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 23, 2020 1:05 PM WST
German business publication Manager Magazin reported on Thursday that Mercedes Benz parent Daimler has been forced to cut production of the EQC electric SUV by half, from 60,000 units to 30,000 due to the short supply of batteries from its Asian supplier LG Chem.
Jan 22, 2020 3:45 PM WST
BMW i Ventures, the EUR 500 million venture capital fund of German automaker BMW, announced today a $25 million investment in Silicon Valley-based Software Motor Company (SMC). The company is developing technology to create the “world’s most efficient electric motor.”
Jan 22, 2020 10:05 AM WST
Cruise debuted its fully-autonomous Origin shuttle at a media event last night in San Francisco. The futuristic self-driving shuttle was heavily engineered by Honda, with GM supplying the electric powertrain and Cruise tasked with developing the hardware and autonomous driving systems.
Jan 21, 2020 2:30 PM WST
Tesla announced in a post on its official Chinese Weibo account that it will use Baidu’s mapping services for its vehicles in China. The company said that its map data service provider will be replaced by Baidu so Tesla owners can have a “better driving experience on the road.”
Jan 21, 2020 10:55 AM WST
Uber announced on Tuesday its testing a feature that allows some drivers picking up passengers from airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento to charge up to five times the fare set by the company, Uber said.
Jan 17, 2020 2:00 PM WST
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday it will review a petition asking the agency to formally investigate and recall 500,000 Tesla electric vehicles, including the Model 3, over sudden acceleration reports. The petition covers the 2012 through 2019 model year Tesla Model S, 2016-2019 Tesla Model X SUV, and the 2018-2019 Tesla Model 3.
Jan 16, 2020 5:00 PM WST
Swedish automaker Volvo announced plans to build an electric battery plant at its assembly factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina to support the launch of electrified Volvo models for the U.S. market. Construction of the battery assembly plant will be completed by the end of 2021.
Jan 15, 2020 3:05 PM WST
One of the world’s biggest automakers is placing a big bet on “flying cars.” Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp announced it led a $590 million Series C funding round in California-based vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft startup Joby Aviation.
EV Startup Lucid Motors to Reveal a Near Production Version of its Ultra-Luxurious Air Sedan at the NY Auto ShowJan 15, 2020 10:30 AM WST
California-based electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors announced that an “almost production ready” version of the Air will be on display at the New York Auto Show in April. Lucid will also share production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information for the first time in April.
Jan 14, 2020 12:20 PM WST
Toyota Europe today unveiled some new photos of the second generation fuel cell electric Mirai sedan and it looks impressive. The car is set to launch later this year in Japan and will be followed by North America and Europe.