November, 2021

First China-developed hydrogen fuel cell locomotive starts trial runs

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The first China-developed hydrogen fuel cell hybrid locomotive—from core power to main components—has started trial runs on a 627 km railway line for coal transport in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Source: Xinhua.

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Poll: US majority supports EV transition by 2030, and there's "generational urgency" behind it

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A majority of United States voters support requiring all new cars sold in their state to be electric by 2030, according to a new poll commissioned by nonprofit Coltura. Nationally, respondents supported phasing out sales of new gasoline cars by a 55%-35% margin.


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Tesla Giga Shanghai aims for 500k annual output for 2021: report


Tesla China’s Global Vice President Grace Tao recently visited the China EV100 to discuss key issues about developing the auto market.

Tesla’s Giga casting strategy to be adopted by half a dozen other automakers


Tesla’s approach to using giant casting machines, nicknamed Giga Press, to make car bodies with just a few massive casted parts is catching on in the auto industry. A Tesla supplier says that it is working with about half a dozen other automakers taking the same approach.

DHL Express is piloting first hydrogen truck throughout Deutsche Post DHL Group

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DHL Express is the first within Deutsche Post DHL Group to test hydrogen-fueled trucks for the long haul.

EVs dominate list of efficient cars in ORNL 2022 Fuel Economy Guide

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The 2022 Fuel Economy Guide, released by ORNL for the DOE/EPA website, provides up-to-date information on fuel economy, environmental and safety data, so consumers can choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs.

Rolls-Royce electric aircraft sets three speed records; world’s fastest electric vehicle

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Rolls-Royce said that its all-electric Spirit of Innovation aircraft has set three new world speed records, making it the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft.

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Tesla Cyberwhistle sells out hours after launch


Tesla released a Cyberwhistle, inspired by Giga Texas’ upcoming Cybertruck. The Cyberwhistle hints at other “cyber”-branded products that Tesla could be releasing before Cybertrucks hit the roads. .

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Tesla enables in-car purchases and subscriptions


Tesla has started to enable in-car purchases and subscriptions in its latest software updates. Owners can buy a “Premium Connectivity” straight from their center console inside Tesla vehicles.

GM takes 25% stake in Pure Watercraft to accelerate all-electric boating

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GM has acquired a 25% ownership stake in Pure Watercraft , a Seattle-based company that specializes in creating all-electric boating solutions. The Pure Outboard system includes a 25kW electric outboard motor with power tilt/trim (112 lbs); one or more 8.85

Porsche acquires majority stake in e-bike maker Greyp

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Porsche is acquiring a majority stake in the e-bike manufacturer Greyp Bikes. The sports car manufacturer’s venture capital arm, Porsche Ventures, has held a stake of around 10% in the Croatian company since 2018.

SwRI develops intrusion detection and defense system for ground vehicle cybersecurity

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed an intrusion detection and defense system (IDS) to protect military ground vehicles against cyberthreats to embedded systems and connected vehicle networks.

California approves $1.4B EV infrastructure push, including hydrogen fueling and truck charging

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California last week announced approval of a $1.4 billion three-year infrastructure push to meet the state's ambitious goals for EVs and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Elon Musk says SpaceX could soon face bankruptcy – here’s why that’s unlikely


In a new leaked email, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the company could go bankrupt if, by the end of 2022, it can’t achieve Starship and Starlink milestones that are by all practical appearances out of reach.

Electric vehicle battery cost falls to $132 per kWh, but it might go up from there


The cost of electric vehicle battery packs has fallen to $132 per kWh – continuing decades of cost improvements. However, it might go up over the next year as increased material prices are catching up to incremental cost improvements.

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Several Rotterdam terminals to be ready for hydrogen imports by 2025

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In the port of Rotterdam, the first companies are already preparing for the storage, processing and transit of hydrogen, according to a study conducted by the Port Authority into the development of hydrogen import terminals in Rotterdam.

Hyundai Motor unveils SEVEN concept electric SUV

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Hyundai Motor Company revealed SEVEN, the new sport utility electric vehicle (SUEV) concept at AutoMobility LA. Following the 45 concept in 2019 and the Prophecy concept in 2020, the SEVEN concept opens a new chapter for the IONIQ brand, Hyundai’s dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) showcase.

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Honda unveils two key future safety technologies toward the realization of its goal for zero traffic collision fatalities by 2050

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Honda Motor recently unveiled its work on two key advanced future safety technologies being developed with the goal of realizing “zero traffic collision fatalities involving Honda motorcycles and automobiles globally by 2050”.

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Infrastructure bill: $7.5B toward nationwide network of 500,000 EV chargers

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On Friday night, with the expected bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that designates $65 billion for upgrades of the nation’s electric grid and $7.5 billion for the nationwide deployment of EV charging stations.

