Mon.Jun 21, 2021

Porsche invests in high-performance battery JV Cellforce; Si anodes; BASF NCM cathode materials

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Porsche is investing a high double-digit-million amount in its new joint venture company Cellforce Group GmbH. Porsche and joint venture partner Customcells, a spin-off from Fraunhofer, also announced the launch of production of high-performance battery cells at Porsche’s Weissach Development Center.

Porsche gets into battery cells, creates new Cellforce battery manufacturing company

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Porsche is getting into battery cells for the first time as it invests in Customcells and creates a new company, Cellforce, with the battery cell manufacturer. more… The post Porsche gets into battery cells, creates new Cellforce battery manufacturing company appeared first on Electrek.

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KIT Researchers developing autonomous platooning electric bus system for public transport in Munich

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Autonomous electric buses could make short-range transit safer and more efficient; however, articulated buses or those with passenger trailers require too much energy and are not flexible enough to accommodate the highly fluctuating passenger numbers.

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Tesla unveils its new supercomputer (5th most powerful in the world) to train self-driving AI

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Tesla has unveiled its new supercomputer, which is already the fifth most powerful in the world, and it’s going to be the predecessor of Tesla’s upcoming new Dojo supercomputer. It is being used to train the neural nets powering Tesla’s Autopilot and upcoming self-driving AI.

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ROSATOM, Metalloinvest and Air Liquide to evaluate joint project in low-carbon hydrogen production for DRI

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Tesla didn’t sell discounted defective electric cars to CATL employees, battery supplier confirms

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CATL, a large battery manufacturer based in China and one of Tesla’s suppliers, had to officially dispel a rumor that was spreading in China about Tesla offloading defective electric cars at a discount to CATL’s employees.

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BrightDrop joins University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab, startups to launch sustainable last-mile delivery hub in Seattle

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GM’s BrightDrop ( earlier post ) is collaborating with the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab (UFL), The City of Seattle, and tech and delivery companies, AxleHire, Coaster Cycles and REEF, to launch one of the nation’s first zero operating-emissions, last-mile neighborhood delivery hubs.

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CATL-SC officially launches operation of phase 1 of $4.7B Yibin traction battery production project

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The first phase of the traction battery production project of Sichuan Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL-SC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CATL, is now in operation.

First Tesla Model Y primed bodies spotted in Giga Berlin’s paint shop

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It appears that Gigafactory Berlin is starting to awaken, as hinted at in recent flyovers of the facility’s expansive complex. Based on new videos and images from the site, it appears that the first Model Y test bodies are now running through the paces in Gigafactory Berlin. .

Russian Railways, Sinara Group and RUSNANO to develop hydrogen fuel cell mainline locomotives

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Russian Railways, RUSNANO and the Sinara Group signed an agreement to cooperate on the development of mainline locomotives using a power plant based on hydrogen fuel cells together with lithium-ion batteries. Russian Railways will act as a potential customer of locomotives, while the Sinara Group, represented by the Sinara—Transport Machines Machine-building Holding, will be the general contractor.

Tesla opens longest Supercharger route from east to west along China’s historic Silk Road

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Recently, Tesla China announced the opening of the longest Supercharger station route along the country’s historic Silk Road. The Supercharger route spans a little over 3,100 miles (5,000 kms) with 27 stations. Tesla China announced the opening of the route via its official Twitter account.

Japan Airlines conducts first flight with blend of two different types of SAF

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has conducted the first flight with a mixture of two different types of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) produced domestically in Japan. As a first step forward the commercialization of domestically-produced SAF around 2030, SAF produced at the demonstration plants has now passed the quality inspection and became available for use in actual flights.

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Elon Musk: Tesla will hold ‘AI Day’ to show progress and recruit talent

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Elon Musk announced that Tesla will hold an ‘AI Day’ in about a month to show its progress in software and hardware related to artificial intelligence. However, the main goal is to recruit talent.

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Study: e-scooter head and neck injuries on the rise

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A Henry Ford Health System study published in The Laryngoscope shows that head and neck injuries caused by use of e-scooters have been on the rise since rideshare systems were introduced to the public in late 2017. Kathleen Yaremchuk, M.D., Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the study’s senior author, said that a review of emergency visits in the last three years showed e-scooter injuries have increased significantly with many related to head and neck injuries.

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Tesla details its self-driving Supercomputer that will bring in the Dojo era

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Tesla’s Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence, Andrej Karpathy, detailed the automaker’s self-driving Supercomputer that will era in Dojo. Dojo is Tesla’s 4-dimensional Autopilot training program and was first discussed in 2020 by CEO Elon Musk.

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Aemetis selects Worley to provide engineering for ‘Carbon Zero 1’ renewable jet and diesel production plant

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Aemetis awarded an engineering services contract to Worley for the Aemetis ‘Carbon Zero’ renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California. Earlier post.) The Aemetis Carbon Zero renewable jet and diesel project is designed to hydrotreat renewable oils with hydrogen from orchard and forest wood waste.

