September, 2021

Lotus reveals new lightweight chassis technology for new family of EVs

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Just weeks after Lotus confirmed it will be launching a new family of EV performance cars, it has revealed the new lightweight chassis technology that will underpin the electric sports car in the range.

Ford commits $11.4B toward US electric truck factory, three battery plants

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Ford on Monday announced its largest single manufacturing investment ever—$11.4 billion, which will include the creation of nearly 11,000 new jobs at two mammoth manufacturing complexes in Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Tesla Model X refresh spotted anew in Fremont Factory

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Tesla Model X refresh units were recently spotted in the Fremont factory’s delivery yard on Wednesday, September 29. The sighting hints that full-scale Model X Plaid and Long Range production may start this quarter.

Tesla produces 1 millionth battery pack at Gigafactory Nevada

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Tesla employees have confirmed that the company has produced its 1 millionth battery pack at Gigafactory Nevada. more… The post Tesla produces 1 millionth battery pack at Gigafactory Nevada appeared first on Electrek.

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BYD unveils two electric trucks

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BYD unveiled two battery-electric heavy-duty trucks, the Gen3 8TT and 6F. Unveiled at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, Calif., the Gen 3 8TT and 6F feature cabs styled by Wolfgang Josef Egger, the former Audi chief designer. The stylish cabs offer improved aerodynamics and energy efficiency.

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Lucid Air EPA-rated at 520 miles of range

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Lucid Group announced that the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range has received an official EPA rating of 520 miles of range. It is the longest-range electric vehicle ever rated by the EPA, delivering at least 100+ miles of additional range over its closest competitor.

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CARB: CA’s 100-station hydrogen refueling station target could be met by end of 2023

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released the 2021 issue of its Annual Evaluation of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment and Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development , pursuant to the requirements of Assembly Bill 8 (2013). This report is the eighth annual publication.

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Tesla Gigafactory Nevada employees celebrate 1,000,000th battery pack built at plant

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Tesla Gigafactory Nevada employees have built the 1,000,000th battery pack produced at the plant.

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Rolls-Royce unveils first electric car, Spectre, and will go all-electric by 2030

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Rolls-Royce announced today that its first electric car is going to be called “Spectre,” and it’s unveiled the first prototype. The automaker also confirmed that it is going all-electric by 2030.

KAMAZ presents its first hydrogen bus

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KAMAZ has presented the KAMAZ-6290 hydrogen fuel cell bus at the COMTRANS-2021 international exhibition in Moscow. There is still a lot of work to be done. In 2022, we intend to test a prototype KAMAZ hydrogen fuel cell bus in the streets of Moscow, in the environment of actual operation.

Austin’s Capital Metro to buy 26 Proterra electric buses, with option for 126 more

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Capital Metro in Austin, Texas has approved a plan to purchase 26 40-foot Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses, featuring a total of more than 17 megawatt hours of battery storage capacity.

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Lyten introduces next generation Lithium-Sulfur battery for EVs; 3X energy density of Li-ion

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Lyten , an advanced materials company, introduced its LytCell EV lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery platform. The technology is optimized for the electric vehicle market and is designed to deliver three times (3X) the gravimetric energy density of conventional lithium-ion batteries.

Buying a Polestar is as easy as a Tesla, but with real customer service

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Buying a Polestar has been billed by the automaker as simple as a few clicks on a smartphone. How very Tesla like. In reality, there are some slight growing pains as the new EV brand takes advantage of its relationship with an established automaker, Volvo.

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SpaceX’s orbital Starship prototype gets frosty during first successful ‘cryoproof’

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For the first time, SpaceX has put the first orbital-class Starship – a prototype known as Ship 20 (S20) – through a routine cryogenic proof test, filling the rocket with several hundred tons of liquid nitrogen to simulate its explosive propellant.

Elon Musk calls out Biden for ‘being controlled by unions’ after Tesla is snubbed at ‘EV summit’

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Elon Musk called out President Joe Biden for “being controlled by unions” after Tesla was snubbed at a meeting about electric vehicles at the White House.

Argonne white paper outlines battery and R&D requirements for electric aviation

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A new white paper published by the Argonne National Laboratory Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) outlines a clear set of battery requirements and research and development needs to accelerate the commercialization of electric propulsion for aviation—from air taxis in the near term to 737 class aircraft in the long term.

ElectraMeccanica to begin customer deliveries of three-wheeled SOLO EV

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ElectraMeccanica Vehicles will begin customer deliveries of its single-occupant, three-wheeled, electric vehicle, the SOLO.

Wrightbus unveils two new single-deck fuel-cell- and battery-electric buses

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Wrightbus unveiled the new new single-deck GB Kite Hydroliner fuel-cell-powered bus and single-deck GB Kite Electroliner battery-powered bus last week at the Millbrook Proving Ground.

