Electric Truck Developer Rivian Automotive Reaffirms Production Target as Losses Mount

Electric truck developer Rivian Automotive reported wider losses than estimated in its second quarter earnings, losing $1.7 billion. The automaker’s losses more than doubled from the same period last year, when it lost $580 million. RIVN affirmed prior production guidance to launch the R2 vehicle in Georgia with the $15.46 bln cash on hand it still has. Last year the EV upstart raised $11.9 billion to become the largest IPO of 2021, and the largest IPO since Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) … Continue reading “Electric Truck Developer Rivian Automotive Reaffirms Production Target as Losses Mount”

Ford Motor Crushes Earnings, Hikes Dividend Raising Guidance

Ford Motor reported better than expected second quarter earnings after the close Wednesday. $F stick soared after the automaker reaffirmed its 2022 outlook and hiked the Ford stock dividend. Strong demand for both the traditional combustion and new electric vehicles overcame supply and inflation headwinds. Ford made an operating profit of $3.7 billion from $40.2 billion in sales. Wall Street was looking for an operating profit of $2.6 billion from sales of $34.8 billion. Earnings Ford Second Quarter 2022 Earnings … Continue reading “Ford Motor Crushes Earnings, Hikes Dividend Raising Guidance”

VW Closing the Gap on Tesla in The Great EV Race

Volkswagen has been quietly moving along closing the gap with Tesla as the leading maker of electric cars. VW is in a solid place behind Tesla on EVs and making progress on battery production, charging infrastructure and software, Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess said Wednesday at a tech conference in Berlin. In Europe we have already seen Tesla go from number one at 33% EV market share in 1919 to just 10% market share and 5th place. However, VW had a 47% EV … Continue reading “VW Closing the Gap on Tesla in The Great EV Race”

German Solar Electric Vehicle Disruptor Sono Group IPO Debut

Germany-based Sono Group NV $SEV raised $150 million at a $1.1 billion market cap. The company is developing what it believes is disruptive solar technology, as well as a solar and battery powered vehicle. Sono Motors is developing the solar electric vehicle (SEV) for the masses, the Sion. It has reached more than 16,000 reservations with advance payments for the Sion, the solar electric vehicle (SEV) for the masses, German disruptive solar technology company Sono Group (SEV) Sono Group N.V. (parent company to … Continue reading “German Solar Electric Vehicle Disruptor Sono Group IPO Debut”

Panasonic New Prototype Battery For Tesla With Fives Times More Energy Storage Capacity

Japan’s Panasonic unveiled a new prototype battery specifically for U.S. electric-car maker Tesla. The advanced battery has five times current capacity. The battery will cost 50% less to produce and help boost battery production at Panasonic “100-fold,” by 2030. Panasonic shares rose nearly 6% on the news. Panasonic Prototype Battery For Tesla The company’s battery chiefKazuo Tadanobu unveiled the new battery for the first time at a media roundtable, he also said Panasonic had no plans to make cheaper Lithium … Continue reading “Panasonic New Prototype Battery For Tesla With Fives Times More Energy Storage Capacity”

Russian Arms Manufacturer Almaz-Antey New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

The Russian government-backed arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey has announced that it is working on a new hydrogen fuel cell passenger car,known as E-NEVA. The hybrid car will be for civilian use. Hydrogen provides more mileage and lower CO2 emissions than electric cars

European Ride Hailing Service FREE NOW Makes Electric Vehicles Default Option For Riders

German based ride-hailing service FREE NOW  announced it will start offering electric vehicles as its default first option for customers in the UK instead of gasoline or diesel vehicles. FREE NOW aims for 100% of its trips to be zero-emission by 2030 across all key European cities

Ford Motor Plan to Build $11.4 Billion EV Facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky

Ford Motor announced plans for a massive $11.4 bln investment in electric vehicle production. The deal is part of Ford’s over $30 billion investment plan in EVs through 2025, the campuses will help $F achieve its goal of EV production reaching 40-50% of the total by 2030

GM Backed Wejo partners with Microsoft, Palantir, Sompo For Connected Vehicles

GM backed startup Wejo announced partnerships with Microsoft, Palantir and Sompo Holdings to improve its ability to collect, store and analyze data from millions of connected vehicles around the world. Wejo is going public by merging with SPAC Virtuoso Acquisition $VOSO later this year.

Supply Chain Crunch Battery Demand Squeezing Cobalt Prices Higher

China stockpiling of Cobalt has seen it’s prices soar, rising by about 65 per cent since January. Cobalt is used in batteries for electric vehicles, as well as smartphones, tablets and laptops. China is the world’s biggest importer of cobalt, buying about 95,000 tonnes of it every year.