June, 2021

Mayor of London launches England’s first hydrogen double-decker buses

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched England’s first hydrogen double-decker buses. The 20 new buses are the first of their kind to be launched in England; the new hydrogen fuel cell double decker buses are first being introduced on route 7 between East Acton and Oxford Circus.

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Renewable energy plan incentivizes GM EV owners: Free home charging after midnight

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General Motors and Shell on Wednesday announced a new partnership to provide renewable energy to GM customers in Texas, as well as free overnight charging for Texans who own GM electric cars.

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142 Tesla Megapacks power on to create giant new battery, replacing gas peaker plant in California


A new 142-Tesla Megapack project has been turned on in California’s Ventura County to create a giant new battery that is replacing a gas peaker plant.

Tesla owner gets ticket for parking “foreign” car in GM plant’s “domestic” lot


In what could be one of the most notable EV-related gaffes in recent months, a Tesla Model 3 owner at General Motors’ (GM) Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri received a ticket after parking the electric car in a spot designated for “domestic” vehicles, or cars produced in the United States.

Rooftop Solar Inequity

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California’s distributed solar policy hurts the poor. It really is that simple. California regulators and legislators are diving back into Net Energy Metering (NEM) policies, debating how much customers with … Continue Reading Rooftop Solar Inequity

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Ariel researchers develop new type of hydrogen generator with sodium borohydride for on-demand use

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Researchers at Ariel University in Israel have developed a new type of hydrogen generator for “on-demand” use with fuel cells. Hydrogen is produced in a catalytic hydrolysis reaction of sodium borohydride (NaBH 4 ) with ruthenium powder as a catalyst.

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EU project HyFlexFuel converted sewage sludge and other biomasses into kerosene by hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL); SAF

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The EU-funded research project HyFlexFuel recently successfully produced biocrudes via hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) from a variety of biomasses, including sewage sludge, food waste, manure, wheat straw, corn stover, pine sawdust, miscanthus and microalgae in a pilot-scale continuous HTL plant at Aarhus University (Denmark).

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Canada is going to ban new gas-powered car sales by 2035


Canada is the latest country to announce an upcoming ban on new gas-powered car sales. Canada has set the target of 2035 in a move to accelerate electric vehicle adoption. more… The post Canada is going to ban new gas-powered car sales by 2035 appeared first on Electrek.

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SpaceX sends Starship’s first vacuum Raptor engine to Boca Chica


For the first time, SpaceX has shipped a vacuum-optimized Raptor engine to its Boca Chica, Texas Starship factory days after the company’s present reiterated plans for an inaugural orbital launch attempt as early as July.

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MAN reports successful testing of autonomous heavy-duty truck at Port of Hamburg

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MAN Truck & Bus and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) are jointly testing autonomously driving prototype trucks in real-world applications.

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Toyota Mirai drives 1,003 km (623 miles) on one fill of hydrogen

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A Toyota Mirai has set a new world record for distance driven with one fill of hydrogen. The new Toyota Mirai has increased the world record distance to 1,003 km (623 miles). After breaking the record, Mirai was refueled and ready to go again in 5 minutes.

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NVIDIA to acquire DeepMap, enhancing mapping solutions for AVs

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NVIDIA will acquire DeepMap, a startup dedicated to building high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles. Maps that are accurate to within a few meters are good enough when providing turn-by-turn directions for humans. AVs, however, require much greater precision.

Audi maps out shift to electric: Only EVs launched from 2026, no gasoline models by 2033

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Audi on Tuesday mapped out plans to go all-electric in just over a decade, including launching only electric cars starting in 2026, and ending production of gasoline engines by 2033.

Tesla Vision-powered active safety features found to be at least as good as with radar in new test


Tesla’s active safety features powered by its new Tesla Vision computer vision system without radar are proving to be at least as good as with radar in a new independent test.

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Tesla Model S Plaid at 50% charge pulls faster than supercars, data shows


During the reign of the Tesla Model S Performance, P100D, P90D, and P85D, electric car critics typically pointed out that the flagship sedan could only achieve its peak performance when the car was fully charged.

Robomart launches in West Hollywood

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Robomart , the store-hailing platform ( earlier post ), announced its official launch in West Hollywood, California.

Renault signs two major battery deals for production in France; Envision AESC and Verkor

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The Renault Group has entered two major partnerships for the production of Li-ion batteries in France. The first is with Envision AESC —a long-standing partner of Nissan; the second is with Verkor , a Grenoble-based start-up specialized in development of EV battery cells. Envision AESC which will develop a gigafactory in Douai with a capacity of 9 GWh in 2024 and with aim of reaching 24 GWh by 2030.

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Citroën introduces ë-Jumpy Hydrogen van

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Citroën is supplementing its range of electric LCVs with hydrogen technology to meet the needs of the 8% of companies required to make journeys of more than 300 km (186 miles) or lacking the time to recharge their vehicle during the day.

