Sat.Jan 07, 2023 - Fri.Jan 13, 2023

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NTSB Chair questions safety impact of heavy EVs

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During a keynote speech to the Transportation Research Board annual meeting Wednesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Homendy questioned the safety impact of electric vehicles. I’m concerned about the increased risk of severe injury and death for all road users from heavier curb weights and increasing size, power, and performance of vehicles on our roads, including electric vehicles.

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Chinese startup might soon make EVs with cell-to-chassis tech

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A Chinese startup plans to ditch battery packs entirely and integrate cells directly with an EV's chassis. With this goal in mind, Neta Auto on Wednesday announced a cooperative agreement with battery supplier CATL to use the latter's cell-to-chassis tech, branded as Integrated Intelligent Chassis (CIIC). In a press release, Neta said it would be.

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Tesla becomes top luxury auto brand in the US

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Tesla has become the top luxury brand in the US automotive market – the first time an American automaker claims the title. more…. The post Tesla becomes top luxury auto brand in the US appeared first on Electrek.

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Breaking: Tesla reduces Model 3 and Model Y prices in the United States

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Tesla’s aggressive sales strategy has been implemented in the United States. As per a recent update on Tesla’s official website, the company’s best-selling vehicles — comprised of the Model 3 sedan and the Model Y crossover — have been given substantial price cuts. . For the Tesla Model 3 , the vehicle’s base RWD variant now costs $43,990, $3,000 less than its previous cost of $46,990.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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DOE estimates EV battery pack costs in 2022 nearly 90% lower than in 2008

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The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Vehicle Technologies Office estimates the cost of an electric vehicle lithium-ion battery pack declined 89% between 2008 and 2022 (using 2022 constant dollars). The 2022 estimate is $153/kWh on a usable-energy basis for production at scale of at least 100,000 units per year. That compares to $1,355/kWh in 2008. The decline in cost is due to improvements in battery technologies and chemistries, and an increase in manufacturing volume.

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Waitlist opens for $40,000 Lightyear 2 solar car due in 2025

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Lightyear has opened a waitlist for its second solar-assisted EV model, which aims for a lower price point and something much closer to mass-market appeal. Straightforwardly called Lightyear 2, this new model is scheduled to start production by the end of 2025 with a base price of approximately $40,000, according to a Lightyear press release. The.

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Tesla beats BMW and becomes number 1 in the U.S. for luxury sales

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Tesla is starting off 2023 by beating luxury vehicle maker BMW in luxury sales and becoming the top luxury car brand in the U.S. for 2022. This is the first time a U.S. automaker has held this title in almost 25 years. In 2021, Tesla was bested by only 23,244 vehicles, but in 2022, Tesla led by 156,612 vehicles, Automotive News reported. Estimates from the Automotive News Research & Data Center found that Tesla sold over 491,000 cars in the U.S. in 2022, which is up by 44%, crossing one mill

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IIASA-led study proposes Underground Gravity Energy Storage as long-term energy storage solution for renewables

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Renewable energy sources are central to the energy transition toward a more sustainable future. However, because sunshine and wind are inherently variable and inconsistent, finding ways to store energy in an accessible and efficient way is crucial. While there are many effective solutions for daily energy storage, the most common being batteries, a cost-effective long-term solution is still lacking.

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Mercedes plans own EV fast-charging network, starting with America

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Mercedes-Benz aims to have its own EV fast-charging network in place by the end of the decade, focusing on North America initially and expanding to other major markets like Europe and China. Construction will start this year in the U.S. and Canada, Mercedes announced at CES in Las Vegas this past week. The automaker wants to have more than 400.

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Amid demand concerns, Tesla cuts prices by up to $13k in US

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Tesla has massively cut prices across new models in the US, with the largest drop being on the base Model Y, which is now $13k cheaper than it was prior to the price drop. more…. The post Amid demand concerns, Tesla cuts prices by up to $13k in US appeared first on Electrek.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Toyota Hilux Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pickup Prototype Unveiled

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Pickups dominates sales in many markets around the world. In the USA, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck for 46 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 41 years after selling an average of at least one F-Series truck every 49 seconds last year. In other parts of the world, the Toyota Hilux […].

