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The Station: The startups edition

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. For all the U.S. readers here, I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. I am mixing up the format this week becau...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Europe, UK, London, California, China, Ipo, Berlin, Tech, Tesla, UPS, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States


Tesla is taking reservations for its Cybertruck in China

Tesla has opened up reservations for its all-electric Cybertruck to customers in China, a move that will test the market’s appetite for a massive, futuristic truck. The reservations page on Tesla’s China website was first posted in Reddit channel r/teslamotors by user u/aaronhry. Electrek also reported on the Reddit post. The Cybertruck, which was unveiled in November at the Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, Calif., isn’t expected to go into production until late 2022. But that hasn’t stopped...
Tags: Elon Musk, China, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Reddit, Nashville, East Coast, Musk, Tulsa, Electrek, Hawthorne Calif, Tesla Design Center


Tesla delivered 90,650 vehicles in second quarter, a smaller than expected decline

Tesla said Thursday that it delivered 90,650 vehicles in the second quarter, a 4.8% decline from the same period last year prompted by challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that included suspending production for weeks at its main U.S. factory. Tesla still managed to beat expectations despite the headwinds. The vast majority of deliveries — some 80,050 — were Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. The remaining 10,600 were its more expensive Model S and Model X vehicles. Tesla doesn’t provide bre...
Tags: China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Toyota, North America, Model 3, FactSet, Model Y, CEO Elon Musk


Badger Begins: Nikola Now Taking Reservations

Early adopters willing to toss cash at an exciting idea have been the lifeblood of modern-day electric vehicles. Without investors believing in Tesla and cramming its sweet cheeks full of cash, it never would have gotten to a point where it could actually manufacture cars. The same is true for the thousands of people dropping […] The post Badger Begins: Nikola Now Taking Reservations appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Fuel Cell, Hydrogen power, EVs, News Blog, BEVs, Trevor Milton, Electric Pickup, ZEVs, EV startups, Nikola Motor, Nikola Corporation


Plug Pulled: Byton Suspends Production, Plans Reorganization

Chinese electric car startup Byton will reportedly idle production next month as it attempts to reorganize itself. While the coronavirus emerged as a villain in this play, the issues confronting Byton actually seem pretty dire. The company isn’t just idling factories to address a health crisis, it’s shutting things down for six months while it […] The post Plug Pulled: Byton Suspends Production, Plans Reorganization appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Electric Vehicles, Autos, News Blog, Automotive startups, Restructuring, EV startups, Chinese Companies, Byton, M-Byte, Production Stall


The Station: Amazoox, TuSimple seeks $250M and the next e-scooter battleground

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. Remember please reach out and email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, UK, California, Oregon, Saudi Arabia, China, New York City, Tech, Information, Tesla, Ars Technica


BMW Faces a Choice: Go Big on EVs, or Risk Falling Behind

BMW’s approach to the next frontier of driving propulsion has been an incremental one. First, electrification in a couple of oddball niche cars; then, plug-in hybrid versions of more conventional models. The fully electric vehicles coming down the pipe share their versatile architecture with existing models containing more conventional powerplants. It’s cautious, and it’s certainly […] The post BMW Faces a Choice: Go Big on EVs, or Risk Falling Behind appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Architecture, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Bmw, EVs, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Internal Strife


Waymo, Volvo partner to develop electric robotaxis

Waymo’s self-driving software footprint is expanding — this time in a partnership with Volvo Car Group. The two companies announced Thursday an “exclusive” partnership to integrate Waymo’s self-driving software into a new electric vehicle designed for ride-hailing. Volvo and Waymo provided few details on the partnership and what this might actually look like except that the companies “will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle plat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Japan, France, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Fca, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Autonomous Vehicles, Nissan, Volvo, Renault, Fiat Chrysler


Endurance, by Lordstown: The Electric Pickup That’s Not for Everyone

Rivian wants to dazzle you with excessive range and dirt-flinging tank turns. Ford wants you to feel virtuous while behind the wheel of an F-150. General Motors wants to crush things beneath the wheels of the monstrous GMC Hummer EV. Lordstown Motors’s electric pickup, on the other hand, doesn’t want to be everyone’s best friend. […] The post Endurance, by Lordstown: The Electric Pickup That’s Not for Everyone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Production, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Trucks, EVs, New Cars, Lordstown, Endurance, News Blog, Product Planning, Rivian, Lordstown Motors, Lordstown Endurance, GMC Hummer EV Lordstown Motors


California Will Require Most Trucks Sold in the State to be Electric by 2035

In California, trucks won’t be able to pollute the air and planet for much longer. The state is approving the nation’s first-of-its-kind rule for truck manufacturers on Thursday. The goal? To make more electric trucks. Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Cars, Electric Vehicles, Clean Energy, Welcome To Electric Avenue


Report: Tesla Eager to Get Started on Roadrunner

No, Tesla isn’t resurrecting an intermediate-sized Mopar muscle car. It’s something far less sexy than that. According to documents, Tesla aims to build a battery research and manufacturing facility, staffed 24/7, in the dreaded state of California. According to municipal documents seen by Reuters, the electric automaker wants to expand a fledgling battery-building operation in […] The post Report: Tesla Eager to Get Started on Roadrunner appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Tesla, Green, Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Autos, EVs, Reuters, News Blog


