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Bosch acquires Five to accelerate software development for automated driving

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Bosch is acquiring the UK-based automated driving startup Five. Five is to be part of the Bosch Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division. Five gave preference to Bosch over other takeover bidders. The two companies share a common vision of automated driving and of safe automated driving systems.

Kia confirmed the EV9 electric SUV for the US: Now what about that electric pickup?

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A Kia electric pickup has already been confirmed as a global model. But it would need to be an upscale model—not focused entirely around value and affordability—to make sense in America, a US Kia executive suggested to Green Car Reports at the New York auto show last week.

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Tesla Giga Texas shows initial stream of freshly-made Model Y

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More freshly-minted Tesla Model Y vehicles were spotted on Giga Texas grounds recently. Tesla’s Austin Gigafactory will be instrumental to the EV manufacturer’s production goals for this year and beyond.

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The first US offshore wind farm has had no negative effect on fish, finds groundbreaking study

Electrek

Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island is the United States’ first offshore wind farm. The 30-megawatt, five-turbine offshore wind farm began commercial operations in December 2016 and generates enough energy to power 17,000 homes.

10 Solaris hydrogen buses to go to Upper Bavaria

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Two private bus companies from Bavaria—Busreisen Ettenhuber GmbH and Martin Geldhauser GmbH & Co KG.—have —have ordered a total of 10 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses.

Vinfast prices 2023 VF 8 and VF 9 around mandatory battery leasing: Here's how it works

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At the New York auto show last week, Vinfast released updated pricing information for both of its forthcoming VF 8 and VF 9 electric SUVs and offered new details on its battery subscription program, which will be the first of its kind for the U.S. market.

Tesla (TSLA) rises as Q1 earnings leave Wall Street analysts “speechless”

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Tesla’s ( NASDAQ:TSLA ) first quarter 2022 earnings results blew expectations out of the water. The company posted total revenues of $18.76 billion with a gross profit of $5.46 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $3.22. Operating margins were an impressive 19.2% as well. .

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Toyota investing $383M in US engine production

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Toyota will invest $383 million in four of its US manufacturing plants—in Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee—to support the production of four-cylinder engines, including options for hybrid electric vehicles. Toyota customers want vehicles that are fuel-efficient and electrified.

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Lexus reveals its first electric vehicle for the US—steering yoke not yet included

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Lexus on Wednesday unveiled the 2023 RZ, the luxury brand's first dedicated EV, and the first Lexus electric model to be sold in the United States.

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Tesla Giga Berlin’s vehicle production ramp will be faster than Giga Shanghai

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Elon Musk has noted that Tesla’s innovations would truly lie in its vehicle factories, which are essentially giant machines that make other machines.

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Tesla (TSLA) confirms its order rate surged after the Super Bowl

Electrek

Tesla has confirmed that its order rate surged following this year’s Super Bowl, which featured many electric vehicle ads.

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BMW unveils new 7 Series; battery-electric i7

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BMW unveiled the seventh generation of its 7 Series, including the first all-electric i7 XDrive60. Earlier post.) Three models are available at launch, including the i7 EV.

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BMW reveals fully electric i7 flagship sedan—as a version of redesigned 7-Series lineup

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The all-electric flagship sedan of the BMW lineup, the 2023 BMW i7, has been revealed. And it looks virtually interchangeable with the rest of a completely new 2023 BMW 7-Series lineup revealed Wednesday.

SpaceX static fires Crew-4’s Falcon 9 rocket as Axiom-1 return delay grows

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SpaceX has successfully static fired a Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to launch another batch of NASA and ESA astronauts after the crew “completed a full rehearsal of launch day activities.”

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Tesla Megapack project with 730 MWh of capacity is now up and running on PG&E’s network

Electrek

PG&E announced that they have turned on their giant Tesla Megapack project with 730 MWh of capacity, and the electric grid company expects that it will “enhance the overall reliability of California’s ever-changing energy supply.”. more….

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Mitsubishi Heavy looking to commercialize nuclear microreactors by end of next decade; 500kW output

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The Nikkei reports that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)is moving ahead with its plans to develop and commercialize nuclear microreactors—reactors small enough to be delivered on trucks—by the end of the next decade.

Tesla vehicles can no longer be bought at the end of their lease

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With used-car prices skyrocketing, Tesla is no longer allowing customers to buy cars at the end of leases. All Tesla vehicles delivered on or after April 15, 2022, are not eligible for purchase," according to new language on the company's website first spotted by Electrek.

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Tesla Cybertruck and Semi are candidates for 800-volt architecture

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Tesla may consider adopting an 800-volt architecture for the Cybertruck and the Tesla Semi. The comment was related during the company’s recently-held first quarter 2022 earnings call.

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Tesla unveils giant new 360 MWh Megapack project that is going to help power 60,000 homes

Electrek

Tesla has unveiled its latest giant Megapack project consisting of 360 MWh of energy storage capacity used in concert with a solar farm to help power 60,000 homes. more…. The post Tesla unveils giant new 360 MWh Megapack project that is going to help power 60,000 homes appeared first on Electrek.