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Factorial unveils 100 Ah solid-state battery cell at CES 2023

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Factorial, a developer of next-generation solid-state battery cells for electric vehicles, previewed a 100 Ah battery cell at CES 2023 in the Stellantis exhibition space. Developed as part of Factorial and Stellantis’ joint development agreement announced in November 2021, this cell results from the two companies’ continued collaboration to bring advanced solid-state battery technology to electric vehicles. ( Earlier post.).

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EV range-boosting heated seat belt is a mass-market first

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You might already have heated seats and possibly a heated steering wheel in your vehicle. Are you ready for a heated seat belt? That’s what ZF, one of the world’s top automotive suppliers, announced this past week at CES. The innovation is focused toward electric vehicles. While it might sound extravagant and unnecessary, ZF has a.

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Tesla Semis undergo final quality check before continuing deliveries

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Additional Tesla Semi units were spotted at the secretive Nevada production facility yesterday. Tesla is likely preparing them for delivery to PepsiCo. in Modesto, California, although they are not yet wrapped in the company’s branding. Zane Hinrichs spotted several new Tesla Semis just outside the automaker’s Semi production facility located near Gigafactory Nevada in Reno.

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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Footage of Tesla phantom braking causing 8-car crash pile-up emerges

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Footage of the Tesla vehicle allegedly on “Full Self-Driving” that caused an eight-car crash pile-up in San Francisco in November has emerged. It appears to show a classic case of phantom braking but also during Level 2 autonomy, the driver should have responded. more…. The post Footage of Tesla phantom braking causing 8-car crash pile-up emerges appeared first on Electrek.

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BYD and UzAuto to form NEV production JV in Uzbekistan

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BYD and Uzavtosanoat JSC (UzAuto) signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company producing new energy vehicles (NEVs). The new joint venture company, which will manufacture best-selling NEVs including the DM-i super hybrid models and related parts, is anticipated to be based in Uzbekistan. Founded in 1995, BYD is a leading NEV (plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles] manufacturer.

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Ram confirms range-extended EV, considers fuel-cell HD trucks

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As Ford and GM appear poised to go big on a range of battery electric full-size pickups, Stellantis and its Ram brand are readying more than BEVs as they shift to cleaner trucks. The range of Ram possibilities that became a little clearer last week, surrounding the reveal of the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept at CES, includes an electric.

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Twitter moves to #1 on Apple App Store for “US News” following Elon Musk’s takeover

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Twitter moved to the number one spot for news in the Apple App Store following Elon Musk’s takeover of the platform. Twitter has only been at this ranking since January 9, 2023, but this isn’t the first time it has ranked at number one since Elon Musk purchased it. The graphs by Data.Ai below show that as of October 12, 2022, Twitter’s growing rank was number seven for U.S.

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EVs Take 55% Of The German Auto Market In December!

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The tide has turned in the electrification of the German auto market, with plugin electric vehicles taking the majority of sales for the first time in December. Plugins took 55.4% of the month’s passenger auto sales, with full electrics taking a third (33.2%), and plugin hybrids taking over a fifth (22.2%). Plugless hybrids took 12.8%, […].

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Moscow has 1,050 electric buses serving 79 bus routes

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The number of electric bus routes in Moscow continues to increase. Now 1050 electric buses serve 79 bus routes in Moscow. Every day they transport more than 430,000 passengers. Recently the Russian manufacturer KAMAZ started to produce improved electric buses at the SVARZ eco-plant. The updated models have more visible route numbers, the doors of the electric bus open faster, and the electric buses are equipped with the heater and long-lasting floor covering.

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Stellantis CEO: Ram range-extended electric pickup to outrun regulations

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Stellantis is going about electrifying trucks in a different way than Ford or GM. Rather than only rolling out a line of full battery electric trucks to keep selling alongside its gasoline models, it will also produce a range-extended Ram electric truck to fit into a middle ground that could get more people to plug in. In a Q&A session last.

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Elon Musk: SpaceX’s first orbital Starship launch “highly likely” in Q1 2023

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SpaceX’s first Starship orbital launch mount (OLM) appears to have passed a busy week of stress-testing, clearing the way for the company to transport a finished Super Heavy booster to the pad. Using the same launch mount, that Starship booster is expected to attempt to complete some of the riskiest and most challenging tests SpaceX has ever conducted at its Starbase rocket development facilities.

