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Nissan unveils prototype production facility for all-solid-state batteries

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Nissan unveiled its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery (ASSB) cells, which the company aims to bring to market in 2028.

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Fisker confirms 10-year battery and powertrain warranty for Ocean EV

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Fisker has confirmed 10-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) battery and powertrain warranties for its Ocean electric SUV, which is scheduled to start production in November. The battery warranty assures 75% of the battery's original capacity, according to Fisker's website.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk predicts that 2023 will see massive “wave of new products”

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Tesla has debuted a number of exciting vehicles that are yet to be delivered to customers. These include the Semi, the next-generation Roadster, and the Cybertruck, all of which have already seen delays since their initial target delivery dates were announced.

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Tesla is going to make a new futuristic-looking electric vehicle as a ‘dedicated robotaxi’

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Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to build a new futuristic-looking electric vehicle as a “dedicated robotaxi” – though there’s no clear timeline for the new vehicle. more….

Mercedes-Benz xEV sales up 37% in Q1; 32% of those battery-electric

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Mercedes-Benz xEV sales (plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles) rose 37% ub Q1 2022 to 67,800 units of which 21,900 (+210%) units were battery-electric vehicles (BEV).

EVgo plans high-power fast chargers at Chase bank branches, some with solar

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High-power EVgo DC fast-charging stations are coming to Chase bank branches beginning this summer—some likely with solar power.

SpaceX launches first all-private astronaut crew to the International Space Station

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft have successfully begun the first all-private astronaut mission to an orbital space station.

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Canada’s Budget 2022 calls for C$3.8B to launch Critical Minerals Strategy

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The Government of Canada has released Budget 2022. Among its measures is up to C$3.8 billion (US$3 billion) to implement Canada’s first Critical Minerals Strategy to capitalize on a growing need for the minerals used in everything from phones to electric cars.

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Electric DeLorean teased for August reveal, the first of an all-EV brand reviving a familiar name

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DeLorean Motor Company on Monday confirmed an August 18 reveal date for its all-electric successor to the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car.

Elon Musk’s talk at Tesla Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo: updates and details

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As everyone at Tesla’s Cyber Rodeo settles down to listen to Elon Musk’s talk at Giga Texas, the anticipation builds in the air. The Tesla community is eager and excited to hear about any updates and details Elon Musk will announce to the world at Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo.

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West Virginia’s largest solar farm will sit on a former coal mining site

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West Virginia’s largest solar farm will sit on the site of the 5,800-acre Hobet Mine, one of the state’s largest former coal mines, which went bankrupt in 2015. more…. The post West Virginia’s largest solar farm will sit on a former coal mining site appeared first on Electrek.

Achates near-zero heavy-duty opposed-piston diesel enters fleet service; compliant with 2027 NOx levels

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Achates Power announced that the 10.6-liter, heavy-duty opposed-piston, three-cylinder diesel engine it developed in a project funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and several partners ( earlier post ) has entered fleet service with WALMART Corporation in a Peterbilt 579 tractor.

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First drive review: 2022 GMC Hummer EV mainlines electric to truck fans

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Electric vehicles are far too often a polarizing tag. The idea gets sifted away into a particular ideological bin before some get the chance to grasp the freedom it enables.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk and Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson attend Biden admin’s EV meeting

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It appears that the Biden administration has turned over a new leaf, with senior officials holding a meeting on Wednesday with automotive leaders in the country. The goal of the meeting was to discuss electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure.

GM and Honda announce plan to ‘codevelop series of affordable electric vehicles’

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GM and Honda, which are already working together on two EVs coming to the US in 2024, announced a plan to “codevelop a series of affordable electric vehicles” to come to market by 2027. more….

Pace purchases 20 Proterra ZX5 electric buses and EV fleet charging infrastructure

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Proterra and Pace Suburban Bus has awarded Proterra a $26.5-million contract for 20 Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses, featuring more than 13 megawatt hours of battery storage energy, and two Proterra megawatt-scale fleet chargers.

Lexus RZ electric SUV set for US reveal April 20—with steering yoke

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Lexus has already shown its upcoming fully electric crossover, the RZ 450e, in prototype form. Now it’s almost time for the production version to make an official debut for the U.S. market—with, as the brand teased Tuesday, a steering yoke.

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Tesla Cybertruck sightings increase as Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo nears

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A new photo of the Tesla Cybertruck at Giga Texas has started circulating online just as the Cyber Rodeo looms closer. A recent video of Gigafactory Texas also hints that two Cybertrucks will be present during the event, along with the Roadster and Tesla Semi. .

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Germany boosts clean energy target to 80% from 65% by 2030

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Germany’s economy and climate ministry today announced a more ambitious target of clean energy making up 80% of its power mix by 2030 – a bump up from its previous target of 65%. Currently, 40.9% of Germany’s power mix consists of clean energy. more….

