2021

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Nio ET5: China's sporty-looking Model 3 rival offers battery swapping, claims range beyond 600 miles

Green Car Reports

The Nio ET5 is the Chinese automaker's latest EV, and is shaping up to be a Tesla Model 3 rival in its home market. Unveiled at the automaker's Nio Day event last week, the ET5 is a hatchback measuring 185 inches in length, meaning it's about the same size as the Model 3, which is also assembled in China for local distribution. The ET5 is.

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EV Buyer Opts For Lucid Air After Mercedes Dealer Adds $50,000 Markup To EQS

CleanTechnica EVs

Dealerships are going to cost automakers EV customers if they keep this up. I’ve shared a couple of horror stories that Ford customers have shared with us while also sharing what a Ford salesman thought of some of the horror stories. However, Ford isn’t alone with this problem. Any automaker that utilizes the dealership model […].

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Tesla Model 3 will be Europe’s best-selling EV of 2021

Teslarati

The Tesla Model 3 will undoubtedly be named Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle of 2021, based on data provided by registration trackers. The Model 3 is Tesla’s first mass-market vehicle, and it was eventually followed by the company’s Model Y crossover. The all-electric Model 3 sedan has been Tesla’s key product to launch the company into mass-market status, being the first vehicle the electric automaker offered under the U.S. average cost of a new vehicle.

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Scotland missed 100% clean electricity consumption in 2020 by only 1.4%

Electrek

In 2011, Scotland set a target of reaching 100% clean electricity consumption in 2020. And last year, the country almost reached its target – 98.6% of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources, according to the Scottish government’s December energy statement. more… The post Scotland missed 100% clean electricity consumption in 2020 by only 1.4% appeared first on Electrek.

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

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Deep Learning Can’t be Trusted Brain Modelling Pioneer Says

Cars That Think

During the past 20 years, deep learning has come to dominate artificial intelligence research and applications through a series of useful commercial applications. But underneath the dazzle are some deep-rooted problems that threaten the technology’s ascension. The inability of a typical deep learning program to perform well on more than one task, for example, severely limits application of the technology to specific tasks in rigidly controlled environments.

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Buyer Rejects $50K Dealer Markup On Mercedes EQS, Gets Lucid Air

InsideEVs

Jon Rettinger initially wanted a Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC, but the insane markup drove him to buy a Lucid Air instead.

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The Top Electric Vehicles In World During Record Sales Month

CleanTechnica EVs

Global plugin vehicle registrations were up 72% in November 2021 compared to November 2020. There were 721,000 registrations (or 11.5% share of the overall auto market), establishing a new global record for PEV sales. Add the 632,000 units of plugless hybrids registered in November, and we have some 22% of the overall global market having […].

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Tesla in 2022 is going to be about growth and battery cells

Electrek

When I think about what Tesla’s upcoming 2022 year is going to look like, I think it will revolve around growth, much like 2021. But there will also be a renewed focus on securing battery cells in an even more competitive landscape. more… The post Tesla in 2022 is going to be about growth and battery cells appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla is leasing new land as part of its California expansion — for $1 per year

Teslarati

True to CEO Elon Musk’s word, Tesla is expanding its presence in California despite the company officially moving its headquarters to Texas. And amidst this California expansion, Tesla has leased nine acres of land to support its operations in Lathrop — all for a very reasonable price of $1 per year. . As noted in a Manteca Bulletin report, Tesla has been deliberately expanding its footprint in Lathrop since the company came to the city in 2014.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk confirms V11 UI improvements after receiving owners’ feedback

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It appears that Tesla and its software development team have heard the feedback from electric vehicle owners following the release of Software V11 and its updated user interface. As per a recent post from CEO Elon Musk on Twitter, numerous improvements to V11’s UI are coming, likely to address some of the complaints that have been reported by drivers since the update was rolled out.

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

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SpaceX closes out 2021 with $1.85 billion in new funding

Teslarati

On the eve of the last day of 2021, SEC filings show that SpaceX has secured another $337 million, bringing the total funding the company has raised this year to approximately $1.85 billion. While there’s evidence that SpaceX’s Falcon and Dragon launch business is easily profitable on its own, the company has been simultaneously developing a next-generation rocket (Starship) and an unprecedentedly ambitious internet satellite constellation (Starlink) for at least the last 5-6 years.

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Tesla’s Model 3 and Model S recall expands to China for ‘security risks’

Teslarati

Tesla is recalling Model 3 and Model S vehicles in China, citing “security risks,” China’s market regulator said on Friday, December 31. The electric automaker based out of Austin, Texas will have 144,208 China-made Model 3 vehicles, 35,836 imported Model 3 units, and 19,697 imported Model S cars recalled in the Chinese market, Reuters reported early Friday.

