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Elon Tweets GigaTexas Starting with 4680 Cell Model Y
May 18, 2021 by Brian Wang
Elon Musk confirms that Gigatexas will start producing 4680 battery cell Model Y later this year.

This means Tesla will have 4680 at reasonable scale and car ready in 2021. This is not the 12-18 month timeframe from the last earnings call. This means not 11-17 months from today but less than 7 months. This is also confirming Texas production later this year.

Texas will also have front and rear gigacasting.
https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2021/05/e ... del-y.html
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Stop Worrying and Love the F-150 Lightning
Ford’s first electric pickup truck signals that decarbonization has entered a new era
1. Start with the price—how could you not? The Ford F-150 Lightning, the new electric version of the ur–American pickup truck, will go on sale next spring for $39,974. Because Ford vehicles still qualify for the federal EV tax credit, most Americans will pay a little less than $32,500 for this truck.
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World's first battery-electric locomotive cuts freight train fuel use by 11%
By Nick Lavars
May 19, 2021
https://newatlas.com/transport/world-fi ... on-wabtec/

Rail technology company Wabtec has demonstrated an electric locomotive that could help lessen the environmental footprint of heavy-haul freight services. The company's battery-powered FLXdrive locomotive was used as part of a hybrid system over a three-month trial, where it reduced the fuel consumption of the entire vehicle by 11 percent.

Wabtec's FLXdrive is described as the world's first 100-percent battery-powered locomotive, drawing on 18,000 lithium-ion battery cells to power all four axles and using an intelligent energy flow management to optimize efficiency. The 2.4-megawatt hour system can be recharged at the depot much like an electric vehicle, but also uses a regenerative braking system to top itself up when on the move. The top spec Tesla Model 3, by way of comparison, has a capacity of 75 kWh – that's 32 times smaller than the FLXdrive. Needless to say, this system will require a serious charging station.

The FLXdrive was put to the test as part of a hybrid system with conventional diesel powertrains across a three-month trial in San Joaquin Valley, California, where it covered more than 13,320 miles (21,400 km) of hilly terrain. According to Wabtec, the 11-percent average reduction in fuel consumption for the entire train is equivalent to 6,200 gallons of diesel saved, or around 69 tons of CO2.
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6.5m households in UK plan to buy an electric car by 2030
Fri 21 May 2021

One in four UK households intend to buy an electric car in the next five years, as a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030 approaches, according to research.

More than 6.5m households plan to buy an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, research by the energy watchdog Ofgem has found. This equates to 24%, or nearly one in four, of all energy households.

The climate change committee, an independent public body that advises the UK government and devolved governments, predicts that about 18m battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will be on the road by 2030 when a ban on the sale of new internal combustion vehicles is introduced.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... ectric-car
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£300m investment to fuel electric car take-up
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The UK's energy regulator has approved plans to invest £300m in low carbon projects including support for 3,550 charging points for electric vehicles.

Ofgem said the funds would allow energy networks to build robust electricity infrastructure for installing charging points across UK motorways.

It said while more people are buying electric cars, others are put off due to a lack of charging points near home.

Ofgem said a wider charging network would help address "range anxiety".
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57225856
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Long-term extensions of current tax credits coupled with build-out of charging infrastructure can catapult electric vehicles from 2% of all light-duty vehicle sales in 2020 to as high as 52% in 2031
Washington is revving up its engines in a push to step up investments in transportation infrastructure. While it’s unclear just what will make it into a final package, the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan and leading members of Congress are making transportation electrification a priority. Transportation is currently the largest emitting sector in the US. Unlike the electric power sector, there are no easy options for quickly swapping out fossil fuels with clean energy.

