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Prototype test drive: Lucid Gravity might defy segments

Green Car Reports

Is that a minivan? Is that a wagon? Is that an SUV? The answer to these questions in order is no, kind of, and yes. The Lucid Gravity is the startup automaker’s upcoming crossover SUV, but in many ways it redefines the genre in terms of packaging, design, and how it drives. Here’s what I learned after an ever-so-brief stint behind the.

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Tesla to appear at energy conference in Germany next month

Teslarati

Tesla has announced plans to appear at an upcoming energy storage conference in Germany in the coming weeks as the company continues to ramp up its energy business. The electrical energy storage (ees) conference is set to take place next month in Münich, Germany, with Tesla Energy being one of 760 total exhibitors. Tesla shared the news on its LinkedIn page dedicated to its energy business on Tuesday, noting that it will be taking part in the event’s Intersolar Forum.

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Toyota, Japanese rivals promise more efficient next-gen ICE engines amid the shift to EVs

Electrek

Despite the market moving toward EVs, Toyota , Subaru, and Mazda are committed to developing next-generation ICE engines. The new engines are “tailored to electrification” with integrated EV components.

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Largest rollout of public kerbside EV chargers in Australia unveiled in NSW

The Driven EV News

NSW unveils what it says is the largest rollout of kerbside EV chargers in Australia, a day after announcing home battery rebates. The post Largest rollout of public kerbside EV chargers in Australia unveiled in NSW appeared first on The Driven.

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

emissions global warming Norway climate change carbon dioxide youtube lighting

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44% Plugin Vehicle Market Share In China — April 2024 Sales Report

CleanTechnica EVs

Plugin vehicles are all the rage in the Chinese auto market, with plugins scoring 703,000 sales (in a 1.6-million-unit overall market). That’s up 27% year over year (YoY). Looking deeper at the numbers, BEVs were up 10%, while PHEVs did even better, jumping 65% in April. Breaking down plugin sales. [continued] The post 44% Plugin Vehicle Market Share In China — April 2024 Sales Report appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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AI Outperforms Humans in Theory of Mind Tests

Cars That Think

Theory of mind —the ability to understand other people’s mental states—is what makes the social world of humans go around. It’s what helps you decide what to say in a tense situation, guess what drivers in other cars are about to do, and empathize with a character in a movie. And according to a new study, the large language models (LLM) that power ChatGPT and the like are surprisingly good at mimicking this quintessentially human trait.

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California’s Exploding Rooftop Solar Cost Shift

Energy Institute at HAAS

In 2024, residential PV will shift nearly $4 billion onto others’ bills, more than double the 2020 amount.

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Renewables provided almost 30% of US electrical generation in March

Electrek

Renewables are now the second-largest source of US electrical generation behind natural gas, which averaged a 40.5% share during Q1 2024 but fell to 39.4% in March.

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EV sales slowdown in the U.S. may not last long: Bloomberg

Teslarati

Reports of an electric vehicle (EV) sales slowdown this year have been a major focus for many automakers, but new data suggests that the downturn may not last as long as previously expected—and may not be as bad as many thought. In a report on Tuesday, Bloomberg said that Q1 sales data makes the supposed EV slowdown in the U.S. look more like a blip, as many automakers saw sales continue to increase year over year.

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Tesla FSD seems to take another step toward China launch

Teslarati

Tesla appears to be taking another step toward the launch of Full Self-Driving (FSD) in China, with some wording appearing in employee vehicles in the country following a recent update. After Tesla gained tentative approval for FSD in China late last month, the company has also continued to test the system in the country. However, following the recent Spring Update, one source has confirmed that the words “Employee FSD Beta Program: Registered” appeared on one employee’s vehicle in China.

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

Brief

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PepsiCo shares photo of freshly delivered Tesla Semi truck units

Teslarati

PepsiCo recently shared an image showing its new Tesla Semi units. The vehicles will be operating from PepsiCo Beverages North America’s (PBNA) Fresno, California location, and they will be serving customers across the state. As noted by PepsiCo in a press release , it would be receiving 50 units of the Tesla Semi over the next several months. The deliveries of the new Tesla Semi units for PepsiCo’s fleet was initially mentioned by Tesla Semi program Senior Manager Dan Priestley at the ACT Expo

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Major pension fund tells Tesla investors: vote against Musk’s $55B pay package

Electrek

A large pension fund has addressed a letter to Tesla shareholders recommending that they vote against the reelection of Kimbal Musk and James Murdoch and against Elon Musk’s massive stock package, ahead of Tesla’s shareholder meeting on June 13.