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Tesla worked with LK Tech for over a year to design and build the Giga Press


Tesla’s coming years and its ambitious ramp towards a production target of 20 million vehicles per year would be built on the back of the Giga Press, a massive house-sized machine capable of producing single-piece front and rear vehicle underbodies.

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Tesla Cybertruck will have yoke steering wheel, Elon Musk says will be a ‘tech bandwagon’


Elon Musk confirmed that the Tesla Cybertruck will have a yoke steering wheel, and he also said that the electric pickup truck will be a “technology bandwagon.” ” It could mean that it will have a better version of the new steering wheel.

Stara Zagora orders 33 Irizar electric buses

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Irizar e-mobility has been awarded a new order for 33 electric buses for the city of Stara Zagora, in the center of Bulgaria. They are the first 12 meter Irizar ie bus model electric buses to be included in the fleet of the city’s municipal operator.

MIT study attributes > 50% of Li-ion rapid cost decline to investment in materials & chemistry R&D

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The cost of Li-ion batteries has plunged some 97% since their introduction three decades ago—a rate similar to the drop in solar panel prices.

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Fisker reveals production-intent version of Fisker Ocean at LA Auto Show

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Fisker revealed its Fisker Ocean electric SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Fisker Ocean is being manufactured by Magna-Steyr at a carbon-neutral factory in Graz, Austria. The base Fisker Ocean Sport trim level is priced at $37,499, before federal and state tax credits.

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Used Nissan Leaf batteries are already making money as power brokers

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While several automakers have demonstrated second-life use of EV battery pack, one California-based company is actually making money using Nissan Leaf packs for energy storage.

Tesla enables in-car upgrade purchases with new software update


Tesla has enabled drivers and owners to purchase upgrades for their vehicles in their cars with the rollout of Software Update 2021.40.6. Upgrades for Tesla have been available for years in many different forms.

Tesla is rumored to get green light at Gigafactory Berlin any day; already some Model Ys produced


Tesla is rumored to finally get the green light to start production at Gigafactory Berlin any day now, according to a new report coming out of Germany. The report even suggests some production numbers for the early ramp-up.

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ORNL team develops low-cost scalable method to join materials in solid-state batteries; electrochemical pulse

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Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a scalable, low-cost method to improve the joining of materials in solid-state batteries, resolving one of the big challenges in the commercial development of safe, long-lived energy storage systems.

BYD NEV sales up 262.9% YOY in October

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BYD sold 88,898 passenger vehicles in October, increasing 90.9% year on year (YoY) and 12.5% month on month (MoM), according to the official data. In particular, the New Energy Vehicle (NEV) sales reached 80,003 units, soaring 262.9%

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Lightning eMotors repowers Van Hool TD925 double-deck coach; 640 kWh battery, 200+ miles range

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Lightning eMotors and ABC Companies, a leading provider of motor coach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment, announced the sale of the largest battery-electric double-decker motor coach to All Aboard America! Holdings, the fourth-largest motor coach operator in the US.

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2022 GMC Hummer EV: Edition 1 will be listed—but not EPA-rated—at 329 miles

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While driving range is one of the most important numbers for the GMC Hummer EV, it’s different for GM’s electric “supertruck” versus any other personal-use EV currently on the market.

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Elon Musk highlights that Tesla employees make more than GM’s union workers


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla’s non-unionized employees actually get paid on an hourly basis more than their unionized counterparts from General Motors. Musk’s update was shared as a response to a post about GM CEO Mary Barra on Twitter.

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Ford likely to have more EV sales than ‘all in’ GM for 2021, analyst concludes


According to a recent research study by Morgan Stanley, Ford Motor Company is on pace to outsell General Motors (GM) in the EV market for 2021.

Volkswagen introduces ID.5 electric SUV coupé in Europe

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In Europe, Volkswagen has launched a new ID. family top model as part of its ACCELERATE brand strategy: the ID.5 electric SUV coupé and the sporty ID.5 GTX with dual-motor all-wheel drive. Like the ID.3 and ID.4, the new ID.5

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Klimatklivet awards Liquid Wind €15M toward production of eMethanol

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Swedish Climate Leap, “Klimatklivet”, is investing €15 million in power-to-fuel Liquid Wind’s facility, FlagshipONE, producing eMethanol. Earlier post.).

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E-bike company Ariel Rider raises $14.8M in Series A

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Seattle-based e-bike manufacturer Ariel Rider has raised US$14.8 million in a Serie A round, which puts the company’s valuation at US$74.0 million.

Several Japanese vehicle makers expand the use of hydrogen internal combustion engines

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Subaru, Mazda, Toyota, Kawasaki, and Yamaha recently announced a joint effort to expand the use of alternative fuel technologies—including hydrogen combustion engines. The effort builds on Toyota's use of hydrogen engines in racing.