// Production-Ready Looking Tesla Cybertruck Beta Breaks Cover
It looks slightly different to the last prototypes we saw and it’s undeniably closer to the final production look.
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// Alliance partners to step up joint EV investments
The three companies reportedly plan to jointly develop and launch more than 30 new EV models based on five high-volume platforms by 2030.
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THE FLEX // SALES AND AWARDS NEWS
// Mercedes-Benz Plug-In Car Sales In 2021: Up 69% To 227,458
The group sold almost 100,000 all-electric vehicles.
// Tesla’s Fremont Is The Most Productive Car Plant In North America
With a production of 8,550 cars a week last year, Fremont beat Toyota’s Georgetown plant in Kentucky (8,427 cars a week).
GO JUICE // BATTERY AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS NEWS
// Convenience stores want to bring EV charging to rural America
Retailers say they are fuel-agnostic and an essential part of rural communities; but lawmakers need to fix demand charges.
// PPG teams with Cellforce for battery solutions
PPG will supply cathode binder systems, which are free of NMP solvent, to the Cellforce Group.
// Redwood Materials To Launch Anode Copper Foil Production
Redwood Materials is planning to start up its anode copper foil production facility in the first half of this year and start shipping to customers, the company reports.
// Report: GM plans more Michigan EV assembly, battery plant
With incentives from the state, Michigan will get a major assembly plant and battery plant for EVs, according to a report.
IN OTHER NEWS // HERE’S WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING
// A Subaru Solterra STI Made an Appearance In Tokyo But Remains Shrouded In Mystery
No question, a sportier Solterra electric SUV like this STI would be neat. But what are Subaru’s motives?
// Tesla insurance is offered in five states, with real-time behaviour impacting rates in all but California
Driving behavior informs Tesla insurance rates in four of the five states it’s now offered in, as Tesla claims to offer lower rates thanks to its driver-assistance and safety systems.
// Companies Are Clamoring For Electric Trucks, But Is Anyone Listening?
There are two electric vehicle markets: one is for private passenger cars and the other is for electric trucks for commercial customers.
// NEVs driving growth in China as ICE decline continues
Sales of electric vehicles are surging in China, despite headwinds.
// Electric Train Cars Coming From Parallel Systems
Take 3 former SpaceX engineers, add a spark of inspiration, and voila! A new idea in zero emissions transportation is born.
// Consumer Reports: Testing Tesla & Ford Driver Monitoring Systems
Only two automakers passed Consumer Reports’ driver monitoring tests: Ford and GM.
// Diesel-Killing Electric Delivery Vans To Help Clean Up Noisy, Smelly E-Commerce Mess
The explosive growth of e-commerce has propelled invading fleets of delivery vans and trucks into local neighborhoods, clogging streets and spewing diesel and gasoline fumes into the air.
// Why Won’t The US Embrace EVs?
Is the hesitancy for the average US consumer to switch to an EV psychological or structural? What information needs to be shared with a lukewarm US consumer base to raise awareness and adoption of EVs?
// Tesla May Enter The Audio Gadgets Market
The automaker has filed to have its trademark expanded to include audio equipment.
// EVs driving UK car lease market recovery
EVs gaining share in UK’s car leasing market.
ONE LINERS // RIGHT TO THE POINT