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California-based electric busmaker Proterra just scored $55 million through a funding round backed by BMW i Ventures and Al Gore. Proterra announced yesterday the funding was led by Generation Investment Management LLP, which was joined by BMW i Ventures, the German automaker’s corporate venture capital team. Former Vice President Gore serves as chairman at Generation […]

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BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye said yesterday they’re adding automotive supplier Delphi to their alliance aimed at building a leading autonomous driving platform. Delphi had already been working with BMW on a prototype computing platform. Joining ranks with the others, Delphi will support efforts in the areas of perception, sensor fusion, and automated driving computing. […]

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BMW is planning a new electric vehicle, but look for it to wear a 4 Series GT badge rather than the ‘i’ from BMW’s electric sub-brand. According to a report from Autocar, BMW will replace both the existing 3 Series Gran Turismo and 4 Series Gran Coupe models with a new 4 Series Gran Turismo […]

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Toyota will debut the storied Supra sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show in October boasting a new hybrid powertrain, and will be a part of the company’s new Gazoo performance division. What is Gazoo you ask? Unless you follow Toyota’s factory racing program in the Japanese Super GT series and more recently the World […]

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BMW and Nissan have once again partnered to install 174 50-kilowatt DC fast charger locations for electric vehicles, this time in 32 states and the District of Columbia, with many of the stations already installed. The two automakers joined forces in late 2015 to fund the installation of 120 fast chargers in 19 states. “We […]

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BMW, keeping with its goal to have an electrified version of every one of its model by 2021, will show the new 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance Plug-in Hybrid at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Borrowing the drivetrain from the 530e iPerformance, the 5 Series plug-in hybrid pairs a 180 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter […]

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Mercedes-Benz might be late to the EV party, but that doesn’t bother Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. The head of Mercedes-Benz’ parent company isn’t fazed that rivals BMW and Tesla have launched high-volume luxury EVs first. SEE ALSO: Daimler Unveils New Electric Brand Through Generation EQ Concept in Paris In his mind, it’s like the timing […]

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If things go to plan for a pervasive ultra-fast charging network in Europe, by 2020 automakers will make publically recharging electric cars as convenient as a fuel station stop. That’s the takeaway from an ambitious collaboration announced today by BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. As they […]

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BMW is aiming to sell 100,000 all-electric and plug-in models by next year. That would be a two-thirds increase over the automaker’s expected 60,000 deliveries of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles this year. BMW has sold about 100,000 of those vehicles since 2013. SEE ALSO: 2017 BMW i3 EPA Rated For 114 Miles Range German […]

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Pressured to meet global escalating government fuel economy and emissions standards, auto manufacturers increasingly are adding engine stop-start systems across their lineups. At its most basic level, a stop-start system automatically shuts the engine off every time the vehicle stops, such as at a traffic signal, and restarts it instantly when the brake pedal is […]

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