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  • Mercedes Benz Daimler Farasis energy electric vehicles batteries

    Mercedes-Benz buys into EV batteries

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Mercedes-Benz is investing in Chinese developer and supplier of lithium-ion batteries, Farasis Energy, in accordance with the German automaker's goal to become carbon-neutral automotive company. The renowned luxury car manufacturer has invested a purported 13 million euros into Farasis, giving parent company Daimler the option to nominate a representative for a seat on the supervisory board of the battery cell manufacturer. Present contracts with Farasis have been amended and... Full story

  • General Motors Chevrolet Silverado Hummer EV electric vehicles Everybody In

    GM excited with new factory and truck

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Continuing its shift toward electric mobility, General Motors has unveiled a new Chevrolet Silverado that has been rebooted as the company's first all-electric pickup. To be built at GM's new Factory ZERO assembly plant in Michigan, the Chevrolet e-Silverado has been designed from the ground up to be a full-size electric pickup, harnessing the fullest potential of GM's Ultium platform and the proven capability of Chevy's flagship truck. According to GM, the electric Silverado...

  • Northvolt electric vehicles EV battery systems factory Poland gigafactory

    Northvolt invests $200M in Poland plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Furthering its ambitions to be a premium and sustainable battery solutions leader, Northvolt is investing US$200 million to build the largest energy storage systems factory in Europe. The first stage of the planned 50,000-square-meter (538,000 square feet) cutting edge battery systems factory being built in Gdańsk, Poland is already underway. This initial phase, expected to be completed next year, will be able to produce 5 gigawatt-hours of lithium-ion battery modules and...

  • Ford invests $1B in European EV future

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Ford Motor Company Feb. 17 announced a US$1 billion investment to transform its century old German-based vehicle assembly facility in Cologne, one of the largest manufacturing centers and the home of Ford in Europe, into the American automaker's first electric vehicle facility there. The news comes after Ford stated weeks earlier it was investing at least US$22 billion globally in electrification through 2025, which is nearly double its 2018 EV investment plan. "Our...

  • General Motors Electric Vehicles EV Will Ferrell Superbowl LV Norway Awkwafina

    Will Farrell, GM take EV battle to Norway

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    When it comes to the "Super Bowl" of electric vehicles, Norway is the undisputed world champion, a fact that does not sit well with Will Ferrell or General Motors. Behind the wheel of an all-electric Cadillac Lyriq, Farrell takes the EV fight to the "fish loving" Norwegians during a 60-second GM ad that aired during the first quarter of Super Bowl LV. "With GM's new Ultium battery, we are going to crush those lugers," Farrell vows on his way to enlist the help of Kenan... Full story

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    GM unveils all electric delivery ecosystem

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    In following a rebranding focused on mass adoption of electric mobility, General Motors announced the launch of a new venture, BrightDrop, intended to promote its growing electric vehicle market by offering a smarter and cleaner method of product distribution. With a new dependance on delivery-based goods and services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, BrightDrop comes at a time of unexpected growth for this burgeoning industry as according to the World Economic Forum,...

  • General Motors Everybody In electric vehicle Deborah Wahl Sharon Gauci

    GM embraces electric inflection point

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    In what may be an inflection point, not only for a legendary American automaker but for the future of automobiles around the globe, General Motors has set off on a new path, an all-electric path. Revamping, rehauling and rebranding, GM invites 'Everybody In' on its shift to an electric future. Announced Jan. 8, GM kicked off its newest 'Everybody In' campaign, setting an optimistic tone for the company's EV future focusing on three themes: • Exciting a new generation of... Full story

  • Tesla Inc. Elon Musk EV 500,000 cars stock shares all-time high

    Tesla delivers 500k EVs, trending higher

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Even during a year as wildly uncertain as 2020, Tesla Inc. managed to deliver just shy of its half-a-million-vehicle target. All things considered, it is a remarkable achievement and a leap over the roughly 367,500 electric vehicles delivered during 2019. Delivering 180,570 of its Model S/X and Model 3/Y sedans over the three months ending in December, a 61.2% increase from the same period last year, brought the electric car company to 499,550 vehicles delivered for 2020,...

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    Volkswagen to test EV batteries in the US

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Volkswagen of America Nov. 10 broke ground on a US$22 million battery engineering lab that will test and validate electric vehicle cells at its Chattanooga Engineering and Planning Center in Tennessee. The new battery lab, which will test and validate lithium-ion battery cells for the North American market, will join Volkswagen's 564,000 square-foot EV production expansion and 198,000 square-foot battery pack assembly facility to form Volkswagen's hub for EV production and...

  • VW line up of concept ID electric vehicle models Buggie Van

    VW audits EV supply chains back to mines

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    With the goal of selling more than 1 million electric cars per year by 2025 and having 75 all-electric models by 2029, Volkswagen Group is taking steps to ensure that the array of battery metals and rare earth elements needed for this e-mobility transition are sourced responsibly. The German automaker is also taking steps to minimize the carbon footprint of manufacturing its expanding line-up of EVs. Convinced that a sustainable supplier network is vital to long-term...

  • GM Cadillac Lyriq luxury crossover EV SUV revealed

    GM to unveil Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    On Aug. 6, General Motors will introduce the world to the Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric crossover SUV that will be the first in an upcoming portfolio of battery-electric luxury vehicles from Cadillac. The journey to this unveiling began back in 2019, when Cadillac announced it would spearhead General Motors' shift to an all-electric future and released the first images of a crossover built on GM's next-generation battery electric architecture. The story continued earlier thi...

