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Climate change: Electric trucks ‘can compete with diesel ones’

Climate change: Electric trucks ‘can compete with diesel ones’

Science
VolvoThe view that battery-powered heavy goods lorries can't compete with diesel is being challenged by new research.It had been felt that the extra batteries needed for freight would make electric vehicles too expensive. But a new study says that if fast charging networks are built for trucks, then they can beat diesel in terms of cost.With fast charging, the bigger the vehicle, the greater the advantage for electric, say researchers. VW rebrand turns out to be April Fool's jokeChina's biggest car brand to launch rival to TeslaVolvo Cars to go fully electric by 2030In the UK, and around the world, there's a strong shift among consumers towards electric-powered cars. Figures for March in the UK saw sales of battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars reach 14% of the market.When it comes to p...
GM to produce new electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and GMC Hummer SUV

GM to produce new electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and GMC Hummer SUV

Business
April 6 (UPI) -- General Motors said Tuesday it will produce new Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup truck and recently revealed GMC Hummer EV SUV at its assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Mich. The new electric vehicles will be built at the company's Factory Zero assembly plant under renovation in Detroit and Hamtramck, the company said in a statement. The company announced it was investing $ 2.2 billion in the Detriot-Hamtramck assembly plant last year to produce all-electric trucks and SUVs. The name Factory Zero reflects the company's goal to produce vehicles with zero emissions. Advertisement The company plans to deliver more than 1 million electric vehicles globally by 2025. According to GM's estimate, the Silverado, based on the automaker's Ultium battery platform, will offer...
Aston Martin’s electric sports models to be made at Gaydon plant

Aston Martin’s electric sports models to be made at Gaydon plant

Business
Luxury car giant Aston Martin has pledged to manufacture all of its electric cars in the UK from 2025.As first reported in the Financial Times, owner Lawrence Stroll said all of its battery sports cars will be made at its plant in Gaydon, Warwickshire.Its electric SUV models will be made at St Athan in Glamorgan, he confirmed.The company is due to start making hybrid versions of its cars over the next four years, followed by battery-only models.ReutersA growing number of car makers have said they are moving away from petrol and diesel engines, including Jaguar Land Rover, which announced last month its Jaguar brand will be all-electric by 2025.It comes as the UK government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.Aston Martin is not going quite as far and said it would...
US airline set to buy flying electric taxis for airport runs

US airline set to buy flying electric taxis for airport runs

Technology
Getty ImagesUnited Airlines plans to buy 200 flying electric taxis that it hopes will fly passengers to the airport within the next five years. The US airline is one of the first major carriers to commit to the purchase of flying taxis.United Airlines will also invest in flying taxi firm Archer as part of a $ 1.1bn (£800m) deal to develop the aircraft.The aircraft need regulatory approval before the purchase can go ahead. The race to build a flying electric taxiIs the airborne commute a flight of fancy? The flying car is here – and it could change the world - BBC FutureUnited Airlines will team up with US regional carrier Mesa Airlines to buy Archer's electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of a $ 1bn order.The deal is seen as a stamp of approval for start-up Archer...
Jenson Button test driving electric SUV for new rally series highlighting climate change

Jenson Button test driving electric SUV for new rally series highlighting climate change

Technology
Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has spent two days in the Welsh Valleys test driving a 100% electric SUV, ahead of a new rally series aimed at highlighting climate change.The racing driver - originally from Somerset but now living in California - spoke to Sky News on a forest test track in South Wales. He will drive the 550 horse-power electric SUV in the Extreme-E race event starting in April and said he is looking forward to learning about environmental challenges in some of the world's most remote areas. Image: Button has spent two days test driving a 100% electric SUV The 41-year-old will lead one of 10 teams set to race in Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Greenland, Brazil and Senegal this year."We're racing in five different loca...