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Austin’s Capital Metro to buy 26 Proterra electric buses, with option for 126 more

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Capital Metro in Austin, Texas has approved a plan to purchase 26 40-foot Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses, featuring a total of more than 17 megawatt hours of battery storage capacity.

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First customer-bound electric vans built at plant that birthed the original Hummer

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The plant that made something very American and very much a gas-guzzler is now making electric vans—albeit ones essentially from China. Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) on Wednesday announced shipment of its first electric delivery vans to customers.

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Tesla enters African market with its first Superchargers


Tesla has deployed its first two Supercharger stations in Morocco, marking its first entry in the African market. Supercharger stations are generally the first step toward Tesla entering a new market.

Tesla Autopilot loses its strongest rival as GM halts Super Cruise rollout


Tesla Autopilot’s most formidable rival from legacy auto is on a break, with General Motors confirming that its flagship driver-assist system, Super Cruise, is unavailable for now. The culprit behind this is, quite unsurprisingly, the ongoing semiconductor shortage.

Hitachi and Hitachi Astemo develop new compact, lightweight direct-drive system for in-wheel applications

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Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Astemo, Ltd. have developed a compact, lightweight direct-drive system for EVs, combining the motor, inverter, and brake into a single unit. This enables the installation of the entire system into the wheel.

Ford commits $11.4B toward US electric truck factory, three battery plants

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Ford on Monday announced its largest single manufacturing investment ever—$11.4 billion, which will include the creation of nearly 11,000 new jobs at two mammoth manufacturing complexes in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Tesla (TSLA) pushes Norway electric car sales to yet another record


Tesla (TSLA) had strong deliveries in Norway last month, and it helped the leading EV market to achieve yet another record. more… The post Tesla (TSLA) pushes Norway electric car sales to yet another record appeared first on Electrek.

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Jeep introduces first PHEV Grand Cherokee: 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe with 25 miles AER

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The Jeep brand has introduced the fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, including the first available plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe. The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in Jeep dealerships in North America in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Buying a Polestar is as easy as a Tesla, but with real customer service

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Buying a Polestar has been billed by the automaker as simple as a few clicks on a smartphone. How very Tesla like. In reality, there are some slight growing pains as the new EV brand takes advantage of its relationship with an established automaker, Volvo.

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Nikola’s ridiculous $2 billion Tesla Semi lawsuit might go away in a few days


Nikola appears to finally be letting go of its ridiculous $2 billion lawsuit against Tesla. Nikola had claimed that Tesla stole the design for the Tesla Semi. more… The post Nikola’s ridiculous $2 billion Tesla Semi lawsuit might go away in a few days appeared first on Electrek.

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SpaceX Starbase construction takes priority as next orbital Starship, Super Heavy pair come together


As SpaceX teams slowly prepare the first orbital-class Starship and Super Heavy booster for the next-generation rocket’s first full-stack launch, the company has simultaneously begun assembling a second ship/booster pair.

MAHLE Powertrain and Bramble Energy launch Phase 1 PCBFC demonstrator vehicle; range-extended EV

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MAHLE Powertrain and Bramble Energy have agreed to continue their collaboration to develop Bramble’s Printed Circuit Board Fuel Cell (PCBFC) hydrogen fuel cell technology. Earlier post.) The phase 1 demonstrator vehicle was launched at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle show.

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Where should future EV fast-chargers be? Mapping tool digs deep in data for answers

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As charging networks fill in major road-trip routes across the United States, analysts have created an online mapping tool to help determine where the next wave of EV charging stations should be located. Developed by M.J.

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Tesla produces 1 millionth battery pack at Gigafactory Nevada


Tesla employees have confirmed that the company has produced its 1 millionth battery pack at Gigafactory Nevada. more… The post Tesla produces 1 millionth battery pack at Gigafactory Nevada appeared first on Electrek.

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GM plans to become EV software leader, expand EV lineup to 20 by 2028: Reuters


General Motors plans to set itself up as the leader of electric vehicle software and intends to tell investors at a meeting next week that this, along with expanding its electric vehicle lineup to 20 models by 2028, is its focus over the next several years in the United States market.

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Wrightbus unveils two new single-deck fuel-cell- and battery-electric buses

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Wrightbus unveiled the new new single-deck GB Kite Hydroliner fuel-cell-powered bus and single-deck GB Kite Electroliner battery-powered bus last week at the Millbrook Proving Ground.

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Crowdfunded Atlis shows electric pickup prototype, again claims 500 miles and 15-minute charge

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Crowdfunded EV startup Atlis Motor Vehicles on Friday unveiled a hand-built prototype of its XT heavy-duty pickup truck, which the company claims will achieve up to 500 miles of range and 15-minute charging.

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The cheap solar-powered car you might never need to charge [Video]


Imagine a car that can charge using the sun, generate an income via a car-sharing scheme, and is also affordable to buy. Sounds like a pipe dream, right? Think again – say hello to Sono Motors’ Sion electric car.

