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Audi launches its newest EV, the 2022 Q4 e-tron SUV

Audi has launched the Q4 e-tron, the fifth electric vehicle in its growing portfolio, as part of the German automaker’s plan to bring more than 30 EVs and plug-in hybrids to market by 2025. T he Q4 e-tron is Audi’s entry electric SUV model and the price reflects that. The vehicle, which was  first revealed as a concept at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, has a starting price of $44,995, including the $1,095 destination charge. It’s worth noting that the Q4 electric vehicle is about ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Venture Capital, Epa, Audi, Geneva International Motor Show


Mercedes-Benz prices its flagship EQS electric vehicle below the S Class

The Mercedes-Benz has priced the flagship EQS electric vehicle more than $8,700 below its gas-powered S-Class counterpart, a strategic move by the German automaker aiming to ensure a successful rollout of the luxury EV in North America. The EQS, which will arrive in U.S. dealerships in fall 2021, will start at $103,360, including the $1,050 destination charge. The federal tax credit will provide another $7,500 off of the sticker price. Mercedes-Benz will start with two models: the EQS 450+ and t...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, North America, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Pinnacle, EQC, Mercedes Benz EQS


Uber adjusts third-quarter forecast in light of increased gross bookings

Uber said Tuesday that it could hit one measure of profitability in the third quarter, earlier than expected as the ride-hailing company saw gains in its delivery and mobility businesses. The ride-hailing service told regulators in a filing this morning that it anticipated an increase in gross bookings and stronger adjusted EBITDA in the quarter than it had forecasted for shareholders in its last investor presentation. The company now anticipates gross bookings for the current quarter to land be...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Ride Hailing, Alex Wilhelm, EBITDA, Dara Khosrowshahi, EBIDTA, Nelson Chai


MIT study finds Tesla drivers become inattentive when Autopilot is activated

By the end of this week, potentially thousands of Tesla owners will be testing out the automaker’s newest version of its “Full Self-Driving” beta software, version 10.0.1, on public roads, even as regulators and federal officials investigate the safety of the system after a few high-profile crashes. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lends credence to the idea that the FSD system, which despite its name is not actually an autonomous system but rather an advanced driver as...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Boston, US, Tech, Tesla, Mit, Automotive, Ford, Tesla Autopilot, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, FSD, Intelligent Driving Environment Recording, General Motors Mercedes Benz


GM to replace battery modules in recalled Chevy Bolt EVs starting next month

General Motors said Monday it will replace battery modules in recalled Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV vehicles as soon as next month now that supplier LG Chem has restarted production of cells at two Michigan factories. Replacement modules, which are made up of lithium-ion battery cells, will begin shipping to dealers as soon as mid-October, the company said. Chevy Bolt EV owners will be able to bring their vehicles to the dealership, where the old modules will be swapped out for new ones. GM ha...
Tags: Tech, General Motors, Recall, Automotive, Gm, Michigan, Lg, Parks, Chevy Bolt Ev, LG Chem, Doug Parks GM


The Station: Gogoro scoots into a SPAC, a Rivian milestone and Tesla prepares to unleash FSD beta software

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 readers: 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. The future of transportation beat was flooded with news this week as per ushe. There are two stories that I want to highlight here. First up, is that the first Rivian R1T electric pickup truck...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, Elon Musk, UK, New York, London, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, China, India, Tech, General Motors, Tesla


Eli EVs begins production, European rollout of Eli ZERO, a compact two-seater

Eli Electric Vehicles, an early stage compact EV manufacturer, announced the start of production on its flagship Eli Zero, a micro “neighborhood electric vehicle” that is built for city commuting. The company plans to roll out small batches of the two-seater EV to distributors across 13 European countries over the next few months with a starting price of $11,999. Micro-electric vehicles are on the rise with other compact quadricycles coming to market recently, including the Renault Twizy, the Ci...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Europe, China, Los Angeles, Tech, Vienna, Automotive, Paris, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Austria Germany, Li, Eli, KSR Group


India’s Cars24, a used-vehicle sales platform, raises $450M at a $1.84B valuation

The used car market is getting another major infusion of venture capital today, with one of the faster scaling startups out of India picking up a major round of financing to double down on growth: Cars24 — a site and app that sells users cars and used two-wheeled motorbikes — has raised $450 million, a Series F of $340 million and $110 million in debt. The investment values Cars24 at $1.84 billion post-money, the company said, making it one of the more valuable privately-held used car startups g...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Europe, UK, Mexico, India, Tech, Automotive, Malaysia, Tencent, Brazil, Uae, DST Global, Zipcar, Falcon Edge Capital


