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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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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.


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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.

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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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 (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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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.,

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 Giga Berlin gets 17th early approval as facility sprints towards final permit


Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin in Grünheide has received yet another early approval. Granted by the State Office for the Environment (LfU), the new early approval would allow the company to construct tanks for antifreeze and windscreen washer fluid, among others.

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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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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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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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Ford Mustang Mach-E fails a key safety test that the Tesla Model Y aced


It appears that the Ford Mustang Mach-E may end up living up to its name just a little bit too much.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

UK fuel crisis is encouraging car buyers to make the EV switch


The UK’s fuel crisis is encouraging car owners to make the switch from fossil fuel cars to electric vehicles. Even though UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the fuel shortage is starting to ease, the interest in EVs has already seeped into the minds of drivers.

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Lucid begins production of Lucid Air Dream Edition; first customer deliveries in October

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Lucid Group has begun production of the Lucid Air electric luxury sedan at Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-1). Lucid expects reservation holders of Lucid Air Dream Edition models will begin receiving their vehicles in late October, with customer deliveries ramping up thereafter.

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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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.

Elon Musk shares bold take on Biden gov’t: “Not the friendliest administration”


During his recent appearance at the 2021 Code Conference , Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared some of his thoughts about the Biden administration. Musk was quite bold, stating that Biden “maybe a little biased” and that his administration is “not the friendliest administration.”

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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.).

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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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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SpaceX to launch world’s first deep space propellant depot around the Moon


As part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch that will send a commercial Moon lander on its way to Earth’s nearest neighbor, rideshare organizer Spaceflight Inc and propellant depot startup OrbitFab have revealed plans for the first high Earth orbit propellant depot.

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.

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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