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LA Auto Show: the tech, EVs and cars that got our attention

The 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show is a wrap — for press, anyway. That means it’s time to recap the big launches, strange details, cars on display and peculiar absences we noticed this year. The highlights include the SUV that’ll make or break Lucid, Amazon’s auto fixation, a pickup that calls Tesla’s Cybertruck to mind…

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Toyota is turning to startup Redwood Materials for critical battery materials

Battery cells produced at Toyota’s future North American EV factory will someday contain a little Redwood Materials DNA. The two companies announced Thursday that Redwood Materials will supply Toyota with cathode material and anode copper foil for battery cells produced at the automaker’s $13.9 billion factory in North Carolina that’s slated to go into production…

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‘Deepwashing’ risks dampening progress in European climate tech investing

Craig Douglas Contributor Craig Douglas is a partner at World Fund and an adviser to the EU Commission on Energy policy. World Fund invests in climate technologies with significant climate performance potential (CPP). Today, deep tech companies — companies creating cutting-edge, transformative technologies based on scientific breakthroughs and R&D, and bringing them to market —…

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Exxon wants to drill enough lithium out of Arkansas to power 1M EVs per year

Fossil fuel giant Exxon is betting its U.S. lithium operation will power a new generation of electric cars. The U.S. has hundreds of thousands on tons of “recoverable” lithium, which could go to use in batteries for cars, handhelds and renewable energy storage, a 2021 U.S. Geological Survey said. Yet, the country has just one…

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Congruent starts raising fresh $250M early-stage climate tech fund

High interest rates may be stifling some investments in climate tech today, but the new fund suggests that LPs see a light at the end of the tunnel. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. Visit Site Source: TechCrunch Author: Tim De Chant

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Coperniq raises $4M seed round to bring SaaS to solar installers

The startup’s solution takes over where project proposal software leaves off, from the first site visit until the solar array is running and on the grid. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. Visit Site Source: TechCrunch Author: Tim De Chant

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Dreamfarm, a startup out of Italy’s Food Valley, is setting its sights on the perfect vegan mozzarella

Vegan cheese isn’t usually anything to write home about, in terms of taste and texture. Dreamfarm, a startup based in Parma, in the Food Valley of Italy, is hoping to change that. It’s cooked up a plant-based mozzarella using a base of fermented almonds, and just a handful of other ingredients, which it reckons does…