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Driverless in Beijing, 5th U.S. gigafactory, Lithium Triangle, autonomous dreams

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Each Wednesday, The Mobilist highlights reader articles on Medium, comments, and updates.


A deadline this week adjudicating a South Korean blood feud

On the way to launching his infrastructure plan and batteries initiative. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

At a fragile moment in the global technological war, President Biden is on the cusp of an extraordinary decision that some say could influence how fast and robustly the U.S. begins to ramp up battery manufacture at a time rivals Europe and China are already well on their way.


Ford’s announcement signals a late U.S. bid to compete head-to-head with Europe and China

Ford’s new electric Mustang Mach-E SUV crossover. Photo courtesy of Ford

For Ford, the fear of a Kodak moment came January 28, when Mary Barra, CEO of rival General Motors, announced that as of 2035, her company aimed to be making only electric vehicles (EVs) for the consumer market. GM would continue to manufacture a heavy pickup or two with gasoline engines. But for GM, Barra said, the age of combustion was effectively over.


The Supercar, China, and a slew of awards

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Outgoing mail in green mailbox with a red flag in upright position.
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Each Wednesday, The Mobilist highlights reader articles on Medium, comments, and updates.


Step aside, Tesla and QuantumScape

The NIO ET7, the flagship sedan for the Chinese electric car manufacturer, during its launch ceremony in Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan province. Photo: STR/AFP/China OUT/Getty Images

For a good part of last year, lithium-ion batteries attracted perhaps more fanatical attention than at any time since their invention four decades ago. From Wall Street to Omaha, people parsed the latest battery advances by Tesla, a Silicon Valley startup called QuantumScape, and legacy players like GM. Some of the hottest IPOs were startup electric vehicle companies, which sold billions of dollars in equity.


What makes the rivalry among the U.S., China, and Europe so intense

A charging station for electric cars
A charging station for electric cars
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For almost a century, oil has been the vortex of geopolitical tension and war — it’s largely why Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Saddam Hussain invaded Kuwait, and China militarized the South China Sea. That oil has led to such pushiness isn’t surprising: It is both the core building block of the human-made world surrounding us and a primary source of personal and national power and wealth. Vladimir Putin’s power flows from Russia’s oil. A century and a half after John D. Rockefeller built the world’s first oil fortune, his descendants continue to live off the proceeds. …

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