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Tesla, EV makers to benefit as President Biden announces electrified Gov’t fleet

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Tesla and other American electric automakers are set to benefit from President Joe Biden’s plan to make the Government fleet fully electric, he said in a White House Press Conference on Monday.

Biden, a supporter of sustainable energy, laid out his plan to rebuild America’s economy through jobs through manufacturing on Monday. Among his many remarks to improve America during the first days of his Presidency, he stated that one of his goals is to transition the fleet of Government vehicles currently used to all-electric powertrains, making Government travel more sustainable and efficient while reducing emissions that accelerate climate change.

“The Federal Government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles,” Biden remarked. “We are going to replace [them] with clean electric vehicles made right here in America, by American workers, creating 1 million autoworker jobs in clean energy…and vehicles that are net-zero emissions.”

President Biden’s plans are especially beneficial to Tesla, as it produces a majority of its electric vehicles in the United States in Fremont, California. General Motors, Ford, and Volkswagen are all also set up for benefits from this plan. All three automakers operate plants within the U.S. and have electric vehicle transition plans set up for the future.

“Together, this will be the largest mobilization of public investment and procurement infrastructure and R&D since World War II. And with the Executive Order that I will be signing today,” Biden added, “will increase ‘by America’ requirements for these kinds of projects and improve the way we measure domestic content requirements.”

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Biden’s Build Back Better plan targets an aggressive development of electric vehicles and related topics, including charging infrastructure, sustainable energy generation, and artificial intelligence. Biden is interested in spending $300 billion into “electric vehicle technology to lightweight materials, to 5G and artificial intelligence – to unleash high-quality job creation in high-value manufacturing and technology,” the President’s website states.

One focus will be to have a majority of the parts of a Government vehicle be manufactured in the United States. At least 50% of a car is to be comprised of parts manufactured in the United States. This was able to be avoided through loopholes, as some Government vehicles had the least valuable parts of a car are made in the U.S., with the more valuable components being shipped from foreign countries. Biden plans to do away with this loophole, ensuring that the car’s most crucial pieces come from U.S. companies.

Other countries, like Australia and New Zealand, have already initiated the use of electric cars for their government travels. The United States plans to do this under the Biden Administration but will keep its purchased vehicles coming from American manufacturers, ensuring the American economy and workforce will benefit from the plan to ax petrol-powered motors.

Tesla, EV makers to benefit as President Biden announces electrified Gov’t fleet

Source: https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-president-joe-biden-government-vehicles-electric/

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Uber spins out delivery robot startup as Serve Robotics

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Postmates X, the robotics division of the on-demand delivery startup that Uber acquired last year for $2.65 billion, has officially spun out as an independent company called Serve Robotics.

TechCrunch reported in January that a deal was being shopped to investors.

Serve Robotics, a name taken from the autonomous sidewalk delivery bot that was developed and piloted by Postmates X, has raised seed funding in a round led by venture capital firm Neo. Other investors included Uber as well as Lee Jacobs and Cyan Banister’s Long Journey Ventures, Western Technology Investment, Scott Banister, Farhad Mohit and Postmates co-founders Bastian Lehmann and Sean Plaice.

Serve Robotics didn’t share specifics of the funding except to confirm that the round, which will be a Series A, has not been completed yet. Funding a spin out can occur in phases, with the first tranche used for the initial launch and the rest of the round closing once IP has been transferred.

The new company will be run by Ali Kashani, who headed up Postmates X. Other co-founders include Dmitry Demeshchuk, the first engineer who joined the Serve team at Postmates and MJ Chun, who previously led product at Anki, has been heading up product strategy at Serve. The company is launching with 60 employees with headquarters in San Francisco and offices in Los Angeles and Vancouver, Canada.

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“While self-driving cars remove the driver, robotic delivery eliminates the car itself and makes deliveries sustainable and accessible to all,” said Kashani, co-founder and CEO of Serve Robotics. “Over the next two decades, new mobility robots will enter every aspect of our lives–first moving food, then everything else.”

Postmates’ exploration into sidewalk delivery bots began in earnest in 2017 after the company quietly acquired Kashani’s startup Lox Inc. As head of Postmates X, Kashani set out to answer the question: why move two-pound burritos with two-ton cars? Postmates revealed its first Serve autonomous delivery bot in December 2018. A second generation — with an identical design but different lidar sensors and few other upgrades — emerged in summer 2019 ahead of its planned commercial launch in Los Angeles.

The company’s mission to design, develop, and operate delivery robots specialized in navigating sidewalks will continue, albeit with an eye towards expansion. Serve will continue its delivery operations in Los Angeles. It plans to ramp up research and development in the San Francisco Bay area and expand its market reach through new partnerships.

The spin out is consistent with Uber’s aim to narrow the focus of its business on ride-hailing and delivery in a push towards profitability. This strategy began to take shape after Uber’s public market debut in May 2019 and accelerated last year as the COVID-19 pandemic put pressure on the ride-hailing company. Two years ago, Uber had enterprises across the transportation landscape, from ride-hailing and micromobility to logistics, public transit, food delivery and futuristic bets like autonomous vehicles and air taxis. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has dismantled the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach as he pushes the company toward profitability.

In 2020, Uber offloaded shared scooter and bike unit Jump in a complex deal with Lime, sold a stake worth $500 million in its logistics spinoff Uber Freight and rid itself of its autonomous vehicle unit Uber ATG and its air taxi play Uber Elevate. Aurora acquired Uber ATG in a deal that had a similar structure to the Jump-Lime transaction. Aurora didn’t pay cash for Uber ATG. Instead, Uber handed over its equity in ATG and invested $400 million into Aurora, which gave it a 26% stake in the combined company. In a similarly crafted deal, Uber Elevate was sold to Joby Aviation in December.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/03/02/uber-spins-out-delivery-robot-startup-as-serve-robotics/

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