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As the auto industry electrifies, batteries could become a $360 billion market. Here’s how a bumper crop of startups are racing against shortages to supply the world.

As the auto industry electrifies, batteries could become a $360 billion...

Batteries are key to automakers as they electrify their lineups over the next several years. The battery industry is full of opportunities, from new technologies to supply to recycling. Here's a look at the many startups racing to lead in the battery space. Loading Something is loading. The future of the auto industry hinges, now…
Chevrolet confirms a hybrid and all-electric Corvette are on the way

Chevrolet confirms a hybrid and all-electric Corvette are on the way

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General Motors is working on hybrid and electric Corvette sports cars.  The hybrid model will be available as early as next year, GM said.  It appears that at least one of the new models will have all-wheel drive.  Loading Something is loading. A hybrid Chevrolet Corvette sports car is coming next year, followed by a…
The Hummer EV is an electric truck for people who think EVs are stupid

The Hummer EV is an electric truck for people who think...

Enlarge / The 2023 Hummer EV has gone from idea to production in just two years.Jonathan Gitlin PLEASANT VALLEY, Ariz.—The headline figures verge on the ridiculous: a thousand horsepower. A curb weight so heavy that you'd need a special license to drive it in some countries. A lithium-ion battery that's almost twice the capacity of…
Ford F-150 Lightning beats targets, goes 320 miles in EPA testing

Ford F-150 Lightning beats targets, goes 320 miles in EPA testing

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Enlarge / The F-150 Lightning will be offered as a SuperCrew cab with a 5.5-foot bed.Ford When Ford announced the F-150 Lightning, the company's first electric pickup truck, the automaker pledged that the Lightning's $40,000 base model would travel 230 miles on a full charge—and that the extended-range model would reach 300 miles. Not too…
Slinky, stylish Audi A6 Avant e-tron previews future EV station wagon

Slinky, stylish Audi A6 Avant e-tron previews future EV station wagon

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Enlarge / Audi designers closed off the grille for better aerodynamics without eliminating the company's trademark front end. Owners can customize the daytime running lights using the matrix LED headlights. Today, Audi answered a question that many enthusiasts have been asking for years—when will they be releasing an electric station wagon? The company has a…
Carbon-fiber EV wheels will be lighter, quieter, and more efficient

Carbon-fiber EV wheels will be lighter, quieter, and more efficient

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Enlarge / These carbon-fiber wheels have completed the molding process.Carbon Revolution You might have noticed that car wheels have gotten pretty large over the last few years. Designers love putting hefty wheels on cars, particularly big trucks and SUVs, because they help make big vehicles look smaller. Expect the trend to stick around as electric…
Rivian hit with shareholder lawsuit over surprise EV truck price hike

Rivian hit with shareholder lawsuit over surprise EV truck price hike

Enlarge / That air compressor can output up to 150 psi. Rivian, the electric vehicle manufacturer, is being sued (PDF) by a shareholder who alleges that the company's surprise 20 percent price hike tarnished Rivian's reputation and violated US securities laws. The company made "untrue statements" in its IPO about the pricing of its R1T…
Power companies band together for coast-to-coast EV fast-charger network

Power companies band together for coast-to-coast EV fast-charger network

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It took an act of Congress and $7.5 billion in federal funding, but more than 50 of the nation’s power companies are ready to build a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for electric vehicles. The proposal so far is light on details. Members of the National Electric Highway Coalition say they serve nearly 120 million customers across…
Hyundai and Kia preview compelling three-row EVs coming to US in 2024

Hyundai and Kia preview compelling three-row EVs coming to US in...

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Enlarge / The Kia EV9 concept uses pixelated headlights that Hyundai and Kia designers have grown fond of in recent years. Amidst the slew of new electric vehicles that have been introduced in the last few years, one thing has been largely missing: a third row. SUVs and crossovers with room for more than five…
Mercedes wins Formula E title, will quit the series at end of 2022

Mercedes wins Formula E title, will quit the series at end...

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Enlarge / Stoffel Vandoorne of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team leads the pack at the Berlin E-Prix. On Sunday, Formula E's seventh series came to a close on the concrete of Templehof in Berlin. It was the sport's first season as an official FIA world championship, which technically makes the Mercedes-EQ team and driver Nyck…

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