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Rivian’s R1T Adventure Package sets the standard for electric off road luxury

The forecoming Rivian R1T is admittedly a beautiful beast, and now we can get a closer look at the interior of its Adventure Package, coming up in January 2022. Yesterday, Rivian shared details on the electric truck‘s cabin, and boy, does it look  gorgeous. Taking into consideration how drivers use the space inside their vehicles, the company created a design that aims for practicality, comfort, and elegance. Big storage capacity The R1T features an open 14×11-inch space under the center display...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Rivian


Self-driving cars are a no-go, so let’s all pretend flying cars are coming

Some decades ago we were expecting that by now we’d be comfortably riding in our own self-driving car. Clearly, that didn’t happen, but, folks, don’t despair. We have the world’s first all-electric flying race car. Do we really need a flying race car? Well, I think not, but in any case meet the Airspeeder MK3 that made today its first flight over the deserts of South Australia. The Alauda Airspeeder Mk3, defined by the company as a full-sized remotely-operated electric vertical take-off and land...
Tags: Startups, South Australia, Shift, Matthew Pearson


Uber’s disastrous economic cocktail: Manipulating supply and demand

Back in March, I wrote about how Uber’s ride-hailing business was having an absolute downer. One that had been spurred on by a drop in rider numbers thanks to COVID-19, and legislative rulings over how it classifies its drivers. It was shaping up to be a fight between David (the drivers and lawmakers) and Goliath (Uber). At the time, I professed that David was yet to find his projectile, but now, I’m questioning whether he’ll need one at all to force Uber to change how it treats its drivers. Sin...
Tags: Startups, David, Shift


US senator outrageously tries to exempt AVs from safety standards — gets rejected

While President Joe Biden’s plans to boost EV adoption have been well received, the incorporation of self-driving cars into US roads is still facing strong resistance. Yesterday, the US Senate Commerce Committee rejected Republican Senator John Thune’s proposal to attach measures lifting regulations on autonomous vehicles (AVs) to a $78 billion surface transportation bill, Reuters reports.  Thune has suggested granting to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the power to ex...
Tags: Startups, US, Joe Biden, Republican, Shift, Reuters, Thune, John Thune, US Senate Commerce Committee


The state of the autonomous vehicle industry in 2021

This article was written by Marc Amblard, Founder & Managing Director, Orsay Consulting on The Urban Mobility Daily, the content site of the Urban Mobility Company, a Paris-based company which is moving the business of mobility forward through physical and virtual events and services. Join their community of 10K+ global mobility professionals by signing up for the Urban Mobility Weekly newsletter. Read the original article here and follow them on Linkedin and Twitter. Autonomous Vehicles (AV) hi...
Tags: Startups, Linkedin, Paris, Shift, Urban Mobility Company, Urban Mobility Weekly, Marc Amblard


What is Telematics and how can it make you a better driver?

This article was originally published by Martin Banks on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines. Internet of Things (IoT) technology is everywhere today, from the home to the office. One of the less familiar yet more exciting applications of IoT devices is in vehicles. One application of this technolo...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Syndication, Martin Banks on Clean Fleet


The 2022 Polestar 3 is an American-made car for American people

Polestar announced today that its upcoming first all-electric performance SUV, the Polestar 3, will enter production in the US next year, while up until now the company built its cars in China. “The Polestar 3 will be built in America for our American customers,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath remarked. “From now on, the USA is no longer an export market but a home market.” The company’s new model will be produced in Volvo’s Ridgehill facility in South Carolina, alongside Volvo’s S60 and XC90 SUV...
Tags: Startups, Usa, China, US, America, United States, Volvo, South Carolina, Shift, Thomas Ingenlath


