Debuts from BMW, Mercedes, Citroen, Buick, Toyota, Honda, Cadillac, VW

European automakers plan to debut key new cars at the Shanghai auto show next week after the world’s largest auto market recovered faster from the COVID-19 pandemic than their home region.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz will display new electric models as they step up their challenge to Tesla and battery-powered cars from China’s domestic brands. The two German premium automakers have reported record first-quarter vehicle deliveries, driven largely by explosive demand in China.

France’s Citroen also aims to capitalize on robust customer demand in China with the reveal of its new flagship, the C5 X.

The show starts on Monday.

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REE Automotive announces collaboration with Magna

REE Automotive has announced a “strategic collaboration” with Magna International, which will allow both companies to explore the possibilities of fully modular electric vehicles (MEVs) and bring them to market. According to a press release, these MEVs will be based around the REEcorner technology and will don a “Powered by REE” brand.

REE Automotive is a startup EV technology company based in Tel Aviv, with subsidiaries in the US, UK, and Germany. We’ve previously covered REE in an article highlighting its modular EV platforms and proprietary REEcorners. According to its website, REE has a unique CapEx-light manufacturing model that leverages

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Elon Musk’s Las Vegas tunnel is like a Tesla amusement park ride

Nate Calabrese almost skipped right over the “driver wanted” ad on job-search website Indeed.com because it offered so few details. Turned out the posting was for the Boring Co., the tunneling business owned by Elon Musk. That’s how Calabrese, 27, ended up driving people underneath the Las Vegas convention center on Friday in one of the first public peeks at the so-called “Loop” Musk has constructed there.

The company’s first big commercial project was set for unveiling at Las Vegas’s glitzy annual Consumer Electronics Show this January, but the Covid-19 pandemic got in the way. Now, it’s ready for its

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Vaccines by Bus and Bicycle in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County residents over the age of 16 will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday at one of three permanent public health community vaccination sites located throughout the county, including at the Hilton Santa Barbara near East Beach. This location may pose an issue for county residents who only own bicycles, including students in Isla Vista, but public transportation, mobile vaccination teams, and other accommodations have the potential to broaden vaccine access.

While the Hilton site on Cabrillo Boulevard may pose transportation obstacles for those living in the Goleta area, the initial location of the Santa

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Polly Trottenberg confirmed as deputy transportation secretary

Trottenberg, who previously served at the department as a senior official during the Obama administration, returns to the federal government at a time when President Biden is proposing to significantly increase spending on transportation with a $600 billion infusion. Beyond repairing roads and bridges, Buttigieg is seeking to make the environment and racial justice priorities.

“As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we face a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve our transportation system and ensure that it equitably serves all Americans and communities both large and small,” Trottenberg said during her confirmation hearing in March.

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This EV Startup Is Building A Modular EV Skateboard Platform

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Photo: REE Automotive

REE Automotive is an Israeli startup that’s developing a flat, scalable EV platform. The company sees its platform being used to create a wide array of EVs, from autonomous last-mile delivery vehicles to medium-duty trucks.

Just take a look: Forget putting anything on top of that platform. Give me a steering wheel and a windscreen, and I’ll drive it as-is.

REE says its innovation is cramming the EV components into the wheel arches, allowing its skateboard-like platform to be flat and modular. The wheels are pushed to the extreme corners. Automotive News reports that

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