Originally hailing from New Jersey, Eric is a automotive & technology reporter covering the high-tech industry here in Silicon Valley. He has over 15 years of automotive experience and a bachelors degree in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the auto industry and beyond. He has worked at Uber on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology.
Jan 04, 2021 10:15 AM WST
Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger Xpeng Inc. (Xpeng) reported record sales for the month of December and record fourth quarter sales to close out 2020. Xpeng said it achieved a record monthly delivery of 5,700 vehicles in December, including 3,691 units of the company’s new flagship P7 Smart Sedan. The record sales represent a 326% increase year-over-year and a 35% increase from November.
Dec 30, 2020 1:00 PM WST
With plans to be one of the world’s leading producers of electric vehicles, German automaker Volkswagen is aiming to make electric vehicle charging as convenient as possible. The company’s latest concept is an autonomous charging robot that will do the job automatically.
Dec 29, 2020 2:45 PM WST
Volkswagen is significantly expanding the charging infrastructure in its home country of Germany. The automaker announced that 750 new charging points are planned for next year, including the first “High Power Charging” stations delivering up to 300 kW of power.
Nissan’s Sound Absorbing ‘Acoustic Meta-Material’ Named One of the 100 Greatest Inventions of 2020 by Popular ScienceDec 28, 2020 10:35 AM WST
Japan’s Nissan Motor Co has invented a new acoustic meta-material that can help keep vehicle interiors quieter. The automaker’s noise-reducing technology was recognized earlier this month by Popular Science as one of the 100 greatest inventions of 2020 in the “Best of What’s New Award” in the automotive category.
Chinese EV Startup NIO to Unveil its First Electric Sedan on Jan 9, New Competition for the Tesla Model 3Dec 24, 2020 11:30 AM WST
Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger NIO will reveal its first sedan next month. Nio’s new ET7 sedan will make its debut at the upcoming NIO Day event on Jan. 9, 2021, according to Qin Lihong, co-founder and president of Nio. The upcoming sedan is based on a concept vehicle that Nio unveiled at Auto China 2019.
Dec 23, 2020 4:45 PM WST
California-based autonomous delivery startup Nuro announced on Wednesday that it acquired an equity stake in autonomous truck developer Ike. Ike is focused on developing Class-8 self-driving trucks for the shipping industry, so any tie up will likely include the further development of driverless trucks.
Dec 22, 2020 2:05 PM WST
San Francisco-based Lidar company Ouster has agreed to go public in a deal that would value the company at $1.9 billion. Ouster plans to merge with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Colonnade Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: CLA).
Computer Giant Apple Plans to Launch an Electric Car in 2024 with 'Next-Level' Battery Technology, Sources SayDec 21, 2020 3:50 PM WST
As one of the biggest tech companies, Apple Inc. makes some of the world’s most popular consumer electronics products, including laptops, iPhones, iPads, smartwatches and headphones. Now it looks as though Apple is planning to add an EV to its portfolio. The iPhone maker is targeting 2024 to build a passenger car that might include its own advanced EV battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.
Dec 18, 2020 12:50 PM WST
China’s newest New Energy Vehicle (NEV) startup Li Auto is off to a good start in 2020. On Friday, the company announced it reached cumulative sales of 30,000 units so far this year. The 30,000 sales milestone is a first for a startup automaker in the country.
Dec 17, 2020 12:45 PM WST
California luxury electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors announced on Thursday that will open its first East Coast Lucid Studio retail location in Miami, Florida this week. The design Studio will open at the Brickell City Centre, an upscale retail and residential mixed use development on Saturday, Dec 19. The Lucid Studio in Miami is the first of a network of Lucid Studios that will open on the East Coast of the U.S. in 2021, the company said.