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Goodyear develops non-pneumatic tire and wheel assembly for autonomous Olli shuttle

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Goodyear has developed a non-pneumatic (airless) tire (NPT) and wheel assembly to support autonomous vehicle transportation in a city setting for in-field use with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA).

Foxconn and Fisker confirm talks about making $30,000 EV in Wisconsin

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Foxconn and Fisker are in talks to build a $30,000 electric car in Wisconsin, local newspaper The Journal Times confirmed Thursday. Known as a contract manufacturer for the Apple iPhone, Foxconn announced plans for a Wisconsin factory in 2017, originally for large LCD screens.

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Tesla launches its Full Self-Driving subscription package for $199 per month

Electrek

Tesla has officially launched its Full Self-Driving subscription package for $199 per month or $99 for those who have previously bought the now discontinued Enhanced Autopilot package.

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Tesla FSD subscriptions go live for $99-$199 per month

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Tesla’s highly-anticipated Full Self-Driving (FSD) subscriptions have officially gone live. As per a blog post on the company’s official website, vehicles equipped with Hardware 3.0 or above could now subscribe to FSD features on a monthly basis.

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AutoX unveils full self-driving system for robotaxis powered by NVIDIA DRIVE

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China-based self-driving startup AutoX unveiled its full Gen5 self-driving system this week. The autonomous driving platform, which is specifically designed for robotaxis, uses NVIDIA DRIVE automotive grade GPUs to reach up to 2,200 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of AI compute performance.

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The 50-mpg club: 8 affordable cars making the best of high gas prices

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Pandemic year or not, gas prices run on supply and demand. Those simple rules have again pushed up prices at the pump, leading many more Americans to once again think about fuel efficiency.

Tesla launches its own virtual power plant with Powerwalls to help California’s grid

Electrek

Tesla is launching its own virtual power plant with the Powerwall in California in order to help the grid, which is expected to be under pressure this year. more… The post Tesla launches its own virtual power plant with Powerwalls to help California’s grid appeared first on Electrek.

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Volkswagen Group continues switch to low-emission logistics with order for four more LNG ships

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Volkswagen is the first automaker to transport most of its new vehicles overseas using low-emission LNG ships. After the first two LNG car carriers entered service in 2020, Volkswagen Group Logistics has now ordered four more ships with dual-fuel engines that can be powered with LNG.

Charge your 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EV outside: GM renews caution over fire concerns

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Drivers of certain 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV models recently endured months of living with just 90% of their battery capacity and range—and a winter of charging outside—due to concerns over fire risk.

Pirelli introduces EV dedicated tire to debut on the Lucid Air

Electrek

Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli has announced a new high load (HL) index tire that will make its debut on the upcoming Lucid Air sedan. This HL tire was designed specifically for electric cars and SUVs to support heavier weight from batteries while maintaining a low rolling resistance.

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Tesla bull ARK Invest estimates Starlink to generate over $20B cash flow per year

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One of Tesla’s most ardent bulls believes that Elon Musk’s Starlink has a lot of innate potential, so much so that the satellite internet service may churn over $20 billion of cash flow annually.

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Universal Hydrogen signs LOIs with 3 carriers for hydrogen-powered aircraft

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Universal Hydrogen ( earlier post ) has signed LOIs with Icelandair Group (Iceland), Air Nostrum (Spain), and Ravn Air (Alaska) for aftermarket conversion of aircraft to hydrogen propulsion and for the supply of green hydrogen fuel using Universal Hydrogen’s modular capsules.

Jeep EVs, Bosch CVT for EVs, GM fleet charging, Ford charging while towing: Today’s Car News

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Bosch thinks CVTs are a good idea for EVs. Jeep is rolling out a full slate of electric SUVs. GM is extending its holistic charging approach to fleets. And Ford looks at towing and charging. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

XPeng shares footage of its X2 electric flying car

Electrek

A new flying car prototype with autonomous capabilities has been unveiled by XPeng Huitian, a division of XPeng Motors in China.

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Tesla Cybertruck could be ‘a flop,’ but Elon Musk doesn’t care

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The Tesla Cybertruck’s unique design is unlike any other vehicle on the market, and CEO Elon Musk says there is a chance the all-electric pickup could ultimately flop, but he doesn’t care.

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Factorial Energy testing results for 40Ah solid-state battery: 97.3% capacity retention after 675 cycles

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In April, Factorial Energy, a start-up solid-state battery technology company, emerged from stealth mode with a 40Ah solid-state battery cell for electric vehicles (EVs) and other applications. Earlier post.).

EVs could be charged when towed: Ford patent suggests some creative uses

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Ford has patented a way to charge electric vehicles by flat-towing them, which opens up some interesting possibilities. First spotted by The Drive, the patent describes how an EV can be charged while being towed behind another vehicle.

Porsche is on pace to double Taycan sales to 40,000 electric cars this year

Electrek

Porsche is on pace to double Taycan sales to 40,000 units this year as the electric car is becoming an important part of the premium automaker’s lineup. more… The post Porsche is on pace to double Taycan sales to 40,000 electric cars this year appeared first on Electrek.

