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Major companies with large fleets release new EV roadmap for car & truck manufacturers

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Members of the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance presented top vehicle manufacturers, including Volvo, GM, Daimler and Toyota, with a roadmap for developing the types of electric vehicles that companies plan to acquire in the US over the next five years.

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EV tech is the choice of politicians, not industry, claims European CEO: True for US?

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Ahead of a new strategic plan to be announced March 1, the CEO of Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge parent company Stellantis isn’t sounding at all bullish on electric vehicles.

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Tesla aims for a few Model Y deliveries from Gigafactory Texas by the end of the quarter

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Sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla aims to deliver a few Model Y vehicles from Gigafactory Texas by the end of the quarter. It would be an important milestone for the automaker and its new factory in Austin.

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Tesla Insurance goes live in Arizona and Ohio

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Tesla Insurance has officially gone live in Arizona and Ohio, becoming the fourth and fifth states to have access to the company’s in-house coverage program.

Kia unveils next-generation Niro; hybrid first, PHEV and BEV to follow

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Kia has revealed the all-new next-generation Niro. Based on the third generation platform, the new Niro benefits from a larger body that realizes class-leading interior space and storage capacity.

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35 years ago, this GM prototype had a yoke, four-wheel steering, and satellite navigation

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Steering yokes and touchpad controls are considered cutting-edge car tech today, but 35 years ago a General Motors prototype had those features and more. The 1987 Pontiac Pursuit aimed to show what cars would be like in the then-far-off year 2000.

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GM threatens action against any dealerships attempting markups on upcoming EVs

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General Motors is looking to nip the any dealership issues in the bud before its influx of EVs hit the market. In a recent letter to its dealerships, GM has warned against markups above MSRPs and reservation amounts, threatening to redirect vehicles away from offenders.

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Battery Resourcers to open North America’s largest Li-ion battery recycling facility by August

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Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered materials company, plans to open a commercial-scale, lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Covington, Ga.

Battery swapping goes big, America's lithium restart, EVs pass diesels in Europe: Today’s Car News

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CATL has a battery swapping solution that it claims will work on most electric cars. EVs pass diesel sales in Europe. And how did the U.S. end up so short on lithium? This and more, here at Green Car Reports. Lithium is essential for modern EVs, and the U.S. has large reserves of it.

Watch Tesla Model X Plaid do 0-60 mph launch in 2.3 seconds – faster than advertised

Electrek

Tesla has started deliveries of the Model X Plaid with tri-motor powertrain, and the first reviews are coming in. They show the electric vehicle, which is now the fastest SUV in the world, doing a 0-60 mph launch in 2.3 seconds – faster than advertised by Tesla.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 booster becomes fourth to launch and land ten times

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For the fourth time, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster has successfully completed ten orbital-class launches and landings. A day later than planned, Falcon 9 booster B1060 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A at 9:02 pm EST (02:02 UTC) on Tuesday, January 18th.

GM expanding into new commercial applications for its HYDROTEC fuel cell systems

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GM announced new commercial applications of its HYDROTEC fuel cell technology. HYDROTEC projects, which are currently in development, from heavy-duty trucks to aerospace and locomotives, are being planned for use beyond vehicles for power generation.

Here are all the EVs arriving in 2022

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This is going to be another big year of electric vehicle arrivals. 2021 was the arrival year for EV flagships. The GMC Hummer EV, Lucid Air, Mercedes-Benz EQS, and Tesla Model S Plaid all reflect the leading edge of new technology in some way.

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Tesla Subscription service launches in California with 100 Model 3s, aims for fleet of 10,000

Electrek

A new startup called Autonomy launches in California as a Tesla subscription service with a fleet of 100 Model 3 vehicles, which it aims to grow to 10,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of the year. The question is: Who is it for?

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Elon Musk says tracking his travel plans has become ‘a security issue’

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated that tracking his travel plans has become “a security issue” after rumors that he would fly to Germany to visit Gigafactory Berlin this past weekend surfaced. The rumors were untrue.

LAND begins production of E Moto; user-selectable e-bicycle, e-moped, e-motorcycle modes

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LAND , a startup electric vehicle manufacturer headquartered in Cleveland, began US production on 120 units of the District E Moto this month.

CATL rolls out one-minute EV battery swapping solution, entire business around it

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Battery swapping, once considered a solution that had been outmoded by the capability for faster road-trip charging, is back—with the world’s largest battery supplier CATL onboard and launching an entire business around it.

Tesla applies for a new trademark to sell its own audio equipment, like headphones and more

Electrek

Tesla has applied to expand its trademark in order to be able to sell audio equipment under its own brand. Does this mean Tesla has new audio products coming? more… The post Tesla applies for a new trademark to sell its own audio equipment, like headphones and more appeared first on Electrek.

SpaceX rocket catch simulation raises more questions about concept

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CEO Elon Musk has published the first official visualization of what SpaceX’s plans to catch Super Heavy boosters might look like in real life. However, the simulation he shared raises just as many questions as it answers.

