#ELECTRIC/EXPLAINER: The Li-ion Battery Packs that Power Global Marquees from Tesla to VW & Rivian

BY Daniel Ren— Four major battery variants that currently power electric vehicles (EV) on the road are known as NCM, NCA, LFP and sodium-ion packs. EV batteries will be in high demand over the next decade, as carmakers ramp up production and the carbon neutrality era draws nearer.

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#CAMPERLIFE/CONCEPT: Toyota Unveils ‘Tacozilla’ Tacoma Camper Overlanding Rig at 2021 SEMA Show

BY Marco Kathuria—Toyota used this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show to unveil a unique lifted Tacoma camper riding on 33-inch all-terrain tires. It features a retro paint scheme to help it stand out from the crowd. Complete with all the “mod cons” an Overlander or Weekender might need, the “Tacozilla” comes with a bathroom, kitchen, dining area, and living space.

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#ELECTRIC/CAMPER: The First Electric Camper Van Is around the Corner

BY JAY RAMEY: LEVC’s take on a European-style camper van, once represented here by the Volkswagen Westfalia and its descendants, is the VN5 e-Camper. The London Electric Vehicle Company revealed renderings of what such a model could look like after partnering with camping vehicle specialist Wellhouse Leisure, and it’s headed into production at the end of 2021.

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#ELECTRIC/RVTECH: GM Will Suck Lithium From the Salton Sea?

BY MARK VAUGHN: With most of the world’s carmakers planning to go all-EV soon, the world is going to need a lot more lithium.  It is needed to make EV batteries and most now comes from Australia and Chile. General Motors think it might have found a way to get more, signing an agreement to extract Lithium from waters beneath the Salton Sea in Southern California. 

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