The Station: Aurora SPACs, a spin on the VanMoof X3 and a chat with Outdoorsy founders

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. Hello and welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. Before we jump into the deals, policy moves and micromobbin’ news, I wanted to share the latest founders interview, a new series we launched this spring over at Extra Crunch. Here’s the opener to...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, New York, France, New York City, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Eu, Canada, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Venture Capital, European Commission

Rivian plans to install EV chargers in Tennessee’s 56 state parks

Rivian electric vehicle charging stations are coming to yet another state park system. The EV startup said it would install its so-called “waypoint” chargers at all of Tennessee’s 56 state parks, just four months after announcing a similar agreement with the state of Colorado. It’s the next step in Rivian’s plans to build out its network of more than 10,000 Level 2 AC chargers by the end of 2023. Installing chargers at state parks and other far-flung locales is a key facet of Rivian’s brand stra...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Colorado, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Tennessee, Electric Vehicle Charging Station, AC chargers, Rivian, RJ Scaringe, Kirsten Korosec, Adventure Network

No, charging an electric car doesn't produce more carbon than driving a regular one

The electric car Nissan Leaf, at an electric vehicle charging station at Balboa Park. Dünzl\ullstein bild via Getty Images A study found that in the US electric cars produce 60% to 68% fewer emissions than gas-powered ones. EVs quickly recoup their higher manufacturing emissions and are more sustainable than traditional cars. The study says lawmakers must shift from combustion engines to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. See more stories on Insider's business page. No, electri...
Tags: Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Elon Musk, News, Climate Change, China, India, Cars, US, Trends, Tesla, Electric Car, Transporation, Ev, ICCT, International Council on Clean Transportation ICCT

Porsche delivers a record 153,656 new vehicles in the first half of 2021

Image: Porsche   Porsche set a new global delivery record in the first half of 2021 with significant demand growth across all models and in every single global sales region. While it should come as no surprise that Porsche moved more new cars in the first half of 2021 than it did in the massively Coronavirus-impacted first half of 2020, it’s mighty impressive that this is a new high water mark for the Porsche brand. Across the first half of this year Porsche has introduced 153,656 new owners to...
Tags: Europe, News, Global, Sales, Porsche, Autos, North America, Cayman, Macan, Porsche AG, Detlev von Platen, Cayenne, 2021, North America Sales, Detlev, PORSCHE Porsche

Rivian is planning a second US factory

Rivian, the Amazon-backed electric automaker that aims to be the first to bring an EV pickup truck to market, plans to open a second U.S. manufacturing factory, sources told TechCrunch, confirming an earlier report from Reuters. Rivian wouldn’t elaborate on when it planned to build the factory, but did confirm it was in the process of identifying a site for a second plant. Reuters reported that the factory, dubbed Project Tera, would also include battery cell production, a detail that would driv...
Tags: Amazon, US, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Mitsubishi, Reuters, Chrysler Corporation, Normal Illinois, Rivian, RJ Scaringe, Scaringe, Amy Mast, Reuters Rivian, Project Tera

Mercedes-Benz to build eight battery factories in push to become electric-only automaker by 2030

Mercedes-Benz laid out Thursday a 40 billion-euro ($47B) plan to become an electric-only automaker by the end of the decade, a target that will push the company to become more vertically integrated, train its workforce and secure the batteries needed to power its products. The company has already taken action, announcing Thursday it acquired UK-based electric motor company YASA and has determined it will need battery capacity of more than 200 gigawatt hours. To hit meet those needs, Mercedes pla...
Tags: TC, UK, Tech, Customers, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Silicon Valley, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Daimler AG, Mercedes AMG, Ola Kallenius, Mercedes Benz AG, Sila Nano

Eastward, Ho! Day 43 and 44: Overnight stay near Dawson, WV and visiting Martha's friend in Charlottesville, VA

 Sunday, July 18A driving day, not much to report except some fairly nice scenery in terms of West Virginia's forest shrouded hills and mountains.  Apparently 78% of the state is covered in forest and its so hilly, I doubt a lot of the hills are used for habitation. photo by Martha photo by Martha West Virginia State Capitol Building, Charleston We stayed for one night at the Hampton Summer Overnight RV Park.  Though it has overnight in the name, we could see that some folks had be...
Tags: Virginia, West Virginia, Motorcycles, Tracy, Charlottesville, McDonald, Martha, CHARLOTTESVILLE Va, RV Trips, Mariko Drives, VRRV, Dawson WV, Hampton Summer Overnight RV Park, Martha Lunch, Misty Mountain Camp Resort

