April, 2022

Nissan unveils prototype production facility for all-solid-state batteries

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Nissan unveiled its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery (ASSB) cells, which the company aims to bring to market in 2028.

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Fisker confirms 10-year battery and powertrain warranty for Ocean EV

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Fisker has confirmed 10-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) battery and powertrain warranties for its Ocean electric SUV, which is scheduled to start production in November. The battery warranty assures 75% of the battery's original capacity, according to Fisker's website.

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SpaceX smashes Falcon 9 booster turnaround record


SpaceX has successfully launched and landed the same Falcon 9 booster twice in three weeks, smashing the current record for orbital-class rocket turnaround.

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The first US offshore wind farm has had no negative effect on fish, finds groundbreaking study


Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island is the United States’ first offshore wind farm. The 30-megawatt, five-turbine offshore wind farm began commercial operations in December 2016 and generates enough energy to power 17,000 homes.

Ten years of EV development sees battery range treble

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EVs have 3x the battery range and 15 times more range of choice compared with a decade ago

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Park New Haven Keeps You Moving

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The following is from a conversation with executives of the New Haven Parking Authority (or Park New Haven, as they brand themselves) – Executive Director, Doug Hausladen, COO, Sammy Parry, and Chief Engineer, Jim Staniewicz. Read more.

Samsung Heavy and Seaborg to develop floating nuclear power plant combined with hydrogen and ammonia plants

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Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Seaborg signed a partnership agreement to develop floating nuclear power plants based on Seaborg’s inherently safe Compact Molten Salt Reactor (CMSR). The floating nuclear power plant comes as a turn-key product, ready to be moored at an industrial harbor.

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SpaceX’s private Dragon astronauts leave space station five days late


Following extensive weather delays, a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) after carrying the first all-private astronaut mission to the orbital outpost.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk makes ‘final offer’ to buy Twitter and take it private


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sent an official offer to buy Twitter and sent it as an ultimatum as he basically threatens to sell his shares if the offer is not accepted. And the saga continues. more….

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Feebates:  A smart, fair way to fund EV rebates

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Without question, the electric vehicle (EV) revolution is underway. At some point later this decade, we will see cost-parity, meaning that the upfront cost of an EV will be comparable to its fossil fuel-burning counterpart.

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Bosch acquires Five to accelerate software development for automated driving

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Bosch is acquiring the UK-based automated driving startup Five. Five is to be part of the Bosch Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division. Five gave preference to Bosch over other takeover bidders. The two companies share a common vision of automated driving and of safe automated driving systems.

Mercedes-Benz xEV sales up 37% in Q1; 32% of those battery-electric

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Mercedes-Benz xEV sales (plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles) rose 37% ub Q1 2022 to 67,800 units of which 21,900 (+210%) units were battery-electric vehicles (BEV).

Plug-in hybrid sales surprise: Jeep Wrangler 4xe outsells RAV4 Prime

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The Jeep Wrangler 4xe outsold all other plug-in hybrids in the United States in the first quarter of 2022. Jeep sold 8,346 Wrangler plug-in hybrids in Q1 2022, accounting for 18% of Wrangler sales, parent Stellantis said in a press release announcing its sales results.

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Elon Musk, Twitter reach agreement for sale of social media platform


Following Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposal to complete a buyout of social media platform Twitter, the company’s board has decided to accept the offer of $54.20 per share. Twitter confirmed the sale to Musk in a statement on Monday. “Twitter, Inc.

GM Cruise autonomous taxi pulled over by police in San Francisco without humans, ‘bolts’ off (U: Cruise responds)


Over the weekend, a GM Cruise converted Chevy Bolt without a driver was pulled over by San Francisco Police. In an unexpected turn, the car “bolted” to a safe spot. Cruise responded. more….

Canada’s Budget 2022 calls for C$3.8B to launch Critical Minerals Strategy

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The Government of Canada has released Budget 2022. Among its measures is up to C$3.8 billion (US$3 billion) to implement Canada’s first Critical Minerals Strategy to capitalize on a growing need for the minerals used in everything from phones to electric cars.

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Achates near-zero heavy-duty opposed-piston diesel enters fleet service; compliant with 2027 NOx levels

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Achates Power announced that the 10.6-liter, heavy-duty opposed-piston, three-cylinder diesel engine it developed in a project funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and several partners ( earlier post ) has entered fleet service with WALMART Corporation in a Peterbilt 579 tractor.

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Bridgestone to debut race tire made with natural rubber from guayule

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As part of a broader initiative to accelerate the use of sustainable technologies in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced plans to debut Firestone Firehawk race tires made with guayule natural rubber grown and extracted at the company’s guayule R&D facilities in Arizona. Earlier post.).

