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Volvo Trucks to begin production of enhanced VNR electric truck with up to 85% more range

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Volvo Trucks North America continues to lead in the deployment of sustainable Class 8 zero-tailpipe emission vehicles for the North American trucking industry with ongoing deliveries of its Volvo VNR Electric model to fleets across the country.

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EVs are the least reliable vehicle type: Consumer Reports points to some problem areas

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In a reliability survey published last November, Consumer Reports named electric SUVs the least-reliable vehicle type. Now CR has followed that up with a report shedding light on specific problem areas.

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CALSTART: Inventory of US electric school buses hit 1,738 in Sep 2021

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CALSTART has released a new report, Zeroing in on ESBs , an inventory of electric school buses (ESBs). As of September 2021, there were 1,738 ESBs funded, ordered, delivered, and deployed across the US. In total, there are some 480,000 school buses in the US—more than 95% powered by diesel.

EV reliability, Rivian Waypoints, Cybertruck delay, Bollinger bails: Today’s Car News

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Rivian adds more charging waypoints where active types want them—like Yosemite. The Cybertruck has been delayed, according to one report citing inside sources. Bollinger has canceled plans for its boxy electric off-roaders. And why are EVs so unreliable?

Moscow begins testing first Russian-made articulated electric bus

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Testing of the the first Russian-made articulated electric bus has begun in Moscow. After the test drive, the city plans to purchase such vehicles to service routes with high passenger traffic.

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Coal-hungry Indiana’s largest-capacity solar farm is about to come online


Houston-headquartered renewables company EDP Renewables North America has completed a 200-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Randolph County, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis. It’s now the largest-capacity solar farm in Indiana.

Lexus to debut the NX PHEV OFFROAD Concept and hydrogen-engined ROV Concept at Tokyo Auto Salon

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Lexus will debut the NX PHEV OFFROAD Concept and hydrogen-engined ROV (Recreational Off highway Vehicle) Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2022 held at Makuhari Messe (Chiba City) this weekend.

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MIT researchers propose mechanism for overcoming bottleneck in electroreduction of CO2

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Researchers at MIT have identified , quantified, and modeled a major reason for the poor performance of electroreduction processes to convert CO 2 to fuel or other useful chemicals.

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Ola production blows past 1,000 electric scooters per day, opening more orders soon


Despite running into initial delays, Ola has significantly ramped up production of its high-speed smart electric scooters. Now the Indian company says it will be opening up a new payment window soon to complete more orders of its Ola S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters.

Microsoft climate fund invests $50M in LanzaJet alcohol-to-jet SAF plant

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LanzaJet, a sustainable fuels technology company and renewable fuels producer, has secured financing for its Freedom Pines Fuels plant in Soperton, Georgia ( earlier post ), through the Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund.

Tesla adds structural battery pack reference to Model Y owner’s manual as production is imminent


Tesla has added a reference to the structural battery pack to the Model Y owner’s manual as production is expected to be imminent. more… The post Tesla adds structural battery pack reference to Model Y owner’s manual as production is imminent appeared first on Electrek.

DOE launches new AlgaePrize student competition

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in collaboration with the Algae Foundation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, announced a new AlgaePrize competition for high school through graduate students studying at a US-based high school, college, community college, university, and/or graduate school.

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Winnebago will reveal an electric motorhome at Florida RV super show next week


America’s other iconic RV name , Winnebago, has announced plans to reveal an all-electric concept motorhome developed by the company’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG) at next week’s Florida RV Super Show in Tampa, Florida.

Blue Biofuels achieves full conversion (99%+) of cellulosic material to sugars on repeatable basis

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Blue Biofuels, Inc. reports that it has achieved full conversion ( 99% + ) of king grass cellulosic material to water soluble sugars on a repeatable basis. This conversion occurs with a reaction time of less than one minute.

NIO expands US headquarters as North American launch begins to feel more and more likely


The US branch of Chinese automaker NIO continues to make interesting moves in North America, as the company signed a ten year lease on a building in San Jose, CA. The new 200,000+ sq.

Albemarle and 6K sign joint development agreement to develop novel lithium battery materials; Albemarle to invest in 6K

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Bollinger bails on B1, B2: Deposits to be refunded amid shift to commercial electric trucks

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Michigan’s Bollinger has announced that it will be indefinitely postponing both its B1 electric SUV and its B2 electric pickup.

Proterra to supply battery systems for minimum of 600 Vicinity Motor electric transit buses and work trucks through 2024

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Vicinity Motor, a North American supplier of commercial electric vehicles, and Proterra announced a new collaboration to power Vicinity’s electric transit buses and work trucks with Proterra’s battery technology. Under a new, multi-year supply agreement, Proterra battery systems will power the Vicinity Lightning 28-foot electric transit bus and Vicinity’s strip chassis platform to support several commercial vehicle configurations such as utility trucks, shuttle buses, and box trucks.

