Sfeva http://sfeva.org/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:29:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sfeva.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/sfeva-icon-150x150.png Sfeva http://sfeva.org/ 32 32 Improvements expected in FSD Beta 10.69.3 according to Elon https://sfeva.org/improvements-expected-in-fsd-beta-10-69-3-according-to-elon/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:41:42 +0000 https://sfeva.org/improvements-expected-in-fsd-beta-10-69-3-according-to-elon/

Elon Musk has already promised additional improvements to Tesla’s full self-driving beta shortly after AI Day on September 30. Now we get some details on what 10.69.3 will include.

The FSD Beta group grew by 60% in the United States and Canada when Tesla reduced the safety score requirement from 90 to 80. There are now about 160,000 Tesla owners in the program. The jump means more enthusiasts are giving FSD comments on Musk’s favorite platform – Twitter.

Chuck Cook, the man behind Chuck’s infamous corner, also known as the unprotected left turn, took the latest FSD for a ride to its most tested spot. His YouTube videos are fantastic, especially the unprotected left-turn videos that show multiple camera angles of his Tesla navigating that tricky spot. He posted a video on Twitter showing successfully piloting through the area, which caused Cook to cheer and cheer, “wow, yeah!”

Improvements in small gaps

Unsurprisingly, Musk saw the video. He pointed to Cook at the recent shareholder meeting and said he welcomed the fair and honest criticism of the turn and said it would be dealt with. The CEO replied to the video: “The car will move on tighter gaps as we improve NN (neural networks) speed predictions for crossing traffic. 10.69.3 next month has some incremental improvements.” NN stands for neural networks, and this response shows that despite Cook’s endorsement, Musk is confident the system can and will do better.

Turn signal improvements

Twitter user @Johnkrausephotos tweeted: “I love FSD Beta – but – could the vehicle trigger the turn signal before entering the turn lane? It uses the signal for speed dependent lane changes, but not merging into a lane of turn.” The tweet caused a lot of reactions as some users criticized the company for programming its cars to change lanes before reporting. Musk must have been on the same page as he responded with a simple “Yes” and no further explanation.

Match speed to traffic

Silicon Valley Tesla Owners took to Twitter to ask“Elon, when will the tesla speed up when it notices traffic speeding up? Sometimes it slows down.” Again, Musk had a quick and short response, tweeting, “Next month.” We can only guess that this will also be part of 10.69.3.

This trio of improvements should be uploaded to Teslas with FSD right after AI Day. So, as the world awaits the unveiling of Optimus, the humanoid robot, Tesla owners will be eager to see what 10.69.3 will bring to the vehicle.

Tesla has added the CCS 1 adapter to its US store

Tesla owners can say goodbye to range anxiety. Despite Tesla’s extensive network of more than 35,000 boost stations, there are still areas that can increase stress levels as the load decreases.

Those days will soon be a distant memory as new non-Tesla charging stations appear. However, these stations don’t have the sleek Tesla charger, but a big, bulky one called CCS.

CCS, which stands for Combine Charging System, comes in two types. Type 1 is mainly used in North America and South Korea, while CCS type 2 is the charging standard in Europe. They differ in the number of phases and the maximum power they can provide.

Until now, Tesla did not sell its Type 1 CCS adapter in North America, but in South Korea. If you wanted one, you had to import it or buy the adapter through a third party. These adapters fetch a high price online, including on eBay. Some sellers sell the adapter for up to $1,000.

However, Tesla eventually added the adapter to its US store. Tesla owners will now be able to access an entirely different charging network.

Tesla showed off the device in the store for the bargain price of US$250, a significantly better deal.

But not all Teslas are CCS-capable. Some models can charge with CCS once the adapter is connected. However, several models, especially versions prior to 2020, are not CCS ready. There is an easy way to find out if your Tesla is CCS compatible by tapping on the main menu, then Software, then Additional Vehicle Information. A box will appear with lots of information; look for CCS adapter support. It will show ‘Not Installed’ or ‘CCS Enabled’.

Electronic control units (ECUs) were available in the Tesla parts catalog so owners could retrofit their cars if they were incompatible. However, after the adapter launches in the Tesla store, visitors are prompted to log in before they can purchase the adapter.

The website determined if the owner had a CCS-ready Tesla. If you have not done so, the following message is displayed: “This accessory requires an upgrade. Check back early 2023 for availability. Further down the page, there are instructions for checking in early 2023 for availability of vehicles requiring an upgrade.

