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New Emissions Analytics study suggests pollution from tire wear now 1,850 times worse than exhaust emissions

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In early 2020, UK-based independent testing firm Emissions Analytics published a study claiming that tire particulate wear emissions were 1,000 times worse than exhaust emissions ( earlier post ).

Panasonic: Tesla pushing for faster development of 4680 cells

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Tesla is pushing for faster development of new 4680 battery cells, the CFO of battery supplier Panasonic said in an interview with Bloomberg published Wednesday.

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Tesla Model Y wins U.S. News ‘Best Luxury Electric SUV’ award

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The Tesla Model Y has won U.S. News award for “Best Luxury Electric SUV,” beating out a heavy lineup of worthy battery-powered sport utility vehicles. The Model Y first was delivered to owners in early 2020 and was the automaker’s answer to the widely-popular crossover SUV sector.

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DHL orders large fleet of electric trucks from Volvo

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DHL, the logistics giant, announced a deal with Volvo Trucks to cooperate on accelerating the electrification of its operations – starting with ordering a large fleet of electric trucks. more…. The post DHL orders large fleet of electric trucks from Volvo appeared first on Electrek.

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Blue Bird enters commercial vehicle market with flexible Class 5-6 EV chassis

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School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation unveiled a Class 5-6 electric vehicle platform at the 2022 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo.

Could fuel-cell conversions help clean up long-haul diesel trucking?

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In addition to building new zero-emission trucks, what if older diesel trucks were converted to hydrogen fuel-cell power? Two such initiatives were announced earlier this week.

Tesla set to release Full Self-Driving update this weekend, expand Beta fleet in June

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Tesla is set to release a new version of the Full Self-Driving Beta program this weekend with Software Update 10.12, and CEO Elon Musk even said the automaker could expand the size of the Beta fleet in June.

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Hyundai Motor to expand XCIENT fuel cell truck entry into US market

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Hyundai Motor Company plans to ramp up the US commercial vehicle market entry with XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks. At the 2022 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Hyundai Motor will share the progress of the NorCAL ZERO Project.

Long before Tesla or the Leaf, this Nissan electric car claimed a 155-mile range

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While we widely think of the General Motors EV1—or its preceding Impact concept car—as starting the era of the electric car. But there were others in that era, that followed a similar formula and might have potentially come to market earlier. One of them came from Nissan.

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SpaceX President updates schedule for Starship’s orbital launch debut

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SpaceX COO and President Gwynne Shotwell says that the company now expects Starbase to be ready for Starship’s first orbital launch attempt as early as June or July, pushing the schedule back another month or two.

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NYC wants to take 25% of its street space away from cars in favor of a walkable/bikeable city

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Back when COVID-19 ravaged New York City and turned the city’s transportation needs upside down, significant portions of the road space were repurposed for non-car use.

Deutsche Post DHL Group orders up to 44 Volvo electric trucks; cooperation agreement

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Volvo Trucks and Deutsche Post DHL Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the shift to zero-exhaust-emission vehicles. DHL intends to intensify its transition to heavy electric trucks by deploying a total of 44 new electric Volvo trucks on routes in Europe.

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Freightliner eCascadia electric semi: Production version bows, will be made this year

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After testing with customers, the Freightliner eCascadia electric semi truck debuted in production-ready form Monday. Production is scheduled to start later this year at Freightliner's Portland, Oregon, factory, the company said in a press release.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning First Drive: Ford’s most valued model is now electric

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Ford knows trucks, and demand for its F-150 Lightning shows truck buyers may not be as afraid of EVs as many think. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck may be the first real mass-market electric vehicle sold in the US.

Autonomous cargo ship completes 500 mile voyage, avoiding hundreds of collisions

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The “world’s first” autonomous commercial cargo ship has successfully completed a near-500 mile voyage in the congested waters of Tokyo Bay, traveling without human intervention for 99% of the trip.

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Geely launches Methanol Hybrid Emgrand in China market

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Geely recently launched its Methanol Hybrid Emgrand ( earlier post ) in the Chinese market. The methanol hybrid is based on Geely’s fourth-generation B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA) Emgrand sedan. Geely also offers a non-hybrid methanol-fueled version of the Emgrand.

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Fisker provides first look at $29,900 urban EV, confirms Ohio production

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Fisker confirmed Thursday that production of its compact electric vehicle, the $29,900 Pear EV, will enter production in 2024 at the former GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio. It’s not a niche affair, either.

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Tesla Model Y is still China’s best-selling premium SUV despite 98% sales drop in April

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The Tesla Model Y is still China’s best-selling premium SUV — even if it practically had zero sales in April. Tesla China saw a 97.7% dip in sales last month, thanks to Giga Shanghai’s three-week shutdown.

