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Battery Maker CATL is Working to Integrate Electric Vehicle Batteries into the Vehicle’s Chassis

Battery Maker CATL is Working to Integrate Electric Vehicle Batteries into the Vehicle’s Chassis

Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd. (CATL) announced this week that it's working on a new battery technology that incorporates the battery cells directly into an electric vehicle’s chassis. The novel idea of integrating cells directly into an electric vehicle’s (EV) frame will allow more cells to fit, which can extend range.

Eric WalzAug 14, 2020 10:45 AM PT    

Volkswagen to Build EV Battery Cells & Packs in Tennessee for its Future Electric Models

Volkswagen to Build EV Battery Cells & Packs in Tennessee for its Future Electric Models

Volkswagen has already begun to expand its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant to become its North American center for electric vehicle production, but now the automaker is building a new Engineering and Planning Center (EPC) in Chattanooga for engineering the EVs and batteries of the future, the automaker announced.

Derrick SmithAug 13, 2020 6:15 PM PT    

Coreshell Technologies, a California Startup Working to Solve EV Battery Degradation Raises $4 Million

Coreshell Technologies, a California Startup Working to Solve EV Battery Degradation Raises $4 Million

California startup named Coreshell Technologies raised $4 million to continue its research to improve lithium ion batteries. The company is working to improve what’s described as “electrode surface instability” on the electrode surfaces in a lithium ion battery, which is directly responsible for loss of energy during cycling. In addition to causing a loss in performance, battery degradation ultimately leads to higher costs.

Eric WalzAug 13, 2020 3:00 PM PT     

Tesla Forecasted to Sell in China 100,000 vehicles in China in 2020; Model 3 Was the Best Selling EV in China for the Past Two Months

Tesla Forecasted to Sell in China 100,000 vehicles in China in 2020; Model 3 Was the Best Selling EV in China for the Past Two Months

U.S. electric automaker Tesla is expected to have impressive sales numbers for the rest of the year in China, according to China’s Passenger Car Association (CPCA), which tracks sales in the world’s biggest auto market. Tesla sales for 2020 are estimated to be 100,000+ vehicles, despite the effect of the pandemic earlier this year which led to the shut down of most of China’s auto production and sales.

FutureCar Staff Aug 12, 2020 7:30 PM PT     

Uber CEO Says the Company Might Suspend its California Operations if a Court’s Decision Forcing it Classify Drivers as Full-time Employees is Not Overturned

Uber CEO Says the Company Might Suspend its California Operations if a Court’s Decision Forcing it Classify Drivers as Full-time Employees is Not Overturned

Now that the ongoing pandemic has decimated Uber’s core ride-hailing business over the past few month’s and a California court has ordered Uber to reclassify most driver partners as full-time employees, Uber may temporarily suspending its ride-sharing service in the state. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that Uber would likely shut down temporarily for several months if a court does not overturn its recent ruling.

Jeremy CarltonAug 12, 2020 10:45 AM PT     

Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv Rename Their Autonomous Driving Joint Venture ‘Motional’

Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv Rename Their Autonomous Driving Joint Venture ‘Motional’

The joint venture between Hyundai Motor Co and self-driving technology developer Aptiv has a new name—”Motional.” The goal of Motional is to combine Hyundai’s expertise in design, engineering, and vehicle manufacturing with Aptiv’s autonomous driving expertise to commercialize a SAE Level 4 and 5 self-driving platform for robotaxi providers, fleet operators and automakers.

Eric WalzAug 12, 2020 9:00 AM PT     

General Motors CFO Unexpectedly Departs to Take Role at Online Payment Startup Stripe

General Motors CFO Unexpectedly Departs to Take Role at Online Payment Startup Stripe

U.S. automaker General Motors has lost one of its top executives with Chief Financial Officer Dhivya Suryadevara unexpectedly departing the company. Suryadevara is leaving the Motor City for Silicon Valley, where she was named CFO of the online payments startup Stripe.

Derrick SmithAug 11, 2020 11:30 AM PT    

Lucid Motors Raises the Bar for EV Range With 517 Miles on a Single Charge for its Air Sedan

Lucid Motors Raises the Bar for EV Range With 517 Miles on a Single Charge for its Air Sedan

Luxury electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors can now claim the longest range for a production vehicle using an EPA approved test procedure. The company's first electric vehicle, the ultra-luxurious Lucid Air sedan, achieved an equivalent of 517 miles on a single charge, something that Tesla, or any other automaker, has yet to achieve.

Eric WalzAug 11, 2020 6:15 AM PT       

Hyundai Launches IONIQ as a Futuristic New Electric Brand

Hyundai Launches IONIQ as a Futuristic New Electric Brand

South Korean Automaker Hyundai will produce electric vehicles under a dedicated new brand named IONIQ. With the launch of the IONIQ brand, the automaker is aiming to become one of the world's top three manufacturers of battery-powered vehicles by 2025. The first IONIQ model will be the Ioniq 5, a midsize all-electric crossover based on the futuristic 45 concept first unveiled in Sept 2019 at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Eric WalzAug 10, 2020 1:45 PM PT      

Quick Comparison: The Mercedes-Benz EQS vs the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan

Quick Comparison: The Mercedes-Benz EQS vs the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan

Here's a quick comparison of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQS luxury-electric sedan and its chief rivals in the segment—the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.

