Lyft deploys 200 long-range EVs for its rideshare rental fleet in Colorado

Lyft deploys 200 long-range EVs for its rideshare rental fleet in Colorado

Lyft is making 200 new long-range EVs available to rideshare drivers as part of its Express Drive program, the company revealed today. Express Drive is a program that Lyft offers to provide rental cars to drivers on its platform, as an alternative to options like long-term leasing. Express Drive members Read more…

Volkswagen’s $800M Tennessee factory expansion to include battery pack plant

Volkswagen’s $800M Tennessee factory expansion to include battery pack plant

Volkswagen said Wednesday it will build a battery pack assembly facility as part of an $800 million expansion project that will turn the Chattanooga, Tenn. factory into its North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles. The Chattanooga factory expansion, which is includes a 564,000-square-foot addition to the body shop and Read more…

UCLA now has the first zero-emission, all-electric mobile surgical instrument lab

UCLA now has the first zero-emission, all-electric mobile surgical instrument lab

Electrification in the automotive industry isn’t just about consumer cars: There are plenty of commercial and specialist vehicles that are prime candidates for EVs, including in the healthcare industry. Take the new UCLA mobile surgical lab developed by Winnegbago, for instance – it’s a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle that will move Read more…

Uber CEO stokes #boycottuber fire with ‘mistakes happen’ comment

Uber CEO stokes #boycottuber fire with ‘mistakes happen’ comment

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s comments during an interview with Axios — and his subsequent apology — have done more than hand the company’s critics more ammunition in the renewed #boycottUber campaign. (Although, mission accomplished on that front.) They also expose a weakness that if left uncorrected threatens to bring back Read more…

Every startup is a bank–or wants to be

Every startup is a bank–or wants to be

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we did something just a little bit new. Kate was in studio at TechCrunch’s SF HQ. Alex was in his dork cave in Providence. And we had a guest in the Read more…

Lyft is adding Chrysler Pacificas to its AV fleet and opening a new dedicated self-driving test facility

Lyft is adding Chrysler Pacificas to its AV fleet and opening a new dedicated self-driving test facility

Lyft has another year of building out its autonomous driving program under its belt, and the ride-hailing company has been expanding its testing steadily throughout 2019. The company says that it’s now driving four times more miles on a quarterly basis than it was just six months ago, and has Read more…

Ghost wants to retrofit your car so it can drive itself on highways by 2020

Ghost wants to retrofit your car so it can drive itself on highways by 2020

A new autonomous vehicle company is on the streets — and unbeknownst to most, has been since 2017. Unlike the majority in this burgeoning industry, this new entrant isn’t trying to launch a robotaxi service or sell a self-driving system to suppliers and automakers. It’s not aiming for autonomous delivery, Read more…

Elon Musk will reveal Tesla’s ‘Cybertruck’ all-electric pickup on Nov. 21

Elon Musk will reveal Tesla’s ‘Cybertruck’ all-electric pickup on Nov. 21

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the company will unveil its all-electric “cyber truck” Nov. 21 in Los Angeles near the serial entrepreneur’s other company SpaceX. The date just so happens to coincide with the LA Auto Show. However, this is a Tesla event and not associated with the Read more…

Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries

Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries

Senegalese startup NIMA Codes — a digital mapping service for locations without formal addresses  —  has upgraded its app and plans to go live in 15 African countries in 2020. The pre-seed stage startup launched in 2018 around an API that uses mobile-phone numbers to catalog coordinates for unregistered homes Read more…

Nio, Intel’s Mobileye partner to build self-driving electric cars for consumers

Nio, Intel’s Mobileye partner to build self-driving electric cars for consumers

Mobileye, the Israeli-based automotive sensor company acquired by Intel in 2017 for $15.3 billion, is partnering with Chinese electric car startup Nio to develop autonomous vehicles that consumers can buy. The companies, which describe this as a “strategic collaboration” aims to bring highly automated and autonomous vehicles to consumer markets Read more…