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Rivian Discontinues Base Model for R1S, R1T

Rivian Discontinues Base Model for R1S, R1T

The change means that Rivian’s electric vehicles are getting a price increase of up to $5,500 for the R1T and $6,000 for the R1S.

Vineeth Joel PatelOct 04, 2022 7:45 AM PT     

Mercedes-Benz Begins Production of the Highly Anticipated EQS Electric SUV in Alabama

Mercedes-Benz Begins Production of the Highly Anticipated EQS Electric SUV in Alabama

​Mercedes-Benz has officially started production of the highly anticipated EQS electric SUV at its assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The EQS SUV is the third electric model in the automaker’s EQ lineup, following the launch of the EQE and EQS sedans. The plant uses state-of-the-art digital, sustainable, efficient and flexible production methods and represents the future of automotive production for Mercedes-Benz.

Eric WalzOct 02, 2022 10:30 AM PT      

New Premium Electric Vehicle Brand Zeekr Is Exploring IPO Options in the U.S. or Hong Kong, According to Sources

New Premium Electric Vehicle Brand Zeekr Is Exploring IPO Options in the U.S. or Hong Kong, According to Sources

New electric vehicle brand Zeekr Intelligent Technology Ltd. (“Zeekr”), which is owned by Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group ("Geely"), is mulling plans to launch an IPO in either the U.S. or Hong Kong. Geely announced the Zeekr in March 2021 as a standalone brand to compete with Tesla, XPeng, NIO Inc. and others in the premium EV category in China. The company is targeting tech-savvy, younger customers more likely to purchase an electric vehicle.

FutureCar Staff Oct 01, 2022 12:25 PM PT       

Toyota is Working With the U.S. Dept of Energy to Advance ‘Megawatt-Scale’ Fuel Cell Powered Stationary Energy Generators

Toyota is Working With the U.S. Dept of Energy to Advance ‘Megawatt-Scale’ Fuel Cell Powered Stationary Energy Generators

​Toyota Motor North America is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to build, install and evaluate a 1-megawatt (MW) fuel cell power generation system at NREL's Flatirons Campus in Arvada, Colorado. Toyota said it leveraged its over 25 years of fuel cell development experience in designing the 1-MW fuel cell system, expanding on its expertise from the light duty fuel cell electric vehicle market.

Eric WalzSep 30, 2022 11:00 AM PT     

Mercedes-Benz Signs MoU With the Government of Canada to Source the Raw Materials for Electric Vehicle Batteries

Mercedes-Benz Signs MoU With the Government of Canada to Source the Raw Materials for Electric Vehicle Batteries

Mercedes-Benz has signed an MoU with the Government of Canada that will help ensure that the automaker has a reliable supply for raw materials such as lithium to produce all of the electric vehicle batteries its will need by the end of the decade. The MoU is part of the automaker's efforts to set up an entire automotive value chain for the responsible production and recycling of EV batteries.

Eric WalzSep 29, 2022 10:00 AM PT      

Ford Motor Co is Cutting 3,000 Jobs as it Transitions to Electric Vehicles, Software and Digital Services

Ford Motor Co is Cutting 3,000 Jobs as it Transitions to Electric Vehicles, Software and Digital Services

Ford Motor Co is undergoing one the biggest transitions in the company’s history with plans of building more software-defined electric vehicles. The automaker plans to sell 600,000 electric vehicles by 2023 and 2 million by 2026. But to reach its electrification targets over the next several years, Ford plans to reduce costs and become a much leaner company.

Eric WalzSep 28, 2022 12:00 PM PT      

Ford Reportedly Dropping 2024 Mustang Hybrid

Ford Reportedly Dropping 2024 Mustang Hybrid

While reports indicated that the new generation of the Ford Mustang would arrive with a hybrid model, it looks like the automaker has ditched the idea and will come out with an all-electric Mustang lineup down the road instead.

Vineeth Joel PatelSep 27, 2022 7:30 AM PT      

Lucid Launches New Performance Brand ‘Sapphire’ with a 1,200 Horsepower, Tri-Motor Version of the Lucid Air Sedan

Lucid Launches New Performance Brand ‘Sapphire’ with a 1,200 Horsepower, Tri-Motor Version of the Lucid Air Sedan

​Luxury electric automaker Lucid Group has launched a new ultra-high performance brand named Sapphire with the unveiling of a sport-focused, yet luxurious tri-motor version of the Lucid Air sedan dubbed the Sapphire. The 1,200 horsepower Lucid Air Sapphire made its public debut at the Quail Lodge as part of Monterey Car Week in California. Additional Sapphire models will be available for all of Lucid's EVs moving forward, including for the company’s upcoming SUV.

Eric WalzSep 25, 2022 11:15 AM PT      

SK Inc. Invests $100 Million in North Carolina-based EV Charging Hardware Developer Atom Power

SK Inc. Invests $100 Million in North Carolina-based EV Charging Hardware Developer Atom Power

North Carolina-based Ev charging hardware developer Atom Power announced a $100 million investment from South Korea’s SK Inc. The investment in Atom Power follows SK’s pledge to invest $22 billion across a broad range of technology and clean tech industries in the U.S. Atom Power invented the first commercial solid-state digital circuit breaker, which the company says is the safest and fastest circuit breaker for smart power distribution.

Eric WalzSep 24, 2022 12:15 PM PT     

China’s Tesla Rival XPeng Unveils its New ‘S4’ 480kW Electric Vehicle Supercharger That Can Add 125 Miles of Range in Just 5 Minutes

China’s Tesla Rival XPeng Unveils its New ‘S4’ 480kW Electric Vehicle Supercharger That Can Add 125 Miles of Range in Just 5 Minutes

Tesla Rival XPeng unveiled its latest S4 EV charger at an event dubbed “Supercharging Media Day” in Guangzhou, China on Wednesday. The S4 charger was able to add 200 km (125 miles) of range to the Xpeng G9 SUV in just 5 minutes with a maximum power output of 480 kW and a maximum current output of 670 amps. By 2025, XPENG aims to open an additional 2,000 supercharging stations across China.

