Wed.Oct 13, 2021

2022 Audi A3 now on sale in US with standard 48V MHEV; 24% better combined fuel economy in A3 40 TFSI quattro

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The 2022 Audi A3 has started arriving in Audi dealerships across the US. The A3 features a standard 2.0-liter TFSI engine, generating a maximum 201 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.

Top versions of Lucid Air will be first in US with lidar, company claims

Green Car Reports

Lucid on Tuesday released more details on the driver-assist tech for its Air electric luxury sedan, which is scheduled to start deliveries later this month. The company is splitting its driver-assistance suite into two tiers—DreamDrive, and DreamDrive Pro.

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UMD, Army Researchers design new electrolyte enabling high energy density rechargeable Mg and Ca batteries

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Peat might lower cost of sodium-ion batteries for EVs, research suggests

Green Car Reports

An ingredient used to flavor whiskey and make fertilizer could soon play an important role in EV batteries, researcher at Estonia's Tartu University say.

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Air Liquide and Faurecia partner to develop on-board liquid hydrogen storage systems

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Air Liquide and Faurecia signed a joint development agreement to design and produce on-board liquid hydrogen storage systems for the automotive industry. Liquid hydrogen storage for fuel cell vehicles is well-suited for long-haul applications; with this technology, the amount of hydrogen stored is double that of gaseous hydrogen.

Tesla inks new nickel supply deal, inches closer to 4680 battery cell mass production

Teslarati

Tesla’s goal of mass-producing its 4680 battery cells recently took a significant step forward on Wednesday, when New Caledonian miner Prony Resources announced that the EV maker had agreed to purchase 42,000 tonnes of nickel in a multi-year deal.

FREYR forms JV with Koch to develop gigafactory in US; initial 50 GWh based on 24M SemiSolid tech

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Norway-based FREYR Battery has formed a 50:50 joint venture in the United States with Koch Strategic Platforms (KSP) to develop an initial 50 GWh of Gigafactory-scale battery cell manufacturing capacity in the US based on 24M Technologies (24M) SemiSolid platform technology ( earlier post ).

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Amprius Technologies awarded US Army contract to develop 100% silicon anode Li-ion batteries for UAS applications

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Amprius Technologies, a producer of 100% silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries ( earlier post ), announced a contract award with the US Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO).

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An electric school bus helps power grid in a first for this New England utility

Electrek

The utility company National Grid has leveraged an electric school bus to help meet peak demand for electricity for the first time, in Beverly, Massachusetts. The National Grid supplies electricity to Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

Zemo hydrogen well-to-wheel study highlights need for inclusion of life cycle energy & GHGs in net-zero plans

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A new study by the UK-based Zemo Partnership recommends that UK Government policy should increase its focus on the well-to-wheel (WTW) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and overall energy efficiency performance of new fuels for transport.

Tesla China’s new King: The Model Y overtakes Model 3 in September

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Tesla China has a new King EV, according to figures from the Chinese Passenger Car Association (CPCA).

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Italvolt selects ABB for FEED for 45 GWh gigafactory in Italy

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Italvolt Spa has selected ABB for Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) for its planned 45 GWh gigafactory in Italy. The two companies will also jointly explore how automation, electrification and digitalization solutions can fast-track production processes for battery manufacturing.

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6 ways electric car drivers can save money on home charging

Electrek

Do you plug your car in as soon as you get home from work at the end of the day? Raise your hand. (I I just asked my husband to raise his hand.) OK, we have to stop doing that, because it’s peak period – which means a higher electric bill.

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LG will reimburse GM for Bolt EV recall costs and expenses; $1.9B recovery

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General Motors has reached an agreement under which LG Electronics Inc. will reimburse GM for costs and expenses associated with the recall of Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs due to manufacturing defects in battery modules supplied by LG. Earlier post.). As a result of the agreement, GM will recognize an estimated recovery in its third-quarter earnings that will offset $1.9 billion of $2.0 billion in charges associated with the recalls.

Honda announces all new models will be electric after 2030… but only in China to start

Electrek

Honda has shared details of a comprehensive electrification strategy that includes two production vehicles and three concepts donning a new “e:N Series” electric branding. The Japanese automaker plans to introduce 10 Honda-brand EV models in the next five years, but only in China.

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Ballard to power Talgo fuel cell passenger train in trials ahead of planned 2023 launch

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Ballard Power Systems will supply eight of its 70 kW FCmove-HD fuel cell modules to Talgo S.A. —a leader in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of high-speed light-rail trains, headquartered in Madrid, Spain—for trials of its Talgo Vittal-One commuter and regional passenger train. Talgo plans to conduct its demonstration in early 2022 in Spain, with expected commercialization in 2023. Green hydrogen is no longer the future, it is a reality.

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Tesla’s move to Texas labeled ‘betrayal’ of California, a way to escape paying taxes

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Upon moving from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas, critics and fans of Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have mixed opinions about the move.