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Tesla Artificial Intelligence Day to take place in about a month, Elon Musk says

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Tesla will hold an Artificial Intelligence Day, according to CEO Elon Musk, who said it would occur in “about a month or so.” ” Musk also stated that the company “will go over progress with Tesla AI software and hardware, both training & inference. Purpose is recruiting.”

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Harley-Davidson CEO ahead of new electric motorcycle launch: ‘Electrification is a given’

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In less than three weeks, Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle line LiveWire will release its first bike under the new brand, and with full support of the company’s electric-friendly CEO.

SpaceX drone ship Of Course I Still Love You arrives at Panama Canal

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Ten days and one unexpected detour after SpaceX drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) departed Port Canaveral, Florida for what could be the last time ever, the ship has arrived at the Panama Canal.

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Some say "no climate, no deal" as EVs, green energy lose traction in infrastructure compromise

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This month marks a pinch point and reality check for the massive $2 trillion infrastructure plan that President Biden proposed earlier in the year—especially as he's said a higher gas tax is off the table.

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SpaceX installs first parts of tower meant to catch Starship boosters

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SpaceX’s Starship ‘launch tower’ appears to have been outfitted with the first major component of a mechanism that’s meant to allow the structure to catch Starship boosters – and maybe the ships themselves – in mid-air.

Despite partisan divide, Americans see EVs as better for the environment and want more solar power

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Although Americans are closely divided on whether to phase out internal combustion engines in the near future, they do agree more decidedly on the environmental merits of EVs and that we should have more renewable energy—as a couple of recent Pew polls suggest.

Tesla stock among biggest potential winners over the next year: analysts

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Tesla ( NASDAQ: TSLA ) stock is just one of eight companies poised for a rally over the next twelve months, according to analysts who see major upside for some of 2021’s slowest movers.

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Fisker Ocean power boost, Model 3 at Pikes Peak, Biden infrastructure and renewable energy: Today’s Car News

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Americans want more renewable energy but there’s a strong partisan divide—just as the Biden administration might have to face a bipartisan “compromise” that reportedly strips some of that out of an infrastructure plan. Another Tesla Model 3 is set to tackle Pikes Peak.

EGEB: ISS astronauts successfully deploy solar arrays on second attempt

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): After running into glitches last week, ISS astronauts successfully installed Roll-Out Solar Arrays yesterday. IKEA and The Rockefeller Foundation start a $1 billion fund for small-scale clean energy.

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Tesla Source Says Brand Can Go Beyond Plaid: Quad-Motor Possible

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Reportedly, Tesla could have produced a quad-motor Model S Plaid, but it stuck with three motors, at least for now

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Tesla battery partner CATL debunks shocking new rumors from China

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Tesla battery supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), which provides cells for Gigafactory Shanghai’s vehicles, has put its foot down on recent rumors alleging that it is forcing its employees to purchase “defective” Tesla vehicles.

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iSun, Inc. Selected to Provide Its Solar Powered EV Charging Solutions Across America

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Trailhead and urban locations to provide solar powered EV charging at multiple National Forest trailheads and municipal fleet-charging sites across America. Reliable and clean power in any location, for both grid-tied and off the grid power.

Watch Tesla Model S Plaid Blow Away Challenger While Sandbagging

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The Plaid gives the Dodge a head start and brakes halfway through race to avoid getting banned from the track

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International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is an Annual Celebration of Female Engineers

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International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is an Annual Celebration of Female Engineers & their accomplishments.

Volkswagen: Lifestyle Electric Pickup Is Being Considered

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The automaker excludes making an ICE pickup, because it would be at odds with its plans to electrify its lineup

XPeng Releases New Valet Parking Assist Function in Latest Xmart OS OTA Upgrade

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GUANGZHOU, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–XPeng Inc. XPeng” or the “Company,” NYSE: XPEV), a leading Chinese smart electric vehicle company, today released its Xmart OS 2.6.0

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Encouraging new evidence on eVMT Today’s post is co-authored with Duncan Callaway The parking lot at our Berkeley grocery store, the one with kombucha on tap, is increasingly populated with … Continue Reading Tesla Miles Traveled

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US: BEV Market Nearly Doubled Through April 2021

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BEV market share increased to 2.3

Rivian shares details about the R1T’s premium cabin and its amenities

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Rivian released details of the R1T pickup truck’s interior, specifically those quipped with the company’s Adventure Package and Forest Edge interior.

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Tesla UK Builds Custom Model 3 Police Car For Evaluation

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UK’s Police force will evaluate whether the vehicle is suitable to be added to its fleet

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Solar roofs don’t get full US tax credits – here’s why a fix is urgent

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The solar roof industry is such a new – yet burgeoning – industry that it’s not really included in local, state, or federal policy. Updating incentives, policies, and regulations could help expand the adoption of solar roofs.