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Happy 4th of July to all Americans, in the United States and abroad. On this Independence Day, I have thought a lot about freedom of movement — this is, after all, a mobility newsletter. I’m talking about the privileges and immunities clause of the US Constitution, article IV, section 2, clause 1.
The fundamental right of movement includes interstate travel. Consider revising the clause; I suspect it will get more attention in a post Roe vs. Wade world.
Since it’s a holiday weekend, I’ll keep this short and sweet. See you next week.
Oh, something to point out. Our regular Founders Q&A series went a little deeper this week. Interview with Rebecca Bellan fia joneswho at 19 approached the founder and CEO of Rocket Lab Peter Beck at a party and told her she had a game-changing idea for powering satellites. She’d be happy to tell him everything… if he would agree to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Fia’s startup is Astrix Astronautics.
Bird has had quite a bit of drama lately, with the NYSE gives him a warning to trade at too low a price and have to dismiss 23% of staff. This week, CEO Travis VanderZanden has stepped down as president will be replaced by Shane Torchiana, Chief Operating Officer of Bird. VanderZanden will retain his position as CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Bo Mobilitya UK-based electric scooter manufacturer, recently launched a new scooter with a monocoque frame that gives it a smooth, curvy appearance and a stable, smooth riding experience. The company was founded by former Formula 1 engineers, so it certainly shows promise.
The dawn of the micro electric bike – like something between a scooter and a bicycle.
I don’t know if any of them are good, but targeted advertising taught me that you can buy electric motorcycle taxis wholesale on Alibaba.
Gozema great west african app, has raised $10 million to expand its fleet of electric moto-taxis.
Worldwide turnover of shared mobilityincluding car rental, ride-sharing and bike-sharing apps, should generate an annual turnover of 660 billion dollars in 2030an increase of almost 40% compared to the revenues generated in 2020.
numana German-Indian startup, uses Second-life batteries from Audi to bring electric rickshaws to India.
Popular was selected as the mobility management program for the new launch of Chicago’s permanent shared scooter program. The company will share vehicle and trip data with the city so it can manage vehicle caps, parking policies, equity zones, sidewalk management solutions and more. In other Populus news, the former twirl CEO Ben Bear has signed on as an adviser to the company.
Why e-bike companies need to donate their vehicles USB-C charging.
The UK is extend shared scooter trials until May 2024!
Velotrica mobility startup led by Lime hardware co-founder Adam Zhang has launched its first e-bike, the Discover 1. It has an upright riding posture so it’s comfortable to drive, a range of 60 miles on a single charge, a removable battery and it’s not too expensive – $1,399.
Offer of the week
Every time I drive an electric vehicle on a long road trip – it’s not a Tesla – I’m disappointed with the charging infrastructure in the United States. Maybe this deal will change that.
I’m talking about Volkswagen Group subsidiary Electrify America, which is raising $450 million in a deal that includes its first outside investor to accelerate its rollout of ultra-fast charging stations in the United States. and in Canada.
The deal, which values North America’s largest super-fast electric vehicle charging network at $2.45 billion, includes more than $100 million from German industrial company Siemens and additional capital from the group. VW.
Other offers that caught my attention…
BykeaPakistani bike-sharing and on-demand delivery startup, has raised $10m from existing backers Prosus Ventures, MEVP, Sarmayacar, Tharros and Ithaca Capital.
Clarios International, a Wisconsin-based low-voltage vehicle battery maker, has relaunched its IPO. The company has announced plans to raise up to $100 million. Renaissance Capital notes that this is likely a placeholder for a deal and estimates the company could raise up to $1 billion.
Mottoa São Paulo-based motorcycle rental startup, raised $30 million in equity funding in a Series B funding round. The company also secured $10 million in debt funding.
Paragon IDsupplier of identification solutions for e-ID, transport and smart cities, traceability, brand protection and payment, acquired UrbanThings. The terms of the contract are not disclosed.
Principle, a drive now, a pay later fintech startup focused on car loans for electric vehicles, has raised $18 million in a funding round led by San Francisco-based Human Capital and London-based Giant Ventures.
