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IEA: global CO2 emissions rebounded to their highest level in history in 2021; largely driven by China

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Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by 6% in 2021 to 36.3 billion tonnes, their highest ever level, as the world economy rebounded strongly from the COVID-19 crisis and relied heavily on coal to power that growth, according to new IEA analysis. The rebound of global CO 2 emissions above pre-pandemic levels has largely been driven by China, where they increased by 750 million tonnes between 2019 and 2021.

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More EVs likely means less pollution from utilities, not more: Here's why

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There are some ill-informed opinion pieces suggesting that the more EVs that are put to use, the more we'll need to tap into dirtier power sources in order to meet demand. But as a recent RMI report suggests, that's not true—because relatively simple tech like smart charging and time-of-use rates will help smooth loads and help utilities.

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LanzaTech going public via SPAC

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LanzaTech, a company that has developed gas fermentation technology to transform waste carbon into materials such as sustainable fuels, fabrics, packaging and other products that people use in their daily lives, will go public through a merger with AMCI Acquisition Corp. II (AMCI), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The proposed business combination values LanzaTech at an implied $1.8 billion pro forma enterprise value.

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VW ID.Buzz electric Microbus revealed: US version won’t be shown until 2023, sold until 2024

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Five years after generating much buzz with a Microbus-inspired electric van, Volkswagen has at last revealed the production model, suitably called ID.Buzz. Although for the U.S. there’s a big asterisk: America won’t see the ID at dealerships until 2024. Simply put, Americans shouldn’t dwell too much on the specs for the European.

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

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BASF acquires site for North American cathode active materials and recycling expansion in Canada

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BASF signed an agreement to secure land for its future cathode active materials (CAM) and recycling site in Bécancour, Québec, Canada, as part of its commitment to support North American producers in their transition to e-mobility. A regional supply chain is critical to ensure reliable and resilient battery materials supply. BASF signed an agreement to secure land for its future cathode active materials and battery recycling site along Saint Lawrence River in Bécancour, Quebec, Canada.

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Tesla free Supercharging program extended to all stations across Poland and Slovakia

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As gas prices across the globe continue to rise, Tesla has extended its free Supercharging program for customers who are currently affected by the situation in Ukraine. As per a recent message from the company, free charging services have now been activated at all Superchargers across Poland and Slovakia. . Following is Tesla’s message: “We are temporarily enabling free Supercharging in areas impacted by the recent situation in Ukraine.

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Tesla confirms deliveries of German-built Model Ys are starting on March 22

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Tesla has confirmed that deliveries of Model Y vehicles built at Gigafactory Berlin in Germany are starting on March 22. more…. The post Tesla confirms deliveries of German-built Model Ys are starting on March 22 appeared first on Electrek.

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Biden bans import of Russian oil, gas, coal with immediate effect; Putin to block exports of “certain products and raw materials”

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President Joe Biden issued an executive order banning the importation from Russia of crude oil; petroleum; petroleum fuels, oils, and products of their distillation; liquefied natural gas; coal; and coal products. The ban is effective immediately; the US is blocking any new purchases of Russian energy. The US will allow a 45-day wind-down period for deliveries of existing purchases that were already contracted.

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SEC asks to disburse $40M to investors four years after Musk settlement

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The Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, asked a judge for permission to disburse $40 million in funds to investors that were collected as part of a 2018 settlement with Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk. The SEC said in a filing on Tuesday night that it was ready for a “fair and reasonable” means to distribute the funds to investors who were potentially harmed by Musk’s “funding secured” Tweet in 2018, according to Reuters.

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Electreon and ASPIRE to launch electrified roadway demo in Utah

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Israel-based Electreon, a developer ofin-road wireless electric vehicle charging technology for shared, commercial and passenger vehicles, and ASPIRE (Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification), an NSF-funded engineering research center, are launching a joint demonstration project. Electreon’s in-motion (dynamic) wireless charging technology will be installed in ASPIRE’s research test track in North Logan, Utah, in summer 2022 to showcase the company’s t

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

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Kawasaki’s Robot Ibex: Can It Be Tamed?

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This is Bex. It is, as near as I can tell, a robotic ibex , designed by Kawasaki and inspired by the fiercely horny species of goat native to many mountainous regions of Africa and Eurasia. Bex made its first appearance at iREX this week in Japan , and we should talk about why a Kawasaki robot ibex now exists, besides, of course, the simple fact that it's just so darn fun to say out loud.