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Landmark study finds electric fleets for underground mines cheaper and cleaner than diesel

The Driven EV News

Landmark study finds an underground mines are better off with an electric fleet, including trucks and loaders, drills and charge rigs, as well as 4WD utes, rather than diesel. The post Landmark study finds electric fleets for underground mines cheaper and cleaner than diesel appeared first on The Driven.

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Franklin’s Charging Shows Us What EV Charging As A Small Business Looks Like

CleanTechnica EVs

When it comes to both gas stations and EV charging, the big names get most of the attention. Tesla, Electrify America, EVgo, and others are what people think of first for EV charging, largely because just about everyone has either charged at one or seen one. But, on the gas. [continued] The post Franklin’s Charging Shows Us What EV Charging As A Small Business Looks Like appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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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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Elon Musk confirms his threat: give me 25% of Tesla or you don’t get AI and robotics

Electrek

Elon Musk appears to confirmed and even clarify what can be seen as a threat to Tesla shareholders: give me 25% of the company or I won’t build AI and robotic products at the company, after making clear that the company is worthless without those.

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“We saved $17,000 in one hour:” Australia’s first electric truck show gets taste of the future

The Driven EV News

The inaugural zero emission Truck Show X conference has been heralded as a huge success by attendees who were treated to a number of outstanding talks and panel sessions. The head of the Australian trucking industry group says the event eclipsed his wildest expectations. The post “We saved $17,000 in one hour:” Australia’s first electric truck show gets taste of the future appeared first on The Driven.

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Tesla China launches free Supercharging perks for new and existing customers

Teslarati

Tesla China has launched a limited-time incentive for both new and existing customers. According to a poster shared on its official Weibo account, the electric vehicle maker is offering 5,000 km (3,100 miles) of free supercharging to the first 140 customers who order a Tesla vehicle before June 20, 2024. Existing customers are eligible for some perks from the electric vehicle maker as well.

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Plug-in Electric Vehicles in USA Consumed More Electricity than the Whole of Uganda in 2023!

CleanTechnica EVs

Light-duty vehicles (LDV) in the United States consumed approximately 7,596 GWh of electricity in 2023, almost five times the consumption in 2018 according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration Electric Power Monthly report. The report also adds that U.S. sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have increased in recent years, making. [continued] The post Plug-in Electric Vehicles in USA Consumed More Electricity than the Whole of Uganda in 2023!

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Tesla is delivering 50 more Semi units to PepsiCo

Teslarati

It appears that PepsiCo’s Tesla Semi pilot program has been successful so far. During his talk at the ACT Expo clean transportation conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dan Priestley, the Senior Manager of the Tesla Semi program, revealed that efforts are now underway to deliver 50 more units of the all-electric Class 8 truck to PepsiCo. The Tesla Semi is undoubtedly late, but the vehicles that have been delivered so far have been performing well.

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Dirt Cheap Batteries Enable Megawatt-Scale Charging Without Big Grid Upgrades Right Away

CleanTechnica EVs

Battery prices have continued to plummet, frankly faster than even battery optimists such as myself dreamed of. We’re seeing commercial, scaled, price points that we didn’t expect to see until 2030 or later. That has big implications for electric trucking. In 2022, a kilowatthour of battery capacity cost US$159. In. [continued] The post Dirt Cheap Batteries Enable Megawatt-Scale Charging Without Big Grid Upgrades Right Away appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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90 Ultra-Fast Solar-Powered Chargers for Italy

CleanTechnica EVs

Atlante’s ultra-fast charging stations, designed by Bertone Design, equipped with solar panels and energy storage systems, will soon arrive on Italian highways to serve electric mobility Milan, Italy — Atlante, the company of NHOA Group dedicated to electric vehicles fast and ultra-fast charging network, has won the first tender in. [continued] The post 90 Ultra-Fast Solar-Powered Chargers for Italy appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Tesla drivers have the cleanest cars in the UK: survey

Teslarati

A rather interesting survey of drivers in the UK has revealed an equally interesting result. As it turns out, Tesla drivers in the UK are the cleanest car owners in the country. The survey, which involved 1,000 motorists in the UK, was conducted in March 2024 by UK-based end-of-life scrap vehicle comparison service Scrap Car Comparison. The firm noted that it conducted a survey asking motorists over the age of 18 how frequently they clean the exterior and interior of their cars.

