Mon.May 09, 2022

Geely launches Methanol Hybrid Emgrand in China market

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Geely recently launched its Methanol Hybrid Emgrand ( earlier post ) in the Chinese market. The methanol hybrid is based on Geely’s fourth-generation B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA) Emgrand sedan. Geely also offers a non-hybrid methanol-fueled version of the Emgrand.

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No brakes! Will the EVs of the future omit friction pads entirely?

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A prototype from Stellantis’ DS Automobiles aims for a future in which brake dust and brake-pad replacements might be a thing of the past—looking to regenerative braking as the sole method for braking vehicles.


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Arrival Bus achieves EU certification and European Whole Vehicle Type Approval

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Arrival , inventor of a new method of design and production of electric vehicles (EVs) by local Microfactories, announced that its Arrival Bus ( earlier post ) has achieved EU certification and received European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EUWVTA).

California utility expands bidirectional EV charging pilots

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California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is expanding public testing of bidirectional EV charging with three new pilot programs encompassing up to 1,000 residential electricity customers and hundreds of commercial customers.

Schlumberger, TechMet invest in EnergySource Minerals to scale lithium extraction technology

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EnergySource Minerals announced a new round of investment led by Schlumberger New Energy and TechMet Ltd.

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Roush will assemble Bollinger Motors’ electric trucks in Michigan

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Bollinger Motors’ lineup of commercial electric trucks has a contract manufacturer: Roush Industries. The companies announced Monday that Roush will assemble Bollinger’s lineup of Class 3 through Class 6 electric trucks at a scalable facility in Livonia, Michigan.

Romeo Power selected as sole provider of Li-ion batteries for next-gen low-speed EV

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Romeo Power has been selected by a US manufacturer of low-speed electric vehicles (LSEVs) as the sole provider of lithium-ion batteries for its next-generation vehicle.

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Researchers use sodium to deliver low-cost MgSi alloys for solid-state hydrogen storage

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Researchers at the University of Queensland have show that a low-cost Mg-based hydrogen storage alloy is possible with only 1 wt% Si. A high hydrogen capacity of 6.72 wt% hydrogen is achieved via trace sodium (Na) addition. A paper on their work is published in the Journal of Power Sources. Mg 2 Si is a promising catalyst for Mg-based hydrogen storage materials due to its low cost, light weight, and non-toxic properties. The researchers investigated the effects of Na in hypo-eutectic Mg-1wt.%Si

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Tesla explains its approach to sourcing lithium, nickel, and cobalt directly from mines in impressive detail


Tesla released interesting and rare details about its approach to sourcing lithium, nickel, and cobalt directly from mines instead of through its cell suppliers.

NACFE report finds 50% of Class 8 regional haul tractors ready for electrification now

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A report by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has found that 50% of Class 8 regional haul tractors are ready for electrification now. The report— Electric Trucks Have Arrived: The Use Case For Heavy-Duty Regional Haul Tractors —is the third of four market segment reports based on findings from last year’s Run on Less – Electric (RoL-E) freight efficiency demonstration.

Volkswagen’s Diess admits he was blindsided by Tesla’s preparation


Volkswagen AG’s CEO Herbert Diess is one of the key reasons the automotive group has become Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle brand in 2022, but the frontman of the German automotive giant admits he was blindsided when Tesla’s speed and preparation were among the company’s biggest advantages.

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IAEA to develop roadmap for commercial deployment of nuclear hydrogen

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Currently, hydrogen is used in industrial processes ranging from producing synthetic fuels and petrochemicals to manufacturing semiconductors and powering fuel cell electric vehicles. In order to decrease the environmental impact of the annual production of over 70 million tonnes of hydrogen, some countries are looking to renewables such as solar and wind as well as nuclear power as a replacement for fossil fuels.

Tesla significantly increases its battery recycling capacity, but only a few owner battery packs are coming back


Tesla confirmed that it has significantly increased its battery recycling capacity over the last year, but it currently only sees a few battery packs from consumer vehicles coming back. This effort is key to making battery-electric vehicles sustainable long term. more….

US Justice Department launches Office of Environmental Justice, strategy formulated with EPA

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US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan last week announced a series of environmental justice actions.

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Europe’s largest floating solar farm is ready to come online in Portugal


Europe’s largest floating solar farm – which is on the Alqueva hydroelectric dam’s reservoir in Portugal – is ready to produce power in July. more…. The post Europe’s largest floating solar farm is ready to come online in Portugal appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla 2021 Impact Report state fire incidents ~11x lower than US average


Tesla released its 2021 Impact report recently. In the report, Tesla stated that fire incidents for its vehicles were ~11x lower than the average vehicle in the United States. When the media reports a story about a vehicle fire, it is usually reporting on an EV fire.

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VW CEO thinks they can sell more electric cars than Tesla by 2025 – is it even possible?


Herbert Diess, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group, believes that the German automaker can sell more electric cars than Tesla by 2025. Is that goal even possible? more…. The post VW CEO thinks they can sell more electric cars than Tesla by 2025 – is it even possible? appeared first on Electrek.

