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Detroit Smart Parking Lab opens in September for real-world automated and EV charging testing

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The State of Michigan is teaming up with Ford, Bedrock and Bosch to launch the nation’s first-of-its-kind, real-world test site for emerging parking technology, called the Detroit Smart Parking Lab.

US EV sales have been record-breaking so far in 2021, despite supply chain issues

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EV sales are surging, well above previous quarterly and yearly levels—both in California and in the U.S. as a whole. That information comes from the California-based EV advocacy organization Veloz, in its quarterly sales update released Thursday.


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Airbnb now lets you search for accommodations with EV chargers


In a summer update from lodging rental marketplace Airbnb, customers can now search for accommodations that include an EV charger in their stay. Airbnb made the search addition after years of EV drivers requesting the option.


JD Power study ranks Tesla as 2nd for in-vehicle tech, just behind Xpeng Motors


JD Power’s 2021 China Tech Experience Index Study has rendered some rather surprising results. As per the results of the study, American EV maker Tesla was dubbed as the company with the 2nd-best in-vehicle tech among mass-market electric cars in China.

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US Army awards Cummins $87M contract to deliver the opposed-piston Advanced Combat Engine

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Home solar and electric cars are converging, and it's about time

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Electric cars and home solar complement each other, and a new alliance between solar-energy provider SunPower and charging-equipment maker Wallbox aims to make the most of that.

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A huge California hydropower plant shuts down due to drought


The Edward Hyatt hydroelectric power plant at Lake Oroville, California, was shut down yesterday for the first time since it opened in 1967 because of low water levels due to drought. Lake Oroville is California’s second-largest reservoir.

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DHL Express orders 12 all-electric cargo planes from Eviation

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DHL Express has ordered 12 all-electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation. Earlier post.) Eviation expects to deliver the Alice electric aircraft to DHL Express in 2024. Alice can be flown by a single pilot and will carry 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lbs).

Strong US EV sales, curbside charging, BYD and $25,000 Tesla: Today’s Car News

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A curbside charging project in Kansas City shows what could be done in many U.S. cities. The electric car sales charts aren’t just pointing to a Tesla market anymore. And could the most affordable Tesla for China be powered by cells from another EV maker?

EGEB: Petroleum use dropped a record 15% in the transport sector from 2019 to 2020


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): From 2019 to 2020, petroleum consumption decreased in every energy-consuming sector. 25 fossil fuel giants used Facebook ads to fight President Joe Biden’s clean energy plan.

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SpaceX ‘sleeves’ Starship-derived propellant tank for the first time – here’s why


In a small but important step towards activating a pad capable of launching the largest and most powerful rocket ever built, SpaceX has ‘sleeved’ one of its Starship-derived propellant storage tanks for the first time.

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California Fuel Cell Partnership envisions 70,000 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks supported by 200 hydrogen stations in-state by 2035

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The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) released a new foundational document for heavy-duty class 8 fuel cell electric trucks (FCETs), “ Fuel Cell Electric Trucks: A Vision for Freight Movement in California and Beyond ,” that envisions 70,000 trucks supported by 200 heavy-duty truck stations by 2035.

Congress proposes "clean hydrogen" production hubs—with coal as a potential source

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The bipartisan infrastructure bill headed for a Senate vote includes provisions for "clean hydrogen" hubs that would use fossil fuels, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Tesla wasn’t invited to Biden’s EV announcement because of unions, and it doesn’t matter


Tesla wasn’t invited to President Biden’s announcement about electric vehicles yesterday, which angered many Tesla fans. The White House press secretary has now confirmed that it is because of the auto workers union.

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Tesla Gigafactory Nevada operations exec heads to Plug Power


Tesla Gigafactory Operations executive David Mindnich has left the electric car company for Plug Power. Mindnich, who was with Tesla for over five years, has joined Plug Power as the Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing.

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Audi introduces longer range and AWD quattro versions of Q4 e-tron compact electric SUV

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In April, Audi launched the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron ( earlier post )—the first compact electric SUVs from the brand.

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Report: Fully electric "baby Jeep," hydrogen fuel cells possible in off-road brand's future

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An all-electric "baby Jeep" could be in the works as part of the brand's goal to have a full lineup of EVs by 2025, according to an Auto Express report.

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Tesla buyers are asking for better communications over messy Model S deliveries


Tesla buyers who ordered the new Model S are circulating a letter to ask for better communications around Model S deliveries, which are currently quite messy, for a lack of a better word.

