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Researchers find annealing significantly reduces interface resistance in all-solid-state-batteries

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All-solid-state lithium batteries could address a number of the shortcomings of conventional lithium-ion batteries in advanced applications such as in electric vehicles, which demand high energy densities, fast charging, and long cycle lives. However, the solid electrolyte comes with its own challenge; the interface between the positive electrode and solid electrolyte shows a large electrical resistance whose origin is not well understood.

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Study: Two-thirds of Americans don't want an EV yet, and half won't pay extra for electrified

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Most Americans still aren't ready to buy an EV, according to the Deloitte 2022 Global Automotive Study, which examines consumer perceptions of electrification and other technology movements in the auto industry. More than two-thirds (69%) of Americans said their next vehicle won't have any kind of electrification, while only 5% saw their next.

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California governor proposes additional $6.1B in budget package for decarbonizing transportation in state; total $10B over 6 years

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In California, the 2021 Budget Act committed $3.9 billion towards zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) acceleration through 2023-24. This included investments ranging from cleaning up drayage trucks, transit, and school buses to accelerating equitable electrification of passenger vehicles, e-bikes and rail—coupled with infrastructure and incentives for in-state manufacturing.

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California no longer shuns GM, as automaker complies with its emissions rules

Green Car Reports

General Motors has agreed to recognize California's authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards. This will make GM vehicles eligible for California government fleet purchases, according to the automaker. These statements were made in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom first shared with The Detroit News. GM said in the letter.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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Thermo King transitioning to lower GWP transport refrigerant R452A as standard

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Thermo King, the transport refrigeration brand of Trane Technologies, will transition to a lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant as standard in its truck and trailer units. This will reduce the carbon footprint of refrigerants used by its customers’ long-haul, middle-mile and last-mile delivery fleets by nearly 50%—approximately 650,000 metric tons of CO 2 e annually, equivalent to the emissions of 143,000 passenger vehicles per year.

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2022 Volkswagen ID.4: More range, faster charging, price hike of $765

Green Car Reports

As we await the reveal of Volkswagen’s production-bound electric Microbus reboot, the VW ID.4 electric SUV is ramping up from a slow delivery start here and, with a second model year, getting ready to realize its mass-market potential versus gasoline models like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. As hinted a few weeks ago, with details first.

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SpaceX working on several Starship, Super Heavy upgrades and design changes

Teslarati

Not long after Elon Musk confirmed plans to add three more Raptor engines to Starship and stretch the upper stage’s propellant tanks, the SpaceX CEO has confirmed one of several smaller design changes planned in the interim. On January 3rd, Musk confirmed that SpaceX is entirely relocating one of two secondary ‘header’ tanks that Starships use to store landing propellant.

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Hydrogen Optimized to supply more than 40 MW of large-scale hydrogen production capacity

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Hydrogen Optimized , a subsidiary of Key DH Technologies Inc., has entered into a confidential Letter of Intent (LOI) with a large industrial company to provide more than 40 MW of RuggedCell water electrolyzer capacity for hydrogen production. The LOI provides for high current unipolar RuggedCell systems to be deployed at one or more sites by the company, which plans to roll out hundreds of megawatts of electrolyzer capacity over time.

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City cancels order of 50 hydrogen buses after realizing electric buses make so much more sense

Electrek

The City of Montpellier confirmed that it canceled an order for 50 hydrogen fuel cell buses after realizing that it would be cheaper and more efficient to order battery-electric buses instead. more… The post City cancels order of 50 hydrogen buses after realizing electric buses make so much more sense appeared first on Electrek.

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Haldor Topsoe signs €45M funding deal with EIB to drive green energy transition

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In line with its strategy to become the global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024, Danish technology provider Haldor Topsoe has signed a €45-million loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its R&D investments in that domain. The EIB financing is supported under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Tesla Model X Plaid with seven seats and native CCS2 port unveiled in Taiwan

Teslarati

It appears that the Tesla Model X Plaid’s seven-seat configuration is far from dead. Despite the vehicle’s configurator in the United States only offering a six-seat option for the vehicle recently, a seven-seat Model X Plaid was recently unveiled in Taiwan during a special press event. . The flagship all-electric crossover SUV was showcased in Taiwan beside its sedan sibling, the Model S Plaid.

