December, 2021

Kawasaki’s liquefied hydrogen carrier departs to pick up first cargo

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Suiso Frontier , the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, has left Japan to pick up its first hydrogen cargo in Australia. A return to Japan is expected around late February.

Nio ET5: China's sporty-looking Model 3 rival offers battery swapping, claims range beyond 600 miles

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The Nio ET5 is the Chinese automaker's latest EV, and is shaping up to be a Tesla Model 3 rival in its home market.

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Tesla Model 3 will be Europe’s best-selling EV of 2021

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The Tesla Model 3 will undoubtedly be named Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle of 2021, based on data provided by registration trackers. The Model 3 is Tesla’s first mass-market vehicle, and it was eventually followed by the company’s Model Y crossover.

Scotland missed 100% clean electricity consumption in 2020 by only 1.4%

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In 2011, Scotland set a target of reaching 100% clean electricity consumption in 2020. And last year, the country almost reached its target – 98.6% of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources, according to the Scottish government’s December energy statement.

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Texan Of The Year Finalist, Elon Musk, Has Been Quietly Helping People In Need

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The Dallas Morning News has reported that Elon Musk is a finalist for the Texan of the Year award and shared some of his philanthropic work in Texas since moving there.

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Tesco launching UK’s first commercial electric heavy-duty tractor-trailer trucks

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Tesco is launching the UK’s first commercially used fully electric heavy-duty freight articulated (tractor-trailer as opposed to rigid) trucks.

Gaussin acquires a worldwide license from Bluebus for 6m LMP battery-electric bus

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Gaussin has acquired a worldwide license (outside France) from Bluebus, a Bolloré Group subsidiary, for its 6-meter LMP bus. The vehicle will be renamed Cit-e and manufactured through Gaussin’s current and future network of licensees.

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Tesla’s Model 3 and Model S recall expands to China for ‘security risks’

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Tesla is recalling Model 3 and Model S vehicles in China, citing “security risks,” China’s market regulator said on Friday, December 31.

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Tesla in 2022 is going to be about growth and battery cells

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When I think about what Tesla’s upcoming 2022 year is going to look like, I think it will revolve around growth, much like 2021. But there will also be a renewed focus on securing battery cells in an even more competitive landscape.

Toyota and partners launching public autonomous shuttle service in Indiana

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Austria’s biggest carrier orders first 5 Solaris hydrogen buses under framework agreement; option for up to 40

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ÖBB Postbus in Austria has ordered five hydrogen buses from Solaris. has landed a deal with Solaris for the delivery of five hydrogen buses. The hydrogen-fueled vehicles will be deployed in the picturesque city of Villach in south-east Austria.

China’s largest electric two-wheel vehicle manufacturer adopts Nidec in-wheel motor

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Nidec Corporation announced that its in-wheel motor has been adopted for the first time for ???01(Huan 01(Huan Dian Shou 01), an electric motorcycle released by Yadea Group Holdings Ltd. in October 2021.

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Report: EV battery costs hit another low in 2021, but they might rise in 2022

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Global average battery prices fell 6% between 2020 and 2021, but they might be on the rise going forward, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance's (BNEF) annual battery price survey.

Tesla is leasing new land as part of its California expansion — for $1 per year

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True to CEO Elon Musk’s word, Tesla is expanding its presence in California despite the company officially moving its headquarters to Texas.

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NYPD buys 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E, approves option to buy 250 Tesla Model 3s

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New York City is closing out the year with a big electrification move as it adds 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs to its fleet and it approves the option to buy 250 Tesla Model 3 electric sedans. Most of the vehicles are going to the NYPD and other emergency service departments.

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Opel begins production and deliveries of hydrogen Vivaro van

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Opel has begun production of the hydrogen fuel cell variant of the Vivaro van, and has delievered the first one to the German manufacturer of premium domestic appliances, Miele. The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will perform daily field service in the Rhine-Main region.

Sandia testing method yields pathway to better, longer-lasting solid-state batteries

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Using a microscopic method for measuring electrical potential, a team of scientists at Sandia National Laboratories may have discovered how to identify rate-limiting processes in solid-state batteries. The findings are detailed in a paper in American Chemical Society Energy Letters.

HEI study links fossil fuel combustion with more than 1 million deaths globally

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Fossil fuel combustion, a major source of air pollution, contributed to more than one million deaths globally in 2017, more than 27% of all deaths from outdoor fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ), according to a new report published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI).

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Goodyear targets road noise with replacement tire for Tesla, other EVs

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Electric vehicles need tires that were designed with different priorities. And this past week another big player in tires, Goodyear, is recognizing that—with its first North American-market replacement tire specifically designed for EVs.

