Formula E and FIA release first images of next generation car

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Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “This car represents the future of racing. When we started Formula E, our goal was to break the mould and challenge the status quo – bringing a revolution to motorsport. This next generation car represents that revolution. The cars will be faster and will have almost double the amount of energy storage capacity and double the range, demonstrating the continuous evolution of battery technology. Together with the FIA, we’ve achieved a great milestone with the introduction of this car and I can’t wait to see it on track.”

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Mercedes-Benz unveils aggressive electric vehicle production plan, 6 factories and a ‘global battery network’ | Electrek

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It’s not just concept vehicles and press releases anymore. Mercedes-Benz revealed in detail today its plan to build electric vehicles in volume at 6 factories across 3 continents and a “global battery network” to support the effort.

As we previously reported, Daimler has one of the most aggressive electrification plans amongst established automakers. They plan for Mercedes-Benz and smart cars to offer electric versions of all car models by 2022.

Mercedes-Benz’s broader EV effort will start next year with the first vehicles, the all-electric ‘EQC’ SUV, under their new all-electric ‘EQ’ sub-brand.

The German automaker already invested in the production of those cars in its home country and last year, it announced plans to invest $1 billion to build the ‘EQ’ electric cars and batteries in the US.

via Mercedes-Benz unveils aggressive electric vehicle production plan, 6 factories and a ‘global battery network’ | Electrek

udelv Makes World’s First Public Road Test Delivery From Its Autonomous Last-Mile Delivery Vehicle

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udelv, a Burlingame, Calif. company, pulled the wraps off its autonomous, last-mile delivery vehicle today and made the world’s first public road test deliveries from Draeger’s Market in San Mateo to two nearby customers. The 2.5-mile loop with traffic lights, lane changes, unsignalized left turns and two delivery stops, was accomplished flawlessly.  In compliance with existing California regulations, the vehicle was supervised by a safety driver and in test mode.

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Phantom Auto races to get autonomous cars on the road – with human drivers – SiliconANGLE

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Phantom Auto has begun piloting technology for autonomous cars that allows a human driver, sitting in a quiet room up to thousands of miles away, to take control of the vehicle in critical situations where driverless systems draw a blank. Its technology is designed to get both skeptical regulators and wary passengers comfortable with the idea of letting a machine drive a car.

The current climate surrounding autonomous cars offers a good reason

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Fiat Chrysler to supply Waymo with ‘”thousands” more autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans | Michigan Radio

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Fiat Chrysler announced an agreement on Monday to supply thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo, Google’s self-driving subsidiary, to expand its fleet of autonomous vehicles.

Waymo currently has 600 Pacifica minivans in its fleet, some of which are used in its Early Rider Program in Phoenix. FCA delivered 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans during the second half of 2016 and an additional 500 in 2017. The minivans are plug-in hybrid variants with Waymo’s self-driving software and hardware built-in.

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Charged EVs | Williams Advanced Engineering and Airbus collaborate on high-altitude electric drone

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Williams is the sole battery supplier to the FIA Formula E championship, so its battery technology has been proven in the most demanding conditions. Williams also boasts four decades of experience developing lightweight materials and structures. Its recent developments include a new way to use recycled carbon fiber to manufacture components that are up to 40% lighter than current alternatives.

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Pollution-sucking Smog Free Tower makes its way to Poland

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After being put to work in Beijing, the tower cleaned 30 million cubic meters of air in 41 days, which Studio Roosegarde says is 10 times the volume of Beijing’s 80,000 capacity Bird’s Nest Stadium. The particles that the tower captures are collected and compressed into cubes for jewelry, which the studio also makes available for order.

Now destined for Kraków, the tower will be set up in Park Jordana, with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow to also showcase rings made from the tower’s captured particles. The exhibition starts on February 16 and runs through to April 15.

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