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NIMS researchers report 500 Wh/kg+ Li-air battery

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Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and the NIMS-SoftBank Advanced Technologies Development Center have developed a lithium-air battery with an energy density of more than 500 Wh/kg—significantly higher than currently lithium ion batteries.

The top-selling electric vehicles in the U.S. have two wheels

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E-bikes might be more than a fad brought on by the pandemic. According to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA)—considering import data—e-bikes are the best-selling electric vehicles in the U.S.,

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Tesla purchases its own track to make Giga Berlin employees’ commute easier

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Tesla may not be allowed to operate Giga Berlin fully yet, but the company is not wasting any time in ensuring that its employees in the Grünheide complex can get to work as efficiently and conveniently as possible.

Tesla now operates the most productive car factory in the US

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Tesla is now operating the most productive car factory in the US, according to a new report tracking all US auto factories. more… The post Tesla now operates the most productive car factory in the US appeared first on Electrek.

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C4V introduces LiSER, a cobalt- and nickel-free Li-ion cell technology with 40-50% higher energy density, 5 x more power density than LFP

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Charge CCCV (C4V), a lithium ion battery technology company ( earlier post ), has introduced LiSER (Lithium Slim Energy Reserve), a novel cell technology platform.

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First-time EV owners are charmed by electric, but brands have a lot to lose, study suggests

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Most first-time EV owners are very satisfied with the experience—especially with respect to service, driving enjoyment, and styling. And satisfaction with range is a key purchase reason for certain EV models. Those are among the findings from J.D. Power’s 2022 U.S.

SpaceX targeting 52 Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy launches in 2022

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Shortly before SpaceX was scheduled to launch an Italian Earth observation satellite, a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) revealed that the company aims to conduct as many as 52 launches this year.

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Parallel Systems raises $50M Series A to build autonomous battery-electric rail cars that move freight

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Parallel Systems, a company founded by former SpaceX engineers to reimagine the railroad system, has raised $49.55 million in Series A funds to build autonomous battery-electric rail vehicles that move freight.

Want to try life with an EV? Subscribe to a Tesla Model 3

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Adopting the electric-car lifestyle requires a change in mindset, especially with respect to charging. And if you think you’re ready for an EV but want to test how living with one works, there are now a few ways to try before you buy (or lease)—with a Tesla Model 3, of course.

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Tesla trifecta dominates JD Power’s 2022 EV Experience Ownership Study

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Tesla’s rankings with JD Power’s previous Dependability Surveys have placed the California-based EV maker’s creations among the worst-ranked cars in the country, but in the agency’s 2022 US Electric Vehicle Experience Ownership Study, the Model 3, Model Y, and Model S ended up garnering the highest scores. .

Hybrid electric aircraft builder Electra secures series A funding from Lockheed Martin

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The venture capital arm of the Lockheed Martin Corporation has invested in Electra, Inc.’s ’s Series A funding round last week, giving the company’s electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft concept a double injection of cash, and credibility.

More than 300 customers have ordered 10,000 Ford E-Transit electric vans

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More than 300 customers have plced orders for a total of 10,000 E-Transit vans, according to Ford Pro, the global commercial and government business and brand within Ford.

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Electrified Airstream, all the EVs due in 2022, battery swapping big time: The Week in Reverse

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Which automaker proposed powering EV fast-charging stations with fuel cells? Which big multinational company sees fast-charging profitable by later in the decade? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending January 21, 2022.

Elon Musk posts sharpest response yet after Biden praises GM’s EV efforts again

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Elon Musk has posted what could very well be his cheekiest response yet to US President Joe Biden. Musk’s sharp comments came after the US President’s official Twitter handle posted a video featuring GM CEO Mary Barra and the veteran automaker’s EV plans.

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Geely and Renault sign agreement to take on S. Korean car market, together

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Chinese automotive giant and Volvo/Polestar parent company, Geely, has signed an agreement with the French Renault Group to launch a new collaboration intended to bring fuel-efficient hybrid electric cars to South Korea, as well as export sales into other Asian markets.

EIA forecasts US fossil fuel production to reach new highs in 2023

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After declining in 2020, the combined production of US fossil fuels (including natural gas, crude oil, and coal) increased by 2% in 2021 to 77.14 quadrillion British thermal units.

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Battery firm Factorial aiming to provide cells for EV testing, claiming up to 50% range boost

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Solid-state battery firm Factorial Energy is nearly ready to provide test cells to automakers, the company said last week in a press release announcing completion of its Series D funding round. Factorial said it raised $200 million in the round, which was led by Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis.

GMC Hummer EV sports its massive size alongside full-size SUV

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The GMC Hummer EV is finally making its way to dealerships on the East Coast, sporting its massive size as it sits alongside a GMC Yukon, one of the automaker’s largest sport utility vehicles.

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Geely-backed Maple Leaf 60S leaked ahead of Feb. debut, with 60 sec. battery swap

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The first fruits of a joint venture between Chinese automotive giant Geely and two-wheel experts Lifan have just been leaked ahead of their expected debut – and we can understand why someone just couldn’t wait. “Maple Leaf 60S” says it all!

