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// Electric Cars Experience “Breakthrough Moment” Led By Tesla, According To New York Times

The auto industry is poised for some big changes in 2022. According to Jack Ewing and Neal E. Boudette at The New York Times, “Battery-powered cars are having a breakthrough moment.

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// First Alfa Romeo EV Coming In 2024, Tonale EV Technically Possible

That doesn’t necessarily mean the electric Tonale will happen, as Alfa Romeo product boss says “that has not been decided yet.”

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// Tesla recalls some 2020-2022 vehicles over heat-pump issue, “decreased defrosting performance”

Software controls for a valve caused the issue, which Tesla has already fixed with an over-the-air update, it reports.

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// Biden Finally Says “Tesla,” Acknowledges It As Largest US EV Maker

It took president Biden a full year in office to publicly recognize Tesla’s EV leadership.

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THE FLEX // SALES AND STATISTICS NEWS

// Electric Vehicles & Hybrids Surpass 10% Of U.S. Light-Duty Vehicle Sales

Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle sales in the United States have increased in recent months as sales of non-hybrid internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles fueled by gasoline or diesel decreased.

// Tesla’s Revenue In China Increased By 100% For 2nd Year In A Row

Production capacity at Tesla’s Giga Shanghai has exceeded guidance, and Q4 2021 revenue skyrocketed.

// ACEA forecasts 2022 growth

ACEA is calling for more EU microprocessor supply independence and improved EV charging infrastructure.


GO JUICE // BATTERY AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS NEWS

// LG Energy Solution Announces Revenue Target For 2022

The company returned to profitability in Q4 2021.


IN OTHER NEWS // HERE’S WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING

// 2023 Kia Sportage Plug-In Hybrid: 32-mile electric range chases RAV4 Prime, Escape PHEV

Competition for the Sportage PHEV includes the RAV4 Prime, the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid, and the Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid—all of which will likely go more miles all-electric.

// Here’s How Ford Managed To Cut Mustang Mach-E Costs By $1,000

That doesn’t necessarily mean the cost reduction will be passed on to the consumer.

// Funding Our Future: The EV Transition Requires Infrastructure That Inspires Confidence & Powers All Communities

This week, the US Department of Transportation will release initial guidance on how it will make its first major investment in a nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

// Power to the people – Optimising EV performance with intelligent electronics

We caught up with Sue Ozdemir, CEO of Exro Technologies to learn how its Coil Driver and energy storage technology can make e-mobility smarter and more efficient.

// Volvo Will Upgrade Torslanda Plant To Produce Next-Gen BEVs

The company will follow Tesla by introducing mega castings.

// Volvo Factory For Electric Cars Will Use Die-Casting Technology

Volvo is transforming its Torslander factory to make its next-generation electric cars.

// Tesla Removes Unnecessary Steering Control Unit In China

Tesla did so to help alleviate delivery delays related to the chip shortage, though it didn’t publicize the modification.

// Normalcy Bias: What Dirty USPS Trucks Can Teach Us About The Climate Emergency

A recent piece by my colleague Steve covered the disaster that the rollout of USPS trucks has become.

// Hyundai re-entering Japan with new strategy

Once more to the breach… this time with EVs.

// €25,000 EV Taxi Driver Subsidies In Ireland, Big Volvo EV Investment — EV News Today

The electric vehicle revolution is unstoppable. EV news flows vigorously. Below are some top news releases and headlines from the past day or so.


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