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Toyota announces nationwide dealer rollout of Tern Class 8 electric semi

Electrek

Launched as a joint venture between Toyota Group and Tier 1 supplier Hexagon Purus , the new Tern brand of heavy duty electric trucks announced Hino Trucks as its exclusive US distributor.

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Ford asks suppliers to help with profitability quest as EV survival depends on cost cutting

Teslarati

Ford is asking suppliers to help with its quest toward profitability in its electric vehicle efforts, as its survival depends on cost-cutting. Ford has spent billions attempting to compete with industry giants like Tesla, and in Q1, it recorded a $1.3 billion operating loss for its EV and software division, known as Model e. It responded by announcing changes to its overall expenditure, which was previously $10 billion planned for its EV unit.

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Tesla police fleet is saving taxpayers $80k per year on fuel costs: report

Teslarati

A fleet of Tesla police cars are proving themselves superior to their combustion-powered counterparts at the town of Bargersville, which is situated south of Indianapolis. As per Police Chief Todd Bertram, the Tesla police vehicles are saving the town a lot of money. The town’s fleet of 13 Tesla police cars is saving taxpayers around $80,000 per year in fuel cost savings, the police chief noted.

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Over 4 Million Plugin Vehicles Sold Globally in 2024

CleanTechnica EVs

Global EV sales reached 1.1 million units in April 2024, according to EV research-house, Rho Motion, bringing year-to-date (YTD) sales to 4.3 million, 22% greater than the same period in 2023. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) represent 64% of units sold so far in 2024, with the remaining 36% Plug-in Hybrid. [continued] The post Over 4 Million Plugin Vehicles Sold Globally in 2024 appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Tesla wins approval for Gigafactory Berlin expansion in Germany

Teslarati

Tesla has won approval for its expansion of Gigafactory Berlin, its production facility in Germany, after a meeting between community members and local officials was held on Thursday. The meeting took place in the Hangelsberg district of Grünheid under police protection, as protests against the expansion have been going on since the weekend. Other opponents of the expansion have been living in the forest surrounding the factory in treehouses as a form of protest.

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In a milestone, the US exceeds 5 million solar installations

Electrek

The US has now officially surpassed 5 million solar installations, a significant landmark in its shift toward clean energy, according to data released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie.

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Batteries on wheels: Mitsubishi gets network approval to export power from cars to the grid

The Driven EV News

Japanese car maker says it has approval from South Australia's electricity network to export power back into the grid from its electric vehicles. The post Batteries on wheels: Mitsubishi gets network approval to export power from cars to the grid appeared first on The Driven.

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“Eclipsed our wildest dreams:” Trucking industry starts to embrace electric future

The Driven EV News

The Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia has held Australia's first zero emission trucking conference as the industry starts to get serious about the transition to new technologies. The post “Eclipsed our wildest dreams:” Trucking industry starts to embrace electric future appeared first on The Driven.

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Hyundai and Ford’s EV registrations outpace the competition in March

Electrek

Despite talk of an “EV slowdown,” sales of electric vehicles are still growing. EV registrations grew another 3.8% in March as several automakers, including Hyundai and Ford, saw electric car sales surge.

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CATL Shenxing Battery Strikes Fear Into The Hearts Of Governments & Automakers

CleanTechnica EVs

The CATL Shenxing PLUS battery is a big step forward for the EV revolution but a significant risk to traditional manufacturers. The post CATL Shenxing Battery Strikes Fear Into The Hearts Of Governments & Automakers appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk confirms supercomputer cluster location at Giga Texas

Teslarati

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has shared a rather interesting detail about Giga Texas’ ongoing extension. As per Musk, a notable portion of the facility’s southend extension will be allotted for a “super dense” supercomputer cluster. Images and footage of the Giga Texas expansion were posted on X and YouTube by longtime drone operator Jef Roberts , who has been chronicling the progress and development of the facility since its earliest days.

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The Boring Company has given rides to 2 million passengers

Teslarati

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has reached a milestone of giving rides to two million passengers in its first Las Vegas loop, just a little over a year after it surpassed one million. The Boring Company announced the news on X on Friday after it surpassed one million passengers in its underground loop in Las Vegas, Nevada, last March. The company is currently operating rides in its Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) loop, the first of the company’s underground ride-hailing network.

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