October, 2021

Rock Tech Lithium to build Europe’s first lithium converter in Germany

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Rock Tech Lithium intends to build Europe’s first lithium converter—a production plant for battery-grade lithium hydroxide—in Guben, Brandenburg, Germany. The company intends to locate all production steps of lithium refining in one overall plant at the Guben site.

First drive review: 2022 Lucid Air delivers a new leading edge for EVs

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Up until now, those buying premium electric cars have faced a stark dilemma: Either choose the EV that represents the leading edge of performance, range, and efficiency—yes, that would be the Tesla—or choose the EV that’s a more holistic luxury car in terms of features, styling, refinement, and build quality. The 2022 Lucid Air.

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Tesla Giga Shanghai ready to smash Q4 deliveries, lot filled to the brim with vehicles

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Tesla China seems ready to crush Q4 2021 deliveries. A recent video of Giga Shanghai revealed that the factory’s holding lot was filled to the brim, hinting at Tesla’s strong demand this quarter.

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Toyota unveils its first all-electric car: the bZ4X, an electric SUV packed with cool features

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Toyota has unveiled what could be considered as its first all-electric car: the bZ4X, an electric SUV packed with cool features. more… The post Toyota unveils its first all-electric car: the bZ4X, an electric SUV packed with cool features appeared first on Electrek.

NHTSA Needs Advisors Who Understand How Convolutional Neural Nets Work

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In an interview with Marketplace Tech, Missy Cummings, the newly named senior advisor of safety for the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, spoke about how hard it would be for AI to recognize a stop sign if it was covered with kudzu.

New study shows a rapid increase of diesel-fueled backup generators across California

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New research by economic and public policy consulting group M.Cubed finds a proliferation of backup generators across California, with nearly 90% being diesel-fueled, posing significant obstacles to achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets and driving nearly $136 million in annual health costs.

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Volkswagen testing 5G for production on its way to smart factories; Wolfsburg, Transparent Factory in Dresden

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Volkswagen is taking a further step in the direction of fully networked factories. A local 5G campus network is now available at its main plant in Wolfsburg that initially covers the main production development center and the pilot hall.

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Tesla Cybertruck in matte black looks stunning and daunting at the same time

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Not long after the Cybertruck was unveiled, Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that Tesla would be offering a matte black option for the all-electric pickup truck.

Tesla is rumored to have secured giant LFP battery cell order from CATL

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Tesla is rumored to have secured giant order of 45 GWh of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cells from CATL. It comes as Tesla announced its global move to LFP for standard range cars.

Massachusetts electric school bus delivered power back to grid for 50+ hours over the summer; V2G

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An electric school bus in Beverly, Massachusetts, successfully delivered power back to the electricity grid for more than 50 hours over the course of the summer using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

Rolls-Royce reports successful 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel test flight

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Rolls-Royce, working with Boeing and World Energy, has carried out a successful test flight of its 747 Flying Testbed aircraft using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on a Trent 1000 engine.

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Energy Vault to provide 1.6 GWh of gravity energy storage to support DG Fuels SAF projects

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Energy Vault, a company developing grid-scale gravity energy storage solutions, has entered into an energy storage system agreement with DG Fuels, a developer of renewable hydrogen and biogenic-based, synthetic sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel fuel.

Tesla for $299 a week, insured: Uber drivers eligible to rent through Hertz

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Although Elon Musk’s fleet of Tesla robotaxis is long overdue, an agreement among two transportation giants will make it much more likely your Uber driver will be piloting a Tesla.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk responds to UN World Food Program director’s call to “solve world hunger”

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A few days ago, United Nations World Food Program (WFP) director David Beasley told CNN that a small group of ultra-wealthy individuals such as Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk could help solve world hunger with just a fraction of their net worth.

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China claims title of having world’s largest EV charging network

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A report out of China, citing recent data from the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance, hands the crown to the country as having the world’s largest EV charging network. With over 2.2

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UBC thermal methane cracking technology deployed to Alberta in $7M test

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New hydrogen production technology developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will be tested in a $7-million project between UBC, the government of Alberta and Alberta utility company ATCO.

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DOE estimates that EV battery pack costs in 2021 are 87% lower than in 2008

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Research by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office estimates the cost of an electric vehicle lithium-ion battery pack declined 87% between 2008 and 2021 (using 2021 constant dollars).

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Alumobility study: aluminum top hat provides automakers a lighter, sustainable alternative

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First customer-bound electric vans built at plant that birthed the original Hummer

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The plant that made something very American and very much a gas-guzzler is now making electric vans—albeit ones essentially from China. Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) on Wednesday announced shipment of its first electric delivery vans to customers.

