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California Gov. Newsom proposes $3.2B in EV investment as part of economic recovery package

California Governor Gavin Newsom, a vocal proponent of electric vehicles, on Friday debuted a new proposal that would earmark $3.2 billion to boost EV infrastructure and adoption in the state. “This is a big deal,” Newsom said at a press conference Friday. “The Biden administration’s been talking a lot about this, they’re hoping to do something with the Senate, but we’re doing it. We’re not waiting around.” Over half of the $3.2 billion budget would go toward replacing 1,150 trucks, 1,000 transi...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, Senate, America, Tech, Policy, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Biden, Hyundai, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, Colonial Pipeline


Opportunity knocks: Exhibit at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

No matter what slice of the mobility market you’ve claimed as your own — AVs, EVs, data mining, AI, dockless scooters, robotics or the batteries that will charge and change the world — you won’t find a better place to showcase your extraordinary tech and talent than TC Sessions: Mobility 2021. Buy a Startup Exhibitor Package and virtually plant your early-stage mobility startup in front of a global audience that’s focused exclusively on one of the most complex, rapidly evolving industries. TC Se...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Entrepreneurship, Events, Tech, General-motors, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Gm, Private Equity, Leader, Startup Company, Data Mining, Pam Fletcher, Rachel Holt


China’s autonomous vehicle startups AutoX, Momenta and WeRide are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As the autonomous vehicle industry in the United States marches toward consolidation, a funding spree continues to exhilarate China’s robotaxi industry. Momenta, Pony.ai, WeRide and Didi’s autonomous vehicle arm have all raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the past year. And 21-year-old search engine giant Baidu competes alongside the startups with a $1.5 billion fund launched in 2017 to help cars go driverless. Their strategies are similar in some regards and diverge elsewhere. The bigg...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Technology, China, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Search Engine, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Baidu


Ford is bringing significant wireless software updates to its vehicles

The Internet of Things just got bigger. Four years after Ford Motor Company introduced an integration with Amazon’s suite of smart home devices, the automaker is beefing up its in-vehicle software offerings with built-in Alexa voice assistant and a wireless software update ecosystem. Ford’s over-the-air software updates, which it has branded Power-Up, will have the capability of updating “virtually all” of the computer modules in new Ford vehicles, not just the ones that focus on infotainment, t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Intel, Canada, Automotive, Ford, Alexa, Ford Motor Company, Brian Krzanich, Purdy, Amazon Alexa, Alex Purdy


Google hit with $123M antitrust fine in Italy over Android Auto

Google has been fined just over €100 million (~$123M) by Italy’s antitrust watchdog for abuse of a dominant market position. The case relates to Android Auto, a modified version of Google’s mobile OS intended for in-car use, and specifically to how Google restricted access to the platform to an electric car charging app, called JuicePass, made by energy company Enel X Italia. Android Auto lets motorists directly access a selection of relevant apps (like maps and music streaming services) via a d...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Europe, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Competition, Automotive, Italy, Antitrust, Google-Maps, Electric Car, Operating Systems, Android Auto


Elon Musk, Technoking of Tesla orders a halt to bitcoin car payments 

Tesla CEO and self-dubbed technoking is back peddling on the company’s stance about bitcoin and has suspended purchases of its electric vehicles with the cryptocurrency. The change of stance, which was delivered via tweet, comes just weeks after Tesla CFO and dubbed “master of coin” Zach Kirkhorn said the company believes in the longevity of bitcoin, despite its volatility. The tweet from Musk sent the price of bitcoin down more than 4% and falling. The price of bitcoin is down more than 7% for ...
Tags: Energy, TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, China, Russia, Tech, Tesla, Bitcoin, Automotive, United States, Musk, Dogecoin, Zach Kirkhorn, Kirkhorn, Tesla Bitcoin


Waymo to lose its CFO and head of automotive partnerships

Waymo’s chief financial officer Ger Dwyer and its head of automotive partnerships and corporate development Adam Frost — two longtime executives at the autonomous vehicle company — are leaving this month, departures that comes amid some executive shuffling following CEO John Krafcik’s exit earlier this year. Dwyer and Frost’s departure was shared internally this week, according to multiple sources. Waymo has confirmed to TechCrunch that Dwyer and Frost are leaving. “We’re grateful to Ger and Ada...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, France, Tech, Austin, Automotive, Ford, House, Fca, AutoNation, Autonomous Vehicles, Oxford University, Nissan, Frost