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SpaceX closes out 2021 with $1.85 billion in new funding

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On the eve of the last day of 2021, SEC filings show that SpaceX has secured another $337 million, bringing the total funding the company has raised this year to approximately $1.85 billion.

The largest solar farm in Kentucky will be built on a former coal mine

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A 200 megawatt (MW) solar farm will be built on a former coal mine in eastern Kentucky. It will be the largest solar project in Kentucky and will provide employment opportunities for former coal workers.

BloombergNEF annual battery price survey finds prices fell 6% from 2020 to 2021

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Lithium-ion battery pack prices, which were above $1,200 per kilowatt-hour in 2010, have fallen 89% in real terms to $132/kWh in 2021, according to a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF). All prices are in real 2021 $, unless stated as nominal.) This marks a 6% drop from $140/kWh in 2020.

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GM begins deliveries of first Ultium-based EVs: GMC Hummer pickup and Brightdrop EV600

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General Motors has begun deliveries of its first next-generation electric vehicles, the GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1 Pickup and BrightDrop EV600 light commercial vehicle, both built on the Ultium Platform.

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Rolls-Royce makes Duisburg container terminal climate-neutral with mtu hydrogen technology

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A microgrid based on renewable energies with hydrogen-powered fuel cells for emergency and peak power as well as hydrogen combustion engines can meet the special energy requirements of port facilities.

Lightyear Two: More affordable solar-supplemented EV coming in 2025 with subscription options

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The Lightyear One solar-supplemented electric car hasn't started production, but its Dutch maker is already planning a second, more-affordable model.

Tesla’s Elon Musk confirms V11 UI improvements after receiving owners’ feedback

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It appears that Tesla and its software development team have heard the feedback from electric vehicle owners following the release of Software V11 and its updated user interface.

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Elon Musk: Tesla Bot could develop a unique personality and become a companion

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Elon Musk says that he is considering Tesla Bot becoming more than just a humanoid robot to perform useful tasks but to have it potentially develop a unique personality and be a companion. He says Tesla Bot could make an “incredible buddy like C3PO or R2D2.”

Aramco to explore hydrogen-powered vehicle business with Gaussin

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The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) signed five agreements with leading French companies, including an agreement to explore a hydrogen-powered vehicle business with Gaussin , a pioneer in clean and intelligent transport solutions.

Kongsberg launches first full-scale hydrogen-based marine propulsion system; HySeas III

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Kongsberg has tested and verified a full-scale, full-size, zero-emissions drivetrain powered by hydrogen fuel cells designed for ships and ferries.

Northvolt assembles first lithium-ion battery cell at Swedish gigafactory

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Northvolt has assembled the first battery cell at the newly commissioned Ett gigafactory in northern Sweden. The cell is the first to have been fully designed, developed and assembled at a gigafactory by a homegrown European battery company.

Report: Hyundai stops developing internal combustion engines

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Hyundai Motor Group is winding down development of internal combustion engines, The Korea Economic Daily reported last week.

Tesla Model Y Performance trims spotted leaving Gigafactory Berlin

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Tesla Model Y Performance variants were spotted on vehicle haulers in Germany, leaving the soon-to-be-approved production facility the automaker plans to open near Berlin in early 2022.

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The US saw record wind turbine capacity installation in 2020

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More wind power capacity was installed in the US than any other generating technology in both 2019 and 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration ( EIA ). UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates.

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Vaekstfonden and DEUTZ AG invest €15M in methanol fuel cell company Blue World Technologies

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Vaekstfonden, the Danish Growth Fund, and the German engine manufacturer DEUTZ AG, are investing €15 million in methanol fuel cell company Blue World Technologies. The aim is to bring the company’s green fuel cell products and solutions to the global market.

TuSimple successfully completes driver-out, fully autonomous semi-truck 80-mile run on open public roads

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TuSimple, a global autonomous driving technology company, successfully completed the first fully autonomous semi-truck run on open public roads without a human in the vehicle and without human intervention.

JAIST researchers develop promising anode material for ultrafast charging

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To overcome the slow charging times of conventional lithium-ion batteries, scientists from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) have developed a new anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) that allows for ultrafast charging.

GMC Hummer EV and Brightdrop electric van delivered, first of many Ultium EVs to come

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The first electric vehicles based on General Motors' Ultium architecture are headed to customers. GM on Friday confirmed that the first customer 2022 GMC Hummer EV had been completed, as well as delivery of the first BrightDrop EV600 vans to customer FedEx.

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