Breaking: Carolina Long Bay offshore wind auction secures $315M in high bids

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The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today held the lease sale for two offshore wind areas in Carolina Long Bay. Up to 16 prequalified bidders competed for lease rights for 110,091 acres off North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s shores. Together, they will result in at least 1.3

GM and Red Hat to collaborate on software-defined vehicles at the edge

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General Motors and Red Hat Inc., the world’s leading provider of open-source solutions, will collaborate to help advance software-defined vehicles at the edge.

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With Lordstown deal complete, Foxconn pivots to making EVs

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Lordstown Motors on Wednesday announced the completion of the sale of its former GM factory to Hon Hai Technology Group—otherwise known as Foxconn, best known as the contract maker of the iPhone.

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Tesla to add industry connectors to Supercharger Network in the US

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During an earnings call back in 2018, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the Supercharger Network is not a “walled garden.”

Most electric cars are cheaper to own from day one – report

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Electric cars aren’t just cheaper over the long term but have cheaper total monthly cost from day one for most buyers in the United States, according to a new report from Energy Innovation. more…. The post Most electric cars are cheaper to own from day one – report appeared first on Electrek.

Volkswagen Group to launch battery-electric pick-up and rugged SUV in US under revived Scout brand

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Volkswagen Group will launch an all-electric pick-up and rugged SUV (“R-SUV”) in the United States. The decision of the Board of Management was confirmed by the Supervisory Board of the Volkswagen Group earlier this week.

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Volkswagen harvests Scout as an electric SUV brand

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Volkswagen will revive the name of an SUV pioneer for a new rugged EV brand. The automaker on Wednesday announced the new Scout brand, taking the name of the International Harvester Scout that debuted in the 1960s as one of the original SUVs.

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Elon Musk confirms Russia is ramping its efforts to disrupt Starlink’s service in Ukraine

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SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service has become invaluable to Ukraine amidst the country’s ongoing war against Russia. According to Elon Musk, however, Russia has increased its efforts to disrupt Starlink’s service to Ukraine.

Japan could lose 14% GDP and millions of jobs by stalling on electric cars – report

Electrek

Japan, the world’s second-largest car exporter, risks a 14% drop in GDP if it does not move more swiftly toward producing electric vehicles, according to a new report by the Climate Group. more….

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Ford Pro reveals first details of electric E-Transit Custom

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In Europe, Ford took another major step in its electrification transformation as Ford Pro revealed the first details of the all-new, all-electric, E-Transit Custom.

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Tesla recalls cars for overheating issue—of screens, not battery packs

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Tesla is recalling 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles, and 2022 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, over a charging issue that can cause infotainment screens to overheat.

Opinion: Tesla and India is the right thing at the wrong time

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Tesla and India will not be working together any time soon, as new reports now indicate that Tesla has pulled its team responsible for entrance into the Indian market to other regions.

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Rivian (RIVN) Q1 2022 results – $1.5b loss, 10k new orders, reaffirms 25k production guidance

Electrek

Rivian has posted its Q1 2022 results and shareholder letter after market close today, showing $95 million in revenue and a loss of $1.593 billion for the quarter ($1.77 per share), up from a loss of $414 million from the same quarter last year.

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Mercedes-Benz begins sales of DRIVE PILOT Level 3 conditionally automated driving in Germany

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Mercedes-Benz’ DRIVE PILOT system for conditionally automated driving (SAE Level 3) can be ordered in Germany from 17 May as an optional extra for the S-Class for €5,000 and for the EQS for €7,430 (Driver Assistance Package Plus: €2,430 and DRIVE PILOT: €5,000) excl.

Bolt EUV Redline, Panasonic 4680 pace, hydrogen fuel cells for older semis: Today’s Car News

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Tesla reportedly wants Panasonic to pick up the pace on battery development. Truck makers consider rebuilding diesel semis as fuel-cell rigs. And GM gives the Chevy Bolt EUV a sporty look that ties in with its gasoline models. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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EV Readiness Index Study shows which U.S. States are most prepared for an electrified future

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Perhaps one of the most crucial parts of the transition to electric vehicles as a nation is each state’s ability to commit to an electrified future.

Hyundai confirms plans for a new electric car factory in the US

Electrek

Amid rumors of a new EV factory in Georgia, Hyundai confirms plans for a new electric car factory in the US, but it’s not clear where yet. more…. The post Hyundai confirms plans for a new electric car factory in the US appeared first on Electrek.

Arrival Bus achieves EU certification and European Whole Vehicle Type Approval

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Arrival , inventor of a new method of design and production of electric vehicles (EVs) by local Microfactories, announced that its Arrival Bus ( earlier post ) has achieved EU certification and received European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EUWVTA).

No brakes! Will the EVs of the future omit friction pads entirely?

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A prototype from Stellantis’ DS Automobiles aims for a future in which brake dust and brake-pad replacements might be a thing of the past—looking to regenerative braking as the sole method for braking vehicles.