Manish KharintaAug 10, 2020 1:30 PM PT

Jaguar Improves I-Pace Thanks to Knowledge From Formula E, I-Pace eTrophy

Jaguar Improves I-Pace Thanks to Knowledge From Formula E, I-Pace eTrophy

Thanks to Formula E and the I-Pace eTrophy, both major all-electric racing forms of motorsport that Jaguar competes in, the I-Pace has been updated.

Vineeth Joel PatelAug 10, 2020 5:00 AM PT   

Chinese Electric Automaker Xpeng Motors Files for U.S. IPO in Bid to Challenge Tesla

Chinese Electric Automaker Xpeng Motors Files for U.S. IPO in Bid to Challenge Tesla

Electric automaker Xpeng Motors is planning to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), becoming the latest electric vehicle company to launch an IPO in the U.S. to raise new capital to challenge Tesla. Xpeng is hoping to cash in on the current investor trend of pouring money in new electric vehicle startups.

Eric WalzAug 09, 2020 10:00 AM PT          

Audi Cuts e-tron Price, Increases Range for 2021 

Audi Cuts e-tron Price, Increases Range for 2021 

Thank the Tesla Model Y or simply the introduction of more competition, because Audi’s just made the e-tron much more competitive.

Vineeth Joel PatelAug 09, 2020 7:00 AM PT   

AAA Study Finds Modern Driver-Assist Systems Aren’t Reliable

AAA Study Finds Modern Driver-Assist Systems Aren’t Reliable

In a study conducted by the American Automobile Association, modern driver-assist systems had an issue every eight miles. That makes them “far from 100% reliable.”

Vineeth Joel PatelAug 08, 2020 7:00 AM PT   

General Motors Unveils the Cadillac LYRIQ, Which Represents the Luxury Brand’s Future, But it Won’t Arrive Until Late 2022

General Motors Unveils the Cadillac LYRIQ, Which Represents the Luxury Brand’s Future, But it Won’t Arrive Until Late 2022

​U.S. automaker General Motors unveiled the much anticipated battery-powered Cadillac LYRIQ luxury crossover on Thursday Night in an online event. The futuristic and sleek Lyriq represents the future of Cadillac, but also that of General Motors, as the company transitions to building more purely electric vehicles. The Lyriq also marks the beginning of Cadillac being reborn as an exclusive, luxury electric brand.

Eric WalzAug 07, 2020 11:30 AM PT

Mercedes Benz is Strengthening its Alliance with China’s CATL for the Development of Electric Vehicle Batteries

Mercedes Benz is Strengthening its Alliance with China’s CATL for the Development of Electric Vehicle Batteries

Mercedes Benz announced on Wednesday it will strengthen its alliance with Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL). The automaker is counting on CATL to deliver battery packs capable of providing its future electric vehicles with at least a 435 mile (700 km) range, as well as offering faster recharging times.

Eric WalzAug 06, 2020 3:00 PM PT      

EV Charging Operator ChargePoint Secures $127 Million in New Funding

EV Charging Operator ChargePoint Secures $127 Million in New Funding

Silicon Valley-based ChargePoint announced $127 million in new equity financing this week. The new investment brings the company’s total funding to $660 million so far. Before its latest funding, ChargePoint was valued at $1.25 billion as it continues to expand its EV charging network.

FutureCar Staff Aug 06, 2020 10:50 AM PT    

Applied Information & Qualcomm to Integrate C-V2X Technology in Traffic Signals in Hawaii

Applied Information & Qualcomm to Integrate C-V2X Technology in Traffic Signals in Hawaii

Smart City technology developer Applied Information, Inc. announced today its plans to bring Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology to the island of Hawaii. The company is working with wireless technology developer Qualcomm on the pilot, in which C-V2X technology will be integrated into 34 traffic signals along the high-traffic Nimitz Corridor in Honolulu.

Eric WalzAug 05, 2020 1:15 PM PT         

Mercedes Benz Launches the Next-Generation ‘Mercedes me’ Apps to Keep Drivers Connected to Their Vehicles

Mercedes Benz Launches the Next-Generation ‘Mercedes me’ Apps to Keep Drivers Connected to Their Vehicles

German luxury automaker Mercedes Benz has launched the next-generation of its Mercedes “me” apps. The three new apps allow drivers to stay connected to their Mercedes Benz vehicles. The updated app interface lets drivers check their vehicle's status remotely, activate vehicle controls, schedule service, or summon roadside assistance from wherever they are.

Eric WalzAug 04, 2020 8:00 PM PT    

Ford Motor Company Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley Will Take Over as CEO, Jim Hackett to Retire

Ford Motor Company Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley Will Take Over as CEO, Jim Hackett to Retire

Ford Motor Company will have a new CEO as of Oct 1. Ford announced this offering that its Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley will take over as its new leader while current CEO Jim Hackett announces his retirement. The move comes as Ford's stock has underperformed under Hackett's leadership.

Jeremy CarltonAug 04, 2020 10:30 AM PT

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