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German automotive supplier Bosch says it’s the first and only supplier to offer water injection to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Bosch’s new WaterBoost system is geared to drivers accelerating quickly or driving on highways, where the additional injected water reduces fuel consumption up to 13 percent. The higher compression ratio in the […]

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Google is launching a carpooling service in San Francisco that could take business away from ride-hailing leaders Uber and Lyft. Since May, Google has been testing out a carpool service using the Waze navigation mobile app for commuters to share rides to work, reports the Wall Street Journal. The system connects Waze riders with drivers […]

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During an event last week at its technical center in Shanghai, General Motors summarized the company’s near term electrification plans for the Chinese market. According to Executive Director of Electrification, Larry Nitz, GM is accelerating the launch of electrified vehicles – called “new energy vehicles” (NEVs) in China. The company intends to build a local […]

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Samsung SDI will building a battery plant in Hungary to supply plug-in electrified vehicles. The company’s Samsung’s battery division will be investing about 400 billion won ($358 million) to tap into the European PEV market after its presence China has been disappointing, according to Automotive News. Samsung SDI said in a statement that the proposed […]

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Mitsubishi Motors was ordered Tuesday by the Japanese transport ministry to stop domestic sales of eight more vehicle models due to cheating on fuel economy reporting, according to a Fortune report. Investigation into fuel economy on models including the Pajero, Outlander, and RVR SUVs were lower than stated in marketing catalogs, the ministry reported. That […]

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China’s BYD Company Ltd. is already the largest manufacturer of battery-electric automobiles and buses, and now it can add sanitation trucks to the list. This should give Warren Buffet some measure of satisfaction as his Berkshire Hathaway investment firm plunked down $230 million for a 10 percent stake in BYD in 2008. The fleet of […]

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Owners and lessees of affected Volkswagen diesel cars are reportedly choosing buybacks over fix-its. To date, according to Automotive News, almost half of 475,000 owners and lessees of Volkswagen AG diesel cars sold in the U.S. have registered to participate in the preliminary court settlement following VW’s diesel emission cheating scandal. And of these 210,000 […]

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GM is getting prepared to debut a crazy-looking fuel cell-powered military vehicle. Developed in conjunction with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the vehicle, which isn’t being called a concept, will be based on the Chevrolet Colorado and will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The SUV will be used […]

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Google has brought in a former Airbnb executive to lead commercialization of its self-driving cars. Shaun Stewart served as a top executive for Airbnb’s online vacation home rental marketplace. Airbnb has become a popular mobile app in the newly-emerging “shared economy,” gaining ubiquitous brand identity similar to Uber’s. Stewart will serve as a director of […]

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While manufacturing plug-in electrified vehicles has become a hot business angle for Chinese-backed startups, about 90 percent of them may soon be out of the business. Inspired by generous government subsidies for “new-energy vehicles,” more than 200 startup companies backed by Chinese billionaires and other investors have entered the market. About 95 percent of these […]

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