Subaru’s first electric vehicle is called the Solterra and it’s due out in 2022

For Subaru diehards holding out for an electric vehicle, the wait is almost over. The Japanese automaker just announced new details about its first ever EV, which is set to hit the streets in 2022. Subaru will call its first EV the Solterra, a fitting name for a brand synonymous with outdoor adventures and you know, the sun and the Earth. Also fittingly, Subaru’s first full-fledged EV will be an SUV thats ships with the manufacturer’s well-regarded all-wheel drive capabilities. The Solterra is b...
Tags: TC, Cars, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Toyota, EVs, GreenTech, Subaru, Crossover, Solterra, U S Canada China Europe and Japan Toyota


Uber, Lyft to give free rides to COVID-19 vaccine sites in deal with White House

Uber and Lyft will provide free rides to any user traveling to get the COVID-19 vaccine through an agreement reached with the White House. The free rides will last through July 4, the date when President Joe Biden wants 70% of U.S. adults to be vaccinated, according to the WSJ, which was the first to report on the partnership between the ride-hailing companies and the White House. Lyft and Uber separately told TechCrunch the companies will cover the costs of the free rides. The White House will ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, White House, US, America, Tech, Joe Biden, Walgreens, Automotive, WSJ, Ride Hailing, John Zimmer, United Way, Dara Khosrowshahi


GM and LG Chem’s Ultium Cells partners with Li-Cycle to process manufacturing waste

Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem, has been steadily building up its battery cell manufacturing capacity in the U.S. since the venture was first announced in December 2019. But with each battery cell they produce, they’ll also produce waste – tricky-to-handle waste that also has too much inherent valuable to toss into a landfill. Instead of throwing it away, Ultium is sending it to a recycler. The venture has executed an agreement with Canadian company Li-Cycle...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Automotive, Arizona, Gm, Recycling, Rochester, Nevada, Lithium Ion Batteries, Redwood, Li, Lordstown, Rochester New York


Lidar startup Innovusion closes $64M round led by Temasek

More investors are joining the wave to bet on lidar, the remote sensing method that uses laser light to measure distances and has garnered ample interest from automakers in recent times. But it’s also a technology that has long been scorned by Elon Musk partly due to its once exorbitant costs. Innovusion, a five-year-old lidar company and a supplier to Chinese electric car upstart Nio, just landed a Series B funding round of $64 million. The new proceeds boost its total investment to over $100 m...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, China, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Volkswagen, Self-driving Cars, Baidu, Laser


Harley-Davidson spins out LiveWire into a standalone electric motorcycle brand

LiveWire, Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle, is being spun out as a standalone brand, complete with a new logo and brand identity. Harley-Davidson first unveiled the LiveWire electric motorcycle in 2018 with a listing price of $29,799, placing it on the higher end for motorcycles. It went into production the following year, with some bumps, including a brief halt to production due to a charging-related problem on one of the motorcycles. The first “first LiveWire branded motorcycle” will laun...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Automotive, Silicon Valley, Electric Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Reuters, Livewire, Milwaukee Harley Davidson, Harley-Davidson LiveWire, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Motorcycle Show Harley Davidson


Ford reveals three new details about its officially named F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck

Ford confirmed Monday that its all-electric pickup truck will be named the F-150 Lightning, resurrecting a name that once donned the SVT F-150 in the 1990s. The company hasn’t said much about the powertrain, range or other specs. However, Ford President and CEO Jim Farley provided new details about the electric pickup that is coming to market next year. Most notably, it seems that the battery on the Ford F-150 Lightning will have the ability to power a home during an outage. Ford has touted the ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, America, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Farley, Dearborn Michigan, Jim Farley, Rivian, Model T Mustang Prius Model, Ford Rouge Electric


Tesla refutes Elon Musk’s timeline on ‘full self-driving’

What Tesla CEO Elon Musk says publicly about the company’s progress on a fully autonomous driving system doesn’t match up with “engineering reality,” according to a memo that summarizes a meeting between California regulators and employees at the automaker. The memo, which transparency site Plainsite obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request and subsequently released, shows that Musk has inflated the capabilities of the Autopilot advanced driver assistance system in Tesla vehicles, as w...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, California, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, DMV, Autonomous Vehicles, Musk, Elon, Automated Driving, Moore, Acosta, FSD


TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 early bird price extended for one more day

“I feel the need — the need for speed.” That could be the official mobility startup founder credo, amirite? Speed and agility are important, but don’t move so quickly that you miss the chance to save $100 on a pass to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 on June 9. We’ve extended our early-bird price for just one more day. Slow your EV roll, reroute your autonomous vehicle or dock your scooter just long enough to buy a pass before the extended deadline expires on May 7, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobi...
Tags: TC, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Gm, Robotics, Sap, TechCrunch, Self-driving Car, Cto, Starship Technologies, Volvo Cars, Ahti Heinla, Jens Lehmann, Clara Brenner