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Tesla Model Y Performance trims spotted leaving Gigafactory Berlin

Teslarati

Tesla Model Y Performance variants were spotted on vehicle haulers in Germany, leaving the soon-to-be-approved production facility the automaker plans to open near Berlin in early 2022. Images of Model Y Performance configurations were spotted by Steve and Julian Igembb on Facebook and shared by user @TeslaAdri on Twitter. The photographs show six Model Y Performance vehicles on haulers, likely being transported to a nearby facility for crash testing, emissions assessments, and range rating rese

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NYPD buys 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E, approves option to buy 250 Tesla Model 3s

Electrek

New York City is closing out the year with a big electrification move as it adds 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs to its fleet and it approves the option to buy 250 Tesla Model 3 electric sedans. Most of the vehicles are going to the NYPD and other emergency service departments. more… The post NYPD buys 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E, approves option to buy 250 Tesla Model 3s appeared first on Electrek.

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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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15% Of Auto Sales In Europe Were Fully Electric Vehicles In November

CleanTechnica EVs

Despite smaller growth rates, the European passenger plugin vehicle market is still in the fast lane. More than 221,000 plugin vehicles were registered in November — which is +33% year over year (YoY). This performance is even more impressive when we consider that the overall auto market continued to fall off a cliff — down […].

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The largest solar farm in Kentucky will be built on a former coal mine

Electrek

A 200 megawatt (MW) solar farm will be built on a former coal mine in eastern Kentucky. It will be the largest solar project in Kentucky and will provide employment opportunities for former coal workers. more… The post The largest solar farm in Kentucky will be built on a former coal mine appeared first on Electrek.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk exercises all of his TSLA stock options that will expire in 2022

Teslarati

Tesla ( NASDAQ:TSLA ) CEO Elon Musk has effectively exercised all of his TSLA options that are poised to expire next year. This may signal an end to Musk’s efforts to offload some of his TSLA holdings, which triggered a fall in the share price of the premier electric vehicle maker. . Musk noted last week that he would be reaching his target of selling around 10% of his TSLA holdings when the “10b preprogrammed sales complete.” The CEO did not elaborate on his statement , though

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Elon Musk turns CNBC host into a full-on “fanboy:” “If loving him is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”

Teslarati

To state that Elon Musk has critics is an understatement. A look at the online backlash from his sale of Tesla stock and his impending $11 billion tax bill for 2021 would prove it. Due to his personality and style, Musk also tends to rub off mainstream media personalities negatively, as evidenced by the constant stream of negative reports about his ventures like Tesla.

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Tesla Model 3, Model Y with AMD-powered MCU3 starts deliveries in North America

Teslarati

Tesla has started producing and delivering Model 3 and Model Y vehicles equipped with AMD-powered MCU3 infotainment systems in North America. . In November, Tesla Giga Shanghai kicked off Tesla Model Y Performance deliveries. The Made-in-China (MIC) Model Y Performance was equipped with an AMD Ryzen graphics chip, which new owners happily showcased on social media.

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Tesla launches new AMD chip and 12v Li-ion battery in 2022 Model 3 Model Y vehicles

Electrek

Tesla has introduced the new AMD Ryzen chip and 12v Li-ion battery in 2022 Model 3 Model Y vehicles. more… The post Tesla launches new AMD chip and 12v Li-ion battery in 2022 Model 3 Model Y vehicles appeared first on Electrek.

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Elon Musk: Tesla Bot could develop a unique personality and become a companion

Electrek

Elon Musk says that he is considering Tesla Bot becoming more than just a humanoid robot to perform useful tasks but to have it potentially develop a unique personality and be a companion. He says Tesla Bot could make an “incredible buddy like C3PO or R2D2.” more… The post Elon Musk: Tesla Bot could develop a unique personality and become a companion appeared first on Electrek.

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The US saw record wind turbine capacity installation in 2020

Electrek

More wind power capacity was installed in the US than any other generating technology in both 2019 and 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration ( EIA ). UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes.

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Rivian prioritizes R1 orders with Large Battery Pack, Max Battery Pack deliveries pushed to 2023

Teslarati

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe recently reached out to preorder holders expecting deliveries for the R1T and R1S Explorer Package with Max battery packs. The company head also provided a general product roadmap leading up to 2023, reflecting Rivian’s commitment to maintaining clear and open communication with its customers. Scaringe emailed Adventure and Explore Package preorder holders, informing them that their estimated delivery windows would be provided soon.