Tesla has also added messaging to its mobile app. If you navigate to the Service section, you will now see a message at the top of the application displaying “CCS Adapter Retrofit, check vehicle status”.

Unfortunately, tapping on it offers no additional information, asking owners to check back in early 2023 to schedule an appointment for a renovation.

CCS stations are reported to reach speeds of over 150kW in the United States and, unfortunately, they are the preferred outlet of many manufacturers. There was a petition to make Tesla charging hardware the industry standard, but it seems to have failed. CCS is available from Electrify America and Electrify Canada, and several other third-party electricity providers.

Tesla creates San Francisco in a simulation to help train Autopilot

Tesla may be stepping up how it uses simulation to train its Autopilot system. A report from Electrek claims it has sources saying the company is focused on a San Francisco replica. The article includes an image of the recreation and indicates that Tesla is working with Real Engine on its simulation.

According to Electrek, the image below is part of Tesla’s simulation of San Francisco.

An image of Tesla's San Francisco simulation obtained by Electrek

Tesla gave the world a glimpse of how it’s using simulation to drive the Autopilot program forward on AI Day One in August 2021 (recap).

AI Day

At the first AI Day, Tesla talked about using simulations to help train Autopilot. The video below shows where they discuss a simulation.

Ashok Elluswamy, the Autopilot Program Manager, showed a video that at first glance appeared to be real other than an appearance of a Cybertruck. “I can say that myself. It’s very pretty,” Elluswamy said. He explained that the company is investing heavily in the use of simulation. “It helps when the data is hard to find. As big as our fleet is (FSD Beta users) it can still be difficult to get crazy scenes,” the director explained, showing a render of two people and a dog running in the middle of a busy highway. . “It’s a rare scene, but it can happen, and the autopilot should always handle it when it happens,” Elluswamy said.

It looks like Tesla has jumped on the Fortnite Battle Bus by partnering up with Epic Games and its development platform – Unreal Engine. Fortnite is one of the most popular games of all time, with 80 million subscribers and 4 million daily users, and it was made with Unreal Engine. Epic flexed its creative muscles when it brought together experts to create The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience. The aim was to “blur the lines between cinema and play, inviting us to ask ourselves – what is real?” The project’s spotlight on Unreal Engine shows just how incredibly realistic a simulation can be.


After Elluswamy explained that the company invests in simulation, it makes sense that Tesla would hire several positions with simulation in the job description. Electrek highlighted an ad for the Autopilot Render Engineer. The publication states that the successful candidate “will contribute to the development of autopilot simulation by enabling and supporting the creation of photorealistic 3D scenes capable of accurately modeling the driving experience in a wide range of locations and conditions.” Tesla prefers applicants to have experience working with Unreal Engine.

While this isn’t new, it shows that Tesla is stepping up its efforts to improve Autopilot. It recently rolled out Full Self Driving to an additional 60,000 users, bringing the FSD Beta program to 160,000 in North America.

We can only guess how many thousands of simulations the Autopilot team runs to add to the data that beta testers collect. It seems unlikely that Tesla only created the City by the Bay in his simulations. Elluswamy may show more renders on Day 2 of AI on September 30.

Virginia could sever its tie with California’s electric car rule. Will it matter? https://sfeva.org/virginia-could-sever-its-tie-with-californias-electric-car-rule-will-it-matter/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 06:10:00 +0000 https://sfeva.org/virginia-could-sever-its-tie-with-californias-electric-car-rule-will-it-matter/

California has banned the sale of gasoline-only vehicles by 2035. After that, all new cars, trucks, and SUVs must be electric, with an exception for one-fifth of new vehicles to be gasoline/electric hybrids.

At least 17 states are tied to California’s emissions standards, including Virginia, according to Attorney General Jason Miyares, who isn’t particularly interested in it.

Virginia Republicans now want to decouple Virginia law from the California standard. State Sen. Steve Newman, of R-Bedford County, says he is already working on potential legislation. This is understandable philosophically and politically. Philosophically, Republicans aren’t as concerned about carbon emissions as Democrats and no doubt believe Virginia’s laws should be made in Richmond, not Sacramento. Politically, no Republican will ever suffer from running against California.

Suppose Virginia cuts its ties with California rule. The question is not whether this will save gasoline consumers in Virginia, but for how long.

Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover all pledged last year to end sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles in ‘core markets’ by 2035 – and in all markets. ‘by 2040. Meanwhile, two dozen fleet operators – including Uber and LeasePlan – have pledged to use only zero-emission vehicles in their fleets by 2030, “or sooner where markets allow it”. If Uber means that, people driving gas cars won’t be able to land rideshare gigs after that.

Even before this commitment, some of these companies were planning even more ambitious conversions. General Motors has set itself the goal of phasing out gasoline-powered cars by 2035, in all markets, not just the “leaders”. Volvo said last year it planned to go all-electric even sooner, by 2030. Ford said its European cars would be 100% electric by the same year. Granted, what sells in Paris, France may not be what sells in Paris, Virginia, but it certainly shows where the market is heading. As its name suggests, Jaguar goes even faster; he says it will be fully electric by 2025.

Companies that weren’t part of this global commitment are still moving towards an electric future, but at a different pace – sometimes slower, but sometimes faster.

Stellantis – formerly Fiat Chrysler – announced in August that it would phase out gas-powered versions of so-called “muscle cars” such as the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger by the end of 2023. These models will continue, but with electric versions.

Volkswagen says 2026 will be the last year it produces gasoline-powered cars. Honda announces that it will stop producing gasoline-powered cars by 2040. Toyota, the most conservative of the major automakers, has set itself the goal of phasing out gasoline-powered cars by 2050.

Some of those timelines may slip, but the point seems clear: Gas-powered cars are disappearing. Virginia doesn’t have to join California’s ban, but the free market – the most classically conservative of things – is going to enforce a ban no matter what Virginia does. Or, if you want to be picky about it, automakers will decide what kind of cars are available, whether car buyers want electric vehicles or not. Republicans may have the political thrill of bashing California and the philosophical satisfaction of Virginia making its own decisions, but they won’t save the gas-powered car. They might be able to extend its life by a few more years, but the future will be electric, one way or another.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be gas-powered cars. There will still be used cars on the road for many years to come, but if you want to buy a new gas-powered car, your choices in the future will be very limited – and eventually you probably won’t have a choice at all. .

That’s not to say Virginia should or shouldn’t be bound by California’s rules, but to show the economic reality against which this political debate is being fought. The automotive market is about to undergo a fundamental transformation. It all sounds fantastic now. While EV sales are exploding (up 42.7% in 2021 from 2020 nationally), the percentage of EVs on the road remains quite low. Even in California, which accounts for more electric vehicle sales than any other state, less than 2% of vehicles on the road are electric, according to Axios. In Virginia, the figure is just 0.27%. Electric vehicles represent a greater percentage of New car sales – 5.6%, according to Cox Automotive – but there are still plenty of older models on the road.

If left to consumers, the adoption of electric vehicles could be quite slow. But as we have seen, this will not be left to consumers. Automakers have already decided to go electric. They didn’t make this decision in a vacuum – they see things like the California ban (which has been a long time coming). California is a big auto market — the biggest in the country — so if California bans gas-powered cars, that rules out a lot of car sales unless automakers adapt. They adapt, regardless of their personal thoughts on carbon emissions. Even the most pro-fossil fuel leader wants to sell cars. In the end, automakers love profits more than they love the internal combustion engine.

There seems to be a lot of things that need to change for this transition from gas to electric to take place: charging stations will have to become as ubiquitous as gas stations are now, and this charging process is going to have to become much more fast. The power grid will need to be able to handle more electric vehicles. There is a debate about this. The Washington Post reports that “plug-in cars are the future. The grid is not ready. But Forbes says “electric grids can easily handle electric vehicles.” If the Post casts doubt on electric vehicles and Forbes says easy, don’t expect me to get it. But I’m willing to bet on one thing: if all these automakers bet so heavily on electric vehicles, there will be plenty of incentive to figure out the details. But make no mistake, that change is coming: the Bluefield Daily Telegraph recently reported that even coal-country Tazewell County is now looking into where to put charging stations. “We have many residents with electric vehicles,” county supervisor Charles Stacy told the newspaper. Moreover, tourists have them. In the last session of the General Assembly, even House Majority Leader Terry Kilgore of R-Scott County asked for $15 million “to establish a grant program to expand the infrastructure electric vehicles in rural and underserved communities across the Commonwealth”. He didn’t get it, but the point was made.

