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Audi reportedly developed the defeat device Volkswagen used with its diesel engines to pass emissions tests. According to German newspaper Handelsblatt, Audi created the software that turned off certain engine functions in 1999, but never used it on its own vehicles. The report, which cited industry and company sources, added that Volkswagen engineers started to […]

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Venerable sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live has never been short of ideas for fake commercials, and this past Saturday, possibly in response to the hype over the Tesla Model 3, the writers took aim at EVs, as well as some of the stereotypes that surround them. Host Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was once a cast member […]

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As the world’s largest auto market gears up for new model introductions this month in Beijing, three new electrified cars will be revealed by domestic makers. Not known to be heading to the U.S., they are the latest for the country which last year bought 20 million passenger vehicles, ahead of the U.S.’ 17.4 million. […]

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A startup electric vehicle maker has recruited BMW i Series executives to move to China. Benoit Jacob, the designer of the BMW i8 sports car, has left the German automaker to join Future Mobility, an EV startup backed by large Chinese companies. Jacob will be joined at Future Mobility by Dirk Abendroth, who heads the […]

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The Tesla Model S continues to take top honors in AAA’s Green Car of the Year award, and this time it’s the Model S 70D. The Model S 70D was rolled out about a year ago by Tesla, replacing the 60-kwh rear-wheel drive base model. Starting at $75,000, the 329-horsepower 70D has a 70-kwh battery […]

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A report in the Telegraph says that Apple is developing an electric car in a German research lab. If the report is true, Apple is working with a level of secrecy usually reserved for military projects. The Telegraph picked up a German newspaper report that the company has hired 20 automotive industry employees and brought […]

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The automotive and transportation sectors will be looking very different in the near-term future, according to a report by Navigant Research. In its new white paper, “Transportation Outlook: 2025-2050,” Navigant Research looks at the market and regulatory factors moving mobility toward vehicle electrification, autonomous vehicles, and carsharing and ridesharing services, and which will be causing […]

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A new study from the University of Sussex says that historical precedent shows that huge shifts in energy sources can take place within a decade. Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at Sussex University, has published a paper that asserts that a switch to a new energy source can be made very […]

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Maryland-based Paice LLC is suing Volkswagen for infringement of its patents, and is seeking an order to block VW hybrids from being imported. Paice says it worked with Volkswagen from 1999 to 2004, “teaching its patented hybrid technology to VW,” according to the complaint files with the International Trade Commission. After being taught this intellectual […]

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The 2016 Chevy Volt has had another grandchild. Yesterday in Shanghai, General Motors introduced its Buick LaCrosse Hybrid using a high-mpg powertrain derived from the Malibu Hybrid which itself is the offspring of the second-generation Chevy Volt. The automaker and its joint venture partner SAIC say the vehicle is a major part of SAIC-GM’s “Drive […]

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