Ford and BMW Invest $130 Million in Solid-State EV Battery Development

Ford and BMW Invest $130 Million in Solid-State EV Battery Development

Ford and BMW are leading a $130 million investment in EV battery start-up Solid Power, the companies announced Monday. Solid Power makes solid-state batteries, which don’t use the liquid electrolyte found in the lithium-ion batteries used to power most electric vehicles. 

Why This Matters:  Car companies have long been allies of the fossil fuel industry. Now they are pivoting and expanding into EVs, not only pledging to reduce emissions but to go fully electric in coming decades.

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Cheaper Electric Vehicle Batteries on the Horizon

Cheaper Electric Vehicle Batteries on the Horizon

Most Americans are aware that electric vehicles are better for the environment, but one of the issues deterring consumers from purchasing them is the cost — electric vehicles (EVs) are, on average, $19,000 more expensive than gas cars. But that may be about to change, giving consumers more affordable options.

Why this Matters: The United States is at a crossroads in its relationship with gas-powered vehicles.

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AOC, Rep. Levin Introduce Expansive EV Infrastructure Bill

AOC, Rep. Levin Introduce Expansive EV Infrastructure Bill

Yesterday, Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Andy Levin (D-Mich.) unveiled the EV Freedom Act which would establish a nationwide electric vehicle charging network within five years. As The Hill reported, Their Electric Vehicle Freedom Act, which was slated to be introduced Thursday, would establish the network along the nation’s highway systems and also promote compatibility between chargers and […]

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Tesla’s Not So Unbreakable CyberTruck, GM Electric Trucks To Hit in 2021

Tesla’s Not So Unbreakable CyberTruck, GM Electric Trucks To Hit in 2021

On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk “rolled out” the company’s much-anticipated entry into the electric pickup truck market, and it was eye-catching and unconventional, to say the least. Worse yet, the demonstration of the vehicle’s “unbreakable metal” glass windows did not exactly go as planned, when a metal ball thrown at the windows broke them, not once but twice.

Why This Matters:  This truck may be something that tech bros in Silicon Valley would buy.  But does it look like the kind of vehicle that will sell well in the heartland?

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