Chinese EV maker Nio is stepping outside of China for the first time

Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio has chosen a Norway — an EV hotspot — for its first foray into international markets. Nio Norway will offer a European version of ES8, Nio’s flagship electric SUV, to Norwegian customers from September this year. The ET7 sedan will follow in 2022. “The decision to have Norway as our first destination overseas is backed by long-term thinking,” Nio founder William Li explained at an event Thursday. “Norway is the most EV-friendly company.” Among the European coun...
Tags: TC, Transportation, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Norway, Volkswagen, Audi, Oslo, Li, Norges Bank, NIO, Kristiansand, William Li


Fewer than 24 hours to save $100 to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Calling all frazzled procrastinators, feet-draggers, lollygaggers and last-minute decision makers. The best price on passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, which takes place on June 9, disappears in mere hours. It’s now o’clock, baby. Shift your EV into gear, hail a robotaxi or tell Mr. Scott to beam you up — whatever it takes to buy your pass before the early-bird deadline expires tonight, May 6, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 gathers the very best people in the mobility startup ec...
Tags: TC, Motorola, Europe, Technology, China, Events, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Robotics, Science and Technology, Self-driving Car, Scott


Less than 24 hours to save $100 to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Calling all frazzled procrastinators, feet-draggers, lollygaggers and last-minute decision makers. The best price on passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, which takes place on June 9, disappears in mere hours. It’s now o’clock, baby. Shift your EV into gear, hail a robotaxi or tell Mr. Scott to beam you up — whatever it takes to buy your pass before the early-bird deadline expires tonight, May 6, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 gathers the very best people in the mobility startup ec...
Tags: TC, Motorola, Europe, Technology, China, Events, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Robotics, Science and Technology, Self-driving Car, Scott


Less than 24 hours to save $100 to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Calling all frazzled procrastinators, feet-draggers, lollygaggers and last-minute decision makers. The best price on passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, which takes place on June 9, disappears in mere hours. It’s now o’clock, baby. Shift your EV into gear, hail a robotaxi or tell Mr. Scott to beam you up — whatever it takes to buy your pass before the early bird deadline expires tonight, May 6, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 gathers the very best people in the mobility startup ec...
Tags: TC, Motorola, Europe, Technology, China, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Automation, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Robotics, Science and Technology, Self-driving Car, Scott


Oculii looks to supercharge radar for autonomy with $55M round B

Autonomous vehicles rely on many sensors to perceive the world around them, and while cameras and lidar get a lot of the attention, good old radar is an important piece of the puzzle — though it has some fundamental limitations. Oculii, which just raised a $55M round, aims to minimize those limitations and make radar more capable with a smart software layer for existing devices — and sell its own as well. Radar’s advantages lie in its superior range, and in the fact that its radio frequency beam...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Radar, Lidar, Eagle, Falcon, Hong


Autonomous trucking startup Einride raises $110M ahead of expansion into US

Einride, the Swedish startup known for its unusual-looking electric and autonomous pods that are designed to carry freight, has raised $110 million to help fund its expansion in Europe and into the United States. The Series B round, which far exceeds its previous raises of $10 million in 2020 and $25 million in 2019, included new investors Temasek, Soros Fund Management LLC, Northzone and Maersk Growth. The company said Thursday that existing investors EQT Ventures, Plum Alley, Norrsken VC, Eric...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, New York, Sweden, US, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Austin Texas, Electrolux, Einride, Oatly Coca Cola Lidl, Temasek Soros Fund Management LLC Northzone


GM CEO Mary Barra wants to sell personal autonomous vehicles using Cruise’s self-driving tech by 2030

GM CEO Mary Barra sees the automaker selling personal autonomous vehicles by the end of the decade by leveraging technology from its self-driving subsidiary Cruise, according to comments made during the company’s Wednesday earnings call. Barra wasn’t providing any specifics just yet, but instead laid out a vision for the automaker’s future and how its stake in Cruise and its own internal effort to further develop its advanced driver assistance system Super Cruise might evolve over the next nine ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Cruise, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Mary Barra, Dubai, Gm, Autonomous Vehicles, Cadillac, Barra, Self Driving Vehicles


GM’s Pam Fletcher is coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 to talk about how to build a startup

GM might be best known for the millions of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC-branded vehicles it designs, produces, finances and sells each year. But it also has a burgeoning incubator, where a team of 600 employees are working to develop 20 new businesses with a total addressable market of about $1.3 trillion. A few of the first startup fruits have already come to bear, including OnStar Guardian, OnStar Insurance, GM Defense and most recently, BrightDrop — the commercial electric vehicle deliv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Linkedin, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Mary Barra, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Fast Company, Nasdaq, Onstar


