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GM confirms California’s authority to set emissions standards, officially ending boycott

GM has agreed to recognize California’s authority to set vehicle emissions standards under the Clean Air Act. Well, isn’t that magnanimous of the company, to allow the state government to pass its own laws? For those of you who’ve just joined us: In 2017, major automakers asked the incoming US president to water down federal… Read more »

Eaton buys EV connector manufacturer Royal Power Solutions for $600 million

Eaton has acquired US-based Royal Power Solutions for $600 million. “Growth opportunities tied to the electrification of our economy are accelerating, and Eaton is fully participating through our mobility and electrical businesses. The addition of Royal Power Solutions enhances our ability to capitalize on this secular growth trend across our eMobility, aerospace and electrical businesses,”… Read more »

Chinese battery-maker Gotion to establish US LFP cell production for…Tesla?

Chinese battery cell manufacturer Gotion High-Tech reports that it has agreed to supply 200 GWh of LFP battery cells to an unnamed “large US automaker” between 2023 and 2028. Initially, the cells will come from China, but the agreement also envisions establishing LFP battery cell production in the US. Gotion wrote in a filing on… Read more »

MIT metal processing approach may prevent rare metal shortages

An MIT research group has developed a metal processing approach that may help prevent rare metal shortages in the future by identifying and separating rare metals from mixed materials. MIT Professor of Metallurgy Antoine Allanore and graduate student Caspar Stinn relied on a modified form of sulfidation to identify and separate 15 elements, including the… Read more »

GreenPower delivers Six BEAST School buses to Thermalito, CA school district

GreenPower Motor Company (NASDAQ: GP) has delivered six BEAST school buses to Thermalito Union Elementary School District in California. This is the largest single delivery of GreenPower’s BEASTs to date. One of the school buses received funding from the Butte County Air Quality Management District, and the other five received funding from the California Energy… Read more »

XPeng delivers 98,000 EVs in 2021

Chinese EV manufacturer XPeng (NYSE:XPEV) has announced delivery results for December 2021 and the fourth quarter 2021. XPeng delivered 16,000 Smart EVs in December 2021, exceeding its monthly delivery benchmark of 15,000 units for the second consecutive month despite ongoing supply chain challenges. This represents a 181% increase year-over-year. December deliveries consisted of 7,459 P7… Read more »

BlackRock to make $50-million investment in Sigma Lithium

Canada-based lithium producer Sigma Lithium announced that it will receive 64.2 million Canadian dollars ($50.1 million US) from funds and accounts managed by asset and investment company BlackRock as part of a larger 136.7-million Canadian dollar ($106.6-million US) investment in a production plant and mine at its Grota do Cirilo lithium mine site, and for… Read more »

REE starts P7 EV platform trials, plans customer pilots in Q1 2022

EV platform company REE Automotive is beginning trials of its P7 commercial delivery vehicle and walk-in van EV platform. The company plans trials for the platform at the REE Engineering Center of Excellence in the UK and the REE Advanced Research and Development Center in Israel. P7 prototypes will be available for customer evaluation during… Read more »

Walmart, FedEx place large orders for electric delivery vans from GM’s BrightDrop

GM subsidiary BrightDrop has added Walmart to its roster of customers, and expanded its relationship with FedEx. Walmart has reserved 5,000 of BrightDrop’s EV600 and smaller EV410 electric delivery vans to support the retail giant’s growing last-mile delivery network. Walmart plans to use BrightDrop electric vans as part of its rapidly expanding InHome delivery service,… Read more »

Chrysler says it will go from no EVs to all EVs in six years

The current headlines assure us that automakers are “racing” to go electric (woohoo!), and it surely sounds like the race is on at Chrysler. The brand, which currently sells no pure EVs, has announced that it will make the transition to all-electric by 2028—one of the most ambitious timelines yet announced by any automaker. In… Read more »