Texas reinstates EV rebates

The big land of big cowboys driving big trucks has actually been fairly supportive of EVs. The state previously offered $2,500 rebates for EVs under a year-long program that ended in 2015 (a total of 1,896 rebates were awarded, out of 2,000 available). Now the Lone Star State has established a new incentive program under… Read more »

Electrify America partners with Simon to install fast chargers at 30 US shopping centers

Electrify America is teaming up with mall operator Simon Property Group to install DC fast charging stations at more than 30 Simon properties throughout the US. The first installation will open in June at Gulfport Premium Outlets in Gulfport, Mississippi. Other locations soon to be electrified include malls in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ontario, Orlando,… Read more »

Tesla’s “responsible sourcing” policy for cobalt and other exotics

Tesla Batteries 18650 Li-ion Cells
How do you solve a problem like cobalt? The blue metallic element is used in significant quantities in EV batteries, but half the world’s supply of comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a war-torn land in which child labor is common. Several automakers are already taking steps to reduce their use of the costly… Read more »

Waymo purchase of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids may limit consumer access to federal rebate

Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, put in an order for 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans last week to put into test fleets around the country. Riders will be able to summon the vans as taxis and be whisked to …

Tesla Model 3, S & X to get “more advanced” Summon features, says Musk

Elon Musk recently stated that more advanced Summon capabilities will be rolled out for Model S and Model X with HW2 Autopilot, as well as all Model 3 cars. Musk’s updates came as a response to a question from Tesla enthusiast and Ride the Lightning podcast host Ryan McCaffrey, who inquired about updates on the […]

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