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DOE researchers suggest solid-state batteries may not be a safety slam-dunk; thermodynamic models evaluate solid-state and Li-ion safety

Green Car Congress

Recent battery fires have renewed investigation of the safety of Li-ion batteries. One possible path to battery safety is a solid-state battery that replaces the volatile and flammable liquid electrolyte with a non-flammable solid electrolyte.

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Police departments want to electrify their fleets but have few options

Green Car Reports

Police departments looking to add electric cars to their fleets have few suitable choices, as one report recently highlighted. The police department in Spokane, Washington, is looking to go electric, and recently tested two Tesla Model Y crossovers, according to the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

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Polestar unveils O2 concept electric roadster

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Polestar, the pure-play electric performance car brand, revealed the Polestar O 2 concept car, a hard-top convertible roadster. The driving experience in the Polestar O 2 is designed to be lively, light and full of confidence.

Report: Ford business split will mean non-negotiable EV prices, less dealer inventory

Green Car Reports

Ford's recently-announced business split into EV and non-EV units could lead to changes in the dealership experience, according to Automotive News. The Blue Oval earlier this week announced plans to split its passenger-vehicle business into two distinct units.

Altair acquires Powersim to expand electronic system design technology into power electronics

Green Car Congress

Altair, a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI), acquired Powersim , a provider of simulation and design tools for power electronics, including power supplies, motor drives, control systems, and microgrids.

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SpaceX on track for fourth Starlink launch in two weeks

Teslarati

Update: SpaceX may have delayed its Starlink 4-10 launch from March 8th to March 9th. Continuing its relentless cadence, SpaceX appears to be on track to launch its fourth batch of Starlink satellites in just over two weeks.

Autonomous truck company Inceptio Technology raises US$188M in Series B+

Green Car Congress

Inceptio Technology, an autonomous driving truck technology and operation company ( earlier post ), closed a US$188-million Series B+ equity financing. This round of financing was jointly led by Sequoia Capital China and Legend Capital.

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Aston Martin to develop high performance battery technology with Britishvolt

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Aston Martin will develop bespoke high-performance battery cell technology alongside Britishvolt. The collaboration, formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding, further supports the ultra-luxury manufacturer’s plans to launch its first battery-electric vehicle in 2025.

The Value of Energy Security

Energy Institute at HAAS

After incredulously watching Russian military shoot at Europe’s largest nuclear facility, which supplies 20% of Ukraine’s electricity, I am having a hard time concentrating on anything like writing a blog … Continue Reading The Value of Energy Security

Pony.ai completes first close of Series D round, with a valuation of $8.5B

Green Car Congress

Pony.ai, a global autonomous driving technology company, has completed its first close of its Series D financing. The Series D round, which has a significant valuation uplift from the 2020 “C” and “C+” rounds, is a recognition by investors of Pony.ai’s s achieved technical milestones and significant progress toward a commercialized robotaxi and robotruck product. The proceeds from the funding will be used to further augment Pony.ai’s

Volvo refreshes EVs: XC40 Recharge styling, single-motor C40 Recharge for Europe

Green Car Reports

Volvo on Friday announced a handful of updates for its pair of EVs in Europe, but with no confirmation that the same changes would be applied to the United States market. The Volvo XC40 Recharge gets a few styling tweaks, including a new front fascia and grille, and new adaptive LED headlights.

Solar and battery storage make up 60% of planned new US electric generation capacity

Electrek

Power plant developers and operators are expected to add 51 gigawatts (GW) of new solar and battery storage projects to the US power grid from 2022 to 2023, which will make up 60% of new generating capacity, according to the US Energy Information Administration ( EIA ). more….

Ford EVs and dealerships, 50 mpg under $30,000, Volvo XC40 refresh, police EVs: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

Volvo is giving its XC40 Recharge a refresh in Europe. Police departments aren’t excluding EVs, but they’re not seeing the right package in an EV. Ford might attempt to keep its dealerships to a set price on its electric vehicles.

Tesla owner charged ~$600,000 at charging station because of a Supercharger bug

Electrek

A Tesla owner in China was surprised with a ~$600,000 bill after a stop at a Supercharger station. The automaker says it was a bug. more…. The post Tesla owner charged ~$600,000 at charging station because of a Supercharger bug appeared first on Electrek.

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SpaceX’s first Jupiter launch a step closer as NASA begins assembling ‘Europa Clipper’

Teslarati

NASA says that the assembly of Europa Clipper has begun at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in Southern California. Europa Clipper is an interplanetary spacecraft developed by NASA to observe Europa, a large moon of Jupiter, over the course of a series of flybys while orbiting the gas giant.

VW goes ahead with $2 billion new factory to produce upcoming Trinity high-efficiency long-range electric car

Electrek

Volkswagen has green-lighted a new $2.2 billion investment to build a new factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The new factory will be used to produce the upcoming electric vehicle developed under the “Trinity” project, a high-efficiency electric car. more….