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Tesla Model X refresh spotted anew in Fremont Factory


Tesla Model X refresh units were recently spotted in the Fremont factory’s delivery yard on Wednesday, September 29. The sighting hints that full-scale Model X Plaid and Long Range production may start this quarter.

WHO issues new, lower Global Air Quality Guidelines for classical pollutants

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New WHO has issued new Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) that reduce levels of key air pollutants, some of which also contribute to climate change. Since WHO’s last 2005 global update, there has been a marked increase of evidence that shows how air pollution affects different aspects of health.

Volvo plans to go leather-free in all of its EVs by 2030

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Volvo Cars announced this past week that it plans to make all of its fully electric models completely leather-free by 2030, as part of “an ethical stand for animal welfare.”

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Rolls-Royce unveils first electric car, Spectre, and will go all-electric by 2030


Rolls-Royce announced today that its first electric car is going to be called “Spectre,” and it’s unveiled the first prototype. The automaker also confirmed that it is going all-electric by 2030.

Tesla Gigafactory Nevada employees celebrate 1,000,000th battery pack built at plant


Tesla Gigafactory Nevada employees have built the 1,000,000th battery pack produced at the plant.

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Sandia team uses computational approaches to develop high-entropy alloys with attractive hydrogen storage properties rapidly

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Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and international collaborators used computational approaches, including explainable machine learning models, to elucidate new high-entropy alloys with attractive hydrogen storage properties and direct laboratory synthesis and validation.

First drive review: 2022 Rivian R1T shines as the North Star of utility vehicles

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The 2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup truck draws a lot of attention for a lot of reasons. Around town, the traditional pickup truck style finds the future with LED light bars ringing the rounded edges of the truck. On the road, it makes 3.0-second 0-60 mph acceleration runs look effortless.

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Elon Musk calls out Biden for ‘being controlled by unions’ after Tesla is snubbed at ‘EV summit’


Elon Musk called out President Joe Biden for “being controlled by unions” after Tesla was snubbed at a meeting about electric vehicles at the White House.

SpaceX’s orbital Starship prototype gets frosty during first successful ‘cryoproof’


For the first time, SpaceX has put the first orbital-class Starship – a prototype known as Ship 20 (S20) – through a routine cryogenic proof test, filling the rocket with several hundred tons of liquid nitrogen to simulate its explosive propellant.

Mustang Mach-E first EV to pass Michigan State Police tests

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The Ford Pro all-electric police pilot vehicle based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV has become the first all-electric vehicle to pass the rigorous Michigan State Police 2022 model year evaluation. Earlier post.).

At former GM plant, iPhone maker might build $30,000 Fisker EV and Endurance pickup

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Ohio-based Lordstown Motors’ chances of getting its Endurance electric pickup mass-produced are looking better—with the help of Foxconn, the Taiwan-based company that makes iPhones for Apple, xBoxes for Microsoft, and Kindles for Amazon.

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The British have a gas shortage, so they’re Googling electric cars like crazy [Update]


Analysis of Google search data revealed that online searches for electric cars in the UK exploded 1,600% on September 24 – the day that gas shortages became a widespread problem across the country.

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Tesla batteries switched on at world’s largest solar farm in the Middle East


A Tesla battery system comprised of Powerpack units was successfully switched on at the 1GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, one of the world’s biggest renewable energy projects. The Tesla Powerpacks were switched on by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

Nissan introduces new Townstar LCV in gasoline and electric versions

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In Europe, Nissan revealed the next-generation compact Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV), the Townstar. With a fully electric powertrain in addition to a gasoline-powered option in van and combi (passenger) versions, the new Townstar brings a suite of 20+ technologies to the compact van offering.

GM starts making BrightDrop EV600 electric delivery van, reveals shorter EV410 model

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General Motors on Tuesday announced completion of its first BrightDrop EV600 electric delivery vans, and revealed a second version dubbed EV410. It's a fairly quick turnaround considering that GM only announced the EV600, as well as plans to build it in Ontario, Canada, in January.

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First look and test-drive with the Lucid Air Dream Edition: An addictively speedy work of art


As part of my journey through Arizona for Lucid Motor’s “Production Preview Week,” I was able to catch a glimpse behind the scenes of the automaker’s facilities where the Air sedan is being produced.

Tesla begins hiring spree at new MegaFactory in Lathrop, California


Upon the announcement of Tesla building a new dedicated production facility for its massive Megapack energy storage product, the company is now launching a massive hiring spree at the plant, which is located in Lathrop, California.

Vulcan secures site for its planned commercial lithium hydroxide plant

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Vulcan Energy Resources signed an agreement with chemical park management company Infraserv to secure a site for its planned Central Lithium Plant (CLP) of its Zero Carbon Lithium Project, at the Ho?chst chst Chemical Park (Industriepark Ho?chst), chst), located just outside of Frankfurt.

How to buy an R1T: Rivian adds Membership to the Tesla model

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Rivian wants owners of the 2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup truck to be part of a network of eco-conscious adventure seekers. The startup carmaker’s own network spreads from its Florida roots, to offices in Plymouth, Mich., its headquarters in Irvine, Calif.,