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Hurray! Nissan’s upcoming 300-mile Ariya EV will use CCS for fast-charging

It’s been a while since Nissan launched a new electric vehicle. Given the popularity of its cute Leaf, people were understandably excited earlier today when it announced its new high-range Ariya crossover SUV. But there’s another thing drivers should be excited about. Nissan has ditched the CHAdeMO connector, found on the Leaf, in favor of a Combined Charging System (CCS) plug. [Read: German court slams the brakes on Tesla’s bogus ‘Autopilot’ marketing] If you’re not up to speed on your EV charg...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tesla, Nissan, Shift, Ariya


Uber and Lyft sued by Massachusetts over worker misclassification

The US state of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against Uber and Lyft yesterday (Tuesday, July 14) saying that the companies are misclassifying their drivers as contractors when they should be employees. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, the companies are coming under the exact same scrutiny in California. “For years Uber and Lyft have built their billion-dollar businesses on a model that exploits drivers,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said when announcing the lawsuit. “Uber and Ly...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, California, Massachusetts, Cars, US, Tesla, Ride-share, Shift, Maura Healey


German court slams the brakes on Tesla’s bogus ‘Autopilot’ marketing

In what could be somewhat of a landmark case, a German court has ruled that Tesla can no longer market its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving products as autonomous systems in the country. Judges in Munich ruled yesterday that the electric car company can no longer use phrases such as “full potential for autonomous driving” and “Autopilot inclusive” in its German advertising materials, Reuters reports. [Read: Take a look at the officially unveiled BMW iX3] According to the court and the Wettbewerbs...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tesla, Munich, Shift, Reuters


Take a look at the officially unveiled BMW iX3

One of the most hotly anticipated electric vehicles from the German automaker BMW is finally here, officially: say hello to the iX3. BMW isn’t shifting to all-electric drivetrains in one fell swoop, the iX3 is built on a platform that shares a lot of components with its combustion engined brothers and sisters. As a result the iX3 looks a lot like its petrol and diesel counterparts. But there are a few subtle styling cues that help tell the world that it’s an electric breed of the popular sports ...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Bmw, Shift, Fisker Ocean


The upcoming Fisker Ocean EV might end up being a VW underneath

Fisker Inc., the latest car company from esteemed car designer Henrik Fisker, is reportedly looking to a German automaker to supply the power and drivetrain for its upcoming vehicle, the Ocean. According to various reports and an investor presentation filed with the SEC, Fisker wants Volkswagen to supply it with its “modular electric toolkit” (MEB). This is the same platform that VW‘s ID.3 will be built on. It’s designed for high-volume affordable electric vehicle manufacture. The investor prese...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Vw, Volkswagen, Henrik Fisker, Shift, Fisker, Fisker Inc, Fisker Ocean EV, Ocean According, SEC Fisker


EV startup Fisker Inc. to become publicly listed company after special merger

Fisker, the latest car company from legendary car designer Henrik Fisker, has entered into an agreement with a special acquisition company which will see the EV startup listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Fisker becoming a publicly listed company! Today we announced a merger with Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. (NYSE:SPAQ). I’m excited about our plans to become a global leader in the #EV space, starting with the 2022 Fisker Ocean. See https://t.co/eI1Xz4nX13 #Fisker #SPAQ #NYSE pic.tw...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tech, Henrik Fisker, Shift, Fisker, Fisker Inc, Hard Fork, Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp, Fisker Ocean, New York Stock Exchange NYSE Fisker, Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp NYSE


Telsa’s idea of a ‘cheaper’ Model Y is a long range single motor version

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter earlier today to let the world know that there is not going to be a cheaper version of the Model Y. Prior to the launch of the Model Y, Tesla said that it would effectively mirror the pricing structure of its Model 3 sedan. The only difference would be a price bump of around $5,000 at each spec level. However, that’s not going to be the case as Musk says the range of a more affordable “standard range” Model Y would be “too low,” Electrek reports. [Read: Honda ...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Twitter, Elon Musk, Cars, Tesla, Honda, Musk, Shift, Telsa


Tesla’s idea of a ‘cheaper’ Model Y is a long range single motor version

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter earlier today to let the world know that there is not going to be a cheaper version of the Model Y. Prior to the launch of the Model Y, Tesla said that it would effectively mirror the pricing structure of its Model 3 sedan. The only difference would be a price bump of around $5,000 at each spec level. However, that’s not going to be the case as Musk says the range of a more affordable “standard range” Model Y would be “too low,” Electrek reports. [Read: Honda ...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Twitter, Elon Musk, Cars, Tesla, Honda, Musk, Shift


