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The world is more divided than it was a decade ago, and bridging differences is becoming increasingly difficult, yet people can make choices and take action to build connections and increase understanding, Li said. William Li, founder, chairman and CEO of Nio (NYSE: NIO), called for cooperation in a more divided world in an April 13 speech at Harvard University, as Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) face more barriers to entering overseas markets. Seeking Resonance and Echoing Friendship — That was the pursuit of the ancient Chinese, Li said in the speech in English, citing an old Chinese poem, “嘤其鸣矣,求其友声.” “Today,…

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A logistical nightmare is unfolding at European ports and shipping terminals. Chinese-made electric vehicles are piling on as carmakers and distributors struggle to secure onward transportation at some of Europe’s busiest ports, including the Port of Antwerp Bruges in Belgium and the Port of Bremerhaven in Germany. China is the world’s largest EV market. The country wants to electrify the world with its expertise in cutting-edge battery technology and a string of new feature-rich models. But concerns are growing that China’s EV manufacturing capacity far exceeds the global demand that it’s trying to fulfill. Several factors are converging to turn…

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Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News! Tesla’s stock price and market cap are down considerably this year, on the back of slightly drooping sales (instead of 50% growth year over year), rumors of the more affordable Tesla being canceled, and a slow Cybertruck (and Semi) ramp-up. Tesla Full Self Driving (Supervised) has improved greatly with version 12, but there are still broad concerns that it is far from robotaxi capability (Elon Musk seems to disagree, but he has seemingly disagreed for about 8 years, since 2016). Nonetheless, there is still…

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The Volkswagen Group (which includes Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Skoda, Seat, Cupra, and more) reports 2,104,300 global vehicle sales during the first quarter of 2024 (up 3.1% year-over-year). However, in the all-electric segment, the group noted a slight decline. In Q1, Volkswagen Group’s all-electric vehicle sales amounted to about 136,400 (down 3.3% year-over-year). EVs accounted for 6.5% of the total volume, compared to 6.9% a year ago. Volkswagen Group BEV sales increases In 2023, the total Volkswagen Group all-electric vehicle sales exceeded 771,000, almost 35% more than in 2022. This year, the growth is still on the table, but it will…

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Reviewing new cars in Europe, you start to notice how none of them ever seem to live up to their official Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) figures. If it’s an internal combustion vehicle, it can’t quite match the official efficiency numbers, while if it’s an electric vehicle, it always falls short of the advertised range, no matter how you drive. The European Commission (EC) recently published data that reveals the fact that WLTP figures for gasoline or diesel cars is about 20%—it’s much worse for plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The EC mandated the installation of on-board fuel consumption monitoring…

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Europe’s second-largest commercial truck maker is going to build 200 hydrogen-powered semi trucks, but remains skeptical about the viability of hydrogen as a transport fuel. It’s a strange announcement, as far as these things go. MAN even went so far as to reiterate its commitment to battery-electric vehicles for “most” applications, strange for an announcement about a hydrogen-fueled product that the company plans to try and actually sell to a select number of customers who carry extra-heavy loads like timber or parts for offshore wind turbines. Other hydrogen strangeness includes claims that “it will still be a few years before…

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In a move set to align with a new state mandate to transition to a zero-emission off-road equipment and vehicle fleet by 2035, the City of Berkeley, California becomes the first to take delivery of a a 70 hp Monarch MK-V electric tractor. It’s been a rough week for fans of electric farm tractors, with news that California-based Solectrac has been evicted from their Sonoma County R&D facility and word that a number of ag equipment dealers have soured on the brand, stating that, “(the Solectrac) is a nice tractor but really about a 75 horsepower tractor is what people…

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Do EVs need a breakthrough in battery energy density before they make environmental sense? And which luxury EV is bringing back the appearance of an internal combustion grille? Will fake tailpipes come next? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending April 12, 2024. In a first drive of the 2024 Fiat 500e electric car, Green Car Reports found that this fashion accessory and short-range EV remains a good fit for the city—with many of the same limitations as the first-generation 500e sold on the West Coast.  2024 Fiat 500e…

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Li Auto said the information circulating on the Internet about it signing a deal with an Uzbek company is false. (Image credit: CnEVPost) As Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) have gained widespread interest, fraudulent activities have begun to emerge. Beijing-based Li Auto (NASDAQ: LI) said today that its name was fraudulently used to sign a sales deal with an Uzbek company, and that it has reported the incident to public security authorities. Earlier today, multiple images circulating on Weibo and WeChat showed Li Auto signing up for a sales authorization with an Uzbek company called Yas Auto on April 12 in…

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Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News! As Mandated by Congress, DOE is Updating General Service Lamps Standards—Bolstering Biden-Harris Administration’s Efforts to Strengthen Outdated Efficiency Standards to Save Americans ~$1 Trillion Over 30 Years WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today finalized Congressionally-mandated energy efficiency standards for general service lamps (GSLs), which include the most common types of residential and commercial lightbulbs. These standards— which will go into effect in July of 2028 for newly produced bulbs—are expected to save American families $1.6 billion annually on household energy…

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