Automotive

Proterra, which makes big honkin’ battery systems and electric buses, raises $200 million

Proterra, the battery system technology developer for heavy-duty electric vehicles, said it has raised $200 million in a new round of funding. The new cash comes from Cowen Sustainable Investment Advi

Tesla’s decision to scrap its PR department could create a PR nightmare

This decision will affect the engineers and developers, marketing teams and all employees who put their all into the technology and company image, only to have it eventually misrepresented in the medi

Elon Musk tweets the Model S will be priced at $69,420, because he’s a child

The Tesla Model S is about to get a bit less expensive. Tesla CEO and resident meme maker Elon Musk just tweeted that the Model S sedan will soon be priced at $69,420. This pricing wasn’t done o

Tesla to begin production on 7-seat Model Y in November, with deliveries in early December

Elon Musk has shared some updated info about the timeline for the seven-seat version of the Model Y, Tesla’s more affordable electric SUV. The Model Y began deliveries to customers in March of t

Toronto will trial automated shuttles from Local Motors in new pilot program

The city of Toronto is going to start operating autonomous shuttles on a trial basis, through an agreement with Local Motors that will see that company’s Olli 2.0 all-electric self-driving shutt

Lucid reveals the price of its base Air sedan — $77,400 minus $7,500 US tax credit

Electric car company Lucid finally revealed the price of its least expensive vehicle: it will start at $77,400. U.S. buyers also qualify for a $7,500 tax credit, making the vehicle eventually cost $69

Polestar CEO defends the Polestar 2’s recall and 233-mile EPA rating

Polestar is a young automaker spun out of Volvo and Geely. Now, just four years old, it has two cars on the market with more launching soon. Like many startups, the company is weathering early storms

Porsche is researching synthetic fuels to make gas-powered cars sustainable

The road to sustainable vehicles likely ends at electric cars, yet the route to this goal isn’t clear. There are multiple ways to get there, and Porsche is looking at synthetic fuels as a potent

Daily Crunch: Waymo opens up driverless ride-hailing

Alphabet’s self-driving technology company hits a major milestone, Apple TV+ extends its free subscription period and Affirm files to go public. This is your Daily Crunch for October 8, 2020. Th

Waymo starts to open driverless ride-hailing service to the public

Waymo, the Google self-driving-project-turned-Alphabet unit, is beginning to open up its driverless ride-hailing service to the public. The company said that starting today, members of its Waymo One s

General Motors finally gets serious about in-car tech, taps Unreal Engine for next-gen interface

The upcoming GMC Hummer EV will feature a new in-car user interface powered by Unreal Engine . This powerful platform underpins the latest video games and is well-suited to provide vehicle occupants w

Amazon debuts its first fully electric delivery vehicle, created in partnership with Rivian

Amazon has received delivery of its very first, custom-built EV delivery van — a vehicle built through its partnership with electric transportation startup Rivian. The van doesn’t look too

Transportation VCs suggest frayed US-China ties will impact mobility markets

On Tuesday, during TechCrunch’s annual Mobility event, we had the opportunity to interview three investors who spend much of their time focused narrowly on shifts in the transportation industry

Envisics nabs $50M for its in-car holographic display tech at a $250M+ valuation

The jury is still out on what might become the most viable business models for augmented reality technology, but in the meantime a startup out of the U.K. is betting one big area will be in vehicles,

Faraday Future plans to go public through a SPAC deal

Faraday Future, the electric vehicle startup with a messy and complicated past, is planning to go public through a special purchase acquisition company (SPAC) deal. The company’s chief executive Car

Einride raises $10 million to fast track its autonomous electric cargo pods

For the past four years, Swedish startup Einride has captured interest, investment and even a few customer contracts for its unusual-looking pods — electric and autonomous vehicles that are designed

Uber sells $500M stake in its freight business as the ride-hailing giant works to conserve cash

One year ago, Uber’s business model could be categorized as an “all of the above approach,” a strategy to generate revenue from all forms of transportation, including ride-hailing, m

Announcing the TC Pitch-Off: Mobility startups

For the past two years, TechCrunch has brought together the best and brightest minds in mobility at our TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility event. This year, we are adding a little extra twist. On October 5

Tesla delivers 139,300 vehicles in Q3, beating expectations

Tesla delivered 139,300 vehicles in the third quarter, slightly above Wall Street’s expectations and a notable improvement from last quarter, as well as the same period a year ago. Tesla’s

Hear how Porsche is preparing for the electric future at TC Sessions: Mobility

Detlev von Platen is a car guy, and in this age of new mobility, that’s important. von Platen has been at Porsche for more than 30 years, and is currently on Porsche’s executive board as t
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