Rivian Snubs Michigan for California

Following reports that Rivian might decide to move a large portion of its operations out of Michigan, news has reached us that it’s all but abandoning the Mitten State for sunny California. Starting its life as Avera Motors in Florida back in 2009, the EV startup moved to Plymouth, Michigan in 2015 to poach talent from […] The post Rivian Snubs Michigan for California appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Jobs, California, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Michigan, Moving, News Blog, Plymouth Michigan, Mitten State, EV startups, Rivian, R1T, R1S, Rivian Snubs Michigan


Ford pledges to become carbon neutral by 2050

The automaker will invest $11.5 billion in its electric vehicles
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Carbon Neutral, All-electric, Ford all-electric


Bullish on EVs, Hyundai Issues a Challenge

Hyundai and its sister automaker, Kia Motors, want to hear from you. Well, maybe not you, but someone with electrification expertise and a startup in tow. As the automakers prepare a series of upcoming electric models, the automakers, joined by their battery supplier, have issued a challenge. Called the EV & Battery Challenge, the competition, […] The post Bullish on EVs, Hyundai Issues a Challenge appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Startups, Technology, Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Hyundai, Kia, Suppliers, Hybrid, Kia Motors, LG Chem, News Blog


Apple Maps gets electric vehicle routing to find EV chargers

Apple has added a routing feature to Maps that’s designed for electric vehicle owners. The EV routing feature, which will be available in the newest version of iOS, is one of several improvements that Apple is making to Maps. Apple unveiled the new feature Monday at a virtual version of WWDC 2020, the company’s annual developer conference. The EV routing aims to eliminate range anxiety — the fear of running out of charge — by showing charging stations compatible to a user’s electric vehicle a...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, TC, China, Tech, Companies, Software, Itunes, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Bmw, Apple Maps, Charging Station, Operating Systems


Lyft’s ambitious EV promise may give the industry a jump-start

The promise will require a major push to help drivers
Tags: Lyft, News, Cars, Trends, Electric Vehicles, All-electric Vehicles


Lyft Promises to Swap Exclusively to EVs by Bullying Everyone

On Wednesday, ride-hailing company Lyft announced every vehicle using its platform will be electric by 2030. Since its fleet is comprised primarily of contractors using private vehicles, one might assume the company is planning to offer some financial assistance upon their next purchase. But being sensible rarely means being correct in the postmodern era. Rather […] The post Lyft Promises to Swap Exclusively to EVs by Bullying Everyone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Government, Regulations, Green, Electric Vehicles, Editorials, Autos, Subsidies, EVs, Ride-sharing, Lyft Inc, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Corporate Bullshit, Ride-hailing Firms


Air, Coming In September

Are your ready for Air? It’s been a long time coming, but funding and an actual assembly plant have a way of making things happen. And such is the case at Lucid Motors, which plans to reveal its production Air sedan on September 9th. Pricing and specs will be in tow when Lucid stages its […] The post Air, Coming In September appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Production, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Air, EVs, Lucid, News Blog, Future Models, Lucid Motors, Lucid Air


Paging Raymond Loewy: Volkswagen ID.4 Leaked

Hey, look — it’s Volkswagen’s upcoming electric crossover! Leaked on the vwidtalk.com forum and spied by Jalopnik on Wednesday, the MEB-platform EV, which will one day roll out of Chattanooga Assembly, apparently used a Coke bottle for a muse. Shunning straight lines as well as gasoline, the ID.4 has been spotted disguised as both an Opel and a […] The post Paging Raymond Loewy: Volkswagen ID.4 Leaked appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Volkswagen, EVs, Jalopnik, Raymond Loewy, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, ID.4, Volkswagen ID.4, Chattanooga Assembly, ID.4 Cross


Lucid Motors to begin producing Air electric vehicles for customers in early 2021

Lucid Motors will begin producing its luxury electric vehicle for customers at its new Arizona factory in early 2021, about three months later than expected due to a slowdown caused by COVID-19. The company, which plans to unveil a production version of the Lucid Air in an online event scheduled for September 9, said construction resumed several weeks ago at its factory Casa Grande, Arizona and is on target to complete phase one this year. Lucid Motors has also restarted vehicle developmen...
Tags: California, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Companies, Paint, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Transport, Air, North America, General Electric, Electric Car, Cto, Lucid, Samsung SDI


Editorial Rant: GM CEO Says Automaker Will Still Lead Electrification, Autonomy

After saying that it will take “years and decades” before General Motors can effectively transition into a company focused primarily on electric vehicles, plenty of outlets (including ours) accused CEO Marry Barra of lowering expectations. She held another press conference this week to set everyone straight, letting the world know GM will perpetually be at […] The post Editorial Rant: GM CEO Says Automaker Will Still Lead Electrification, Autonomy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, General Motors, Corporate Strategy, Rants, Electric Vehicles, Editorials, Mary Barra, Gm, Autos, EVs, Electrification, News Blog, Product Planning, RIP Mark Fields