I totally understand why Republicans don’t want Virginia to be under California’s rules, but I have a harder time understanding some Republicans’ (obviously not Kilgore’s) antipathy toward electric vehicles. At a recent rally in Pennsylvania, former President Donald Trump lashed out at electric cars, quoting a friend who he said pleaded “let’s get rid of this stuff.” This seems strange for several reasons. First, Republicans, more than Democrats, like to talk about “innovation” in the marketplace. This is innovation in action. Second, it is the Republican-voting states, much more than the Democratic-voting states, that benefit the most economically from this transition to electric vehicles. Look at all the states gaining major factories to make electric vehicle batteries: Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. Six of those eight states voted Republican in 2020, and the other two didn’t vote Democrat much. I’m tempted to joke that Democrats may be the ones buying electric cars but Republicans are getting the jobs to build them but the first part of that statement isn’t quite true : I only met two people in southwest Virginia. with electric cars; both are Republicans. This is not a scientific sample, but the fact is that economic reality is more complicated than political slogans.

If Trump is serious about rebuilding America’s manufacturing base, he should champion electric cars rather than mock them, because it’s clear that the growth of the electric vehicle industry (and the desire to “relocate” the supply chain procurement) is driving one of the country’s most important economic development announcements. (Virginia Economic Development Chief Jason El Koubi recently cited electric vehicle manufacturing as one of seven drivers of economic growth right now.) When Glenn Youngkin was running for governor in the fall last, he repeatedly explained that Virginia was losing to other Southern states. on large employers; all the examples he cited concerned power plants connected to electric vehicles.

Anyway, what I mean is that the debate about whether Virginia should be tied to California’s gasoline car rules is good philosophical debate and may even be good policy , but it will not change the fundamental facts of the market. One day even Bristol and Martinsville races will be electric, and when that day comes fans will be booing and hollering for their favorite driver like they do now.

Bird Announces Leadership Changes to Reinforce Focus on Path to Profitability | national company https://sfeva.org/bird-announces-leadership-changes-to-reinforce-focus-on-path-to-profitability-national-company/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 20:05:30 +0000 https://sfeva.org/bird-announces-leadership-changes-to-reinforce-focus-on-path-to-profitability-national-company/


Bird Global, Inc. (“Bird” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BRDS), a leader in environmentally responsible electric transportation, today announced that its Board of Directors (“Board”) has several key management appointments, effective immediately, to continue the Company’s pursuit of profitability. The board has named Shane Torchiana, currently chairman, as president and chief executive officer, succeeding Travis VanderZanden, who will remain chairman of the board. The board also named Ben Lu as chief financial officer, succeeding Yibo Ling. Additionally, Lance Bradley, currently Senior Vice President, Engineering, has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer.

Travis VanderZanden, Founder and Chairman of the Board, said, “The organizational changes announced today reaffirm our commitment to positioning Bird for long-term profitable growth and we continue to expect positive Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter. 2022. We believe this long- The planned transition strengthens a world-class management team with a track record of results, public company expertise and a focus on creating value for key stakeholders. Under new leadership, the company will continue to prioritize cost optimization, without losing sight of our long-term commitment to making cities more livable and sustainable.

Mr. VanderZanden, continued, “I would like to thank Yibo for his contributions to Bird over the many years of the company’s growth, our transition to a public company and our initiative on the road to profitability. We wish him the best in his next endeavor.

Shane Torchiana has held various positions within the company, most recently as President, where he was responsible for overseeing the inner workings of Bird’s business, including city growth, policy, fleet managers and city operations. Additionally, he oversaw the company’s non-technology support functions, including People and Legal. Previously, as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy at Bird, Mr. Torchiana led fundraising and M&A initiatives, and was a key member of the team that introduced Bird. public at the end of 2021. Prior to joining Bird in 2018, Mr. Torchiana spent eight years at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he led client engagements in strategy, data and analytics and transformation.

Shane Torchiana, President and CEO, added, “I am grateful and honored by the trust Travis and the Board have placed in me to lead this exceptional company that is driving the transition to clean and fair transportation for hundreds of cities and millions of users. we serve. I look forward to working closely with Travis as President, Ben as Chief Financial Officer, and the rest of the management team to continue our focus on profitability.

