Business, Technology, TCA

GM to Rename Michigan Plant ‘Factory Zero’

GM factory zero sign Carlos Osorio/AP

DETROIT — General Motors Co. on Oct. 16 renamed its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant “Factory Zero,” a sign of GM’s deepening commitment to an electric future that insiders call “zero zero zero.”

Kalea Hall and Daniel Howes | The Detroit News
October 16, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Bollinger Motors to Build Battery Packs for Its Electric Trucks

The Bollinger battery pack Bollinger Motors has filed a patent for a streamlined battery pack. (PR Newswire)

Oak Park, Mich.-based electric-vehicle startup Bollinger Motors on Oct. 15 said it will produce its own battery packs for its vehicles according to a new design it developed and for which it has submitted a patent.

Breana Noble | The Detroit News
October 15, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Amazon Unveils Prototype of Rivian-Built Electric Delivery Van

Amazon Rivian van Amazon

Amazon .com Inc. unveiled a prototype of one of three electric vehicles being developed in partnership with startup EV truck manufacturer Rivian.

Robert Channick | Chicago Tribune
October 9, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Trump Shows Off Lordstown Motors’ Endurance Electric Pickup Truck

President Trump With Lordstown Motors' Endurance Electric Pickup Truck President Trump speaks while Steve Burns, chief executive officer of Lordstown Motors Corp., right, listens during a tour of the new Endurance electric pickup truck on the South Lawn of the White House Sept. 28. (Ken Cedeno/Sipa via Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — The day before traveling to Cleveland for his first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, President Donald Trump inspected the new Endurance electric pickup truck from Ohio’s Lordstown Motors outside the White House, claiming success for boosting the region’s economy after General Motors shuttered its plant that made the Chevrolet Cruze.

Sabrina Eaton | cleveland.com
September 28, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Chicago E-Commerce Startup ShipBob Lands $68 Million for Rapid Expansion

Syrina Franklin, an order fulfillment associate at ShipBob, picks products for an order. Syrina Franklin, an order fulfillment associate at ShipBob, picks products for an order at the company's fulfillment center in Cicero, Ill., in September 2018. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune)

ShipBob, a Chicago-based e-commerce logistics company, raised $68 million to fund an expansion amid a pandemic-fueled boom in online shopping.

Lauren Zumbach | Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2020
Government, Business, TCA

Poll: Californians Not Sold on Treating Uber, Lyft Drivers as Independent Contractors

Uber and Lyft have a ways to go to win 50% yes on Proposition 22. Uber and Lyft have a ways to go to win 50% yes on Proposition 22. (Dan MacMedan for GM)

Uber, Lyft and other app-based companies are in danger of coming up short with voters on a ballot measure that would allow them to again classify their workers as independent contractors, a new statewide poll shows.

Taryn Luna | Los Angeles Times
September 23, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Tesla’s Austin Site Plan Outlines Footprint for Huge Truck Factory

Tesla has filed its truck factory plan with the city of Austin. (Nina Riggio/Bloomberg News)

Bulldozers and other construction equipment have been at work for weeks at the location of Tesla’s future $1.1 billion electric vehicle factory in southeast Travis County, but a site plan filed by the company is providing the first public indication of the facility’s huge eventual footprint.

Bob Sechler | Austin American-Statesman
September 18, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

GM Introduces ‘Ultium Drive’ to Power EVs

A teaser image of the GMC Hummer EV, which will debut on Oct. 20. A teaser image of the GMC Hummer EV, which will debut on Oct. 20. (GMC)

General Motors Co.'s future electric vehicles are expected to be powered by five drive units and three motors known as “Ultium Drive,” which will help the company transition its lineup to all-electric, the automaker said Sept. 16.

Kalea Hall | The Detroit News
September 16, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, TCA

GM Signs Deal With Honda to Develop Future Products

GM and Honda have reached a deal to share vehicle platforms and technology. GM and Honda have reached a deal to share vehicle platforms and technology. (Associated Press)

General Motors and Honda have a deal to share vehicle platforms and technology in North America starting next year.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
September 3, 2020
Business, Equipment, TCA

Robert Mercer, Former Goodyear CEO, Dies at 96

Goodyear CEO and Chairman Robert Mercer sits behind his desk at Goodyear Headquarters in November 1987. Goodyear CEO and Chairman Robert Mercer sits behind his desk at Goodyear Headquarters in November 1987. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Robert E. Mercer, a former chairman and CEO of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., died Aug. 28 at the age of 96.

Robin Goist | The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
September 1, 2020

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