Honda to buy a tiny stake in EV battery company that also supplies Tesla

Japanese auto marque Honda is reportedly buying a stake in a Chinese battery maker that’s a big supplier to the electric vehicle market. Reuters reports that Honda will purchase a 1% stake in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology, better known as CATL. The two are reported to be working together to develop EV batteries. [Read: How you can watch BMW unveil its hotly anticipated iX3 EV next week] You might not know the CATL name, but you’ll probably know many ...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tesla, Bmw, Honda, Shift, Reuters, Hard Fork, Contemporary Amperex Technology


Rivian raises $2.5 billion as it pushes to bring its electric RT1 pickup, R1S SUV to market

Rivian, the electric vehicle company aiming to become the first to bring an EV pickup truck to market, has raised $2.5 billion in a round led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. New investors Soros Fund Management LLC, Coatue, Fidelity Management and Research Company and Baron Capital Group also participated. Existing shareholders Amazon and funds managed by BlackRock also joined the round. No new board seats have been added. This is by far the largest round Rivian ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Transportation, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Blackrock, Cox Automotive, T Rowe Price Associates Inc, Rivian, Scaringe, R J Scaringe, Baron Capital Group, Amazon Ford Motor Company, Normal Indiana


At Rivian, Product Tops Promises

Among electric vehicle startups, Rivian is the nonconformist. Compared to its braggadocious contemporaries, many of which are still years away from building anything, the Michigan-based company is well-poised to deliver a drivable product within a year’s time, with only scant attention paid to the possibilities of going public on a raft of promises. We’ve already […] The post At Rivian, Product Tops Promises appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Startups, Funding, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Michigan, EVs, Initial Public Offering, News Blog, Product Planning, Rivian


How you can watch BMW unveil its hotly anticipated iX3 EV next week

The hotly anticipated BMW iX3, the company’s first electric vehicle that’s part of its core product line up, will be officially unveiled next week. On July 14 at 10AM CEST, the German automaker will take the covers off the EV and it’ll be the first time the public or press has seen it for real, CarScoops reports. While vehicle unveilings are typically reserved for the press, it seems BMW is letting anyone watch the livestreamed event. All you have to do is go to this link: CLICK HERE on July 14,...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Munich, Bmw, Shift


EV fans deplete Dutch gov’s €10M electric vehicle grant in just 8 days

In just eight days, the Dutch have managed to use up €10 million ($11.3M USD) worth of subsidies to support the purchase of new electric vehicles, Dutch outlet NOS reported earlier today. In the Netherlands, buyers of new electric vehicles can register to receive a €4,000 ($4,400 USD) subsidy to put towards the purchase of the vehicle. But now, all those that register for the free money will have to wait until next year, when the next budget is announced. The subsidy was announced back in Februa...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Netherlands, Shift, Nos, Charging Network, 3M USD


Elon Musk brags Tesla has ‘figured out’ Level 5 autonomous driving — it hasn’t

In a pre-recorded message to attendees of World AI Conference in Shanghai, Tesla’s flamboyant CEO Elon Musk bragged that the company has pretty much figured out self-driving. The company is “very close” to having a fully autonomous, no-driver required vehicle. According to a Bloomberg report, Musk claimed that the company has resolved many of the fundamental challenges associated with building a Level 5 self-driving vehicle: I’m confident that we will have the basic functionality of L5 autonomou...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Elon Musk, Cars, US, Tesla, Bloomberg, Ford, Self-driving, Musk, Shift, Shanghai Tesla


Ford workers want to stop making US police cars, CEO dismisses idea

A diverse group of employees at Ford in the United States have come together in support of the Black Lives Matter movement to demand the company stop supplying the nation’s police with vehicles. According to Jalopnik, a group of Black and white employees penned a letter to the company’s CEO, Jim Hackett, and chairman, Bill Ford, to broach the topic of Ford‘s involvement in police violence that both spurred on and occurred during BLM protests. [Read: Uber to launch London boat taxis — but its ope...
Tags: Startups, London, Cars, US, World, United States, Ford, Bill Ford, Black Lives Matter, Jalopnik, Shift, Jim Hackett


Uber to launch London boat taxis — but its operating license debacle remains unresolved