Ben Lu brings over 25 years of diverse and extensive experience in the technology sector, and was most recently the Chief Financial Officer of Archer Aviation where he strengthened the finance and investor relations functions during its transition to a public company. Prior to Archer, Mr. Lu was Vice President of Finance at Logitech International, where he successfully led a global team responsible for corporate FP&A, investor relations, treasury, global operations and capitalization. supply chain, and more. While at Logitech, Mr. Lu and the finance team helped grow revenue from $2 billion in fiscal 2017 to more than $5 billion in fiscal 2021, while increasing operating profits by $250 million to nearly $1.3 billion over the same period.

The company has also promoted Lance Bradley, currently Senior Vice President, Engineering, to Chief Technology Officer. As Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Bradley will oversee all technology, engineering and product functions, including software, firmware, hardware and vehicle operations, as well as data, security and information technology. Mr. Bradley has been a key member of the company’s engineering team since 2018, holding various positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Bird, Mr. Bradley was a senior software engineer at Riot Games, Inc., where he led data strategy for League of Legends. He previously held technical roles at Scopely, Inc., Geni.comand Zynga Inc.

As part of the announced leadership changes, Justin Kan has resigned from the board, effective immediately. The Company expects to obtain shareholder approval for the election of Mr. Torchiana to the Board of Directors no later than the next annual meeting of shareholders.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. We intend that these forward-looking statements be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (as amended, the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange. Act of 1934 (as amended, the “Exchange Act”). All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the company’s path to profitability, expected results for the third quarter of 2022, the new management team, as well as the election of Mr. Torchiana to the Board of Directors. . We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. , including, but not limited to, the following: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, financial condition and results of operations; our ability to address the pricing deficit of our New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) and meet the continued listing requirements of the NYSE; risks related to our relatively short operating history and evolving new business model, which makes it difficult to assess our future prospects, forecast financial results and assess risks and challenges that we may face; our ability to achieve or maintain profitability in the future; our ability to retain existing passengers or add new passengers; the ability of our fleet managers to maintain vehicle quality or service levels; our ability to assess our business and our prospects in the new and rapidly changing industry in which we operate; risks related to the impact of bad weather and seasonality on our business; our ability to obtain vehicles that meet our quality specifications in sufficient quantities on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to compete successfully in the highly competitive industries in which we operate; risks related to our substantial indebtedness; our ability to obtain additional financing; risks related to the effective operation of mobile operating systems, networks and standards that we do not control; risks related to the action of governmental authorities to restrict access to our products and services in their localities; risks relating to claims, lawsuits, arbitration proceedings, government investigations and other procedures to which we are regularly subject; compliance, market and other risks, including the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, in connection with any expansion by us into international markets; risks relating to the impact of impairment of our long-lived assets and other significant factors discussed in Part I, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and Part II, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ending June 30, 2022, and described from time to time in our future reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date of this press release, and while we believe that this information provides a reasonable basis for such statements, such statements are inherently uncertain and Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Except as required by applicable law, we do not plan to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About the bird

Bird is an electric vehicle company dedicated to bringing affordable and environmentally friendly transportation solutions, such as electric scooters and electric bicycles, to communities around the world. Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird is growing rapidly. Today, it provides fleets of shared electric micro-vehicles to users in more than 450 cities around the world and offers its products for purchase on www.bird.co and through major retailers and distribution partners. Bird works closely with the cities in which it operates to provide a reliable and affordable transportation option for the people who live and work there.

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San Francisco cruise crash prompts recall of 80 self-driving vehicles https://sfeva.org/san-francisco-cruise-crash-prompts-recall-of-80-self-driving-vehicles/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 22:11:00 +0000 https://sfeva.org/san-francisco-cruise-crash-prompts-recall-of-80-self-driving-vehicles/

UNITED STATES – An autonomous vehicle created by Cruise, a self-driving arm of General Motors Co., has crashed into another car in San Francisco, prompting the recall of 80 other vehicles. A person driving the car was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving. The algorithm that controls Cruise’s cars is said to be able to count pedestrians and cyclists and detect steel guardrails.

The crash happened near Mission and Sixth in San Francisco around 1:45 a.m. on September 14. The other vehicle reportedly drove south, while Cruise’s car was heading north. No injuries were reported, but both cars were damaged.

A spokesperson for Cruise said, “This morning, an employee of our development fleet suffered a personal accident in a self-driving vehicle,” according to Bloomberg Technology. The spokesperson stressed that “security is our main concern. None of the passengers were injured. The vehicle was immediately removed from service.

