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Global automakers planning to invest over $300 billion in electrification

Global automakers are planning an unprecedented level of investment to develop electrified vehicles and procure batteries over the next five to 10 years, according to a Reuters analysis of public data. Carmakers have announced plans to spend at least $300 billion on electrification projects. The lion’s share – some $136 billion – will be directed… Read more »

Rolls-Royce hopes to shatter electric airplane speed record

A partnership led by Rolls-Royce is building an electric aircraft that it hopes will reach a top speed of over 300 mph and beat the previous speed record of 210 mph set in 2017 by Siemens. The project is part of a Rolls-Royce initiative called Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL), which is partly funded… Read more »

Ford hints at electric version of F-Series pickup truck

The electrification of transport is accelerating, but industry observers agree that it won’t be a truly mass-market trend until there’s an electric version of America’s favorite vehicle: the pickup truck. Now Ford has hinted at plans to launch an all-electric version of the F-Series pickup truck, which has been called the most successful consumer product… Read more »

China curtails building of new ICE vehicle factories

In September 2017, a top Chinese official said that the country would set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel vehicles in the country. No details were announced, and we’ve heard little about the plan since. Now, China has implemented new rules that seem to make it almost impossible for automakers to invest… Read more »

Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, warns of “very difficult” road ahead

Tesla announced that it will cut around 3,000 jobs – some 7 percent of its workforce – as it struggles to bring Model 3 prices down to an affordable, mass-market level. Elon Musk said the company did manage to squeeze out a profit in the final quarter of 2018, but warned that the “road ahead… Read more »

Daimler delivers first Freightliner electric commercial truck to Penske

Daimler Trucks North America has delivered the first vehicle in its Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet – a Freightliner eM2 – to Penske Truck Leasing. Next year, Penske will put an additional 9 medium-duty electric eM2 trucks and 10 heavy-duty eCascadia electric trucks into service in California and the Pacific Northwest. Penske will place the EVs… Read more »

GAC completes factory for EVs and self-driving cars

Chinese automaker GAC Motor has completed construction of a Guangzhou-based factory where it hopes to produce 200,000 EVs annually. It’s the first phase in the development of an industrial park for EVs and smart vehicles. GAC and parts maker Aisin have also begun construction of a joint automatic transmission facility in the industrial park. GAC… Read more »

VW to build EV assembly plant in Tennessee

VW has been talking big lately about producing EVs in volume, but now we’re beginning to see some real action. The German giant has announced plans to add a second assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to build EVs for VW, and possibly other Volkswagen Group brands. The company plans to invest $800 million and create… Read more »

University of Illinois puts hybrid aircraft to the test in simulation

Automobiles are trending towards electric power – but what about their counterparts in the sky? Jet fuel and aviation gasoline are very energy-inefficient, but they have one big advantage: they’re lightweight. Every gram matters in the aerospace industry. That’s why electrifying an aircraft is so difficult: although batteries would be much more efficient than jet… Read more »