Wed.Apr 27, 2022

LADOT launches $17.8M universal basic mobility pilot; e-bikes, shared EVs and on-demand EV shuttle

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The LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) launched its Universal Basic Mobility (UBM) Pilot in South Los Angeles—one of the largest programs of its kind in the country, increasing access to transportation options for thousands of Angelenos.

Breaking: Florida governor Ron DeSantis vetoes awful solar net metering bill


Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) vetoed a bill, which the state’s Republican-majority House and Senate passed, that would have slashed rooftop solar credits in the state. It would have denied many homeowners net metering in the Sunshine State, and harmed its solar industry. more….


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Ford begins full production of F-150 Lightning electric pickup; planned annual run rate of 150k at Rouge Center

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Ford has begun full production of F-150 Lightning electric pickup at the ultra-modern Rouge Electric Vehicle Center within Ford’s historic Rouge Complex.

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Ford starts F-150 Lightning production, confirms second electric pickup model for 2024

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Ford on Monday announced the start of "full production of 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks at its Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, part of the massive Detroit Rouge Complex that builds non-electric F-150 trucks. Ford said in a press release that it has 200,000 reservations for the Lightning.

South 8 Technologies raises $12M in Series A to commercialize liquefied gas electrolytes for high-performance Lithium-ion batteries

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South 8 Technologies, a developer of electrolyte formulations for next-generation lithium batteries, has raised $12 million in Series A financing, led by Anzu Partners with participation from LG Technology Ventures, Shell Ventures, Foothill Ventures, and Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC).

Will solid-state batteries be the key to make electric SUVs and pickups viable?

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Earlier this month Nissan announced the establishment of a prototype production facility for all-solid-state battery cells—with plans to establish a pilot production line as soon as 2024 in Japan, and market availability in an EV in 2028.

Battery analytics platform TWAICE announces $30m funding led by Coatue

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TWAICE, a battery analytics company, has secured $30 million in additional Series B financing led by global investment firm Coatue.

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GlobalData: Venture capital deals value in advanced batteries skyrocketed 850% YoY in 2021

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The value of venture capital (VC) deals in advanced batteries shot up by 850% year-on-year (YoY) in 2021 with focus on lithium chemistries, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. Big deals from VC investors are pushing forward the advanced batteries funding to a new high.

Tesla’s cobalt-free battery strategy is making Elon Musk an actual “iron man”


Tesla quietly revealed in its Q1 report that nearly half the vehicles it produced in the first quarter of 2022 were equipped with cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.

Dongfeng Honda to begin sales of e:NS1 EV; GAC Honda to being reservations for e:NP1 EV

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Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., a Honda automobile production and sales joint venture in China, has begun sales of the all-new e:NS1 electric vehicle (EV) model. Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., HMCI), a wholly-owned Honda subsidiary in China, announced that GAC Honda Automobile Co.,

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Judge tells Elon Musk he can’t get out of his ‘Twitter police’ deal with the SEC


A judge shut down Elon Musk’s effort to cancel the part of his settlement with the SEC over his ‘funding secured’ tweet that basically gave the agency the right to act as a sort of ‘Twitter police.’. more….

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Kia initiates purpose-built vehicle (PBV) strategy with launch of Niro Plus

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Kia revealed the Niro Plus, its first purpose-built vehicle (PBV). Kia is exploring diverse ways to help people and businesses move beyond traditional automotive, and the company expects its PBV models to be an important part of future mobility.

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Tesla expands its virtual power plant to new regions in Australia


Tesla announced the expansion of its virtual power plant (VPP) powered by its Powerwall to several new states and regions in Australia. more…. The post Tesla expands its virtual power plant to new regions in Australia appeared first on Electrek.

Toyota’s overall European electrified mix increased to 69% in Q1; market share climbs to high of 7.6%$

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Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME) first quarter sales volume of 284,506 vehicles showed a marginal change of -1% year-on-year while outperforming the total market, which declined by -14%. Across the same period, TME achieved its best first-quarter market share of 7.6%, an increase of +1% point year-on-year. The strong demand for Toyota and Lexus’s low CO 2 electrified line-up continued in a declining market, with TME’s electrified mix increasing to 78% in Western Europe and 69% across total Europe.

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F-150 Lightning production, Nissan solid-state focus, Volta commercial trucks: Today’s Car News

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Ford is making F-150 Lightning electric pickups for customers, and a second electric truck could just be just over a couple years away. Volta has big commercial trucks with no allowance for internal combustion. And Nissan is hoping solid-state cells create even better EVs later in the decade.

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DENSO and USJC collaborate on automotive power semiconductors

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DENSO Corporation and United Semiconductor Japan Co., USJC), a subsidiary of global semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), have agreed to collaborate on the production of power semiconductors at USJC’s 300mm fab in order to serve the growing demand in the automotive market. An insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) line will be installed at USJC’s wafer fab, which will be the first in Japan to produce IGBTs on 300mm wafers.

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Elon Musk receives invites from FL and TX to move Twitter HQ


Elon Musk received invites to move the social media platform’s HQ from California to Texas or Florida. Governor Greg Abbott from Texas and Mayor Lenny Curry from Jacksonville, Florida, presented their arguments to Elon Musk via Twitter.