India’s Cars24, a used-vehicle marketplace, raises $450M at a $1.84B valuation

The used car market is getting another major infusion of venture capital today, with one of the faster scaling startups out of India picking up a major round of financing to double down on growth: Cars24 — a site and app that sells users cars and used two-wheeled motorbikes — has raised $450 million, a Series F of $340 million and $110 million in debt. The investment values Cars24 at $1.84 billion post-money, the company said, making it one of the more valuable privately-held used car startups g...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Europe, UK, Mexico, India, Tech, Automotive, Malaysia, Tencent, Brazil, Uae, DST Global, Zipcar, Falcon Edge Capital


Elon Musk praises Chinese automakers amidst regulatory scrutiny

An unusually scripted Elon Musk issued conciliatory and complimentary comments to Chinese automakers during a pre-recorded appearance at China’s World New Energy Vehicle Congress, striking a pose that is worlds away from his commentary style in the United States. “I have a great deal of respect for the many Chinese automakers for driving these [EV and AV] technologies,” he said, the reflection of a ring light just visible in the window over his left shoulder. The entire tableau was enough to mak...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, China, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Bmw, Baidu, Musk, Global Times


Tesla will open controversial FSD beta software to owners with a good driving record

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will use personal driving data to determine whether owners who have paid for its controversial “Full Self-Driving” software can access the latest beta version that promises more automated driving functions. Musk tweeted late Thursday night that the FSD Beta v10.0.1 software update, which has already been pushed out to a group of select owners, will become more widely available starting September 24. Owners who have paid for FSD, which currently costs $10,000,...
Tags: Elon Musk, Insurance, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Musk, Autopilot, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, FSD, FSD Beta


Boston Dynamics owner Hyundai deploys Spot for factory safety monitoring

Back in June, Hyundai completed a deal for controlling interest in Boston Dynamics. The Korean automotive giant no doubt has some grand plans for integrating the Massachusetts-based firm’s technology into a lot of their forward-looking concept mobility vehicles — for now, however, it’s more about putting existing robots to work. Hyundai today announced the arrival of the drably-named “Factory Safety Service Robot.” It immediately began referring to the unit as “the Robot” for reasons of brevity ...
Tags: Massachusetts, Tech, Automotive, Robotics, Hyundai, Kia, Seoul, Boston Dynamics, Boston Dynamics The Robot, Dong Jin Hyun


GM extends Chevy Bolt EV production shutdown through mid-October

General Motors is extending the shutdown of its Orion Assembly Plant until at least mid-October as a result of a battery pack shortage related to the recently announced Chevy Bolt EV and EUV safety recall. Bloomberg first reported that the company intends to idle its plant through the week of October 11. “These most recent scheduling adjustments are being driven by the continued parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing COVID-related r...
Tags: Transportation, Mexico, Tech, General Motors, Bloomberg, Canada, Automotive, Gm, Kansas, Michigan, North America, EVs, Cadillac, Nhtsa, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Bolt Ev


Lucid Air snags the longest range EV title, surpassing Tesla

Lucid Group, the all-electric automaker slated to go public this year, said Thursday that one variant of its upcoming luxury Air sedan has an EPA range of more than 520 miles. The official rating of the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range variant pushes Lucid past Tesla, a company that has long dominated in this category. The official EPA range of the Lucid Air — and its many editions — have been expected to be as high or higher than some of Tesla’s models. This announcement not only gives Lucid bragg...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Epa, Lucid, Rawlinson, Lucid Air, Peter Rawlinson, Lucid Group, EV Lucid, Lucid Air Dream Edition, Lucid Group CTO


Volta Trucks raises €37 million to bring electric delivery trucks to the streets of London and Paris

Trucking tends to be associated with highways, but it’s not uncommon to find large delivery vehicles trundling down the tightly packed streets of the world’s most populated cities. According to EV startup Volta Trucks, that’s far from ideal: in London, large commercial vehicles cause around 26% of pedestrian fatalities and around 80% of cyclist fatalities, and account for an outsized portion of carbon emissions. Volta’s solution is to electrify and redesign the large cargo vehicle — called Heavy...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, London, Tech, Austria, Automotive, Paris, Norden, VOLTA, Meritor, Proterra, Electric trucks, Recent Funding