Zipp Mobility raised $6.1 million Series A expand beyond Ireland to Europe.
Notable reads and other tidbits
Advanced driver assistance systems
You’re here gutted the data annotation team working on Autopilot, laying off nearly 200 employees and closing the San Mateo, Calif., office where they worked.
Cruise robotaxis stopped working and sat on a San Francisco street late Tuesday night, blocking traffic for a few hours until workers arrived and manually moved the self-driving vehicles.
Dawn, Lighting, UPS and Waymo are among a group of 34 self-driving vehicle developers, California business organizations, and automotive and logistics companies who have signed an open letter to Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to review the California Department of Motor‘s 2015 ban. Vehicles on the use of self-driving trucks in the state.
Waymo’s the most serious accident to date (which was not his fault) involving a self-driving truck may have caused only moderate injuries, but it revealed how local government and local forces of the order are not prepared to deal with the new technology.
Waymo announced a partnership with J.B. Hunt deliver goods to its customer Wayfair in a pilot program.
Electric vehicles & batteries
CATL, a battery giant in China, may not be a household name. But it should be. Check out this feature on CATL and the man behind it.
Cadillac The Celestiq, the brand’s Halo EV set to debut at Monterey Car Week in August, would be priced around $300,000. TechCrunch takes a look at Cadillac’s large-scale ambitions for this small-batch car.
Canou might face more problems, this time on the factory side. Tulsa World reports that Canoo’s plans to build a production facility in Mid-America Industrial Park could be delayed by unfavorable economic conditions.
Drakô Enginesan EV startup, has released details of its 2,000 horsepower Drako Dragon Super-SUV.
hyundai previewed the IONIQ 6 sedan, the highly anticipated sequel to the brand’s first popular battery-electric model, the IONIQ 5 SUV. The automaker won’t announce details such as price range and vehicle size. production of the IONIQ 6 ahead of the vehicle’s world premiere in July.
J.D. Power published its US Initial Quality Study and found that battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids have more problems than the average car.
LFP batteries: Older, cheaper and safer battery technology that already dominates China’s electric vehicle industry is now poised to reshape battery manufacturing around the world and drive electric vehicle sales in the United States, reports Jaclyn Trop in this deep dive from TC+.
Nicholas adjourned its annual meeting to July 18, giving the company time to pressure shareholders to pass a fundraising measure to issue more common stock.
Rivian opened its first three electric vehicle fast-charging sites in California and Colorado as part of the automaker’s bid to create an “adventure” network along highways as well as locations near activities recreational activities aligned with its clientele
You’re here delivered 254,695 electric vehicles globally in the second quarter, down nearly 18% from the prior period as supply chain constraints, China’s prolonged COVID-19 lockdown and challenges linked to the opening of factories in Berlin and Austin took their toll on the company. The QoQ drop is the first in two years.
Volkswagen Group revealed his ID. The AERO concept in China, which is expected to serve as the inspiration for the automaker’s flagship electric vehicle and the world’s first all-electric sedan, next year.
BMW Group called on Valeo to provide the advanced driver assistance system for the automaker’s new electric vehicle platform, scheduled for launch in 2025.
Updates from a right to repair law in Massachusetts prompted automakers represented by the Automotive Innovation Alliance file a complaint. The result was further delayed. A federal judge postponed a decision last week – the third time since March that the long-awaited ruling has been delayed.
Activist investors are crying out for the Security and Exchange Commission intervene in from Tesla shrinking board.
Hyzon Motors appointed Shawn Yadon trade president. He will be responsible for marketing the North American market while supporting Hyzon’s strategic position in the production and sale of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Owen Diazformer elevator operator from Tesla The Fremont factory, which accused the company of racial discrimination, will face the automaker again in court.
Voltathe electric vehicle charging network, named Yifan Tang as chief technology officer.
Woven Planet Backgroundsa subsidiary of Toyota Motor, hired John Absmeier as Chief Technology Officer, effective July 25, 2022. He will report to Woven Planet CEO James Kuffner.