Volta Trucks reveals its first Truck-as-a-Service customer operations center

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Volta Trucks revealed its first Volta Trucks Hub that will deliver its Truck-as-a-Service customer-focused operations as the first full-electric Volta Zeros start customer evaluation in mid-2022.

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Alongside EVs, Porsche sees a business opportunity in synthetic fuels

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As it continues to launch new electric cars, Porsche is continuing to invest in synthetic fuels for internal-combustion vehicles. The automaker on Wednesday announced a $75 million investment in HIF Global LLC, a holding company for projects to develop synthetic fuel production facilities.

Toyota adopts Tesla’s camera-only approach to self-driving development

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Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet will utilize a camera-only approach for its self-driving project development, joining Tesla as the only other company to adopt a vision-based strategy to advance itself in the race to autonomous driving.

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‘The lights will not go out’ – Energy experts do not foresee EVs overloading US electrical grid

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According to research teams and engineers at multiple US energy laboratories, the acceleration of EV adoption will not reach any sort of “tipping” point in which charging EVs will overwhelm the electrical grid.

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Study finds twice as many cellulose fibers as microplastics in the Atlantic Ocean

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A study by three French institutes—Ifremer, the University of Bordeaux and the IRD (a public research institution)—has found that the surface water of the Atlantic Ocean is twice as polluted by cellulose fibers as it is by microplastics.

Biden meeting with Musk and other CEOs notes "broad consensus" on charging interoperability

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The Biden administration held a meeting Wednesday with auto industry leaders to discuss electric vehicles and charging. A major topic of discussion was the administration's goal of a national network of 500,000 EV charging stations, according to Automotive News (subscription required).

Elon Musk’s Starlink blocked by French court after legal battle with environmental groups

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Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service effectively lost its frequencies in France following a legal battle waged by environmental groups. The decision was published on Tuesday by the Conseil d’Etat, France’s Supreme Court for administrative justice. .

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Tesla is aiming to start production of its Optimus humanoid robot in 2023

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Elon Musk gave a timeline to production for the first time for the Tesla Optimus project, a humanoid robot capable of doing general tasks. The CEO believes the company can bring the ambitious project to production as soon as next year. It’s an ultra-ambitious timeline even for him. more….

Mercedes-Benz Trucks launching 3rd generation of OM 471 heavy-duty diesel

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks is introducing the third generation of its OM 471 heavy-duty diesel engine this year; the engine will deliver increased fuel efficiency and compliance with the strictest emissions standards such as Euro VIe.

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GMC Hummer EV review, traffic-light pollution, Porsche synthetic fuels: Today’s Car News

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The GMC Hummer EV isn’t a truck for EV fans, but it’s even better than we expected off-road. Poorly timed traffic lights are adding to emissions. And Porsche invests more in synthetic fuels. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. We drove the 2022 GMC Hummer EV last week in Arizona.

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Tesla Megapack batteries to power revolutionary new bitcoin mine in Texas

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Tesla Megapack batteries are about to be used for something extremely interesting. As per recent reports, Blockstream and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Block are breaking ground on a solar and battery-powered bitcoin mine in Texas.

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Rivian reports producing 2,553 EVs in Q1 of 2022, delivering 1,227 of them

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American EV automaker Rivian has shared production totals for Q1 of 2022 less than a month after sharing revised production goals for the year. Despite a slow ramp-up of EV production, Rivian stated that it remains on track to achieve its 2022 output numbers. more….

Flemish transport operator De Lijn to order up to 1,250 more zero-emission buses

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The board of directors of the Flemish Transport Company De Lijn has started a new purchase procedure to order up to 1,250 emission-free buses of various types with lengths from approximately 8.5 to 24 meters.

NHTSA investigates LG batteries behind EV recalls for GM, Hyundai, others

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening a review of defective batteries produced by LG Energy Solution that have been the cause of several large recalls, Reuters reported Tuesday.

SpaceX rolls out Dragon and Falcon 9 for second private astronaut launch

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A flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft have rolled out of SpaceX’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Pad 39A hangar and been raised vertical ahead of the company’s second private astronaut launch.

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NASA contracts Canoo to build EVs that will transport astronauts to launchpad for Artemis missions

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced it has chosen EV startup Canoo to provide zero-emission EVs to transport its crew to the launchpad for NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions to the Moon.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has produced more than 25,000 electric vans

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Mercedes-Benz Vans has to date produced more than 25,000 all-electric vans. The top seller for electric vans is the eVito, followed by the eSprinter and EQV. We have a clear goal, we want to be the leading manufacturer in the field of electric vans in the long term.

Chinese EV maker Nio might make phones—for the ecosystem, not to rival Apple or Samsung

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Chinese EV firm Nio is considering a line of smartphones in response to demand from tech-savvy customers, CEO William Li said in an interview with China-based news service Sina published Friday. Customers want a phone that connects better to Nio's vehicles, Li said.