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    Tweet Says 2017 Chevy Bolt EV Production Has Started For Otherwise Secretive Rollout

    Yesterday word came from up North that the 2017 Bolt EV production line at the Orion assembly plant in Michigan has officially started. A rumor only at this point, the news was delivered by that medium of choice, Twitter, and the poster was the WaterlooRegionVoltec group of Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. It would make perfect […]

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    Consumer Reports Names Tesla, Volt, and Prius Among Winners and Losers

    The latest car reliability survey from Consumer Reports sees it recommending and not recommending certain models, including some of the most popular green cars sold. Data for the broad survey of all vehicle types came from over half a million vehicles from model year 2000-2016, with some 2017s as well. “With that much information, Consumer […]


    All Teslas Now Will Come With Full Self-Driving Hardware

    Promising safety “substantially greater than that of a human driver,” today Tesla announced all its cars will come equipped with fully autonomous capable hardware. The hardware is aimed at ultimately permitting these cars to drive without any intervention from a human driver, comprehensively enough controlled, CEO Elon Musk has previously said, for one to go […]

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    China and SAE Issue Roadmap to Fast Track Autonomous Vehicles

    The Chinese government and Society of Automotive Engineers of China have issued a roadmap through 2030 that could have semi- or fully autonomous vehicles on sale as early as 2021. The 450-page plan that was issued by the SAEC lays out a roadmap for the development of autonomous technologies in three distinct five-year periods. It […]

    Audi Leaving Le Mans Behind for Formula E Electric Racing Series

    Audi is leaving its long-standing involvement with FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans series behind, turning its attention to the all-electric FIA Formula E racing series. Rupert Stadler, chairman of Audi’s board, made the announcement to 300 Audi employees Wednesday at the Audi Motorsport headquarters in Neuburg, Germany. That decision was based […]

    Is Infiniti Considering an Electric Car?

    Nissan’s affinity for electric cars has yet to catch on with its luxury brand, Infiniti, but that may change. The Japanese carmaker has sold the Leaf EV for six years, but a planned EV for its Infiniti luxury brand has been caught up in the automotive-industry version of development limbo. Now, thanks to burgeoning demand […]

    Michael Bloomberg Heading Project to Prepare Cities for Autonomous Vehicles

    Former three-term mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, is working with pilot cities to prepare for the advent of autonomous vehicles. Bloomberg is tapping into data to develop policy recommendations addressing social, environmental, and economic changes cities will need to make in order to accommodate autonomous vehicles. Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, Buenos Aires, and […]

    Federal Court Grants Volkswagen Settlement Over Diesel Emissions Scandal

    Volkswagen’s long-anticipated $14.7 billion diesel emissions cheating settlement was finalized today in a federal court. Under the settlement affecting owners of up to 475,000 polluting diesel cars, the German automaker agreed to spend up to $10.033 billion on buybacks and owner compensation. Another $4.7 billion will be spent on programs to support zero emission vehicle […]

    Toyota’s Approach to Self-Driving Cars: Assist Drivers, Don’t Replace Them

    Toyota’s ambition is to have self-driving cars on the road by 2020, but rather than replace the driver, the automaker’s top priority is to help them drive safely. “A completely autonomous car is not what we’re looking for,” said Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota’s assistant chief safety technology officer, during a presentation to Automotive News. “Our priority […]