Mercedes Motors Into the Electric Truck Competition, Nikola Under Fire

Mercedes Motors Into the Electric Truck Competition, Nikola Under Fire

The competition in the electric truck market is getting tougher with the entry this week of German auto giant Daimler, which rolled out on Tuesday two new trucks set to compete with Nikola in the commercial hauling space, Forbes reported

Why This Matters:  Large Trucks — particularly those that run on dirty diesel fuel — are a big source of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tesla Breaks Major EV Range Record

Tesla Breaks Major EV Range Record

In a major milestone for electric cars, Tesla announced yesterday that it has cracked the 400-mile barrier, a first for a production electric vehicle sold to the public. The company says the EPA will officially rate the new Long Range Plus version of the Model S for a 402-mile range. The new range is due […]

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Elon Musk’s Big Bets on Space X Launch and EV Batteries

Elon Musk’s Big Bets on Space X Launch and EV Batteries

Elon Musk’s company Space X is behind the latest NASA chapter, in which the Dragon Capsule launched by the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley in style (wearing Tesla emblazoned custom-made Space X pressure suits) to the international space station – liftoff is set for today 4:33 pm ET. 

Why This Matters:  When it comes to the future, for better or worse, we are in Elon Musk’s hands, even as he argues to rapidly re-open the economy.

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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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One Cool Thing: Plug-In Trucks Are On The Way

One Cool Thing: Plug-In Trucks Are On The Way

Trucks are the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. but they have been completely absent from the plug-in electric vehicles market so far, but that is about to change.  There are five pickup truck models vying to be the first one to hit the showroom.  The most anticipated and likely first one out of the blocks […]

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Toyota goes “pedal to the metal” on electric vehicle plans

Toyota goes “pedal to the metal” on electric vehicle plans

Toyota Motor Corporation announced last month that it intends to speed its development and introduction of additional electric vehicles (hybrids, battery electric models and fuel-cell electric), with a goal of having every Toyota and Lexus model include an “electrified” option by 2025. 

Why This Matters:  As we pointed out in another ODP story today, vehicle emissions are rising in the U.S. again — which is very bad news.  This announcement by Toyota shows that even though the Trump Administration is rolling back the clean car standards, the auto industry is going to move in the right direction.  Increasingly, U.S. consumers want to wean themselves off conventional gasoline cars and the market will reflect that.  What is needed is a full suite of electric options — more electric vehicles of all types, sizes, configurations and prices — and more companies like Toyota, Tesla and Volvo that are moving rapidly in that direction.  The future is most definitely electric.

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