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If just some of the automakers who’ve made statements committing to electrify a large percentage or all of their future products stay true to their word, the world ought to be swimming in plug-in cars by mid next decade. Or sooner. Or so one might think given relatively radical projections made by automakers who only […]

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When revealed next month, Tesla’s Semi tractor trailer won’t have range for long-haul trucking, but may be perfect for local 200-300-mile runs centered around a home base. The word comes via Reuters, which reported Scott Perry, an executive at fleet operator Ryder System, met with Tesla officials at its Fremont, Calif., assembly plant earlier this […]

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Daimler’s Car2Go and BMW’s DriveNow may be merging their car-sharing services, according to a hint by the chief executive of DriveNow’s partner, Sixt. CEO Erich Sixt, who heads the Germany-based car rental company named after him, would not confirm that talks are under way, but suggested that it is in motion. “At the last press […]

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Daimler’s car2go is starting to see some real payback for its one-way carsharing business model with 40-percent growth in the first half of this year. More than 4.5 million trips were taken in the first half of 2017 at 11 North American locations. The company also reported that customers were spending 33 percent more time […]

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Germany wants to rival Tesla’s Gigafactory in battery production to power millions of upcoming electric vehicles and for storing renewable energy. TerraE Holding GmbH will choose a company out of five candidates next month to build a 34 gigawatt-hour battery factory, according to TerraE’s chief executive Holger Gritzka. The former ThyssenKrupp executive led a consortium […]

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With Volkswagen’s emission crisis winding down since it erupted Sept. 2015, Daimler AG is taking center stage as the next automaker to potentially face serious hardship for dastardly diesel misdeeds. For the last few months, investigators from the United States and Germany have begun suspecting that Mercedes-Benz equipped its vehicles with defeat devices similar to […]

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A new report from Germany unveils accusations against Daimler of selling more than one million cars with excessive exhaust emissions. The Mercedes-Benz models were sold in the U.S. and Europe between 2008 and 2016, according to a report from German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The report comes after the paper uncovered a search warrant from the […]

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Daimler has opened a batter producing facility in Beijing – its first battery plant outside of Germany – in collaboration with joint venture partner BAIC. Lithium-ion batteries produced there will go in electrified vehicles built through their Beijing Benz Automotive Co. joint venture company. The move follows a May 1 signing of their partnership where the […]

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German prosecutors have raided Daimler’s offices in Germany. The parent company of Mercedes-Benz is under investigation for possible fraud related to false advertising and the possible manipulation of exhaust-gas aftertreatment in its diesel cars. Reuters reports the Stuttgart prosecutor’s office said 23 prosecutors and around 230 employees, including police and state criminal authorities, were involved […]

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Mercedes-Benz said it will offer a plug-in hybrid variant of the new S-Class launched globally yesterday at Auto Shanghai. The German automaker said the sedan’s PHEV will have an electric-only range under European test procedures of about 50 kilometers (31 miles). That will come through a new battery with 13.3 kWh capacity. It will also […]

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