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Nissan will roll out a concept car this year showing a new direction in electrification. That new electric car is likely to be a crossover model, and it will be separate from the Nissan Leaf’s platform design. Automotive News revealed more about Nissan’s plans from discussions with executives last month at the Shanghai auto show. […]

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This month during Audi’s annual general meeting in Germany, chairman Rupert Stadler said the company will launch three new battery electric models by 2020. Stadler said they’ll be battery-electric e-tron models. One of them, the Audi e-tron Quattro SUV, will be the first out next year. News of the all-electric SUV had already been released […]

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Qualcomm is preparing to bring more wireless electric charging to the U.S. next year tied to the launch of the refreshed Mercedes-Benz S550e plug-in hybrid sedan. Mercedes-Benz says S550e drivers can park over a charging pad and the process will begin automatically. Wireless charging means they can just “park it and charge it,” says the […]

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The ride-hailing giant today launched Uber Freight, which takes the same model used in rider trips over to freight hauling. Commercial truck and van operators can use the new mobile app to link up with end users who need cargo transported on city streets and highways. Uber Freight serves as the broker providing its mobile, […]

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Mercedes-Benz is bringing its energy storage business to the U.S. through a partnership with residential solar company, Vivint Solar. The collaboration pairs the German brand’s energy storage division with one of the U.S.’ largest home solar companies, and Mercedes-Benz says it sees a new market segment to serve, plus a good way to promote its […]

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Italy is facing legal action by the European Commission for failing to respond to claims of Fiat Chrysler Automobile having cheated on testing of vehicle emissions. The legal procedure could send the Italian government to court as the European Union cracks down on countries and automakers for the burgeoning scandal over diesel vehicle emissions; and […]

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Ride-hailing giant Uber’s chief executive pitched Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year on partnering to develop autonomous cars, according to a book scheduled for release next week. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick called Musk last year soon after Apple Inc. had invested $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s competitor in China. Kalanick intended to recruit Musk […]

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BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye said yesterday they’re adding automotive supplier Delphi to their alliance aimed at building a leading autonomous driving platform. Delphi had already been working with BMW on a prototype computing platform. Joining ranks with the others, Delphi will support efforts in the areas of perception, sensor fusion, and automated driving computing. […]

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An electric bus demonstration project in Israel may show the feasibility of adopting wireless charging technology in other countries and vehicle types, including cars consumers may one day buy. The Israeli government is working with ElectRoad, a local wireless charging technology company, to develop technology that can charge buses while in motion. The test demonstration […]

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BMW’s ReachNow mobility service is working with Seattle partners to add 20 charging locations that BMW said will be North America’s first Light & Charge stations available for public use. ReachNow, Woodland Park Zoo, and the City of Seattle, opened the first of these locations yesterday with the goal of having 20 in place with […]

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