Cruise, established in early 2017, has been developing autonomous vehicles since 2015. The company has invested approximately $1 billion in its autonomous vehicle hardware and software with the goal of eliminating driverless vehicle crashes. Cruise has also committed $100 million in funding and is working with Waymo, the self-driving vehicle unit of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., on an undisclosed project. According to Matthew J. Quinlan, a San Francisco-based attorney, “while driverless technology is well intentioned, we are seeing an increase in self-driving vehicle crashes as a result of testing in the region.”

“We are reviewing the matter and can confirm that the cars were on a public road and were not part of a private test or event,” a spokesperson for Cruise said.

Previous General Motors recalls

GM’s recalls have been the subject of lawsuits in the past. GM was sued in May 2018 after recalling allegedly defective vehicles. The lawsuit claimed GM had to recall more than a million vehicles due to faulty ignition switches, which can cause cars to stop while driving.

According to Reuters, Cruise’s spokesperson said, “GM did not notify federal authorities of the crash and did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Police and company officials are investigating.

The California Vehicle Code states that a driver cannot be held liable for damages if their car is driven without anyone behind the wheel. This law is called the “Safe Harbor Act” and protects automakers from lawsuits. The law was created to incentivize self-driving automakers to test their technology on public roads by taking some responsibility away from them.

Other driverless car accidents in the news

Self-driving cars have only been on the market for a few years and have yet to see their accident toll cleared. In February 2017, a Tesla car was involved in an accident in Utah. The car was traveling at 37mph when it collided with the trailer of an 18-wheeler, causing the two cars to collide at high speed. No injuries were reported and Tesla was not sued for any damages. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash to determine what caused the vehicle to crash.

In May, a man was killed while parking his truck in front of a self-driving Uber car. The car traveled 40 miles per hour, which is considered to be within the speed limit by California law. A human driver at the controls of the vehicle attempted to collapse but could not avoid hitting the driver’s side of the truck. The Uber car carrying its passengers was not involved in the accident.

In February, an autonomous vehicle in Arizona hit a pedestrian named Elaine Herzberg. Herzberg had been called to pick up food from a place of order but never arrived on the scene and ended up being hit by a self-driving car instead. The incident happened after she entered the street without looking at all the traffic around her and started crossing a crosswalk without stopping at the crosswalk button. The self-driving car was not at fault as it was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting Herzberg. Herzberg died of her injuries and the driver of the self-driving car.

Biden administration picks ex-Chicago, DC transportation chief to lead electric vehicle charging program – KION546 https://sfeva.org/biden-administration-picks-ex-chicago-dc-transportation-chief-to-lead-electric-vehicle-charging-program-kion546/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:09:07 +0000 https://sfeva.org/biden-administration-picks-ex-chicago-dc-transportation-chief-to-lead-electric-vehicle-charging-program-kion546/

By Matt McFarland, CNN Business

Gabe Klein, who headed the transportation departments in Washington, DC and Chicago, will lead the Biden administration’s $7.5 billion program to expand the nation’s electric vehicle charging network.

Klein will serve as executive director of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, which was created by the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and provides coordination between the US departments of energy and transportation. The departments announced the news on Tuesday morning.

“We look forward to working with Gabe to help implement President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act for the American people and ensure that every community, from the largest cities to the most rural areas, can reap the benefits of the revolution. electric vehicles,” US Transportation said. Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement.

Klein was previously a partner at consultancy Cityfi, which focuses on urban transportation and planning. He also served on the Biden-Harris transition team for the Department of Transportation. His leadership in DC and Chicago was marked by being among the first transportation departments to embrace emerging transportation trends like car sharing, bike sharing, and bike lanes.

Klein has long been outspoken about climate change and transportation’s role in it. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I will seize the opportunity to lead a critical shift in our economy from fossil fuel transportation to clean electric power systems, because there has never been a more important mission in our recent history than solving the climate crisis. “, Klein said in a statement. .

US President Joe Biden has called for a network of 500,000 chargers to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and tackle the climate crisis. Electric vehicles have a much lower carbon footprint than gasoline-powered vehicles over the typical life of a vehicle.