This summer, Uber is launching its first water-based taxi service on the Thames river that runs through the center of London. However, it still hasn’t had its taxi cab operating license  for the city renewed after being canceled by regulators last year. The American ride hailing company is going to work with Thames Clippers, a company that already runs river bus services on the city’s river, to provide the service. As with its other services, Uber is leaving the actual driving to someone else. A...
Tags: Startups, London, Cars, Ride-share, Shift, Thames River, Thames Clippers


Watch: Jay Leno drives the subscription-only ‘car of the future’

The future of motoring is promising a lot: e-scooters everywhere, more environmentally friendly drivetrains, autonomous features, and now, vehicles that you “own” by paying a monthly subscription fee. In general tech, this isn’t a new idea at all. Netflix, Strava, Amazon Prime, Spotify and many others all sell their products on subscription models. But it is kind of a new thing when it comes to owning a car. While some companies have offered subscription services before — Jaguar Land Rover annou...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, UK, Jay Leno, Cars, Tech, Jaguar Land Rover, Shift, Netflix Strava Amazon Prime Spotify


UK’s Royal Mail has a new ‘green’ delivery van — but it’s really an ‘electric’ London taxi

What’s the difference between taxi drivers and mail delivery people? According to the UK’s Royal Mail service, not a lot it would seem. The United Kingdom’s Royal Mail is set to trial an electric delivery vehicle based on the London Electric Vehicle Company‘s (LEVC) electric black cabs. In an announcement made earlier today, the postal service said that it will test one of the vehicles in urban locations including: Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Edinburgh, and Bristol. Hockley, in the Birmingham subu...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, UK, London, Cars, United Kingdom, Royal Mail, Birmingham, Shift, LEVC, London Electric Vehicle Company, Birmingham Derby Leeds Edinburgh, Bristol Hockley


OOOF, pinch me! Jaguar trademark adds fuel to all-electric F-Type successor speculation

Jaguar’s all-electric i-Pace is proving quite popular at the moment, even famed car designer Henrik Fisker drives one, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t get our motor running in the way the F-Type does. But lucky for us, Jaguar could have an electric sports car on the way. According to a filing made in the last few months, spotted by Autocar, the British automaker is attempting to trademark the name “Jaguar EV-Type,” suggesting that an all-electric sports car could be on the horizon. [Read: ‘Cold-...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Jaguar, Henrik Fisker, Shift


‘Cold-hearted’ Tesla threatened to close its dealerships without telling employees first

Since early last year, Tesla reportedly assessed the viability of its dealerships and stores, and with little regard for people who might be most affected by it. According to Business Insider, which spoke with 27 Tesla dealership employees, the company made a series of slapdash announcements in February last year, which said that the company would be “winding down many of [its] stores.” Despite the gravity of the initial announcement, it mentioned casually in a blog post about a new upcoming Mod...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tesla, Shift


Familiar Faces: Ineos Debuts Grenadier Design

If it seems like years have passed since we’ve issued an update on Ineos Group’s attempt at building a Defender-inspired SUV, that’s because it has been. The British chemical conglomerate asked Land Rover if it could assemble copies of the then-defunct automobile back in 2016, only to be told to take a hike. Unfazed, CEO Jim Ratcliffe […] The post Familiar Faces: Ineos Debuts Grenadier Design appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Startups, SUV, Autos, Land Rover, Utility, Jim Ratcliffe, Ineos, News Blog, Defender, New Models, Off-road Vehicles, ORV, Ineos Group, Ineos Grenadier


BMW’s feature subscription service is anti-consumer rubbish

Yesterday, Bavarian automaker BMW announced that it’s going to start offering some vehicle features as paid for options as part of its in-car “connected” services. In the future, BMW drivers could be able to add features to their vehicle as and when they please, by purchasing options — like cruise control and heated seats — from BMW through the vehicle‘s ConnectedDrive store or the “My BMW App.” It’s not gone down well If you needed convincing that this is probably a terrible idea, read this pie...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tech, Bmw, Jalopnik, Shift, Jason Torchinsky


Tesla battery cooling fault coverup heats up as feds get involved

The US highways traffic safety authority (NHTSA) is reportedly looking into claims that Tesla covered up faults with its Model S battery cooling system and knowingly sold vehicles that weren’t up to spec. This is according to a new report from the LA Times, that itself was spurred on by an exclusive investigation by Business Insider that claimed to have uncovered evidence that Tesla was knowingly selling potentially dangerous vehicles. BI’s original article purported that from 2012, Tesla shippe...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Shift, Nhtsa, LA Times