DragTimes his 0-60 MPH in just 1.99 Seconds in the Tesla Model S Plaid

DragTimes hits the controversial and elusive 0-60 MPH in just 1.99 seconds in his Tesla Model S Plaid. The post DragTimes his 0-60 MPH in just 1.99 Seconds in the Tesla Model S Plaid appeared first on egmCarTech.
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GM confirms a third electric pickup truck is in development

GM will add a full-size electric pickup truck to its GMC lineup, the latest in a string of EV product announcements by the automaker in the past year as it pushes to deliver more than 1 million electric vehicles globally by 2025. The EV pickup was shared in a slide deck during the media presentation and later confirmed to TechCrunch. Duncan Aldred, vice president of global Buick and GMC, didn’t provide further details about the vehicle or when it might go into production. The GM brand is already...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Chevrolet, Detroit, EVs, Gmc, Buick, Chevrolet Silverado, Mark Reuss, Hamtramck, GMC Hummer EV, TechCrunch Duncan Aldred

Automakers have battery anxiety, so they’re taking control of the supply

Battery joint ventures have become the hot must-have deal for automakers that have set ambitious targets to deliver millions of electric vehicles in the next few years. It’s no longer just about securing a supply of cells. The string of partnerships and joint ventures show that automakers are taking a more active role in the development and even production of battery cells, . Automakers are taking a more active role in the development and even production of battery cells. And ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Tech, General Motors, Basf, Tesla, Automotive, Porsche, Ford, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Panasonic, Bmw, Volkswagen, Hyundai

ChargePoint to buy European charging software startup for $295M

ChargePoint struck a deal to buy European charging software company for €250 million ($295 million) in cash and stock, the electric vehicle charging network’s first acquisition since it became a publicly traded company. Through the deal, ChargePoint gains more than just 125 employees and the company’s operating software, which manages more than 40,000 networked ports in Europe. The acquisition will give ChargePoint a boost in its pursuit to gain market share beyond North America and VW...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Tech, Vienna, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, North America, Baillie Gifford, Joule, VW Group, Chargepoint, Pasquale Romano, Munich Salzburg, Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation, Neuberger Berman Alternatives Advisors ChargePoint

Elon Musk: Tesla to open up global charging network to other EVs later this year

Tesla will allow other electric vehicles to access its global network of chargers later this year, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday. The comment follows years of chatter by Musk that signaled the company was amenable to the idea. Until now, there has never been any details about how or when the company would open up its SuperCharger network of 25,000 chargers. Details are still slim. For instance, it’s unclear where it would initially open up, which automakers have reached agreements with Tesla and...
Tags: Europe, Elon Musk, Israel, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Uae, Musk, Charging Stations, North America Asia, Tesla Superchargers, North America Tesla, Europe Tesla

Velodyne Lidar CEO resigns in latest internal drama

Velodyne Lidar CEO Anand Gopalan is leaving the lidar company at the end of July as the sensor supplier continues to struggle with internal drama. Gopalan, who was previously CTO, is leaving the top leadership position after about a year and a half on the job. Velodyne said Monday in a statement that a team of top executives that includes COO Jim Barnhart, CFO Drew Hamer, Chief People Officer Kathy McBeath and Chief Commercial Officer Sinclair Vass will run the company as a search for a new chie...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Argo, Lidar, Hall, Cto, David Hall, SPAC, Nikon Corp, Gopalan, Argo AI, Princeton Lightwave, Marta Thoma Hall

GM is bringing its upgraded hands-free Super Cruise driving system to 6 vehicles in 2022

GM is rolling out three major upgrades including automatic lanes changes and towing support to its hands-free driver assistance system Super Cruise and making it available in six vehicles, including the 2022 all-new GMC Hummer EV pickup truck. While GM has steadily improved Super Cruise since its introduction in 2017, for years it has been limited to its luxury Cadillac brand. The improvements and additional vehicles mark the automaker’s willingness — and perhaps readiness — to sell owners of it...
Tags: TC, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Mary Barra, Gm, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Gmc, Cadillac Escalade, Super Cruise, GMC Sierra GM, GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Lyriq

Intel’s Mobileye takes its autonomous vehicle testing program to New York City

Mobileye, a subsidiary of Intel, has expanded its autonomous vehicle testing program to New York City as part of its strategy to develop and deploy the technology. New York City joins a number of other cities including Detroit, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo where Mobileye has either launched testing or plans to this year. Mobileye launched its first test fleet in Jerusalem in 2018 and added one in Munich in 2020. “If we want to build something that will scale, we need to be able to drive in challeng...
Tags: TC, Transportation, New York, Germany, New York City, Jerusalem, Tech, Intel, Munich, Automotive, Gm, Manhattan, Tokyo, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Volkswagen