Volvo bets on fossil fuel-free steel for the future of car making

Volvo has joined forces with Swedish steel manufacturer SSAB to explore the development of fossil fuel-free steel for its cars. This makes Volvo the first automaker to embark on the search of a green alternative for steel production, which is otherwise responsible for about 7% of global direct carbon emissions. Specifically, steelmaking has a big carbon footprint, generating last year over 3 billion tons of CO2. That’s because the furnaces that melt iron ore to make steel consume vast amounts of...
Tags: Startups, Volvo, Shift, SSAB


COVID-19 increased reckless driving in the US — road traffic deaths up 7% last year

Last year, 38,680 people died on the US roads, according to preliminary estimates of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Sadly, that’s the highest projected number since 2007.  Although Americans drove less during the pandemic (13% less vehicle miles traveled), NHTSA found that crash fatalities in 2020 – including motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and pedalcyclists – increased by 7.2%, as compared to the 36,096 fatalities reported in 2019.  Credit: NHTS...
Tags: Startups, US, Shift, Nhtsa


EVs overtake diesels as most popular lease cars in the UK

Demand for EVs in the UK’s leasing sector has for the first time surpassed that of diesel-powered cars, data from Leasing.com reveals. The site’s data shows that the demand for electrified vehicles – consisting of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), and hybrid cars – has been gradually growing since the beginning of the year, rendering EVs the winners during the second quarter of 2021. BEVs have risen by 27% and hybrids by 57%, with the PHEVs seeing the biggest increase at...
Tags: Startups, UK, Shift


York is using real-time traffic models to manage roads and reduce pollution

This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates, follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. The City of York has launched what it claims is the UK’s first municipal-wide real-time transport modelling system. Working in partnership with PTV Group, Wood Group and modellin...
Tags: Startups, UK, Shift, Christopher Carey, Cities Today News The City of York, PTV Group Wood Group, RelativeGAP the city council


New Zealand government to pay $6,000 rebate to EV buyers — and ICE drivers will pay for it

In May 2016, the Kiwi government introduced its Electric Vehicles Programme, aiming to reach 64,000 EVs by 2021. But despite the gradual and steady increase in electric vehicle registrations since then, the target wasn’t met – according to the Ministry of Transport, there are now 27,436 EVs on the country’s roads. To boost the adoption of electric and low emission vehicles, the government announced yesterday its Clean Car Discount package, which offers significant subsidies to prospective EV own...
Tags: Startups, New Zealand, Shift, Ministry of Transport, Electric Vehicles Programme


Tesla to accept Bitcoin again… when it uses more green energy

Elon Musk is back to his usual Bitcoin fondling antics. The Tesla frontman now says the EV maker will accept Bitcoin as payment when miners use more renewable energy. Back in March, Tesla began accepting Bitcoin as payment for its EVs in the US. While Bitcoin maximalists sang from the tops of their fat stacks of Sats, the rest of the world put the move under the environmental microscope. Tesla was denounced for its move to accept Bitcoin as it’s fundamentally at odds with its mission as a compan...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, US, Tesla, Bitcoin, Shift, Hard Fork


3 exciting ways to cut shipping’s ridiculously big carbon footprint

Ships carry more than 80% of world trade, and they rely heavily on some of the least environmentally friendly transportation fuels available. There are no cheap, widely available solutions that can lower the shipping industry’s planet-warming carbon emissions – in fact,shipping is considered one of the hardest industries on the planet to decarbonize – but some exciting innovations are being tested right now. As a professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, I work on ship propulsion a...
Tags: Startups, Shift


Self-driving startup Waabi just managed to net $83.5M — how?