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Rio Tinto purchases 4 Wabtec battery-electric locomotives for the Pilbara

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Rio Tinto will purchase four 7MWh FLXdrive battery-electric locomotives ( earlier post ) from Wabtec Corporation for use in the Pilbara region of Western Australia as part of the company’s strategy to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. Production of the units is due to commence in the United States in 2023 ahead of initial trials in the Pilbara in early 2024.

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Tesla Model S Plaid accidentally starts drag race in reverse, wins anyway

Teslarati

A Tesla Model S Plaid involved in a drag race against a Chevrolet 2600 HD Diesel truck accidentally started the duel in reverse. In typical Plaid fashion, the Model S still won the race. A video from Drag Racing and Car Stuff on YouTube, shared via InsideEVs , showed a Model S Plaid preparing for a typical quarter-mile drag race against a Chevy diesel truck.

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Veolia announces its first EV battery recycling plant in UK

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Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company, has announced its first electric vehicle battery recycling facility in the UK, which will have the capacity to process 20% of the UK’s end-of-life electric vehicle batteries by 2024. Many of the materials required for battery manufacturing rely on traditional water and energy intensive processes.

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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The Boring Company posts stats from CES 2022

Teslarati

The Boring Company (TBC) released a few stats on the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Loop’s performance during CES 2022. In preparation for the event, The Boring Company increased the LVCC Loop’s Tesla fleet. Approximately 70 Tesla vehicles —the maximum allowed to operate in the Loop—transported CES 2022 attendees. According to the tunneling company, the Loop’s average ride time was less than two minutes.

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Teslas Take Over The Burbs

CleanTechnica EVs

A friend recently got her new red Tesla Model 3 and was so enthusiastic that it reignited my passion for the car. I thought it would be a great idea to get a group of red Teslas together for a photo opportunity, so I approached the local tavern. With their agreement, I posted the event […].

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Tesla posts record numbers in China by selling 70,602 vehicles locally in Dec 2021

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In what could be described as a show of strength in the local auto market, Tesla China’s wholesale numbers for December totaled 70,847 vehicles, up 197.6% year-over-year and up 34% from November 2021. Among this number, a whopping 70,602 electric cars were sold locally, while 245 were exported abroad. . The figures were posted recently by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) , and they are quite impressive.

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Rivian has now produced just over 1,000 electric vehicles

Electrek

Rivian announced that it has now produced just over 1,000 electric vehicles, mainly its R1T electric pickup truck, since it started producing them in September. more… The post Rivian has now produced just over 1,000 electric vehicles appeared first on Electrek.

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SpaceX “intends” to start launching next-generation Starlink satellites in March

Teslarati

In a new Q&A with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), SpaceX says it still “plans” and “intends” to begin launching the next generation of Starlink satellites as early as March 2022. In August 2021, SpaceX filed an application modification request with the FCC in a bid to change its plans for the next-generation “Gen2” Starlink constellation, which still aims to drastically improve and expand upon its first few phases.

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Tesla “Full Self Driving” v10.5 & v10.8 — Part 2

CleanTechnica EVs

A summary of my observations of the improvements made to Tesla Autosteer, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC), and “Full Self Driving” (FSD) going from v10.5 to v10.8. Note: I continue to observe new behavior. Thus, this summary is not comprehensive. Autosteer I have been teaching alpine skiing at the Brighton Resort in Utah, which is 49 […].

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Rivian ends 2021 with 1,015 vehicles produced, COO retires from company

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In a recent press release , Rivian announced that it had officially produced a total of 1,015 vehicles by the end of 2021, 920 of which were delivered before the end of the year. The update comes as news emerged that the company’s chief operating officer, Rod Copes, had retired from Rivian in December 2021. . Considering that Rivian has only just started delivering its first vehicles like the R1T pickup truck, R1S SUV, and its Amazon delivery van, the company’s 1,015 deliveries in 20

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Tesla Tops Rankings in Automotive “Future Readiness Indicator” Research Study

CleanTechnica EVs

Which car company is best poised for the future? One of Europe’s top business schools, IMD, recently released their Future Readiness Indicator study and focused specifically on the automotive sector for its analysis. According to IMD, Tesla was the car company that dominated the rankings. “Cars are already supercomputers on wheels,” IMD reports. “This brings us […].

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Tesla unveils updated Model S with new headlights, taillights, and CCS charge ports

Electrek

Tesla has unveiled an updated version of the Model S today with new headlights, taillights, and CCS charge ports. more… The post Tesla unveils updated Model S with new headlights, taillights, and CCS charge ports appeared first on Electrek.