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Hino Trucks begins real world testing and validation of Allison’s next-gen e-axle in XL series heavy-duty trucks

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Hino Trucks has completed the vehicle integration, and commenced testing and validation of Allison Transmission’s next-generation eGen Power 100D fully electric axle in its XL series heavy duty battery electric vehicles (BEVs), as Hino progresses towards start of production. The fully integrated eGen Power 100D features two electric motors, each capable of generating 454 kW of continuous power, with peak combined power of 652 kW.

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Do tighter federal heavy-duty truck emissions standards look beyond internal combustion?

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The EPA on Monday proposed stricter emissions standards for commercial vehicles, but environmental groups believe the proposed rules don't do enough to emphasize electrification. Set to take effect for the 2027 model year, the proposed standards would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from trucks 60% by 2045, according to an EPA press release. The.

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PG&E and GM to collaborate on vehicle-to-home pilot for EVs

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company and General Motors are collaborating to pilot the use of GM electric vehicles as on-demand power sources for homes in PG&E’s service area. G&E and GM will test vehicles with bidirectional charging technology that can help safely power the essential needs of a properly equipped home. magine a future where everyone is driving an electric vehicle—and where that EV serves as a backup power option at home and more broadly as a resource for the grid.

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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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Porsche Taycan production temporarily halted over Ukraine crisis

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The Taycan may be one of Porsche’s most popular models today, but the crisis in Ukraine has resulted in the sports car maker temporarily suspending the production of its flagship all-electric sedan. The Taycan’s production at Porsche’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory will be halted until the end of next week, according to a company statement.

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FTA to award $1.47B to modernize bus fleets and facilities

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The US Federal Transit Administration will award approximately $1.47 billion in competitive grant funds from two programs to help modernize bus fleets and facilities across the country. The combined announcement is the first FTA competitive grant opportunity under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program makes funding available to help transit agencies purchase or lease US-built low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies,

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Nearly $1.5 Billion in Grants to Modernize US Bus Fleets & Facilities

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President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes funding to expand the availability of clean buses in communities across the country WASHINGTON — At an event with Vice President Kamala Harris, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Transit Administration Administrator Nuria Fernandez this week announced the availability of approximately $1.47 billion in competitive grant funds to […].

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Morgan Stanley warns that nickel price surge could add $1k to electric vehicle costs

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With electric vehicles becoming more prolific, raw materials used in battery packs have become hot commodities. And according to Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas, the rising price of one particular material — nickel — could result in general electric vehicle prices seeing a $1,000 price increase. Nickel has seen a rapid rise as of late, with the material surging above $100,000 a metric ton on the London Metal Exchange.

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Louisiana Will Get $75 Million For EV Infrastructure

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Louisiana will receive around $75 million for EV infrastructure, the Office of the Governor announced in February. The Office of the Governor noted that under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Louisiana will receive around $75 million over the next five years for this EV infrastructure. $14.1 million of that will be allocated this […].

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Tesla defends Autopilot, FSD Beta in response to senators’ “significant concerns”

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In a response to a letter from Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey, Tesla defended the value and safety offered by its Autopilot and FSD Beta programs to drivers. The company also noted that the systems, at least in their current iteration, still require “constant monitoring and attention of the driver.” Last month, Blumenthal and Markey sent a letter to Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk.

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3 Automotive Trends to Look for in 2022

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What trends can we look out for this year in the automotive space? According to Dawn Alcott at Go Banking Rates, “If you look at the top three automotive trends for 2022, you may think it’s a page straight out of the Tesla playbook. Cars.com, a car-shopping marketplace, identified three trends driving [the] consumer motor vehicle business […].

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Owner Shares Thoughts After The First 10 Days

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Dave Conner is really happy with his new Ioniq 5 AWD Limited, but that doesn't mean the striking Korean electric crossover is perfect.

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The Limited Range of Electric Vehicles as a Blessing for Peace

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By Dmitry Pelegov I’m a Russian scientist writing a large book about the past, present, and future of electric vehicles. I’m supposed to avoid discussing the present days, but I hope it would be nothing criminal if I would remember the past and dream about the future. First, let’s look back about a hundred years […].

