August, 2021

Embark to use NVIDIA DRIVE for Embark Universal Interface for the autonomous trucks

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Embark Trucks Inc., a developer of autonomous technology for the trucking industry, will use NVIDIA DRIVE autonomous vehicle compute platform solutions to power the Embark Universal Interface (EUI) and the Embark Driver software.

First hydrogen fuel-cell vessel: San Francisco ferry ready to go

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A hydrogen fuel-cell ferry is currently undergoing trials ahead of planned passenger operations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Owner Switch Maritime claims it will be the world's first commercial vessel powered solely by hydrogen fuel cells.


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Radical new electric bike drive system requires no chains or belts, entirely ride-by-wire


German company Schaeffler has just revealed an innovative new drive system for electric bicycles that eschews traditional bike chains and belts for an entirely electrical-driven system.

Tesla Model X Plaid spotted testing Dog Mode in the wild


A Tesla Model X Plaid was spotted in the wild, testing Dog Mode. Back at the Fremont Factory, Model X Plaid vehicles were seen running through the facility’s test track, hinting that Tesla might start ramping the production for its premium SUV soon.

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Liverpool City Region orders 20 ADL second-generation hydrogen buses

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Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc.

Chalmers team develops graphite-like anode for Na-ion batteries; Janus graphene

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Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a nanometric graphite-like anode for sodium ion (Na + storage), formed by stacked graphene sheets functionalized only on one side, termed Janus graphene. The estimated sodium storage up to C 6.9

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Octillion Power Systems moves US headquarters to Richmond, Calif.; Li-ion packs for transportation and stationary storage

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Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion batteries, has moved to a new US headquarters in Richmond, California. Earlier post.) The company’s North and South American operations will be based there.

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Electrify America to implement 34 DC fast charger facilities in SoCal for heavy-duty trucks


EV charging network Electrify America has announced a project with NFI Industries to support the latter’s fleet of 60 electric heavy-duty trucks with a charging infrastructure of 34 DC fast chargers.

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Tesla’s 4680 battery offensive in China hits the accelerator pedal


Tesla is looking to find more suppliers that will manufacture its 4680 battery cell in China, with reports that the automaker is already negotiating with several battery companies in the country, according to Chinese media outlets.

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Detroit Smart Parking Lab opens in September for real-world automated and EV charging testing

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The State of Michigan is teaming up with Ford, Bedrock and Bosch to launch the nation’s first-of-its-kind, real-world test site for emerging parking technology, called the Detroit Smart Parking Lab.

US Army awards Cummins $87M contract to deliver the opposed-piston Advanced Combat Engine

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Bluejay Mining in JV with Gates-backed KoBold Metals for EV-critical minerals in Greenland; developing Disko

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Bluejay Mining , an exploration and development company with projects in Greenland and Finland, announced a joint venture agreement with KoBold Metals , a mineral exploration company that uses machine learning to guide exploration for new deposits rich in the critical materials for electric vehicles.

US EV sales have been record-breaking so far in 2021, despite supply chain issues

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EV sales are surging, well above previous quarterly and yearly levels—both in California and in the U.S. as a whole. That information comes from the California-based EV advocacy organization Veloz, in its quarterly sales update released Thursday.

Tesla survey shows take rate for Full Self-Driving package is surprisingly low


A large survey of Tesla owners gives us probably the best idea of the take rate for the Full Self-Driving package. It’s an important metric for Tesla and it is surprisingly low. Or… is it?

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SpaceX’s second Super Heavy booster might land in Mechazilla’s arms


CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX could attempt to catch a Super Heavy booster out of mid-air with a tower-sized ‘Mechazilla’ robot as early as Starship’s second orbital launch attempt.

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DHL Express orders 12 all-electric cargo planes from Eviation

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DHL Express has ordered 12 all-electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation. Earlier post.) Eviation expects to deliver the Alice electric aircraft to DHL Express in 2024. Alice can be flown by a single pilot and will carry 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lbs).

Ford Performance selling Mach-E electric crate motor

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Ford Performance is offering the “ Eluminator Mac E Electric Motor ” as an electric crate engine, along with the dozens of combustion crate engines available. The Eluminator, which carries a price of $3,900, is from the 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT. Specs include: Peak power: 210 kW (281 hp).

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HIU researchers develop extremely high energy density lithium-metal cell with good stability

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Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), founded by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in cooperation with the University of Ulm, have developed a new lithium-metal battery that offers extremely high energy density of 560 Wh/kg—based on the total weight of the active materials—with remarkably good stability.

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Home solar and electric cars are converging, and it's about time

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Electric cars and home solar complement each other, and a new alliance between solar-energy provider SunPower and charging-equipment maker Wallbox aims to make the most of that.

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The mystery of a Tesla found destroyed on a frozen lake is solved, and it’s a wild story


The mystery of how a Tesla Model X was found burnt to almost nothing on a frozen lake in Vermont is now solved. It’s a wild story that involves over half a million dollars of fraud exploiting Tesla’s purchasing process.