Eric WalzSep 23, 2022 12:00 PM PT

Volvo’s Brand Polestar Confirms That the Polestar 6 Electric Roadster Will Enter Production and Launch in 2026

Volvo’s Brand Polestar Confirms That the Polestar 6 Electric Roadster Will Enter Production and Launch in 2026

​Electric performance car brand Polestar has confirmed plans to put its electric roadster concept into production. The production version of the battery-powered sportscar car is expected to launch in 2026 as the “Polestar 6”. Polestar was able to take the classic look of iconic roadsters of the past and incorporate the design elements into a modern, fully-electric sportscar.

Eric WalzSep 22, 2022 9:00 AM PT         

Ralph Nader Calls for NHTSA to Remove Tesla Full Self-Driving

Ralph Nader Calls for NHTSA to Remove Tesla Full Self-Driving

The former Presidential candidate and consumer protection advocate called on federal regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remove Tesla’s Full-Self Driving system from the automaker’s electric cars.

Vineeth Joel PatelSep 21, 2022 8:15 AM PT    

California DMV Accuses Tesla of Making False Claims About its Driver-Assist Systems

California DMV Accuses Tesla of Making False Claims About its Driver-Assist Systems

The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles declares that the all-electric automaker exaggerated the capabilities of its systems.

Vineeth Joel PatelSep 20, 2022 6:00 AM PT     

Automakers Urge Consumers to Buy an EV Before Tax Credit Changes

Automakers Urge Consumers to Buy an EV Before Tax Credit Changes

If you’re looking to purchase an electric vehicle, now is the time to act, as the upcoming months are going to be a difficult, confusing times as the EV tax credit changes.

Vineeth Joel PatelSep 19, 2022 2:45 PM PT      

BorgWarner to Supply its Integrated Drive Module to Hyundai for a New EV That Will Enter Production in 2024

BorgWarner to Supply its Integrated Drive Module to Hyundai for a New EV That Will Enter Production in 2024

Automotive component supplier BorgWarner has secured a second major supply deal with Hyundai Motor Co for an integrated drive module (“IDM146”) that will power a new electric vehicle that will enter production in 2024. The IDM optimizes weight, cost and size for electric vehicles. It integrates the transmission and high voltage hairpin (HVH) electric motor and power electronics into a single compact unit.

Eric WalzSep 17, 2022 9:00 AM PT      

Amazon Customers in Texas and California Will Begin Receiving Packages via Prime Air Drones Later This Year

Amazon Customers in Texas and California Will Begin Receiving Packages via Prime Air Drones Later This Year

Online retailer Amazon released a new video showing its latest electrically-powered delivery drone in flight and shared some new information on how the aircraft are being tested. The e-commerce giant aims to start the first U.S. drone deliveries of customer packages in Lockeford, CA and College Station, TX later this year.

Eric WalzSep 16, 2022 11:30 AM PT      

Ford Announces the Largest Utility Agreement in the U.S. History to Assemble All of its Vehicles in Michigan Using 100% Renewable Energy by 2025

Ford Announces the Largest Utility Agreement in the U.S. History to Assemble All of its Vehicles in Michigan Using 100% Renewable Energy by 2025

A new agreement announced by Ford Motor Co and Detroit-based energy company DTE Energy represents a major step for the automaker to reach its renewable energy goals. As part of the agreement, DTE will add 650 megawatts of new solar energy capacity in Michigan for Ford. The automaker will use this renewable solar energy to produce all of its vehicles in Michigan by 2025.

FutureCar Staff Sep 16, 2022 8:10 AM PT      

AI-Powered Computer Vision Perception Developer StradVision Closes on $88 Million Series C Funding Round

AI-Powered Computer Vision Perception Developer StradVision Closes on $88 Million Series C Funding Round

StradVision, a developer of AI-powered computer vision perception systems for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), announced today it closed on its latest Series C funding round of $88 million. The latest round brings StradVision’s total funding to $129 million. The company says it's accelerating the deployment of fully autonomous vehicles by providing automakers with powerful perception technology at a fraction of the cost of its competitors.

Eric WalzSep 15, 2022 3:00 PM PT       

Ford Raises the Prices of the F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Due to Rising Raw Material Costs

Ford Raises the Prices of the F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Due to Rising Raw Material Costs

Ford Motor Co is raising prices of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup for the first time since its launch in May 2021. The automaker cited significant material cost increases and other factors for the price hikes of nearly 20% on Lightning models. The automaker said prices for the 2023 F-150 Lightning will jump between $6,000 and $8,500 depending on the model.

Eric WalzSep 15, 2022 12:15 PM PT      

Mercedes-Benz is Partnering with Game Engine Developer Unity Technologies to Create Immersive, 3D Infotainment Screens and Displays for its Future Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz is Partnering with Game Engine Developer Unity Technologies to Create Immersive, 3D Infotainment Screens and Displays for its Future Vehicles

​San Francisco-based game engine developer Unity, which is widely recognized for its immersive 3D graphics for the video game industry, announced a new partnership with automaker Mercedes Benz. As part of the partnership, Unity’s 3D game engine will be used to power the infotainment screens on all future software-based vehicles running the automaker's new Mercedes-Benz Operating system dubbed “MB.OS”.

Eric WalzSep 14, 2022 1:00 PM PT      

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