Aston Martin teams with Britishvolt to develop high-performance EV batteries

Teslarati

Aston Martin has announced that it is moving forward in its journey to electrification after reaching an agreement to develop high-performance electric vehicle batteries with cell technology company Britishvolt.

Electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks will be cheaper than diesel trucks by 2035

Electrek

The US Department of Energy today released a study showing that by 2035, electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks will cost the same as or less than diesel trucks. more…. The post Electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks will be cheaper than diesel trucks by 2035 appeared first on Electrek.

LiDAR startup lured Tesla’s VP of Legal away with $30m compensation package

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LiDAR startup Luminar Technologies, Inc. lured Tesla Vice President of Legal Alan Prescott away from the Austin-based electric vehicle leader with a massive $30 million compensation package.

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GM commits $400M to new Canadian battery materials plant for Ultium platform

Teslarati

General Motors is set to build a new $400 million battery materials plant in Canada with South Korean company POSCO Chemical, adding to the automaker’s already-massive spending plan for the transition to electric vehicles.

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Nissan demonstrates e-4ORCE control technology in its upcoming Ariya with what else, but a hot bowl of ramen

Electrek

Japanese automaker, Nissan, has showcased the comfort of its e-4ORCE vehicle control will provide by demonstrating the technology in a motorized serving tray hauling ramen – a popular Japanese noodle soup.

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Tesla becomes the target of Chevrolet National Dealer Council chairman’s EV goals

Teslarati

Keith McCluskey, the Chevrolet National Dealer Council chairman, has his sights aimed high as the veteran automaker increases its efforts to break into the growing electric vehicle sector.

Leading Canadian electric scooter company Apollo teases all-new City model ahead of big release

Electrek

Canadian electric scooter company Apollo is hyping the upcoming launch of the brand’s redesigned Apollo City electric scooter. As the name implies, the scooter is designed for urban commuters, but the latest version is expected to have some big updates.

Tesla Gigafactory Texas Giga Fest set for public hearing on March 22

Teslarati

Tesla’s Giga Fest event planned at Gigafactory Texas on April 7 will first have to make its way through the Travis County Commissioner’s Court before it is approved.

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Hispano Suiza delivers bespoke Carmen Boulogne electric hypercar to first US client

Electrek

Spanish automotive brand Hispano Suiza has officially made its debut in the United States, delivering its first Carmen Boulogne all-electric hypercar to a customer during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

Tesla “Camp Mode” and other features become indispensable for Ukraine EV owners

Teslarati

It’s not only Elon Musk’s Starlink terminals from SpaceX that are currently aiding people in Ukraine, which is still being attacked by Russian forces.

GM partners with POSCO on $400 million factory to produce cathode material for EV batteries

Electrek

General Motors announced an expansion of its supply chain for its ambitious electric vehicle production plans with a new cathode factory in partnership with POSCO in Quebec, Canada. more….

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin will establish “major beachhead” in Europe: analyst

Teslarati

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives recently published a note discussing the importance of Gigafactory Berlin’s final environmental approval for Tesla’s expansion in the future.

Tesla Giga Berlin: Unofficial Report Outlines Potential Production Targets

InsideEVs

The plant produces Model Y powered by 2170-type batteries, but is expected to switch to 4680-type later this year

Ampler releases two new sleek-looking urban e-bikes that you’d never know are electric

Electrek

Stylish urban electric bicycle company Ampler has just unveiled two all-new city e-bike models that offer both work and play options for urban riders.

GM Announces $400 Million EV Battery Materials Plant In Canada

InsideEVs

The GM and POSCO Chemical joint venture will operate the plant that will employ 200 people to produce cathode active material (CAM

SWFT FLEET e-bike with 37.2-mile range sees 20% discount to $800, more in New Green Deals

Electrek

The first day of spring is right around the corner at just 13 days away. With that event on our horizon, it’s time to think about ditching your gas-powered transportation for a more renewable form of getting around town.

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Zelensky Invites Musk To Ukraine, More Starlinks Coming Too

InsideEVs

More Starlink internet terminals shipments to the war-torn country were also confirmed during the same video call

Quick Charge Podcast: March 7, 2022

Electrek

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: March 7, 2022 appeared first on Electrek.

Europe: Plug-In Car Sales Reached 19% Market Share In January 2022

InsideEVs

Kia Niro EV was the most registered electric car model

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Electric scooter company NIU’s Q4 earnings report shows continued growth, but stock drops on missed earnings goal

Electrek

Leading smart electric scooter company NIU has seen a rollercoaster ride of stock prices over the last year, not unlike many other electric vehicle companies. However, NIU’s overall downward trend in stock price over the last year wasn’t abated by its recent 2021 Q4 earnings report. more….

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