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For climate tech startups, the IRA is starting to pay off

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in August 2022, has allocated $400 billion in federal dollars for clean energy projects as the United States aims for up to a 40% re

Ford aims to secure battery material supply with new Canada facility

Ford is partnering with South Korean battery manufacturers SK On and EcoPro BM to build a cathode manufacturing facility in Quebec, Canada. The CAD $1.2 billion (USD $890 million) joint investment wil

GM partners with startup Mitra Chem to develop affordable EV batteries

General Motors is leading a $60 million Series B round into Mitra Chem, a battery materials startup promising to help build more affordable and accessible EV batteries for future GM vehicles. Battery

Tracking the EV battery factory construction boom across North America

The onshoring of battery manufacturing for EVs started as a trickle during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s a tsunami. In 2019, just two battery factories were operating in the United States with ano

ElectraMeccanica to merge with electric truck startup Tevva

ElectraMeccanica, the maker of the tiny three-wheeled Solo electric vehicle, will merge with U.K.-based truck manufacturer Tevva in a bid to grow their combined market share for electric trucks, the c

Nikola shares tank after EV maker recalls its battery-electric big rigs

Electric truck maker Nikola shares plummeted Monday after it recalled nearly all of its battery electric semi trucks. The company recalled 209 of its Class 8 Tre battery electric vehicles after a thir

Ford taps Apple exec to lead new software services unit

Ford has hired Peter Stern, a former executive at Apple, to lead its newly formed Ford Integrated Services unit. The unit will create and market software-enabled customer experiences across Ford&#8217

Cruise and Waymo win robotaxi expansions in San Francisco

In a win for the autonomous vehicle industry, California regulators have given the green light to Cruise and Waymo to offer commercial robotaxi services across San Francisco 24 hours a day, seven days

Lyft takes a page from Uber’s playbook: Ads

Ride-hailing giant Lyft will start displaying ads in-app, as well as via in-car tablets, rooftops and bikeshare stations. “Lyft has a captive audience throughout their entire ride journey – wa

Shared micromobility firm Veo launches retail seated scooter

Veo, one of the shared micromobility firms that secured New York City’s e-scooter permit, is moving into retail. Starting Thursday, the company will be selling its Cosmo X seated, pedal-less sco

California regulators to decide the future of Cruise and Waymo

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is scheduled Thursday to make a high-stakes vote that will determine the commercial future for autonomous vehicle technology companies Cruise and Waym

Lyft wants to kill surge pricing

Lyft has been cutting fares in order to secure more riders, and it’s working. But that success has come with a (literal) cost. The ride-hail company reported Tuesday during its second quarter 20

Lyft shares pop, then plop, as it predicts slow and steady growth

Lyft made less money per active rider in the second quarter — something that might normally give investors pause. Yet, the ride-hailing giant’s stock price initially rocketed nearly 14% in aft

Cruise inches into Waymo’s territory in the Phoenix area

Cruise, the self-driving subsidiary of General Motors, has expanded its robotaxi radius in the Phoenix area by 20x as it seeks to compete with Alphabet-owned Waymo in its home court. Cruise soft-launc

GM’s Ultium-based EVs will be able to power your home by 2026

Owners of all-electric Chevrolets and other GM brands will soon be able to use their cars as backup generators to power their homes during an outage or during peak demand days. GM said Tuesday it is b

Lucid plans to start production of Gravity electric SUV in late 2024

Lucid said Monday it will reveal its long-awaited, all-electric Gravity SUV in November with production not kicking off until late 2024. The EV maker, which has experienced a drop in sales for its wel

Chinese luxury EV brand Zeekr continues global push into Kazakhstan

Zeekr, the luxury electric vehicle brand under China’s Geely Automobile Holdings, says it will launch its Zeekr 001 shooting brake and Zeekr X SUV in Kazakhstan by the fourth quarter of 2023. Kazakh

Tesla CFO, ‘Master of Coin’ Zachary Kirkhorn steps down

Zachary Kirkhorn, Tesla’s chief financial officer and “Master of Coin,” stepped down August 4 after 13 years working with the electric vehicle maker, according to a regulatory filin

NHTSA probes 280,000 new Teslas over loss of steering control

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating 280,000 Tesla vehicles over reports of loss of steering control and power steering. The malfunctioning has frequently been a

Ample to bring EV battery swapping to Mitsubishi trucks in Japan

San Francisco startup Ample is bringing its modular electric vehicle battery swapping technology to Mitsubishi Fuso’s electric trucks this winter, the company said Tuesday. This marks the first
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