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The latest nation to object to America’s Inflation Reduction Act is surprise surprise, China. According to Bloomberg, a spokesperson for the country’s Ministry of Commerce said the IRA “discriminates against similar imported goods and is a suspected breach of the World Trade Organization principles,” and added, “China will continue to assess and evaluate implementation of the legislation and will take measures to safeguard its legal interests when necessary.”
Calling all builders: Tune in for the big reveal of the All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty® pickup trucks and chassis cabs on 9/27 at 7:15 PM ET 🛻 #SuperDuty https://t.co/wYN8Ozxn0d pic.twitter.com/Rxyw3aSl6u
— Ford Trucks (@FordTrucks) September 22, 2022
A new teaser for the upcoming F-Series Super Duty seems to confirm the return of Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbodiesel engine — the kind that develops 475 hp (354 kW / 482 PS) and 1,050 lb-ft (1,422 Nm) of torque in its current guise. In addition, we can also see the “Super Duty” lettering, streamlined bodywork, and retractable side steps.
Spotlight on the #Audi e-tron – a real electric pioneer. Now a new challenger is part of the starting grid at the #ecannonball 2022 and features new lighting innovations. Stay tuned for more.#FutureIsAnAttitude #prototype #ecb #ecb22 #FeelTheEnergy pic.twitter.com/3CeEoCB9Ym
— Audi (@AudiOfficial) September 20, 2022
Audi will be revealing a new e-tron prototype at the e-Cannonball in Hamburg, with the car sporting “new lighting innovations.” It would appear that the prototype will be based on the upcoming facelifted e-tron, which has been spied on multiple occasions.
Italy’s former deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has called on his country’s government to let the people decide if the EU’s 2035 ban on ICE cars should be implemented. While Salvini has a track record of holding an anti-EU stance, does the politician have a point? Should a referendum determine bans on fossil fuel cars?
Tesla has unveiled a new adapter that will allow owners to juice up at a wider range of recharge points. The CCS Combo 1 Adapter, available on the Tesla website for $250, will allow Teslas to plug into fast charging stations operated by third-party companies, like ChargePoint, Volta, and Electrify America, although for now, it can only be used by the latest models in the lineup.
Lotus has just completed a round of fundraising, and while the exact amount raised is still unknown, the firm’s technology arm has been valued at $4.5 billion. Lotus is aiming to use the funds to expand its distribution networks and product innovation, as it prepares to launch the 2024 Eletre, under the ownership of Geely.
One easter egg revealed along with the unveiling of the all-new Ford Mustang last week was an official sketch of a possible four-door version of the hallowed pony car. This inspired Sugar Design to create an unofficial render of their own, and we have to say the results aren’t too bad at all.
What Else Is Making The News
YouTube Takes On TikTok By Monetizing Shorts
This should be landscape-shifting 👀
YouTube Shorts has graduated from a fixed fund to revenue sharing
✅ Creators who get 10M views on Shorts in 90 days can apply
✅ 45% ad split to creators
✅ YT will keep a music library that creators can use and still make revenue https://t.co/7rHTn9zPgF
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 20, 2022
YouTube creators will soon be allowed to make money from Shorts — the short-form videos similar in style to those popularised by TikTok. YouTube will share 45 percent of the revenue generated from Shorts with creators, while the site’s Partner Program eligibility will also be expanded.
Nicholas Latifi To Leave Williams At The End Of 2022
Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi will be parting ways with the Williams F1 team at the end of the season. The Canadian driver has often failed to impress onlookers, while at the last race in Monza, the stand-in for Alex Albon Nyck de Vries made an admirable debut, scoring points and overtaking Latifi in the championship standings after just one outing.