Elon goes to China, Rivian is promoting inventory for $3 billion, and Fiat’s cutest tiny EV

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The largest information this week has been Elon Musk’s go to to China, a transfer that has the potential to strengthen Tesla’s ties with the world’s largest auto market. It’s Musk’s first go to because the COVID-19 pandemic, and his dedication to China isn’t shocking given how a lot China’s car gross sales carry the automaker’s international gross sales. In Q1, China accounted for over half of Tesla’s deliveries.

Regardless that Twitter is banned in China, Musk has nonetheless managed to make himself one thing of a legend to the Chinese language folks, reviews Rita. The CEO has over 2 million followers on Weibo, the place Musk shares his admiration for China, his opposition to slicing off provide chains and his plans to broaden his enterprise in China.

“The China area program is way extra superior than most individuals understand,” wrote Musk on Weibo.

His sweet-talking has earned him the nickname “Iron Man.”

The items of Musk’s go to to China are nonetheless falling, and we’ll maintain updating, however right here’s what we all know thus far. Musk kicked off his journey by eating with Zeng Yuqun, chairman of CATL, one of many largest battery manufacturing firms. There have been talks recently of CATL and Tesla partnering to build cheaper batteries within the U.S., however there’s nothing stable but.

Musk additionally paid a go to to the Shanghai Gigafactory, the place he met the workers behind Tesla’s fashionable Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y.

We’re retaining our eyes out for extra information of Musk’s happenings in China. And with that, onto the remaining!

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Cake is expanding into India through a partnership with Pepfuels beneath the model identify CollarEV.

Cowboy is being sued by eBikeLabs, a French startup that builds embedded software program for e-bikes, for patent infringement and copying eBikeLabs’ tech in its newest characteristic, AdaptivePower. Cowboy has refuted the claims and accused eBikeLabs of operating a smear marketing campaign. As Romain Dillet reviews, “This can be a messy story a couple of enterprise relationship that fell aside between a small startup that doesn’t have deep pockets and a preferred shopper model that desires to guard its repute.”

Zoomo will begin providing City Arrow’s electrical cargo bikes on its e-bike subscription platform.

Residents of Santa Barbara can try e-bikes on a weekly foundation from a brand new e-bike lending library.

Honda filed patents for 2 new moped-style electrical scooters referred to as Dax:e and Zoomer:e. Each are poised to enter the Indian market.

Zeus launched a photo voltaic panel charging pilot program in Regensburg, Germany. Underneath the pilot, scooters parked on the firm’s three “Zolar stations” will get a cost from the solar. Possibly they need to be referred to as Helios stations, amiright?!

Porsche has launched two new e-bike cross-performance fashions that appear like they’ll completely shred mountains.

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Deal of the week

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Lucid Group plans to lift $3 billion by means of a inventory providing, the vast majority of which is able to come from Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF). PIF already owns greater than 60% of the corporate, and it’s agreed to purchase 265.7 million shares in a personal placement for about $1.8 billion, which suggests a value of about $6.80 per share. The remainder will probably be raised from a public providing of 173.5 million shares of widespread inventory, in response to the corporate.

Shares instantly dropped 9% after-hours on the information as traders thought-about how far more cash Lucid would wish to surmount its rising losses and diminishing out there capital. And all of this amid a looming recession, a Tesla-sparked value warfare, and the aftertaste of large-scale layoffs in March.

Certain, Lucid can usher in additional cash, however the firm actually must treatment its spending drawback. Within the first quarter, Lucid’s money and money equivalents dropped to $900 million, down from $1.74 billion on the finish of This autumn 2022.

Different offers that bought my consideration this week …

Boeing has totally acquired eVTOL startup Wisk Aero. The phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed, however Boeing already owned a part of Wisk and had dedicated $450 million in capital again in January.

A British consortium that features mining firm Glencore will invest $9 billion in Indonesia’s mining and EV battery sectors. Indonesia has the world’s greatest nickel reserves.

Basic Motors and South Korea’s Posco Chemical are getting C$150 million from Canada’s federal authorities and Quebec to construct a battery supplies facility. The businesses intention to have the C$600 million mission up and operating by 2025.

Loewi, a Paris-based e-bike refurbishment startup, raised €1 million in funding to assist it attain 300 refurbishments per thirty days and broaden globally.

Ola Electrical, an Indian producer of electrical two-wheelers, is alleged to be preparing for an initial public offering earlier than the yr’s finish. The corporate achieved a valuation of $5 billion throughout its most up-to-date fundraising spherical in 2022.

Notable reads and different tidbits

Autonomous automobiles

A California invoice that might require a skilled human security operator to be current anytime a heavy-duty autonomous car operates on public roads handed the state’s Meeting flooring. It’ll go to the Senate now and, if handed, to the governor’s desk. The AV trade argues the invoice stifles California’s competitiveness and defeats the entire objective of self-driving vans. The invoice’s authors are involved about security on highways and job safety for truckers.

Cruise is increasing hours of operation in San Francisco for sure riders who’ve entry to its free service. For some, rides will begin at 9 p.m. and go till 5:30 a.m.

Einride introduced a partnership with the UAE Ministry of Vitality and Infrastructure to deploy 2,000 EVs, 200 autonomous automobiles, eight charging stations and Einride’s SaaS product Saga throughout 550 km of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The partnership is anticipated to play out over the following 5 years. Einride didn’t share the monetary phrases.

