January, 2022

Moscow deploys its 1,000th electric bus; targeting 2,200 by end of 2023

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Moscow has deployed its 1000 th electric bus. This electric bus has become the 400 th vehicle purchased with the funds from the green bonds.

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EVs are the least reliable vehicle type: Consumer Reports points to some problem areas

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In a reliability survey published last November, Consumer Reports named electric SUVs the least-reliable vehicle type. Now CR has followed that up with a report shedding light on specific problem areas.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk predicts upcoming decline in anti-EV fire reports


Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to dealing with negative publicity against electric cars. Having led Tesla since the days of the original Roadster, Musk knows how challenging it is to go against the narrative that EVs are dangerous, unreliable, and prone to catching fire.

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Tesla now operates the most productive car factory in the US


Tesla is now operating the most productive car factory in the US, according to a new report tracking all US auto factories. more… The post Tesla now operates the most productive car factory in the US appeared first on Electrek.

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GILLIG and RR.AI to partner on next generation automated vehicle technology for transit buses

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GILLIG and RR.AI, a developer of autonomous mobility solutions, have entered into a development agreement for next-generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle (AV) technology for GILLIG transit buses in North America. This partnership will combine RR.AI’s

China Yuchai launches China’s first operating hydrogen engine for commercial vehicles

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Researchers find annealing significantly reduces interface resistance in all-solid-state-batteries

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All-solid-state lithium batteries could address a number of the shortcomings of conventional lithium-ion batteries in advanced applications such as in electric vehicles, which demand high energy densities, fast charging, and long cycle lives.

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Tesla purchases its own track to make Giga Berlin employees’ commute easier


Tesla may not be allowed to operate Giga Berlin fully yet, but the company is not wasting any time in ensuring that its employees in the Grünheide complex can get to work as efficiently and conveniently as possible.

Panasonic is investing $700 million to produce Tesla 4680 battery cell by 2023


According to a new report, Panasonic is investing $700 million to produce Tesla’s 4680 battery cell at a factory in Japan by 2023. more… The post Panasonic is investing $700 million to produce Tesla 4680 battery cell by 2023 appeared first on Electrek.

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NIMS researchers report 500 Wh/kg+ Li-air battery

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Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and the NIMS-SoftBank Advanced Technologies Development Center have developed a lithium-air battery with an energy density of more than 500 Wh/kg—significantly higher than currently lithium ion batteries.

C4V introduces LiSER, a cobalt- and nickel-free Li-ion cell technology with 40-50% higher energy density, 5 x more power density than LFP

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Charge CCCV (C4V), a lithium ion battery technology company ( earlier post ), has introduced LiSER (Lithium Slim Energy Reserve), a novel cell technology platform.

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Battery Resourcers to open North America’s largest Li-ion battery recycling facility by August

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Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered materials company, plans to open a commercial-scale, lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Covington, Ga.

CATL rolls out one-minute EV battery swapping solution, entire business around it

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Battery swapping, once considered a solution that had been outmoded by the capability for faster road-trip charging, is back—with the world’s largest battery supplier CATL onboard and launching an entire business around it.

SpaceX targeting 52 Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy launches in 2022


Shortly before SpaceX was scheduled to launch an Italian Earth observation satellite, a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) revealed that the company aims to conduct as many as 52 launches this year.

Hybrid electric aircraft builder Electra secures series A funding from Lockheed Martin


The venture capital arm of the Lockheed Martin Corporation has invested in Electra, Inc.’s ’s Series A funding round last week, giving the company’s electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft concept a double injection of cash, and credibility.

Major companies with large fleets release new EV roadmap for car & truck manufacturers

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Members of the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance presented top vehicle manufacturers, including Volvo, GM, Daimler and Toyota, with a roadmap for developing the types of electric vehicles that companies plan to acquire in the US over the next five years.

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Parallel Systems raises $50M Series A to build autonomous battery-electric rail cars that move freight

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Parallel Systems, a company founded by former SpaceX engineers to reimagine the railroad system, has raised $49.55 million in Series A funds to build autonomous battery-electric rail vehicles that move freight.

Modeling study suggests 1.8M excess deaths attributable to urban air pollution in 2019

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A new modeling study led by researchers from George Washington Universit (GWU) finds that 86% of people living in cities worldwide (~2.5 billion people) are exposed to annual average levels of fine particulate matter exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline from 2005, leading to 1.8

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Here are all the EVs arriving in 2022

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This is going to be another big year of electric vehicle arrivals. 2021 was the arrival year for EV flagships. The GMC Hummer EV, Lucid Air, Mercedes-Benz EQS, and Tesla Model S Plaid all reflect the leading edge of new technology in some way.

