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Well-funded internet companies in China see electric vehicles as a very smart investment channel. Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. is a major investor in NextEV, a Shanghai-based startup looking to compete with Tesla Motors. About 500 engineers are working for NextEV to unveil its first electric car in 2017. “Our goal is to build […]

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Biofuels are better than electrified vehicles for hitting carbon reduction targets, according to a study commissioned by automakers and oil companies. “Integrated Fuels and Vehicles Roadmap 2030 and Beyond” is a new 138-page study that’s biased toward biofuels as the European Union creates new fuel efficiency and emissions targets for 2025 to 2030. The EU […]

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The glowing headline of Consumer Reports’ just-published RAV4 Hybrid overview does not tell the paradoxical story to be read between the lines. While the publication validates Toyota’s new hybrid as the country’s most frugal non-plug-in SUV with 31 mpg combined – close to the 33 mpg on the sticker – it said the RAV’s city […]

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Volvo’s self-driving cars are heading to the United Kingdom next year. The Swedish automaker has announced that it will launch the U.K.’s largest and most ambitious self-driving car trial yet in hopes of speeding up the introduction of a technology aimed to reduce car accidents while freeing up road congestion. Volvo is also working on […]

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A Volvo engineer who works on autonomous driving has called Tesla’s Autopilot autonomous driving aid a “wannabe.” Autopilot is a semi-autonomous system that lets the car take over for the driver – he or she can even release the steering wheel – at highway speeds. Tesla calls it a Level 2 system, meaning that it […]

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The German goal of one million electrified cars on the country’s roads by 2020 is unlikely to be met, but the government is doing what it can to bolster EV sales. The latest step is a subsidy fund of €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) that will receive 50 percent of its funding from the government. SEE […]

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Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller addressed difficult issues today during VW’s annual press conference. During the press conference that the embattled automaker had put off for weeks, Mueller asked for more time and patience as the automaker works through its diesel emissions reporting scandal in a “year of transition.” Mueller spoke on a white stage at […]

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While the Chinese government is spending heavily on incentives for electric vehicle sales, consumer preferences have been leaning in another direction. Last year, Chinese consumers purchased 189,000 plug-in electric vehicles, the largest number of any country. In a commentary for The Japan Times, Adam Minter, an American writer based in Asia, found it ironic that […]

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CEO Mark Fields says Ford Motor Co. is aiming to build the best-in-class 200-mile range electric vehicle. Fields was asked during a conference call today about the company’s plans to compete with Tesla and General Motors by rolling out a 200-mile range EV. To this, Fields responded Ford is aiming to be at the top […]

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As now five automakers have said mainstream-focused 200-mile range electric cars are pending, BMW says its current generation i3 will get up to 50-percent more range. The German automaker has not said what the next-generation i3 will offer, and its approximately 110-125-mile new range estimates may buy time as only the Chevy Bolt is due […]

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