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World’s largest hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle goes live in South Africa

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The two-megawatt hydrogen propulsion system, designed and built by First Mode in Seattle, is installed on a dump truck that has begun operations at the Anglo American platinum mine in Mogalakwen, South Africa. This car is the world’s largest electric car.

The 210-ton hydrogen fuel cell nuGen dump truck was based on a Komatsu 930E with a diesel-electric transmission, in which the 16-cylinder engine served as a generator to power the truck’s electric traction motors. Now that diesel engine is gone, the hauler’s traction motors are powered by eight 100 kW hydrogen fuel cell modules from Ballard and a 1.1 MW lithium-ion battery pack from Williams Advanced Engineering, integrated by First Mode in Seattle.

The urgent task before us demanded that we use all the tools and all the technologies to combat climate change. I am so proud of the team and our partnership with Anglo American to decarbonize to bring about the meaningful and necessary change that we all strive for. We hope this breakthrough in zero-emission clean energy will inspire others to take significant action in the fight for our planet.

Chris Voorhees, President and CEO, First Mode

World's largest hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle goes live in South Africa

Peak power of the fuel cell transmission is 2 MW (2682 hp). This is enough to keep the dump truck with a nominal payload of 300 tons. When fully loaded, the truck can weigh up to 510 tons. Hydrogen is produced using a 3.5 MW electrolyser, and electricity will be supplied from a 100 MW solar panel. At full operation, the system should produce up to a tonne of hydrogen per day.

Anglo American claims that such large trucks account for up to 80% of diesel consumption in mines, and large haul trucks can account for about 3% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.

The company plans to produce 40 such dump trucks by the end of this decade.

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Tesla autopilot caused crash, driver charged with murder

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Tesla autopilot caused crash driver charged with murder

There was a new incident involving a Tesla car with autopilot on, which resulted in the death of two people. A Tesla Model S passed through a red traffic light at 119 km/h and crashed into a Honda Civic, killing the occupants of the last car.

The investigation confirms that the autopilot function was active in the car at the time of the accident. However, in the report, the judicial department believes that the fault lies with the driver and has nothing to do with the autopilot.

According to the Los Angeles District Court, the owner of the car was charged with “manslaughter in a vehicle.” By definition, vehicular homicide is the crime of causing death by gross negligence. This may involve drunk driving, reckless driving, or speeding.

Tesla autopilot caused crash, driver charged with murder

The punishment for this varies greatly. For example, if minor speeding results in death, it carries a prison sentence of up to one year. However, if the driver is drunk or under the influence of drugs, the punishment will be much more severe. Based on the description of this charge, there is evidence that the driver was grossly negligent while driving.

A Los Angeles court said there was enough evidence to charge the Tesla driver with murder. However, the trial in this case has only just begun.

As we have already reported, Tesla has created a department dedicated to responding to litigation within the company. It includes both passive response and active pursuit. Elon Musk says this new department reports directly to him.

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Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

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Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

Skoda presented the finished car Skoda Afriq, created at the company’s Academy in Mladá Boleslav. For the first time, we wrote about a sports crossover, which was created by a group of students, in November. Now it has become a reality.

With the name Afriq, the concept car pays homage to the legendary Dakar Rally, and technically it is similar to many other rally cars. The students were actively assisted by the Skoda Motorsport factory team participating in the rally on Skoda Fabia hatchbacks.

Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

Externally and in size, the Skoda Afriq is similar to the Kamiq crossover. The distinctive sides were welded rear doors, enlarged wheel arches and an increase in overall length from 4241 to 4362 mm. The rear wing, ventilation system and almost the entire interior, including the steering wheel, instrument panel, seats, seat belts and intercoms, were transferred from the Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo racing hatchback.

Skoda Afriq received transmission from Skoda Octavia 4×4. We are talking about a 2.0-liter 190-horsepower turbo engine, a seven-speed DSG “robot” and an all-wheel drive system with a clutch on the rear axle. To install the latter, the Czechs had to shorten the driveshaft and literally make the entire exhaust system from scratch.

The gas tank for the Afriq was also taken from the Skoda Octavia 4×4, and for independent suspension, the students completely redid the bottom of the donor Kamiq. The mass of the car was only 1350 kg, and in the back of it fit a portable water generator capable of producing drinking water from moisture in the air.

Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled
Skoda Afriq sports crossover unveiled

The car was created in a single copy.

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Elon Musk called the month of the appearance of fully unmanned Tesla

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The Tesla CEO visited Brazil on Friday. The reason for the trip was a partnership with the local government to launch a program to connect Amazon regions to SpaceX Starlink satellite internet.

Speaking to reporters, Elon Musk said that in a year (in May 2023) Tesla will already have cars with an unmanned driving system that does not require the presence of drivers behind the wheel. It is worth noting that Elon Musk has repeatedly made such statements in the past, but he has always been wrong in his predictions.

He previously claimed that there will be a million Tesla robot taxis on the roads in 2020. This year, Musk changed the goal to 1 million Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta users, which is a big difference.

Elon Musk called the month of the appearance of fully unmanned Tesla

The Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta version has the features of the autonomous driving system, but they sometimes fail, requiring the driver to be constantly behind the wheel, aware of the situation and ready to take control.

Tesla continues to improve the Full Self-Driving system and collect data to train its neural networks. Tesla hopes that with enough improvements, its FSD system will eventually be secure enough to be used without driver oversight.

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“The story is over. The meeting with the Martians has been cancelled. Musk goes to power, ”Dmitry Rogozin commented on the political course of the creators of Tesla

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The CEO of the state corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, commented on his Telegram channel on Elon Musk’s latest statements that he is becoming politically active in order to prevent the “awakening virus” (wouk virus) from preventing humanity from reaching Mars.

The story is over. Migration to Mars has been postponed. The sect of Witnesses Ilonov rents tickets at the box office. The meeting with the Martians has been cancelled. Everything is predictable and simple: having earned extra money from the war and failed space miracles, Musk goes to power. Shaking in the White House old rotten Joe Stump. Twitter is worried. The flight attendant trembles. The masks are off, gentlemen!

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“The story is over.  The meeting with the Martians has been cancelled.  Musk goes to power, ”Dmitry Rogozin commented on the political course of the creators of Tesla

It is worth noting that Dmitry Rogozin back in mid-April, before it became known about the intention of Elon Musk to buy Twitter, criticized him for hypocrisy, saying that in fact he was not going to colonize Mars at all. His main goal is enrichment on Earth and power.

Many do not fully understand what this person is. He is not going to Mars. He is focused on becoming a very, very powerful person in the world.

Dmitry Rogozin

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