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Tesla takes 3rd place in UK’s Top Car Manufacturers’ list for 2021


Tesla came in 3rd place in the United Kingdom’s (UK) largest car ownership survey, the 2021 Driver Power. Tesla took the bronze with 89.39%. The 2021 Driver Power Survey was updated to mark its 20th anniversary.

bp bolsters UK blue hydrogen plans by reaching agreements with more ?potential customers; 1GW blue hydrogen by 2030

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bp has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with a series of new ?potential potential customers for its proposed clean hydrogen production facility in Teesside in north-east ?England. England. In March, bp announced plans for a clean hydrogen facility in Teesside (H2Teesside) that would aim to ?produce

Could streetlight-based charging help apartment dwellers go electric?

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The Kansas City Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) will install streetlight-based EV charging stations under a pilot program evaluating curbside charging.

Honda launches low-cost U-GO electric scooter


Honda may have dragged its feet for years when it came to electric two-wheelers, but the company has now released a number of new and interesting designs. The latest is the ultra-affordable Honda U-GO electric scooter.

Tesla Model S Plaid closes on 8-second quarter mile, sets new record


Jay Leno’s time was beaten by a Tesla Model S Plaid at the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL. The Tesla Model S Plaid is a monster of a car.

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ArcelorMittal plans major EAF, DRI investments for decarbonizing steel production in Canada

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ArcelorMittal announced with the Government of Canada its intention for a CAD 1.765-billion (US$1.4-billion) investment in decarbonization technologies at ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s plant in Hamilton.

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Biden targets 50% EVs by 2030, as US automakers “aspire” to a lesser goal

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President Biden this morning signed an executive order to make 50% of new vehicles sold by 2030 zero-emission. Behind that, the automakers provided a backdrop statement then appeared to undercut the order itself.

Tesla to supply full energy ecosystem in new homes in luxury community


Tesla is going to supply its full energy ecosystem with solar, batteries, and EV chargers, to new homes in a new luxury community being built in Florida. more… The post Tesla to supply full energy ecosystem in new homes in luxury community appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin critics’ latest legal efforts fail again


The Higher Administrative Court Berlin-Brandenburg (OVG) gave Tesla Gigafactory Berlin’s staunchest critics, the Green League Brandenburg and Nabu, their latest defeat. The update was confirmed by Thorsten Deppner, the lawyer for the environmental associations, on Thursday.

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Nissan targets 40% of US sales to be fully electric by 2030

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Nissan North America has set a target that more than 40% of its US vehicle sales by 2030 will be fully electric, with even more to be electrified. 2021 Nisaan LEAF.

40-mpg Ford Maverick hybrid pickup will be in tight supply, Escape Hybrid is now widely available

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The 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid pickup offers three-quarter-ton payload and will tow up to 2,000 pounds; and yet it’s expected to achieve a 40 mpg city rating from the EPA.

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Volkswagen to introduce camo’d ID.5 GTX in September as a ‘near-production concept’


Global automaker Volkswagen has shared plans to showcase a version of its upcoming ID.5 GTX crossover SUV coupé next month at the IAA Munich Motor Show. However, this international expo debut comes with a caveat, as Volkswagen’s ID.5

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Tesla rumored to use BYD ‘Blade’ battery days after $25k car speculation swirls


Tesla could use Chinese automotive company BYD’s new, ultra-safe “Blade” battery design in some of its vehicles in 2022.

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Repsol and Talgo to develop hydrogen-powered trains

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Spain-based global energy company Repsol and Talgo, a manufacturer of intercity, standard, and high speed passenger trains, will promote a renewable-hydrogen-powered train, fostering emission-free rail transport in the Iberian Peninsula.

Legislators propose $2,500 federal tax credit for used EVs

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The federal EV tax credit has thus far only been available for new vehicles, but legislation introduced last week in both houses of Congress could change that.

Harley-Davidson’s electric bicycles roll out all over Europe in latest expansion


Harley-Davidson’s Serial 1 e-bike brand is taking a Eurotrip as the electric two-wheelers ride across the continent. more… The post Harley-Davidson’s electric bicycles roll out all over Europe in latest expansion appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla’s absence from White House EV event sidestepped in Pete Buttigieg interview


US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was recently questioned about Tesla’s rather evident absence at the White House’s upcoming electric vehicle event later today.

Komatsu announces customer alliance to advance zero-emission mining; power-agnostic haul truck

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Komatsu and its mining customers Rio Tinto, BHP, Codelco and Boliden have formed the Komatsu Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Alliance.

Hyundai claims Ioniq 5 EV will dominate Tesla Model Y in miles of range added at fast-charging stops

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Hyundai claims the Ioniq 5, the first model from its all-electric Ioniq sub-brand, will beat all comers in fast-charging rate.

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