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Tesla’s future capabilities in autonomy, chip building are best in industry: expert

Teslarati

Tesla’s leadership status as king of the electric vehicle sector has been established through several years of innovation and the company’s ability to influence an entire industry. Now that more automakers have adopted plans for electrification, it comes down to preparation, according to Howard Yu, IMD Business School LEGO Professor of Management & Innovation.

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Three reasons Tesla will continue to go higher in ’22, according to one of its biggest bulls

Teslarati

Tesla will close out 2021 with record figures for its production and deliveries, continuing a streak that has dated back to 2012. However, 2021 is likely to be eclipsed by 2022, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives, who gave three reasons why Tesla ( NASDAQ: TSLA ) will continue to move upward, making the new year its biggest to date. Ives, who has been one of Tesla’s most notable bulls on the Street throughout the past couple of years, believes Tesla’s performance in 2021 showed a

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Tesla Model X Plaid deliveries are starting, and its first owner reviews are in

Teslarati

It took a long time, but customer deliveries of the Model X Plaid have started. And based on initial reviews of customers who have taken delivery of the vehicle, it appears that the flagship all-electric crossover is just as practical as ever. But this time around, the Model X’s practicality is paired with performance that is downright insane considering its nature as a crossover SUV.

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Hyundai shuts down its engine development team amid focus on electric cars

Electrek

Hyundai announced that it is shutting down its internal combustion engine development team as the automaker focuses on electric cars. more… The post Hyundai shuts down its engine development team amid focus on electric cars appeared first on Electrek.

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SpaceX to upgrade Starship with 50% more Raptor engines

Teslarati

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that future Starships – or at least certain Starship variants – are being upgraded with 50% more Raptor engines and stretched propellant tanks. On December 17th, the CEO revealed the plans, confirming a tweet published three months prior stating that Starship was “begging for an extra 3 engines.” Musk was likely referring to the fact that a 9-engine Starship – combined with upcoming 33-engine Super Heavy boosters – would create a rock

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UK Police Are Testing Tesla Model 3 With Promising Results

CleanTechnica EVs

British police have been testing Tesla Model 3 vehicles as part of its plan to electrify its fleet, The Guardian reports, noting that a Tesla spokesperson said that the results were promising so far. According to the emergency services lead at Tesla, Max Toozs-Hobson, the early findings are showing great results around the suitability of […].

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Tesla Model Y test body with space for structural battery pack sighted in Giga Texas

Teslarati

Tesla may be quite silent about the progress of its 4680 cells and structural battery packs, but recent sightings of Model Y test bodies in Gigafactory Texas suggest that the rollout of the innovative technology may be closer than expected. During a recent flyover of the Giga Texas complex, drone operator Joe Tegtmeyer , who has been chronicling the progress of the massive electric vehicle factory since its earliest days, spotted a Model Y test body being offloaded from a trailer.

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Bangkok’s noisy scooter-filled streets may quiet down with new electric motorcycle trial

Electrek

The Thai government is starting a new trial in Bangkok that will see electric scooters replace their gas counterparts for motorcycle taxis in the city. more… The post Bangkok’s noisy scooter-filled streets may quiet down with new electric motorcycle trial appeared first on Electrek.

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Every 38–44 Seconds, A New Tesla Model Y Leaves Giga Shanghai’s Workshop

CleanTechnica EVs

Drive Tesla Canada reports that drone flyovers have shown that a new Tesla Model Y leaves Giga Shanghai’s workshop every 38 seconds. The article noted that Tesla China’s November sales reflected an annual production rate of 683,000 cars per year, which is well above Tesla’s own estimates from the Q3 2021 earnings report of 450,000 […].

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13 battery gigafactories coming to the US by 2025 – ushering new era of US battery production

Electrek

There are 13 new battery cell gigafactories coming online in the US by 2025, according to the Department of Energy. These factories are ushering in a new era of battery production in the US. more… The post 13 battery gigafactories coming to the US by 2025 – ushering new era of US battery production appeared first on Electrek.

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2021's Top Stories About AI

Cars That Think

2021 was the year in which the wonders of artificial intelligence stopped being a story. Which is not to say that IEEE Spectrum didn't cover AI—we covered the heck out of it. But we all know that deep learning can do wondrous things and that it's being rapidly incorporated into many industries; that's yesterday's news. Many of this year's top articles grappled with the limits of deep learning (today's dominant strand of AI) and spotlighted researchers seeking new paths.