Fri.Sep 24, 2021

Embark collaborating with Cummins, ZF on powertrain and steering controls for self-driving trucks

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Embark Trucks, a developer of autonomous technology for the trucking industry, is collaborating with Cummins to accelerate the integration of next-generation truck components and controls in self-driving trucks. Under this collaboration, Embark is testing Cummins’ automated driving system (ADS) powertrain interface to manage powertrain operations.

BMW EVs not targeting range of 400 miles or more: Here's why

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With the list of electric cars rated at 300 miles or more in EPA testing growing rapidly, 400 miles is the new goal for many luxury automakers. But not BMW.

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Cummins beginning development of medium-duty and heavy-duty hydrogen combustion engines; H2-ICE program

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Cummins announced that its hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine (H2-ICE) program is beginning development of a medium-duty 6.7-liter and a heavy-duty 15-liter engine. We’ve established significant goals as part of our PLANET 2050 sustainability strategy, including a target of zero emissions. Reducing well-to-wheels carbon emissions requires innovation of both energy sources and power solutions.

EV tax credit boost: At up to $12,500, here’s how the two versions compare

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An expansion of the EV tax credit, which has seen bipartisan support before, has been on President Biden’s CO2-cutting tasklist since before he was elected. Now, as part of a massive $3.5 trillion reconciliation spending bill, the credit faces an uncertain future.

UCSD, LG team creates solid-state battery with all-silicon anode

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University of California San Diego nanoengineers, in collaboration with researchers at LG Energy Solution, have developed a battery that combines a solid-state electrolyte and an all-silicon anode. The initial rounds of tests show that the new battery is safe, long lasting, and energy dense.

EV tax credit union boost, Hyundai Tucson PHEV pricing, BMW EV range: Today’s Car News

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The Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid beats the RAV4 Prime on affordability. BMW is sitting out the race for more mass-market EV range. And controversy swirls over a boost being given to unions as part of the EV tax credit. We help break down why. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

PACCAR, Aurora and FedEx launch autonomous linehaul truck commercial pilot

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PACCAR has teamed up with Aurora, a leading autonomous driving technology company, and FedEx to launch a commercial pilot of autonomous trucks in linehaul trucking operations.

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GM invests $300M in Momenta to deliver next-generation self-driving technologies in China

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General Motors will invest $300 million in China-based Momenta to accelerate the development of next-generation self-driving technologies for future GM vehicles in China.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is confident the chip shortage will be solved short term


Tesla CEO Elon Musk disclosed that he is confident the chip shortage is going to be solved in the short term, despite many disagreeing. more… The post Tesla CEO Elon Musk is confident the chip shortage will be solved short term appeared first on Electrek.

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Mercedes-Benz to become equal shareholder in Automotive Cells Company (ACC) with Stellantis and TotalEnergies

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Mercedes-Benz is taking an equity stake in European battery cell manufacturer Automotive Cells Company (ACC) to scale up development and production of next-generation high-performance battery cells and modules.

70+ companies just called for zero-emission trucks. Will legislators listen?


More than 70 large companies and investors representing $30 billion in assets sent a letter today to governors across the US urging the acceleration of the switch to zero-emission trucks, vans, and other large commercial vehicles. Will their letter make an impact?

Eaton introduces new zero-leak vapor valve

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Eaton’s Vehicle Group has introduced a new zero-leak Compact Combo Valve that safely vents harmful evaporative fuel vapors in the tank by stacking a Fill Limit Vent Valve (FLVV) and a new Zero-Leak Grade Vent Valve (GVV). A key benefit of the Compact Combo is reduced fuel vapor permeation.

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Elon Musk: Chip shortage is a “short term” problem that will likely be over next year


During an Italian tech event that was streamed on Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicted that the ongoing semiconductor crisis would likely be over next year.

AECOM to develop hydrogen-powered railway in Central Italy

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Global infrastructure consulting firm AECOM signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Spanish renewables group Iberdrola, and Italian partners Cinque International and Ancitel Energy and Environment, to upgrade Italy’s historic Apennine diesel railway with hydrogen trains. This project aims to aid economic growth for the Apennine region.

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Tesla Cybertruck’s HW4.0 computer will be built by Samsung: report


Recent reports have indicated that Tesla’s Hardware 4 computer, which would make its debut in the Cybertruck, would be produced by Samsung Electronics Co. The world-leading chipmaker is reportedly certain to beat out its rival, the larger Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

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Maersk invests in electrofuels startup Prometheus Fuels

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Maersk Growth has made a leading venture investment in Prometheus Fuels, a Silicon Valley-based startup with a promising direct air capture-technology to enable cost efficient, carbon neutral eFuels for shipping ( earlier post ). The minority investment in Prometheus Fuels will support A.P. Moller - Maersk’s work to execute on the strategy to decarbonize marine operations.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E passes Michigan State Police test


Ford Mustang Mach-E, or rather the ‘Ford Pro all-electric police pilot vehicle’ based on the Mach-e, has passed the Michigan State Police test. It became the first all-electric vehicle to do so.