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Tesla trifecta dominates JD Power’s 2022 EV Experience Ownership Study


Tesla’s rankings with JD Power’s previous Dependability Surveys have placed the California-based EV maker’s creations among the worst-ranked cars in the country, but in the agency’s 2022 US Electric Vehicle Experience Ownership Study, the Model 3, Model Y, and Model S ended up garnering the highest scores. .

Geely and Renault sign agreement to take on S. Korean car market, together


Chinese automotive giant and Volvo/Polestar parent company, Geely, has signed an agreement with the French Renault Group to launch a new collaboration intended to bring fuel-efficient hybrid electric cars to South Korea, as well as export sales into other Asian markets.

Goodyear develops 70% sustainable-material tire; NPT on delivery robots

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has released a demonstration tire with 70% sustainable-material content.

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Kia unveils next-generation Niro; hybrid first, PHEV and BEV to follow

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Kia has revealed the all-new next-generation Niro. Based on the third generation platform, the new Niro benefits from a larger body that realizes class-leading interior space and storage capacity.

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Toyota Motor Europe delivers 6 fuel cell modules for FCH2Rail project

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The FCH2RAIL project, already launched in January 2021, is developing emission-free bi-modal trains, which combine normal track use and emission-free rail travel without overhead lines.

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Study: Two-thirds of Americans don't want an EV yet, and half won't pay extra for electrified

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Most Americans still aren't ready to buy an EV, according to the Deloitte 2022 Global Automotive Study, which examines consumer perceptions of electrification and other technology movements in the auto industry.

Elon Musk posts sharpest response yet after Biden praises GM’s EV efforts again


Elon Musk has posted what could very well be his cheekiest response yet to US President Joe Biden. Musk’s sharp comments came after the US President’s official Twitter handle posted a video featuring GM CEO Mary Barra and the veteran automaker’s EV plans.

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Tesla aims for a few Model Y deliveries from Gigafactory Texas by the end of the quarter


Sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla aims to deliver a few Model Y vehicles from Gigafactory Texas by the end of the quarter. It would be an important milestone for the automaker and its new factory in Austin.

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Blue Biofuels achieves full conversion (99%+) of cellulosic material to sugars on repeatable basis

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Blue Biofuels, Inc. reports that it has achieved full conversion ( 99% + ) of king grass cellulosic material to water soluble sugars on a repeatable basis. This conversion occurs with a reaction time of less than one minute.

Embarer’s Eve eVTOL urban air mobility business going public via SPAC

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Eve UAM, the urban air mobility (UAM) business created by Embraer and established as an independent company in October 2020, has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Zanite Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company focused on the aviation sector.

EIA forecasts US fossil fuel production to reach new highs in 2023

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After declining in 2020, the combined production of US fossil fuels (including natural gas, crude oil, and coal) increased by 2% in 2021 to 77.14 quadrillion British thermal units.

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EV tech is the choice of politicians, not industry, claims European CEO: True for US?

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Ahead of a new strategic plan to be announced March 1, the CEO of Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge parent company Stellantis isn’t sounding at all bullish on electric vehicles.

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Joe Rogan gives the Tesla Cybertruck some praise: “Coolest car I’ve ever seen in my life”


Over two years since its initial unveiling and the Tesla Cybertruck remains as polarizing as ever. But while critics continue to argue that the vehicle is simply too “ugly” or “strange” to be successful, the Cybertruck is still attracting the interest of many.

GM threatens action against any dealerships attempting markups on upcoming EVs


General Motors is looking to nip the any dealership issues in the bud before its influx of EVs hit the market. In a recent letter to its dealerships, GM has warned against markups above MSRPs and reservation amounts, threatening to redirect vehicles away from offenders.

GM expanding into new commercial applications for its HYDROTEC fuel cell systems

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GM announced new commercial applications of its HYDROTEC fuel cell technology. HYDROTEC projects, which are currently in development, from heavy-duty trucks to aerospace and locomotives, are being planned for use beyond vehicles for power generation.

More than 300 customers have ordered 10,000 Ford E-Transit electric vans

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More than 300 customers have plced orders for a total of 10,000 E-Transit vans, according to Ford Pro, the global commercial and government business and brand within Ford.

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U Mich team develops 1,000-cycle lithium-sulfur battery

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A University of Michigan team has shown that a network of aramid nanofibers, recycled from Kevlar, can enable lithium-sulfur batteries to overcome their Achilles heel of cycle life, delivering an estimated 1,000 real-world cycles. A paper on their work is published in Nature Communications.

Vietnam's VinFast reveals EVs, plans factories in US and Germany

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Vietnamese automaker VinFast is growing its planned EV lineup to five models, and plans to open factories in the United States and Germany, alongside an existing factory in its home country. The automaker unveiled three new models at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week.