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    As MPG Cheating Scandal Unfolds in Japan, US EPA Increases Vigilance On Mitsubishi

    Following admission of more than two decades of misreported mpg data to Japanese authorities, the U.S. EPA says the company’s cars sold stateside are being scrutinized. “EPA has instructed Mitsubishi to provide additional information regarding their U.S. vehicles,” said the agency today in response to a query by “The agency will also be directing […]


    Is the Apple Car Being Secretly Developed in Germany?

    A report in the Telegraph says that Apple is developing an electric car in a German research lab. If the report is true, Apple is working with a level of secrecy usually reserved for military projects. The Telegraph picked up a German newspaper report that the company has hired 20 automotive industry employees and brought […]

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    Volt-derived Malibu Drivetrain Powers Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Launched in Shanghai

    The 2016 Chevy Volt has had another grandchild. Yesterday in Shanghai, General Motors introduced its Buick LaCrosse Hybrid using a high-mpg powertrain derived from the Malibu Hybrid which itself is the offspring of the second-generation Chevy Volt. The automaker and its joint venture partner SAIC say the vehicle is a major part of SAIC-GM’s “Drive […]

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    China’s EV Market Seen as Smart Investment for Tech Giants

    Well-funded internet companies in China see electric vehicles as a very smart investment channel. Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. is a major investor in NextEV, a Shanghai-based startup looking to compete with Tesla Motors. About 500 engineers are working for NextEV to unveil its first electric car in 2017. “Our goal is to build […]

    Volkswagen and Shell Argue for Biofuels Over Electric

    Biofuels are better than electrified vehicles for hitting carbon reduction targets, according to a study commissioned by automakers and oil companies. “Integrated Fuels and Vehicles Roadmap 2030 and Beyond” is a new 138-page study that’s biased toward biofuels as the European Union creates new fuel efficiency and emissions targets for 2025 to 2030. The EU […]

    Volvo To Bring Self-Driving Cars to the UK Next Year

    Volvo’s self-driving cars are heading to the United Kingdom next year. The Swedish automaker has announced that it will launch the U.K.’s largest and most ambitious self-driving car trial yet in hopes of speeding up the introduction of a technology aimed to reduce car accidents while freeing up road congestion. Volvo is also working on […]

    Volvo Engineer Disdainful of Tesla’s Autopilot

    A Volvo engineer who works on autonomous driving has called Tesla’s Autopilot autonomous driving aid a “wannabe.” Autopilot is a semi-autonomous system that lets the car take over for the driver – he or she can even release the steering wheel – at highway speeds. Tesla calls it a Level 2 system, meaning that it […]

    Germany Subsidizes Electrified Cars – Except Teslas

    The German goal of one million electrified cars on the country’s roads by 2020 is unlikely to be met, but the government is doing what it can to bolster EV sales. The latest step is a subsidy fund of €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) that will receive 50 percent of its funding from the government. SEE […]