EV Maker's Money Problems; Toyota Gives Away Hydrogen Cars; Bridge Collapse Root Cause | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 160

Also on the podcast, pork producer's shocking retaliation, Polestar gets cash infusion to keep bankruptcy at bay, Boeing's bid to buy Spirit, Airbus debuts nextgen air taxi and sodium-based batteries get more sustainable.

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Every week, we cover the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week: 

EV Startup Gets Cash Infusion Following Bankruptcy Scare - @4:10

Polestar was looking for another cash infusion last week and about a dozen lenders gave the carmaker another $950 million loan.

Large Pork Producer Faces Shocking Worker Retaliation Allegations - @17:18

Tosh Pork is the largest pork producer in Tennessee

Bridge Collapsed After Repeated Maintenance Recommendations - @27:34

In the early morning on January 28, 2022, a bus and four passenger vehicles were crossing the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh. The bridge experienced a structural failure and fell some 100 feet into the park below.

Toyota Practically Giving Away its Hydrogen Vehicles - @39:25

According to Wards Auto, Toyota recently issued a $40,000 sales incentive for the second-generation Mirai that normally sells for $52,000. The Mirai also includes $15,000 in complimentary fuel.

EV Startup Fisker Trying to Pair with Large Automaker as Money Runs Out - @50:14

Things have taken a turn for the worse for Fisker.

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Boeing Reportedly in Talks to Buy Spirit AeroSystems - @1:03:07

The company is the key supplier for the troubled 737 Max.

Consortium Aims to Develop Sodium-Based Batteries - @1:08:40

Unlike lithium, which is comparatively rare, sodium is available in practically unlimited quantities.

Airbus Debuts NextGen Air Taxi Ahead of First Flight - @1:12:56

Airbus today unveiled the prototype of its fully electric CityAirbus NextGen, an electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (eVTOL) designed to operate in major cities. The first flight is scheduled for later this year.

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