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Affordable, all-electric: The 5 lowest-priced new EVs in the US

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Falling battery costs will soon help make EVs cheaper than combustion models—not just in overall ownership costs, but in up-front sticker price.

Tesla batteries switched on at world’s largest solar farm in the Middle East

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A Tesla battery system comprised of Powerpack units was successfully switched on at the 1GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, one of the world’s biggest renewable energy projects. The Tesla Powerpacks were switched on by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

The British have a gas shortage, so they’re Googling electric cars like crazy [Update]

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Analysis of Google search data revealed that online searches for electric cars in the UK exploded 1,600% on September 24 – the day that gas shortages became a widespread problem across the country.

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WHO issues new, lower Global Air Quality Guidelines for classical pollutants

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New WHO has issued new Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) that reduce levels of key air pollutants, some of which also contribute to climate change. Since WHO’s last 2005 global update, there has been a marked increase of evidence that shows how air pollution affects different aspects of health.

MAHLE Powertrain and Bramble Energy launch Phase 1 PCBFC demonstrator vehicle; range-extended EV

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MAHLE Powertrain and Bramble Energy have agreed to continue their collaboration to develop Bramble’s Printed Circuit Board Fuel Cell (PCBFC) hydrogen fuel cell technology. Earlier post.) The phase 1 demonstrator vehicle was launched at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle show.

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Jeep introduces first PHEV Grand Cherokee: 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe with 25 miles AER

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The Jeep brand has introduced the fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, including the first available plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe. The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in Jeep dealerships in North America in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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California projects 100 retail hydrogen stations by the end of 2023

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) predicts continued slow expansion of hydrogen infrastructure in the state. It recently issued a report projecting 100 retail hydrogen stations in operation in the state by the end of 2023.

Tesla begins hiring spree at new MegaFactory in Lathrop, California

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Upon the announcement of Tesla building a new dedicated production facility for its massive Megapack energy storage product, the company is now launching a massive hiring spree at the plant, which is located in Lathrop, California.

The British have a gas shortage, so they’re Googling electric cars like crazy

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Analysis of Google search data revealed that online searches for electric cars in the UK exploded 1,600% on September 24 – the day that gas shortages became a widespread problem across the country.

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Ford submits all-electric police pilot vehicle for Michigan State Police testing

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As part of its more than $30-billion investment in electrification through 2025, Ford is exploring all-electric, purpose-built law enforcement vehicles.

Barcelona adds 24 more Solaris electric buses

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Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), the public transport operator for the Barcelona metropolitan area has ordered 24 Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses, which will arrive by the end of 2022. The value of the contract, concluded as a result of a tender, stands at more than €12 million.

Sandia team uses computational approaches to develop high-entropy alloys with attractive hydrogen storage properties rapidly

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Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and international collaborators used computational approaches, including explainable machine learning models, to elucidate new high-entropy alloys with attractive hydrogen storage properties and direct laboratory synthesis and validation.

Toyota to slash EV costs by half, target just 10 percent range degradation in 10 years

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Toyota on Tuesday outlined a battery-development push aimed at slashing costs and increasing battery lifespan. The automaker plans to spend $13.5

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Tesla Giga Berlin gets 17th early approval as facility sprints towards final permit

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Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin in Grünheide has received yet another early approval. Granted by the State Office for the Environment (LfU), the new early approval would allow the company to construct tanks for antifreeze and windscreen washer fluid, among others.

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Tesla launches a $10,000 monthly lottery to encourage workers to get COVID-19 vaccines

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Tesla told employees that it is launching a new lottery to encourage workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. There are several prizes to win, including a new $10,000 prize every month until the end of the year.

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Wright testing 2 MW aviation-grade motor for transport-category zero-emissions aircraft

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Wright Electric has begun testing its 2 MW (~2,700 horsepower) motor for electric and hydrogen aircraft. Earlier post.) It’s the largest propulsive aerospace motor in existence to the company’s knowledge—about 2x larger than other propulsive motors in testing.

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Mobileye unveils electric AV to be used in driverless ride-hailing services

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Mobileye, an Intel company, unveiled the 6-passenger, road-ready electric autonomous vehicle (AV) that will be used for commercial driverless ride-hailing services in Tel Aviv and Munich starting in 2022.

Honda and Cruise to start testing program in September toward launch of autonomous vehicle mobility service business in Japan

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Honda will start a testing program for autonomous vehicles in September 2021, taking a step toward an autonomous vehicle mobility service (MaaS) business in Japan, which Honda is planning to launch under collaboration with Cruise and General Motors.

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GM asks Chevy Bolt EV drivers to park 50 feet from other vehicles, due to fire risk

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As it works to replace battery modules in Chevrolet Bolt EV models to address battery-fire concerns, General Motors is asking owners not to park within 50 feet of other vehicles or on the open levels of parking garages, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.