Doge cryptocurrency for merchandise


Elon Musk announced that Tesla will start to accept Doge, a meme cryptocurrency, to buy some merchandise on its website. It’s the first time Tesla has accepted crypto as payment since a reversal earlier this year.

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DOE: Plug-in vehicles’ share of new LDV sales in Europe more than tripled in 2020 to hit 10.5%

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Although overall light-duty vehicle sales were down in 2020 due to the pandemic, plug-in vehicle sales bucked that trend and saw growth in many markets. This was especially evident in Europe where the share of plug-in vehicle sales more than tripled, reaching 10.5%

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Tesla to try out Dogecoin payments for selected merchandise


Seven months after polling his tens of millions of Twitter followers if Tesla should accept Dogecoin as a form of payment, CEO Elon Musk has noted that the company would try out dog-themed currency as a payment option for some of the items in the EV maker’s shop.

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Magna new all-electric powertrain EtelligentReach set to hit market in 2022

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Magna’s new all-electric connected powertrain, the EtelligentReach, will debut on a new entrant vehicle in 2022. The complete system comprises two electric motors, inverters and gearboxes, and leverages advanced software to maximize vehicle range and driving dynamics.

Idiots use Tesla Autopilot to put dog in danger in attempt to go viral


Young adults on social media put a dog in the driver’s seat of a Tesla Model X on Autopilot, putting the animal and everyone else on the road in danger, in an attempt to go viral. The case could be considered animal abuse on top of a serious traffic violation.

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Juniper: ride-sharing spend by consumers to exceed $930B globally by 2026

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A new study by Juniper Research forecasts that ride-sharing spending by consumers globally will exceed $937 billion by 2026, comparable to 50 times the combined annual revenue of Transport for London, New York City’s MTA, and the Beijing Metro in 2021. This spend represents an increase from $147 billion in 2021 and total growth of 537% over the next 5 years.

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Toyota teases electric pickup truck in new battery-electric vehicle plan


Toyota teased an upcoming electric pickup truck with an early concept vehicle at an event today about its long awaited battery-electric vehicle plan. more… The post Toyota teases electric pickup truck in new battery-electric vehicle plan appeared first on Electrek.

ZeroAvia raises $35M more to accelerate development of 2-5MW hydrogen powertrain; United invests

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As it moves closer to commercialization of its hydrogen-electric technology, ZeroAvia ( earlier post ) has secured a new raise of $35 million to help develop its 2-5MW zero-emission powertrain system for regional aviation. United Airlines has invested in ZeroAvia through this round, an agreement with United anticipates an order for 50 ZA2000-RJ engines, with an option for 50 more.

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Proterra announces third US battery factory planned for South Carolina, its first on the east coast


EV manufacturer Proterra has announced a new battery factory coming to Greer, South Carolina, to keep up with demand for its EV battery systems. The new factory comes with a commitment from Proterra to invest at least $76 million and create over 200 new jobs.

Tesla, Rivian get deadlines from judge in stagnant trade secret lawsuit


Tesla has been given thirty days to produce documents relevant to a lawsuit it filed against Rivian Automotive in July 2020, as the nearly stagnated lawsuit has been given deadlines for new developments by Judge Peter Manoukian.

Tesla worker arrested for fatally shooting coworker at Fremont factory


Fremont Police Department has announced that it arrested a Tesla worker who they believe was responsible for shooting a co-worker in the Fremont factory parking lot yesterday. more… The post Tesla worker arrested for fatally shooting coworker at Fremont factory appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla employee booked for suspicious death at the Fremont Factory


The Fremont Police Department issued a homicide press release about the suspicious death at Tesla’s Fremont Factory discovered on Monday, December 13, 2021. The case has led homicide detectives to issue an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Anthony Solima of Milpitas.

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Biden’s Build Back Better Act would boost solar installs 31% through 2026


If President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act is enacted, the US is projected to install 43.5 gigawatts (GW) of additional solar capacity over the baseline forecast between 2022 and 2026.

Ford Mustang Mach-E captures KBB’s EV Best Buy of 2022


Ford has captured a tremendous accolade with the Mustang Mach-E after Kelley Blue Book announced that the all-electric crossover is the Electric Vehicle Best Buy for 2022.

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Li-Cycle to expand US battery recycling ‘Hub’ by 40% and provide LG with nickel for the next decade


To meet increasing market demand, lithium-ion battery resource recovery specialists Li-Cycle has announced plans to increase the processing capacity of an upcoming New York facility by 40%.

Lucid CEO Rawlinson says he was Model S Chief Engineer, a claim Elon Musk refutes


Lucid Group CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson refuted Elon Musk’s claims that he was not Chief Engineer of Tesla’s flagship electric car, the Model S, in a recent interview with HBO Axios.

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Largest e-bike company in the US, Rad Power Bikes, says it has to raise prices. Here’s why


Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes has just sent an email out to its customers and followers announcing that prices will increase across its line of electric bicycles starting at the end of this year. more… The post Largest e-bike company in the US, Rad Power Bikes, says it has to raise prices.

2022 Rivian R1T: a real pickup truck makes an impressive debut


Could Rivian emerge as “the next Tesla?” On the strength of its debut truck, that’s not an unreasonable question. If you want to attract attention, keeping a company in stealth mode for several years is a good way to do it.

Police investigate ‘suspicious death’ at Tesla Fremont factory


The Fremont Police Department announced that its homicide detectives are investigating a “suspicious death” that occurred at Tesla Fremont factory yesterday, December 13.

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Reducing the cost of electric vehicles

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Reducing the cost of electric vehicles.

Apex.AI raises over $56 million in Series B funding round


Mobility software developer Apex.AI has announced a hefty sum of Series B funding to the tune of $56.5 million, bringing its total funding to $74 million raised to date.

A closer look at minimizing AC charging losses: From the breaker to EV (Part 1)


It’s fairly well known by now that EVs cost far less per mile to drive than their closest ICE counterparts, and the main reason is simply that the EV drivetrain is far more efficient at converting its stored form of energy into motion.

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Taxi company suspends its Tesla Model 3 fleet after a severe fatal crash


G7, a Paris-based taxi company that operates one of the largest Tesla taxi fleets in the world, announced that it suspended all its Model 3 taxis after a severe fatal crash that occurred last weekend.

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SpaceX whistleblowers allege widespread sexual harassment


On the heels of a similar report on Blue Origin, five whistleblowers in two different exposes from Lioness and The Verge allege that SpaceX effectively fosters a work environment that is extremely hostile and unresponsive to women.

Quick Charge Podcast: December 14, 2021


Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. more… The post Quick Charge Podcast: December 14, 2021 appeared first on Electrek.