Governments are increasingly adopting electric vehicles. Biden has called on the federal government to transition its fleet to electric vehicles and for half of all new vehicles to be electric by 2030. California has passed regulations that essentially require vehicles sold in the state of 2035 are electric, hydrogen or plug-in hybrids. The federal government passed new tax credits for electric vehicles last month.

But many consumers wonder if they will be able to charge an electric vehicle. The country’s charging network is nascent compared to the long-established gas pump network. Last week, the Biden administration announced that it had approved electric vehicle charging plans for 35 states. Many stations will be built along the highway corridors to facilitate long journeys.

The Joint Bureau of Energy and Transportation has previously advised states on their electric vehicle charging plans and worked with the Federal Highway Administration on minimum standards for chargers.

The Biden administration has called for 40% of its climate change and clean energy investments to be directed to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

Klein, who has previously called for the country to consider its racial history in planning, owns an electric car and an electric bicycle, which he charges with solar power, according to the departments.

“We couldn’t be more excited for him to work for more electric cars and trucks on our roads,” Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said in a statement.

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]]> Electric vehicles are changing the transport experience in European cities https://sfeva.org/electric-vehicles-are-changing-the-transport-experience-in-european-cities/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 22:00:42 +0000 https://sfeva.org/electric-vehicles-are-changing-the-transport-experience-in-european-cities/

Electric vehicles (EVs) are reshaping the urban environment for the better, helping city dwellers breathe cleaner air and lower their carbon emissions.

City councils across Europe have implemented measures to boost the uptake of electric vehicles as part of efforts to reduce the number of combustion engines on the roads and the continent has some of the most electrified cities in the world. .

In this article, PYMNTS looks at three European cities that have been at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution and some of the initiatives that are helping the continent on the path to a more sustainable electric future.


As part of the city’s ambitious plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2025, Amsterdam has introduced several incentive schemes for electric vehicles to add to the already pro-electric environment in the Netherlands. .

As well as being able to benefit from national incentives such as a reduction in vehicle tax and government-funded subsidies for electric taxis and delivery vans, drivers in Amsterdam are further encouraged to switch to electricity through a series of local programs.

The city has implemented measures that include parking privileges for emission-free taxis, clean zones to keep polluting vehicles away, and even the exclusion of parking permits for gas-powered vehicles.

Of course, in a city famous for its bikes, electric vehicle technology is also having an impact. Indeed, since 2018, electric bikes have exhausted city ​​bikes in the Netherlands and over half a million e-bikes were sold in the country last year.


With 2.6 million registered cars, London is one of the places with the most to gain from electrification efforts.

Additionally, as Transport for London (TfL) has declaredall Londoners live in areas that fall short of the World Health Organization (WHO) target for particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, making the transition to electric vehicles an urgent public health concern.

With the lives of Londoners at stake, the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has stepped up efforts to reduce the presence of polluting vehicles in the city. Currently, TfL is examining the possibility of extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), where charges apply to anyone driving older, more polluting vehicles, to the whole city in 2023.

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In addition to Khan’s clean air initiatives, private sector players like Uber have also stepped up efforts to put more electric vehicles on London’s streets.

The global ride-sharing company has declared that “London is the global leader in Uber’s electrification efforts with more electric vehicles on Uber in London than any other city on the app.” The company said it is on track to have 10,000 electric vehicles in the city by the end of this year and expects all Uber vehicles in London to be fully electric by 2025.

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To help Uber drivers make the switch, the company has partnered with Nigerian vehicle finance startup Moove to offer a rent-to-own scheme to drivers who will see Uber contribute to their weekly reimbursements.


Stockholm is one of the most advanced cities in the world when it comes to moving away from fossil fuels, with plans that all of its public transport runs on electricity or biodiesel by 2025.

In fact, Sweden in general has had some of the highest EV adoption rates in the world. In August, Mobility Sweden reported that 28% of all new car registrations were for fully electric vehicles, with hybrids accounting for a further 18%.

In a sign of the strength of the electric vehicle market in the Nordics, Carla, an electric vehicle market, raised $20 million earlier this year to help fund its expansion into the rest of Europe.

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To better respond to the growing number of electric vehicle drivers, Stockholm continued to build the infrastructure needed to charge new electric cars.

By 2026, Parking in Stockholm aims to offer charging stations in all its garages and aims for more than 100,000 new electric car charging stations by 2030. This would be equivalent to one EV charging station for every 16 people living in Stockholm County.

