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.
Volkswagen to Speed Up the Development of EVs & Digital Services as Part of its Updated 'ACCELERATE' StrategyMar 05, 2021 11:35 AM WST
Automaker Volkswagen announced an updated company strategy called "ACCELERATE" that includes a faster roll out new electric models that are software-based and connected. The updated ACCELERATE strategy will prepare the automaker for a changing auto industry that’s quickly moving towards electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving.
San Francisco Startup Ample Develops an EV Battery Swap Station that Can Replace Any Electric Vehicle Battery in Under 10 MinutesMar 04, 2021 2:50 PM WST
San Francisco startup Ample unveiled its new EV battery swapping station this week, which can remove and replace an electric vehicle’s battery modules in under 10 minutes autonomously using robotics. Ample’s modular battery swapping technology acts as a drop-in replacement for the vehicle’s original battery design, so it can work with any make or model.
Mar 04, 2021 9:00 AM WST
General Motors is looking to build a second battery plant in the U.S. with its South Korean battery partner LG Chem, citing people familiar with the company’s plans, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the report, the two companies are close to an agreement to build a new EV battery plant in Tennessee. The automaker announced in Oct 2020 that it will invest $2 billion in its Spring Hill, Tennessee Manufacturing facility to build fully-electric vehicles.
China’s Tesla Challenger Xpeng Launches 3 New EV Variants Powered by Cobalt-free, Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) BatteriesMar 03, 2021 1:30 PM WST
Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger Xpeng Inc announced today that it's expanded its product offerings by launching three new versions of its fully-electric P7 sedan and X3 SUV in China powered by lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.
Mar 03, 2021 10:45 AM WST
German automaker Volkswagen intends to be a digital leader in the automotive industry, transforming itself into a full-service provider of software, hardware and digital services for its future vehicles, the company announced on Wednesday. The automaker’s future models will support over the air (OTA) software updates.
Mar 02, 2021 3:15 PM WST
Chinese tech giant Baidu Inc, which is the equivalent of Google in China, is launching a new “intelligent EV company” with automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely), the parent company of automaker Volvo. The joint venture will focus on “New Energy Vehicles” (NEVs), which in China include fully-electric and plug-in hybrid models.
Mar 02, 2021 11:30 AM WST
Swedish automaker Volvo Cars announced on Tuesday that it will transition to fully-electric vehicles by 2030. The company will electrify its entire model lineup, replacing all of its internal combustion engine models by then. In the interim, Volvo aims for hybrid models to make up 50% of its offerings by 2025. Volvo’s transition to becoming a fully electric car company is part of its ambitious plan to address climate change, buts its also a way to adapt to a changing auto industry.
Mar 01, 2021 9:45 AM WST
Polestar, the new dedicated electric-performance car brand owned by Volvo Cars and its parent company Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely), announced that it’s expanding its retail presence across the United States with plans to open new retail showrooms in 15 cities by the end of 2021.
Nissan Announces a 'Major Breakthrough' in Thermal Efficiency With its New e-POWER Hybrid TechnologyFeb 26, 2021 10:00 AM WST
Automaker Nissan Motor Corp announced what its calls a “major breakthrough” in engine efficiency with it’s e-POWER technology. Unlike a conventional hybrid vehicle setup, Nissan’s e-POWER technology uses a small gasoline engine that serves as a “dedicated electricity generator” for the vehicle’s electric powertrain.
Continental Acquires a Minority Stake in Silicon Valley Startup Recogni for AI-Powered Chips for Autonomous VehiclesFeb 25, 2021 12:00 PM WST
German automotive supplier Continental AG announced it acquired a minority stake in AI chip developer Recogni, a Silicon Valley startup founded 2017 that’s developing AI-powered chips to support perception systems for automated driving. Recogni’s primary focus is on faster perception processing for Level 2+ autonomous vehicles, which requires chips that offer exceptionally high real-time processing performance while consuming very little power.