Wed.Apr 13, 2022

GM and Glencore enter multi-year cobalt supply agreement

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Glencore and General Motors announced a multi-year sourcing agreement in which Glencore will supply GM with cobalt from its Murrin Murrin operation in Australia.

Honda teases two electric sports cars, charges up EV investment

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Honda on Tuesday announced a planned investment of more than $40 billion in R&D over the next 10 years, with a focus on software and EV development. The automaker plans to launch 30 EVs globally by 2030, and aims to be producing around two million EVs annually at that point.

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New Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance model offers 1,050 hp, 0-60 in 2.6s

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Lucid Group, which has begun customer deliveries of electric Lucid Air Grand Touring, will introduce a new version of Lucid Air, the Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance.

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2023 Nissan Leaf gets design makeover, simplified lineup, up to 215-mile range

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With the Ariya electric crossover almost here, last year Nissan gave the Nissan Leaf a price cut of more than $4,000—making it the cheapest electric vehicle on the U.S. market.

Toyota launches battery-electric bZ4X SUV

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Toyota has launched the all-electric Toyota bZ4X SUV ( earlier post ). Coming to dealerships this spring with an EPA-estimated range rating of up to 252 miles (for XLE front-wheel drive models, based on EPA’s testing procedure standards), the 2023 Toyota bZ4X will have a starting MSRP of $42,000.

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Tesla to build 100,000 square foot facility in St. Pete, FL 


Tesla proposed a 100,000-square-foot facility in St. Pete, Florida. The new Tesla center will handle sales, service, and deliveries in the area.

Shell and Uniper to work together on blue hydrogen production facility in the UK

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Uniper has signed an agreement with Shell to progress plans to produce blue hydrogen at Uniper’s Killingholme power station site, in the East of England. The hydrogen produced could be used to decarbonize industry, transport and power throughout the Humber region.

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Independent lab confirms high specific energy and high power of Zenlabs’ new large format electric aviation battery cells

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Zenlabs Energy, a developer of advanced lithium-ion batteries ( earlier post ), announced that Energy Assurance, an independent third-party test laboratory, has validated the high specific energy and high-power of Zenlabs’ new large-format pouch cells for the electric aviation market.

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Tesla trademarks a fan’s idea for a Cybertruck-inspired backpack


Tesla has trademarked the “CYBERBACKPACK,” according to United States Patent Office filings, perhaps indicating the electric automaker has purchased the rights to a fan’s idea for a backpack inspired by the company’s electric pickup.

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Biden Administration to award more than $800M to spur development and adoption of homegrown biofuels

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The Biden Administration announced several steps to spur the development and adoption of homegrown biofuels. 700 million for biofuels producers: As part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide up to $700 million in funding through a new Biofuel Producer Program. The Program will support agricultural producers that rely on biofuels producers as a market for their agricultural products.

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Tesla’s $137M racial discrimination verdict reduced to $15M


On Wednesday, April 13, United States District Judge William H. Orrick reduced the $137 million reward granted by jurors to former Tesla employee Owen Diaz to $15 million. Diaz had accused Tesla of racial discrimination. Judge Orrick reduced the award of compensatory damages to $1.5

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EPA proposing RFS pathways for biofuels made from canola oil via hydrotreating; diesel, jet, naphtha, LPG, heating oil

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathways for certain biofuels that are produced from canola/rapeseed oil ( earlier post ) and is providing an opportunity for comment on the Agency’s lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis of these pathways.

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Tesla fans propagated fake news of acquisition of lithium miner on Twitter that sent stock up 250%


Tesla fans have propagated clearly fake news of the automaker supposedly acquiring a small lithium mining company that sent its stock up over 250%. more…. The post Tesla fans propagated fake news of acquisition of lithium miner on Twitter that sent stock up 250% appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla next-gen Roadster reservations are subtly resumed in China


It appears that Tesla CEO Elon Musk was extremely serious when he announced in the Cyber Rodeo that 2023 would feature one product release after another.

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Boston will move to 100% electric school buses by 2030


Boston mayor Michelle Wu last week announced that Boston Public Schools will deploy 20 electric buses during the 2022-23 school year in a pilot program. Ultimately, Boston will electrify its entire school bus fleet by 2030. more….

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Ford teases F-150 Lightning launch event for April 26


Ford is teasing a launch event for its next electric vehicle, the F-150 Lightning, on April 26 as the all-electric pickup heads closer to initial deliveries.

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1,050-hp, 446-mile Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance keeps the Dream (Edition) alive

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Lucid on Tuesday unveiled the Air Grand Touring Performance, which takes over from the limited-volume Dream Edition Performance as the most powerful Air model. Lucid built 520 Dream Edition models, splitting them between Range and Performance versions.

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Tesla pushes off-peak charging hours in California back to 9 PM


Tesla has officially pushed its off-peak charging hours in California back two hours to 9 PM, giving those who wish to avoid higher kilowatt-hour charging rates a slightly later timeframe to abide by. Off-peak charging rates allow Tesla owners to charge their vehicles for a reduced rate per kWh.

