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A fascinating combination of engineering, art, and marketing that will change how the world sounds

Recently, I was standing next to an electric car as it reversed out of a parking space. As it backed up, the car made a space-age whooshing sound, like a science fiction spacecraft gliding along the surface of an alien planet. As soon as the car stopped reversing, though, the…

Not so fast for EVs, LFP’s comeback, tinkering with lithium sulfur

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

About that fait accompli: Across the world of electric vehicles and batteries, the accepted wisdom is that Americans — and motorists everywhere — are on the cusp of a big switch. En mass, they are about to discard…

In a much-overlooked shift, Ford, VW and Tesla have rushed to an old chemistry

Last week, Ford CEO Jim Farley made a big splash with his plans to go digital, mine data, and leverage connectivity. Ford was going to “lead the electric revolution” with an “ion boost” and reduce its battery costs by 40% by the middle of the decade, with more to come…

Toyota bets that many people will want only partial electrification

Electric vehicles are still too expensive to turn the eye of many mainstream Americans, but the atmosphere around gasoline propulsion has turned suddenly funereal: Activist investors and a judge this week inflicted powerful blows against the biggest players in Big Oil. …

What, should it just give up a $42-billion-a-year golden goose?

America is the country of the pickup truck, and for decades the zenith of American pickup ownership has been the Ford F-150, the most popular vehicle on the road. Whether they have needed one to haul a trailer filled with construction equipment, or to just make a personal statement in…

Electric pickups, Kia in NY, road trip

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

‘This sucker’s quick’: Ford, maker of the F-150 pickup, the most popular vehicle of any kind for the last four decades, is finally unveiling an electric version, called the Lightning. My own impression from years of informal conversation…

Under the radar, Willett Kempton is one of the most-cited researchers in EVs

Until the middle of the decade, electric vehicles will cost more on average than combustion. So to attract buyers beyond first-movers, automakers have resorted to sales gimmicks. Among them has been this notional argument: If you have the right technology, you can earn extra dollars by selling the charge in…

Big financing deals are being struck across the country to charge up electric buses and cargo trucks

One of the hottest plays in the electrification of mobility is charging. Smallish startups, big legacy companies, and private equity investors are crawling over the U.S. in a goldrush atmosphere surrounding the rise of electric vehicles. …

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