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Rhode Island Bill Creates Roadmap to Advance Future of Electric Transportation

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Last week , Rhode Island legislators Sen. Alana DiMario and Rep. Terri Cortvriend introduced bills setting a target of 100% of new cars registered being electric vehicles by 2030. The legislation ( H. 7653 and S. 2448 ) creates a process to plan for the infrastructure and other changes involving cars, trucks, and public transportation in order to meet the 2030 target, which is critical for the state to meet its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reductions under the Act on Climate.

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Tesla dominates January BEV sales in the United States with S3XY lineup all in Top 10

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Tesla’s domination of the United States electric vehicle sector continues Tesla’s Model Y, Model 3, and Model S claimed the top three spots of January’s U.S. BEV registrations, with its top two models combining for well over 60 percent of the total electric vehicle sales during 2022’s first month. The Model X was ninth on the January list.

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Ethiopian Dam Generates Power, but What's Next?

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In the eyes of Ethiopia’s government, the future is a 145-meter-tall monument of rolled concrete and Francis turbines that spans the Blue Nile River within a shout of the Sudanese border. That future shifted from vision to reality on 20 February, when Ethiopian president Abiy Ahmed (a Nobel Peace Prize winner who has since come under fire for alleged war crimes in the country’s ongoing civil war) pressed a virtual button that turned on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

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Tesla pledges to keep Ukrainian workers’ employment and salary if they serve in military

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Tesla employees from Ukraine who have been asked to return to their country to fight in the ongoing war against Russia will keep their employment and be paid their salary for three months. Following the three months, Tesla would reassess the conflict in the region and their employees’ situation to decide what should be done next. “For any Tesla employee who is a Ukrainian national and has been asked to return to Ukraine for active duty as a reservist, we will maintain their employment and

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Joe Biden Highlights Tesla As “Our Nation’s Largest Electric Vehicle Manufacturer” (Again)

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The quick news of the past week with regard to US President Joe Biden and global EV leader Tesla is that Biden has stated that Tesla is “our nation’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer” — just as he did a month ago in a separate speech about US manufacturing. Why is this a big deal? By […].

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2023 VW ID. Buzz Cargo Arrives To Haul Stuff In Style

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The US won't get the ID. Buzz Cargo, which will come to Europe in Q3 2022 as a RWD, short-wheelbase model with an 82 kWh battery.

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Porsche Temporarily Suspends Production — Reportedly Due To Russia–Ukraine War

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Porsche is temporarily suspending the production of its vehicles thanks to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to several reports. Motor1 initially reported that Porsche is halting the production but that it’s temporary, citing a tweet by Caleb J Schroëter, who shared a specific timeline for the Porsche production shutdowns and how they affect each model […].

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Tesla sends Powerwalls to Ukraine, expands free Supercharging, and gives up to 3 months of pay to employees going back to fight

Electrek

Tesla has expanded its program to give free Supercharging to EV owners trying to escape Ukraine. The company also told its Ukrainian employees that they will have three months of pay if they have to go back to fight. Tesla also sent Powerwall battery units to Ukraine. more…. The post Tesla sends Powerwalls to Ukraine, expands free Supercharging, and gives up to 3 months of pay to employees going back to fight appeared first on Electrek.

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Order A Chalupa & EV Charge, Hispano Suiza Returns to USA — EV News Today, New ID. Buzz

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With much of the world now focused on oil, we’re still obsessed with electric cars. Below are several EV stories you (and we) might have missed in the previous week of hellish war and atrocity. Take a breather and enjoy this refreshing news. Electric Car News Jaguar celebrates release of its third Vision Gran Turismo […].

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Tesla increases prices of long-range versions of Model 3 and Model Y as nickel prices surge

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Tesla has updated its pricing for the Model 3 and Model Y to raise the prices of the long-range versions by $1,000. It comes as nickel prices are surging. more…. The post Tesla increases prices of long-range versions of Model 3 and Model Y as nickel prices surge appeared first on Electrek.

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Hyundai IONIQ 5 wins 2022 Hispanic Motor Press EV of the Year

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The Hyundai IONIQ 5 all-electric vehicle has been named the 2022 Hispanic Motor Press Electric Vehicle of the Year. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 was unveiled in late February 2021 and is built upon the company’s Electric-Global Modular Platform, also known as E-GMP. The vehicle combines comfortability, performance, and versatility to offer a unique driver and passenger experience.

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