Toyota Motor Europe delivers 6 fuel cell modules for FCH2Rail project

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The FCH2RAIL project, already launched in January 2021, is developing emission-free bi-modal trains, which combine normal track use and emission-free rail travel without overhead lines.

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GM's former Saturn plant is already starting to make Cadillac electric SUVs

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The first pre-production 2023 Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV has rolled off the assembly line at General Motors' Spring Hill, Tennessee, factory, GM president Mark Reuss announced Thursday on LinkedIn. GM is aiming to ship the first customer vehicles in "a few months" Reuss said.

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Honda CEO says Toyota’s strategy to pursue hydrogen cars ‘doesn’t seem feasible’

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Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe recently spoke to proposals of hydrogen combustion cars by rivals like Toyota, stating his company studied hydrogen’s potential ten years ago. Mibe went on to say that unlike Toyota, Honda doesn’t see hydrogen combustion as feasible for cars.

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Hundreds of Teslas reported in Auckland port, hinting at even more growth in NZ

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Recent reports from the Port of Auckland have indicated that hundreds of Tesla vehicles are likely waiting for delivery in New Zealand. Demand for Tesla vehicles grew in 2021, particularly in the third quarter. It seems Tesla will continue to grow in New Zealand this year.

Yamaha Motor supplying electric motors for Subaru Tecnica International; to be mounted on STI E-RA EV

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Yamaha Motor will supply Subaru Tecnica International Inc. STI) with hyper-EV electric motor units ( earlier post ) for the STI E-RA EV the company is developing for future motorsport.

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GM fuel-cell tech could enable more EV fast-charging, help prevent blackouts

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As General Motors works to fill its lineup with battery electric passenger vehicles, it’s made clear that it sees hydrogen fuel-cell technology as an important part for future zero-emissions growth in bigger vehicles. Think heavy-duty commercial trucks, locomotives, and aerospace applications.

Tesla launches new financing option for Solar Roof with lower monthly payments

Electrek

Tesla has launched a new financing option for its Solar Roof with lower monthly payments as the company tries to make the product more affordable. more… The post Tesla launches new financing option for Solar Roof with lower monthly payments appeared first on Electrek.

EV subscription company Autonomy launches Tesla Model 3 rental fleet

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Autonomy, a company owned by vehicle subscription platform NextCar, has launched a new electric and zero-emissions vehicle subscription program with the Tesla Model 3.

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Honda to supply 50 Honda e EVs, 35 Power Managers to V2X Suisse for large-scale V2G trial

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Honda is partnering with the V2X Suisse consortium to demonstrate the role of electric vehicles (EVs) and bi-directional charging technology in the future of energy management. Honda will supply 50 Honda e electric vehicles ( earlier post ) to Switzerland’s car-sharing operator, Mobility.

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Fast chargers are almost as profitable as gasoline pumps, claims BP executive

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Oil companies expanding electric car fast-charging networks might not entirely be the image-burnishing loss-leader some would suspect. BP sees EV charging as a business line bound for profitability, according to a report from Reuters, citing a top executive at the energy giant.

A bunch of former SpaceX engineers are making electric and autonomous railway vehicles

Electrek

A bunch of former SpaceX engineers banded together to create a new startup looking to make electric and autonomous railway vehicles to revolutionize rail-based freight transport. They have a big task ahead of them.

Fresh batch of Tesla Model Y sighted in Giga Texas

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A batch of Tesla Model Y vehicles was recently spotted at Gigafactory Texas, the EV manufacturer’s new headquarters. Speculations suggest that the recent sighting could be one of the first batches of Model Ys produced in Giga Texas. .

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Porsche introduces Taycan Sport Turismo family; third body variant of Taycan EV

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Porsche has introduced a third body variant of the Taycan electric sports car. The new Taycan Cross Turismo— which will offer five models from which to choose—combines the everyday usability of the Taycan Cross Turismo with the on-road dynamics of the Taycan sports sedan.

Sportier Subaru EVs, profitable fast-charging, EPA median range: Today’s Car News

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Subaru shows some racy-looking EVs. More EVs on the market last year meant the median EPA range dropped somewhat. And is profitability possible for EV fast-charging by the middle of the decade? This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Electric Airstream concept is the RV industry’s ‘iPhone moment’

Electrek

Thor industries just revealed its new electric Airstream concept, and made every other RV on the market – even the ones announced a few short hours ago – seem like antique relics of a distant past.

SpaceX fully installs Super Heavy booster’s ‘aerocovers’

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For the first time, SpaceX has more or less installed a full set of ‘aerocovers’ on a Super Heavy booster prototype.

DOE: MY 2021 all-electric vehicles had a median driving range about 60% that of gasoline-powered vehicles

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According to the US Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), for the 2021 model year, the median driving range of all-electric vehicles (EV) was 234 miles while the median range for gasoline vehicles was 403 miles.

Battery electric car sales finally overtook the diesel institution in Europe

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Battery-electric car sales overtook diesel for the first time in Europe, the Financial Times reported Sunday. This is an important milestone, as diesel has been the default choice for European car buyers for decades.

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