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Gevo and Axens ally on ethanol-to-jet technology and sustainable aviation fuel commercial project development

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Gevo and Axens North America have entered into an agreement that establishes a strategic alliance aimed at accelerating the commercialization of sustainable ethanol-to-jet (ETJ) projects in the United States. As part of the alliance, Axens brings technologies with more than 60 related patents; engineering packages; proprietary catalysts; and certain proprietary equipment required to convert ethanol into jet fuel. Axens would also provide process guarantees for commercial ETJ projects.

SpaceX schedules Falcon 9’s second West Coast Starlink launch

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A pair of notices to mariners (NTMs) published earlier this week reveal that SpaceX could conduct its second West Coast Starlink launch as early as Sunday, October 17th.

Tesla is under pressure from NHTSA over Full Self-Driving Beta NDA and ‘stealth recall’

Electrek

The NHTSA is upping the pressure on Tesla as the regulator asked for more information about the non-disclosure agreement it made Full Self-Driving Beta testers agree to. The government is also questioning Tesla about what it believes to be a potential “stealth recall” of Autopilot.

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Lucid lidar, BMW iX preview, Honda avatar bot, peat for batteries: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

The Lucid Air will likely be first with lidar. Honda is looking at robots and rockets. The BMW iX SUV marks the start of a new era for the brand’s electric vehicles. And could peat help make cheaper EV batteries? This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Tesla cofounder JB Straubel sends warning to automakers going all-electric: ‘Do the supply chain math’

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Volkswagen boss Diess warns a slow shift to EVs could leave 30,000 employees jobless

Teslarati

Volkswagen Auto Group CEO Herbert Diess met with a company supervisory board in September with a stern warning: a slow shift to electric vehicles from combustion engines could cost 30,000 company employees their jobs.

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EGEB: It gets real – Vineyard Wind orders its Haliade-X wind turbines

Electrek

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): The US’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm orders 62 13 MW wind turbines. NOAA launches a newly redesigned climate website. Clean energy sourcing is key to reaching climate goals, finds a new report.

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Honda is working on avatar robots and rockets—with a very different timeline than Tesla and SpaceX

Green Car Reports

Honda recently announced a host of new non-automotive projects, including some that parallel Tesla and SpaceX. In a press release, the automaker announced plans for an "avatar robot" that can be operated remotely by humans, as well as a small reusable rocket.

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First ride: Super73-ZX is an awesome electric moped with serious California vibes

Electrek

Super73’s reputation precedes itself , with the company known as much for its SoCal lifestyle image as its hot-selling electric moped-style bikes. I’ve ridden my fair share of Super73 e-bikes and I enjoyed every one of them so far.

Ford Mustang Mach-E sales are keeping pace in the US, but it could easily be better

Teslarati

At this point, there seems to be no doubt that Ford made a very decent electric vehicle in the Mustang Mach-E. Respected by veteran EV owners and critics alike, the Mach-E seems to have what it takes to eventually become a classic in the Blue Oval’s stable.

Quick Charge Podcast: October 13, 2021

Electrek

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. more… The post Quick Charge Podcast: October 13, 2021 appeared first on Electrek.

VW Admits That Tesla Is Pushing It To Speed Up Shift To EVs

InsideEVs

However, the carmaker denies CEO Herbert Diess told supervisory council that 30,000 jobs would be lost if EV transition took too long

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BLACK+DECKER’s $69 blower/vacuum makes leaf cleanup a breeze, more in New Green Deals

Electrek

Forget manually raking and bagging leaves this fall. BLACK+DECKER’s electric 3-in-1 yard tool allows you to blow, vacuum, and mulch leaves in your yard all without using any gas or oil.

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Genesis Wants To Become An EV Leader, Surpass Other OEMs

InsideEVs

With great products like the GV60, it has definitely started on the right foot

Tesla secures large supply of nickel from New Caledonia for battery production

Electrek

Tesla has signed a new supply agreement in order to secure a large amount of nickel from New Caledonia for battery production. more… The post Tesla secures large supply of nickel from New Caledonia for battery production appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla Co-Founder: OEMs "Haven't Done The Math Fully" On EV Switch

InsideEVs

JB Straubel believes legacy automakers are not necessarily realistic about going all-in on EVs

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How much is a Tesla lease? Everything you need to know

Electrek

So you’re thinking of getting a Tesla and wonder, “how much is a lease?” ” Smart choice. Have you considered the Tesla’s cheapest EV, the Model 3? Or perhaps you have the money to splurge on the Model S Plaid? What color? What added features?

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Rivian’s board of directors does not include Ford representatives anymore

Teslarati

There is no longer a Ford Motor Company representative on Rivian’s board of directors. However, Ford still seems to have a strong partnership with the company.

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More On Tesla's Unique 'Step Process' To Roll Out FSD Beta

InsideEVs

How will Tesla begin to roll out its full self-driving (FSD) capabilities to their vehicle fleet

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ABB & Lilium Team to Revolutionize Charging Infrastructure for Regional Air Travel

EV Obssesion

Today, ABB, one of companies behind Electrify America, announced plans to provide chargers for new electric aircrafts scheduled for commercial launch in Florida in 2024. The post ABB & Lilium Team to Revolutionize Charging Infrastructure for Regional Air Travel appeared first on EV Obsession.