Hyundai-Kia and LG Chem hope to woo battery-tech startups

Hyundai, sibling brand Kia, and battery maker LG Chem are launching a competition for battery-tech startups. The “EV & Battery Challenge” will select up to 10 battery startups for “potential investment and collaboration,” Hyundai said in a press release Monday. Those startups will work with Hyundai, Kia, and LG Chem on “proof of concept…

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Lightyear tests solar roof tech on a Tesla Model 3

Dutch startup Lightyear plans to launch an electric car powered by a combination of solar panels and batteries. That car isn’t quite ready for production yet, but Lightyear is testing its solar tech on modified Tesla Model 3 sedans. Lightyear has two of these Tesla research vehicles, numbered 005 and 006, as well as a…

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Report: Tesla homing in on Austin for Cybertruck Terafactory

Tesla is leaning toward Austin, Texas, as the site for its second United States car factory, according to a Bloomberg report published Tuesday. Both Austin and Tulsa, Oklahoma, are considered finalists for the massive “Terafactory”, which will build the Cybertruck pickup truck and Model Y crossover. Tesla is asking Austin officials for a tax deal…

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