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Japan’s CHAdeMO fast charging infrastructure has reached “critical mass” and drivers don’t have issues with keeping their plug-in electric vehicles charged, according to a Nissan newsletter. Nissan’s home country is also home to the CHAdeMO charging protocol. The standard has become Japan’s fast charging standard, with around 7,000 charging points in operation by the spring […]

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Rumors are circulating that the Nissan Leaf is about to get a range extension, thanks to a 40-kWh battery. If true, come November Leaf buyers will be able to buy the car in three trims, with the base model having a 30-kWh battery, and the mid- and top-trims will get the 40-kWh battery. The 24-kWh […]

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Tesla’s support from analysts and Wall Street investors appears to have passed through the honeymoon phase, as witnessed by responses to CEO Elon Musk’s “Master Plan, Part Deux.” Auto analysts and Wall Street investors, many of them friendly to Tesla’s leader in the past, responded largely with skepticism to Musk’s announcement released on Wednesday evening. […]

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Daimler is poised to accelerate its plug-in electrified vehicle lineup as the segment gains share and competition increases from Tesla and Audi, CEO Dieter Zetsche says. Zetsche shared insights with analysts on Thursday during a call on second-quarter results. His remarks come as rivals Tesla Motors and Audi prepare their own push to ramp up […]

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It looks like 2021 could be a benchmark year for Volvo as it says it will join BMW in having self-driving cars on the road in five years. The Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker will begin testing vehicles with advanced self-driving features next year in Gothenburg, Sweden, London and China. Eventually, 100 test cars will be on […]

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In a case of reality nearly imitating art, a Florida man armed with a pink handgun attempted to evade police in a stolen Toyota Prius, but the police had little trouble apprehending the perpetrator when he crashed attempting a high-speed escape. Perhaps if 19-year-old Jean Sugri had the new better handling 2016 Prius, as Toyota […]

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Yesterday the Obama administration announced “an unprecedented set of actions” to grow the U.S. plug-in electrified vehicle market. The initiative represents a broad collaboration between federal agencies, state governments, major automakers, utilities, and others to aid the ongoing push to make electric cars viable alternatives to the internal combustion variety. Perhaps chief in a laundry […]

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Despite a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S operating with the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” software engaged, the federal government will not slow down the development of self-driving cars. Speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA) Mark Rosekind said that “no one incident will derail the Department […]

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Data collected in “black boxes” may be the tool Tesla Motors can tap into to deflect Autopilot liability, say lawyers familiar with such cases. Tesla is under pressure to defend itself since the May 7 fatal crash in Florida involving the Autopilot system. With Tesla collecting data from its Model S and Model X vehicles […]

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Improvements in fuel economy, adoption of alternative powertrains, and increasing government mandates, will help reduce emissions and increase efficiency in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, a new Navigant Research report finds. In the United States, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) use more than a quarter of all fuel burned annually, according to Navigant Research. MHDVs make […]

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