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- BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. are forming ChargeScape, an equally-owned company focused on creating a unified platform connecting electric utilities, automakers, and electric vehicle customers to enhance grid services, reduce carbon footprints, and support grid resiliency, with the company expected to become operational pending regulatory approvals.
- Nuevo Leon’s Governor, Samuel Garcia, announced that Tesla and its suppliers plan to invest an impressive $15 billion over the next two years in Giga Mexico, a figure three times larger than previously disclosed by Mexican officials, positioning the region as a potential epicenter of the electric vehicle revolution.
- California is discontinuing its Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, which has been in place since 2010, as it runs out of funds this year. It will shift focus to a new program called Clean Cars 4 All that will target low-income car buyers, requiring individuals to make less than $43,000 a year or families of four to earn less than $90,000 annually to qualify for electric vehicle rebates.
- The European Commission has launched an investigation into subsidies provided to electric vehicle manufacturers in a move to counter the distortion of the European electric vehicle market caused by cheaper Chinese EVs.
- Tesla has gone from opening its first Supercharger in 2012 to reaching 50,000 in 2023 and is not slowing down.
- A racing car built by students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, called "Mythen," has broken the world record for electric vehicle acceleration, going from zero to 62.15 miles per hour in 0.956 seconds, beating the previous record by more than a third.
- Ford is introducing the Mustang Mach-E Rally, a rally-inspired electric vehicle with a tuned version of the Mustang Mach-E GT powertrain delivering at least 650 lb.-ft. of torque and 480 horsepower.
- InceptioTechnology, a Chinese autonomous driving technology developer for heavy-duty trucks, unveiled its progress in commercializing Level-3 autonomous trucks, announcing new agreements with logistics and insurance partners, presenting data from over 31 million miles of accident-free autonomous driving, and demonstrating core technologies, with studies showing Inceptio trucks performing 75-99% better than human-operated trucks across safety indicators and realizing labor cost savings of 20% to 50% and fuel savings of 2% to 10%.
- The California Senate has passed a bill that could prohibit autonomous trucks in the state, requiring human safety operators in heavy-duty autonomous vehicles on public roads, with the decision now resting on Governor Gavin Newsom's potential signature or veto.
- An EV driver in Georgia reported US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to the police after her staff blocked a public charger with a gasoline car to "reserve" it for her convoy of EVs, which she was using to highlight White House investment in electric vehicles, resulting in a police call and some public frustration over the incident.
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