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.
Jul 29, 2021 1:30 PM WST
Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) on Thursday unveiled the company’s first-generation sodium-ion battery. The batteries are a new solution for the auto industry. CATL’s first generation of sodium-ion batteries have high-energy density, fast-charging capability, excellent thermal stability, as well as excellent low-temperature performance.
LG Electronics & Magna International Finalize Agreement for New ePowertrain Joint Venture That’s Linked to the Secretive ‘Apple Car’ ProjectJul 28, 2021 12:45 PM WST
South Korean manufacturer LG Electronics has finalized its new joint venture agreement with automotive supplier Magna International Inc. that will develop e-powertrains and other components for electric vehicles. The new company is named “LG Magna e-Powertrain" and it was linked to Apple Inc's secretive "Apple Car" project in April.
Jul 28, 2021 9:00 AM WST
Electric automaker Tesla plans to shutter many its vehicle showrooms in upscale shopping centers around the U.S. Instead, the automaker plans to focus more on remote work for its retail staff and online vehicle deliveries and sales. For struggling mall owners, it’s a devastating blow, as the electric automaker is one of the world’s most widely recognized companies.
Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cell Trucks Hitting the Road in California in the Largest Deployment of the Technology in the U.S.Jul 27, 2021 1:30 PM WST
Hyundai Motor Co announced that its fuel cell-powered XCIENT trucks are hitting the road in California as part of two publicly-funded projects in the state to improve air quality. Hyundai plans to deploy 30 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks in Northern California by early 2023 as part of its public and private partnerships in the U.S. It will be the largest commercial deployment of Class 8 hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks in the U.S.
Jul 26, 2021 11:30 AM WST
California-based luxury electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors launched its U.S. IPO on Monday after completing the previously announced merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Churchill Capital Corp IV on July 23, 2021. The combined company will now operate as “Lucid Group, Inc.” Lucid is one of the most talked about electric vehicle startups since Tesla went public in June 2010.
General Motors Files Lawsuit Against Rival Ford for Naming its New Autonomous Driving Feature ‘BlueCruise’Jul 26, 2021 9:15 AM WST
General Motors and its autonomous driving arm Cruise LLC have filed a lawsuit to stop rival Ford Motor Co from using the name "BlueCruise" for its new autonomous driving feature that offers hands-free driving on highways. General Motors’ autonomous driving system is called “Super Cruise” and the automaker claims that Ford’s calling its autonomous driving feature BlueCruise infringes on its trademark.
Jul 23, 2021 11:30 AM WST
The shareholders of special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Churchill Capital Corp IV have approved its merger with luxury electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger Lucid Motors, paving the way for the company’s much anticipated IPO next week. Shares of Lucid Motors will list on the Nasdaq beginning on Monday July 26, 2021.
Jul 22, 2021 11:00 AM WST
German luxury automaker Mercedes Benz has ramped up its electrification plans and announced it will only produce fully-electric vehicles by 2030. For a company that invented the automobile way back in 1886, the switch to electric marks the end of an era for Mercedes Benz but the start of a new one.
Uber Freight Aims to Build the World’s Most Comprehensive Logistics Network with its $2.25 Billion Acquisition of TransplaceJul 22, 2021 9:00 AM WST
Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc is ramping up plans for its Uber Freight division and announced its acquiring logistics and data company Transplace for up to $2.25 billion. The acquisition will create one of the most comprehensive managed transportation and logistics networks in the world.
Jul 21, 2021 8:45 AM WST
Lyft Inc customers in Florida might be picked up in a self-driving vehicle by the end of this year. Ford Motor Co and its autonomous driving partner Pittsburgh-based Argo AI plan to self-driving vehicles on Lyft’s ride-hailing network by the end of the year, Ford announced on Wednesday.