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Volkswagen’s GTI badge will lead the way forward for electric cars that are “fun to drive.” Last year, Volkswagen boldly stated that it plans to sell one million battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids internationally by 2025. While the VW I.D. Buzz – an all-electric van with a range of 270 miles unveiled in Detroit – […]

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California’s three large investor-owned utilities have each submitted applications to install thousands of chargers at homes, workplaces, and port locations. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric submitted applications to the California Public Utilities Commission seeking about $1 billion in funding. The utilities spelled out programs and investments […]

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Volkswagen plans to combine its new I.D. electric vehicle lineup with 5G connectivity and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications to prepare for autonomous driving by 2025. VW began embedding connectivity features into new vehicles four years ago, now reaching about 2.1 million VW vehicles. Originally designed to improve safety and comfort features, the new 5G system and […]

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Elio Motors is facing a bleak financial picture and another delay, according to a news report. Local news channel KTBS in Shreveport, La., reported that the three-wheel carmaker had $101,317 in cash and about $123.2 million in accumulated deficit as of Sept. 30, 2016. That came from a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, which […]

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In response to a customer on Saturday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tesla owners can expect major hardware updates to occur “every 12 to 18 months.” Musk made the comment when responding to a customer’s Twitter question about paid upgrades for exisiting owners who want the latest equipment, possibly referring to the second generation Autopilot […]

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Ford is rolling out a one-year trial of 20 new plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans to support London’s clean air targets. The project is supported by Transport for London, which operates the local transport system. Ford said the trial fleet will operate in everyday use across a cross-section of city-based businesses. It’s scheduled to launch […]

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is now offering a $500 “Clean Fuel Rebate” for its customers in Northern and Central California who own battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The credit comes via a provision in the state’s program called Low Carbon Fuel Standard that earns credits for PG&E itself, and the company then passes them […]

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Swiss engineering firm ABB will be investing $90 million in a new research and development center in Montreal targeted at vehicle electrification and new technologies. Development projects will include “next-generation solutions for electric vehicles.” One part of the center will be ABB’s North American Centre for Excellence in e-Mobility, which will be dedicated to energy-management […]

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The U.S. Transportation Department gave the nod to Michigan as one of 10 locations in a competition for self-driving car test sites as federal regulators move to implement new guidelines for autonomous cars. The American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti Township, a 311-acre portion of the Willow Run WWII B-24 bomber plant, will be […]

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Tesla Motors has just launched its Model S 100D with an estimated 335 miles of range per charge, and starting price of $95,800 (plus destination). That comes from a 100 kWh battery. It’s still an EPA-estimated figure and the final figure may change slightly. However, you can pay $3,000 less if you order a Model […]

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