It is not the best of times for self-driving car startups. The past year has seen large tech companies acquire startups that were running out of cash and ride-hailing companies shutter costly self-driving car projects with no prospect of becoming production-ready anytime soon. Yet, in the midst of this downturn, Waabi, a Toronto-based self-driving car startup, has just come out of stealth with an insane amount of $83.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Khosla Ventures, with additional p...
Tags: Startups, Toronto, Khosla Ventures, Shift, Aurora, BDC, Next Featured, Waabi, Geoffrey Hinton Fei Fei Li


Greek island lays ambitious plans to become super sustainable — but it’s just a drop in the Aegean Sea

Greece is known for its beautiful beaches, its breathtaking sunsets, and its fascinating history, but sure not for its EV infrastructure. Well, because there isn’t much. But that’s about to change. Astypalea, a small picturesque island in the Aegean Sea, is set to become the country’s first smart sustainable island. A few days ago, the first electric vehicles, including the first fully electric police car in Greece, were launched on the island in the presence of Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mit...
Tags: Startups, Greece, Volkswagen, Shift, Aegean Sea, Herbert Diess, Kyriakos Mitsotakis


Vvolt launches $1399 ebikes with a motor made by… Acer?

Here at TNW, we’ve written a lot about ebikes and a lot about Acer, but not about any ebikes powered by Acer components. As it turns out, Acer recently began making motors via its cycling sub-brand Xplova, and a new ebike company named Vvolt will be the first to bring these motors to the US in two of its four launch models. Acer partnership aside, Vvolt’s bikes look like welcome additions to the American ebike market. The company’s bikes are designed with reasonable prices and durability in mind...
Tags: Startups, US, Acer, Shift, Insider, Vvolt


Dear EV makers, the pope doesn’t need ANY MORE electric popemobiles

A few days ago, Nissan donated an all-electric LEAF sedan to the Vatican to help the small state in its environmental goal to gradually replace its service vehicles with an all-electric fleet. It’s part of Pope Francis’ commitment to turn the Vatican carbon neutral by 2050, as he announced in December 2020. The Church also plans to increase the number of charging stations, especially around several of the major basilicas in Rome. Pope Francis has supported environmental initiatives since the beg...
Tags: Startups, Rome, Pope Francis, Vatican, Francis, Nissan, Shift


My off-grid weekend in an EV proved that my friends are idiots

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it’s like to live with an EV recently. Doing what I do, I often get friends asking me what car they should buy. I always give stellar advice that would save my friends money, time, and get them a great car for their needs. Do they ever follow my advice? No, no they don’t. With the ever present climate doom, I try to make as many people as I can consider an electric car, so they can make an impact and be ahead of the adoption curve. Soon they won’t have a choic...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Next Featured


BYD’s electric school bus will feed electricity back to classrooms

Earlier in June, Chinese EV automaker BYD officially introduced its new electric Type D school bus, available in the US in lengths of 10.6, 11.6, and 12 meters, and capable of carrying up to 84 passengers. Most notably, the school bus enables bi-directional charging. According to the company, the bus can be charged overnight when energy demand is low, and feed clean energy back to the school during school hours. That way, while the bus is parked, classrooms can be lit and teachers and students p...
Tags: Startups, US, Shift, BYD


Will your autonomous car abandon you if you miss payments?

This article was originally published by Martin Banks on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines. New technology raises new legal questions More than 1,400 autonomous vehicles from more than 80 companies are being tested on US roads. As they continue to make headlines, their presence raises a few quest...
Tags: Startups, US, Shift, Martin Banks on Clean Fleet


You know what’s better than a one-battery ebike? A dual-battery ebike!

Range anxiety isn’t just an issue for electric car drivers — electric bike riders suffer from it too. That’s a bit of a problem if we want ebikes to serve as veritable car replacements, as too often consumers have to choose between an affordable, lightweight ebike and something with more range. Barring dramatic advancements in battery technology, this isn’t likely to change anytime soon. But there’s another way to deal with this problem: every ebike should let you latch on an extra battery. Too ...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Insider


3 in 10 Americans would rather swim with sharks than ride an autonomous vehicle

Self-driving vehicles are hot business in the automotive industry and we’ve been wondering how regular people feel about them. We here at TNW had a very interesting conversation with the folks at Lynx Software Technologies, who shared with us their new consumer survey exploring Americans’ sentiment towards autonomous vehicles. According to the findings, Americans are mostly positive about this technological step forward, but they’re still very, VERY skeptical. The majority of respondents (52% ou...
Tags: Startups, TNW, Shift, Lynx Software Technologies


