Mon.Apr 18, 2022

Live trial of 5G connected car concept in Virginia

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The Commonwealth of Virginia recently hosted a live trial of a new driver and pedestrian safety concept that allows near-real-time notification of roadway hazards through 5G and edge technologies. This trial is one of three conducted internationally by a public-private collaboration, organized by the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) and eight member companies representing leading technology companies from around the globe. A related European live-trial was conducted in the city of Turin, Italy.

Vinfast prices 2023 VF 8 and VF 9 around mandatory battery leasing: Here's how it works

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At the New York auto show last week, Vinfast released updated pricing information for both of its forthcoming VF 8 and VF 9 electric SUVs and offered new details on its battery subscription program, which will be the first of its kind for the U.S. market.


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Researchers report one-pot catalytic conversion of cellulose to methanol

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Methanol—a bio-based platform molecule that can be used directly as a fuel or fuel additive, and can also be used to produce bulk chemicals and drop-in fuels—is currently mainly produced from methane and coal via an indirect syngas route.

Kia confirmed the EV9 electric SUV for the US: Now what about that electric pickup?

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A Kia electric pickup has already been confirmed as a global model. But it would need to be an upscale model—not focused entirely around value and affordability—to make sense in America, a US Kia executive suggested to Green Car Reports at the New York auto show last week.

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Volta study finds broader EV adoption depends on conveniently-located EV chargers placed where drivers already go

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A nationwide research study by Volta Inc., an EV charging network, has found that EV adoption is dependent upon highly visible EV chargers that are conveniently located at the places drivers already frequent.

The first US offshore wind farm has had no negative effect on fish, finds groundbreaking study


Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island is the United States’ first offshore wind farm. The 30-megawatt, five-turbine offshore wind farm began commercial operations in December 2016 and generates enough energy to power 17,000 homes.

DEUS electric hypercar concept made debut at New York show; Williams Advanced Engineering & Italdesign

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The DEUS Vayanne production-oriented electric hypercar concept made its world debut last week at the New York International Auto Show. DEUS Automobiles was established in Vienna, Austria, in 2020.

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Tohoku, UCLA team advance 4V-class metal-free organic Lithium-ion batteries; croconic acid cathode

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A joint research team from Tohoku University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has made a significant advance towards high-voltage metal-free lithium-ion batteries by using a small organic molecule: croconic acid.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey slams Board over Elon Musk’s takeover bid


Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s bid to acquire Twitter for about $43 billion recently received some support from the social media platform’s co-founder, Jack Dorsey.

New lignin-based jet fuel blend component opens way for 100% drop-in SAF

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Researchers from the University of Dayton, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Natural Resources Canada have generated a lignin-based jet fuel (LJF) blend component composed of mostly C 6 –C 18 mono-, di-, and tri-cycloalkanes. The product could complement five existing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) pathways (ASTM D7566 annexes) to enable a 100% SAF drop-in solution. A paper on their work is published in the journal Fuel.

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Tesla launches insurance based on real-time driver data in three more states


Tesla Insurance, the automaker’s growing insurance division, has launched its real-time-driver-data insurance product in three more states: Colorado, Oregon, and Virginia. It is now available in seven states total.

Tesla graphite supplier gets $107M loan offer from Biden Administration


The United States Department of Energy (DOE) offered a conditional commitment to lend Tesla graphite supplier Syrah Technologies, LLC up to $107 million to expand its US-based plant. The DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) offered the conditional commitment to Syrah.

Hyundai plans to build Santa Fe Hybrid, fully electric Genesis GV70 in Alabama

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The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid and an all-electric version of the Genesis GV70 will be built in Alabama, Hyundai confirmed last week.

Rivian could be facing supplier skepticism, Scaringe believes some are holding back


Rivian could be facing skepticism from suppliers as it continues to ramp production of its electric vehicles.

Get free EV charging and home charger deals from Electrify America to celebrate Earth Day


In honor of Earth Day 2022, charging network Electrify America is offering free EV charging sessions at 740 locations across the United States. Additionally, EA is offering $50 off its HomeStation Level-2 home charger through the rest of April using the promo code below. more….

Penske adds Ford E-Transit to its fleet of rental and leasing vans


Penske Truck Leasing announced today it has successfully ordered 750 E-Transit vans from Ford, with the first deliveries slated to take place in the next several weeks.

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Tritium signs multi-year contract with BP starting with order of ~1,000 DCFC chargers


Tritium , a manufacturer of hardware and software for direct current fast chargers (DCFCs), announced it has entered into a multi-year contract with BP to supply EV chargers and services to its global network. more….

Tesla employees visit Del Valle ISD students, opening path to work at Giga Texas


Tesla employees recently visited Del Valle Independent School District (ISD) students for a resume building session in preparation for their future careers, including potential jobs at Giga Texas.

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Tesla brings back workers to Giga Shanghai, but delays production restart by a day


Tesla workers are finally starting to return to Gigafactory Shanghai after three weeks of being shut down, but the production restart has again been delayed by a day. The situation remains difficult amid a severe lockdown in Shanghai to attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. more….

