electric vehicles (evs)

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    Tesla firing nearly entire Supercharger team

    Tesla firing nearly entire Supercharger team Elon Musk has upended a deal the White House saluted early last year to open Tesla Inc.’s electric vehicle (EV) chargers to other automakers, dealing a blow to President Joe Biden’s EV agenda. Musk decided in the last week to eliminate almost the...
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    Tesla moves production of cheaper cars forward

    Tesla moves production of cheaper cars forward Tesla Inc. is accelerating the launch of less-expensive cars in a bid to revive sagging demand following another disappointing quarter. The electric vehicle (EV) maker aims to start production of new models as soon as this year, well ahead of the...
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    Tesla slashes prices again

    Tesla slashes prices again Tesla Inc. spent the weekend cutting prices of its models across China, Europe and the US amid slumping sales and a glut of inventory. Late Saturday, the company led by Elon Musk also slashed the price of the driver-assistance software that it calls Full...
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    No SA-made electric VWs for next 10 years

    No SA-made electric VWs for next 10 years Volkswagen won't produce electric vehicles (EVs) in South Africa for at least another ten years. That is according to feedback from Volkswagen Group Africa spokesperson Andile Dlamini in a recent interview with the Sunday Times.
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    How long EV and home backup batteries can last

    How long EV and home backup batteries can last Lithium-ion batteries used in modern solar systems and electric vehicles (EVs) can last over 15 years and still have plenty of use after consuming their rated life cycles, as long as they are treated according to their specifications. South...
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    Nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks recalled over stuck accelerators

    Nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks recalled over stuck accelerators Tesla Inc. recalled 3,878 Cybertruck pickups to rework or replace accelerator pedals that can dislodge and cause the vehicle to unintentionally accelerate, increasing risk of a crash. The carmaker received notice of two customer claims...
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    Fiat 500e and Abarth 500e electric cars coming to South Africa

    Fiat 500e and Abarth 500e electric cars coming to South Africa Stellantis has confirmed that it will be bringing its first two electric vehicles (EVs) to South Africa in 2024. As reported by Top Auto, the Fiat 500e hatchback and Abarth 500e hot hatch will be arriving on showroom floors in the...
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    BMW dominating Audi and Mercedes-Benz in EV race

    BMW dominating Audi and Mercedes-Benz in EV race For German luxury-car makers, being first to fail is proving valuable when it comes to electric vehicles. After a bruising initial crack at bringing EVs to market, BMW AG is lapping its rivals. In 2008, BMW engineers set out to develop an...
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    Tesla's largest-ever staff cuts include two top execs

    Tesla's largest-ever staff cuts include two top execs Two of Tesla Inc.’s top executives have left in the midst of the carmaker’s largest-ever round of job cuts, as slowing electric-vehicle demand leads the company to reduce its global headcount by more than 10%. The cuts could reach closer to...
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    BYD launching electric bakkie for global market this year

    BYD launching electric bakkie for global market this year Chinese electric vehicle juggernaut BYD Co. plans to launch its first electrified pickup truck for the global market later this year, throwing down the gauntlet to Toyota Motor Corp.’s popular Hilux, Ford Motor Co.’s Ranger and Isuzu...
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    Tesla could see first quarterly sales drop since 2020

    Tesla could see first quarterly sales drop since 2020 Tesla Inc. may be headed for a gloomy milestone as waning demand for electric vehicles and elevated interest rates take a toll on sales. Analysts rapidly lowered their projections for this week’s deliveries report as the quarter came to a...
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    Xiaomi's SU7 EV launching on Thursday

    Xiaomi's SU7 EV launching on Thursday Xiaomi Corp.’s $8 billion stock rally faces a key test when the Chinese smartphone giant unveils its first electric vehicle Thursday, as it attempts to muscle into an unfamiliar and intensely competitive market. It will start selling its SU7 series in...
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    Best EVs not for sale in SA

    Best EVs not for sale in SA While the number of electric vehicle (EV) models on sale in South Africa has jumped in the past few years, many of the world's best-reviewed options are unavailable locally. There were nearly 30 distinct EV models on sale in South Africa at the end of 2023, with...
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    Fastest-accelerating EVs in South Africa

    Fastest-accelerating EVs in South Africa South African adrenalin junkies in search of cars with the quickest zero to 100km/h times have several electric vehicles (EVs) from which to choose, with the fastest being the Porsche Taycan Turbo S at 2.6 seconds. While these cars don't offer the...
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    Battery struggles in the cold explained

    Battery struggles in the cold explained Rechargeable batteries are great for storing energy and powering electronics from smartphones to electric vehicles. In cold environments, however, they can be more difficult to charge and may even catch on fire. I’m a mechanical engineering professor...
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    EX30 orders have passed best-selling EVs in SA for 2023

    EX30 orders have passed best-selling EVs in SA for 2023 Volvo has already received more orders for its EX30 compact SUV in South Africa than the best-selling electric vehicle (EV) in the country for the entire 2023. The EX30 was officially launched in South Africa on Thursday, 22 February 2024.
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    Rivian unveils R2 and R3 electric SUVs

    Rivian unveils R2 and R3 electric SUVs When RJ Scaringe first set out to build Rivian Automotive Inc., he didn’t want a paint shop. The auto entrepreneur figured that if his startup were to survive in an industry of corporate Godzillas, he’d have to be scrappy; and painting is one of the most...
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    Government losing over R4,000 a year in GFL tax for every EV sale

    Government losing over R4,000 a year in GFL tax for every EV sale The South African government loses an average of nearly R5,000 in general fuel levy (GFL) taxes for every electric vehicle (EV) that replaces a petrol or diesel car. One of National Treasury’s major sources of tax revenue is the...
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    Olympian Motors making EVs with no touch screens

    Olympian Motors making EVs with no touch screens When Eren Canarslan, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Olympian Motors, removes the car cover from one of his company’s prototypes on a rainy fall day in Brooklyn, the most striking first impression is that it’s, well, cute. The...
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    Nvidia stock boom reminiscent of Tesla hype

    Nvidia stock boom reminiscent of Tesla hype Nvidia Corp.’s rise is captivating the stock market and driving the S&P 500 Index to new highs. But it also raises cautionary reminders of another investor darling that soared on dreams of a technological transformation, only to tumble back to earth...
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