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Bridgestone to debut race tire made with natural rubber from guayule

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As part of a broader initiative to accelerate the use of sustainable technologies in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced plans to debut Firestone Firehawk race tires made with guayule natural rubber grown and extracted at the company’s guayule R&D facilities in Arizona. Earlier post.).

Did big EV ad spending from GM, BMW, Kia, Nissan result in a "Super Bowl Effect" for Tesla?

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The Super Bowl continues to draw ad dollars from many automakers, but not Tesla. Yet in its quarterly earnings report, the automaker mentioned a "Super Bowl Effect" that saw United States orders spike the day after the game.

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SpaceX smashes Falcon 9 booster turnaround record

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SpaceX has successfully launched and landed the same Falcon 9 booster twice in three weeks, smashing the current record for orbital-class rocket turnaround.

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Breaking: Florida governor Ron DeSantis vetoes awful solar net metering bill

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Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) vetoed a bill, which the state’s Republican-majority House and Senate passed, that would have slashed rooftop solar credits in the state. It would have denied many homeowners net metering in the Sunshine State, and harmed its solar industry. more….

Pony.ai receives a taxi license in China; commercialization of robotaxi services

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Pony.ai, a global autonomous driving technology company, announced it is the first autonomous driving (AD) company to obtain a taxi license in China. Pony.ai was awarded a permit to operate 100 autonomous vehicles as traditional taxis in Nansha, Guangzhou. In May, Pony.ai

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Heat pumps included in GM EVs could give them a real-world range advantage

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GM confirmed Monday that it plans to include heat-pump technology in all of its current and upcoming Ultium-platform electric vehicles. That includes the Hummer EV now being delivered and the soon-arriving Cadillac Lyriq, plus many more to arrive in the next several years.

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SpaceX’s Starlink service coming to Hawaiian Airlines

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Hawaiian Airlines will offer SpaceX’s Starlink internet service onboard flights.

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Michigan State University deploys full-size autonomous electric bus

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Michigan State University officially has deployed its full-size autonomous electric bus ( earlier post ) and is accepting passengers on the 2.5-mile campus route. The autonomous bus is one of the largest of its kind to be deployed on US roadways to date.

CATL launches first battery-swapping in China, aimed at those without home charging

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Chinese battery maker CATL is launching a battery-swapping service in its home country. Called Evogo, the service launches with four stations in the city of Xiamen. A total of 30 stations are planned in that city by the end of the year, meaning drivers will never be more than 1.8

Tesla bull details Elon Musk’s moves that forced Twitter board to strike a deal

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Tesla bull Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities detailed the saga of Elon Musk buying Twitter after the $44 billion deal was officially completed following the social media platform’s announcement just before noon on the West Coast today.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially acquires Twitter to take it private – it’s happening

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Twitter announced that it accepted an acquisition offer from Tesla CEO Elon Musk for roughly $44 billion, and it will become a private company once the transaction is closed. more….

LADOT launches $17.8M universal basic mobility pilot; e-bikes, shared EVs and on-demand EV shuttle

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The LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) launched its Universal Basic Mobility (UBM) Pilot in South Los Angeles—one of the largest programs of its kind in the country, increasing access to transportation options for thousands of Angelenos.

Chrysler boss: We are rethinking the minivan for the electric era

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To put it bluntly, Chrysler's current product lineup is old. That's not about to change anytime soon, but when the first electric vehicles arrive from the storied automaker it is clear they will lean into the automaker's strengths.

SpaceX’s private Dragon astronauts leave space station five days late

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Following extensive weather delays, a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) after carrying the first all-private astronaut mission to the orbital outpost.

Ten years of EV development sees battery range treble

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EVs have 3x the battery range and 15 times more range of choice compared with a decade ago

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EIA: China processed record amounts of crude oil in 2021 but exported less gasoline and diesel

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China processed record amounts of crude oil in 2021 to meet rising domestic consumption of petroleum products, according to analysis by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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States and environmental groups sue USPS over gasoline mail delivery trucks

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A coalition of environmental groups and over a dozen states filed lawsuits Thursday against the United States Postal Service (USPS) over plans to replace mail trucks with a majority-gasoline fleet.

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Elon Musk, Twitter reach agreement for sale of social media platform

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Following Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposal to complete a buyout of social media platform Twitter, the company’s board has decided to accept the offer of $54.20 per share. Twitter confirmed the sale to Musk in a statement on Monday. “Twitter, Inc.