In this note, we assess the energy system and emissions impacts of potential new, long-term federal investments in on-road decarbonization and how investments might interact with potential new vehicle regulations. We find that federal investment in the form of long-term extensions of current tax credits coupled with a build-out of charging infrastructure can catapult electric vehicles (EVs) from 2% of all light-duty vehicle (LDV) sales in 2020 to as high as 52% of all LDV sales in 2031. Targeted public spending on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, transit buses, and school buses can make even more decarbonization progress, while also cutting harmful air pollution. The combined impact of all investments we consider in this analysis, along with potential EPA regulations that put EVs on a path to 100% of light-duty sales in 2035, achieves CO2 emission reductions of nearly 180 million tons in 2031, roughly equal to 11% of 2020 sector emissions. These outcomes can be achieved with no net increase in total costs for many consumers.
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Ford Expects 40% of Global Vehicle Volume to Be Fully Electric By 2030
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Ford Expects 40% of Global Vehicle Volume to Be Fully Electric By 2030

Chief Executive Jim Farley is scheduled to outline the plan and more to reverse years of declining profits

By Mike Colias
Updated May 26, 2021 9:42 am ET
Ford Motor Co. plans to boost spending on electric-vehicle development by billions of dollars beyond previous plans and expects 40% of its global sales to be fully electric by 2030, as Chief Executive Jim Farley bets bigger on plug-in cars.

Ford will spend $30 billion by 2025 to expand its electric lineup, up from the $22 billion it forecast earlier in the year, it said Wednesday. That figure is a cumulative total that includes spending over the past few years, and includes capital earmarked for two future U.S. battery-cell factories with Korea’s SK Innovation Co. The companies said last week they plan to form a joint venture.

Mr. Farley, who took over last fall, is scheduled to present more details during a virtual investor presentation later Wednesday to outline his plan to reverse years of declining profits.

The company also said it expects in 2023 to achieve an 8% operating margin, up from around 4% in recent years. It had previously pegged the 8% mark as a goal but hadn’t specified a timeline.

The nation’s No. 2 auto maker by sales said it has created an internal business called Ford Pro to serve commercial customers, such as the contractors, utility companies and government agencies that maintain fleets of vehicles.
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Ford F-150 Lightning's 300-mile range is with 1,000 lbs of cargo, actual range could be over 400 miles
The Ford F-150 Lightning might have a longer range than expected and could even present a new way of advertising range in electric trucks.

When Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning, the automaker’s new electric version of its best-selling pickup truck, the company announced two battery pack options with 230 miles and 300 miles of range.

That was in line with other recently announced electric pickup trucks, but there’s a twist to it.

Ford told Marques Brownlee, a prolific tech YouTuber, that the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck’s 300-mile range is their expectation of the estimated EPA range with 1,000 lbs of cargo.

Brownlee said that the prototype Ford lent him was showing 367 miles of range on about 80% charge without any cargo in the back.


Remember when electric cars used to be dorkmagnets? 10 years ago, this probably would've looked like social awkwardness on wheels.
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New Self-Driving EV Sucks up Pollutants From Other Cars as It Drives
If you pictured cars in the future as sleek, glass-covered, EVs with the ability to clean pollution, then you pictured Airo, Heatherwick Studio's concept car designed for IM Motors.

Unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, Airo is a fully electric vehicle that boasts both autonomous and driver-controlled modes. More excitingly, its designers promise it produces no fossil fuel pollutants, and taking it a step further, the vehicle even vacuums up polluted air around it as it drives.

We were excited for the future's flying cars, but if there are pollution-cleaning cars, sign us up for those!

Airo cleans the air using its HEPA filtering system that actively sucks up the pollutants from other cars around it, leaving the surrounding air cleaner than before.


I don't know about this one. It triggers flashbacks to the dorkmagnets of the 00s and early 2010s.
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Why electric cars will take over sooner than you think
I know, you probably haven't even driven one yet, let alone seriously contemplated buying one, so the prediction may sound a bit bold, but bear with me.

We are in the middle of the biggest revolution in motoring since Henry Ford's first production line started turning back in 1913.

And it is likely to happen much more quickly than you imagine.

Many industry observers believe we have already passed the tipping point where sales of electric vehicles (EVs) will very rapidly overwhelm petrol and diesel cars.

It is certainly what the world's big car makers think.

Jaguar plans to sell only electric cars from 2025, Volvo from 2030 and last week the British sportscar company Lotus said it would follow suit, selling only electric models from 2028.
Back on the old forum (I really wish we could get that archive up and running on the web so I could link to these pages more easily), it was fascinating to see the progress of electric vehicles from 2011 to 2021. The sheer explosive success was mindboggling considering worldwide deployment of EVs started at five-figure numbers.
2011!Will's dream is coming true, with or without Peak Oil.
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