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Here's why transportation leaders including Daimler and Volkswagen are pouring billions into R&D for electric trucks

  • However, to maintain its stature, the entire industry — truck manufacturers, fleet managers, and other logistics companies — will have to transform to meet the demands of the future.
  • As a result, the trucking industry is in the early stages of a technological shift, with a particular focus on transitioning fleets from diesel to electric energy.
  • And leading logistics companies are following suit, increasingly incorporating e-trucks into their operations: UPS announced that it will collaborate with Workhorse Group to deploy 50 electric delivery trucks, for example.
  • Finally, we look at what manufacturers and logistics companies will have to do to not only advance the market but also prepare for the operational changes that come with deploying new technology.
  • The companies mentioned in this report are: Anheuser-Busch, ChargePoint, DHL, Daimler, Element Fleet Management, FedEx, PepsiCo, Tesla, UPS, Volkswagen, Workhorse Group, and Vion.

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Jaguar I-Pace gains 12 miles of range in new software update

  • Jaguar is issuing a software update to its first electric car, the I-Pace, which will gift the SUV 12 extra miles of range.
  • The British automaker says it was able to squeeze the extra range out of the electric SUV’s 90kWh battery pack in part because of lessons learned in the I-Pace racing series that kicked off its second season last month.
  • Jaguar says the road version of the I-Pace is specifically benefitting from things the company learned in putting on this support series.
  • Jaguar says the range bump is also partly thanks to the things the company learned from the data coming off the thousands of I-Paces that hit the road over the past year.
  • Namely, updated I-Paces will do a better job of using the electric motors to help with braking, which feeds more energy back into the battery.

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We finally know how whole planets grow from tiny clumps of dust

  • We aren’t sure how tiny particles come together to build baby planets, but dropping glass beads from the top of a tall tower has shown that it may be with some help from static electricity.
  • The very first seeds of planets are made of micrometre-sized grains of dust, which bump into one another as they orbit a star and stick together in fluffy clumps.
  • In order to build a planet, those millimetre-sized dust bunnies have to overcome the bouncing barrier and get bigger.
  • It has been suggested in the past that this may be enabled by static electricity – as the dust particles collide and rub together, they gain electric charges that can encourage them to stick together.
  • They found that the beads did gain electrical charge from static electricity and stuck together in clumps up to several centimetres across.

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Jaguar increases I-Pace range with update after one-make race series

  • Further ReadingWhat’s it like to race a Jaguar I-Pace electric car?If there's one thing I like writing about more than electric vehicles, it's the topic of how motorsport improves the cars that normal people drive.
  • On Monday, Jaguar revealed that it's applying stuff learned from the I-Pace eTrophy series to push out an update for the I-Pace battery electric vehicle that will boost range by up to 12 miles, among other improvements.
  • The update will improve the I-Pace's regenerative braking ability at times when the battery has a high SoC, and it will regen more kilowatts at lower speeds than before.
  • Tesla might currently be making headlines trolling the world with not-road legal concept trucks and for its CEO blocking journalists on Twitter, but it's easy to forget the huge kick in the pants that the controversial electric automaker has had on the more grownup parts of the auto industry.

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Gurgel Itaipu

  • The Gurgel Itaipu E150 is an electric car, produced by Gurgel.
  • The Itaipu was presented at the Salão do Automóvel in 1974, with an intended production start in December 1975.[1] Only a few of these cars were produced and is today a collector's item.
  • Top speed was of the first prototypes were of approximately 30 km/h (19 mph) and the latest models reached up to 60 km/h (37 mph)[2].
  • While about twenty pre-series cars were built, it was never comercialized.
  • It was the first electric car built in Latin America[1], and, its specifications were comparable to similar models of the time (see CitiCar).
  • The car was named after the hydro-electric dam and power plant on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

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Detroit's Big Three automakers are looking to a battery-powered future, but each is forging its own path

  • DETROIT – After years of skepticism about the potential demand for electric vehicles – and their long-term profitability – the domestic auto manufacturers have increasingly come to accept that battery power will underlie the industry's long-term future.
  • General Motors said Thursday it will team up with Korean supplier LG Chem to build a new $2.3 billion battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio, a joint venture that will help power at least 20 all-electric vehicles the Motown manufacturer plans to have in production by 2023.
  • Thursday's announcement comes just weeks after cross-town rival Ford Motor revealed its first long-range battery-electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E, set to go on sale next autumn.
  • During a July interview, Ford Automotive President Joe Hinrichs said the automaker is developing an array of long-range all-electric models, some for global distribution, others targeting regional markets like the U.S., Europe and China.

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GM's battery partnership with LG Chem will have 2 major benefits as the company begins the transition to electric vehicles

  • Competitors, like Volkswagen and Toyota, have also announced battery-focused joint ventures this year, and Tesla has operated a battery factory with Panasonic since 2016.
  • GM may have opted for a joint venture over merely continuing to buy batteries from LG Chem because it wanted to have more control over its battery supply, Whiston said.
  • GM and LG Chem's factory also has the potential to achieve economies of scale and create cost savings for GM on what is the most expensive part of an electric vehicle, said Ed Kim, the vice president of industry analysis at AutoPacific.
  • And demand for electric vehicles may not increase as fast as GM expects, though the joint venture could serve as a hedge against the risk of low demand, Kim said, as GM could potentially sell the batteries it doesn't use to competitors.

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How can technology and artificial intelligence help tackle climate change?

  • We know that we need a portfolio approach to technology development and deployment to address climate change.
  • In the near-term the world needs to continue its push to develop and install renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy power generation.
  • In the mid-term we need to make bigger breakthroughs in the development of higher capacity batteries to store energy and power electric vehicles.
  • Societies need to be thinking of climate technology “moonshot” projects that will require significant financial investments but with the potential to address the scale of the issues.
  • The political and financial systems will be challenged but we need to be pragmatic and know that human and corporate desires and behaviour will be slow to change — we want our bigger houses and companies want their profits.

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How can technology and artificial intelligence help tackle climate change?

  • We know that we need a portfolio approach to technology development and deployment to address climate change.
  • In the near-term the world needs to continue its push to develop and install renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy power generation.
  • In the mid-term we need to make bigger breakthroughs in the development of higher capacity batteries to store energy and power electric vehicles.
  • Societies need to be thinking of climate technology “moonshot” projects that will require significant financial investments but with the potential to address the scale of the issues.
  • The political and financial systems will be challenged but we need to be pragmatic and know that human and corporate desires and behaviour will be slow to change — we want our bigger houses and companies want their profits.

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How can technology and artificial intelligence help tackle climate change?

  • We know that we need a portfolio approach to technology development and deployment to address climate change.
  • In the near-term the world needs to continue its push to develop and install renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy power generation.
  • In the mid-term we need to make bigger breakthroughs in the development of higher capacity batteries to store energy and power electric vehicles.
  • Societies need to be thinking of climate technology “moonshot” projects that will require significant financial investments but with the potential to address the scale of the issues.
  • The political and financial systems will be challenged but we need to be pragmatic and know that human and corporate desires and behaviour will be slow to change — we want our bigger houses and companies want their profits.

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