An autoworkers strike trifecta and another speed bump for Cruise and Waymo

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A history-making second occurred Thursday night time when the United Auto Employees determined to strike against all three large U.S. automakers — GM, Ford and North America’s Stellantis (often called Chrysler) — after each side failed to succeed in a deal.

Employees didn’t strike all amenities directly, as an alternative picketing at focused places for now. This can be a fluid state of affairs and there has already been some repercussions. GM stated it expects to idle its Fairfax Meeting plant in Kansas due to a scarcity of stampings made on the Missouri manufacturing unit the place staff are placing. Ford additionally issued short-term layoffs to 600 staff at its Michigan Meeting plant close to Detroit.

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Lime as soon as once more touted its ability to turn a profit within the unforgiving scooter recreation this week, and as soon as once more I wanted the corporate would present me its steadiness sheets so I may again up these claims.

And maybe quickly I will peer behind the scenes. Together with the information that Lime had reached a formidable adjusted EBITDA profitability of $27 million in H1 2023 ($20.6 million unadjusted) and is on the trail towards free money circulation positivity in 2023, Lime stated that it’s lastly, truly contemplating going public.

Lime has been teasing plans to go public for years, however market forces like a pandemic and an financial downturn have thwarted the corporate’s path. Now it appears to be like just like the market temper is lifting, with loads of different startups seeking to IPO in 2023 and past.

“If the market reacts effectively, and as extra firms come out [with IPOs], we’ve the economics, the expansion, the profitability to take Lime public hopefully as quickly because the market permits,” CEO Wayne Ting advised TechCrunch.

In different information . . . 

Germany seems to be mulling over whether or not it needs scooters on its streets — simply a few weeks after the Paris ban on shared e-scooters went into impact.

Honda has a brand new e-scooter called the Motocompacto, which has an aesthetic that managing editor Darrell Etherington describes as “irresistibly, heartbreakingly dorky and cute.”

NYC voted to ascertain a trade-in program that can make it simpler for New Yorkers to swap their e-bikes and lithium-ion batteries made with aftermarket components for ones that meet business security requirements, both without cost or at a low price.

Deal of the week

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Battery firms proceed to land completely bonkers quantities of cash from buyers and governments.

Take Verkor, the Renault-backed French battery firm that produces pouch and cylindrical battery modules for electrical autos and energy-storage websites. The corporate stated it secured “more than €2 billion” ($2.1 billion) to hurry up development of its Dunkirk gigafactory. Yeah, you learn that proper.

The massive sum contains an €850 million Collection C funding spherical in addition to €600 million in loans from the EU’s European Funding Financial institution. The $2.15 billion determine additionally counts €650 million in yet-to-be-approved French subsides, pending a ultimate OK from the European Fee. Macquarie, French infrastructure investor Meridiam and Renault participated within the Collection C spherical.

As TechCrunch reporter Harri Weber notes, this eye-popping spherical follows different sizable raises from battery startups, together with Lyten, which introduced this week that its raised $200 million in a Collection B spherical. That spherical was led by Prime Movers Labs, a enterprise agency from OpenGov co-founder Dakin Sloss, and included investments from Stellantis, FedEx and Honeywell.

Different offers that obtained my consideration . . . 

Dance, the German startup that gives electrical bikes and mopeds through subscription packages, added a handful of investors to prime up its current €12 million funding spherical and stated it now has 10,000 energetic and paying members.

Evolectric, a Lengthy Seaside, California–based mostly EV tech firm, raised $15 million from Seismic Capital.

Kolors, a Mexico Metropolis–based mostly startup that connects intercity bus riders with bus drivers, acquired B2B van pooling supplier Urbvan for $12 million cash.

Revel, the automobile subscription startup from Spain, raised €115 million ($123 million). The funding is a mix of debt and fairness: €100 million is structured financing earmarked to construct out the automobile community, and €15 million is fairness invested within the enterprise itself. Traders embrace KKR, Santander Shopper Finance and others that aren’t being named.

Turo, the peer-to-peer car-sharing firm, possibly simply possibly is preparing for the IPO roadshow, if its latest filing is any indication and if a report from Bloomberg citing unnamed sources is to be believed. However don’t maintain your breath. We’ve been right here earlier than. The corporate first filed its S-1 (intentions to go public) in January 2022, and it repeatedly put a pin in these plans because it awaited higher financial circumstances. Is now the time?

Notable reads and different tidbits

Autonomous autos

The California Senate handed a invoice that requires a educated human security operator to be current any time a self-driving, heavy-duty automobile operates on public roads within the state — successfully banning driverless AV trucks. The invoice, AB 316, is now sitting on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk.

Cruise revealed a prototype of a custom-built, wheelchair-accessible, self-driving robotaxi and stated that closed-course testing of the driverless automobile would start in October. The automobile, known as the Cruise WAV, is the results of three years of product design, growth and testing by Cruise and GM, together with its companions on the venture BraunAbility and Q’Straint.

San Francisco formally requested that state regulators redo an August hearing that expanded robotaxi permits for Cruise and Waymo.

Electrical autos, charging & batteries

Canoo is, welp, not doing nice over within the land of public markets. A filing on Friday exhibits the corporate has requested a switch to Nasdaq Capital Market, a tier for early-stage firms with low market capitalizations. Why? Canoo has been confronted with delisting as a result of its inventory worth is so low.

The brand new Elon Musk biography by Walter Isaacson contained a number of Tesla tidbits, together with a picture of a two-door, two-seater “Cybertruck-like” compact robotaxi concept.

The European Fee is contemplating imposing punitive tariffs to guard European Union automakers in opposition to cheaper Chinese electric vehicle imports, which the company says advantages from state subsidies.

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe mentioned in an interview on the Morgan Stanley Laguna Convention how a {hardware} improve in its R1 autos — enhancements that will likely be rolled out subsequent 12 months — will scale back prices. One of many biggest payoffs will come from overhauling the digital management unit structure.

Tesla is planning to just about double its part sourcing from India to as much as $1.9 billion this year, based on the nation’s commerce minister.

Gig economic system

Lyft rolled out a brand new function in 5 U.S. cities, together with Chicago and San Francisco, that lets ladies and nonbinary drivers set a desire for picking up only women riders. The desire function, known as Girls+ Join, may assist Lyft entice extra ladies drivers to the app, which at present stands at about 23%.

In-car tech

Google introduced that autos with Google built-in, beginning with Polestar 2 and choose Volvo vehicles, will now have Amazon Prime video. The corporate additionally rolled out new apps on its Android Auto product, together with Zoom and Webex by Cisco for audio-only conference calls.

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