Gravity is launching an indoor charging hub in NYC with plans to scale

Electric vehicle fleet and infrastructure startup Gravity thinks it has cracked the code for urban EV charging infrastructure.  The company, which was founded in February this year, announced its construction project to convert an indoor parking garage in the middle of Manhattan into a public EV fast charging hub. When the 29-space garage on 42nd Street, which Gravity is leasing from real estate firm Related Companies, opens in within a few weeks, it will be the island’s first dedicated EV ch...
Tags: Transportation, New York, NYC, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Chicago, Automotive, Brooklyn, Electric Vehicles, New Jersey, Manhattan, Gravity, MOU, Times Square, Cohen


Walmart to launch autonomous delivery service with Ford and Argo AI

Walmart has tapped Argo AI and Ford to launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service in Austin, Miami and Washington D.C., the companies said Wednesday. The service will allow customers to place online orders for groceries and other items using Walmart’s ordering platform. Argo’s cloud-based infrastructure will be integrated with Walmart’s online platform, routing the orders and scheduling package deliveries to customers homes. Initially, the commercial service will be limited to specific geogrp...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Washington, Tech, Walmart, Austin, Automotive, Vw, Ford, Miami, Autonomous Vehicles, Volkswagen, Delivery, Argo, Miami Dade County, Austin Miami


Rivian vehicles are now ready for sale in all 50 states, following key certifications

Rivian vehicles have received certifications from three agencies, the final hurdle that allows the electric automaker to sell and deliver its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV in all 50 U.S. states. Rivian confirmed to TechCrunch in an email that the vehicles are fully certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. Bloomberg also reported that Rivian has received regulatory approval to deliver vehicles to cu...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Ipo, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Epa, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, NRDC, Electric trucks, Rivian, California Air Resources Board Bloomberg


Rivian’s first-production R1T electric pickup truck rolls off the line

The first-production Rivian R1T electric pickup truck in “Rivian blue” rolled off the assembly line Tuesday morning at the company’s factory in Normal, Illinois, marking a milestone more than a decade in the making for the automaker and its founder and CEO, RJ Scaringe. The company, which started in 2009 as Mainstream Motors before adopting the Rivian name two years later, has undergone explosive growth in terms of people, backers and partners in the past few years. Rivian operated in relative o...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Epa, La Auto Show, Illinois, U S Environmental Protection Agency, Irvine California, Plymouth Michigan, Normal Illinois


Toyota, Honda urge Congress to reject expanded tax incentive that would benefit Ford, GM, Stellantis

Toyota Motor and Honda are urging legislators to reject a bill that would expand tax incentives for union-made electric vehicles that are built in the United States. The proposal – which Toyota blasted as “blatantly biased” and “exorbitant” in a letter to Congress – would expand the federal tax incentives from $7,500 to as much as $12,500 for union- and domestically manufactured cars. Vehicles with batteries manufactured in the U.S. would be eligible for an additional $500. If the legislation pa...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Congress, Mexico, Tech, Tesla, Policy, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Toyota, Honda, Detroit, Congressional


JB Straubel’s Redwood Materials is expanding into the battery materials business

Redwood Materials, the company started by former Tesla co-founder JB Straubel that aims to create a circular supply chain for batteries, is expanding its business. While it has been known primarily as a recycling firm, Redwood plans to simplify the supply chain by producing critical battery materials right here in the U.S. To get there, the company is currently scouting a location for a new million-square-foot factory, at a cost of over $1 billion, Bloomberg reported. That factory would be dedic...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Tech, Tesla, Supply Chains, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Panasonic, Lithium Ion Batteries, Baillie Gifford, Redwood, Carson City Nevada, JB Straubel, Sparks Nevada


Chinese tech giant Baidu begins publicly testing Apollo Go robotaxis in Shanghai

Chinese search engine giant Baidu has begun publicly testing its Apollo Go robotaxi mobile platform in Shanghai, marking the company’s continued expansion of its footprint in China.  While Baidu says its robotaxis have achieved Level 4 capabilities, a human safety operator will be present during all rides, which are open to the public as of Sunday, in order to comply with local regulations. The Society of Automotive Engineers defines an L4 autonomous car as one that doesn’t require human ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, California, China, Tech, Beijing, Automotive, Shanghai, Baidu, Autonomous Driving, Guangzhou, Capital City, Robotaxi, Faw, Society of Automotive Engineers


Ford hires new chief digital information officer as it seeks to expand into software and services

Ford Motor has hired Mike Amend as its chief digital and information officer as the automaker seeks to expand into software, subscriptions and in-vehicle connectivity. Amend, who was president of Lowe’s Online for three years, will focus on Ford’s “use of data, software and technology” — all areas central to Ford’s new Ford+ strategy, the OEM said. The hire is just the latest sign that Ford is serious about beefing up its digital offerings for customers, as the company seeks to pivot toward high...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Ford Motor, Hiring, Lowe, OEM, Doug Field, Hau Thai Tang Ford, Mike Amend, JCPenney Ford, Sakis Kitsopanidis


