Day: April 4, 2021

The Next Electric-Car Battery Champion Could Be European

Enercity AG Electric Vehicle Charge Site as Germany Boost Green Energy Infrastructure

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With Europe expected to lead the world in electric-car sales for a second straight year, an epic rush to build a battery-supply chain from scratch is playing out across the continent.

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After years of ceding the EV battery business to foreign companies, Europe wants in. Prospective manufacturers are popping up in the Nordic region, Germany, France, the U.K. and Poland in a transcontinental competition to chip away at the dominance of China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. and South Korea’s LG Energy Solution.

Fueled by state support of at least 6.1 billion euros ($7.3 billion) and investment plans totaling 10 times that in just one year, the race is on for a regional champion

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We Can Still Learn From Ralph Nader’s Unsafe At Any Speed

The Chevy Corvair ahead of the Paris Auto Show, 1962.

The Chevy Corvair ahead of the Paris Auto Show, 1962.
Photo: STF (Getty Images)

Automotive safety has come a startlingly long way since the mid-20th century, but that doesn’t mean we’ve solved the safety problem yet. And revisiting Ralph Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed over five decades after its publication shines a light on all the work we have left to do.

Most auto enthusiasts have heard of Unsafe at Any Speed at some point in their lives. It was published by consumer advocate Ralph Nader in late 1965 and served as an indictment of the entire automotive sphere. While most folks remember Nader’s critique of the Chevrolet Corvair, he delves into problems across the entire car world as a way to push for advanced safety measures.

Basically, Nader pulled back the covers on a lot of the shady dealings of America’s auto brands when it came

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