First drive review: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe plugs into the luxury side of the brand with a lot of capability

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To those wanting a plug-in hybrid Jeep that isn’t a life-size Lego car in which the roof and doors come off and the windshield folds, your time has come. Jeep shoved the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid’s powertrain into the Grand Cherokee.

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Vintage Electric’s new high-voltage electric ‘bicycle’ line can hit speeds of 40 mph


California-based Vintage Electric builds beautifully styled, high-power electric bicycles unlike any other on the market. And just to make sure they retain their crown of individuality in the power department, they’ve stepped it up another notch with the highest performance e-bikes they’ve made yet.

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Tax Me Baby One More Time!

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What is the right carbon tax? I contemplated a number of doom and gloom topics for my post this week. Under consideration were the $400 proposed rebate for each car … Continue Reading Tax Me Baby One More Time

Badger’s 40V combo kit with string trimmer/edger and blower hits $139, more in New Green Deals


Are you ready to start tackling yard work? Well, Badger’s 40V combo kit helps you do just that, but without gas or oil. You’ll get a string trimmer that doubles as an edger and is battery-powered. On top of that, there’s an included blower to clean up after a long day’s work.

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Tesla to provide stipend, meals, and mattresses to workers as Giga Shanghai adopts “closed-loop” system


Following a three-week shutdown that began at the end of March, Giga Shanghai is poised to resume vehicle production. To accomplish this, Tesla China is adopting a closed-loop system, which would involve the company temporarily housing its workers in the Giga Shanghai complex.

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Tesla Giga Berlin is now producing 350 Model Ys per week, aims to ramp up to 1,000 this month, report says


A new report coming out of Germany is giving us some insights into the state of the production ramp-up at Tesla Gigafactory Berlin, which is apparently now producing 350 Model Y vehicles per week. The bulls like it and the bears say it’s bad. What do you think? more….

NASA asks SpaceX to decide the fate of ‘Dragon XL’ lunar cargo spacecraft


In a new Request For Information (RFI) quietly released by NASA on April Fools’ Day, the space agency appears to have indirectly asked SpaceX to determine the fate of its ‘Dragon XL’ lunar cargo spacecraft.

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Rivian CEO warns that battery shortage is going to make chip supply issue look like a ‘small appetizer’


Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe is warning that the upcoming battery shortage is going to make the current chip shortage look like a “small appetizer.”. The warning comes almost a decade after Tesla announced plans for a battery gigafactory when the automaker sent similar warnings to the auto industry. more….

Tesla already recalling Giga Shanghai’s workers after three-week shutdown: report


Tesla has reportedly started calling back its workers in Gigafactory Shanghai, as the electric vehicle maker looks to return to vehicle production on Tuesday. Previous reports have initially estimated that Giga Shanghai would be returning to operations on Monday local time.

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Electric motorcycle maker CAKE shows off more teaser images for 3 upcoming models, sets release date


Sweden’s premier electric motorcycle manufacturer CAKE shared more images of the company’s upcoming new release and set the launch day for this Wednesday. more…. The post Electric motorcycle maker CAKE shows off more teaser images for 3 upcoming models, sets release date appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla orders after April 17 will not include Mobile Charging Connector


Following Tesla’s removal of the standard inclusion of the mobile charging connector, company representatives confirmed today any vehicle ordered after April 17 would not include the device.

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If you wanted to order a 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E online in the US, you’re now out of luck


Despite it only being April, the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E is no longer available for retail order due to high demand. more…. The post If you wanted to order a 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E online in the US, you’re now out of luck appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla reportedly targeting 1k Model Y per week by end of April in Gigafactory Berlin


Tesla may be taking a rather deliberate strategy with its vehicle production ramp in Germany.

Quick Charge Podcast: April 18, 2022


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: April 18, 2022 appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla Megapack-powered BESS at Moss Landing commissioned to PG&E’s grid


Today, Pacific Gas and Electric announced that it has commissioned its 182.5-megawatt Tesla Megapack battery energy storage system (BESS) located at Moss Landing, which officially certifies the project to join the company’s grid.

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Toward Optoelectronic Chips That Mimic the Human Brain

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The human brain, which is made up of some 86 billion neurons connected in a neural network, can perform remarkable feats of computing. Yet it consumes just a dozen or so watts. How does it do it?

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Elon Musk’s most recent jab at the SEC prompts a new reaction from Tesla shareholders


Elon Musk’s comments regarding the SEC’s investigation of his 2018 “funding secured” Tweet have prompted a new reaction from Tesla shareholders, who said in filings on Friday that a Federal Judge ruled the CEO’s communication as “false and misleading.”

A Helicopter Will Try to Catch a Rocket Booster in Midair

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The longest journey begins with a single step, and that step gets expensive when you’re in the space business. Take, for example, the Electron booster made by Rocket Lab , a company with two launch pads on the New Zealand coast and another awaiting use in Virginia.

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