Carrier partners with ConMet to advance zero-emission transport refrigeration solutions

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Carrier is further expanding its electrification capabilities through a new alliance with ConMet , adding trailer wheel-based power generation that captures energy that otherwise would be wasted during braking events.

Mini Recharged is converting classic Minis to EVs with "bespoke upcycling" program

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Mini is launching an EV conversion program for classic cars. The Mini Recharged program will convert classic Minis to electric drive, with all changes reversible to protect the originality of donor cars, Mini said in a press release.

Joe Rogan gives the Tesla Cybertruck some praise: “Coolest car I’ve ever seen in my life”

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Over two years since its initial unveiling and the Tesla Cybertruck remains as polarizing as ever. But while critics continue to argue that the vehicle is simply too “ugly” or “strange” to be successful, the Cybertruck is still attracting the interest of many.

Chinese part supplier orders super die-casting machines from Tesla partner, could NIO and Xpeng adopt one-piece manufacturing?

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Guangdong Hongtu Technology (GHT), a part supplier to Chinese EV automakers like NIO and XPeng, announced it will begin developing a 12,000-ton die-casting unit with the help of Tesla supplier LK Technology.

NREL and Hyundai Supernal collaborating with LA to study aerial mobility

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The exploration of airborne transportation and advanced air mobility (AAM) is the focus of a new partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Supernal—an advanced air mobility company from Hyundai Motor Group ( earlier post ).

Musk says Tesla isn’t working on $25,000 EV, suggests robotaxis make it less important

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed Wednesday that the electric-car maker is not currently working on its $25,000 EV and suggested that the availability of such a car doesn’t matter as much as when the car becomes autonomous.

Tesla’s most important product in development is its Optimus humanoid robot

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At Tesla’s Q4 2021 and full-year earnings call , Elon Musk talked about the company’s product goals. He highlighted that the production of Tesla’s humanoid robot, which internally has been dubbed Optimus, is one of the most important products in development at the moment.

Boeing Wisk-ed away with Larry Page’s eVTOL – to the tune of $450 million

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Wisk Aero, the California-based eVTOL company from Google co-founder Larry Page, recently announced a $450 million funding boost from The Boeing Company to further develop its Cora, an electric VTOL aircraft that the company plans to get type-certified with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an autonomous, all-electric, air taxi.

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Intel to invest $20B to build two processor factories in Ohio

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Intel announced plans for an initial investment of more than $20 billion in the construction of two new leading-edge chip factories in Ohio.

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GM: 1 million EVs in North America annually by 2025—including 600,000 electric trucks

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General Motors on Tuesday issued an update on its EV plans, including confirmation of two Michigan sites for EV manufacturing and battery production.

Tesla shows off its super-effective HEPA filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode in crazy new test

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Tesla released a new video to its YouTube channel today to show off its super-effective HEPA filter, which when combined with Bioweapon Defense Mode, keeps nearly all traces of pollution and particulate matter out of the cabin.

Leaked photos show new Tesla Cybertruck design with no door handles, removable wheel covers

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A couple of new photos leaked over the weekend of the Tesla Cybertruck, giving us a closer look at design changes that we’ve spotted recently from afar. more… The post Leaked photos show new Tesla Cybertruck design with no door handles, removable wheel covers appeared first on Electrek.

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BNEF: global investment in low-carbon energy transition hit $755B in 2021; up 27% from 2020; electrified transport grew the fastest

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In 2021, global investment in the low-carbon energy transition totaled $755 billion, up 27% from $595 billion in 2020 and just $264 billion in 2011, according to Energy Transition Investment Trends 2022, a new report published by research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF).

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Convenience stores want to bring EV charging to rural America

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Is rural America ready for electric vehicles? And where would you charge your Ford F-150 Lightning or Tesla Cybertruck when out on a long ranch errand?

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Tesla’s Fremont Factory was the most productive auto factory in the U.S. in 2021

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New data from Bloomberg states that Tesla’s Fremont Factory in Northern California was the most-productive automotive plant in the U.S., outpacing 70 other plants in the country. Last year, Tesla’s Fremont Factory averaged a weekly production pace of 8,550 vehicles.

Tesla delays Cybertruck production due to supply chain constraints; new timeline is vague

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Tesla confirmed today that it is delaying the start of Cybertruck production as supply chain issues, especially the chip shortage, would limit volumes significantly. The new timeline is now quite vague.

ABB increases stake in InCharge Energy to 60%; fleet electrification services

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ABB has increased its stake in InCharge Energy, a provider of fleet electrification services ( earlier post ), to 60%. InCharge Energy will maintain its leadership team and tech neutrality as it joins ABB’s E-Mobility Division. Financial terms of this agreement were not disclosed.

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Report: GM plans more Michigan EV assembly, battery plant

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General Motors plans to invest $6.5 billion at two Michigan sites for EV assembly and battery production, Automotive News (subscription required) reported Friday.