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Dec 1, 2023

Detroit’s newest road can charge electric cars as they travel on it

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Detroit is now home to the country’s first stretch of road that can wirelessly charge an electric vehicle (EV), whether it’s parked or moving.

Why it matters: Wireless charging on an electrified roadway could remove one of the biggest hassles of owning an EV: the need to stop and plug in regularly.

Nov 30, 2023

Toyota tempers expectations for solid-state battery adoption

Posted by in categories: chemistry, sustainability, transportation

It really is impressive how many unknowns there are about the next decade in transportation. Sure, there have always been innovations and surprises, but to be unsure what most vehicles will even be powered by in 10 years, nor who — or what — will be in the driver’s seat, is astounding. Battery-electric vehicles are the leading contender to usurp internal combustion, eventually, though the road to that outcome is full of hurdles. Solid-state batteries (SSB) are seen as one of the key innovations to get there, various makers saying they’ll have at least one product with a solid-state battery on the market by the end of the decade. The overall numbers of SSB-powered vehicles might remain surprisingly low well into the 2030s, though. In Toyota’s internal news outlet, Toyota Times, the automaker wrote, “In the [SSB] mass production phase anticipated for 2030 and beyond, the companies are looking to boost capacity to several thousand tonnes (several tens of thousands of vehicles) in line with Toyota’s product plans.”

The “companies” referred to are Toyota and Japan’s petrochemical conglomerate Idemitsu Kosan, which formalized collaboration on SSBs this year. Right now, Toyota and Idemitsu are working on the development times for solid electrolyte and resulting quality and cost. When those are locked in, the firms will work on a pilot facility for commercialization. Initial commercial effort will take two years of testing and validation before wider production commences in 2030.

The “several tens of thousands of vehicles” appears to have gone through at least one revision after publication. In Jalopnik’s writeup, the capacity was quoted as “over ten thousand vehicles.” Even at the larger sum, that’s considerably less than onlookers expected, but that might be because onlookers expected too much, not because Toyota overpromised. The automaker’s talked big numbers for BEV sales, but has talked just as bigly about what kinds of electrified powertrains those sales will entail: At least four kinds of battery technologies, plus hydrogen, and hybrids. In 2021, Toyota said it expected to have an SSB ready by 2025. In 2022, a Toyota engineer said the first product to get an SSB would be a hybrid on go on sale in the first half of the decade.

Nov 30, 2023

Chery and Huawei brand Luxeed shakes up EV market with 855 km range S7, starting at $35k

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Luxeed – a young, premium EV brand developed between Chery Automobile and Chinese tech giant Huawei, has shared new details of its flagship sedan, the S7. In a matter of months since first teasing the Tesla Model S competitor, followed by an influx of pre-orders, Chery and Huawei have now shared trim variants, pricing, and of course, range – which tops out at an impressive 855 km.

Luxeed is a new all-electric brand in China and when we say “new,” we mean we didn’t even know the official name of the joint effort between China’s Chery and Huawei until about four months ago.

In that time, we’ve seen Huawei tease its first model, learned its core specs from a regulatory filing in China, and saw the S7 sedan’s first unveiling three weeks ago, ahead of an official launch that took place today.

Nov 30, 2023

Tesla Cybertruck is here: electric truck will start at $60,990 and get up to 340 miles of range

Posted by in category: transportation

Tesla finally delivered the long-awaited Cybertruck to the first batch of customers. But there’s still a long road ahead for the angular, polarizing truck.

Nov 30, 2023

Tesla Cybertruck delivery event: everything Elon revealed about the EV pickup

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, media & arts, sustainability, transportation

With dubstep as the soundtrack and neon lighting as the backdrop, Elon Musk handed the first Cybertrucks over to a select group of customers that included Reddit co-founder and VC fund Seven Seven Six founder Alexis Ohanian and Trousdale Ventures founder and CEO Phillip Sarofim.

The live streamed portion of the Tesla Cybertruck delivery event was a short affair — around 30 minutes. But the event still had all the traditional trappings one has come to expect from Tesla: the pomp and pumpy music, VIP guests and of course, Musk.

The Tesla Cybertruck deliveries come at least six years since Musk first tweeted about building a truck and four years since he debuted the futuristic-looking pickup.

Nov 28, 2023

Tesla rolls out latest semi-autonomous driving software in the US

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the company has begun to introduce the latest version of its ‘Full Self-Driving’ (FSD) semi-autonomous software in the US, with its ‘beta’ title – which refers to a product being tested by consumers – to be dropped.

Mr Musk confirmed Tesla employees are the first to experience the new system.

Known as version 12 (or v12), the new FSD could signify a major technological step forward in the industry – allowing the car’s computers to make its own judgements based on what its cameras see, rather than relying on “hard-coded programming”, website Not a Tesla App reports.

Nov 28, 2023

Toyota CEO: “Our Ammonia Engine Is the End of EV’s”

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation

In a world that seems inexorably drawn towards an all-electric future, Toyota has consistently taken a different road. The Japanese automaker remains skeptical about an exclusive reliance on electric vehicles (EVs). While it’s true that Toyota has some exciting EVs in the pipeline for the upcoming year, they are also actively exploring alternative energy sources. However, a recent development could potentially turn the tables on the EV revolution — an ammonia-powered engine for passenger vehicles.

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Nov 27, 2023

DeltaHawk’s advanced aircraft piston engine goes green with hydrogen fuel

Posted by in categories: computing, transportation

The firm claims that the technology “testing in computer simulations is proving superior to legacy four-stroke engine architectures.”


DeltaHawk.

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Nov 27, 2023

This beautiful design is probably the future of electric motorcycles

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Transparent panels showing off the inner workings on a motorcycle?


Gurmukh Bhasin.

Gurmukh Bhasin has introduced a game-changer that turns heads and sparks conversations. The CR-Dos — Ghost, a concept electric motorcycle, has taken the spotlight with its unique blend of transparency and cutting-edge design.

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Nov 27, 2023

India’s EMotorad rides high with $20M investment for global e-bike push

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

EMotorad, an Indian startup manufacturing electric bikes, raised $20 million in a Series B round as it aims to disrupt China’s market domination and expand its presence in global markets.

The three-year-old startup has raised more than $22.5 million in total funding, with Singapore’s Panthera Growth Partners leading the latest round, along with participation from Alteria Capital, xto10x Technologies, and Green Frontier Capital — the startup’s existing investor. Additionally, the fresh funding round includes a debt of $2.5 million.

The demand for e-bikes is growing in markets beyond China and India as people seek to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, ease traffic congestion on the roads and find alternative transportation options that do not require rigorous physical activity throughout their daily commute. In 2021, the World Bank predicted (PDF) that as many as 300 million e-bikes will circulate in cities across the globe by 2023. However, despite growing demand worldwide, e-bike supplies rely heavily on Chinese manufacturers. EMotorad is striving to overturn this trend by establishing its manufacturing operations in India.

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