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SK Innovation loses big EV battery trade secrets case to LG Chem

WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday sided with South Korea’s chemicals and electric vehicle (EV) battery maker LG Chem Ltd, which accused its crosstown rival SK Innovation Co Ltd of misappropriating trade secrets related to EV battery technology. The ITC said it was issuing a limited 10-year exclusion order but would permit SK to import components …

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Toyota to add 2 electric vehicles and a new plug-in hybrid next year

The Toyota LQ concept electric vehicle at CES in 2020. (AP)   DETROIT — Toyota says it will roll out two new battery-electric vehicles and one plug-in gas-electric hybrid in the U.S. this year as the parade of new EVs continues. The company gave few specifics on the vehicles during a presentation Wednesday, but said …

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2022 Kia CV spy shots: Electric crossover SUV coming shortly

Kia is working on its first electric vehicle based on a platform designed specifically for battery-electric power, in contrast to the existing Soul and Niro EVs which are based on platforms originally designed for internal-combustion power. Code-named the CV, the new model is currently doing the rounds in prototype form, with the engineers using a …

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It will go anywhere and still fit in the overhead bin

Hyundai revealed its new crewless TIGER X-1 concept Tuesday. This unmanned utility vehicle (UMV) is the lynchpin of Hyundai’s experimental T.ransforming I.ntelligent G.round E.xcursion R.obot platform, which is designed to tackle harsh terrain on Earth (or off it), giving operators remote access to environments that would otherwise be too hostile for exploration.  The TIGER X-1 …

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Buy a car with bitcoin? Some car dealers have been years ahead of Tesla

SAN FRANCISCO — Georgia car dealer Christopher Basha was way ahead of Elon Musk in embracing bitcoin as a currency for selling vehicles. Basha said he learned about cryptocurrency from a roommate who mined bitcoin. “Someone bought a pizza with bitcoin,” he said. “Buying a car with bitcoin didn’t seem that crazy.” He began accepting …

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