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Chairman of Tencent Holdings and billionaire, Ma Huateng, signed an agreement Monday with the manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones and some touch screens for Teslas and others to develop Internet-connected cars, including the all-electric variety. While Tencent Holdings is best known for creating the instant-messaging app WeChat, that could possibly change after its most recent partnership. Huateng […]

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A new report says that almost every Nissan Leaf battery in Europe, 99.99-percent to be exact, is still running strong. The data, according to CleanTechnica, says that only three out of 35,000 Nissan Leaf batteries in Europe have failed. This is less than 0.01-percent of all Leafs on European roads. Though CleanTechnica doesn’t reveal the […]

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By July, Volkswagen AG said it will make a decision on the batteries for its electric vehicles: either stay with the current lithium-ion technology, or move to new solid-state batteries. QuantumScape has been developing this new battery technology, which is said to store energy better than lithium-ion (li-ion). This translates to a longer range for […]

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Battery maker A123 Systems has announced it will be moving away from producing lithium ion batteries for U.S. market electric cars. Instead, said CEO Jason Forcier, the company’s automotive efforts will concentrate on more commonplace and potentially profitable batteries for starter batteries and so-called microhybrids. “We won’t spend too much effort on the EV markets […]

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Over the next two years Mercedes-Benz will launch 10 new plug-in vehicles, releasing one every four months. The plan is part of the company’s hybrid initiative, which includes a hybrid setup that can easily transfer to different vehicle classes. This gives Mercedes the ability to use the technology on its entire fleet, from the base-grade […]

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After showcasing its unique “flow cell” powertrain in Geneva – presented in two concept sports cars – nanoFlowcell said it’s pleased with the public reaction and wants to move forward toward possible production. “Flow cell technology has finally become instilled in the automobile industry’s collective consciousness,” said Prof. Jens Ellermann, the board of directors’ president […]

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Canadian officials are looking into possible failures with Nissan Leaf brakes in severely cold weather. Transport Canada, similar to the U.S-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is a government department tasked with overseeing on-road safety policies and regulations. In February, Transport Canada announced that they are opening an investigation of Nissan Leaf “brake system […]

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Hyundai presented two hybrid concepts at the Geneva Auto Show, both based on the brand’s compact SUV platform. Similar to Audi’s Q7 SUV, Hyundai will use a diesel engine to create its plug-in electric (PHEV) Tucson. The SUV will feature a 1.7-liter diesel paired with one electric motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A 10.7 […]

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Goodyear has presented a concept tire at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show that is aimed at helping electric vehicles charge their batteries. Known at the BHO3, this concept tire offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rolling tire into electrical energy. Goodyear explained the […]

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British luxury carmaker Aston Martin presented the DBX Concept EV at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show. Designed to challenge the current idea of what a luxury GT entry should be, this ev concept sits higher off the ground, incorporates all-wheel drive and gives clues to future design directions the brand may take. “The DBX […]

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