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Labrador Addresses Critical Need With Deceptively Simple Home Robot

Cars That Think

It’s not often that we see a home robot that manages to be both relatively affordable and realistically technologically achievable while also solving a clear and widespread need. The iRobot Roomba was arguably the first good example of such a robot, but I’m hard pressed to think of what the second good example would be, which is why this new home robot from Labrador Systems is so exciting—it’s essentially a semi-autonomous mobile table, which is poised to have a huge impact on people who could r

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Podbike to begin delivering its four-wheeled enclosed electric bike-car this year

Electrek

After bringing in €3.2 million in funding and raking in a list of pre-orders, Podbike says it will deliver its first electric bike-car known as the Frikar later this year. more… The post Podbike to begin delivering its four-wheeled enclosed electric bike-car this year appeared first on Electrek.

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Why IoT Sensors Need Standards

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Sensors traditionally have been used for camera imaging, as well as communicating information about humidity, temperature, motion, speed, proximity, and other aspects of the environment. The devices have become key enablers for a host of new technologies essential to business and to everyday life, from turning on a light switch to managing one’s health.

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French City Cancels Hydrogen Bus Contract, Opts For Electric Buses

CleanTechnica EVs

A plan to buy hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses in France was cancelled when it was determined they would cost 6 times as much to operate as battery-electric buses.

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Coal will make up 85% of electric generating capacity retirements in 2022 – Here’s why

Electrek

US electricity generator operators have scheduled 14.9 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating capacity to retire during 2022, and the vast majority of those scheduled retirements – 85% – are coal-fired power plants, reports the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) today. more… The post Coal will make up 85% of electric generating capacity retirements in 2022 – Here’s why appeared first on Electrek.

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The Boring Co’s LVCC Loop rated as ‘outstanding,’ transported 15k-17k daily passengers during CES 2022

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The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Loop transported 15,000 to 17,000 passengers around the Convention Center’s campus daily, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) informed Teslarati. . LVCVA CEO Steve Hill announced the LVCC Loop’s stats during CES 2022 at a recent Board of Directors meeting. In addition, Hill told the Board that customer experience for the LVCC Loop was rated “outstanding” by both show managers and attendees based on the surveys the LVCVA conducts durin

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Aligning Utilities & Electric Vehicles, for the Greater Grid

CleanTechnica EVs

New Research Explores Potential Value of Implementing EV Managed Charging To Move Toward Realizing Effective Vehicle-Grid Integration It is 5 p.m., and you arrive home from work when it is peak demand for the grid. Your electric vehicle (EV) is 50% charged — you could either plug it in and charge right away or, if […].

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Tesla stocks up on Model 3 Aero & Model Y Gemini wheel covers

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Tesla has rolled out some updates to its official online shop, with the company recently posting listings for spare Aero and Gemini wheel covers for the Model 3 and Model Y, respectively. Tesla’s Aero Wheel covers in the online shop are for the Model 3’s 18″ wheels. At $25 apiece, the Aero covers for the Model 3 are reasonably priced.

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Mercedes to bring electric drivetrain development in-house from 2024

Electrek

Mercedes-Benz’ latest EQ electric vehicles are making waves in the premium EV market, and its next generation of EVs – as shown by the ultra-efficient Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX concept – will simply raise the competitive bar for range and performance even higher… and Mercedes thinks that the best way to achieve its goals is by going it alone. more… The post Mercedes to bring electric drivetrain development in-house from 2024 appeared first on Electrek.

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Volkswagen pledges to double ID sales in China after sub-par year due to chip shortage

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Volkswagen Auto Group missed its sales goals for the ID. family of vehicles in China in 2021 by around 12 percent. Following the sub-par performance, mostly driven by the semiconductor chip shortage, the German automaker is pledging to double sales in 2022, despite the industry’s outlook remaining relatively unchanged for the new year. VW reported that it sold 70,625 units of ID. family electric vehicles in 2021 in China.

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Cyclum Renewables reimagines the truck stop ahead of electric semi truck surge

Electrek

Somewhere in a Venn diagram that includes Turkish bath houses, refugee camps, and outdoor music festivals exists the American truck stop. In concept and execution, it’s a business model that has endured for decades – but the coming wave of electric semi trucks will present different challenges than a gas pump and shower, and challenge presents opportunity. more… The post Cyclum Renewables reimagines the truck stop ahead of electric semi truck surge appeared first on Electrek.

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