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Rivian shifts gears in the EV game, introducing the first ever electric pickup

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For adrenaline junkies who care a lot about the environment, we finally have the truck for you – and it’s electric!

The ultimate adventure truck powered by electricity

The world’s first ever electric truck has just rolled off production lines in Normal, Illinois.

Amazon-backed automotive company Rivian bet Tesla and General Motors in the race to manufacture the first electric pickup.

First introduced in 2018. the R1T debuted alongside its sister the R1S with plans to be the firstly developed 5-seat electric trucks.

Back then, the truck was anticipated to cover a range of over 400 miles before charge as the ultimate adventure car for drivers wanting an adrenaline rush.

Following the announcement, Rivian Founder and CEO RJ Scaringe said he wanted to deliver products the world didn’t already have, while redefining expectations through technology.

“Starting with a clean sheet, we have spent years developing the technology to deliver the ideal vehicle for active customers.”

Rivian Founder and CEO RJ Scaringe

“This means having great driving dynamics on any surface on or off-road, providing cargo solutions to easily store any type of gear, whether it’s a surf board or a fishing rod and, very importantly, being capable of driving long distances on a single charge.”

That dream now a reality

Those expectations were met today when the first R1T was rolled out of the factory and into the hands of the first-ever owner.

“After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line in Normal!” Scaringe tweeted.

“Our team’s collective efforts have made this moment possible.”

“Can’t wait to get these into the hands of our customers.”

The R1T model has received regulatory approvals from the National highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.

All 50 US states will see the model popping up in Rivian dealerships across the country, with the truck valued at $67,500 US dollars.

For those hanging out to get their hands on the wheel of one of these muscle machines across Europe, Australia and New Zealand, carsales says you’ll have to wait until early 2022.

Is Tesla behind the eight-ball?

Tesla is still yet to put a date on the release of their Cybertruck, another highly anticipated release for EV fans.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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EU plans to force USB-C chargers for all phones

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EU plans to make USB-C connectors the standard port for all smartphones and tablets, angering Apple

The European Commission rules to force manufacturers to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices. The European Commission is aiming to have a common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, cameras, headphones, and handheld videogame consoles.

The ruling has been in the making for a decade, with environmental concerns the main driving force behind the historic move.

Reducing waste

The rule will reduce waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device. Politicians have been pushing for this uni9versal charging rule for over a decade.

Disposed and unused charging cables generate approximately 11,000 tonnes of waste per year.  Research shows the average person owns around three mobile phone chargers.

A decade ago there were about 30 different types of chargers, now, phones use either USB-C, lightning, and USB micro-B.

Rotten Apple

The move would see all smartphones in the EU sold with the same charger, a motion Apple is not happy about. The tech giant says this move would damage ongoing innovation.

The tech giant is the main manufacturer of smartphones using a custom charging port, as its iPhone series uses an Apple-made “Lightning” connector. Apple argues its Lightning connector is used by one billion active iPhone users.

“We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world,”

Apple spokesperson

The proposed changes would apply to the charging port on the device body and will also standardise charging speeds. It may be a number of years before the proposals come into effect.

It will be thoroughly debated by the European Parliament and national Governments.

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Trade war fires up as U.S companies pass tariffs onto consumers

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The trade war between the United States and China is continuing to heat up, but this hasn’t stopped American businesses from leaving the Chinese mainland

This all follows the US implementing tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese consumer products in a bid to bring manufacturing back to American shores.

A new report has found this is hurting the US economy and has not been successful in pressuring China to change any of its economic policies.

Meanwhile, businesses based in either China and America have remained “deeply integrated” with the other… with foreign investment into China hitting a record high of US$144.4 billion in 2020.

This comes as Joe Biden moves to review US policy towards China, including the previous policies of Donald Trump.

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Energy prices soar for Europeans as winter chill approaches

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There are growing concerns for European residents as energy prices continue to skyrocket in the lead-up to winter

The wholesale prices of natural gas in Britain, France, Spain, Germany and Italy have reached record highs, with overall household bills now through the roof.

This all comes as the continent braces for a cold winter and fuel is needed for increased electricity generation.

Meanwhile, the Europen Consumer Organisation warns it has seen a huge price increase… saying “It’s worrying ahead of the winter when gas consumption will necessarily increase.”

This latest price hike is being caused by a number of factors… including a depletion of natural gas stockpiles during a cold spring and a growing demand for gas in China.

Russia is also supplying less gas to the market than it ever has before.

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