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Toyota Unveils The e-Palette Concept Vehicle

Tyler Lee January 9, 2018

[CES 2018] One of the concepts that we see often in sci-fi and futuristic movies is that we will eventually eschew the need for cars, but instead will be transported around in autonomous pods. Toyota seems to believe in that future as well, and during CES 2018 the Japanese carmaker has unveiled its e-Palette Concept Vehicle.

As you can see in the videos above and below, the e-Palette is a concept transportation system that can be used for all kinds of things, such as transportation of passengers, or it can also be used by businesses to help deliver their goods or maybe even bring businesses directly to customers instead.

The e-Palette will use Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform to develop a variety of connected mobility solutions. So far Toyota has managed to wrangle up some launch partners which includes the likes of Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber, all of whom potentially have a use for such a vehicle.

Toyota has plans to eventually begin testing the e-Palette system in 2020 in several regions, including the US. Exactly when it will be made more widely available remains to be seen, but for now what do you guys think of it? Is this indeed the transportation of the future for consumers and businesses?

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Elon Musk Confirms Tesla’s Plans For An Electric Pickup Truck

Tyler Lee December 26, 2017

For the most part, Tesla’s offerings have largely been cars, at least until recently where Tesla unveiled the Semi electric truck. However the good news for those who have need for a vehicle larger than a car, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has confirmed via Twitter that the company will be building an electric pickup truck in the future.

According to Musk’s tweet, the pickup truck will be built after the Model Y. “I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.” For those unfamiliar, the Model Y has been teased for a while now and is a crossover vehicle that is expected to arrive between 2019 and 2020.

I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017

What this means is that Tesla’s pickup truck is only expected to arrive after that, so customers holding out for an electric pickup truck will have to wait until then, or possibly even later given that there could be unforeseen delays. However we suppose it also means that customers will have more time to save for it.

It’s probably too early to tell what kind of features Tesla’s pickup truck could come with, or what it could even look like, but based on past Tesla designs we can imagine that it will look pretty futuristic.

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UPS Has Pre-Ordered 125 Of Tesla’s ‘Semi’ Electric Trucks

Tyler Lee December 19, 2017

UPS is known to many as a delivery company, but it seems that the company is also interested in technology and using it to improve its services. For example we’ve seen how the company is exploring the idea of using drones alongside their trucks to help with deliveries. We’ve also seen how the company is looking into using virtual reality to help train drivers.

Now it seems that UPS is looking to convert more of its fleet into electric trucks as the company has recently announced that they have pre-ordered 125 Tesla Semi electric trucks. For those unfamiliar, the Semi is an electric truck that Tesla officially announced last month. UPS will not be the first to use their trucks as other companies such as Walmart are also looking into use the Semi in their operations.

According to Juan Perez, chief information and engineering officer, “For more than a century, UPS has led the industry in testing and implementing new technologies for more efficient fleet operations. We look forward to expanding further our commitment to fleet excellence with Tesla. These groundbreaking electric tractors are poised to usher in a new era in improved safety, reduced environmental impact, and reduced cost of ownership.”

This isn’t the first time that UPS is looking to go green, as the company had last month announced that some of their diesel trucks will be converted into electric trucks for delivery in the NYC area.

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Volkswagen To Install 2,800 EV Charging Stations Across US By 2019

Tyler Lee December 18, 2017

Given how many gas stations there are in the US, it’s safe to say that finding one to stop at and refuel your car is probably not too difficult. However it is a different story when it comes to charging stations for electric cars in which there are quite as many, although the efforts we’re seeing from various companies is helping to improve that situation.

In fact it looks like Volkswagen wants to contribute in a big way, by announcing that by June 2019, the company will have installed 2,800 EV charging stations across the US. This should dramatically increase the availability of these charging stations, which in turn could help assuage the fears of potential electric car customers who have range anxiety.

These charging stations are expected to be found at various workplaces as well as multifamily dwellings, like apartment buildings. This endeavor is also expected to cost Volkswagen $2 billion nationwide, which is part of the company’s clean car infrastructure agreement after its diesel emissions cheating scandal.

That being said, the number of EV charging stations in the US probably hasn’t caught up to the number of gas stations, but with the efforts from the likes of Volkswagen, hopefully that gap will be bridged sooner rather than later.

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BMW Teams Up With Solid Power For Solid-State Batteries

Adnan Farooqui December 18, 2017


BMW is heavily interested in the future of the automotive industry and that’s not surprising at all. The company has made a string of investments recently to advance its self-driving and electric car technologies. The company has now announced that it’s teaming up with battery technology company Solid Power to develop and commercialize solid-state batteries that will be used in electric cars.

Solid-state batteries are generally believed to be safer than conventional Li-ion cells. However, they have some limitations like temperature ranges and electrode current density. Moreover, they haven’t been produced on a large scale as yet and not at a price point that makes them competitive with Li-ion.

Solid Power recently claimed to have made a breakthrough in solid-state battery technology by incorporating a high-capacity lithium metal anode in lithium batteries to create a call with an energy capacity that’s up to 3x higher than Lithium-ion.

“Collaborating with BMW is further validation that solid-state battery innovations will continue to improve electric vehicles. We’re looking forward to working with BMW on pushing the limits on developments around xEV batteries,” said Doug Campbell, the founder and CEO of Solid Power.

BMW’s resources and expertise will help the company commercialize its solid-state battery technology. The German auto giant wouldn’t mind getting to use the tech in its cars of the future as well.

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Toyota To Electrify All Cars By 2025

Adnan Farooqui December 18, 2017


It goes without saying that electric and hybrid cars will be major players in the coming years and as one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, Toyota doesn’t want to be left behind. The Japanese behemoth has confirmed that it’s going to electrify its entire car lineup by 2025. This means that all of the cars it sells by then will have either an all-electric or a hybrid option.

Toyota sent out a press release today pledging that its entire fleet will be available in electric or hybrid options by 2025. It’s also hoping that its electrified models will account for more than half of its sales by 2030. It has a volume target of nearly 5.5 million electric cars annually.

The company has promised that by 2025, it’s going to develop any Toyota or Lexus-branded vehicle that doesn’t have a “dedicated electrified model or have an electrified option.” Toyota says that it has produced over 11 million cars so far that use electric technology in one way or the other.

Toyota is also planning to offer more than 10 different all-electric cars for sale starting from 2020. China will be the first target market for these cars before they’re launched in other markets across the globe. The electric range will then be expanded to Japan, the United States, Europe, and India gradually.

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