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.
Major Tesla Investor Urges the Electric Automaker to Issue Stock Buyback After Share Price Plummets 30% Since AprilMay 19, 2022 1:40 PM WST
One of Tesla’s biggest shareholders is not happy with the electric automaker’s tumbling stock price since last month. Billionaire Leo KoGuan, co-founder of IT provider SHI International Corp and a major individual investor in Tesla, is publicly calling on the company to buy back shares in order to return some cash back to shareholders.
Autonomous Logistics Startup Gatik Plans to Deploy its Fully-Autonomous Trucks in Kansas With No Safety Drivers OnboardMay 19, 2022 9:00 AM WST
Silicon Valley-based autonomous middle-mile logistics startup Gatik is deploying its self-driving trucks on public roads in Kansas, after the state’s Governor Laura Kelly signed “Senate Bill 313” which allows for deployment of fully-driverless vehicles on public roads in the state.
Luxury Electric Automaker Lucid Group to Receive $3.4 Billion in Incentives to Build its Second EV Factory in Saudi ArabiaMay 18, 2022 2:00 PM WST
Luxury electric vehicle maker Lucid Group, Inc. announced a ceremonial signing event with the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Industrial Development Fund, Emaar, The Economic City, at King Abdullah Economic City and Gulf International Bank for the construction of Lucid’s second electric vehicle factory in Saudi Arabia.
The Electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV Will Use a Silicon-based Battery Developed by Sila NanotechnologiesMay 18, 2022 10:00 AM WST
Mercedes-Benz will use a more energy dense battery developed by California battery startup Sila Nanotechnologies in its upcoming electric G-Class from 2025, the automaker announced on Tuesday. The electric G-Class was first unveiled as a concept at the Munich Motor Show in 2021. The advanced battery will use silicon-based anodes, which are 20-40% more energy dense than comparable cells currently available, Mercedes-Benz said.
AutoX to Use the 'Eyeonic Vision Sensor' from California-based SiLC Technologies for its Robotaxi Fleet in ChinaMay 17, 2022 11:30 AM WST
Autonomous technology developer AutoX, which is rolling out a robotaxi service in China using a fleet of level-4 self-driving vehicles, has selected an advanced vision sensor developed by California-based Silicon photonics developer SiLC Technologies. The company's Eyeonic Vision Sensors were first announced in Dec 2021 and improve the perception of traditional lidar, providing much more depth perception and instantaneous velocity of objects.
May 16, 2022 4:15 PM WST
U.S.-listed electric vehicle startup NIO Inc is emerging as one of China’s promising new electric vehicle startups. The company has reached deliveries of 200,000 electric vehicles. Reaching deliveries of 200,000 vehicles is a significant milestone for NIO after launching its first mass-market vehicle, the ES8 SUV, in 2018.
Elon Musk’s Deal to Buy Twitter for $44B is Put ‘On Hold’ as Tesla Loses $400B in Market Cap Since the Plans Were First Made PublicMay 13, 2022 7:30 AM WST
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is apparently getting cold feet after agreeing to purchase social media platform Twitter last month for $44 billion. On Friday, Musk tweeted that his $44 billion deal to purchase Twitter was “temporarily on hold”. He said he was waiting for data on the number of fake accounts on the platform, referring to a Reuters report from ten days ago that cited the fake account figures.
May 12, 2022 9:30 AM WST
Electric vehicle startup Fisker Inc confirmed that it will produce its second EV dubbed PEAR at Foxconn’s newly acquired factory in Ohio that it purchased from electric truck maker Lordstown Motors. The Fisker PEAR will enter production in 2024. Both the Fisker and Foxconn teams are fully engaged and expect to build a minimum of 250,000 Fisker PEAR units a year at the plant after a ramp up period.
StoreDot Successfully Demonstrates its Rapid EV Battery Charging Technology That Could Deliver 100 Miles of Range in 5 MinutesMay 11, 2022 8:15 AM WST
StoreDot, an Israel-based company working on electric vehicle battery technology that can significantly reduce charging times, has successfully demonstrated its ultra-fast charging battery tech that can add 100 miles of range to an EV in just five minutes. The demonstration took place at EcoMotion Week 2022 in Israel, an industry event that brings together automakers and around 600 startups working in the field of smart mobility.
May 10, 2022 8:00 AM WST
General Motors announced it will collaborate with open source software company Red Hat to help advance the development of software-defined vehicles with cloud connectivity. Red Hat is widely recognized for its cloud-native, enterprise-grade open source operating system. The collaboration will help GM accelerate the development of its software-defined vehicle programs following the launch of its new Ultifi vehicle software platform announced in Sept 2021.