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Stellantis will open a 40 GWh/year battery plant in the US in 2024

Stellantis will open a 40 GWh/year battery plant in the US...

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Enlarge / In 2024, Ram will offer a battery-electric Ram 1500 pickup truck, with battery packs of up to 200 kWh.Stellantis On Monday morning, car conglomerate Stellantis and LG Energy Solution announced a new joint venture to produce lithium-ion battery cells destined for electric vehicles in North America. The factory—to be built at an as-yet-unnamed…
The 2022 BMW i4 is the electric BMW sedan you’ve been waiting for

The 2022 BMW i4 is the electric BMW sedan you’ve been...

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Enlarge / The BMW i4 M50 is the first BMW EV to benefit from the attention of the company's M division.Jonathan Gitlin MUNICH—For all of my existence, the BMW 3 Series has been the default choice for an upmarket compact sedan with good driving dynamics. Or it was until a few years ago, when the…
The 2023 BMW i4 is the electric BMW sedan you’ve been waiting for

The 2023 BMW i4 is the electric BMW sedan you’ve been...

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Enlarge / The BMW i4 M50 is the first BMW EV to benefit from the attention of the company's M division.Jonathan Gitlin MUNICH—For all of my existence, the BMW 3 Series has been the default choice for an upmarket compact sedan with good driving dynamics. Or it was until a few years ago, when the…
9 past mistakes offer lessons for today’s hot new automakers

9 past mistakes offer lessons for today’s hot new automakers

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The Lucid Air may look the same as the early electric prototype we saw in 2017, but a lot has changed. On the left, Byton's M-Byte SUV; on the right, the K-Byte sedan. Rivian's electric pickup, the R1T, from behind. In 2021, there are easily two dozen electric vehicle start-ups whose founders dream of becoming…
Tesla relocates from California, sets up new corporate HQ in Texas

Tesla relocates from California, sets up new corporate HQ in Texas

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Enlarge / Tesla is not completely abandoning California, but it has moved its HQ to Austin, Texas. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images On Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors that the US's largest electric carmaker has moved its headquarters from California to Texas. In 2020, Musk personally relocated to Texas, which is home to SpaceX facilities and a…
GM’s next driver-assist system will be hands-free in “95% of situations”

GM’s next driver-assist system will be hands-free in “95% of situations”

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Enlarge / Ultra Cruise will ultimately enable door-to-door hands-free driving on all public paved roads in the US and Canada, says the company.General Motors On Wednesday and Thursday, General Motors laid out its plan for the coming years to its investors. The company wants "a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion," said…
On the eve of No Time to Die, a look at Bond cars past and present

On the eve of No Time to Die, a look at...

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Is this 1964 Aston Martin DB5 the most famous movie car of all time? Maybe. Ted7/The Petersen Museum Aston Martin worked with the No Time to Die production team to create eight DB5 replica stunt cars for the latest James Bond film. Philip Dethlefs/picture alliance via Getty Images Mark Higgins sits in one of the…
Tesla ordered to pay $137M to Black former worker subjected to racist workplace

Tesla ordered to pay $137M to Black former worker subjected to...

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Tesla owes Owen Diaz $137 million after a jury found that the Black former worker was subjected to racial abuse that the electric vehicle company insufficiently addressed during his tenure. Diaz, an elevator operator at the company’s Fremont factory for nine months from 2015 to 2016, had been called racial epithets by coworkers, was told…
Ford picks Kentucky and Tennessee for $11.4 billion EV investment

Ford picks Kentucky and Tennessee for $11.4 billion EV investment

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Enlarge / A rendering of the BlueOvalSK campus in Glendale, Kentucky. On Monday, the Ford Motor Company announced a massive investment to build electric vehicles in Kentucky and Tennessee. Together with partner SK Innovation, it will invest $11.4 billion and create around 11,000 new jobs in the region building electric F-series pickup trucks and battery…
The 2022 Kia Carnival is a handsome minivan, but it needs a hybrid option

The 2022 Kia Carnival is a handsome minivan, but it needs...

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Kia has replaced the Sedona minivan with the Carnival, new for model year 2022. Jonathan Gitlin I like minivans in general, and I like the way this Kia minivan looks in particular. Jonathan Gitlin The front grille is a tiger's nose. Jonathan Gitlin The hexagonal texture on the C pillar trim stands out when you're…

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