Follow the Volkswagen ID. Buzz’s journey from concept to production in a new documentary


Now that the full-production model of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz has made its public debut, the automaker has shared a documentary following its journey from an EV concept to a scalable consumer vehicle, enduring extremely hot, dusty, and freezing conditions along the way.

Volkswagen teases cool ID.Buzz pickup truck early concept


Volkswagen took to Twitter to ask the public about its early concept for an ID. Buzz electric pickup truck. The truck’s design appears to be inspired by the ID. Buzz minibus’ design and color schemes. VW unveiled the ID.Buzz electric van last month.


UIM E1 announces first racing team for inaugural electric boat world championship


The Venice Racing team will officially be the on the starting grid during the inaugural season of E1’s all-electric raceboat championship. We can expect more racing teams to follow as the E1 Series is in conversations with dozens of other prospective teams. more….

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Elon Musk’s request to end 2018 consent decree thrown out by Federal Judge


Elon Musk’s request to have a 2018 consent decree with the Securities and Exchange Commission thrown out was denied by a U.S. District Judge on Wednesday. District Judge Lewis Liman said the agreement will be upheld because Musk entered the terms of the decree “knowingly and willingly.”

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Husqvarna’s $1,020 Automower ditches gas and oil to automate yard care, more in New Green Deals


While you might already have a robot vacuum at home, it’s likely you’re still using a more traditional lawn mower still. However, that’s all about to change. Not only does ditch gas and oil in favor of a built-in rechargeable battery, but it also mows the yard for you.

Tesla shares begin to recover following $126bn loss from Musk Twitter deal


Tesla shares ( NASDAQ: TSLA ) slightly rebounded on Wednesday following a $126 billion loss after investors showed skepticism after CEO Elon Musk acquired social media platform Twitter earlier this week.

ZipCharge unveils the GoHub: A cheaper, more modular take on portable EV charging


Portable EV charging developer ZipCharge has announced its latest addition to EV infrastructure with the GoHub.

Ford reports first quarter earnings with $34.5bn revenue, net loss of $3.1bn from Rivian investment


Ford ( NYSE: F ) reported $34.5 billion in revenue through Q1 2022, with a net loss of $3.1 billion “primarily attributable to valuation of investment in Rivian.”

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Tesla Model 3 has been selected as new police vehicle by Dallas County


Dallas County has authorized the purchase of three Tesla Model 3 vehicles to be used by the local police. It’s the latest example of electric vehicles gaining popularity with law enforcement. more….

Tesla’s $2.6bn SolarCity acquisition lawsuit ruled in favor of Elon Musk


A lawsuit between Tesla Shareholders and Elon Musk ended on Wednesday with a Delaware court ruling in favor of CEO Elon Musk. Shareholders believed Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity in 2016 was a bailout of a company owned by two of Musk’s cousins, which was unfair to them.

Electric submarine manufacturer U-Boat Worx announces nine-passenger NEXUS series


All-electric submarine manufacturer U-Boat Worx has announced its latest series of submersibles called NEXUS, comprised of seven- and eight-person vessels (nine if some are children).

Tesla is making Australia’s largest Virtual Power Plant even bigger


Tesla has announced that it will be expanding its virtual power plant in Australia to New South Wales, southeast Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory with the Tesla Energy Plan. The update was announced on the company’s official LinkedIn page.

Elon Musk wins case over Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity – Judges says he was too involved but paid a fair price


A judge sided with Elon Musk in a court case brought by investors over Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity, which they claimed was pushed by Musk to bail out the solar installer.

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Tesla Giga Texas continues deliberate Model Y ramp, hints at upcoming delivery volumes


Tesla Gigafactory Texas may still be following a deliberate ramp, but work in the facility is still ongoing at a rapid pace.

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Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser review: Affordable & stylish 28 MPH electric bike for one or two riders!


It’s a bit ironic that California-based electric bike maker Ride1Up’s name is now antithetical to its newest model, the Cafe Cruiser. Riding two-up is generally motorcycle speak for carrying a passenger on back.

Tesla won’t be shipping cars from Shanghai to India: Transport Minister


Tesla will not be shipping its electric vehicles made at Gigafactory Shanghai in China to India, the country’s Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, reiterated during a government conference on Tuesday.

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The oldest shipyard in the US will build Vita’s new LION high performance electric boat


Vita, a manufacturer of performance electric boats and electrified marine powertrains, announced its flagship model, the LION, will be manufactured in Maine by Hodgdon Yachts – the oldest shipyard in the United States.

Polestar 2 gets a fresh design with sustainability and ethical sourcing in focus


Polestar announced today that its award-winning electric vehicle, the Polestar 2, is receiving sustainability and design updates to minimize climate impact and increase material sourcing transparency as ethical sourcing remains a primary focus of the Swedish automaker.

Polestar 2 gets upgrades to design, range, and sustainability thanks to blockchain technology


Polestar has announced a bunch of upgrades to the Polestar 2, including two new exterior colors, new wheels, and updates to its interior.

Twitter Will Merge With Elon Musk's "X Holdings" By Oct. 24, 2022


Musk also still owns "," and he hasn't publicly announced what he plans to use it for, so we'll have to wait and see