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ANA and Joby to establish eVTOL ridesharing service in Japan; Toyota joining for ground integration

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ANA Holdings and Joby Aviation are forming a partnership that will see Japan’s largest airline join with Joby to bring aerial ridesharing services to Japan.

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Study suggests corn-based ethanol is worse for global warming than gasoline

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Corn-based ethanol is mixed with United States gasoline supplies to lower transportation-related emissions, but a new study suggests ethanol may be worse for the environment than straight gasoline.


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Polestar 5 to use new bespoke bonded aluminum platform

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Polestar, the Swedish premium electric performance car maker, has confirmed that the forthcoming Polestar 5 electric performance 4-door GT will feature a brand-new, bespoke, bonded aluminum platform developed in-house by Polestar’s UK R&D team.

Fisker $30,000 EV reservations, Bolt EV production restart, ethanol and CO2: Today’s Car News

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Bolt EV and EUV production is restarting soon. Fisker is taking money for its $30,000 U.S.-made made EV before it’s shown the model. And is ethanol better for global warming? This and more, here at Green Car Reports. A recent study funded in part by the U.S.

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Mercedes-AMG adding two EQE performance electric sedans to lineup

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Mercedes-AMG is adding two Mercedes-AMG all-electric performance sedans to its lineup, based on the Mercedes EQE: the Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC and EQE 53 4MATIC+. The vehicles are based on the electric-exclusive Mercedes architecture of the luxury and premium class (EVA2).

GM plans to restart Chevy Bolt EV production April 4, as recall battery replacements continue

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Production of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, which has been on pause for most of the past six months, will restart on April 4, General Motors confirmed Tuesday.

Ascend Elements and Koura introduce technology yielding 99.9% pure graphite from used Li-ion batteries

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Ascend Elements, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered materials company and Koura, an Orbia business and one of the world’s largest producers of fluoroproducts and technologies, launched a proprietary process technology yielding battery-grade graphite material from spent lithium-ion batteries.

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RIKEN, Dalian researchers enhance stability of cobalt oxide electrocatalyst for OER

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The production of hydrogen by water splitting via electrolysis relies on two reactions—the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). OER and HER suffer from sluggish reactions kinetics due to high overpotentials (a measure of kinetic energy barriers).

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Tesla App Store concept is so real you can almost touch it


We’ve heard for a while now that Tesla would be implementing an app store system to allow third parties to build functionality into the TeslaOS. Today we were tipped to an impressive rendering of what such an app store would look like, and it almost seems real.

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Wallbox’s Pulsar Plus home EV chargers now available for purchase at NAPA Auto Parts

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Wallbox, a leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions worldwide, announced a strategic partnership with NAPA Auto Parts, a premier retail auto parts reseller in the US.

The Boring Company starts registrations for its 2022-Not-a-Boring Competition


The Boring Company (TBC) recently announced the commencement of its 2022-2023 Not-a-Boring Competition. TBC invited teams to sign up and register for the upcoming competition via its Twitter account.

DOE issues two RFIs to move ahead with IIJA $9.5B clean hydrogen initiatives

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released two Requests for Information (RFI) to collect feedback from stakeholders to inform the implementation and design of Regional Hydrogen Hub and the Electrolysis and Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing and Recycling programs per the IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), representing a combined $9.5-billion inverstment.

VW CEO Diess disagrees with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, saying L3 autonomy requires Lidar (plus VW EV Pickup, summer OTA, and more)


In a wide-ranging AMA on Reddit today, VW CEO Herbert Diess provided answers to a ton of questions from the Reddit community, some of which were news to us. Importantly, he clarified Volkswagen’s position on Autonomy and ID.4

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Virgin Group and Agilyx form strategic partnership to produce lower carbon aviation fuel from plastic waste

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Virgin Group and chemical conversion technology company Agilyx ( earlier post ) are forming a strategic partnership to research and develop lower carbon fuel facilities to help address plastic pollution and the global transition to net zero. Virgin Group and Agilyx aim to reuse plastic waste to produce synthetic crude oil that will then be refined into a lower carbon fuel.

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Volkswagen ID.4 to get “major” OTA update with added features this Summer


Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess announced that the 2021 ID.4 would get a “major” over-the-air (OTA) update this Summer. The update will add features to the VW all-electric vehicle, including higher capacity onboard charge capability, Plug&Charge, and AutoHold.

State Farm and Ford team up to introduce usage-based insurance to new connected vehicle owners

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State Farm and Ford launched Drive Safe & Save Connected Car for customers with eligible connected Ford or Lincoln vehicles, to benefit from usage-based insurance (UBI). State Farm customers with eligible connected vehicles can opt into the State Farm UBI program, Drive Safe & Save , which adjusts premiums to an individual vehicle’s mileage and customer driving behavior.

Tesla Model 3 gets power tailgate retrofit in China [Video]


Tesla China’s customer support team announced the launch of its tailgate upgrade service for the Model 3. Tesla’s customer support team invited owners to book an appointment to get their power tailgate retrofit and experience it firsthand. .

