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In an unfolding scandal thus far limited to Japan, Mitsubishi Motors admitted it has falsified fuel efficiency data back to 1991. The disclosure today came before a panel of three former prosecutors after last week’s admission it had exaggerated fuel efficiency for 625,000 minicars by as much as 10 percent. President Tetsuro Aikawa, who said […]

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The Chinese auto parts conglomerate with an eye on revitalizing failed Fisker Automotive continues to make strides. For starters, names and underpinnings have changed, along with production locations, and significantly improved quality is being promised for the luxury performance plug-in hybrid that could go on sale this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the […]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk would like to bring Autopilot over to transit vehicles to reduce traffic in congested urban environments. Musk says he is working on a self-driving vehicle that could replace buses and other public transport vehicles – but he is keeping it a secret for now. “We have an idea for something which […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. will be bringing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to China to tap into generous incentives, a Toyota executive said. Toyota executive Hiroji Onishi said that the Japanese carmaker plans to launch plug-in hybrid versions of the Toyota Corolla and Levin in China in 2018. Onishi, head of Toyota’s China operations, spoke to reporters […]

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The Tesla Model 3 is arguably the biggest electric car news ever, but company head Elon Musk has already hinted that a cheaper EV to follow is in its future plans. Musk’s hint comes after the 12-minute mark in his discussion with Norway’s minister of transport and communications at the Future Transport Solutions conference, and […]

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A random national phone survey of 1,001 American consumers last month found a large majority are in favor of tightening Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) targets set by the federal government. Although gas is now cheap, the respondents queried March 10 to March 13 by ORC International for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), showed […]

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While many companies are working to reduce EV charging times, TankTwo says it’s contrived a novel way to do it. Instead of figuring out how to squeeze more capacity from batteries, TankTwo’s design involves egg-shaped batteries with lots of contact surfaces. The batteries, which TankTwo calls “string batteries” or “string cells,” also have computerized “brains” […]

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Germany may be seeing 1.2 billion euros ($1.35 billion) devoted to subsidies to revive sluggish plug-in electrified vehicle sales in Europe’s largest automotive market. Germany’s finance ministry has proposed subsidies with the government and automakers paying the bill, according to three people familiar with the matter. The proposal was made just prior to senior government […]

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Volkswagen has unveiled yet another hybrid SUV concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, but this one could actually preview a vehicle that could soon be introduced into the VW lineup. Called the Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE, the full-sized plug-in hybrid SUV has a theoretical electric driving range of 31 miles and a combined fuel […]

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In the wake of the Volkswagen and Mitsubishi emissions reporting scandals, regulators around the world are getting tougher on automakers with China leading the way, says Ford CEO Mark Fields. China will be the most stringent about transparent compliance with fuel economy and greenhouse gas reporting by automakers “given some of the societal factors around […]

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