Rivian sponsors destination chargers overseen by nonprofit at Yosemite, Golden Gate

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Adopt a Charger, a nonprofit that aims to install EV charging at scenic and cultural destinations, on Thursday announced a partnership with Rivian to add charging stations at Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Tesla starts only accepting Dogecoin cryptocurrency for some of its merch


Tesla has officially started accepting Dogecoin to buy some of its merchandise in its online store. But the automaker went a step further, and it appears to only be accepting Dogecoin for some items.

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Tesla Model Y structural battery pack referenced in updated Owner’s Manual


Following an update, the Tesla Model Y Owner’s Manual now features a direct reference to the vehicle’s structural battery pack.

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Report suggests Tesla Cybertruck first deliveries delayed to 2023

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Tesla is reportedly delaying initial production of the Cybertruck until the end of the first quarter of 2023, according to a Thursday evening report from Reuters.

Shark-funded REGENT ‘seaglider’ concept will be made in the US


With funding from Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban and Fitbit founder James Park, REGENT has announced that it’s moving forward with a “proof of concept” model for its revolutionary 180-mph “float, foil, fly” electric seaglider.

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University of Michigan uses recycled Kevlar fiber to solve lithium-sulfur battery life cycle issues


The University of Michigan Chemical Sciences and Engineering team, led by Professor Nicholas Kotov, has developed a “new biologically inspired battery membrane” with recycled Kevlar fibers that could quintuple electric vehicle ranges and have a lifespan of 1,000 cycles.

Renault CEO vows to go fully electric by 2030, contrary to statements from others at the company


French automaker Renault has joined the all-electric party in Europe, as its CEO recently shared news that the brand would become 100% electric by 2030.

EV Registrations up 55% in 2021

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Recovery Induced Rebound in EV Sales After a truly dismal, pandemic-influenced 2020, where EV registrations increased by an anemic 18.2%, there has been a rebound in 2021 to an increase of 54.9%. CT now has. Read more.

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Vanderhall Brawley electric off-roader gets dirty in cold weather test


With 400 claimed horsepower and up to 200 miles of trail-blasting range, much is expected from the upcoming Vanderhall Brawley electric off-roader. And, if this video of a pre-production Brawley tearing in up in extreme cold weather is any indication, it might just deliver.

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SpaceX drone ship leaves port for Starlink mission during a Falcon 9 launch


In preparation for SpaceX’s next launch, drone ship A Shortfall Of Gravitas (ASOG) was spotted departing Port Canaveral in the middle of the company’s second Falcon 9 launch and landing this month.

Kenworth says electric truck orders have tripled the past three months, quoting customers in 44 states


Kenworth Truck Co. recently shared news of tremendous growing interest in its lineup of all-electric medium and heavy-duty trucks, noting that orders have tripled the last 90 days as fleets look to take advantage of sweet incentives for zero-emission vehicles.

EV owner driving Tesla’s shortest-range car shares experience during I-95 traffic catastrophe


Dan Kanninen, an electric vehicle driver and former White House liaison at the Environmental Protection Agency, recently shared his personal experience during the I-95 traffic catastrophe, which resulted in about 48 miles of the interstate being closed due to ice and snow.

Bollinger announces pivot away from its B1 and B2 consumer EVs to focus on commercial vehicles


EV startup Bollinger Motors just announced it is pausing development of its two flagship EVs – the B1 sport utility truck and B2 pickup, to focus instead on the commercial market. Bollinger has been working to deliver these two consumer EVs since 2015.

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Tesla Model 3 Owner Thankful For His EV When Stuck On I-95


He was stuck for 14 hours without any issues while ICE owners had to worry about toxic fumes and running out of gas

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Closer look at the A-Ride, a powerful full-suspension electric bike/scooter crossover


The electric mobility sector has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years. In addition to plenty of conventional electric bikes and e-scooters, that growth has included several unique and innovative additions to the world of personal electric vehicles.

China: Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Sets Massive Sales Record


Over 50,000 units sold in December and almost 400,000 in 2021

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Tesla Cybertruck news is ramping up, but take it with a grain of salt


We are seeing a lot of new reports about Tesla Cybertruck coming out and being shared in the Tesla community – I’d take those with a big grain of salt. more… The post Tesla Cybertruck news is ramping up, but take it with a grain of salt appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla, NHTSA in discussions regarding HVAC issues


Recent complaints regarding Tesla’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to discuss the feature with the automaker.

Ex NIU, Baidu exec leaps into the car game with NIUTRON electric SUV


You can’t say they didn’t warn us! Less than a month after NIU co-founder, Yinan Li, hinted that four wheeled vehicles might present better business opportunities than two wheeled vehicles , Li has brought us the incredibly well-finished product you see here.