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Shell starts up Europe’s largest PEM green hydrogen electrolyzer; 10MW, expansion to 100 MW

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Europe’s largest PEM hydrogen electrolyzer, has begun operations at Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland, producing green hydrogen.

Solid-state batteries are already being installed in city buses: Update

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As each automaker adds urgency to its electric-vehicle business plan and mentions solid-state battery technology as the future, remember this: Solid-state cells are already in use in vehicles, just about every day. Where are they used? No, not a skunkworks in Sweden, or a closed loop in Japan.


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Tesla patent reveals Elon Musk’s ‘table salt’ lithium extraction process that could slash costs


Tesla has applied for a new patent that is revealing the lithium extraction process that Elon Musk vaguely described as “using table salt to basically extract lithium from ore” during Tesla’s Battery Day last year. It could cut costs by more than 30%, according to the automaker.

Tesla FSD Beta 9 final release date confirmed by Elon Musk


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced what could very well be the final release date for the company’s Full Self Driving Beta 9 system. As per a recent post on Twitter, FSD Beta 9 would start uploading at midnight California time on Friday.

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SK Innovation expects to produce 500 GWh of batteries in 2030

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At the “SK Innovation Story Day” briefing session in Seoul last week, Dong-Seob Jee, President of SK Innovation’s Battery Business, said from its current 40 GWh battery production level, the company expects to reach 85 GWh in 2023, 200 GWh in 2025 and more than 500 GWh in 2030.

Lightyear One solar EV: 440 miles, with less battery than any Long Range Tesla

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The Lightyear One solar-supplemented EV was driven 440 miles on a test track on a single charge of a 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack, Lightyear claims. The test was conducted using a "validation prototype" at the Aldenhoven Testing Center in Germany, last month, Lightyear said in a press release.

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Tesla dashcam feature helps in arrest of maniac who shot Model Y in crazy incident caught on video


TeslaCam, Tesla’s integrated dashcam feature using an Autopilot camera, has helped in the arrest of a maniac who shot a moving Model Y. The incident was caught perfectly in a very impressive video embedded below.

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Volkswagen launches over-the-air updates for the ID. EV family

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Volkswagen is taking its next step towards becoming a software-oriented mobility provider; starting this summer, the brand will regularly send over-the-air (OTA) software updates to models in the ID. electric vehicle family. The first model to benefit is the ID.3.

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Dodge and Jeep parent is targeting 500-mile range, 2.0-second 0-60 mph for future EVs

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Less than six months after the merger of Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA, the combined automaker called Stellantis presented on Thursday what could set it up for success in the decade of the electric vehicle: a comprehensive EV strategy, the bandwidth to scale it up, and a big investment.

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Tesla opens orders across Europe for made-in-China Model Y with Sept. delivery


Tesla has started taking orders for Model Y throughout Europe. For current orders, estimated delivery is listed as September for Long Range models. In contrast to original plans, the first Model Ys delivered to Europe will reportedly be produced in Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory.

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Tesla Model 3 formally becomes Britain’s best-selling car, period


The Tesla Model Y may be stealing some of the Model 3’s luster in the United States, but the all-electric sedan is still a force to be reckoned with in Europe. This became particularly evident in Britain, where the Model 3 became the country’s best-selling car in June, EV or otherwise. .

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Kia introduces 5th-generation Sportage SUV; gasoline, diesel, HEV, PHEV

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Kia has presented the fifth-generation Kia Sportage SUV. Developed on a new architecture, the all-new Sportage will offer gasoline and diesel powertrains at market launch later this year, followed by hybrid-electric (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) models.

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London cab maker claims world's first electric camper van—but there's still a tailpipe

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London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has turned its range-extended electric London taxi into a camper van. European deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Elon Musk: Tesla will launch its ‘mind-blowing’ Full Self-Driving Beta v9 on Saturday


Elon Musk has now put an official date on Tesla launching its ‘mind-blowing’ Full Self-Driving Beta v9 software update. It should come on Saturday if it’s not again delayed.

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SpaceX Starship booster weathers thunderstorm ahead of first ‘cryo proof’


Meshing with road and beach closures requested earlier this week, Next Spaceflight reports that a SpaceX Super Heavy booster is scheduled to attempt a ‘cryo proof’ test for the first time as early as Thursday, July 8th.

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Renault outlines initial HYVIA hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure offerings

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In June, Renault Group and Plug Power launched their hydrogen fuel cell and infrastructure joint venture HYVIA. Earlier post.)

Fully electric Ram 1500 pickup and Dodge muscle car both due by 2024, part of $35B EV push

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Dodge won’t make muscle cars. Instead it will sell “American eMuscle,” and promises to “tear up the street, not the planet.”

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Tesla increases Model S and Model X prices by $5,000


Tesla has just released a $5,000 price increase for the base versions (Long Range) of both Model S and Model X electric vehicles. It comes just as the automaker started delivering the new Model S and hasn’t even started delivering the new Model X.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talks Starship space telescopes, artificial gravity


In his latest batch of tweets, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the company is already thinking about the many potential ways its next-generation Starship launch vehicle could be used in space.

