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Lightning eMotors and REV Group subsidiary to produce electric ambulances

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Commercial vehicle manufacturers Lightning eMotors and REV Group, Inc. are co-developing all-electric ambulances with Leader Emergency Vehicles, a REV Group subsidiary.

Aptera shows how its “never charge” solar EV performs

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Aptera Motors’ says that most drivers will never need to charge its three-wheeled, solar-powered car—offering a driving range of up to 1,000 miles—and that it will be “the most efficient vehicle ever made available to consumers.”

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SpaceX’s Starship to return humanity to the Moon in stunning NASA decision

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In one of the biggest NASA contracting surprises in years, the space agency has chosen SpaceX – and only SpaceX – to return humans to the surface of the Moon with its next-generation Starship rocket.

GM confirms $2.3 billion investment with LG in battery cell gigafactory in Tennessee

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GM has confirmed a $2.3 billion investment in partnership with LG Energy Solutions to build a new battery cell gigafactory in Tennessee. more… The post GM confirms $2.3 billion investment with LG in battery cell gigafactory in Tennessee appeared first on Electrek. Electrek

New partnership to advance high-temperature PEM fuel cells; focus on heavy-duty applications

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A new partnership comprising Los Alamos National Laboratory, Advent Technology Holdings Inc., Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work over the next few years to bring to market high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells.

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Washington State sets 2030 end date for gasoline vehicle sales: Most aggressive in the US

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Washington State has passed a bill setting the most aggressive timeline for phasing out sales of new gasoline vehicles in the United States, aiming to accomplish that by the 2030 model year.

Tesla Model 3, Model X are Google’s Most Searched for EVs globally

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The Tesla Model 3 sedan and the Tesla Model X SUV are Google’s most searched for electric vehicles globally, according to new data from a price comparison website.

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Total begins producing sustainable aviation fuel in France

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Total has begun producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its La Mède biorefinery in southern France and its Oudalle facility near Le Havre. The biojet fuel, made from used cooking oil, will be delivered to French airports starting in April 2021.

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Panasonic sees bigger cells as key to affordable EVs but is skeptical of Tesla format change

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In a rare interview, Panasonic's EV battery boss provided a glimpse of the company's response to the larger battery cells promoted by client Tesla.

Tesla Model X Plaid makes an appearance at Fremont test track with Tesla Semi

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An apparent tri-motor Tesla Model X Plaid was recently spotted at the Fremont Factory’s test track. Joining the Model X Plaid in the Fremont Factory’s test area was the Tesla Semi, another upcoming vehicle that is expected to be released in the near future. .

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Mercedes-Benz announces EQB compact SUV with 7 seats coming next year

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Mercedes-Benz announced today the upcoming EQB compact SUV with seven seats, and it will be coming to the US next year. more… The post Mercedes-Benz announces EQB compact SUV with 7 seats coming next year appeared first on Electrek. Electrek

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Mercedes-Benz unveils EQS electric luxury sedan

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQS, the first all-electric luxury sedan from Mercedes-EQ. Earlier post.) The EQS is also the first model to be based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles.

Rivian electric trucks will use cells from Samsung SDI

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Rivian announced Monday that it will use Samsung SDI battery cells for its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV, as well as upcoming commercial vehicles.

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Tesla Model 3 tops MotorTrend’s list of “Best Compact Luxury Sedans to Buy in 2021”

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The Model 3 may not have the conventional posh amenities of traditional luxury vehicles, but this did not stop the entry-level Tesla from topping MotorTrend’s list of “Best Compact Luxury Sedans to Buy in 2021.”

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Washington State bans gas cars by 2030 – the earliest in the US

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Washington State legislature has passed “Clean Cars 2030,” a bill setting a goal to require all light-duty vehicles of model year 2030 or later to be electric. The bill passed as part of a larger package directing utilities to prepare the state for all-electric transportation.

Ford to offer BlueCruise hands-free highway driving technology later this year via OTA to select F-150, Mach-E models

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Via over-the-air (OTA) software updates, Ford will offer its BlueCruise hands-free highway driving technology later this year on 2021 F-150 and 2021 Mustang Mach-E models equipped with the available Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package.

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This is what hybrid cars looked like 80 years before Prius

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The Toyota Prius may have popularized hybrid cars, but it was by no means the first hybrid to reach production. This 1916 Owen Magnetic predates the Prius by about 80 years. It's now part of Jay Leno's massive car collection, and was featured on a recent episode of his Jay Leno's Garage YouTube show.

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SpaceX Starlink internet could exit beta this summer, says Musk

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CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service will “probably [be] out of beta this summer” as the company continues to rapidly improve “service uptime, bandwidth, and latency.”

Tesla Cybertruck prototype spotted at its upcoming home of Gigafactory Texas

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We are getting our first new sighting of a Tesla Cybertruck prototype in a long time as the electric pickup has just been spotted at its upcoming home of Gigafactory Texas. more… The post Tesla Cybertruck prototype spotted at its upcoming home of Gigafactory Texas appeared first on Electrek.

