// Inside Tesla Giga Texas: The Machine That Builds The Machine
Tesla invited me to its recent Cyber Rodeo. As such, last week I got to experience being inside the machine that builds the machine, where I blissfully wandered through the trance- and techno-fueled hallways of dancing robots.
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THE FLEX // SALES AND STATISTICS NEWS
// BMW Group More Than Doubled All-Electric Car Sales In Q1 2022
The company intends to double BEV sales in 2022 as well, which indicates 200,000+ units.
// China: MIC Tesla Wholesale Shipments Almost Doubled In March 2022
The month was focused on local sales, with marginal export numbers.
GO JUICE // BATTERY AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS NEWS
// Porsche Demonstrates Taycan Vehicle-To-Grid Capability
The manufacturer ran an experiment with 5 Taycans hooked up to the grid to balance power.
// UK grocery chain Tesco installs free public chargers at 500 sites
Charger manufacturer and public charging provider Pod Point, in partnership with Volkswagen and UK grocery chain Tesco,
// Nissan & NASA To Take On Solid-State Battery Challenge
Nissan/NASA research effort aims to create the next generation of batteries.
// Worried About The Battery In Your Electric Car? Don’t Be. Drive Happy
You have questions about electric car batteries. Wired has answers.
// Lake Resources and Ford sign MoU on lithium
Ford is seeking to secure future lithium supplies for EV batteries.
// Testing challenges for EV powertrains: battery simulation and testing of V2G modules
The deadline for banning the sale of internal combustion vehicles in various countries throughout the world has been announced one by one,
// Elon Musk: Tesla Might Actually Have To Get Into Mining
Skyrocketing lithium prices have prompted Tesla’s CEO to think about it.
BEST OF THE REST // TODAY’S BIG STORIES
// 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid rated at up to 43 mpg, priced at $28,545
The Sportage Hybrid has recently been rated at up to 43 mpg—beating the most efficient versions of all its hybrid rivals without a charge port.
// Do EV brakes and tires cause more particulate pollution?
Huge amounts of misinformation about EVs are churned out each day—and some of this has been coming from the UK’s top environmental official.
// Ford E-Transit To USPS: What’s Your EV Problem?
The Ford E-Transit van EV is taking off like a rocket, which makes it all the harder to explain why the US Postal Service is dragging its electrification heels.
IN OTHER NEWS // HERE’S WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING
// NASA Contracts Canoo To Create Electric Transport For Artemis Astronauts
Canoo has to deliver the vehicle in June 2023.
// Will an EV shift in 2025-2035 be the most transformative period in the history of the automobile?
An EDF report notes that the EV sector has gained momentum in the past year, despite supply-chain disruptions.
// SFPD Cops Pull Over Driverless Cruise Car With Nobody Inside
They reportedly pulled the Cruise autonomous vehicle over for driving with no lights at night.
// Jeep updates Magneto concept for one-pedal off-roading, quicker acceleration
Jeep’s Magneto 2.0 concept is a more powerful version of last year’s off-road-focused electric Wrangler—as Jeep thinks out how to take its off-road icon all-electric.
// GMC Says Commercials Helped Increase Hummer EV Reservations
March 2022 was the best month for Hummer EV reservations since the SUV version was unveiled a year ago.
// Smart #1 Electric Car Is Cute, Curvy, & Capacious
The new smart #1 electric car is small outside, but roomy inside. It’s also fairly affordable.
// Renault considering EV/ICE ops split – report
In the battle with EV start-ups, the established automotive players increasingly believe separating their EV and ICE businesses will be needed.
// Mustang Advanced Engineering delivers first of three EV test stands to EV-maker
EV test stand designer and manufacturer Mustang Advanced Engineering (MAE) has delivered the first of three test stands to an undisclosed EV manufacturer.
ONE LINERS // STRAIGHT TO THE POINT