Senior Zoox engineers rush to work for Waymo a week after Amazon acquisition

Last week, Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox for over $1billion. Now, two of Zoox’s longest serving engineers have left to work for Alphabet subsidiary and rival, Waymo. Last week, e-commerce giant Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox with the intention of helping it “realize its dream.” But Amazon doesn’t really have any business in robotaxis, so it’s not immediately clear what the online retailer is wanting to get out of the deal. Some, including TNW, suggest that Amazon might eventua...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Cars, TNW, Self-driving, Shift, Waymo, Zoox


Amazon shelled out $1.2B for Zoox, but should stay away from robotaxis

Early last week, rumors that e-commerce giant Amazon would be buying an autonomous vehicle startup started to surface. By the end of the week, it was a done deal. But what is Amazon doing buying an autonomous vehicle startup? According to a Financial Times report, Amazon recently paid $1.2 billion to buy self-driving tech up-and-comer, Zoox. This makes it Amazon’s biggest foray into self-driving tech, and one of the company’s biggest acquisitions ever. I need to be honest here, Zoox isn’t one of...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Cars, Financial Times, Self-driving, Shift, Zoox


Chinese EV maker Xpeng starts shipping its hotly anticipated Tesla Model 3 rival

Chinese EV maker, Xpeng, will start delivering its cheaper and rangier rival to Tesla‘s Model 3, the P7. According to a company announcement made last Sunday, Xpeng has started delivering the vehicle across China, South China Morning Post reports. If you don’t know the P7, it costs just $32,470 compared to the Model 3’s $38,350 (after subsidies), it also has 38 km more range than the Tesla. Understandably people are excited about getting a comparable vehicle for a decent discount. [Read: Don’t g...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tesla, Shift, Xpeng, China South China Morning Post


Don’t get your hopes up, Tesla probably isn’t working on LiDAR for Autopilot

Tesla, or rather the company’s CEO Elon Musk, isn’t really a fan of LiDAR sensors when it comes to autonomous vehicles. So why has a Model S test mule recently been spotted with a LiDAR-based sensor arrangement? Yesterday, Electrek reader Matt Crowley shared some snaps with the EV magazine of a Tesla Model S, that had a roof-mounted rig with a bunch of non-standard Tesla sensors on it — including what looks like LiDAR. But it’s unlikely that the company will introduce the tech to its vehicles — ...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tesla, Self-driving, Shift, Matt Crowley, CEO Elon Musk


France bans VanMoof’s edgy ebike advert for being ‘anti-car’

A television advert from VanMoof, an ebike maker based in the cycling motherland of the Netherlands, has been banned on French TV for a surprisingly contradictory reason. The 45 second ad, which was released earlier this month, pictures a futuristic looking car melting into the ether, as sounds and images of congestion, police cars, riots, crisis, and protest play over the top. For the times we live in, it’s poignant stuff — but it seems too powerful for the French. Check it out below: According...
Tags: Startups, France, Cars, Netherlands, Shift, Vanmoof, eBikes, Plugged, Adformatie


This new radar lets cars see around corners

Researchers at a US university have developed a new kind of radar which — when equipped with some AI wizardry — can help cars see round corners. Princeton university engineers have created a type of Doppler radar, typically used to catch speeding cars, that bounces radio waves off stationary objects to effectively “see” around corners. Coupled with algorithms that interpret how the radiowaves reflect off secondary objects, the radar can interpret moving objects that are out of human view. It kin...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, Artificial Intelligence, Princeton, Shift, Loch Ness, McDonald, Neural


McDonald’s will add EV chargers to hundreds of its UK restaurants — and I’m lovin’ it

As Burger King in the US is giving away free burgers to irresponsible Tesla drivers, on the other side of the Atlantic, McDonald’s UK is rolling out EV fast-chargers at its restaurants. The UK arm of the fast-food chain is reportedly installing hundreds of EV chargers at its locations around the country after agreeing a partnership with infrastructure provider, InstaVolt, the Independent reports. While the burger chain hasn’t given a specific number of restaurants that will get the chargers, it ...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, UK, Cars, US, Tesla, Shift, McDonald, EV Chargers, Atlantic McDonald 's UK, InstaVolt the Independent



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