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Massive Texas power outage teaches hard lessons about EVs

Massive Texas power outage teaches hard lessons about EVs

The last few weeks have been brutal down in Texas as a massive and extremely uncommon winter storm left many residents without electricity for days. Some larger Texas cities are pushing hard to move municipal fleets to electric vehicles, and the power outage came with a tough lesson about EVs and the strains they could add to the power grid. During the massive storm, Austin's entire fleet of 12 electric buses were inoperative due to the power outage.

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Ample promises faster electric vehicle charging with modular battery swapping

Ample promises faster electric vehicle charging with modular battery swapping

A company called Ample has announced a new system it believes will bring faster and cheaper energy delivered to electric vehicles. The system Ample has developed can be rolled out across an entire city in only a few weeks. The system uses Modular Battery Swapping to deliver a 100 percent charge to an EV in less than 10 minutes.

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Lunaz adds classic Bentleys to its lineup of electrified British cars

Lunaz adds classic Bentleys to its lineup of electrified British cars

British electric-conversion specialist Lunaz adds classic Bentleys to its lineup after dabbling with electric versions of vintage Rolls-Royces, Jaguars, and Range Rovers. Lunaz claims its 1962 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur is the “definitive Gran Turismo” and is the world’s first electric classic Bentley.

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2021 Volkswagen ID.4 pricing announced: VW’s first EV crossover starts at $41,190

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 pricing announced: VW’s first EV crossover starts at $41,190

America is not getting the all-new VW ID.3 electric hatchback, but Volkswagen offers the 2021 ID.4 electric crossover as a worthy consolation. Boasting a near 50:50 front and rear weight distribution, aerodynamic styling, and abundant safety features, the 2021 VW ID.4 solidifies its position as an electric car for the masses with its $41,190 (including $1195 destination fees) base price.

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Volvo commits to being fully electric by 2030 and online-only sales

Volvo commits to being fully electric by 2030 and online-only sales

The pressure is ramping on automakers worldwide to become fully electric with their fleets to eliminate the need for fossil fuels in the US and abroad. Volvo Cars has announced that it is committed to being a leader in the premium electric car market and intends to become a fully electric car company by 2030. By 2030, the automaker will only sell fully electric cars and phase out any vehicle in its global portfolio that uses an internal combustion engine, including hybrids.

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Rivian R1T cold-weather testing commences in frigid Minnesota

Rivian R1T cold-weather testing commences in frigid Minnesota

American EV startup Rivian has begun cold-weather testing for its newest R1T all-electric pickup truck. Situated far north near the Canadian border in Baudette, Minnesota, the R1T is seen frolicking in the largest cold-weather testing facility in North America across acres of ice, snow, and forest, where temperatures regularly dip below -30 degrees Fahrenheit during the cold season.

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Nissan’s STARC gasoline engine-generator claims world-leading 50-percent thermal efficiency

Nissan’s STARC gasoline engine-generator claims world-leading 50-percent thermal efficiency

As we know, the internal combustion engine is approaching its twilight, but Japanese carmaker Nissan has other plans. In its recent press release, Nissan's STARC engine concept (Strong, Tumble, and Appropriately Stretched Robust Ignition Channel) claims to achieve 50-percent thermal efficiency, a noticeable improvement over a regular gas engine's 40-percent efficiency.

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 debuts with retro styling and ultramodern features

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 debuts with retro styling and ultramodern features

This is it. You're looking at the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, the first all-electric vehicle built using the automaker's Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). Ioniq 5 is also the first all-new electric vehicle from Hyundai's Ioniq sub-brand. Starting life as the 45 EV Concept in 2019, the Ioniq 5 is essentially a concept coming to life, and it brought along a host of tech features befitting of a modern EV.

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Maserati Grecale SUV spied outside of Modena factory

Maserati Grecale SUV spied outside of Modena factory

The Maserati renaissance continues with its newest Grecale crossover, a compact SUV built on the underpinnings of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s Giorgio platform. After unveiling its MC20 supercar last year, Maserati gave us a peek at a darkened silhouette of the Grecale. Slotting below the Levante SUV, Grecale is named after the “fierce north-east wind of the Mediterranean Sea,” said Maserati, and may become the brand’s first all-electric SUV by 2022.

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Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV will not make U.S. debut, EQS to arrive first

Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV will not make U.S. debut, EQS to arrive first

In a surprising turn of events, it seems the Mercedes-Benz EQC is not arriving in the United States anytime soon. Instead, Mercedes is pining for the EQS to be the first all-electric vehicle in the USA to wear the three-pointed star badge. According to a recent article by Autoblog, Mercedes-Benz canceled the EQC electric crossover’s U.S. production debut after delaying the initial launch last year.

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Watch the Ford Mustang Mach-E battle against gravity, lightning, and a freaking rocket

Watch the Ford Mustang Mach-E battle against gravity, lightning, and a freaking rocket

Ford’s newest Mustang Mach-E vs. Everything campaign aims to shatter customer misconceptions on all-electric vehicles. According to Ford and Google Trends, automotive comparison searches using the “versus” keyword went up 64-percent in the past year, with most queries centering on electric vehicles.

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Microlino electric microcar to enter production in Europe by September 2021

Microlino electric microcar to enter production in Europe by September 2021

Micro Mobility Systems or Micro will begin producing its Microlino 2.0 electric microcar by September this year. The first concept made waves at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Microlino 1.0 came with the original Isetta bubble car’s retro-flavored body style on top of a tubular frame underneath, with production to begin in late 2018.

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