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Mercedes-Benz begins delivering eCitaro electric buses with second-generation Li-ion batteries

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Mercedes-Benz is switching to a more powerful generation of lithium-ion batteries in its electric buses ( earlier post ). The first eCitaro G articulated buses have now been delivered to Hanover’s transport operator, ÜSTRA.

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Report: With EV1, GM sparked the era of the electric car but didn't follow through

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With Earth Day approaching, it's worth remembering the first modern dedicated electric car from a major automaker—the General Motors EV1.

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Niobium-based battery start-up Nyobolt opens US office

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UK-based Nyobolt , the developer of ultra-fast charging niobium-based battery technology, has expanded its global footprint with the opening of its first US office.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq starts at $59,990, guides GM down all-electric path

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On Wednesday Cadillac gave a first look at the production version of its first fully electric vehicle, the Lyriq. Starting at $59,990 it’s not significantly more than what the price tag might be for a gasoline model sized, styled, and equipped like the Lyriq.

OXIS Energy to supply solid-state Li-S batteries for trials and testing by this fall; 600 Wh/kg and 900 Wh/L by 2026

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Tesla is only bundling solar products and Powerwall together going forward


Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to bundle its solar products, solar roofs and solar panels, with its Powerwall home battery pack going forward. You are not going to be able to buy one without the other starting next week.

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Factorial Energy emerges from stealth with 40 Ah solid-state battery cell for EVs

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Factorial Energy , a start-up solid-state battery technology company, emerged from stealth mode with a 40Ah solid-state battery cell for electric vehicles (EVs) and other applications. Factorial also announced the appointment of senior industry leaders with deep technical and automotive experience to its leadership team. Factorial Energy is naming Joe Taylor as Executive Chairman.

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LG Chem accelerating push into carbon nanotubes market for battery materials and more

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LG Chem has launched the largest carbon nanotube (CNT) manufacturing plant in Korea. The company is actively targeting the rapidly growing CNT market, widely used as the material for cathodes in electric vehicle batteries.

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Tesla’s Solar Roof and Solar Panels to be sold exclusively with Powerwall batteries


In recent comments on Twitter, Elon Musk announced that Tesla’s Solar Roof and traditional solar panels would now be sold only as an integrated product with the Powerwall, the company’s popular residential battery system.

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Rio Tinto Alma smelter site for first commercial demo of ELYSIS GHG-free aluminum smelting technology

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ELYSIS has selected the Alma smelter, operated by Rio Tinto in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec, for the first installation and demonstration of its inert anode technology at a commercial size of 450 kiloamperes (kA)—a common capacity for modern, full-scale smelters.

Tesla Model Y outsells Model 3 in California once again


The Model Y crossover was once again Tesla’s most popular vehicle in its home state of California, outdueling its sibling Model 3 sedan by over 4,000 units through the first quarter of 2021, new data shows. Interestingly, this is not the first time this has happened.

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U-M launches $2M effort to make recyclable lightweight automotive sheet metals

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A new $2-million project at the University of Michigan aims to develop easier and more cost-effective ways to make recyclable lightweight automotive sheet metals.

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12 US governors ask Biden for all new vehicle sales to be 100% zero-emission by 2045


Twelve US governors today issued a letter asking President Joe Biden to put the US on a path to 100% new zero-emission vehicle (ZEVs) sales. Specifically, they asked that all new cars and light-duty trucks are ZEVs by 2035 and new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are ZEVs by 2045.

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SVOLT Energy Technology first to scale production of safer Li-ion cells using Soteria technology

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SVOLT Energy Technology, a global advanced technology company and spin-off of Chinese automobile manufacturer Great Wall Motors, is the first to begin commercialization of lithium-ion batteries (LIB) utilizing metallic thin-film separator technology from Soteria Battery Innovation Group (BIG).

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Daimler unveils new ‘first of its kind’ electric truck charging station


Daimler and Portland General Electric (PGE) have unveiled today a new ‘first of its kind’ electric truck charging station in Portland, Oregon. more… The post Daimler unveils new ‘first of its kind’ electric truck charging station appeared first on Electrek. Electrek

Sionic Energy, formerly NOHMs, launches to commercialize next-generation silicon-anode Li-ion battery cells

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Porsche Taycan sales surge as the electric vehicle becomes one of the brand’s most important cars


The Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric car, is quickly becoming one of the brand’s most important vehicles as sales could now reach the previously predicted 40,000-unit mark this year.

Love’s and Cargill joint venture to produce and market renewable diesel; ~80M gallons per year

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The Love’s Family of Companies, Cargill and their affiliates have entered into a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market renewable diesel. The joint venture is called Heartwell Renewables and will result in the construction of a new production plant and more than 50 jobs in Hastings, Nebraska. The plant will have the ability to produce approximately 80 million gallons annually of renewable diesel.