Constellium to supply aluminum structural components for Ford F-150 Lightning EV

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Constellium SE will supply aluminum structural components for the recently introduced all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning that is expected to be available Spring 2022. The F-150 Lightning, and all F-Series pickup trucks, extensively use high-strength aluminum alloys. Constellium-supplied structural components for the F-150 Lightning include the windshield header, rocker, radiator support, and others.

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Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta ‘button’ set to arrive tonight: Here’s what to expect


Tesla is set to release its newest version of the Full Self-Driving Beta later tonight via a software update.

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Long Beach, Mercedes-Benz partner to improve urban mobility through connected vehicle data

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The City of Long Beach, California has entered into a public-private partnership with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, with support from Mercedes-Benz USA Urban Mobility Solutions, and Xtelligent to develop transportation technology systems that will improve urban transportation management and enhance liveability and environmental sustainability in and around the city.

Mercedes-Benz partners with Stellantis to make battery cells for electric cars


Mercedes-Benz announced today that it will join Stellantis and Total Energies as equal partners in Automotive Cells Company (ACC) to make battery cells for electric cars. more… The post Mercedes-Benz partners with Stellantis to make battery cells for electric cars appeared first on Electrek.

Honda and Google to collaborate on in-vehicle connected services

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Honda and Google have agreed to integrate Google’s in-vehicle connected service into an all-new model that will come to market in the second half of 2022 in North America. Honda and Google have been collaborating since 2015 with the broader automotive industry to introduce the Android platform to automobiles. As a result of this collaboration, Honda began adopting Android Auto starting with the Accord in 2016.

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SpaceX’s next commercial Falcon Heavy launch to carry Astranis rideshare satellite


Geostationary satellite communications startup Astranis has decided to move its first operational satellite launch from a SpaceX Falcon 9 to a Falcon Heavy, effectively securing the massive rocket its first commercial rideshare payload.

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Volkswagen Group China building battery system factory in Anhui to strengthen BEV value chain

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Volkswagen Group China is commencing construction of a battery system production factory in Hefei (Anhui province). VW Anhui Components Company is the first battery system plant to be wholly owned by the Group in China. The initial annual capacity will be 150,000 to 180,000 high-voltage battery systems for Volkswagen Anhui’s all-electric vehicles based on the Group’s Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB platform).

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EGEB: Two Arizona companies partner to ramp up EV truck, battery production


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Two Arizona-based companies team up to produce batteries and convert truck fleets to electric. US hydropower generation is forecast to decline 14% in 2021 as a result of drought.

Tesla defends Giga Berlin, posts response to critics’ concerns as final approval nears


Tesla Gigafactory Berlin is quietly moving towards its start of operations.

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Harley-Davidson’s eye-catching vintage electric bicycles nearly sell out in one week


Harley-Davidson’s electric bicycle brand Serial 1 launched a limited edition e-bike known as the MOSH/TRIBUTE that has seen surprisingly fast sales despite its high sticker price.

Tesla Model Y converted into green hydrogen car to show “Hyper Hybrid” innovations


German Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek recently unveiled an example of a “hyper hybrid” vehicle powered by synthetic methanol, which is based on “green hydrogen” technologies.

Electrek review: How we all rode Unu electric scooters and got around like Europeans


While staying in Munich for a week during the IAA Mobility show , Electrek’ s Fred Lambert, Seth Weintraub, and I each got the chance to test out Unu’s electric scooters as a way to navigate the city. Unu was kind enough to loan the three of us our very own 4 kW matte black Unu scooters.

Volvo adopts Tesla’s ‘vegan leather’ stance for cruelty-free interiors


Volvo Cars has announced that it will be taking an ethical stand for animal welfare in its electric vehicles. On September 23rd, the Swedish automaker officially announced that every new fully-electric Volvo model will come with a completely leather-free interior, starting with the C40 Recharge.

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Enjoy off-season savings on Sun Joe’s 40V 16-in. electric mower at $200, more in New Green Deals


While you might be ready to pack up for the fall and winter when it comes to lawn care, it’s never a bad time to consider overhauling your kit for next season.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E passes Michigan State Police standards, fleet inclusion to be determined


The Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric vehicle became the first EV to pass the rigorous testing standards set by the Michigan State Police to have a vehicle be considered for inclusion in its fleet.

Tracking the most expensive electric vehicles on the planet


Previously, we’ve covered the most expensive electric vehicles on the road in 2021 , and focused on consumer-grade vehicles you’re more likely to actually see on the road. Much of the feedback in the comments relayed that many of the EVs listed weren’t truly the most expensive.

Germany Uses Converted Tesla Model Y To Showcase 'Green Hydrogen'


Sadly, the Model Y is already much more efficient than it is once converted to a 'Hyber Hybrid

Podcast: Tesla Megafactory, Audi Q4 e-tron, Toyota/Honda signing their death warrants, Rivian and more


This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including the new Tesla Megafactory, Audi Q4 etron launching in the US, Toyota and Honda singing their own death warrants, and more including some speculation about Rivian.

Volvo's Electric Excavator And Loader Make Great Diesel Alternatives


A one-year California pilot project showed the advantages of the ECR25 Electric excavator and L25 Electric wheel loader

Deep Learning’s Diminishing Returns

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This article is part of our special report on AI, “ The Great AI Reckoning. ”.

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