July, 2021

Audi unveils 500 kW series-hybrid RS Q e-tron Dakar racer

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Just under a year after the initial concept idea, Audi Sport has started testing the new Audi RS Q e-tron series hybrid, with which Audi will tackle the Dakar Rally in January 2022. Earlier post.).

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Study busts myth about EV greenhouse gas emissions and dirty grids

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A new study confirms that, even when charged from the dirtiest electricity grids, electric cars are still cleaner than internal combustion engines over their lifecycles.

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Tesla (TSLA) launches major shift in retail strategy: cheaper locations, remote working, and more

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Tesla (TSLA) is currently implementing a major shift in its retail strategy, according to sources familiar with the matter. The automaker will move away from showrooms in fancy malls, and instead it will focus on cheaper locations, remote managing of test drive fleet, and delivery centers.

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Tesla (TSLA) Q2 2021 earnings soundly beats Wall St’s estimates

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Tesla’s ( NASDAQ:TSLA ) second-quarter for 2021 saw the electric car maker post $11.958 billion in revenue. The results, which were discussed in the Q2 2021 Update Letter, were released after the closing bell on Monday, July 26.

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Will Investing Big in Distributed Solar Save Us Billions?

Energy Institute at HAAS

A new study says yes. But distributed solar benefits are an elusive prize Policy makers, power companies, and a majority of Americans are coming around to the idea that the … Continue Reading Will Investing Big in Distributed Solar Save Us Billions

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Nuvera and DD DANNAR partner to develop mobile fuel cell power for diverse industries

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Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive applications, is teaming with DD DANNAR, LLC (DANNAR) on an integration project to develop hydrogen fuel cell power solutions to markets in need of clean power options that may include municipalities, fleets, military applications, agriculture and mining.

BMW Group Research unveils innovative concepts for cargo e-bike and e-scooter

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The BMW Group has presented a number of innovative micromobility solutions to the public in the past, including the BMW Motorrad X2City, the Personal Mover Concept and the BMW Vision E³ Way elevated road concept.

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Tesla reveals Megapack prices: starts at $1 million

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Tesla has revealed more detailed pricing for the Megapack, its commercial and utility-scale energy storage product. It starts at $1 million which may sound high, but it’s actually a good deal in the large-scale energy storage space.

Tesla reveals its secret to surviving semiconductor shortages

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Tesla has been one company that has demonstrated an incredible response to the global semiconductor shortage, a challenge that has plagued many automakers and other tech companies in 2021.

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Minnesota becomes latest state to adopt California clean car standards

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Minnesota has become the latest state to adopt California clean car standards; the new standards were finalized by a notice in the state register on Monday. Original map from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The policy will implement two clean cars standards to reduce vehicle emissions.

UC San Diego receives $35M in state funding for new hydrogen-hybrid coastal research vessel

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California legislators have allocated UC San Diego $35 million to design and build a new coastal research vessel with a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-hybrid propulsion system. The new vessel will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Porsche, Customcells plant to start production in 2024 with 100 MWh/year; Si anode, BASF HED NCM cathode

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In June, Porsche announced an investment in its new joint venture company Cellforce Group GmbH. Porsche and joint venture partner Customcells, a spin-off from Fraunhofer, also announced the launch of production of high-performance battery cells at Porsche’s Weissach Development Center.

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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Elon Musk explains how non-Tesla EV owners are going to be able to use the Supercharger network

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Elon Musk has released more details about how non-Tesla electric cars owners are going to be able to use the Supercharger network once the automaker opens it up later this year.

Tesla will produce Model Y in 2021 at Giga Texas and Berlin

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Tesla has confirmed that it still is on track to manufacture the Model Y crossover at both the Giga Texas and Giga Berlin plants in 2021 as construction at both facilities continues.

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EIA: US LNG exports grew to record highs in the first half of 2021

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US exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) continued to grow in the first six months of 2021, averaging 9.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). This average marks an increase of 42%, or 2.8 Bcf/d, compared with the same period in 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Mercedes-Benz acquires electric motor technology company YASA

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Mercedes-Benz has acquired YASA, a pioneer in next-generation electric drive technology.

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Is Rooftop Solar Just Like Energy Efficiency?

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Sort of. More expensive, less well timed, grid-intensive energy efficiency. Here in California, rooftop solar has been in the news quite a bit lately, as net energy metering and other … Continue Reading Is Rooftop Solar Just Like Energy Efficiency?

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Lucid Air: EV-focused Pirelli tires help enable range, performance, refinement

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Pirelli on Thursday released details on a new EV-focused version of its P Zero tire, which will debut on the 2021 Lucid Air luxury sedan. The tire has a high-load (HL) rating, allowing it to support the extra weight of battery packs in both electric cars and hybrids, a Pirelli press release said.

