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A German aviation startup developing the world’s first all-electric jet capable of vertical takeoff and landing announced today it has raised $90 million in a new round of funding. Lilium’s five-passenger all-electric air taxi comes as interest in traffic-defying electric cars continues to grow. To this end, Lilium aims to bring low cost air travel […]

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British startup Alcraft Motor Company plans to launch its long-range electric luxury sedan before the end of 2019. The Alcraft GT is said to offer impressive range and performance through an advanced electric powertrain and lightweight body. The company claims it will be able to travel 200 to 250 miles on a single charge, over […]

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Shopping for a compact crossover with a hybrid powertrain? Honda may soon have an answer for you. The Japanese automaker is set to unveil its CR-V Hybrid Prototype at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing the popular crossover’s electrified powertrain. While this Hybrid Prototype is technically a pre-production version of a model planned for Europe, […]

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Mercedes has added yet another reveal to its big Frankfurt Motor Show schedule. Along with a new hypercar and an electric hatchback concept, the German automaker will debut the GLC F-Cell at its home show this year. The compact luxury crossover will be a plug-in electric car that’s also powered by hydrogen fuel cells and […]

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This month Mercedes-Benz will show its Concept EQ A. To bow Sept. 12 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the concept previews a future all-electric hatchback for the German automaker’s EQ sub-brand of electrified vehicles announced last year. Being an “A” class car, the new hatch will be entry-level similar to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class that is […]

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The National Labor Relations Board has opened an investigation into worker conditions at Tesla’s Fremont, Calif., manufacturing plant. The NLRB filed a complaint Thursday based on charges documented in April by workers and the United Auto Workers union claiming unfair labor practices. Tensions have been increasing as Tesla scales up the factory’s production schedule to […]

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South Korean technology giant Samsung has entered the race to bring autonomous driving technology to market by gaining testing approval in California. Samsung Electronics Co.’s approval this week by the California Department of Motor Vehicles comes just four months after arch-rival Apple received a California test permit. On Wednesday, the DMV updated the approved company […]

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On Thursday, Lyft made a big expansion move by announcing that it is adding coverage to 32 states, bringing its total to 40. Things have been changing this year for No. 2 Lyft, which had been in rate wars with Uber in key markets to grab share from the ride-hailing giant. With controversies and in-fighting […]

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Today General Motors reported modest August sales for the extended-range Chevy Volt while the up-and-coming Bolt EV saw an incremental gain to a new high. The Volt’s 1,445 sales were down 30.6 percent from 2,081 sales in August 2016, and the Bolt EV’s 2,107 August 2017 sales were ahead of its previous high of 1,971 […]

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Extending electric vehicle range is not all about the battery, says German supplier Bosch in revealing its new “e-axle.” The new technology takes aim at incremental efficiency by integrating three powertrain components – motor, power electronics, and transmission – into one unit that saves weight, space, and cost. The new powertrtain which Bosch predicts will […]

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