GM invests in radar software startup Oculii as demand for automated driving features rise

Oculii, a software startup that aims to improve the spatial resolution of radar sensors by up to 100-fold, has scored a new investment from General Motors. The new funding, which the two companies say is in the millions, comes just months after Oculii closed a $55 million Series B. Oculii and GM have already been working together “for some time now,” CEO Steven Hong told TechCrunch in a recent interview. While he declined to specify exactly how GM plans to use Oculii’s software, it could be used...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Hardware, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Automotive, Gm, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Radar, Lidar, Hong, Recent Funding, Oculii, Steven Hong


The Station: Apple car shakeup, how Sept. 11 changed travel, and a pledge from airlines

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 readers: 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. Twenty years and one week ago, I was riding the monorail system at the Newark airport and pointed to the twin skyscrapers looming in the distance. “I can’t believe you’ve never been to the top of...
Tags: Apple, Google, Transportation, Europe, UK, England, New York, Congress, California, White House, China, Ipo, Germany, New York City, Tech, Tesla


The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado gets a tech upgrade, hands-free trailering and a new ZR2 off-road flagship

GM unveiled Thursday the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, a full-sized pickup truck that received a major technology upgrade, including its hands-free Super Cruise advanced driver assistance system and an infotainment system with embedded Google services, as well as an overhauled interior. A new flagship trim, the off-road factory-installed lifted ZR2 truck, has also joined the Silverado lineup. The Silverado refresh comes ahead of GM’s electric vehicle offensive, which will include Chevrolet and GMC p...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Canada, Automotive, United States, Gm, Chevrolet, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, Cadillac, Gmc, Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado


Squad Mobility eyes shared platforms as target for its compact solar electric quadricycle

Squad Mobility’s vision of the perfect urban vehicle is a low-cost EV equipped with solar panels, swappable batteries and enough zip and range in its diminutive 6.5-foot package to meet the needs of city drivers. The early stage Dutch startup, which recently revealed the final design of its quadricycle, is now assembling working prototypes in Breda, the Netherlands. Squad has said the vehicle will have a base price of €5,750 ($6,790), excluding taxes. That price goes up if buyers want to add fea...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Europe, California, Germany, Tech, Automotive, Netherlands, Squad, Airbnb, Sion, Sono, Shared Mobility, Breda the Netherlands Squad, Robert Hoevers


GM extends Chevy Bolt EV production shutdown another two weeks

GM has extended a shutdown at its Orion Assembly Plant another two weeks due to a battery pack shortage related to the widespread Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV safety recall. GM said the extended downtime at the Orion plant will last through September 20. Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan has been shut down since August 23. The recall, which now includes all Chevy Bolt EV and EUV models made since 2017, was issued after the automaker discovered two manufacturing defects in the battery cell that ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Tennessee, Gm, Orion, Michigan, Cadillac, Chevy Bolt Ev, National Highway Traffic And Safety Administration, Fairfax, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Malibu, Lansing Delta Township


Ford builds leadership team of commercial vehicle unit ahead of E-Transit launch

Ford has hired six senior-level executives to its newly minted commercial vehicles and services business unit as the automaker prepares to bring to market the E-Transit cargo van and the F-150 Lightning Pro pickup truck  — two electric vehicles it’s betting will become commercial customers’ new workhorses. Ford pulled from within its ranks and outside the company to fill out the leadership team for the new business unit, Ford Pro. Among the new hires is Muffi Ghadiali, the CEO of Electriphi, the...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Ford Motor, North America Ford, The Walt Disney Company, Samsung Electronics America, Rahul Singh, EV Charging, Hans Schep, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, Electriphi


China’s WeRide unveils Robovan, its first electric, autonomous cargo van

Chinese autonomous driving company WeRide has unveiled its first cargo van, the vessel upon which it will self-drive into the world of urban logistics. WeRide will work with Chinese automobile manufacturer Jiangling Motors (JMC) and Chinese express delivery company ZTO Express to commercialize its first self-driving van at scale. The deal was signed on Wednesday by Tony Han, founder and CEO of WeRide, Wenhui Jin, executive vice president of JMC, and Renqun Jin, vice president of ZTO, during WeRi...
Tags: TC, Transportation, China, Tech, Automotive, Gm, Baidu, Logistics, JMC, Guangzhou, Robotaxi, Society of Automotive Engineers, ZTO Express, Waymo, Tony Han, Waymo Via



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