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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.

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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Tesla Supercharger station gets direct service from McDonald’s: get a Big Mac while charging?


A Tesla Supercharger station is now getting direct service from a nearby McDonald’s that offer direct delivery to Tesla owners charging their electric vehicles. more… The post Tesla Supercharger station gets direct service from McDonald’s: get a Big Mac while charging?

Tesla FSD Beta V9 delayed another week to ‘fix some obvious issues,’ Elon Musk says


The release of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta Version 9 has been delayed another week, CEO Elon Musk told Twitter followers early today.

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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.

California heat waves prompt alerts about EV charging habits, energy conservation

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California has more electric cars than any other state, but now the high cooling demands due to a heat wave could impact drivers' ability to charge their EVs.

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Tesla Full Self-Driving v9 beta update slips to next week, monthly subscription model follows


Elon Musk is again updating the timeline for Tesla’s new Full Self-Driving v9 beta update, which is apparently now slipping to next week. Tesla’s new FSD subscription model should follow at the same time.

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Carbon nanomembrane prevents dendrite formation in Li-metal batteries, doubles lifetime

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The energy density of traditional lithium-ion batteries is approaching a saturation point that cannot meet the demands of the future—in electric vehicles, for example. Lithium metal batteries can provide double the energy per unit weight when compared to lithium-ion batteries.

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Evasive Motorsports' modified Tesla Model 3 readies for a run at Pikes Peak glory

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The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of America’s most famous races, and for the past several years it’s served as a de facto proving ground for electric racing vehicles—including multiple Tesla Model 3s, all rather lightly modified.

Tesla battery supplier Panasonic sold its entire TSLA stake for an insane profit


Panasonic, Tesla’s main battery supplier, confirmed that it sold its entire stake in the electric automaker, and it claims that it won’t change its relationship.

Elon Musk says SpaceX’s second Starship booster prototype is almost finished


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the second Starship booster prototype is “almost done” and has revealed that work on the first flightworthy booster has yet to begin. For unknown reasons, SpaceX has recently changed the naming scheme for Starship and Super Heavy boosters.

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Rolls-Royce investing $110M over next decade to develop energy storage for aircraft

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Rolls-Royce is entering new aviation markets to pioneer sustainable power and as part of that mission will be developing energy storage systems (ESS) that will enable aircraft to undertake zero emissions flights of more than 100 miles on a single charge.

EV startup Canoo has a structural battery—but it’s not Tesla’s approach

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So far, most electric car batteries are built around a predictable hierarchy: Cells go into modules and modules assemble into a pack. In many cases, the case and internal frame of the pack make up its own rugged structure.

Atlanta gets $5.4 million to buy its first electric commuter buses


US Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) announced late today that more than $5.4 million in federal grant funding will be awarded to the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority to purchase electric buses. more… The post Atlanta gets $5.4

Tesla Gigafactory Texas earns “Manufacturing Project of the Year” award


Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas has been named as the “Manufacturing Project of the Year” by Area Development Magazine. The award was highlighted recently by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who shared the exciting update on Twitter. .

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IDTechEX: solid-state battery market will grow to $8B by 2031

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A new report from IDTechEX forecasts the solid-state battery market will grow to $8 billion by 2031. Under most of the mass-production plans, the solid-state battery will likely take off after 2025, although small-scale production may happen even earlier, IDTechEX said.

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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 confirms plan to open Supercharger network to other automakers next year


Tesla has confirmed to Norwegian officials that it plans to open the Supercharger network to other automakers by September 2022. The news comes amid several rumors of Tesla opening up its extremely valuable electric vehicle fast-charging network.

Tesla owners say their VINs are disappearing as deliveries near, Q2 comes to a close


Tesla owners are indicating that their VINs are disappearing from their accounts, and their delivery dates are also being pushed back several months as Q2 2021 comes to a close.

NREL study finds most depot charging could accomodate short-haul heavy-duty electric trucks without upgrades

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Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with two electric utilities, recently examined the causes, costs and lead times of distribution system upgrades anticipated for depot charging of short-haul heavy-duty trucks in the United States.

Gas and electric USPS trucks will be powered by Ford

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Oshkosh Defense on Tuesday announced that it plans to build its next-generation postal vehicles—some of which will be battery-electric—for the U.S. government in Spartanburg, South Carolina starting in summer 2023.