Tesla Gigafactory Nevada’s solar panel installation is expanding further


Tesla’s Gigafactories in Texas, Berlin, and Shanghai may command the spotlight for the most part these days, but the company’s first Gigafactory in Nevada is still evolving in its own way.

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Study finds high-density, low-rise cities such as Paris may be optimal urban form for reducing life cycle GHG emissions

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A study by researchers at CU Boulder and Edinburgh Napier University finds that high-density, low-rise environments such as those found in Paris are the optimal urban form when looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over their whole life cycle.

Nuclear reactor components 3D printed by ORNL now installed at TVA Browns Ferry nuclear plant

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Four first-of-a-kind 3D-printed fuel assembly brackets, produced at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have been installed and are now under routine operating conditions at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 2 in Athens, Alabama.

California Fuel Cell Partnership envisions 70,000 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks supported by 200 hydrogen stations in-state by 2035

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The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) released a new foundational document for heavy-duty class 8 fuel cell electric trucks (FCETs), “ Fuel Cell Electric Trucks: A Vision for Freight Movement in California and Beyond ,” that envisions 70,000 trucks supported by 200 heavy-duty truck stations by 2035.

Towing with an EV: Are electric trailers the future?

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An electric trailer could solve the largest problem when towing with an electric vehicle: You might only go half the distance on a charge while towing. To compensate, EV shoppers who plan to tow beyond city limits need to opt for the largest possible battery pack.

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Gogoro named global leader in light electric vehicle battery swapping, passes 200 million swaps


While many people think of Gogoro as an electric scooter company, it’s perhaps more accurate to call Gogoro a battery-swapping network company that also happens to build fast and tech-savvy electric scooters.

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The Boring Company gets shot at exclusive negotiations for Las Olas Loop in Fort Lauderdale


The Boring Company (TBC) has a chance to start exclusive negotiations with Fort Lauderdale city officials for its proposed Las Olas Loop. . In July, Fort Lauderdale accepted The Boring Company’s Las Olas Loop proposal but gave other firms 45 days to submit competing bids.

SSAB produces first fossil-free steel and delivers it to Volvo Group; HYBRIT technology

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SSAB has now produced the world’s first fossil-free steel and delivered it to a customer. The trial delivery is an important step on the way to a completely fossil-free value chain for iron- and steelmaking and a milestone in the HYBRIT partnership between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall. Earlier post.).

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Sakuú starts 2.5 MWh/y pilot facility for solid-state batteries

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Sakuú Corporation, an additive manufacturing technology company, announced the start of its solid-state battery ( earlier post ) pilot line and learning center. Sakuú’s pilot line will have the capability to produce up to 2.5

ZeroAvia completes first high-power ground tests of new 600 kW hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrain for aviation

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After launching the development of its 600 kW hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for use in 19-seat aircraft late last year ( earlier post ), ZeroAvia has achieved its first major milestone for the HyFlyer II program.

Teardrop camper trailer fast-charges EVs with 75 kwh of extra batteries

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Camper manufacturer Colorado Teardrops this last week revealed a small-footprint teardrop-style camping trailer that’s configured to get over the hurdle of dramatically lower range while towing with an electric vehicle—by carrying extra batteries to recharge the EV along the way.

A note left on a Tesla Model 3 shows just how little people know about electric cars


A note that a “concerned resident” left on a Tesla Model 3 after unplugging it shows just how little people know about electric cars. more… The post A note left on a Tesla Model 3 shows just how little people know about electric cars appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla overtakes Volkwagen, Ford in Norway as Model Y dominates August EV sales


The Tesla Model Y has boosted Tesla’s presence and sales in Europe. Charts that track EV sales in Europe reveal that Tesla Model Y sales have already exceeded numbers from legacy automakers in Norway, including Volkswagen, Ford, and Audi.

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bp bolsters UK blue hydrogen plans by reaching agreements with more ?potential customers; 1GW blue hydrogen by 2030

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bp has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with a series of new ?potential potential customers for its proposed clean hydrogen production facility in Teesside in north-east ?England. England. In March, bp announced plans for a clean hydrogen facility in Teesside (H2Teesside) that would aim to ?produce

24 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses enter service in Darmstadt

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HEAG mobilo, a transport operator in Darmstadt, Germany, is planning to replace almost its entire bus fleet with vehicles that are 100% electrically driven in the next four years. As a step toward that goal, 24 fully-electric Mercedes-Benz city buses have officially begun operations.

Sion Power introducing 17 Ah, 810 Wh/L, 400 Wh/kg lithium-metal battery for EVs

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Lithium-metal rechargeable battery developer Sion Power will introduce its Licerion rechargeable battery for electric vehicles at The Battery Show North America in Novi, Michigan in September.

Confusion brews as retro-style EV startup Alpha Motor turns on the charm

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The electric vehicle startup Alpha Motor Corporation posted a video this week that showed the “launch” of its Alpha Wolf electric pickup concept.

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