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Mercedes-Benz will be competing against other automakers in the Formula E electric racing series starting in 2019. The automaker is transitioning its motorsports division over from German racing series Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) to focus on Formula E. The company had played a visible role as a manufacturer sponsoring DTM for several years. The motorsports group will […]

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The United Kingdom is following France’s lead with a ban on the sale of vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel by 2040. Internal pressures have been mounting as well, with the British government having lost legal cases filed by campaign groups. The national government has been taking measures along the way, including a May proposal […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering issuing fuel economy requirements for automakers lighter than the Environmental Protection Agency’s version. DOT said Tuesday that the new rules may start a year earlier than planned in the EPA’s proposed rules, covering 2021 model year vehicles. Lower fuel economy increases through 2025 would be part of the […]

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Oliver Schmidt, former top executive at Volkswagen’s environmental and engineering center in Michigan, is ready to plead guilty in a U.S. District Court in Detroit next month.

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Consumer Reports has officially reinstated the Tesla Model S to it top safety rating ranking for fixing its emergency braking system. The consumer safety magazine had taken the Model S off that list in April after reviewing the vehicle and finding that Tesla’s software update for the automotive emergency braking (AEB) wasn’t adequate. The latest […]

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BMW will be bringing its flexible electrified vehicle architecture over to an all-electric Mini in 2019. An all-electric variant of the brand’s core 3-door small car model, also known as the Mini Cooper, will start production that year. Car buyers will be able to consider a traditional gasoline or diesel engine version, a plug-in hybrid, […]

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Costing a mere fraction of a Nissan Leaf, a lightweight electric car that reaches its top speed in seconds with comfortable seating for two is now taking pre-orders. Future generation drivers need to be of smaller stature and under 130 pounds, but in exchange they get a 12-Volt EV with easy recharging at home, with […]

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Fisker is parting ways with battery technology supplier Nanotech Energy for the upcoming EMotion all-electric luxury sports sedan. Its Fisker Nanotech joint venture was going to use battery cells made from graphene for the EMotion’s battery pack. The JV, called Fisker Nanotech, came to be with founder Henrik Fisker’s announcement of Fisker Inc., in October […]

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With the Model 3’s arrival for retail customers imminent, Tesla is dropping the cheapest version of the Model S. That’s the rear-wheel drive Model S 75. At $69,500, it is currently the lowest-priced version of the four-door electric sedan. It is also the only rear-drive version of the Model S. The entry-level Model S is […]

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Toyota may be ready to plunge into China’s “new energy vehicle” electric car market as early as 2019. While the company wouldn’t confirm the plan as reported by Reuters, a Toyota spokesman on Friday confirmed that electric vehicles will be introduced to that market. “We are going to introduce EVs in China with a few […]

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