SpaceX agrees to launch dozens of Satellogic Earth imaging satellites


Argentinian Earth observation company Satellogic has signed an agreement with SpaceX to launch at least 68 more satellites on multiple Falcon 9 missions over the next few years. If fully realized, the deal could be worth tens of millions of dollars.

XL Fleet unveils all-electric garbage truck developed alongside Curbtender Inc.


During a presentation at WasteExpo 2022 in Las Vegas, XL Fleet unveiled its all-electric pre-series powertrain on a Quantum garbage truck as part of collaboration with Curbtender, Inc. This pre-series vehicle is the first toward production models the companies plan to build in 2022. . more….

Elon Musk & EU industry chief discuss digital media regulations before Twitter takeover


Elon Musk and the EU’s Internal Market chief Thierry Breton met on Monday, May 9, at Tesla Giga Texas. The two hinted at reaching an agreement on the EU’s digital media regulation ahead of Musk’s Twitter takeover. Breton shared a clip of his meeting with Elon Musk on Twitter.

Closer look at Rayvolt’s stunning electric bikes, e-motorcycle, and high-tech new brand eXXite


Barcelona-based Rayvolt not only has some of the most beautiful electric bikes I’ve ever seen , but also designs its own technology to ensure that those e-bikes offer industry-leading performance and user-experiences.

The Boring Company’s Bastrop site under investigation


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) opened investigations into The Boring Company’s Bastrop site after receiving three complaints about wastewater and concrete production. The complaints have resulted in a pair of investigations into The Boring Company’s Bastrop site.

Penske Truck Leasing partners with Shell for electric truck charging


Reading, Pennsylvania-headquartered Penske Truck Leasing and Los Angeles-headquartered Shell Recharge Solutions North America today announced a new light-duty electric vehicle charging joint initiative. more….

Tesla’s Elon Musk will meet with Indonesian officials once again to discuss nickel


Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly set to meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo as early as this week to discuss electric vehicle supply chain development in the Southeast Asian country.

Tesla sues another engineer for allegedly stealing secrets, this time over its Dojo supercomputer


Tesla has filed a lawsuit against Alexander Yatskov, a recently hired engineer who Tesla claims stole trade secrets related to its Dojo supercomputer project.

Lordstown delays plant sale to Foxconn, needs $150m in capital for production


Lordstown Motors ( NASDAQ: RIDE ) announced on Monday it would delay the sale of its Ohio manufacturing plant to Foxconn by four days.

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Lightning eMotors partners with Perrone Robotics to provide autonomous fleet EVs


Lightning eMotors announced a partnership with Perrone Robotics to integrate Level 2 and Level 4 autonomous capabilities into its medium-duty electric fleet vehicles.

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Tesla owner in China admits to fabricating brake failure story, issues apology


A Tesla owner in China who purchased one of the company’s vehicles and claimed it had faulty brakes admitted the story was fabricated today in an issued apology on a Chinese social media network.

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Rivian In The House

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Members of Rivian Owners Club Northeast to Bring Their Vehicles to Bridgeport on Saturday The EV startup Rivian, manufacturer of the R1T pickup truck and R1S EUV (along with an electric delivery van for Amazon), Read more. Blog Electric Vehicles Events Brewport Brew Pub Rivian Rivian Owners Club

SpaceX Super Heavy booster returns to launch pad after major repairs


SpaceX has returned its newest Super Heavy to Starbase’s orbital launch site (OLS) after rapidly repairing damage the booster suffered during its first round of testing.

Ditch gas and oil this spring with Greenworks’ 24V electric chainsaw at $75, more in New Green Deals


If you’ve been cleaning up the yard for spring and are ready to finally transition yet another tool away from gas and oil, there’s never been a better time to bring into your kit. Dropping to an all-time low to go alongside the season change, this 10-inch model is down to $75 at Amazon.

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Tesla files suit against former engineer for allegedly stealing Project Dojo’s secrets


Tesla has filed suit against former engineer Alexander Yatskov for allegedly stealing confidential information related to the company’s Project Dojo supercomputer, which the company will be using to train its self-driving neural networks.

The Dutch Tax Authority Was Felled by AI—What Comes Next?

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Until recently, it wasn’t possible to say that AI had a hand in forcing a government to resign. But that’s precisely what happened in the Netherlands in January 2021, when the incumbent cabinet resigned over the so-called kinderopvangtoeslagaffaire : the childcare benefits affair.

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin to be under comprehensive inspection this month


Tesla Gigafactory Berlin will be under a comprehensive inspection this month. The update was announced by the Ministry of the Environment, which noted that the electric vehicle production facility would be inspected from May 9 to May 20, 2022.

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Statistically, Tesla Car Fires Are Less And Less Frequent


The company reports that fire incidents are 11x lower for Tesla vehicles than the average vehicle in the US

Elon Musk’s targets for Twitter are classic Musk


Elon Musk’s targets for Twitter — provided that his acquisition of the social media company is successful — are classic Musk.

A Gap in California’s Plan for the EV Future

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Current proposals leave a giant loophole for used vehicles, but policy innovation can help. I love a good plan. Nothing is more satisfying than defining a goal, charting a course, … Continue Reading A Gap in California’s Plan for the EV Future.