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Thursday, April 2, 2020
At Trump’s request, Ford and GM help ventilator makers boost output

At Trump’s request, Ford and GM help ventilator makers boost output

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Taechit Taechamanodom One of the most crucial things the United States can do to prepare for the surging coronavirus outbreak is to beef up our stockpile of ventilators. These mechanical breathing machines are crucial for keeping patients with severe cases of COVID-19 alive. The United States currently has around 170,000 of the devices; experts say…
Volvo performance spin-off Polestar starts building its new battery EV

Volvo performance spin-off Polestar starts building its new battery EV

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The Polestar 2 is one of 2020's most anticipated cars. Jonathan Gitlin It's a fastback sedan with 408hp (305kW) and electric all-wheel drive. Polestar And it has just gone into production at Polestar's factory in China. Polestar The Polestar 2's infotainment system runs on Android. Jonathan Gitlin The 78kWh battery pack is shared with the…
Aston Martin designs a new V6 for James Bond—and the Valhalla hypercar

Aston Martin designs a new V6 for James Bond—and the Valhalla...

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The Aston Martin Valhalla is the third and final car to emerge from a partnership between the car company and the Red Bull Racing F1 team. It will also be the cheapest, although that's a very relative term here. Jonathan Gitlin The engine in the Valhalla is an all-new V6, designed in-house at Aston Martin.…
Amazon-backed EV startup closes factories and offices amid pandemic

Amazon-backed EV startup closes factories and offices amid pandemic

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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, life and business is on hold for a lot of us. Now, electric vehicle startup Rivian is joining the list of companies on pause until the coronavirus pandemic is addressed. [Read: NASCAR swaps race tracks for pixels in pivot to esports amid coronavirus race cancellations] Rivian, known for…
As COVID-19 spreads, truckers need to keep on trucking

As COVID-19 spreads, truckers need to keep on trucking

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Enlarge / Truck stops around the US remain busy.Getty Images As cities and states have raced to shut down businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the roads have gone quieter. Normally gridlocked cities like Los Angeles and Chicago have seen much faster traffic speeds during so-called rush hour—53 percent and 70 percent, respectively—as residents…
Missing live sports? There’s a lot more esport racing this weekend

Missing live sports? There’s a lot more esport racing this weekend

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Getty / Aurich Lawson / Atari Many people now stuck at home are no doubt lamenting the lack of live sports to watch. This weekend was supposed to be a big one for the motorsports world, with not one but two endurance races at that bumpy WWII airbase in Sebring, Florida, followed by F1 in…
Tesla says it will shut down its Fremont factory—next Monday

Tesla says it will shut down its Fremont factory—next Monday

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Since Monday, Tesla has been under pressure from officials in Alameda County to shut down operations of its car factory in Fremont, California, to fight the spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday, Tesla finally announced it would halt vehicle manufacturing in Fremont. "We have decided to temporarily suspend production at our factory in Fremont, from end…
Detroit automakers will reportedly shutter factories—but not Tesla

Detroit automakers will reportedly shutter factories—but not Tesla

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Enlarge / A General Motors assembly line in Flint, Michigan, in 2019. The nation's "Big Three" automakers (General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler) will shut down their factories for at least two weeks, reports indicate. The Associated Press first broke the news, which was confirmed by The Wall Street Journal. The United Auto Workers union…
F1 drivers and other pros switch to esports in the age of the coronavirus

F1 drivers and other pros switch to esports in the age...

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The Race's All-Star Esports Battle brought together many names from racing in the wake of the cancellation of all the weekend's F1 and IndyCar races. The pro racers who get paid to drive real cars were much scrappier than their colleagues who get paid to race in video games. This incident took place during the…
Tesla surprises everyone by delivering the Model Y ahead of schedule

Tesla surprises everyone by delivering the Model Y ahead of schedule

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Enlarge / A Tesla Model Y. Tesla isn't exactly known for hitting its own deadlines, but the company is apparently turning over a new leaf with the Model Y. When Tesla announced the new crossover vehicle last year, it projected the first deliveries in the fall of 2020. Spring hasn't even begun, yet Tesla says…

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