Sion Power will produce high energy density battery cells this year

  The new battery cell specifications of 500 Wh/kg, 1.000 Wh/L and 450 cycles are very impressive.   In 2016, LG Chem and Sion Power announced a partnership to develop and produce high energy density battery…

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SpaceX nails reused booster launch, Falcon Heavy’s maiden flight days away

Despite a brief 24-hour delay due to weather and minor mechanical issues, SpaceX recycled the launch opportunity and completed the mission on Wednesday afternoon, January 31. Tasked with carrying GovSat-1 to orbit, the reused Falcon 9 rocket (Booster 1032) performed flawlessly and as expected, although the stage was expended. Launch directors confirmed just before the […]

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Tesla keeps autonomous driving test program opaque, says no testing on California public roads

In its report to the Californian DMV today, Tesla confirmed that it didn’t test fully autonomous vehicles on state roads in 2017.

The automaker keeps its autonomous driving test program more opaque as Tesla owners are frustrated by the delayed release of new Autopilot features. more…

First U.S. eHighway Launched In California By Siemens

Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District have launched the first U.S. eHighway – an electrified highway demonstration project near the U.S. Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The overhead catenary system spans a one-mile strip (in two directions) in Carson, California. Three trucks have been adapted for the project –…

Tesla (TSLA) is raising over $500 million through debt backed by its car leases, report says

In order to finance its expensive expansion and Model 3 production ramp-up, Tesla is reportedly raising over $500 million through debt backed by Model S and Model X leases.

And investors are tripping over themselves to subscribe to the deal, according to the report. more…

Tesla attends Nebraska hearing in support of new bill for direct sales rights

Tesla faced Nebraska’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee on Tuesday to support a proposed bill that would enable the California electric car maker to sell its vehicles directly in the state. Legislative Bill 830, introduced by Omaha Sen. Tony Vargas, gives Tesla the right to sell its vehicles directly to interested customers in the state, and bypass […]

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BMW Teams With Solid Power For Solid-State Batteries

BMW will assist in advancing Solid Power‘s next-generation, solid-state batteries for use electric vehicles, to achieve performance levels required for high-performance EVs. The Louisville, Colorado-based startup was founded in 2012, and just recently received support from A123 Systems, who invested in Solid Power to advance the ongoing development of the…

Waymo Orders Thousands Of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (Plug-In) Vans

While Ford is working on its own self-driving tech, and GM acquired Cruise Automation for assistance, Fiat-Chrysler’s gateway to future mobility is via Waymo. Waymo is Alphabet’s autonomous car subsidiary, formerly known as the Google self-driving car project. As we’ve previously reported, the company is employing a fleet of Chrysler…

Waymo orders ‘thousands’ of Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrids for its self-driving fleet

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles  (FCA) announced an agreement to supply “thousands” of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo to support the launch of the world’s first driverless ride-hailing service. FCA previously delivered 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans, adapted for self-driving, to Waymo during the second half of 2016 and an additional 500 in 2017. This first-of-its-kind collaboration […]

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