February, 2024

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2023 EV sales blew past 2022 levels every month of the year

Green Car Reports

EV sales not only increased in 2023 overall, but they were higher than 2022 levels for every month of the year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Car sales are seasonal, and they always have been, so there's no reason to expect that total vehicle sales or even EV sales broken out will go up every month. Yet that's exactly what DOE.

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Tesla Model Y secures 2024 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award despite tougher metrics

Teslarati

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has raised the bar for its 2024 top safety awards, requiring improved protection for rear-seat passengers and pedestrian safety features for 2024 models. Despite the agency’s stricter criteria, 71 vehicles earned either the TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards for 2024. Of the 71 vehicles that were selected , 22 managed to qualify for the IIHS’ highest safety designation, TOP SAFETY PICK+.

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Apple cancels Apple Car project after more than a decade

Electrek

Bloomberg reports that Apple has officially canceled its effort to build an electric car. The move was announced internally by Apple COO Jeff Williams and Kevin Lynch, who had been leading the Apple Car project since 2021. “Apple’s most senior executives finalized the decision in recent weeks,” the report says. The project had reached a “make-or-break point” inside Apple, with Tim Cook also facing pressure from shareholders to make a decision.

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“Corolla killer:” BYD launches $US15,000 EV in direct attack on legacy makers

The Driven EV News

BYD has launched its low cost sedan in China which industry observers are calling the Corolla Killer. The post “Corolla killer:” BYD launches $US15,000 EV in direct attack on legacy makers appeared first on The Driven.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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Plastics industry lied to consumers for decades about plastic recycling, says CCI report

Innovation News Network

Big oil and plastic producers have lied for over 30 years that plastic recycling is feasible, says a damning report from the CCI. The post Plastics industry lied to consumers for decades about plastic recycling, says CCI report appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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Heat Pumps Take on Cold Climates

Cars That Think

Twenty homes scattered across Canada and the northern United States are keeping warm this winter using prototypes of the latest iteration in residential heating systems: cold climate heat pumps. Heat pumps aren’t common in homes at this latitude, because historically they haven’t worked well in subzero temperatures. But heat pump manufacturers say they now have the technology to heat homes just as efficiently in bitter cold as they do in milder winter temperatures.

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Tesla Malaysia starts hiring ramp

Teslarati

Tesla Malaysia recently initiated a hiring ramp. It welcomed people to join its team by checking out the open roles in the country. Tesla Malaysia has 15 new job roles up for grabs. Most of the jobs are located in Cyberjaya. The company also has one open position each in Kuala Lumpur and Johor. Two jobs are located in Penang. The Majority of Tesla Malaysia’s new jobs are related to Sales & Customer Support, and Vehicle Service.

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Why electric bikes actually give more exercise than pedal bikes

Electrek

Believe it or not, electric bikes offer more exercise than pedal bikes on average. That fact might sound strange (and has been known to let the steam out of some fitness riders’ lycra outfits), but the science is clear. Now let’s talk about the “how” and “why”.

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CATL, BYD To Slash Battery Prices By 50% In 2024. BOOM! EVs Win!

CleanTechnica EVs

CATL says it will begin selling LFP battery cells in the VDA format at price less than $60 per kWh hour by the middle of this year. The post CATL, BYD To Slash Battery Prices By 50% In 2024. BOOM! EVs Win! appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Cairn Lodge Services unveils UK’s first hydrogen-powered EV charging station

Innovation News Network

The UK's first hydrogen-powered EV charging station is now open at Cairn Lodge Services in Lanarkshire. Find out more. The post Cairn Lodge Services unveils UK’s first hydrogen-powered EV charging station appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

Brief

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Profiteering Hampers U.S. Grid Expansion

Cars That Think

The United States is not building enough transmission lines to connect regional power networks. The deficit is driving up electricity prices, reducing grid reliability, and hobbling renewable energy deployment. At the heart of the problem are utility companies that refuse to pursue interregional transmission projects, and sometimes even impede them, because new projects threaten their profits and disrupt their industry alliances.