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Aptera’s beta SEV beat a Tesla Model 3 and Audi R8 GT Spyder in a drag race


Solar EV startup Aptera Motors posted a video that puts the beta version of its upcoming SEV against an alpha version, a Tesla Model 3, and an Audi R8 GT Spyder in a desert drag race.

Ford files a patent for ‘Pet Mode,’ a spinoff of Tesla’s ‘Dog Mode’


Ford has filed a patent for its “Pet Mode,” a spinoff of Tesla’s revolutionary “Dog Mode” feature that created a safe interior vehicle environment for animals when a human is not present.

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Electric vehicle battery-swapping leader Gogoro to be listed on Nasdaq next month


The Taipei-based company Gogoro, widely seen as the world leader in swappable batteries for light electric vehicles , will be listed on the Nasdaq exchange by the end of this quarter.

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Chinese rocket mistaken for a SpaceX upper stage on a collision course with the Moon


Rocket debris that is expected to crash into Earth’s Moon next month appears to have been incorrectly identified as part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 after a minor media blitz that saw a range of outlets criticize the company for the nonissue.

Tesla (TSLA) secures lithium supply from upcoming mine in Australia


Tesla (TSLA) has signed a contract to secure lithium supply from an upcoming mine in Australia developed by Liontown. The critical material to battery production is expected to start flowing in 2024.

Tesla must commit to buying $500M of local parts in India before its tax cut request can be considered: report


Amidst what appears to be an ongoing stalemate between Tesla and India, reports have recently emerged suggesting that the country is willing to consider the EV maker’s request for import tax cuts.

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Watch the first flight of Candela’s upcoming C-8 flying electric boat ahead of full-scale production


Swedish electric boat manufacturer Candela is no stranger to taking flight in its hydrofoil electric boats. But today’s announcement marks new ground as the company’s upcoming Candela C-8 takes its maiden voyage before serial production begins later this year.

Opinion: GMC Hummer EV’s EPA documents reveal that it’s still a vehicle of consumption and excess


I have to admit, I was a bit surprised when GM announced that it would start its new Ultium battery-powered electric vehicle push with the GMC Hummer EV. It just felt a bit strange. I mean, a Bolt EV redesign is right there, and so is the Silverado EV.

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A Hawaiian macadamia nut farm gets solar and storage, achieving 100% renewable power


Hawaii-based Mauna Loa , one of the world’s major macadamia nut brands, just got a 1.2-megawatt solar farm and 500 kW battery storage system. The new solar and storage join existing clean energy sources at the facility, which means it’s now powered by 100% clean energy.

Tesla pushes early Model X Refresh orders back to July 2022


Tesla Model X Refresh orders that were placed in late 2020 and 2021 are being pushed back to July 2022.

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Videos from inside Tesla Gigafactory Texas leak and show production lines


Several Tesla employees and contractors at Tesla Gigafactory Texas posted videos on Snapchat from inside the factory – giving us a rare look at the production lines. more… The post Videos from inside Tesla Gigafactory Texas leak and show production lines appeared first on Electrek.

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Hertz invests in self-service EV rental app to make renting a Tesla even easier


Hertz announced that it has invested in a new self-service electric vehicle rental company known as UFODRIVE – a European company that offers the first all-digital, all-electric car rental service entirely controlled by a Smartphone App.

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Tesla is facing potential penalties in Korea for ‘overstating’ the range of its EVs – have they ever heard of ‘your mileage may vary’?


The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) announced that they are weighing potential penalties on Tesla for allegedly “overstating the range” of its electric vehicles. However, the reason for it is questionable, to say the least.

Ford launches Tesla-like insurance program with State Farm


Ford and State Farm launched a Tesla-like insurance program called Drive Safe & Save Connected Car. The insurance program is available for customers with certain connected Ford or Lincoln vehicles.

Ingenity ‘launches’ 23E all-electric day-boat at the Miami International Boat Show


The all-electric boat manufacturer Ingenity Electric unveiled its second model at the Discover Miami International Boat Show today. The luxury day-boat, known as the 23E, features Ingenity’s patent-pending modular “skateboard” design and joins the manufacturer’s sportier GS22E boat.

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Tesla gets pressure from NY Retirement Fund over DFEH’s systemic racism allegations


The New York State Common Retirement Fund is currently urging Texas-based electric vehicle maker Tesla to disclose how much the company spends on settling complaints related to sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

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Jaguar will use NVIDIA AI for self-driving in future vehicles starting 2025


Jaguar Land Rover is partnering with NVIDIA to use their DRIVE Hyperion 8 platform for future vehicles. NVIDIA’s system will power autonomous and driver assistance systems and will render visualization of the vehicle’s environment.

SpaceX preparing to assemble launch tower for Starship’s first Florida pad


SpaceX has slowly but surely begun the process of building Starship’s first Florida launch pad – including preparations for the off-site assembly of a second skyscraper-sized ‘launch tower.’ ’ This is not the first time.

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Home EV charging spend will exceed $16B globally by 2026, says study


The global spend on electric vehicle charging at home will exceed $16 billion in 2026, up from $3.4 billion in 2021, according to a new report by UK-based digital technology research firm Juniper Research.