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X Shore secures $50 million in funding to ramp up electric boat production in Sweden and expand R&D


Electric boat manufacturer X Shore recently secured its latest round of investment funding, this time to the tune of $50 million (~€45.9M).

Tesla Model Y still China’s top premium SUV in March despite Covid headwinds


Despite Covid headwinds, the Tesla Model Y is still performing very well in China’s domestic auto market. As per data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), the Tesla Model Y was the country’s top-selling premium SUV in March, selling 39,730 units during the month.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX completes 1000+ km journey on a single charge, paving the way for future long distance EV travel


After promising the journey earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz has successfully taken its VISION EQXX concept EV over 1,000 km (621 miles) in routine traffic on a single charge.

SpaceX rapidly constructing Starship’s first Florida launch pad and tower


After restarting work on the project a few months ago, SpaceX appears to have gotten back up to speed and begun to make rapid progress on the construction of Starship’s first Florida launch pad and tower.

Tesla changes off-peak hours at Superchargers in California to encourage owners to charge later


Tesla has announced that it is changing the timeframe of its off-peak hours at Superchargers in California to encourage owners to charge their cars later. The automaker is still trying to tune incentives to help with traffic and costs on its vast charging networks. more….

Nevada-based battery company taps former Tesla cell scientist for material recycling operation


A former Tesla research scientist will join Nevada-based American Battery Technology Company (ABTC), a critical minerals and lithium-ion battery recycling company, to spearhead an EV battery material recycling operation.

NASA contracts Canoo to build EVs that will transport astronauts to launchpad for Artemis missions [Update]


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced it has chosen EV startup Canoo to provide zero-emission EVs to transport its crew to the launchpad for NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions to the Moon.

Tesla nickel partner Talon Metals expands exploration at Tamarack mine


Tesla nickel partner Talon Metals announced on Wednesday it has purchased three additional drill rigs to accelerate battery mineral exploration at its Tamarack nickel-copper-cobalt project mine in Central Minnesota.

Nevada Gold Mines is using US-made panels to build a 200 MW solar farm


First Solar, the largest US-owned solar panel manufacturer, today announced that it’s going to provide 260 megawatts (MW)DC of Ohio-made solar modules to Nevada Gold Mines , the single largest gold-producing complex in the world. more….

Hyundai IONIQ 5 wins Triple Crown of awards, including World Car of the Year, at NYIAS


The Hyundai IONIQ 5 all-electric crossover has claimed three new awards, including World Car of the Year, at the New York International Auto Show.

VW is preparing some improvements to MEB electric vehicles, including range of up to 435 miles (700 km)


VW is preparing some good improvements to its MEB platform, which will result in better specs in its electric vehicles, including a range of up to 435 miles (700 km). more….

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Lithium Corp. shuts down rumors of a Tesla buyout following fake press release


Lithium Corporation, a North American energy metals company, shut down rumors of a buyout by electric car company Tesla on Wednesday, contradicting early speculation that circulated through social media. Early on Wednesday, reports of Tesla purchasing Lithium Corp.

Tesla trademarks ‘CYBERBACKPACK’ possibly making a fan’s dream come true


Tesla has applied for a trademark on the term ‘CYBERBACKPACK,’ which happens to be the name used by a Tesla fan who designed a Cybertruck inspired backpack. Is it going to be the next overpriced Tesla accessory like the Cyberwhistle and Tesla belt buckle? more….

Volkswagen launches online sales for ID.4 and ID.5 in Germany


Volkswagen Germany launched online sales for its all-electric ID.4 and ID.5 models for local customers. Online sales for the ID.3 will soon follow. “Surveys show that around two-thirds of our customers also want to be able to purchase our vehicles online. We’re now addressing that wish.

Bajaj Auto appoints Pitchfork Partners to lead strategic communication mandate

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Bajaj Auto appoints Pitchfork Partners to lead strategic communication mandate. 13 th April, 2022 , Mumbai: Bajaj Auto, the world’s most valuable two-wheeler and three-wheeler company, has assigned the mandate for handling communication initiatives to Pitchfork Partners Strategic Consulting LLP.

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The Hummer EV’s aggressive ad campaign is working very well, claims GMC


General Motors has been heavily promoting the GMC Hummer EV since its debut in October 2020, and according to the veteran automaker, its efforts have been paying off.

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VinFast and Electrify America announce charging agreement to provide just two complimentary sessions


Infant EV automaker VinFast and US charging network Electrify America (EA) announced a new charging agreement during this year’s New York International Auto Show. As part of the collaboration, US Vinfast owners will have access to all of EA’s 3,500+ EV chargers through the VinFast mobile app.

Will the Unreal Engine 5 Realize the Metaverse’s Potential?

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The race to build the metaverse is on—but first, developers need the tools to do it. Unreal Engine 5 , released on April 5, is among the leaders. Its creator, Epic Games, is best known for its megahit game Fortnite , but the company’s engine expertise has deep roots.

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UCLA injury-rate study of micromobility vehicles reveals the most dangerous


Personal vehicles such as bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters, and motorcycles have skyrocketed in popularity in the US over the last few years due to their efficiency and effectiveness compared to cars.