Ford Norway responds after six Mach-E units overheat due to regen braking use

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Ford has pledged to address an issue that has emerged in a number of Mustang Mach-E vehicles in Norway, which resulted in the all-electric crossovers shutting down in a popular tourist spot. The American automaker has noted that a software update should fix the issue. .

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Volkswagen lays out its NEW AUTO strategy: transforming from manufacturer to software-driven mobility provider; Scalable Systems Platform

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Volkswagen Group executives laid out the basics of the new Group strategy “NEW AUTO – Mobility for Generations to Come”, which will see the Group realign from being a from vehicle manufacturer to a leading, global software-driven mobility provider.

Report: Multiple battery suppliers are vying to make Tesla 4680 cells

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Tesla may not have to search for a supplier to manufacture its proposed large-format battery cells. Samsung SDI and LG Energy Solution are both vying to make the new cells, The Korea Herald reported Tuesday.

Elon Musk explains how Tesla Cybertruck’s lack of door handles will work

Electrek

Elon Musk has quickly explained how Tesla Cybertruck’s lack of door handles will work, which is basically as expected. more… The post Elon Musk explains how Tesla Cybertruck’s lack of door handles will work appeared first on Electrek.

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The Tesla Cybertruck’s looks are not as big of a deal as critics think

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Just recently, Elon Musk acknowledged on Twitter that the Tesla Cybertruck might be a flop simply because it is so unlike anything else on the market.

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Hyundai Motor to pilot autonomous demand-responsive “RoboShuttle” service

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Hyundai Motor Company will begin a test operation of its RoboShuttle service on 9 August in South Korea. The demand-responsive, high-occupancy vehicle service, powered by autonomous driving and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, will operate along a 6.1-km route in Sejong Smart City.

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge presents a sleeker take on the XC40 Recharge

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SUVs are proving to be so popular these days that they all seem to be spawning coupe-like variants that are SUVs, just less practical. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the latest to procreate, with the Volvo C40 Recharge set to debut as a 2022 model early next year.

Elon Musk: Tesla is upgrading Supercharger network to 300 kW faster charging

Electrek

Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is upgrading the Supercharger network from 250 kW to 300 kW max capacity in order to enable faster charging. more… The post Elon Musk: Tesla is upgrading Supercharger network to 300 kW faster charging appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla Model Y Long Range is now sold out in the US and Canada for the third quarter

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The third quarter may only be in its first weeks, but Tesla already appears to have sold out the Model Y Long Range Dual Motor for Q3 2021 in the United States and Canada.

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Bosch demonstrates CVT for EVs

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Certain applications can pose challenges for an electrical powertrain, when towing trailers, tackling steep ascents with a heavy load on board, or driving longer freeway stretches at high speed, the battery charge drops rapidly.

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Jeep plans a lineup of fully electric vehicles by 2025—if you think globally

Green Car Reports

“4xe is the new 4x4” is both a terse Jeep marketing tagline and clever branding nobody else had claimed yet.

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Tesla mysteriously stops taking new orders for Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor in China

Electrek

Tesla has mysteriously removed the Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor from its Chinese configurator, which means that it has stopped taking new orders for the popular version of the electric car in China.

SpaceX to build world’s most advanced rocket engine factory in Central Texas

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CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX has plans to build the “most advanced rocket engine factory in the world” in Central Texas to support the growing needs of Starship and Super Heavy.

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Exro unveils new application for Coil Driver motor controller: optimizing charging and V2G

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Exro Technologies is introducing a new application for its patented Coil Driver technology—enabling EVs to fast charge seamlessly and provide electricity back to the grid regardless of power source or charger type.

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VW aiming for profitability with single EV platform—to be shared with other automakers

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Volkswagen on Tuesday announced a "New Auto" strategy that aims to consolidate future electric cars onto a single platform, and calls for increased emphasis on software and the development of autonomous-driving tech.

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Tesla will most likely get involved in electric aircraft space, says Morgan Stanley

Electrek

Adam Jonas, a Morgan Stanley analyst and one of the most popular analysts covering Tesla, argues that the automaker will likely get involved in the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) space.

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Tesla’s 4680 battery has suppliers battling for the contract of a lifetime

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Tesla’s 4680 battery cell has battery makers and suppliers battling for the contract of a lifetime, developing prototypes and samples of the cylindrical design in an effort to win a contract from the electric car company.

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Chiyoda lands $2.7B contract for new copper smelter in Indonesia

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Japan-based Chiyoda Corporation has been awarded a $2.7-billion engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI)—a mineral mining company affiliate of US-based Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) and MIND ID Indonesia’s Mining Industry—for a copper smelter in Gresik, East Java, Indonesia.

EU proposes 2035 as the end date for internal combustion cars

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The European Union on Wednesday proposed tougher emissions targets that would effectively end sales of new gasoline and diesel cars from 2035, Reuters reported.