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Electric vehicles will crush fossil cars on price as lithium and battery prices fall

The Driven EV News

Fossil car makers are in for a rude surprise as EVs accelerate toward price parity, as new research points to significant falls in the cost of raw materials. The post Electric vehicles will crush fossil cars on price as lithium and battery prices fall appeared first on The Driven.

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IF Metall’s Tesla Sweden strike leads to 20 workers losing jobs

Teslarati

IF Metall’s sympathy strikes against Tesla, Sweden forges ahead. Recently, the Swedish union’s sympathy strikes have led to 20 employees losing their jobs. In November 2023, IF Metall set its sights on Tesla Giga Berlin with the goal to stop the factory’s vehicle production. The Swedish union turned to aluminum supplier Hydro Extrusions in Vetlanda to achieve its objective.

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BYD is launching its cheapest EV in South America, starting at $20,000

Electrek

Chinese EV leader BYD is launching its cheapest electric car, the Seagull, in South America. The BYD Seagull will go by the Dolphin Mini overseas and will start at $20,100 (99,800 BRL).

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

Oil

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January 2024 Breaks Global EV Sales Record: Take That, Haters

CleanTechnica EVs

Despite some recent doom and gloom headlines, EV sales continue to break records and the railway electrification code is beginning to crack. The post January 2024 Breaks Global EV Sales Record: Take That, Haters appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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The Apple Car Is Finally Dead, Shrouded In Mystery Until The End: Report

InsideEVs

After a decade and a reported $1 billion spent annually, Apple's infamous "Project Titan" couldn't survive the tech layoff apocalypse.

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100 Years Ago, IBM Was Born

Cars That Think

Happy birthday, IBM! You’re 100 years old! Or are you? It’s true that the businesses that formed IBM began in the late 1800s. But it’s also true that a birth occurred in February 1924, with the renaming of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. as the International Business Machines Corp. And a hundred years after that event, it serves as an important reminder that the world of computing and IT that IBM played a pivotal role in building has a longer history than we are likely to think.

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Closing down sale! Toyota offers $US40,000 discount on hydrogen powered vehicles

The Driven EV News

Going, going, gone! Toyota offers massive discounts on its hydrogen powered cars as Shell closes all hydrogen fuelling stations. The post Closing down sale! Toyota offers $US40,000 discount on hydrogen powered vehicles appeared first on The Driven.

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Tesla shares more footage of Optimus walking improvements

Teslarati

Tesla has shared its latest clip of the Optimus humanoid robot, once again showing off how smoothly the bot is able to walk around. On Saturday, Tesla’s Optimus account on X shared footage of the humanoid robot walking around one of its testing facilities, featuring the caption “Getting my daily steps in.” The robot appears to be a newer, or at least more complete, build than a similar video shared a few weeks ago, depicting the robot as it smoothly strides around the area.

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Hyundai says its first EV plant will open this year to gain the $7,500 tax credit

Electrek

The first Hyundai plant dedicated to building EVs and batteries in the US will be open as soon as this October. According to Hyundai Motor America CEO Jose Munoz, the brand is “pulling ahead” to gain eligibility for the $7,500 EV tax credit.

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Carmakers Failing to Deliver Affordable Electric Cars, Holding Back EV Adoption — Analysis

CleanTechnica EVs

Only 17% of electric cars sold are in the more affordable “B” segment — compared to 37% of new combustion. [continued] The post Carmakers Failing to Deliver Affordable Electric Cars, Holding Back EV Adoption — Analysis appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Ford's NACS Fast Charging Adapter Now Available As Tesla Charging Network Opens

InsideEVs

Ford EV owners can order their complimentary Tesla NACS to CCS adapters starting today, just as Supercharger access opens up to them.