Tesla, BHP ink supply deal for nickel ahead of demand surge

Tesla will secure nickel from the commodity production giant BHP, the automaker’s latest move to secure direct sources of raw materials that are projected to surge in demand before the decade is out. BHP’s Nickel West division will supply an undisclosed amount of the mineral from its mines in Western Australia. The two companies also agreed to work together to increase battery supply chain sustainability and to identify ways to decrease carbon emissions from their respective operations using ene...
Tags: Transportation, Indonesia, Australia, Tech, Tesla, Supply Chains, Automotive, Pacific, Western Australia, Lithium Ion Batteries, Musk, BHP, International Energy Agency, Electric Vehicle Batteries, Tesla BHP, Robyn Denhlm

GM is bringing its upgraded hands-free Super Cruise driving system to six vehicles in 2022

GM is rolling out three major upgrades including automatic lanes changes and towing support to its hands-free driver assistance system Super Cruise and making it available in six vehicles, including the 2022 all-new GMC Hummer EV pickup truck. While GM has steadily improved Super Cruise since its introduction in 2017, for years it has been limited to its luxury Cadillac brand. The improvements and additional vehicles mark the automaker’s willingness — and perhaps readiness — to sell owners of it...
Tags: TC, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Mary Barra, Gm, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Gmc, Cadillac Escalade, Super Cruise, GMC Sierra GM, GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Lyriq

Hot Tip: Chevrolet Addresses Bolt EV Fires, Readies Recall

Chevrolet has issued a statement to owners of Bolt EVs that could be subject to surprise fires while charging, offering more tips on how to avoid burning down their homes while it preps another recall. General Motors and supplier LG Chem have identified “two rare manufacturing defects” that they believe are causing the fires and […] The post Hot Tip: Chevrolet Addresses Bolt EV Fires, Readies Recall appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Safety, General Motors, Recalls, Electric Vehicles, Fires, Gm, Batteries, Autos, Lg, Bolt, Chevrolet, EVs, Volt, Chevrolet Bolt, Ev

Uber Freight acquires Transplace for $2.25B

Uber Freight, the logistics business spun out of Uber in 2018, has acquired Transplace for about $2.25 billion from private equity group TPG Capital, according to regulatory filings. The deal announced Thursday will involve $750 million in Uber stock with the remainder in cash. The acquisition of Transplace marks a ramping up of Uber Freight’s business as it aims to carve out market share in its existing markets and an expansion in Mexico. Uber Freight also sees the acquisition as a means to ac...
Tags: Uber, New York, Mexico, Tech, Chicago, Canada, Automotive, M&a, Logistics, Tpg Capital, Greenbriar, Lior Ron, Greenbriar Equity Group, Uber Freight, Transplace, Frank McGuigan

Elon Musk says Tesla will ‘most likely’ accept Bitcoin again when it becomes more eco-friendly

Tesla will ‘most likely’ resume accepting bitcoin as a form of payment once the mining rate for the cryptocurrency reaches 50% renewables, CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday at a virtual panel discussion hosted by the Crypto Council for Innovation, remarks that are in line with statements he made last month on Twitter. Tesla started accepting bitcoin as a form of payment in February, the same time that the company purchased a historic $1.5 billion in bitcoin – before reneging on its decision just thre...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Elon Musk, China, Tech, Tesla, Bitcoin, Automotive, Jack Dorsey, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Coinbase, Btc, Musk, Dogecoin, Crypto Council for Innovation

Consumer Reports concerned Tesla uses owners to test unsafe self-driving software

A Tesla in full self-driving mode makes a left turn out of the middle lane on a busy San Francisco street. It jumps in a bus lane where it’s not meant to be. It turns a corner and nearly plows into parked vehicles, causing the driver to lurch for the wheel. These scenes have been captured by car reviewer AI Addict, and other scenarios like it are cropping up on YouTube. One might say that these are all mistakes any human on a cell phone might have made. But we expect more from our AI overlords....
Tags: Transportation, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Nhtsa, Phoenix, Autonomous Driving, Fisher, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, William Wallace, Tesla Elon Musk, Tesla Model Y, Cruise Waymo

