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Nov 13, 2021

US: Tesla Says Goodbye To Sub-$60,000 Model Y

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

It didn’t take long for Tesla to increase the Model Y prices in the U.S. by another $1,000, since the last increase of both Model 3 and Model Y in early November.

$1,000 more in just one week? Sure, why not? Now the entry-level Model Y Long Range AWD starts above $60,000: $58,990 + $1,200 DST is $60,190, which is the bare minimum.

Nov 12, 2021

Rivian Stock Price Prediction: Elon Musk Reveals “True Test” for New Tesla Competitor

Posted by in categories: economics, Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla rival Rivian stock price was valued at over $100 billion after it was publicized at the world’s largest IPO in 2021.


The Rivian stock price was valued at over $100 billion after it was publicized at the world’s largest IPO in 2021. With this, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has given some warning that Rivian may face.

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Nov 12, 2021

Surprise! The Apple Car Might Actually Look Like This

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, sustainability, transportation

According to real patent-based renders.

With Apple remaining tight-lipped on the Apple Car, another company decided to bring us the closest thing to an official reveal. Vanarama, a car-lease broker based in the U.K., has developed an incredibly detailed series of renderings of the Apple Car based on real Apple patents, a report from Digital Trends reveals.

The rumor mill surrounding the Apple Car has been going for several years now, though speculation reached new levels last year when reports emerged that the tech giant could produce its own electric vehicle (EV) by 2024. Earlier this year, the announcement of a partnership between EV automaker Fisker and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn added fuel to the fire.

Nov 12, 2021

How Removing Cobalt From Batteries Can Make EVs Cheaper

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, sustainability, transportation

Cobalt has been getting a lot of attention lately because it is one of the most expensive materials found in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from laptops and cell phones to electric vehicles. Cobalt extraction is largely concentrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is linked to human rights abuses and child labor, while cobalt refinement is almost exclusively done in China, making cobalt part of a tenuous supply chain. These are some of the reasons why battery manufacturers like Samsung and Panasonic and car makers like Tesla and VW, along with a number of startups are working to eliminate cobalt from lithium-ion batteries completely.

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Nov 12, 2021

Volocopter performs first crewed public test flight in South Korea

Posted by in category: transportation

German urban air mobility (UAM) company, Volocopter, has completed the first-ever crewed public test flight with its 2X aircraft in Seoul, South Korea.

During the 5-minute test flight that took place at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul, the fully electric two-seater air taxi covered a distance of approximately 3 km (2 miles), reached a maximum altitude of 50 meters and maximum speeds of 45 km/h (28 mph). The test flight was part of South Korea’s Minister for Land, Infrastructure, and Transport’s (MoLIT’s) UAM demonstration event – ‘Open the Urban Sky.’

Seoul is now the second city in Asia where Volocopter has conducted test flights of its air taxi, following the first successful public flight trial over Singapore’s Marina Bay area in 2019.

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Nov 12, 2021

Hyundai’s new Supernal to lead charge into AAM future

Posted by in categories: engineering, sustainability, transportation

South Korean transportation giant Hyundai has announced the creation of an advanced air mobility (AAM) company, Supernal LLC. The company will pursue the development of next-generation passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, and aims to conduct its first commercial flight in 2028.

“We’re developing a commercially viable Advanced Air Mobility product from the start, designing and manufacturing our vehicle to the highest safety, noise, efficiency, and affordability standards,” said Ben Diachun, Supernal’s chief technology officer. “Our growing team, which includes veterans of aerospace, automotive, and other deep-tech industries, is engineering sustainable vehicles that have the potential to evolve how we live, work, and play.”

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Nov 11, 2021

Japan Issues Safety Type Certification For SkyDrive SD03 Flying Car

Posted by in category: transportation

The company aims to commercialize the SD03 in 2025.

Nov 11, 2021

Congress mandates anti-drunk driving technology for cars

Posted by in categories: employment, government, transportation

Congress is making its biggest push ever to stop drunk driving with President Biden’s huge infrastructure bill. As we previously reported, one of the provisions included a mandate for anti-drunk driving technology in new cars. Now, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has passed Congress with the measure intact, Autoblog (AP) reports, and it’s expected to be signed by the President soon. As part of the legislation, carmakers will have to include technology to detect and stop drunk drivers by as early as 2026.

First, though, the Department of Transportation will have to determine the best solution to curtail intoxicated drunk driving. Specifically, the bill requires something that will “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired.” That sounds similar to infrared camera solutions already used today by GM, Nissan and others, Sam Abuelsamid, principal mobility analyst for Guidehouse Insights, tells the AP. It goes without saying that we’d need something more advanced than breathalyzers, which are already used as a punishment for convicted drunken drivers.

Around 10,000 people die every year in the US from drunk driving accidents, the NHTSA says. Now that we have smarter sensors and plenty of camera technology to monitor driver behavior, it makes sense to explore solutions that could help prevent those sorts of accidents. Within a decade, it should feel as commonplace as seatbelts.

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Nov 11, 2021

Self-Driving Farm Robot Uses Lasers To Kill 100,000 Weeds An Hour, Saving Land And Farmers From Toxic Herbicides

Posted by in categories: chemistry, health, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

The nutrient content of our vegetables is down 40% over the last two decades and our soil health is suffering due to increasingly harsh herbicide use, according to Carbon Robotics founder Paul Mikesell. And farmers are increasingly concerned about the long-term health impacts of continually spraying chemicals on their fields.

But not weeding will cost half your crop, killing profitability.

The solution?

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Nov 11, 2021

Clean energy could supply 100% of U.S. electricity by 2035

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation

A new report, published this week, highlights the explosive growth in solar, wind, electric vehicles, and other clean tech in the United States.

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