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BMW introduces electric 3 Series for Chinese market

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The BMW Group continues to broaden its portfolio of electrically powered vehicles with the addition of the fully electric BMW 3 Series, which will enter the Chinese market in May 2022.

Steeper fleet fuel economy standards finalized, will bring more hybrids and EVs sooner

Green Car Reports

On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized tougher fuel economy standards for vehicle fleets that will mean an adjusted, industry-wide average of about 49 mpg across new passenger vehicles and light trucks in 2026.


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Biden authorizes release of more than 180M barrels of oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve; 1M bpd for 6 months

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In an effort to address the rapidly increasing cost of gasoline, President Biden authorized the release of 1 million barrels of oil per day for the next six months—more than 180 million barrels—from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

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Automakers back EPA rules, amid opposition from 16 states and ethanol interests

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Major automakers are siding with the EPA in a court battle over tougher emissions standards, Reuters reported Wednesday.

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Nevada Governor signs multi-state medium- and heavy-duty ZEV MOU to accelerate transportation electrification in state

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing Nevada to work collaboratively to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks (big-rigs).

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CATL improves cell-to-pack tech, claims advantage over Tesla 4680 cells

Green Car Reports

Battery supplier CATL on Wednesday announced its third-generation cell-to-pack technology, claiming this new version produces more power than the latest Tesla battery tech.

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Aurora releases Aurora Driver Beta 2.0

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Aurora Innovation has launched Aurora Driver Beta 2.0, the second release of its integrated hardware and autonomy system. This release powers Aurora’s next-generation truck fleet and its recently unveiled Toyota Sienna test fleet.

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Hydrogen refueling station operator H2 MOBILITY Deutschland raises €110M

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Hydrogen refueling station operator H2 MOBILITY Deutschland closed a €110-million investment round. Hy24, the world’s largest clean hydrogen infrastructure investment platform, led the round with €70 million. Air Liquide, Daimler Truck, Hyundai, Linde, OMV, Shell, and TotalEnergies also contributed to the capital raise.

A switch to EVs like Tesla could save US public health system $1.2 trillion by 2050


A study from the American Lung Association has revealed something significant. If the United States fully embraces all-electric transportation and embraces clean energy solutions, the country could save over $1 trillion in public health benefits by 2050.

Manufacturers confirmed for the start of Gen3 era of ABB FIA Formula E world championship

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Seven of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers have registered with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to race the new Gen3 car which debuts in next season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The Gen3 race car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Yacht Club de Monaco on 28 April ahead of the Monaco E-Prix on 30 April. The manufacturers currently confirmed for the Gen3 era of Formula E are: DS Automobiles, France. Jaguar, United Kingdom.

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Tesla opens its ‘longest’ Supercharger station in the world


Tesla has opened its “longest Supercharger station in the world” through a growing partnership with a French supermarket company. There are larger, bigger Supercharger stations in the world, but apparently, there are none longer. more….

Biden authorizes Defense Production Act to spur mining for EV battery materials

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President Biden signed a directive authorizing the Defense Production Act for usage for the critical materials that go into large-capacity batteries. The President took this action under Title 3 of the DPA which provides for prioritizing and subsidizing the production domestically of key inputs that are critical to the national defense.

Mining expert commends Biden for invoking Act to surge domestic production of EV materials


Following Joe Biden’s invoking of the Defense Production Act yesterday, nickel expert Trent Mell is commending the President’s decision to surge the domestic production and sourcing of electric vehicle materials.

DOE awards $2.4M to 3 projects for next-generation grid energy storage

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The US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) recently awarded $2.4 million in funding for three projects to advance novel thermal and hydrogen energy storage technologies toward increased duration, reliability and affordability. The technologies will initially support transitioning of existing fossil assets to low carbon energy systems, with the long-term potential to support a fully decarbonized electricity grid by 2035.

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Nevada pledges to electrify all new trucks and buses by 2050


The governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak (D-NV), signed a multi-state agreement yesterday that pledges at least 30% of all new trucks and buses sold will be zero emission by 2030, and 100% will be zero emission by 2050. more….

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California HVIP reopens; $272M requested in first 24 hours

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California’s HVIP (Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project) re-opened to voucher requests at 10:00 a.m. Pacific 30 March 2022. Earlier post.) In the first 24 hours, a cumulative total of $272 million was requested across standard HVIP funds and the set-asides for drayage trucks, transit, and school buses. HVIP remains open for all voucher requests, including standard HVIP funds, and the set-asides for transit and school buses.