China’s BYD nabs $113M to produce IGBTs, the ‘CPU of electric cars’

BYD Co., the Chinese auto giant backed by Warren Buffett, is rushing to make China self-sufficient in the production of electric vehicles. On Monday, the firm said in a filing it has secured 800 million yuan ($113 million) in a Series A+ round for its chipmaking arm, BYD Semiconductor. At stake is the race to make so-called insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBT), an integral silicon component in EVs’ power management system that’s at the core of BYD Semiconductor. The electronic switch is dub...
Tags: Asia, China, Germany, Cars, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Xiaomi, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Warren Buffet, Semiconductor, Shenzhen, Sequoia China, Citic, Infineon Technologies AG


The Station: Spin heads to Europe, Just Eat Takeaway gobbles up Grubhub and a drive in a Bentley Flying Spur

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, in case you were wondering. And yet, city, county and state gover...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Japan, Texas, Stanford, China, India, Nigeria, Africa, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Mit, Cruise, Automotive


The Brits Drove a Production-ready Version of Volkswagen’s EV Wonder Car

Those of you living in North America can kiss any chance of buying a Volkswagen ID.3 goodbye, as the automaker’s first-of-many, MEB-platform electric will not make it across the pond. Larger, more U.S.-friendly models will follow. For Brits, however, orders open next month, with deliveries beginning in September. To say the ID.3 compact electric hatchback […] The post The Brits Drove a Production-ready Version of Volkswagen’s EV Wonder Car appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, North America, EVs, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, ID.3, Volkswagen ID.3


You Won’t Believe This New Orange Mustang

For its last model year before swapping to an all-new platform, Ford plans to offer the much-loved Mustang in a hot new shade of orange. Tangerine now pairs with the orange-adjacent, almost peach-like Chamois. Apparently, customers can have their ‘Stang — downsized severely just in time for those recent OPEC shenanigans — in whatever flavor […] The post You Won’t Believe This New Orange Mustang appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Opec, Ford Mustang, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Mustang, Stang, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Mustang Macg-E paint, New Orange Mustang


Nikola’s Valuation Seems Crazy

Nikola, the Phoenix-based EV startup that hopped on the Nasdaq last week, finds itself awash in capital despite not having much to show for itself it terms of sellable product. No matter, as it doesn’t take a sound business model or originality to thrive on Wall Street. Nikola hasn’t even seen fit to come up with […] The post Nikola’s Valuation Seems Crazy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Wall Street, Electric Vehicles, Share Price, Autos, Stocks, Nasdaq, Investors, Phoenix, Nikola, News Blog, Automotive startups, EV startups, Nikola TRE, Nikola Badger


General Motors: Electrification Will Take ‘Years and Decades’

Since the dawn of the new century, the automotive industry has been forced to revise electrification timelines for a cavalcade of reasons. Development programs have proven costly, the economy has taken a turn (or turns) for the worse, customers haven’t responded in great numbers, and the materials necessary for battery have been in short supply […] The post General Motors: Electrification Will Take ‘Years and Decades’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Corporate Strategy, Electric Vehicles, Mary Barra, Gm, Autos, EVs, Electrification, News Blog, Product Planning, Hummer EV


Lordstown Motors Aims for Late June Pickup Debut

It’s the smallest player in the nascent electric pickup segment, but it wants to be among the first — if not the first — to field such a product. That would be Lordstown Motors Corp., the fledgling automaker that took ownership of General Motors’ sprawling assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio last November. From that 6.2 […] The post Lordstown Motors Aims for Late June Pickup Debut appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Trucks, EVs, Lordstown Ohio, Endurance, News Blog, Product Planning, LMC, Future Models, Lordstown Motors, Lordstown Endurance, Lordstown Motors Corp


Lordstown Motors Aims for June 22 Pickup Debut

It’s the smallest player in the nascent electric pickup segment, but it wants to be among the first — if not the first — to field such a product. That would be Lordstown Motors Corp., the fledgling automaker that took ownership of General Motors’ sprawling assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio last November. From that 6.2 […] The post Lordstown Motors Aims for June 22 Pickup Debut appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Trucks, EVs, Lordstown Ohio, Endurance, News Blog, Product Planning, LMC, Future Models, Lordstown Motors, Lordstown Endurance, Lordstown Motors Corp, Lordstown Motors Aims


Ford’s 2020 Escape plug-in hybrid takes aim at Toyota RAV4 PRIME

The 2020 Ford Escape plug-in hybrid — a first for the SUV — comes with an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving range and 100 miles per gallon equivalent, stats that will put the redesigned model into competition with the new Toyota RAV4 PRIME. The Toyota RAV4 PRIME has an estimated 42-mile EV rang and 94 MPGe. Toyota unveiled the the first plug-in hybrid version of the model at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019. The vehicle is expected to hit dealerships in the U.S. this summe...
Tags: TC, Japan, Los Angeles, Tech, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Toyota, Epa, Los Angeles Auto Show, Environmental Protection Agency, Escape, Plug-in Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford Escape



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