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Seven Tesla Superchargers blocked in one fell swoop by a single ICE-er

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Mainstream electric vehicles have been around for some time, and they are only getting more and more ubiquitous.

US to expand offshore wind in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico

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The Biden administration’s Department of the Interior yesterday announced new actions to build offshore wind farms in the Atlantic, off the coasts of Massachusetts and the Carolinas, and in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Benchmark: lithium-ion battery prices rise for first time in gigafactory era; lithium carbonate major driver

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Benchmark Mineral Intelligence reports that battery producers have begun to increase lithium-ion cell prices following a period of consistent raw material price rises throughout 2021, particularly for lithium.

Aurora releases first commercial beta of Aurora Driver autonomous driving system

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Autonomous driving company Aurora has released its first commercial beta of the Aurora Driver, which consists of the hardware, software, and data services needed to safely operate an autonomous Aurora-powered vehicle.

Rolls-Royce launches mtu hydrogen solutions for power generation

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Rolls-Royce is further developing its mtu gas engine portfolio for power generation and cogeneration to run on hydrogen as a fuel and thus enable a climate-neutral energy supply.

Tesla CFO: “Profound awakening” of EV desirability has caught company off-guard

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Tesla has never had a problem with desirability. Starting with the Model 3, consumer interest in the company’s electric cars has startled even CEO Elon Musk at times. That frenzy continued with the Cybertruck.

Malaysia wants EVs to be tax-free, duty-free to encourage consumers to buy

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Malaysian government officials are petitioning and working toward making electric vehicles exempt from taxes, including import and excise duties, as well as road taxes.

Tesla order could double to 200,000 Model 3s to satisfy deal with Uber, says Hertz CEO

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Hertz CEO Mark Fields revealed that its deal to supply Tesla vehicles to Uber includes an option for 100,000 more Tesla Model 3s, which would double its total order to 200,000 vehicles.

Pony.ai to start driverless tests on public roads in Beijing

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Silicon Valley-based autonomous driving company Pony.ai has been authorized to conduct driverless tests on public roads in Beijing. The company is one of the two autonomous software companies (along with Baidu) to receive this important Beijing permit.

XPeng unveils slate of new technologies: ADAS, flying car, supercharging, robotics

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China-based EV maker XPeng unveiled a series of technology innovations at its annual 1024 Tech Day, including the latest and most sophisticated version of its in-house developed advanced driver assistance system XPILOT 3.5 and XPILOT 4.0;

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Purdue’s whitest white paint now a Guinness World Record; sub-ambient radiative cooling

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An ultra-white paint incorporating barium sulfate (BaSO 4 ) particles that is up to 98.1% reflective, developed by engineers at Purdue University, has earned a Guinness World Records title for the whitest paint. The record appears in the 2022 edition of Guinness World Records. The 98.1%

Efficiency, not range, is what drives Lucid: Is it the first true rival to Tesla?

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Rivalry is a good thing. And the electric-car field doesn’t have near enough of it. There’s a delightful start of some happening between Tesla and upstart Lucid, and it’s already shown through in fits and starts.

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The new Tesla Model X is hiding an understated but incredible secret

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The Tesla Model X may be the company’s flagship crossover SUV, but the vehicle has rarely gotten the spotlight this year.

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Autoflight completes first flight of autonomous V1500M eVTOL aircraft

Electrek

Relatively young eVTOL developer Autoflight announced it has successfully completed the first flight of its V1500M four-passenger aircraft. This electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vessel is equipped with autonomous technology and can currently travel 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge.

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DFDS orders 100 Volvo electric heavy-duty trucks

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Volvo Trucks received an order for 100 Volvo FM Electric trucks from DFDS, Northern Europe’s?largest largest shipping and logistics company. The deal is the largest commercial order to date for Volvo electric trucks, and one of the largest yet for heavy electric trucks worldwide.

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Hitachi and Hitachi Astemo develop new compact, lightweight direct-drive system for in-wheel applications

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Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Astemo, Ltd. have developed a compact, lightweight direct-drive system for EVs, combining the motor, inverter, and brake into a single unit. This enables the installation of the entire system into the wheel.

Foxconn unveils three EVs developed in-house

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Foxconn (Hon Hai Technology Group), a global leader in smart manufacturing, unveiled three electric vehicles in has developed in-house: the Model C recreational vehicle; the Model E sedan; and the Model T electric bus.

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Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car goes 845 miles between fills—driven very slowly

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A 2021 Toyota Mirai was driven 845 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, setting a Guinness World Record for the longest distance driven by a fuel-cell vehicle without refueling. However, that record comes with a few caveats.

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