Electric pickup from former GM plant will have in-wheel hub motors

Lordstown Endurance wheel hub motorLordstown Motors is planning to use a former GM facility near Cleveland, Ohio, to effectively beat GM to the punch—in offering an all-electric, made-in-America pickup. “Our goal is to build the first electric pickup truck in the United States and likely the world,” said CEO Steve Burns, in a video (below) released last Wednesday…

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Hot Wheels helps feed Tesla Cybertruck hunger with electric toys

Hot Wheels 1:64-scale remote control Tesla CybertruckThe Tesla Cybertruck generated quite a lot of buzz when it was unveiled in November 2019. Three months later, Hot Wheels is trying to cash in on that buzz with toy versions of the electric pickup truck. Hot Wheels will release radio-control Cybertruck models in two sizes—1:64 scale and 1:10 scale, referring to the size of the model in…

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Full Marrakesh Formula E test entry finalised

DTM drivers Lucas Auer and Daniel Juncadella, sportscar aces Pipo Derani and Filipe Albuquerque and Carlin IndyCar signing Sergio Sette Camara were among the latest batch of drivers confirmed for the post-race test on March 1.
Auer, who returns to the DTM this year BMW after a year away in Super Formula, was chosen to represent the German marque in Marrakesh alongside Kyle Kirkwood, last year’s …Keep reading

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Snow set: The best plug-in hybrids and EVs for winter driving

2017 Tesla Model XPlug-in vehicles make up a much larger portion of the market in California than in the rest of the nation. And yet many EVs and plug-in hybrids are able enough to take on serious winter driving in Snow Belt states—where getting through the white stuff is an everyday thing, not just something you encounter on the last few miles to the ski…

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Report: Tesla considering battery format change in China

Tesla starts delivery of Chinese-made Model 3 sedans on December 30, 2019Tesla has made major investments into cylindrical battery cells, using 18650-format cells in the Model S and Model X, and 2170-format cells in the Model 3 and upcoming Model Y. The company also manufactures these cells at its Gigafactory with Panasonic. But now, perhaps combined with other key changes, the automaker appears ready to test a…

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Jaguar Land Rover reveals electric “concept platform” for future urban mobility

Jaguar Land Rover Project VectorJaguar Land Rover may be know for the sleek F-Type sports car and rugged Range Rover SUV, but the British automaker’s latest concept car is something completely different. The Project Vector “concept platform” is an electric box on wheels that Jaguar Land Rover hails as the “future of urban mobility.” This isn’t just a one-off show vehicle. Jaguar…

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GM adds real-time charging-station smarts—via app—to Chevy Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV charging at EVgo stationGM plans the reveal of a Cadillac electric vehicle for April, the first full look at a GMC-branded Hummer EV in May, and more details about its electric-vehicle underpinnings in March. Ahead of that EV push, GM is clearly covering its bases for current drivers of the Chevrolet Bolt EV—as well as, perhaps, those future products. Through the…

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Fuel-tank issue for 2019-2020 RAV4 Hybrid: Toyota still investigating

2019 Toyota RAV4 HybridToyota continues to investigate an issue that can prevent drivers of its top-selling U.S. hybrid, the 2019-2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, from filling their tank up completely. The issue, which was first reported by Automotive News back in December, was identified by a wide range of complaints from various sources—including several logged at…

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Cassidy to make FE test debut with Virgin

The New Zealander completes Envision Virgin’s line-up for the test on March 1, the day after the Marrakesh E-Prix, the team having previously named Alice Powell as its other driver.
Cassidy told Motorsport.com: “I’m really looking forward to testing Formula E. It’s crazy-different to what I’m used to so I don’t have any expectations.
“I know it’ll be a huge learning experience …Keep reading

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Bill Gates owns a Taycan, calls EV progress “most hopeful” for climate concern

Bill GatesAbout exactly this time last year, in an interview, Bill Gates called Tesla “an amazing product” but said that otherwise in the market “there’ll be a lot of really great electric cars to choose from.” In a follow-up interview with the same YouTube host, Marques Brownlee, filmed in January and posted Saturday, the…

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