The all-electric Jeep Avenger SUV, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. (Stellantis)
A scaled-back version of the Paris auto show this week is missing many of the pre-pandemic visitors as well as German automakers Volkswagen and BMW. The show features France's Renault as well as Stellantis' Peugeot, DS and Jeep brands, and Chinese automakers BYD and Great Wall's Ora brand.
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Pilot Co., with help from General Motors, plans to install 2,000 fast-charging stations at 500 of its convenience stores starting in early 2023. The chargers will be part of the EVgo network, one of the seven charging networks that GM is working with through its Ultimate Charge 360 effort.
As the US strives toward net-zero emissions, old energy won't go away completely, even if "smart charging" for electric vehicles becomes available. "State utility regulators often dissuade companies from investing in power grid upgrades to meet these needs out of fear that customers will wind up footing large bills or technologies will not work as promised," write Lara Fowler and Seth Blumsack of Penn State University.
A new facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is recycling lithium-ion batteries by submerged shredding. Li-Cycle CEO Ajay Kochhar says the environmentally friendly process will help provide recycled materials for domestic battery production.
Boeing is pursuing a "zero impact" strategy when it comes to sustainability, according to Marc Allen, chief strategy officer. "Hydrogen might have a role, but that might be being used on the ground to produce SAF or perhaps for direct propulsion, but how can we be sure it's truly green hydrogen and that the net result might not be worse in terms of emissions, not just CO2 but also contrails," Allen said.
Electric vehicles are better for the environment on a macro level, and they cost consumers less even in the states with electricity cost the most. Experts believe rapid climate change will effect gas- and electric-powered vehicles for years to come.
Swedish truck maker Scania AB and mining company Rio Tinto plan to boost productivity and environmental benefits through autonomous haulage trucks at a Western Australia mine. Rio Tinto Technical Managing Director Santi Pal said the company plans to phase out diesel truck usage purchases by 2030.
IKEA will test deliveries using Kodiak Robotics self-driving trucks, which have been running in Texas since 2019, that will move items from a Houston warehouse to a Dallas store, some 300 miles away. Safety drivers will be in the trucks, but autonomous technology will be enabled.
Founded by former NASA engineer Dr. Anita Sengupta, Hydroplane is decarbonizing aviation for regional aircraft travel with the development of a drop-in hydrogen fuel cell power plant solution designed to replace existing combustion power plants in single engine and urban air mobility platforms. We sat down with Anita to discuss how she sees hydrogen fuel cell technology evolving over the next decade.
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