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Electric car maker Tesla started producing lithium-ion battery cells yesterday at the company’s gigafactory outside Reno, Nev., alongside its longtime battery partner Panasonic. Tesla and Panasonic’s new jointly designed cylindrical 2170 cells will first be used to power Tesla’s Powerwall 2 home energy supply unit, and the Powerpack 2 commercial solar energy storage product. Cells destined […]

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Hyundai is developing a new fuel cell for the Tucson SUV that will increase the driving the current model’s 248 miles range by 30 percent to 348 miles on a full tank of hydrogen. In the latest play in the game of one-upmanship in the nascent fuel cell market, Hyundais increased traveling distance exceeds the […]

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BMW, Intel and Mobileye are stepping up their alliance through testing about 40 self-driving vehicles during the second half of 2017. Announced today at the CES conference in Las Vegas, BMW 7-series self-driving test cars will be fitted with technologies developed by Intel and Mobileye since a partnership by the three companies was made in […]

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Startup electric vehicle maker Eli, introduced its Zero EV, a Renault Twizy lookalike, at the Consumer Electric Show (CES) in Las Vegas today. The pint-sized two seater, with a body made of high-tensile aluminum, is 88.5-inches long, 54-inches wide and 61-inches high, and weighs in at just 795 pounds. Eli tags the car as “the […]

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Ford and Toyota are leading a consortium with automakers and technology suppliers to standardize in-vehicle apps, making sure that Apple and Google can’t take control over connectivity between drivers and their smartphones. So far, Mazda, PSA Group, Subaru’s owner, Fuji Heavy Industries, and Suzuki have joined their SmartDeviceLink Consortium. Honda may be considering joining. Suppliers […]

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For some people, plugging an electric car in for charging can be a pain. You have to find a plug-in charger if you’re out and about or don’t have/can’t install one at home. You have to remember to actually plug it in when you do find a charger, and while it only takes a second, […]

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Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology equipped semi trucks will begin platooning on U.S. highways by the end of this year. Silicon Valley startup Peloton Technology said his company will deliver its V2V system package late this year to a small number of truck fleets. “We will purposely slow down our initial rollout to make sure it’s […]

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Volkswagen may see its recovery costs from the diesel car emissions scandal climb higher from a potential class-action lawsuit filed in Germany. German lawyers for U.S. law firm Hausfeld have filed the suit for one car owner that’s been designed to follow what’s worked in U.S. courtrooms, according to Jan-Eike Andresen of legal-tech website My-Right.de. […]

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Electrified work trucks, and the incentives that back them, are seeing enough interest to grow 10-fold in sales by 2026, according to a new study. Fleet operators using medium and heavy-duty trucks are likely to up annual global sales from about 31,000 to around 332,000 in 2026, says a Navigant Research forecast. Electrified vehicles counted […]

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Tesla didn’t meet its targets for 2016, and the American electric automaker didn’t deliver 80,000 units as expected. Tesla has announced it delivered 76,230 vehicles last year, stating that “short-term production challenges” hampered its ability to meet its original goal. The company said the transition to new Autopilot hardware caused production to be weighted more […]

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