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A colossal 18 MW wind turbine is about to debut in China

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A Chinese manufacturer is on the brink of launching what will become the largest offshore wind turbine when it’s complete. more…. The post A colossal 18 MW wind turbine is about to debut in China appeared first on Electrek.

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Stellantis signs binding agreement with Element 25 for manganese sulphate supply for EV batteries; sourced in Australia, processed in US

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Stellantis and Australia-based Element 25 signed a binding agreement for Element 25 to supply battery-grade, high-purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) to Stellantis for use in electric vehicle (EV) battery packs. The five-year agreement calls for shipments to begin in 2026, a total volume of 45 kilotons, and options to extend the supply term and volumes.

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Goodyear shows fuel-saving tire with 90% sustainable materials

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Goodyear has developed a tire made from 90% sustainable materials that can also save fuel, but it's not destined for production just yet. The "demonstration tire" passed all of Goodyear's internal testing, as well as all applicable regulatory testing, and was shown to have a lower rolling resistance than a comparable conventional tire, the company.

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Tesla Could Be The Top US Vehicle Seller By The End Of Next Year

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I know it sounds ridiculous that the EV-only startup Tesla could sell more vehicles than giants like Ford, Toyota, and Chevrolet as soon as next year with only 6 models, but hear me out. Note that I am speculating this could happen without including any sales of Tesla’s next-generation vehicle, which may be available next […].

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Tesla Model Y lands in Top 10 best-selling cars in U.S. for 2022

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Update 11:51 AM ET: paragraph 9 updated for accuracy. The Tesla Model Y broke into the list of the Top 10 best-selling vehicles in the United States, data shows. With 252,000 units sold in the United States in 2022, the Tesla Model Y was the sixth-best-selling vehicle in the American automotive market. Data firm Motor Intelligence stated the Tesla Model Y saw a 32.4 percent sales increase last year compared to 2021.

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Polestar blasts Toyota’s EV strategy, saying “we cannot continue using fossil fuels”

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Polestar and Toyota are at two opposite ends of the EV spectrum. The former is building some of the world’s most sustainable electric vehicles, while the latter has been openly opposed to going all-electric. At a recent media briefing, Polestar’s head of sustainability, Fredricka Klaren, took aim at Toyota and its EV strategy (or lack thereof), claiming anything but a fully electric future will fail to address climate change. more….

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Virtual power plants of GM, Ford EVs could cut "peaker" pollution

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General Motors and Ford have joined a pilot project to use EVs as an alternative energy source for the electricity grid, helping to cut pollution from fossil fuels. Organized by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the project will network EVs, along with smart thermostats, appliances, and home solar installations and energy-storage arrays, to.

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UK’s EV Share Hits 40% In December – Tesla Model Y Overall Bestseller

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The UK’s auto market saw plugin electric vehicles take 39.4% share of new sales in December, a new record, up from 33.2% year on year. Full electrics alone took almost a third of the market. Overall auto volumes were up 18% year on year in December, but still down compared to pre-2020 norms. The Tesla […].

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Tesla’s flagship Model S and Model X just became a lot more competitive

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Even with their previous prices, the Tesla Model S and Model X are already formidable in their respective segments. But with their recently adjusted costs, Tesla’s two flagship electric vehicles just became a lot more competitive. . Following a recent round of price adjustments, the Tesla Model S and Model X are now more affordable. The flagship all-electric sedan now starts at $94,990 for its Dual Motor AWD variant.

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Tesla starts hiring for its ‘license to print money,’ aka lithium refinery

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Tesla is starting to hire for its new lithium refinery, which Elon Musk referred to as a “license to print money” in Corpus Christi, Texas. more…. The post Tesla starts hiring for its ‘license to print money,’ aka lithium refinery appeared first on Electrek.

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Hyundai Ioniq 5 with e-corner tech turns on a dime

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An electric powertrain allows for a lot more possibilities for improving low-speed maneuverability, as Hyundai recently demonstrated. The automaker's Hyundai Mobis mobility-tech division has developed a hardware set called "e-corner" that allows a vehicle's individual wheels to rotate up to 90 degrees. The system was first shown in 2021, and the.

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EV Charging Stations In The US, Ranked

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More options than ever are available these days for EV public charging. Several companies have established themselves as the top go-to charging sites when you're on the road.

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