Harri Weber

Harri Weber is a senior writer at TechCrunch covering climate. Her work has also appeared in Gizmodo, Fast Company, VentureBeat, dot.LA, Input and The Next Web.

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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 h

The all-electric Lucid Gravity SUV finally makes its debut with 440 miles of range

EV maker Lucid took the long-awaited wraps off the Gravity, an all-electric three-row SUV with a range that could hypothetically leave a Tesla Model X, Fisker Ocean or Rivian R1S stuck behind at a cha

Tesla hits reverse on threat to sue Cybertruck resellers

Tesla seems to be walking back the punitive limits it placed on buyers of its yet-to-be-released Cybertrucks. As recently as yesterday, a Tesla US order agreement page included a threat to sue Cybertr

A software update bricked Rivian infotainment systems

Welcome to the future, where your car is a computer and a “fat finger” can grind your tunes to a halt. On Monday, Rivian put out — then abruptly canceled — an over-the-air software upd

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 vehicles. The U.S. has hundreds of thousands of tons of “recoverable” lithium, which c

Rivian eyes software upcharges around AR and autonomy, not heated seats

We’re well past the revelation that automakers are software companies. But as the industry deepens its software roots, firms are still figuring out which upgrades they’ll charge for — an

Rivian and Amazon are no longer exclusive

Rivian vans are no longer an Amazon exclusive. The automaker said on Tuesday that it will now let other companies buy its commercial electric vans, ending an exclusivity deal that Amazon secured when

May Mobility rides the AV wave while Cruise and Waymo feel the heat

May Mobility has raised hundreds of millions from some of the biggest names in the auto industry, but if you haven’t heard of the autonomous vehicle startup yet, that’s apparently by desig

This EV startup was going to revolutionize how cars were made – now, it’s on life support

Arrival set out eight years ago to make electric vehicle production “radically more efficient.” So far, its plan to forgo the gigafactory for local microfactories has proved anything but.

Los Angeles demands robotaxi rulemaking powers

Mayor Karen Bass says Los Angeles — not a state agency — should have the power to decide how robotaxi companies expand in the city. The impact of the mayor's calls may extend well beyond LA.

Ford snaps up EV power startup to boost its charging tech

Ford is buying and burying Auto Motive Power, or “AMP” for short, to bolster its charging, battery management and power conversion tech. The secretive energy startup once claimed to power

Subaru follows Toyota in adopting Tesla’s charging standard

Subaru wants in on Tesla’s Superchargers. On Wednesday, the Japanese automaker said its electric vehicles will adopt Tesla’s charging port starting in 2025. The move ensures Subaru’s

Two of California’s biggest robotaxi opponents join forces

Two of the biggest groups to oppose robotaxi expansion in California are now formally working together. Teamsters 856, which is tied to one of the longest-standing labor unions in the U.S., and Ridesh

Robotaxis ‘do not belong in the city of Los Angeles,’ lawmaker says

Robotaxi oversight is now a priority at Los Angeles City Hall. At a press briefing on Wednesday, Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martínez told Waymo and Cruise that their robotaxis are not welcome. “Th

Robotaxi pushback grows in Los Angeles as Cruise loses permits

Less than a month after Waymo’s Los Angeles County expansion, labor organizers and an LA lawmaker are calling for new autonomous-vehicle regulations. On Tuesday, the office of LA Councilmember H

Smart upcycling machine dissects batteries to save them

Circu Li-ion co-founder and CEO Antoine Welter says his startup’s upcycling machine can diagnose batteries in seconds. “We know exactly which cell can be reused and which one can’t,&

Toyota hops on Tesla’s EV charging standard, leaving Stellantis and VW as holdouts

Another day, another convert: Toyota and Lexus electric vehicles will adopt Tesla’s chargers starting in 2025, Toyota said this week.   The top automaker by global sales, Toyota is the latest

Trans healthcare startup Plume lays off dozens of workers

Plume, a startup founded to offer essential online healthcare services to trans people across the U.S., laid off more than two dozen workers in October, several sources close to the company told TechC

Tesla’s solar business is tanking but energy storage is making up for it

By the megawatt, solar installations are outpacing other energy sources in the U.S. this year — but you wouldn’t know it judging from Tesla’s latest reports. Once among the top three res

Zipcar hit with feds’ first-ever fine for renting out recalled cars

If you rented a van from Zipcar a while back, there’s a chance it failed to meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s standards. The NHTSA hit Zipcar with a first-of-its-ki
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