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    World’s Most Efficient EV Yields Equivalent of 26,135 MPG

    A team of graduate students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records for the “Most Efficient Electric Vehicle.” On an Audi test track in Bavaria, the tiny project car toppled the previous Guinness record by chalking up 765.53 miles/kilowatt hours. That’s the equivalent of about 26,135 U.S. […]

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    Sooner Than Some Think, Lyft Will Launch GM’s First Autonomous Electric Car

    General Motors will offer its first autonomous EV through its affiliated ride-sharing partner, Lyft, and things are coming together on an accelerated pace. In January this year, GM announced it invested $500 million in Lyft and it has made Pam Fletcher, its former executive chief engineer for electric vehicles, its new executive chief engineer of […]

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    GM CEO Mary Barra Talks To WIRED About Future Mobility and Chevy Bolt EV

    Chevrolet’s first 200-mile range EV, the 2017 Bolt, is due later this year, and GM chief Mary Barra says this is a portent of more electrification to come. In a half-hour video interview with WIRED Executive Editor Scott Dadich, Barra outlines her view. The interview is good enough that General Motors posted it to its […]

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    Tesla Willing to Lose Money as Part of Planned Strategy

    It’s not uncommon for companies to lose money while building plans for the future, but Tesla appears to be prepared to take quite a financial hit as it plans to expand. The company has stated that it plans to expand its electric-vehicle offerings into trucks and busses, as well as also expanding into the car-sharing […]

    Fatal Tesla Crash Involved Speeding and Autopilot Mode, Safety Board Reports

    A Tesla Model S was traveling at 74 mph in Autopilot mode during the fatal crash in Florida, according to a preliminary federal investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released Tuesday draws no conclusion about the cause of the May 7 crash that killed Tesla test driver Joshua Brown, 40. The Model S […]

    Mercedes-Benz Reveals Electric Heavy-Duty Truck, Beats Tesla

    Last week Tesla Motors announced a plan that included battery-powered commercial trucks with no production timetable. This week Mercedes-Benz unveiled its electric Urban eTruck with sales planned in about five years, Automotive News is reporting. As the name suggests, the Urban eTruck is aimed at intercity deliveries such as grocery stores and other urban businesses. […]

    Volkswagen Reaches Preliminary Settlement in Federal Court Over Diesel-Emissions Scandal

    Volkswagen AG received a preliminary go-ahead from a federal court on Tuesday for a $14.7 billion settlement on the diesel emissions-cheating scandal. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco issued a preliminary decision affecting car owners, the U.S. government, and 44 states. The total will go up to $15.3 billion if VW’s $603 […]

    Gigafactory Media Tour Inspires Wide Range of Perspectives on its Feasibility

    While Tesla’s Gigafactory won’t officially host its grand opening until Friday in Nevada, members of the media toured the plant on Tuesday and shared perspectives ranging from being fans to skeptics. Two years after construction began, the $5 billion factory is expected to nearly double global production of lithium-ion batteries. The factory is about 14 […]

    A Nissan Gold Leaf EV For Olympic Gold Winning Athletes

    Nissan’s British office has an extra incentive for 16 Olympic medal hopefuls — win a gold medal at this summer’s Rio Games and take home a shiny gold Leaf EV. The gilded Leaf EV was unveiled at the Lee Valley Velopark in London by Sir Chris Hoy, who knows a thing or two about winning Olympic golds: […]