Waymo to open offices in Pittsburgh, an AV tech hub

Waymo, Google’s former self-driving car project that’s now an independent business unit under Alphabet, is expanding its presence in the eastern U.S. The company said Thursday it would be opening offices in Pittsburgh, joining a growing suite of companies developing and testing autonomous vehicle technology in the Steel City. The company will start by hiring around a dozen engineers, a source familiar with the move told TechCrunch, and they’ll co-locate in Google’s existing offices in the Bakery...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Texas, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, TechCrunch, Pittsburgh, Autonomous Driving, PHOENIX Arizona, Steel City, J B Hunt Transport Services, Maxim Likhachev, Bakery Square, Alex Wang, Waymo

14 Tata XPRES T EV Sedans Deployed in Kolkata

Tata Motors had partnered with the Garden Reach Shipbuilders &...
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Eastward, Ho! Days 45 through 47: Arrival in Williamsburg, Touring Jamestown Settlement, Kitty Hawk Flight

Tuesday, July 20We arrived at the home of our friends, Jane and Larry H. in Williamsburg, VA. in the early afternoon.  This is the end of the eastward motion for this RV trip.Martha and I were looking forward to checking out their new home in the Ford Colony development.Meet Boomer, the 3 year old Labrador Retriever: Tuesday's dinner was a demonstration of the marvelous use of Sous Vide which Larry and Jane used to re-heat brisket meat that had been prepared for the 4th of July and vacuum pac...
Tags: Motorcycles, National Park Service, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Larry, Martha, Waco, Jane, Williamsburg VA, Kitty Hawk North Carolina, Ford Colony, Larry H, Williamsburg Jamestown Airport

Should Porsche build a next-generation hypercar?

Photo: Porsche Porsche’s now-iconic 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar first launched almost a decade ago, and production was sold out by 2014. Years have passed and the company has managed to make versions of its 911 faster around the track than this massively powerful all-wheel-drive carbon tub hybrid monster, which says a lot about the development of chassis, suspension, advanced driver assist suites, and tires. At a certain point things become too fast for even the most advanced driver to enjoy, so...
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Mumbai Modified: A KTM 390 Duke scrambler from India

These days, the methods used to build custom motorcycles are as diverse as the designs themselves. Some builders lean on modern tech like 3D design and printing, while others prefer to work directly with metal. This custom KTM 390 Duke rolls a whole lot of approaches into one spunky scrambler. The Duke belongs to Akash Das, a graphic designer in the advertising industry, who’s based in Mumbai, India. Akash and his wife, Garima (also a designer) have a multi-disciplinary design side project ca...
Tags: India, Motorcycles, Mumbai, Duke, CNC, KTM, Akash, Custom Motorcycles, KTM Duke, Dheeraj, Garima, Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR, Scramblers, Nikki Garage

Carlos Ghosn’s Accomplices Will Be Jailed For Helping Him Escape Japan

Father and son duo sentenced to 44 months in prison for their roles in smuggling Ghosn out of Japan in an audio equipment box
Tags: Japan, Autos, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn

In Review: 2021 Jaguar F-Pace

There was an outcry from fans when Jaguar announced it would make an SUV, but the F-Pace is its most popular product. It gets some updates for 2021 - find out more in my review at [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Jaguar, Jil McIntosh

Triumph Announces Plans For Competition Off-Road Motorcycles

Triumph has just announced they’re working on a series of off-road competition motorcycles – and who better to contribute than championship giants Ricky Carmichael and Ivan Cervantes? The all-new competition-level MX and Enduro bikes are currently under development and will purportedly ‘bring all of Triumph’s engineering expertise to riders and racers worldwide.’ Question is, will Triumph pull an about-face and take inspiration for the MV and Enduro series from their next-of-offroad-kin,...
Tags: Motorcycles, Carmichael, Triumph, Ricky Carmichael, Motocross, Motorcycle News, Motorcycle Type, Enduro bikes, Triumph off-road motorcycles, Motocross motorcycles, Ivan Cervantes, Enduro Motorcycles

A Look Into Harley Davidson’s New H-D1™ MARKETPLACE

Harley Davidson has just revealed the all-new H-D1 MARKETPLACE to the wide web.  The Marketplace is part of a new five-year game plan to expand the brand’s appeal to a younger generation and will provide riders with the ability to find, buy and sell H-D bikes across the country online.  The program will be backed by Harley’s dealer network. Using the Harley Davidson Certified program, all certified pre-owned motorcycles will undergo a 110-point quality assurance inspection by H-D techni...
Tags: Usa, United States, Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Harley, Motorcycle News, Jochen Zeitz, Harley Davidson Jochen Zeitz, H-D1™ MARKETPLACE, Harley Davidson Certified™ program, Harley Davidson Certified

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