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Porsche, Customcells plant to start production in 2024 with 100 MWh/year; Si anode, BASF HED NCM cathode

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In June, Porsche announced an investment 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.

Study busts myth about EV greenhouse gas emissions and dirty grids

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A new study confirms that, even when charged from the dirtiest electricity grids, electric cars are still cleaner than internal combustion engines over their lifecycles.

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Rivian raises $2.5B, confirms it’s looking for second US EV factory location

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Rivian announced that it closed a $2.5 billion investment round with investments from Amazon, Ford, and others. The automaker also confirmed that it’s looking for a location for a second electric vehicle factory in the US after the media reported on the project.

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Elon Musk confirms new Tesla Model S will not have a “normal” steering wheel option

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The Tesla Model S Plaid has been favorably received in terms of its performance and tech, but there is one aspect of the vehicle that has remained divisive since Day 1: its steering yoke, which has resulted in a substantial amount of skepticism from both Tesla critics and supporters alike.

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Mercedes-Benz acquires electric motor technology company YASA

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Mercedes-Benz has acquired YASA, a pioneer in next-generation electric drive technology.

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Lightyear One solar car will be made by Finland's Valmet

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Dutch startup Lightyear has selected Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive to build the Lightyear One solar-supplemented electric car. Prototype builds are scheduled to start in January 2022, followed by full production in summer 2022, Lightyear said in a press release.

[UPDATED] GM announces recall after a dozen Bolt EV Fires; 6 key questions with answers from GM

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GM has announced a new recall N212343880 after a dozen reported fires in a little more than a year, and at least two fires this month that had their “final” software fix in place. Here’s what you need to know, and the major questions with some updated answers from GM.

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Rolls-Royce generator delivered for megawatt-level hybrid-electric propulsion system for aerospace

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The generator that will be at the heart of the most powerful hybrid-electric aero power and propulsion system in aerospace has arrived for installation at Rolls-Royces’s specialist testbed. PGSy1.

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Can today's grid handle electric delivery fleets? Mostly, find NREL researchers

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Existing grid infrastructure appears ready to handle an influx of electric commercial trucks, according to a new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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Elon Musk confirms Tesla will not offer a regular steering wheel on new Model S/X

Electrek

Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla will not offer a regular steering wheel option on new Model S and Model X vehicles. more… The post Elon Musk confirms Tesla will not offer a regular steering wheel on new Model S/X appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla’s Elon Musk highlights Virtual Power Plants’ importance amid CA launch

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Tesla has launched its Virtual Power Plant (VPP) program in California, allowing customers to utilize their Powerwall batteries and solar panels to help the state’s grid.

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Deutsche Aircraft and Universal Hydrogen partner on hydrogen-fueled regional aviation

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Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ( earlier post ), and Universal Hydrogen Co.

Beyond Hummer EV: Fully electric GMC pickup confirmed

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While the GMC Hummer EV will likely serve as an luxury off-road halo model for GMC, the brand’s reputation is fueled by fleets of work truck that don’t entirely fit within the Hummer EV’s eventual base price of $79,995.

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Tesla puts new Model S deliveries on hold, and it’s unclear why

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Tesla Model S buyers are complaining that they can’t take delivery of their new electric vehicles as they are told that deliveries are on hold. At this point, it’s unclear why.

Tesla Model 3 used by Police Department reveals massive financial savings

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The Westport Police Department in Connecticut has released a new financial analysis that is showing massive savings, as anticipated, after the purchase of a Tesla Model 3 that would be used as a police cruiser.

Study: annual climate impact of wild pigs could be greater than 1.1M cars

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By uprooting carbon trapped in soil, wild pigs (feral swine), are releasing around 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually across the globe, the equivalent of 1.1

First drive review: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS fuses electric-car wizardry with S-Class serenity

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The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS pitches the luxury nameplate out of its comfort zone and into an all-electric future it had slow-tracked over the past decade. Even with its remarkably rapid development, Mercedes is in the unenviable position of playing catch-up with the 2022 EQS.

Formula E holds world’s first indoor-outdoor race this weekend in London

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Formula E returns to London this weekend for another doubleheader, but at a new venue. This time, the race will be held in and around London’s ExCeL convention center in a unique track layout which Formula E says is the first indoor-outdoor race in motorsport history.

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Tesla Superchargers estimated to make $25B+ in annual revenue when opened to other EVs

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Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla is planning to open its Supercharger Network to other EVs later this year.

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BMW i Ventures invests in Natural Fiber Welding; plant-based leathers, yarns and foams

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BMW i Ventures has invested in Natural Fiber Welding , Inc. NFW), a creator of all-natural, plastic-free alternatives to animal- or petrochemical-based materials such as leathers, foams, and textiles.