  • BMW iX3 electric sports utility vehicle German luxury electric mobility

    BMW adds SUV to electric vehicle lineup

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    The BMW Group July 14 announced the world premiere of its the BMW iX3, a sports utility vehicle that provides drivers with an emission-free option for enjoying the comfort, multi‑faceted functionality, and spaciousness of the BMW X3. The iX3 is powered by the fifth generation of BMW's eDrive technology. The German automaker says this newest electric drivetrain represents the major progress it has made in terms of power density, operating range, weight, installation space...

  • Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle overnight off peak hours charging saves money

    Annual EV fuel savings average $450 in US

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    An electric vehicle owner may be able to save a car payment or two per year due to the lower costs of powering up an EV compared to driving a similar gas car, according to a new analysis conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory. While weighing the costs of buying an EV compared to a similar internal combustion engine car is straightforward, comparing the costs to keep them fueled up can be a...

  • GM Ultium electric vehicle modular platform EV battery system

    Ultium EV battery powers new GM legacy

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Detroit-based auto giant General Motors has taken an enormous leap towards an all-electric vehicle future with the reveal of their new Ultium battery and a plan to rapidly grow its EV portfolio, further ushering in the next generation of transportation. Household names from the Detroit carmaker, such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick have gone all-in towards the production of their electric vehicle models, expanding the EV lineup under GM to 22 vehicles by 2023, including...

  • BMW unveils Concept i4 electric Gran Coupe

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    BMW Group has unveiled its Concept i4, a gran coupe that brings fully electric vehicles to the core of the BMW brand. "The design is dynamic, clean and elegant. In short: a perfect BMW that happens to be zero emission," Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design said when describing the Concept i4. The concept revealed on March 2 represents a look ahead to the BMW i4, slated to enter production in 2021. BMW said the Concept i4 blends a modern, elegantly...

  • BMW battery e-drive electric vehicle powertrain facility Dingolfing Germany

    BMW expands battery plant on EV demand

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Growing demand for electric vehicles has prompted the BMW Group to accelerate the expansion of production capacity and staff at its Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing, Germany. "We are embarking on a massive expansion of our Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing – from 8,000 square meters currently to 80,000 in the future. This is where we produce powertrain components for our fully and partially electric models," said BMW Group Head of...

  • General Motors GM LeBron James to reveal electric Hummer during Super Bowl

    Brash, controversial Hummer reborn as EV

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    Tesla Inc. created a buzz with the industrial techno Cybertruck, a behemoth of a pickup that is pushing the boundaries of electrical vehicles (EV) and their design. Now, General Motors Co. (GM) is entering the fray with an electric version of the Hummer, a vehicle that has already proven that boxy industrial design can attract an eclectic crowd of buyers that want to break the norms – from soccer moms dropping kids off at school to multi-platinum rappers making a statement...

  • New all-electric Mini Cooper makes debut

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    BMW Group is rolling out its new Mini Cooper SE, an all-electric version of this popular urban cruiser that is all about locally emission-free mobility. Powered by a 135-kilowatt, 184-horsepower electric motor, the new Mini Cooper SE accelerates from zero to 37 miles per hour (60 kilometers per hour) in 3.9 seconds and from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.3 seconds. Its space-saving high-voltage lithium-ion battery, located in the vehicle floor, enables a range of 235 to 270...

  • BYD – 400 American e-buses and counting

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    BYD Co Ltd. Dec. 18 announced that is has built the 400th electric bus at its manufacturing plant in Lancaster, California. A China-based electric vehicle and battery manufacturer, BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, was established in the city of Shenzhen in 1995. Now the largest electric vehicle manufacturer in the world, BYD has a North American headquarters in Los Angeles and a 500,000-square-foot bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster, California. The 400th bus...

  • electric vehicles EVs Voltswagen of America Volkswagen Group rebranding e-mobility

    VW puts the Volt in Volkswagen of America

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    When a global automaker changes a name that has been a symbol emblazoned upon its American automobiles for more than 65 years in favor of a moniker emblematic of its electric vehicle future, there is no doubt that global transportation is at an e-mobility crossroads. Such a turning point was reached on March 30, when Volkswagen Group unveiled the official change of its U.S. brand name from Volkswagen of America to Voltswagen of America. “We might be changing out our K for a...

  • ZETA Zero Emission Transportation Association EV electric vehicles Tesla Uber

    ZETA lays out federal EV policy roadmap

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    The Zero Emission Transportation Association has laid out a comprehensive federal roadmap to achieve 100% electric vehicle sales by 2030. A new coalition, Zero Emission Transportation Association, or ZETA, launched in November with a pledge to advocate for national policies that will enable 100% electric vehicle sales throughout the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty sectors by 2030. This first-of-its-kind industry coalition was formed by over 30 diverse non-partisan members...

  • Apple Inc EV Project Titan Magna Foxconn Doug Field Hal Eddins Trip Miller

    Possible Apple EV back in the limelight

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 5, 2021

    Word on the street, Apple is moving forward with its own line of electric vehicles and according to them, its "like the first time you saw the iPhone", the company hopes to have production up and driving by 2024. The tech company's automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, has been an open secret in the auto and tech world since its inception in 2014 and yet, progress has been haphazard at best, which included a layoff of nearly 200 people from the project's team in 2019.... Full story