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Global race intensifies for EV raw materials
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Global race intensifies for EV raw materials

Ben Geman of Axios writes on the global EV race. >>>Panasonic to make batteries for Tesla using recycled materials<<< “A global transition to cleaner mobility and power sources is slated to bring soaring demand for materials like lithium, nickel, cobalt, rare earth minerals and more.” Read the full article here.

January 12, 2022January 12, 2022Axios in Tech
Aviation startup ZeroAvia, backed by Amazon and Alaska Air, is building an R&D center near Seattle
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Aviation startup ZeroAvia, backed by Amazon and Alaska Air, is building an R&D center near Seattle

"ZeroAvia, which launched in 2017, has R&D sites in Hollister, Calif. and Cotswold Airport in the United Kingdom. It conducted its first commercial-scale electric- and hydrogen-powered flight tests in 2020 in England with a six-passenger plane. In the coming weeks, Miftakhov said the company will be testing a 20-seat plane in the U.K., and later in California."

John Deere’s Self-Driving Tractor Stirs Debate on AI in Farming
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John Deere’s Self-Driving Tractor Stirs Debate on AI in Farming

"Deere has been incorporating more AI and autonomy into its products over the past decade. In August, the company said it had paid $250 million to acquire Bear Flag Robotics, a startup that retrofits tractors to make them more autonomous. In 2017, it paid $305 million to buy Blue River Technology, which makes robots capable of identifying and eliminating unwanted plants using a high-precision blast of herbicide."

January 10, 2022January 10, 2022Wired in Tech
Intellectual Ventures spinoff Modern Electron raising cash for heat-to-electricity tech
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Intellectual Ventures spinoff Modern Electron raising cash for heat-to-electricity tech

Lisa Stiffler writes on GeekWire about an innovative energy efficiency startup. >>>READ: Gates-backed Fund Invests in Carbon Capture Startup<<< “Modern Electron has developed a heat-to-electricity converter that can generate power from sources including natural gas, biogas and green hydrogen. Its devices are paired with home furnaces and hot water tanks, capturing the appliances’ wasted heat...

Solar-Powered Electric Vehicles Are Almost Ready to Hit the Road
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Solar-Powered Electric Vehicles Are Almost Ready to Hit the Road

Rebecca Elliot writes for The Wall Street Journal on the future of solar-powered electric vehicles. >>>Read more about technological breakthroughs here<<< “Aptera is planning several versions of its swoopy-looking two-seater, which, according to simulations described by the company, will be good for 250 to 1,000 miles on a single charge, depending on the size of...

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