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Lucid Air: EV-focused Pirelli tires help enable range, performance, refinement

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Pirelli on Thursday released details on a new EV-focused version of its P Zero tire, which will debut on the 2021 Lucid Air luxury sedan. The tire has a high-load (HL) rating, allowing it to support the extra weight of battery packs in both electric cars and hybrids, a Pirelli press release said.

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REE automotive to open US headquarters in Austin, Texas

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Zero-emission technology company REE Automotive has named Austin, Texas, the new home to its US headquarters.

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SpaceX’s fourth Falcon booster delivery this year hints at rare production uptick

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For at least the fourth time in 2021, SpaceX has shipped a new Falcon booster from its Hawthorne, California headquarters and factory to an expansive test and development campus in Central Texas.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems road map for climate-neutrality; 35% cut by 2030 from 2019; key role of mtu engines

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Rolls-Royce Power Systems has outlined its road map for climate neutrality: Net Zero@Power Systems. By 2030, the Rolls-Royce business unit is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% compared to its 2019 level through the use of new net zero and zero carbon technologies.

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Electric Jeeps, Volvo C40 Recharge up close, 50 mpg for under $30,000: The Week in Reverse

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Which automaker advised owners of its popular EV to park it outside? Which company thinks that CVTs are a good idea for electric cars? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending June 16, 2021.

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Tesla releases details of new virtual power plant, says it’s a public good without compensation

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Tesla has released details of its new virtual power plant in California, and it confirmed that Tesla and Powerwall owners will not get compensation. The company is presenting the project, at least at first, as a “public good.”

Tesla supply chain: Biden team plans $52B funding to address chip shortage among US carmakers

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The Biden administration is already assembling a team to invest around $52 billion worth of funding for semiconductor research and manufacturing, awaiting congressional approval.

Mercedes launches new plug-in hybrid S 580 e; Gen4 hybrid system, 100 km electric range

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Mercedes-Benz is launching the new S 580 e plug-in hybrid, with which the fourth generation of the hybrid drive system is celebrating its premiere in the S-Class. The plug-in hybrid is available to order, in both short and long wheelbase versions, with price starting at €123,736 (US$146,000).

GMC electric pickup, Volvo C40 Recharge price, Lightyear One solar car production: Today’s Car News

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There’s a second, more affordable electric truck coming to the GMC brand after the Hummer EV models. Volvo’s first EV-exclusive design has a price tag. And the Lightyear One solar car is coming from the factory that built the Fisker Karma. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Mercedes-Benz announces plan to go all-electric by 2030

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Mercedes-Benz today announced a new electrification plan that sets them up to “go all-electric by the end of the decade.” ” more… The post Mercedes-Benz announces plan to go all-electric by 2030 appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla signs nickel supply agreement with Australian mining company

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Tesla and BHP, a global mining company in Australia, signed a nickel supply agreement with each other recently. BHP will supply Tesla with nickel from its Nickel West asset in Western Australia.

EIA: US crude oil exports reached record levels in 2020 and remain high in 2021

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Despite volatility in global oil markets, US crude oil exports reached a record high in 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). As of 9 July 2021, US crude oil exports have averaged 3.00 million barrels per day (b/d).

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Musk: Tesla Supercharger network will be “open to other EVs” in 2021

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has at various points in the company’s history suggested that its Supercharger network might be opened up either to other automakers on a brand basis, or to other EVs in general.

Tesla signs deal with world’s largest nickel miner to secure resource for battery production

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Tesla has signed a new deal with BHP, the world’s largest nickel miner, in order to secure the resource for upcoming battery production. more… The post Tesla signs deal with world’s largest nickel miner to secure resource for battery production appeared first on Electrek.

Ford patents mobile charging solution for EVs like the Mach-E — by towing them

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Electric vehicles are prevalent now, but long-distance travel using EVs that are non-Teslas still tends to be challenging.

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ICCT LCA study finds only battery and hydrogen fuel-cell EVs have potential to be very low-GHG passenger vehicle pathways

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The ICCT has conducted a comprehensive global and temporal life-cycle assessment of GHG emissions from a variety of alternative passenger car powertrains and fuels.

Which EV model has the fast-charging connector compatible with more US stations?

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A year ago this month, Nissan confirmed that it planned to abandon the CHAdeMO fast-charging standard and migrate to CCS-format DC fast charging with its upcoming Ariya electric crossover. That leaves a single U.S.-market market EV offering a standard CHAdeMO fast-charging connector: the Nissan Leaf.