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What It’s Like to Eat a Robot

Cars That Think

Odorigui is a type of Japanese cuisine in which people consume live seafood while it’s still moving, making movement part of the experience. You may have some feelings about this (I definitely do), but from a research perspective, getting into what those feelings are and what they mean isn’t really practical. To do so in a controlled way would be both morally and technically complicated, which is why Japanese researchers have started developing robots that can be eaten as they move , wriggling a

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Australian EVs could earn $12,000 in a single year with vehicle-to-grid tech

The Driven EV News

ARENA study on vehicle-to-grid technology reveals some astonishing financial benefits that could rapidly accelerate the rollout of the technology. The post Australian EVs could earn $12,000 in a single year with vehicle-to-grid tech appeared first on The Driven.

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Tesla Giga Berlin proposed expansion divides residents, but sees youth support

Teslarati

Tesla Giga Berlin is already a prominent feature in Grünheide, a town of 9,000 people near Berlin, Germany. But even if the facility is already an expansive industrial complex, Giga Berlin is still nowhere near complete. Tesla has every intention to expand the facility, but before the company is permitted to grow the plant, the project would have to be approved first.

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BYD secures license deal with Ford and GM supplier to use its LFP battery packs for EVs

Electrek

Leading global EV maker BYD is making big moves to stay on top of the market. Its latest deal gives Ford and GM supplier BorgWarner rights to its BYD Blade battery packs.

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EVs At 93.9% Share In Norway – Record High

CleanTechnica EVs

January saw plugin EVs at 93.9% share in Norway, a new record high. All non-BEV powertrains faced higher taxes from. [continued] The post EVs At 93.9% Share In Norway – Record High appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Ford's Developing A Cheap EV Platform To Fend Off Tesla And Chinese EVs

InsideEVs

A small "skunkworks" team within Ford has been working on a low-cost EV platform for two years, Ford CEO Jim Farley said on Tuesday.

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A Peek at Intel’s Future Foundry Tech

Cars That Think

In an exclusive interview ahead of an invite-only event today in San Jose, Intel outlined new chip technologies it will offer its foundry customers by sharing a glimpse into its future data-center processors. The advances include more dense logic and a 16-fold increase in the connectivity within 3D-stacked chips, and they will be among the first top-end technologies the company has ever shared with chip architects from other companies.

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BMW i3 Owner Quoted Over $70,000 for New Battery

The Truth About Cars

Last year, the owner of a 2015 BMW i3 REx was reportedly quoted over $71,000 to have a new battery pack installed. For reference, that particular model would have retailed somewhere around $50,000 brand new. While we’ve seen some staggering high prices being entertained for EVs in need of a new battery pack this has to be one of more egregious examples on record.

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‘Stop looking FSD and Tesla,’ says Ford CEO

Teslarati

Ford CEO Jim Farley threw the gauntlet at Tesla and its Full Self-Driving autonomous driving system. Farley is confident that Ford Pro is the future. “If you’re looking for the future of the automotive industry, stop looking at FSD and Tesla. Look at Ford Pro. It’s got half a million subscribers with 50% gross margin,” said Farley on Thursday during the Wolfe Research conference.

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It begins: Ethiopia set to become first country to ban internal combustion cars

Electrek

Ethiopia spent nearly $6 billion to import fossil fuels last year — with more than half of that spending going to fuel vehicles. In response, Ethiopia’s Transport and Logistics Ministries have announced that automobiles cannot enter Ethiopia, unless they are electric. (!

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The US Added 1.2 Million EVs To The Grid Last Year, & Electricity Use Went Down

CleanTechnica EVs

2023 set another record for EV sales in the United States. About 1.2 million vehicles, or 7.6% of all sales, [continued] The post The US Added 1.2 Million EVs To The Grid Last Year, & Electricity Use Went Down appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Mercedes-Benz Delays Its EV Plans, Will Keep Making Combustion Engines

InsideEVs

The company initially planned to be all-EV by 2030, but it said today that EVs will make up 50% of its sales by the end of the decade.

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