Serve Robotics and Uber have expanded their current partnership. Over the following couple of years, about 2,000 of Serve’s little autonomous sidewalk supply robots will ship meals through the Uber Eats platform in a number of markets throughout the U.S.

Electrical automobiles, batteries and charging

Arcimoto unveiled its new tiny, three-wheeled flatbed truck referred to as the MUV. It has a customizable rear space for storing, prime velocity of 75 mph, and about 102 miles of metropolis vary. The MUV is obtainable now for $23,500, and Arcimoto is aiming to promote fleets.

Choose 2024 Audi and different VW Group automobiles may have Webex out there to obtain from the automaker’s in-app automotive retailer. Webex can also be out there on the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and in Ford automobiles.

Fiat’s new Topolino tiny EV is so cute we may scream. The remade Citroen Ami is a retro-looking quadricycle with a convertible prime and ropes as a substitute of doorways, and other than a teaser picture, that’s actually all we learn about it. It most likely received’t go any quicker than the Ami, which hits round 28 mph, so it’ll be a no-go for the States. Which is gloomy as a result of, once more, it’s tremendous cute and higher for the atmosphere and concrete landscapes than an electrical Hummer.

Ford’s CEO Jim Farley said the automaker won’t break even on its EVs till 2030.

Geely is getting ready to enter Thailand’s electric vehicle market.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a sensible, luxurious automotive with top-notch tech within the type of a Hyperscreen and a handful of driver-assist options. It’s nice for tech-forward households who just like the finer issues in life and loads of area. Solely draw back? The outside is a bit meh. As Tim Stevens describes it, “The result’s a little bit of a blob that completely disappears into any car parking zone.”

Polestar’s newest software program replace consists of YouTube. Like different related iterations, customers can stream video whereas stopped, like in the event that they’re ready for a pickup or charging their automobiles. The Polestar 2 software program replace additionally consists of an up to date model of Apple CarPlay that permits you to mission Apple Maps onto the instrument cluster.

Rivian has teased its smaller, lower-cost R2 SUV design over the Memorial Day weekend throughout an Instagram Q&A. CEO RJ Scaringe stood in entrance of a clay mannequin of an R2 lined with a black fabric, outlining a boxy-looking compact car.

Tesla says all of its Mannequin 3 sedans now qualify for the complete $7,500 EV tax credit score.

Toyota has dedicated one other $2.1 billion to its battery manufacturing facility in North Carolina. The automaker additionally stated its first U.S.-made electrical SUV will probably be constructed at its Kentucky manufacturing facility.

Volkswagen has lastly debuted its U.S. model of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz minivan after years of teasing. The specs on the U.S. van are, unsurprisingly, a lot larger than the European bus. The entire really feel of it’s retro-meets-cool, and certainly, we have now ourselves asking, Can VW make minivans cool? As soon as factoring within the nostalgia side, the reply is undoubtedly sure. And VW will want that because it coasts into EV-land.

Volvo revealed some particulars concerning the inside of its new EX30. From what we are able to inform, that good outdated Scandinavian design is admittedly pulling by means of to optimize area within the small SUV.


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Delta Air Strains is being sued in a category motion lawsuit for allegedly greenwashing. The corporate made a $1 billion pledge in 2020 to develop into carbon impartial, however the plan relied on carbon credit to offset the airline’s air pollution.

The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration proposed a brand new rule that might require all new automobiles and vans offered within the U.S. to be outfitted with automated emergency braking methods.

Tesla has been given the all-clear by NHTSA after the company closed an investigation into Tesla for permitting in-dash gaming whereas its automobiles have been shifting.

Bored of the usual navigation voice on Waze? Now you possibly can have Roger Federer provide you with turn-by-turn directions, as a result of why not?

Wingcopter and Siemens have signed an MoU to develop and roll out an built-in drone supply answer to move lab diagnostics and different medical provides in Africa.


Ford launched a brand new pilot referred to as Ford Drive that may give Uber drivers in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles entry to versatile leases on Mustang Mach-Es.

Revel is diversifying its all-Tesla ride-share fleet with about 50 Kia Niro EVs.

Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and different app-based ride-hail and supply firms should reimburse California gig staff doubtlessly thousands and thousands of {dollars} for unpaid car bills between 2022 and 2023. The backpay comes from a provision in Prop 22 that provides low-earning drivers a car reimbursement charge of $0.30 per energetic mile pushed. That charge was meant to extend with the speed of inflation, however for the previous yr and a half, it has remained stagnant.

Uber is dropping the 5% reductions on rides that it used to supply members of its Uber One subscription service. As an alternative, riders can now earn 6% Uber Money on rides that may be spent on extra Uber stuff. It’s a daring transfer, and one which may see the moment gratification seekers amongst us ditch their memberships. But when it really works out for Uber, the corporate may see much more spend coming from its subscribers.

* A earlier publication inadvertently had some lacking phrases within the following write-up. Right here is the whole sentence. QuantumScape, the solid-state battery firm, is (type of) pivoting. The corporate stated it’s planning to focus extra on the consumer-electronics sector in an effort to herald the capital it must commercialize automotive-grade cells.