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Porsche adopts new production process using patches, not plugs; Taycan EV first

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Porsche AG has developed a new production process at its headquarters in Zuffenhausen in collaboration with Tesa SE.

Report: GM planning second US battery plant with LG in Tennessee

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General Motors is reportedly making plans with the South Korean battery supplier LG Chem for a second joint U.S. battery plant—this one in Tennessee. According to Reuters, confirming multiple sources familiar with the plans on Wednesday, the $2.3

Tesla Cybertruck pays visit to Gigafactory Texas with Elon Musk behind the wheel

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The Tesla Cybertruck has come home, at least to some degree. As could be seen in recent pictures and videos from Giga Texas, the all-electric pickup truck recently paid a visit to the upcoming EV factory.

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EGEB: This tech repels dust from solar panels, saving up to 98% of energy

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Award-winning Superclean Glass makes a transparent electrodynamic shield that repels dust from solar panels. Facebook has procured enough clean energy projects to meet 100% of its energy needs.

Shell Gamechanger Accelerator Powered by NREL selects two green hydrogen startups for fourth cohort

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The Shell GameChanger Accelerator Powered by NREL (GCxN) has selected three additional startups to participate in the program.

Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid is still flying off dealer lots—faster than Mach-E

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An important metric for car sales is the average time a given model spends on dealer lots. The Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid is doing quite well in that area. The RAV4 Prime was the quickest-selling new car in March, second only to the Chevrolet Corvette, according to iSeeCars analysis.

Musk says SpaceX’s fifth Starship launch is scheduled next week, sets static fire date

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Update: As expected, SpaceX has scheduled a road closure on Monday, April 19th – most likely for Starship SN15’s first static fire attempt. The installation of three Raptors could begin at any point over the next three days and generally takes a matter of hours.

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro electric SUV receives 260-mile EPA range

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The Volkswagen ID.4 Pro, the first-volume version of VW’s new electric SUV, has received its official EPA estimated range: 260 miles. more… The post Volkswagen ID.4 Pro electric SUV receives 260-mile EPA range appeared first on Electrek. Electrek

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Tohoku team develops new electrolyte to support rechargeable calcium batteries

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Scientists from Tohoku University have developed a new fluorine-free calcium (Ca) electrolyte based on a hydrogen (monocarborane) cluster that could potentially realize rechargeable Ca batteries. An open-access paper on the work is published in Nature’s Scientific Reports.

Yamaha wants to power some very fast EVs

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The Yamaha name is often associated with high-performance motorcycles, but the company also wants to power some very fast electric cars. Last year, Yamaha announced plans to supply motors for other companies' EVs.

Tesla Roadster becomes first of Matchbox’s new line of sustainable toy cars

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Practically every car enthusiast in the world probably sparked their love for automobiles by playing with Matchbox or HotWheels toys. The small, affordable miniature cars from these companies have fostered car fans for generations.

Tesla prepares to use its new electric semi-trucks between Fremont and Giga Nevada

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Tesla is preparing to support its upcoming new Tesla Semi electric trucks on the route between Fremont Factory and Gigafactory Nevada. The automaker is going to be its own best customer when it comes to the electric truck.

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NIO and Sinopec enter strategic partnership; launch of inaugural Gen2 battery swap station

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NIO and Sinopec unveiled the NIO Power Swap Station 2.0 at Sinopec’s Chaoying Station in Beijing. This is NIO’s inaugural second-generation battery swap station and also the first under the NIO-Sinopec partnership, representing the rollout of NIO Power Swap Station 2.0. Earlier post.).

How the Mercedes EQS is more efficient than most other EVs

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Driving range really matters in an EV. Even when that EV is one that very closely parallels the S-Class, the brand’s longtime flagship for conspicuous consumption and twin-turbo V-8s.

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Tesla partners with Del Valle ISD on student training program for Giga Texas

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Tesla and Del Valle Independent School District (ISD) has started developing a student training program for high schoolers interested in working at Gigafactory Texas.

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Elon Musk reportedly tried to hire VW’s Herbert Diess as Tesla CEO

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly attempted to hire Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess to take his own role as chief executive officer at Tesla in 2015. more… The post Elon Musk reportedly tried to hire VW’s Herbert Diess as Tesla CEO appeared first on Electrek. Electrek

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Audi presents Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron

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Audi presented the Audi Q4 e-tron ( earlier post ) and the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron. These all-electric models represent the brand’s entry into premium e-mobility in the compact segment. Depending on the motor version, they achieve ranges of up to 520 kilometers (323.1

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2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron preview: Electric quattro utility for the masses

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Audi officially revealed the exterior design and styling, as well as many specs and details, for its compact fully electric crossover, called the Q4 E-Tron.