Proposed 30% US tax credit for e-bike purchases gains support in Congress


Americans are getting closer to a federal tax credit for electric bicycles, a proposal that could be similar in concept to the electric car and motorcycle tax incentives already on the books.

US military wants SpaceX to create a miniature, battery-powered Starlink dish


The US Department of Defense wants to find out if SpaceX can make a miniature, wireless version of the antennas currently used to connect to Starlink satellite internet.

Solectrac donates electric tractor to Jack Johnson’s nonprofit in Hawaii


Electric tractor manufacturer Solectrac announced it has delivered its first Compact Electric Tractor (CET) in Oahu, Hawaii. The fully-electric tractor was donated to the K?kua kua Hawai?i

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Tesla’s family of vehicles sighted in Laguna Seca in potential Model S Plaid attempt


Several units of the Tesla Model S refresh, together with the rest of the EV maker’s family of vehicles, were recently sighted at the Laguna Seca Raceway.

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Battery-swapping Gogoro announces partnership with world’s largest motorcycle builder


Gogoro leads the world with the largest battery swapping network for electric vehicles. And now the electric scooter manufacturer is announcing a landmark partnership with the largest motorcycle builder in the world, Hero MotoCorp, to fast track the transition to electric two-wheelers.

President Biden’s climate plan, potential EV updates expected to be announced Thursday


President Joe Biden is expected to pledge to halve the United States’ emission of greenhouse gases by 2030 on Thursday. Biden, along with 40 world leaders at a virtual summit, will discuss the potential plans to reduce greenhouse gases by at least half through several different methods.

EGEB: Thailand builds a huge floating hydro-solar farm


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Thailand is building one of the world’s largest floating hydro-solar farms. Hershey signs two solar PPAs in journey to cutting emissions by 50% by 2030.

SpaceX Starlink competitor OneWeb misled the FCC, media with false “near-miss” narrative


In the latest trials and tribulations of a SpaceX Starlink competitor that went bankrupt after spending $3 billion to launch just 74 small internet satellites, it appears that OneWeb knowingly misled both media and US regulators over a claimed “near-miss” with a Starlink satellite.

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Tesla (TSLA) acting general council leaves for Lidar startup


Tesla’s acting general council, Alan Prescott, has left for Lidar startup Luminar. The automaker has gone through four general councils in about three years. more… The post Tesla (TSLA) acting general council leaves for Lidar startup appeared first on Electrek. Electrek

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Volkswagen ID.4 wins 2021’s World Car of the Year


Volkswagen has captured its first World Car of the Year award since 2013 when its popular Golf took the award back home to Germany.


GM unveils production version of Cadillac Lyriq electric vehicle with 300 miles of range


GM has unveiled today the production version of Cadillac Lyriq, the first GM vehicle with the Ultium battery tehnology. The vehicle retained the eye-catching design of the original prototype and comes with more than decent specs.

Tesla India hires executives to lead the charge as more legacy automakers join the fray


Tesla has hired three executives to handle several key aspects of the company’s branch in India. Tesla India could help the country grow even further as an automaker and establish an even more prominent global presence.

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FIA Electric GT new tech regulations include lightning-fast 700kW charging


Think your Tesla Model 3 is charging fast at 250kW? The FIA’s GT series would like to have a word with you. The international motorsport body today introduced the specs of its GT race series that includes a crazy-fast but also crazy-necessary charging rate of 700kW(!!)…

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Tesla Design Center for new cars in Berlin potentially in line for state subsidies


If Tesla does end up designing a vehicle in Germany, the EV maker could count on the state for some notable subsidies.

A Dozen More States Virtue Signaling Over Vehicle Bans

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Having noticed that Washington got a bit of publicity for vowing to ban all vehicles reliant on internal combustion after 2030, a dozen other American states decided it would be a good idea to reaffirm their own religious-like commitment to the environment by saying they too will be restricting your choice of automobiles by 2035. […].

Tesla protest seemingly helps drive foot traffic to EV maker’s booth at Shanghai Auto Show


A day after a protest against Tesla in China that was covered by international media outlets, the EV maker’s booth at the Shanghai International Auto Show remained popular, with numerous visitors checking out the company’s all-electric vehicles.

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Forthcoming flying car can charge like a Tesla, fly like a bird


As a result of drone technology, the world of aviation is rapidly changing. Multiple companies are working on eVTOL aircraft that will, in a few years, whisk you over congested urban centers or to nearby cities without the hassle of that full airport experience.

Tesla May Produce 1 Million Cars In 2021, Supply Orders Reveal


It seems the automaker may have an unofficial goal of hitting the 1-million milestone

Tesla loses VP of Legal to LiDAR startup Luminar


Tesla’s longtime Vice President of Legal and Acting General Counsel, Al Prescott, has joined LiDAR startup Luminar. Prescott announced the move earlier today after being with Tesla for just under four years.

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