SpaceX set to launch 40 satellites on fourth dedicated rideshare mission


SpaceX says a Falcon 9 rocket is on track to launch its fourth dedicated rideshare mission no earlier than (NET) 12:24 pm EDT (16:24 UTC) on Friday, April 1st.

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Drone whips around Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory in new fast-paced video


In Tesla’s latest video, a drone tours the company’s latest Gigafactory in Berlin, Germany.

US Labor Sec: Elon Musk ‘not opposed’ to unionization ‘if workers were interested’


United States Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said during a recent conversation with Tesla frontman Elon Musk, the CEO reiterated he was not opposed to unionizing the electric automaker’s workforce if employees showed interest.

Siemens Gamesa is now producing 115-meter-long offshore wind turbine blades


Spanish-German wind giant Siemens Gamesa has started production of its first B115 blades at its facility in Aalborg, Denmark. The blades will be used on its SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine, which will have an output of 14 megawatts (MW) and a rotor diameter of 236 meters (774 feet). more….

Tesla Insurance Safety Score system now available for CA drivers, but they don’t affect premiums yet


A recent update from Tesla has indicated that the Safety Score system has now been enabled for Tesla Insurance customers in California.

GM delivered only 457 electric vehicles last quarter, but it assures us more are coming


GM released its Q1 2022 delivery results today and revealed that it only delivered 457 electric vehicles during the last quarter. The automaker assures us that more EVs are coming. more….

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With massive purchase of gasoline-fueled delivery fleet, USPS reaffirms commitment to “classic” technology

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New mail trucks to be equipped with 8-track tape players, rotary dial phones and manual hand-crank windows. Across the U.S., more and more companies are transitioning their fleets to modern electric vehicles.

Canada’s new 2035 gas car ban may not actually ban gas cars


Canada has unveiled a $9 billion “ 2030 emissions reduction plan ” with several provisions aimed at lowering the country’s emissions, including a plan to mandate 20% zero-emission new light-duty vehicle sales in 2026, rising to 60% by 2030 and 100% by 2035.

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Video Friday: Pompeii Spot

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

Drive Electric Earth Day runs all of April, with in-person outdoor events around the US


Plug in America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association are hosting their annual Drive Electric Earth Day event where advocates educate attendees about EV ownership.

US: Kia EV6 Sales Increased In March To Over 3,000


The company says that electrified vehicle sales grow at a rapid pace

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Mercedes-AMG shares pricing for new performance EQS model, the first AMG EV on EQ architecture


Mercedes-AMG will soon deliver the first performance versions of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS and has now shared pricing. With two new curated trims for the US market, the Mercedes-AMG EQS will be the first AMG electric vehicle to arrive on the Mercedes-EQ architecture. more….

Fisker Claims To Have 40,000 Reservations For Ocean Electric SUV


Despite inflationary and supply pressures, Fisker pledges not to raise prices through 2023 thanks to its "asset-light business model

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GM’s BrightDrop rebrands its electric delivery vehicles and carts with more cohesive names


General Motors’ commercial EV brand, BrightDrop, announced a rebranding of its entire ecosystem of electrified products, including delivery vehicles, storage carts, and software. The new nomenclature system falls more in line with parent company GM’s focus on “zero” branding. more….

5 Ways the Chip Shortage Is Rewiring Tech

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The global chip shortage’s effect on current products is clear in just about every consumer market in the developed world, reflected in half-empty car dealerships and shuttered manufacturing lines.

Podcast: another TSLA stock split, Tesla head of AI on sabbatical, Porsche 911 electric, and more


This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla announcing another TSLA stock split, Tesla’s head of AI going on sabbatical, Porsche 911 going electric, and more. more….

Rivian Says Ukraine War Is Causing Disruptions To Its Operations


Rivian mentioned the military conflict in Ukraine 13 times in its annual 10-K SEC filing

Cyrusher Kommoda full-suspension electric bike review: A fun, category-busting fat tire e-bike!


The Cyrusher Kommoda looks like the e-bike equivalent of someone who got dressed in the dark. It seems to be wearing a bit of every different type of e-bike on the market. Nothing really matches, but damn if this powerful e-bike doesn’t somehow pull it off in an awesome way! more….

Biden Sides With Tesla's Musk, Opens Oil Reserve, Boosts EV Batteries


As it turns out, we can eat our cake and have it too

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Tesla Insurance launches driver safety score in California but only for ‘educational purposes’


Tesla Insurance has enabled its controversial driver safety score, which tracks driving data in real time, in California, its biggest market, but it is only for “educational purposes” and won’t affect premiums… for now. more….

Another Used Rivian R1T Launch Edition For Sale, This Time $20K Cheaper


Would you drop $139,000 on a used Rivian R1T Launch Edition electric pickup truck