Vinfast prices 2023 VF 8 and VF 9 around mandatory battery leasing: Here's how it works

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At the New York auto show last week, Vinfast released updated pricing information for both of its forthcoming VF 8 and VF 9 electric SUVs and offered new details on its battery subscription program, which will be the first of its kind for the U.S. market.

Twitter likely to accept Elon Musk’s $54.20 per share offer as early as Monday


Tesla CEO Elon Musk may be closing in on a successful Twitter acquisition.

BMW unveils i7 electric car with over 300 miles of range and a less polarizing design


BMW has unveiled its latest electric car, the BMW i7, as part of the next-generation 7 Series. The new electric car will offer over 300 miles of range and a design closer to BMW’s more traditional look. more….

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SEMI: 200mm semiconductor fab capacity set to surge 21% to mitigate supply-demand imbalance

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Semiconductor manufacturers worldwide are on track to boost 200mm fab capacity by 1.2 million wafers, or 21%, from the start of 2020 to the end of 2024 to hit a record high of 6.9 million wafers per month, according to SEMI’s 200mm Fab Outlook Report. After climbing to $5.3

Proterra introduces ZX5 Max electric bus with 738 kWh pack

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Proterra is increasing the amount of energy onboard its purpose-built ZX5 electric transit bus, delivering more battery storage to help transit agencies scale zero-emission bus fleets with electric vehicle technology.

GM and Glencore enter multi-year cobalt supply agreement

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Glencore and General Motors announced a multi-year sourcing agreement in which Glencore will supply GM with cobalt from its Murrin Murrin operation in Australia.

Lexus reveals its first electric vehicle for the US—steering yoke not yet included

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Lexus on Wednesday unveiled the 2023 RZ, the luxury brand's first dedicated EV, and the first Lexus electric model to be sold in the United States.

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Elon Musk states Neuralink can address morbid obesity: Experts say it’s actually possible


During an interview with TED’s Chris Anderson, Elon Musk remarked that his brain-machine interface startup, Neuralink, would be solving brain and spinal injuries “for probably a decade.”

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Tesla is going to make a new futuristic-looking electric vehicle as a ‘dedicated robotaxi’


Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to build a new futuristic-looking electric vehicle as a “dedicated robotaxi” – though there’s no clear timeline for the new vehicle. more….

New Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance model offers 1,050 hp, 0-60 in 2.6s

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Lucid Group, which has begun customer deliveries of electric Lucid Air Grand Touring, will introduce a new version of Lucid Air, the Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance.

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Pace purchases 20 Proterra ZX5 electric buses and EV fleet charging infrastructure

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Proterra and Pace Suburban Bus has awarded Proterra a $26.5-million contract for 20 Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses, featuring more than 13 megawatt hours of battery storage energy, and two Proterra megawatt-scale fleet chargers.

10 Solaris hydrogen buses to go to Upper Bavaria

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Two private bus companies from Bavaria—Busreisen Ettenhuber GmbH and Martin Geldhauser GmbH & Co KG.—have —have ordered a total of 10 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses.

Honda teases two electric sports cars, charges up EV investment

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Honda on Tuesday announced a planned investment of more than $40 billion in R&D over the next 10 years, with a focus on software and EV development. The automaker plans to launch 30 EVs globally by 2030, and aims to be producing around two million EVs annually at that point.

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Tesla Giga Texas shows initial stream of freshly-made Model Y


More freshly-minted Tesla Model Y vehicles were spotted on Giga Texas grounds recently. Tesla’s Austin Gigafactory will be instrumental to the EV manufacturer’s production goals for this year and beyond.

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Tesla opens its ‘longest’ Supercharger station in the world


Tesla has opened its “longest Supercharger station in the world” through a growing partnership with a French supermarket company. There are larger, bigger Supercharger stations in the world, but apparently, there are none longer. more….

Volta Trucks reveals its first Truck-as-a-Service customer operations center

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Volta Trucks revealed its first Volta Trucks Hub that will deliver its Truck-as-a-Service customer-focused operations as the first full-electric Volta Zeros start customer evaluation in mid-2022.

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Toyota investing $383M in US engine production

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Toyota will invest $383 million in four of its US manufacturing plants—in Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee—to support the production of four-cylinder engines, including options for hybrid electric vehicles. Toyota customers want vehicles that are fuel-efficient and electrified.

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Mitsubishi Heavy looking to commercialize nuclear microreactors by end of next decade; 500kW output

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The Nikkei reports that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)is moving ahead with its plans to develop and commercialize nuclear microreactors—reactors small enough to be delivered on trucks—by the end of the next decade.

BMW reveals fully electric i7 flagship sedan—as a version of redesigned 7-Series lineup

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The all-electric flagship sedan of the BMW lineup, the 2023 BMW i7, has been revealed. And it looks virtually interchangeable with the rest of a completely new 2023 BMW 7-Series lineup revealed Wednesday.