EGEB: Tesla models make up 54% of US EV sales in 2021 through May, and other fun EV facts


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Tesla models make up more than half of US EV sales in 2021. A Michigan utility wants to be one of the first in the US to go coal-free.

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Longtime Tesla battery partner Panasonic sells entire TSLA stake


Tesla battery partner Panasonic has sold its entire stake in American electric car maker Tesla for about 400 billion yen ($3.6 billion). As per a filing submitted on Friday, Panasonic effectively offloaded all its TSLA stock by the end of March 2021. .

Next generation electric Volvo flagship SUV to come standard with Luminar LiDAR and NVIDIA DRIVE Orin

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Volvo Cars’ forthcoming fully electric flagship SUV will have industry-leading safety technology as standard.

Despite partisan divide, Americans see EVs as better for the environment and want more solar power

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Although Americans are closely divided on whether to phase out internal combustion engines in the near future, they do agree more decidedly on the environmental merits of EVs and that we should have more renewable energy—as a couple of recent Pew polls suggest.

Tesla increases the price of the base Model Y again


Tesla has been almost continuously adjusting its prices across its lineup over the past few months, and now, the Model Y is seeing another small price increase. more… The post Tesla increases the price of the base Model Y again appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla will make some Superchargers publicly available to other EVs in 2022


Tesla plans to open some of its Supercharging stations in Norway and Sweden to other electric vehicles in Q3 2022. Last week, Teslarati reported that German Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer urged Tesla to unlock the company’s Superchargers to manufacturers of other EVs.

Vicinity Motors releases specs for new medium-duty electric truck

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Canada-based Vicinity Motor Corp. formerly Grande West Transportation Group), a supplier of electric, CNG, gasoline and diesel vehicles, released specifications for the new VMC 1200, a fully electric Class 3 medium-duty commercial truck.

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Some say "no climate, no deal" as EVs, green energy lose traction in infrastructure compromise

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This month marks a pinch point and reality check for the massive $2 trillion infrastructure plan that President Biden proposed earlier in the year—especially as he's said a higher gas tax is off the table.

Watch Tesla Model S Plaid hits insane speeds on Pikes Peak Hill Climb


Unplugged Performance has brought its brand-new Tesla Model S Plaid to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and the new top-performance electric vehicle is already impressing in the practice round.

Tesla Model S Plaid reaches 140 MPH during first place run at Pikes Peak Hill Climb


The Tesla Model S Plaid, driven by veteran Unplugged Performance team member Randy Probst, continues its domination of the Exhibition Divison at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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Canada launches $1.5B Clean Fuels Fund with call for proposals

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Canada has launched the $1.5-billion Clean Fuels Fund with a call for proposals for projects that increase Canada’s capacity to produce clean fuels. Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, made the announcement during the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention hosted by the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and supported by the International Association for Hydrogen Energy.

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Fisker teases more power, unique clutch for Ocean EV as production agreement signed

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Fisker last week announced a long-term manufacturing deal with automotive supplier Magna for production of its Ocean electric SUV, while founder Henrik Fisker teased more details of the planned EV.

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Fleet of 50 Tesla taxis gets shut down in NYC for some sketchy reasons


Revel’s planned fleet of 50 Tesla Model Y taxis in New York City was shut down by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), and the reasons they gave are sketchy, to say the least.

New Panasonic CEO talks Tesla battery partnership and 4680 cell production


New Panasonic President and Chief Executive Officer Yuki Kusumi is taking over a leaner version of the 103-year-old Japanese conglomerate.

Volkswagen targets metal binder jet 3D printing for production use

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Volkswagen is pressing ahead with the use of 3D printers in car production. For the first time, binder jetting is being used to manufacture components at the company’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. earlier post ) Whereas conventional 3D printing uses a laser to build a component layer by layer from metallic powder, the binder jetting process uses an adhesive. The resulting metallic component is then heated and shaped.

Up close with the 2022 Kia EV6: A more futuristic take than the Ioniq 5, with charms of its own

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Parsing the strange relationship between automakers Hyundai and Kia would take a licensed therapist. The two companies (but really kind of one company?) share so much DNA between their vehicles, but also have a stubborn insistence that each is very different.