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General Motor’s Maven car sharing unit finds that Uber and Lyft drivers love the Chevy Bolt and are putting a lot of miles behind the wheel. Rachel Bhattacharya, who heads GM’s commercial mobility unit, spoke about it yesterday at a CAR Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City, Mich. The Maven fleet brought in 150 Bolts […]

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Ride-hailing giant Uber’s chief executive pitched Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year on partnering to develop autonomous cars, according to a book scheduled for release next week. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick called Musk last year soon after Apple Inc. had invested $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s competitor in China. Kalanick intended to recruit Musk […]

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Toyota continues its commitment to electric urban mobility through the new i-TRIL concept being debuted globally at the Geneva Motor Show. Weighing just 600 kilograms (1,323 pounds), and standing only 1,460 millimeters (57.5 inches) tall with a length of 2,830 mm (111.4 inches), it’s lighter and smaller than most other city cars. Yet, it offers […]

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California-based electric car startup Lucid Motors will be manufacturing cars in Arizona to lower costs, according to the LA Times. While the company had been proud of its home state of California during the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this month, Lucid announced Monday it will be building cars in Casa Grande, Arizona. “We’re a […]

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The days of building “compliance cars” in small numbers to look good in strict markets like California may be over for Japanese automakers and their peers. Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota, which had resisted manufacturing all-electric vehicles for years, are now ready to enter the game. Regulatory pressure is increasing in key global markets and competitors […]

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This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show is showcasing a strange blend of new electrified vehicle unveilings that are taking a backseat to crossover sport utility vehicles launches. Automaker displays have been weighted toward crossover SUVs as market demand grows in an era of low gasoline prices and higher profit margins selling utility vehicles over plug-in […]

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Providing copper to global manufacturers of plug-in electrified vehicles is exciting for the world’s largest mining company. That massive mining company, Australia-based BHP Billiton, has become increasingly optimistic that there will be a surge in demand for some of the metals and minerals it mines, especially copper, as demand for PEVs and other renewable energy […]

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Wheego Electric Cars has been transformed into Wheego Technologies providing autonomous vehicle technologies mostly in China, the company’s chief said. In an interview with WardsAuto, Wheego CEO Mike McQuary explained the company’s transition from a manufacturer of small electric cars in the U.S. to a supplier of electric vehicle and autonomous-driving technology to other companies. […]

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Last March, Jaguar’s design head Ian Callum said that within two years the company would have something not powered by a gasoline engine available in the lineup. Now, according to Automobile magazine, the Tata-owned British automaker will have two of those somethings in the lineup: a battery-electric large luxury sedan and an all-electric small crossover […]

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A Tesla executive criticized competitors on Tuesday for offering electric cars that are “little more than appliances” during an annual automotive conference. Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice president of business development, said automaker offerings are missing the mark on pricing, range, and performance. This happened while O’Connell and other auto industry executives, along with government regulators, […]

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