ZEFER and H2ME deliver 100 hydrogen taxis to Copenhagen

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Two pan-European projects—the ZEFER (Zero Emission taxi Fleets for European Rollout) and H2ME2 (Hydrogen Mobility Europe) projects, both funded by Europe’s Clean Hydrogen Partnership—have deployed 100 hydrogen taxis in Copenhagen with app-based taxi company DRIVR.

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Tesla suggests possible shift to 800V in Cybertruck and Semi, not Robotaxi or 3/Y

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Tesla has reengineered its Model Y around easier manufacturability, employing a structural pack, new-format 4680 cells, and huge cast front and rear body sections. Despite all that innovation, a shift to an 800-volt architecture isn’t planned on any of Tesla’s smaller models anytime soon.

Tesla confirms new Robotaxi without steering wheel and pedals for 2024 production

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During the Q1 2022 earnings call, Elon Musk shared some details about Tesla’s new robotaxi vehicle. The new vehicle won’t have a steering wheel or pedals as it will fully utilize Tesla’s full self-driving (FSD) software. “We’re

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Tesla (TSLA) releases Q1 2022 results: beat both revenue and profit expectations in record quarter

Electrek

Tesla (TSLA) has released its financial results and shareholders letter for the first quarter of 2022 after market close today. We are updating this post with all the details from the financial results, shareholders’ letter, and the conference call later tonight. Refresh for the latest information.

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Baker Institute report: China has positioned itself as a gatekeeper to the energy transition; nickel case study

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The global push to convert the world to electric vehicles will cause supply chain complexities that could undermine the alternative energy transition in the United States, according to a new report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The detailed report— Need Nickel?

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2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV preview

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Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled the EQS SUV, a higher-riding counterpart to the EQS sedan launched last year. The new model is scheduled to reach United States dealerships later this year, as a 2023 model. The EQS SUV shares Mercedes' EVA platform with both the EQS and EQE sedans.

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Tesla (TSLA) Q1 2022 earnings results: Another beat with 19% operating profit and margin

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Tesla’s ( NASDAQ:TSLA ) first-quarter 2022 earnings saw the company post a challenging yet impressive quarter. The results, which were discussed in the Q1 2022 Update Letter, were released after the closing bell on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

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Tesla launches insurance based on real-time driver data in three more states

Electrek

Tesla Insurance, the automaker’s growing insurance division, has launched its real-time-driver-data insurance product in three more states: Colorado, Oregon, and Virginia. It is now available in seven states total.

Galp and Northvolt select Setúbal for Aurora advanced lithium conversion unit

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Galp and Northvolt selected the port city of Setúbal, Portugal (southeast of Lisbon on the northern bank of the Sado River estuary) as the location for their Aurora lithium conversion plant ( earlier post ), which aims to become a steppingstone for the development of an integrated lithium-battery value-chain in Europe.

VW CEO says electric pickup would be "the chance of a lifetime"

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An electric pickup truck would be "the chance of a lifetime," Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh said in a recent interview with Business Insider.

SpaceX-launched Uranus mission a top priority of new decadal survey

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have published their latest decadal survey of planetary science and astrobiology, revealing a recommendation that NASA prioritize the development of a flagship mission to Uranus baselined to launch on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

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Ford sells 750 E-Transit cargo vans to Penske Truck Leasing?

Electrek

Reading, Pennsylvania-headquartered Penske Truck Leasing has ordered 750 electric Ford E-Transit cargo vans and is taking delivery of the first of those EVs in the next several weeks. This follows Penske’s successful pilot of the EVs in late 2022. more….

CEMEX, Sasol and ENERTRAG partner to turn CO2 from cement plant into Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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Mexico-based global construction materials company CEMEX is partnering with integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol ecoFT and renewable energy company ENERTRAG to combine CO 2 with hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel.

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Tesla 800V Cybertruck hint, Audi Q4 E-Tron timing, DOE connects on V2X: Today’s Car News

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Tesla explains why 800 volts isn’t an end-all, be-all for EVs today. Audi updates on Q4 E-Tron timing. And the DOE is taking a lead role in studying bidirectional charging. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Tesla Model 3 to embark on grand 9,400-mile journey using printed solar panels

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A team of scientists from the University of Newcastle in Australia will be using a Tesla Model 3 as a means to test printed solar panels that they believe could be the next big thing in affordable, sustainable solutions.

Mercedes-Benz officially unveils details of upcoming EQS SUV, arriving in US late 2022

Electrek

Following two years of teasing the public, Mercedes-Benz has finally pulled the entire sheet off its EQS SUV. When it arrives at dealers toward the end of this year, the new model will be the first SUV on Mercedes’ EQ line to arrive in the US. There’s lots to unfold here, so let’s dig in. more….

Audi designs urbansphere concept for Chinese megacities

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Audi has unveiled plans for the Audi urbansphere concept car. Designers and engineers initially created the Audi urbansphere for use in traffic-dense Chinese megacities, although the concept is also suitable for any other metropolitan center in the world.

DOE partnership aims to spur US bidirectional charging integration for EVs and infrastructure

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The United States Department of Energy and several stakeholders have released a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to spur integration of bidirectional charging for EVs and infrastructure.