Electric vehicles

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Mining data to mine battery metals

Machine learning can improve the deposit discovery process by up to twentyfold

Sep 8, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Clean trucks are paving the road to the electric vehicle era

The impact of the pandemic on e-commerce is adding to the urgency.

Dec 4, 2020 - Economy & Business
Electric vehicles are coming, but no one is sure how fast

Their adoption is one variable affecting the future of oil demand and carbon emissions.

Dec 19, 2019 - Energy & Environment
Transportation's looming overhaul

"It’s a gamble based on what you think will happen, but if you don’t do anything, then for sure you’re out of business."

Oct 18, 2019 - Energy & Environment
Deep Dive: The great auto disruption

Few changes in modern life will hit in more radical ways than how we get around.

Oct 27, 2018 - Energy & Environment
Putting Elon Musk’s Tesla into climate change perspective

Electric cars are a pretty small part of the climate puzzle.

Updated Aug 27, 2018 - Energy & Environment

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EV batteries will live forever in Ford's closed-loop factories

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Ford is partnering with battery recycling company Redwood Materials to lay the groundwork for a domestic supply chain for electric vehicle batteries that relies on closed-loop recycling.

The big picture: The long-term vision would ensure that critical battery materials like lithium, nickel, copper and cobalt are re-used in new batteries, reducing the need for imports and avoiding further environmental damage through mining.

Sep 16, 2021 - Economy & Business

Ford adds jobs to meet soaring demand for electric F-150 Lightning

Ford's first F-150 Lightning pickup truck prototypes are rolling out of the factory in Dearborn, Mich., for real-world testing. Photo: Ford Motor

The electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup hasn't even gone on sale yet, but demand is so hot that the company is already expanding production.

Driving the news: The first Lightning prototypes are leaving Ford's Dearborn, Mich., factory for real-world testing, with the truck available to customers next spring.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 7, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Automakers peer into the future with recyclable cars

BMW i Vision Circular concept. Photo courtesy of BMW

The electric future, near-term and far, is on display at the big IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich this week — even as internal combustion cars remain dominant.

Driving the news: That image above is BMW's i Vision Circular concept, a vision for 2040 to create vehicles made of 100% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable themselves.

Auto shows are back but they aren't just about cars any more

Hildegard Müller, president of VDA, organizer of the 2021 IAA auto show in Munich. Photo: Christof Stache/AFP

Auto shows are coming back, but they don't just feature pretty cars: Now they also have hands-on experiences showcasing innovative climate-friendly technologies and new modes of mobility.

Why it matters: Big, international auto shows have been dying for years, and the coronavirus pandemic looked like it might be the final straw. Instead, they're trying to stay relevant by reinventing themselves to reflect an industry undergoing historic change.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Aug 30, 2021 - Economy & Business

Why Rivian's IPO is worth watching

Rivian R1T electric truck. Photo: Rivian

Rivian, the well-financed electric vehicle startup about to start delivering its pickup truck, says it has filed plans to go public with securities regulators.

The big picture: The company is quite well-capitalized. Rivian's financial backers include Ford, Amazon and BlackRock.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Aug 27, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The other job for batteries in boosting the electric vehicle market

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The electric mobility company Revel is installing battery storage at a New York City charging hub in a partnership that represents a growing and evolving trend in the industry.

Driving the news: Revel is adding storage from the firm Electric Era to help power its large charging "superhub" in Brooklyn that offers public access and charging for Revel's ride-hailing vehicles.

First look: FAA's new grants would electrify airports

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The FAA is announcing $20.4 million in grants to airports for using zero-emissions vehicles and electrifying equipment that currently relies on fossil fuels.

Why it matters: While next-wave, future aviation/aircraft tech gets lots of attention, nuts and bolts equipment at airports is decidedly low-tech (think diesel generators and dirty shuttle buses) and ripe for the deployment of existing and mature low-emissions systems.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Aug 23, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The EV revolution will hit speed bumps

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nobody said the transition to electric vehicles would be seamless, and the General Motors recall of every Chevy Bolt is the latest example of why it won't be.

Driving the news: GM's expanding Bolt recall over battery fire risks to include 2020-2022 models, and 2019 models that weren't covered by previous rounds.

What we're driving: 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV with a problem

2022 Chevrolt Bolt EUV should be charged outside due to a fire risk. Photo: Bill Rapai for Axios

This week I'm test-driving the 2022 all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Four days into the loan, it was recalled by General Motors.

Why it matters: The car's batteries may catch fire.

What's happening: GM isn't messing around. The company is telling all Bolt owners to park their vehicle outside and away from structures and to not charge the car overnight. And it gave owners special instructions for charging in the meantime to avoid extreme charging cycles.

  • Since I had a Bolt EUV from the media test fleet, GM advised me to follow the same instructions as any Bolt owner.

What I did: With help from a video on GM's dedicated Bolt recall page, I hit a few buttons on the car's touchscreen to limit the charging capacity to 90%.

  • This was pretty simple, but GM says anyone who feels uncomfortable making the change should ask a dealer to do it right away.
  • Following GM's instructions, I also recharged the battery more frequently rather than waiting until the battery was almost run down.
  • Those deep charging cycles can put thermal strain on a battery, causing a short.
  • I also parked the car outside my garage and per GM's advice, did not leave it charging overnight.

The root cause of the problem, per GM and its battery supplier, LG Chem, is a rare manufacturing defect in battery modules that can cause a short in a cell and trigger a fire.

  • GM says it is working with LG to increase battery production, and owners will be notified when replacement modules are ready.

What's next: This isn't the car review I expected to write about the Bolt EUV (electric utility vehicle), a slightly roomier version of the Bolt EV hatchback. I really enjoyed driving it, and I plan to share some of the highlights — including its hands-free highway-driving option — in the coming days.

  • But right now, the focus is on avoiding catastrophe.

Editor's note: Joann Muller tests new vehicles in her role as a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.

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