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Jeep will deploy three new electric vehicles in Australia https://sfeva.org/jeep-will-deploy-three-new-electric-vehicles-in-australia/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 21:43:00 +0000 https://sfeva.org/jeep-will-deploy-three-new-electric-vehicles-in-australia/

The upcoming Jeep Avenger small SUV, Recon midsize SUV and Wagoneer S luxury SUV are on track for Australia on electric power only.

American automotive giant Jeep plans to introduce three new electric vehicles to Australia in the next few years – the Jeep Avenger, Jeep Recon and Jeep Wagoneer S – but the off-road specialist will continue to offer petrol and diesel vehicles in the local market indefinitely.

While Jeep has planned to go to 100% electric power in Europe by 2030 – and 50% of the sales mix in the United States by the same deadline – it expects the deployment battery-powered vehicles take a bit longer in Australia.

Jeep global boss Christian Meunier told Australian media in Detroit that the mid-size Jeep Recon SUV and the Jeep Wagoneer S coupe-like SUV had been “secured” for Australia, while the Jeep Avenger urban SUV Should be a given formality it will be factory built in right-hand drive and is already locked for the UK.

“The Avenger is going to go to the UK, it’s going to go to Japan, and we’re looking at maybe Australia if there’s a market for it. At the moment it’s still undecided,” said Mr. Meunier.

“Recon is confirmed for Australia and I think it will be a great product for Australia. The Wagoneer S (is) also secure for Australia.

Jeep is also expected to unveil an electric version of the Cherokee within the next 12 months, also slated for right-hand drive.

“Obviously Australia was way behind two, three years ago on electrification, that wasn’t even a question,” Mr Meunier said.

“When I spoke to the (Australian) team it was… ‘ah electrification, not really interested.’ And I kept questioning, questioning, questioning and watching what happened in the meantime.

“Obviously New Zealand is going 100% full speed ahead (with electric power). And Australia is catching up. Australia is going to get there.

Little information is available on future electric models from Jeep other than the Avenger is actually a tall sedan designed for city use, the Recon will have true off-road capability and removable panels, and the Wagoneer S will have a performance edge.

Jeep previously announced that the Wagoneer S will be offered exclusively as an electric vehicle, targeting a range of 400 miles (643 km) on a single charge, 600 horsepower (447 kW) and a 0-60 mph (97 km/ h) approximately 3.5 seconds.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for over 20 years, spending most of his time working for the Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and an early member of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice/Drive in 2018 and was a World Car of the Year judge for over 10 years.

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Tesla produces 10K Model Y cars in new Texas Gigafactory https://sfeva.org/tesla-produces-10k-model-y-cars-in-new-texas-gigafactory/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 05:38:35 +0000 https://sfeva.org/tesla-produces-10k-model-y-cars-in-new-texas-gigafactory/

San Francisco: Electric car maker Tesla announced that its Gigafactory in Texas has built 10,000 Model Y cars to date.

Elon Musk opened the Austin, Texas-based Gigafactory in April this year as he aimed to take his electric car business to the next phase of growth with the production of Cybertruck.

“10,000 Model Ys built in Giga Texas to date,” Tesla said in a tweet.

In addition to Cybertruck, Tesla also showed off a new Roadster vehicle that is expected to go into production next year at the Texas plant.

However, Cybertruck has been repeatedly delayed, with Musk now saying that Tesla could begin deliveries of its next Cybertruck in mid-2023.

“We’ll be bringing another level of simplicity and manufacturing enhancements with Cybertruck and future products that we’re not quite ready to talk about now, but I think it will be very exciting to unveil in the future,” Musk told analysts on the June quarter earnings call. .

“Our team continues to focus on Cybertruck production readiness and future platform design. We expect to be – we still expect to be in production with the Cybertruck in the middle of next year,” he informed.

The Texas Gigafactory is Tesla’s fourth manufacturing plant in the United States, following Fremont, California, a battery plant in Sparks, Nevada and a solar plant in Buffalo, New York.

Tesla also has a factory in Shanghai and recently opened its first European factory near Berlin, Germany.

“We need a place where we can be really big, and there’s no place like Texas. We’re going to scale really massively,” Musk said.


Drive Electric Week aims to electrify motorists https://sfeva.org/drive-electric-week-aims-to-electrify-motorists/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 21:53:08 +0000 https://sfeva.org/drive-electric-week-aims-to-electrify-motorists/