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Google’s Waymo is heading to the real world to see how everyday people take to self-driving cars. The company is starting a free, experimental service this month that will carry people around the Phoenix, Arizona area in its self-driving test cars. But to get those cars ready, Waymo added new hardware and interior designs that […]

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Will overwhelmed infrastructure lead to doubled or tripled recharge times for EVs? And will that drive sales of plug-in hybrids, given their increased powertrain flexibility, including the ability to switch to internal-combustion engine power? One consultant says yes, that’s what will happen. SEE ALSO: VW Reveals Nationwide EV Charging Plans Nicholas Meilhan, a Paris-based consultant […]

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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 has debuted an evolutionary version of its “Halo” wireless charging system capable of providing charge to an electric vehicle while it’s travelling at highway speeds. The new dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system is currently being tested using a Renault Kangoo on a 100-meter test track at the Vedecom Institute in Satory just outside of […]

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The long-anticipated redesign for the Nissan Leaf is to be revealed Sept. 6 in Tokyo. According to Pierril Pouret, senior vice president of Nissan in the Nordic Region speaking in Oslo, Norway Monday, Nissan’s mass-market EV will be an all-new design with some cues taken as expected from the IDS concept (pictured). “This will be […]

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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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Toyota is already criticized enough for being boring. Now its CEO is saying that a market shift toward EVs will be boring and expensive. This was said by CEO Akio Toyoda even as he leads a special project team that plans to build an EV by 2020, and as it works to catch up to […]

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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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