BMW begins series production of electric iX

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BMW has begun series production of the fully-electric BMW iX in Dingolfing. The plant now produces vehicles with all drivetrain variants—i.e. combustion-engine vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fully-electric models—on a single line.

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Mack electric garbage trucks headed to NYC, could pick up remains of Nikola deal

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The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will purchase seven Mack LR Electric garbage trucks, Mack announced at the recent WasteExpo 2021 trade show. However, it's only a small step toward eliminating carbon emissions from DSNY's 6,000-vehicle fleet.

NIO announces plan to open battery swap stations to other electric automakers – any takers?


NIO, a growing Chinese electric vehicle maker, announced a new plan to open up battery swap stations and technology to other electric automakers. Are there going to be any takers? more… The post NIO announces plan to open battery swap stations to other electric automakers – any takers?

SpaceX drone ship completes 5000-mile journey from Florida to California


A bit less than four weeks after departing Central Florida’s Port Canaveral, SpaceX drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) has completed a more than 5000-mile (~8000 km) journey to Port of Long Beach, California.

EIA: US fossil fuel consumption fell by 9% in 2020, the lowest level in nearly 30 years

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In 2020, total consumption of fossil fuels in the United States, including petroleum, natural gas, and coal, fell to 72.9 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), down 9% from 2019 and the lowest level since 1991, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Monthly Energy Review.

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Volta's free chargers update EV drivers on local air quality

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Anywhere you are in the U.S., you’re reducing the amount of localized air pollution by driving an electric car—yes, even if your local power source is a coal plant.

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NYPD buys Tesla Model 3 and turns it into an electric patrol vehicle


Tesla vehicles are gaining momentum with police departments worldwide that are looking to save money and reduce emissions. Now the New York Police Department (NYPD), arguably the world’s most famous police department, bought a Tesla Model 3 and turned it into an electric patrol vehicle.

The Boring Company’s new flagship tunneling machine arrives in Las Vegas


The Boring Company (TBC) unleashed its new tunnel boring machine (TBM) named Prufrock in Las Vegas recently. Prufrock may help Elon Musk’s tunneling company build the Vegas Loop, which will feature several stops along popular tourist destinations in Las Vegas.

Toyocolor to supply SK Innovation with Lioaccum conductive CNT dispersions for Li-ion cathodes

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Rivian patents another maneuverability trick enabled by quad-motor layout

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The Rivian R1T electric pickup truck hasn't reached customers yet, but yet another potential new feature has leaked out. Rivian has filed a patent application for a "K-Turn Mode" that could make turning around in tight spaces a lot easier.

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Lightyear One prototype delivers 441 miles of range in latest track test


The latest prototype of the Lightyear One solar electric vehicle (SEV) has recently delivered tremendous range, all packed into a ~60 kWh battery pack.

Tesla’s Elon Musk acknowledges ambitious Cybertruck camper concept


Tesla is, by all definitions, a perfect example of how moonshot ideas could eventually turn into something tangible and disruptive. Elon Musk is thus prone to entertaining ideas that some might consider downright insane, such as the next-generation Tesla Roadster’s cold gas thrusters.

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Jaguar Land Rover providing I-PACE EVs for ground support for Rolls-Royce’s electric flight speed record attempt

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Rolls-Royce’s all-electric aircraft the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ ( earlier post ) will take to the skies for the first time in the coming weeks as it works towards a world-record attempt with a target speed of 300+ mph (480+ km/h).

Nikola, Lordstown, Fisker: SPACs have already raised $7.5 billion for EV-related startups

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Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have already raised $7.5 billion for more than a dozen EV-related startups, but with relatively little to show for it, according to new data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Hacker shows what Tesla Full Self-Driving’s vision depth perception neural net can see


A hacker managed to pull Tesla’s vision depth perception neural net from his car with “Full Self-Driving” package. You can see how the vehicle detects depth with a point-cloud view powered by computer vision.

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Tesla sales in Germany grow 431% year-over-year for June


The German Federal Motor Vehicle Office (KBA) reported that Tesla sold a total of 4,466 vehicles last month. Tesla’s market share in the German auto industry grew to 1.6%. In June 2020, Tesla sold 841 vehicles. This meant that Tesla’s sales grew 431.0% year-over-year (YoY) for June.

DOE awarding $52.5M to 31 clean hydrogen projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $52.5 million to fund 31 projects to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies and support DOE’s recently announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative ( earlier post ) to reduce the cost and accelerate breakthroughs in the clean hydrogen sector.

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Outside Tesla Supercharging, roaming agreements connect an EV charging-network patchwork

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Tesla's Supercharger network has long been the most prolific for public EV charging, but roaming agreements are creating a patchwork of other networks that can now compete with Tesla.