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Tesla has broken the “granola image” of electric cars and its limited audience, opening doors for competitors like the EQ subbrand, Daimler’s chief said. During an interview last week at the South by Southwest (SXSW 2017) conference in Austin with German magazine T3N, CEO Dieter Zetsche reflected on the German automaker’s 2009 investment in Tesla, […]

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The controversial Keystone XL pipeline transporting Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta through the U.S. has been approved by the State Department. Canadian oil company TransCanada can now construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the border in Montana for importing the crude oil. Previous Secretary of State John Kerry rejected the pipeline in […]

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Tesla may see its break into the police car market through a contract with Scotland Yard. London’s police department has been in talks with Tesla CEO Elon Musk that could bring in up to 700 Tesla vehicles customized for the client. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, chief of Metropolitan Police, has been in talks with Tesla on […]

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The all-electric Renault Zoe drove up total French plug-in vehicle sales 7.4 percent over the previous year. Zoe sales in its home country grew 32 percent to 1,565 units sold. That made for 69 percent of passenger battery electric vehicle sales in that market. Avere-France, the association for development of electric mobility, reported 3,121 plug-in […]

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The cost of automakers complying with toughening federal fuel economy standards could be far less than expected. This is according to the International Council on Clean Transportation, an independent research group, which released a report concluding automakers costs could be reduced by 34 percent to 40 percent per vehicle in the 2022 through 2025 phase. […]

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French automaker PSA’s Citroen division just launched the E-Berlingo, an electric version of its multi-functional Berlingo minivan. Citroen wants to tap into the appeal and functionality of its 20-year-old plus Berlingo with the benefits of electrification. In the past, the Berlingo has served as a leisure activity vehicle for owners, and its modular design has […]

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Tesla owners have been demanding yet loyal, helping the electric carmaker recover from glitches in the Model S and Model X, a new study says. In “Tesla: Beyond the Hype,” J.D. Power and Associates found that several times the automaker has been slammed by owners for a number of serious quality issues. Still, there’s a […]

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This week Workhorse Group announced it had lassoed some utilities for its four-wheel-drive truck. At least three electric utilities — Duke Energy, Portland General Electric and Southern California Public Power Authority — among others have signed a letter of intent for what would likely lead to fleet commitments of 2,150 pickups when available. This suggests […]

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Policymakers and executives from automakers and tech companies expect electrified, autonomous, shared mobility will see solid footing by 2040. The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis conducted a study with 40 experts on the subject from government and nonprofit organizations, and representatives from the auto and technology industries. About 70 percent of […]

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Volkswagen is preparing to launch its first all-electric I.D. car in 2020 to meet increasingly strict emissions rules in Europe and China. VW brand CEO Herbert Diess told analysts last week that the I.D. concept hatchback shown at the Paris auto show last year is expected to have its design approved in August for the […]

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