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Revel’s fleet of 50 Tesla Model Y taxis in New York has finally been approved

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Revel’s fleet of 50 Tesla Model Y taxis that was shut down by New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) last month has been approved. more… The post Revel’s fleet of 50 Tesla Model Y taxis in New York has finally been approved appeared first on Electrek.

Tesla’s Elon Musk ponders 12V lithium-ion battery replacements for older cars

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Elon Musk recently hinted at a very welcome and simple update for Tesla’s vehicles, especially those which have already replaced their 12-volt batteries in the past.

Rolls-Royce generator delivered for megawatt-level hybrid-electric propulsion system for aerospace

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The generator that will be at the heart of the most powerful hybrid-electric aero power and propulsion system in aerospace has arrived for installation at Rolls-Royces’s specialist testbed. PGSy1.

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Factorial Energy testing results for 40Ah solid-state battery: 97.3% capacity retention after 675 cycles

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In April, Factorial Energy, a start-up solid-state battery technology company, emerged from stealth mode with a 40Ah solid-state battery cell for electric vehicles (EVs) and other applications. Earlier post.).

Deutsche Aircraft and Universal Hydrogen partner on hydrogen-fueled regional aviation

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Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ( earlier post ), and Universal Hydrogen Co.

Foxconn and Fisker confirm talks about making $30,000 EV in Wisconsin

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Foxconn and Fisker are in talks to build a $30,000 electric car in Wisconsin, local newspaper The Journal Times confirmed Thursday. Known as a contract manufacturer for the Apple iPhone, Foxconn announced plans for a Wisconsin factory in 2017, originally for large LCD screens.

Tesla (TSLA) releases Q2 2021 results: suprises with big profit beat

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Tesla (TSLA) has released its financial results and shareholders letter for the second quarter of 2021 after market close today. We are updating this post with all the details from the financial results, shareholders’ letter, and the conference call later tonight. Refresh for the latest information.

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SpaceX schedules first West Coast Starlink launch after a quiet July

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Spaceflight Now reports that SpaceX has scheduled Starlink’s West Coast launch debut no earlier than August 10th, a mission that will also mark the company’s first launch in almost six weeks.

What the EU Climate Plan Means for National Targets

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The Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) sets binding national climate targets for the emissions of road transport, buildings, agriculture, waste and small industries.

Universal Hydrogen signs LOIs with 3 carriers for hydrogen-powered aircraft

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Universal Hydrogen ( earlier post ) has signed LOIs with Icelandair Group (Iceland), Air Nostrum (Spain), and Ravn Air (Alaska) for aftermarket conversion of aircraft to hydrogen propulsion and for the supply of green hydrogen fuel using Universal Hydrogen’s modular capsules.

BMW i Ventures invests in Natural Fiber Welding; plant-based leathers, yarns and foams

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BMW i Ventures has invested in Natural Fiber Welding , Inc. NFW), a creator of all-natural, plastic-free alternatives to animal- or petrochemical-based materials such as leathers, foams, and textiles.

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Lightyear One solar car will be made by Finland's Valmet

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Dutch startup Lightyear has selected Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive to build the Lightyear One solar-supplemented electric car. Prototype builds are scheduled to start in January 2022, followed by full production in summer 2022, Lightyear said in a press release.

Tesla discloses Cybertruck design influences in fascinating new patent

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Tesla has obtained today a design patent for the Cybertruck, and the patent application references several interesting prior designs that could have influenced Tesla’s unique design.

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SpaceX is almost ready to start turning Starship’s launch tower into ‘Mechazilla’

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After a burst of activity and custom part deliveries, SpaceX appears to be almost ready to start turning Starship’s vast launch tower into what CEO Elon Musk has described as a “Mechazilla.”

Rolls-Royce Power Systems road map for climate-neutrality; 35% cut by 2030 from 2019; key role of mtu engines

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Rolls-Royce Power Systems has outlined its road map for climate neutrality: Net Zero@Power Systems. By 2030, the Rolls-Royce business unit is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% compared to its 2019 level through the use of new net zero and zero carbon technologies.

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Mercedes launches new plug-in hybrid S 580 e; Gen4 hybrid system, 100 km electric range

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Mercedes-Benz is launching the new S 580 e plug-in hybrid, with which the fourth generation of the hybrid drive system is celebrating its premiere in the S-Class. The plug-in hybrid is available to order, in both short and long wheelbase versions, with price starting at €123,736 (US$146,000).

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.

First drive review: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS fuses electric-car wizardry with S-Class serenity

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The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS pitches the luxury nameplate out of its comfort zone and into an all-electric future it had slow-tracked over the past decade. Even with its remarkably rapid development, Mercedes is in the unenviable position of playing catch-up with the 2022 EQS.