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Review: Lion Energy Safari ME gives your home (or off-grid site) a massive battery and solar panel package

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I recently had the chance to test out the Lion Energy Safari ME portable power station along with the massive battery expansion pack and solar panel package.

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Ford begins full production of F-150 Lightning electric pickup; planned annual run rate of 150k at Rouge Center

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Ford has begun full production of F-150 Lightning electric pickup at the ultra-modern Rouge Electric Vehicle Center within Ford’s historic Rouge Complex.

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Ford starts F-150 Lightning production, confirms second electric pickup model for 2024

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Ford on Monday announced the start of "full production of 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks at its Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, part of the massive Detroit Rouge Complex that builds non-electric F-150 trucks. Ford said in a press release that it has 200,000 reservations for the Lightning.

Elon Musk states Neuralink can address morbid obesity: Experts say it’s actually possible

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During an interview with TED’s Chris Anderson, Elon Musk remarked that his brain-machine interface startup, Neuralink, would be solving brain and spinal injuries “for probably a decade.”

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Swedish E-Bikes

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Uppmärksamhet! New research digs into the economics of ebikes. What do Sweden, Norway, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and Scotland have in common? They have all introduced subsidies for electric … Continue Reading Swedish E-Bikes. Uncategorized featured

Purdue and Duke Energy to explore potential for SMR nuclear power source for campus

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Purdue University and Duke Energy plan to explore the feasibility of using advanced nuclear energy to meet the campus community’s long-term energy needs.

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California considers refocusing EV incentives toward low-income "gasoline superusers"

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California is considering targeting its EV incentives toward low-income drivers who use an outsized amount of fossil fuels.

Twitter likely to accept Elon Musk’s $54.20 per share offer as early as Monday

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk may be closing in on a successful Twitter acquisition.

It finally happened: GM announces the electric AWD Corvette

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Today GM finally announced the electric AWD Corvette and perhaps something that will have a wider consequence outside of car enthusiasts: GM’s Ultium platform’s “energy recovery system”.

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Aviation H2 selects liquid ammonia as carbon-free fuel of choice

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Will solid-state batteries be the key to make electric SUVs and pickups viable?

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Earlier this month Nissan announced the establishment of a prototype production facility for all-solid-state battery cells—with plans to establish a pilot production line as soon as 2024 in Japan, and market availability in an EV in 2028.

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RAM 1500 BEV debut set for Fall 2022, teaser takes jab at Ford F-150 Lightning 

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The RAM Trucks’ official Twitter account announced the RAM 1500 BEV’s official debut for the Fall of 2022. The announcement included a slight nod to its perceived competitor, the Ford F-150 Lightning, with the line: “Time to steal the thunder.”

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Tesla sends Powerwalls to power medical clinics in Ukraine

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Tesla has sent some Powerwalls to Ukraine in order to help power some “ambulant clinics” in Irpin and Borodyanka. Power has been unreliable since the Russian invasion – making battery packs like Powerwalls super useful. more….

Audi and partners piloting project to turn faulty car glass into new windowpanes for the Audi Q4 e-tron

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Faulty car windows often go in the recycling bin when the cracked part cannot be fixed. A closed material circuit does not yet exist for damaged car glass.

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GM confirms future electric Corvette; hybrid Corvette due as soon as 2023

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An all-electric Chevrolet Corvette is in development, but a hybrid version will arrive first, the president of General Motors confirmed Monday "We will offer an electrified and a fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette in the future," GM president Mark Reuss wrote in a LinkedIn post. "In

Anti-Tesla Super Bowl ads worked…but not in the way you would think

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On Super Bowl Sunday this past February, Tesla did not run television advertisements. The $6.5 million price tag for a 30-second slot during the Bengals-Rams thriller had other takers, though. Polestar was one of them.

Pony.ai becomes first autonomous driving company to receive a taxi license in China

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Autonomous driving developer Pony.ai announced it has received a license to operate its self-driving taxis in China, the first company to achieve the permit. will soon have 100 robotaxis in operation throughout Nansha, Guangzhou, charging riders fares alongside traditional taxis. more….

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ZF to launch new collision mitigation system for city bus applications

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ZF is set to launch a Collision Mitigation System (CMS) for city buses. Offering active braking to help avoid frontal collisions with other road users, including vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, the system also helps counter the adverse impact of braking momentum on passengers.

VW-BP project will add thousands of space-saving "Flexpole" urban fast-chargers in Europe

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Volkswagen and oil giant BP on Thursday announced a partnership to install up to 8,000 urban charging stations across Europe by 2024.

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