Survey reveals range anxiety is bunk — European EV drivers go further than ICE Luddites

Earlier this week, in preparation for World Environment Day, Nissan published a research that might put an end to myths surrounding EV ownership and range anxiety. To help understand the driving experiences and perceptions of European motorists, the Japanese automaker surveyed 700 European drivers from the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. According to the findings, European EV drivers are traveling per year 630km more than owners of petrol or diese...
Tags: Startups, Denmark, Nissan, Shift, Insider


Supersonic flights are making a comeback — and you still won’t be able to afford them

United Airlines has announced it will purchase up to 50 Boom Overture supersonic jets for commercial use by 2029, heralding the return of supersonic passenger flights nearly 20 years after the Concorde was decommissioned. Supersonic planes halve the time it takes to fly from New York to London, from seven hours down to 3.5 hours, but such airliners were abandoned following Concorde’s final flight in 2003. Concorde had become financially unworkable after a high-profile crash in 2000, combined wit...
Tags: Startups, New York, London, United, United Airlines, Shift, Next Featured


This video shows how amazing cities could be if they prioritized people over cars

Now don’t get me wrong, cars are great, brilliant even. Offering luxury, flexibility, and comfort, they are the pinnacle of personal transportation. But as towns and cities get busier, and space comes at more of a premium, they don’t mix so well with the humble automobile. Cities full of cars end up not being quite friendly to pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit, and TikTok shows us how. In an attempt to reconfigure this hierarchy, cities around the world are now reclaiming space previousl...
Tags: Startups, Shift


Moving from the US to Europe changed my travel habits for the better

This article was written by Scott Shepard is VP Global Public Sector with Iomob on The Urban Mobility Daily, the content site of the Urban Mobility Company, a Paris-based company which is moving the business of mobility forward through physical and virtual events and services. Join their community of 10K+ global mobility professionals by signing up for the Urban Mobility Weekly newsletter. Read the original article here and follow them on Linkedin and Twitter. From the day I was born, my life ha...
Tags: Startups, Europe, US, Los Angeles, Linkedin, Paris, Shift, Scott Shepard, Urban Mobility Company, Urban Mobility Weekly


Instead of ‘rush hour,’ we now have the ‘rush afternoon’ — thanks, COVID

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. New analysis of anonymized location data casts doubt on US cities’ hopes of avoiding a car-led recovery. The report from transport analytics company StreetLight Data shows that while the...
Tags: Startups, US, Shift, Sarah Wray


Tesla still leads in Norway’s real-world range test, but Ford is getting very, VERY close

If you’ve ever shopped for an EV you will have almost certainly compared how far your vehicles of choice can drive on a single charge. Most manufacturers quote a WLTP range, which is calculated from a lab test and is intended to give an idea of how far the car can go on a single charge. In reality, these WLTP figures can be quite far off the mark. If you’re serious about EV motoring, it pays to research what real-world range figures drivers report. Thankfully, those EV loving Norwegians have put...
Tags: Startups, Tesla, Ford, Norway, Shift


Rimac Nevera test driver succumbs to temptation, hits illegal 232kph on public road

The Nevera, Rimac’s insane electric hypercar, was launched a week ago and hit us like the storm that it’s named after. With an impressive 1,914 horsepower and an even more formidable 0-60mph acceleration in just 1.85 seconds, who could ever resist it? Well, a Rimac test driver sure couldn’t. Just a day after the Nevera’s official release, a video was uploaded on Reddit showing the unnamed 41-year-old exceeding the speed limit of the public road where he was testing the car, Index.hr reported. Sp...
Tags: Startups, Reddit, Shift, Dubrovnik Croatia, Rimac Nevera, Nevera Rimac