48 hours left to save $100 to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

In just slightly more than a month, the mobility industry’s visionary movers, makers, shakers, innovators and investors from around the world will gather on June 9 for the virtual mind meld that is TC Sessions: Mobility 2021. If you’re a mobility maven listen up: you have just two days — a mere 48 hours — left to score the early bird price and save $100. Buy your pass to Mobility 2021 before the sale ends on Thursday, May 6 at 11:59 pm (PT). As always, TC Sessions: Mobility delivers in-depth int...
Tags: TC, Tech, Automotive, Goodyear, Karin Maake, TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, Rachael Wilcox, Volvo Cars TC Sessions, FlashParking TC Sessions


Lucid Motors taps Waymo, Intel veterans ahead of public listing

Lucid Motors is beefing up its executive and technical leadership team, hiring people from Waymo, Intel and Xperi as it prepares to become a publicly listed company. The automaker said Wednesday that Sherry House, who formerly worked at Waymo, will be its new chief financial officer. House was at Waymo for four years, most recently as its as treasurer and head of investor relations. Prior to Waymo, she was vice president of corporate development at Visteon Corporation and managing director of te...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Europe, Saudi Arabia, China, Tech, Tesla, Intel, Information Technology, Automotive, Ferrari, Electric Vehicles, House, Jaguar, Air


Just 72 hours left to save $100 on passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

So much can happen in 72 hours, and it’s easy to get distracted — especially when you’re building a startup in the fast lane that is mobility tech. But listen up: you have just 72 hours left to save $100 on your pass to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 on June 9. Don’t let “busy” distract you. Buy your pass to Mobility 2021 before the price increase goes into effect on Thursday, May 6 at 11:59 pm (PT). Why should you attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2021? It’s where you can tap into the latest trends, reg...
Tags: TC, Technology, Articles, Tech, Renewable Energy, Tesla, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Reid Hoffman, Video On Demand, Fitbit, Robotics, Science and Technology, Sap


Ford, BMW lead Solid Power’s $130M Series B round

A Solid Power manufacturing engineer holds two 20 ampere hour (Ah) all solid-state battery cells for the BMW Group and Ford Motor Company. The 20 ampere hour (Ah) all solid-state battery cells were produced on Solid Power’s Colorado-based pilot production line. Source: Solid Power. Solid state battery systems have long been considered the next breakthrough in battery technology, with multiple startups vying to be the first to commercialization. Automakers have been some of the top investors in...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Colorado, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Bmw, Volkswagen, Ford Motor Company, BMW Group, McKenna, General Motors Ford, SSB, Mark Harris, Ford BMW, Solid State Batteries


Volvo AG and Daimler Trucks team up in hydrogen fuel cell joint venture

Competitors Volvo AB and Daimler Trucks are teaming up to produce hydrogen fuel cells for long-haul trucks, which the companies say will lower development costs and boost production volumes. The joint venture, which is called cellcentric, aims to bring large-scale “gigafactory” production levels of hydrogen fuel cells to Europe by 2025. While the two companies are teaming up to produce the fuel cells via the cellcentric venture, all other aspects of truck production will remain separate. The loc...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Tech, Tesla, European Union, Automotive, Volvo, Daimler, Bosch, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Daimler Trucks, Volvo AB, Lars Stenqvist, Volvo AG, Volvo CTO


Volvo AB and Daimler Trucks team up in hydrogen fuel cell joint venture

Competitors Volvo AB and Daimler Trucks are teaming up to produce hydrogen fuel cells for long-haul trucks, which the companies say will lower development costs and boost production volumes. The joint venture, which is called cellcentric, aims to bring large-scale “gigafactory” production levels of hydrogen fuel cells to Europe by 2025. While the two companies are teaming up to produce the fuel cells via the cellcentric venture, all other aspects of truck production will remain separate. The loc...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Tech, Tesla, European Union, Automotive, Volvo, GreenTech, Daimler, Bosch, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Daimler Trucks, Volvo AB, Lars Stenqvist, Volvo CTO


The Station: Lyft sells its self-driving unit, Uber makes a big product push and Revel jumps into ride-hailing

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hi there, new and returning readers. This is The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. We took a week off and now we’re back. Whoop. Let’s catch up on all things transportation. My email inbox is always open. Email me at [email protected]
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Europe, Elon Musk, UK, New York, London, Washington, Senate, Ipo, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, Linkedin



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