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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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The Boring Company is finally going to make a full-scale version of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

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The Boring Company is finally going to make a full-scale version of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop – a new high-speed mode of transportation – and it is coming as soon as this year. 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 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.

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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

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.

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.

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

Electrek

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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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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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.

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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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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….

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

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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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SpaceX’s Starlink service coming to Hawaiian Airlines

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

The US generated a record 18% of its electricity from wind and solar in March

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Last month, the US generated 18% of its electricity from wind and solar (59 TWh) for the first time. That beat the previous record set in March 2021 (53 TWh), according to new data from global energy think tank Ember. more….

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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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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.

US electric car sales jumped to an impressive record high last quarter

Electrek

Electric car sales in the United States jumped to a record high of over 200,000 vehicles during the last quarter (Q1 2022). It’s a good sign, but the US EV market is still extremely reliant on Tesla and California. 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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Volta commercial electric trucks made no design allowance for internal combustion

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Sweden-based Volta Trucks on Tuesday unveiled the latest in a series of electric commercial trucks designed with no allowance for internal combustion engines.

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Neuralink still on track for first human trials by end of 2022

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Elon Musk shared a few updates on Neuralink, including that the company is still on track for human trials by the end of 2022. In February 2021, Musk shared that Neuralink was working “super hard” to make its brain implant safe.

Volkswagen reportedly considering a second US production site plus new battery cell plant

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According to a recent report out of Germany, Volkswagen is flirting with the idea of opening a second US production facility, possibly in Chattanooga, TN, where its current footprint is.

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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.

2023 Polestar 2 gets improved range, fresh colors and wheels

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The 2023 Polestar 2 gets a handful of updates for the new model year, including fresh colors and wheels. Polestar also claims range improvements and a lower carbon footprint from the use of renewable energy in the manufacturing process.