Rivian and VW play an important part in Ford’s electric vehicle strategy

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Last month, as Ford outlined its Ford+ strategy, focused around two new fully electric platforms to debut by 2025, it provided some useful updates on why it still sees partnerships with Volkswagen and Rivian important. How do global rival VW and U.S. EV startup Rivian fit in?

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Britain to end coal power a year early, in 2024


The deadline to phase out coal from Britain’s energy system has been brought forward by a whole year, to October 2024. more… The post Britain to end coal power a year early, in 2024 appeared first on Electrek.

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Elon Musk’s Starlink reaches meme-worthy milestone of 69,420 active users


With roughly 1,800 satellites in orbit, SpaceX’s Starlink is well on its way towards providing internet access to users across the globe.

BMW begins road testing of i Hydrogen NEXT; small-series production model in late 2022

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The BMW Group is beginning to test near-standard vehicles with a hydrogen fuel cell drive train in everyday conditions on European roads.

Study finds direct seawater splitting has substantial drawbacks to conventional water splitting, offers almost no advantage

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A study by a team of researchers from Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft has found that direct seawater splitting for hydrogen production has substantial drawbacks compared to conventional water splitting and offers almost no advantage.

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Hyundai HTWO supplying fuel cell generator to ETCR racing for EV charging

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Hyundai Motor Group announced that its dedicated hydrogen fuel cell system brand, HTWO, will make its motorsports debut, providing its fuel cell generator to the ETCR (Electric Touring Car Racing) category.

Hyundai hydrogen fuel-cell HD truck packs as much battery capacity as GMC Hummer EV

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Hyundai on Tuesday announced upgrades for its Xcient Fuel Cell heavy-duty truck, indicating the automaker remains committed to fuel-cell commercial vehicles.

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Tesla owner gets ‘parking ticket’ from GM for being a ‘foreign’ car at its factory


Here’s a funny and light little post to start off your Monday. A Tesla owner received a parking ticket from GM when it parked in a lot at its Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri that is meant for domestic vehicles.

SpaceX drone ship sails through Panama Canal on the way to California


For the third time ever, one of SpaceX’s “autonomous spaceport drone ships” has successfully transited the Panama Canal on its way to a new home port.

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BMW i Ventures invests in Kodiak Robotics; autonomous long-haul trucking technology

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BMW i Ventures invested in Kodiak Robotics , Inc., a developer of self-driving long-haul trucking technology. The funds from the BMW i Ventures investment help Kodiak expand its team and fleet, as well as continue to develop its self-driving technology purpose-built for long-haul trucks.

HYBRIT produces hydrogen-reduced sponge iron on pilot scale

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SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall have now produced hydrogen-reduced sponge iron on a pilot scale. The technological breakthrough within the HYBRIT ( earlier post ) initiative cuts about 90% of the emissions in connection with steel production and is a decisive step on the road to fossil-free steel.

Imperium3 New York produces its first full-sized prismatic cells

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Australia-based Magnis Energy Technologies Limited announced that Imperium3 New York (iM3NY) has produced its first full-sized prismatic cells ahead of schedule for limited testing and customer sampling in Q3 2021.

Lincoln will launch first EV model in 2022, at least three more for the US by 2030

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Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand confirmed Wednesday that its first battery electric model will arrive in 2022—and that it’s one of four EVs that will be part of “a full portfolio of connected and electrified vehicles” by 2030.

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Tesla uses questionable practices in its intense end-of-quarter push


Tesla is using some questionable practices during its latest end-of-quarter push as the automaker is undergoing an intense effort to deliver as many vehicles as possible by Wednesday. more… The post Tesla uses questionable practices in its intense end-of-quarter push appeared first on Electrek.

Elon Musk provides update on Starlink’s IPO


Elon Musk has provided a quick update about Starlink’s impending (and apparent) initial public offering (IPO). Reiterating a point he mentioned in the past, the SpaceX CEO stated that Starlink would likely go public when its cash flow is reasonably predictable. .

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First demonstration of Mcity’s ABC test concept for highly automated vehicles

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Leaders of Mcity at the University of Michigan conducted the first demonstration of a protocol designed to prove that highly automated vehicles are safe before testing moves on to public roads.

Porsche invests in high-performance battery JV Cellforce; Si anodes; BASF NCM cathode materials

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Porsche is investing a high double-digit-million amount in its new joint venture company Cellforce Group GmbH. Porsche and joint venture partner Customcells, a spin-off from Fraunhofer, also announced the launch of production of high-performance battery cells at Porsche’s Weissach Development Center.

SK makes strategic investment in clean hydrogen company Monolith; “cyan hydrogen”

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SK Corp, the holding company of SK Group, has made a strategic investment in Monolith , a US company that has developed a plasma-based process to produce “cyan” hydrogen—between green (via electrolysis using renewable energy) and blue (conversion of methane accompanied by CO 2 capture and storage).

Study: Lack of home-charging awareness is holding back EV adoption

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Consumers are uneducated about home charging for electric cars, and that's holding back adoption, according to the J.D. Power 2021 EV Home Charging Study. Brent Gruber, J.D.