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Amazon, the same company which will gladly sell you everything from barbells to a 1.5-ton belt sander, has received a patent for technology allowing EVs to be recharged by drone. Environmental tech blog GreenTechMedia first noticed the filing, issued on Oct. 3 of this year. Patent number 9,778,653 is described as an “uncrewed autonomous vehicle” and […]

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Within the next two years, Mazda may reintroduce a rotary engine to its lineup as a range extender for an upcoming electric vehicle. The Hiroshima-based company is well known for being one of the last companies to deploy the Wankel engine in a road-going car. Compact dimensions, diminutive displacement, and a raucous exhaust note made the […]

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Tesla has drastically thinned the ranks of its workforce, shedding hundreds of employees even as production of the Model 3 is ramping up. Usually when we report on job losses at an automaker, they are layoffs due to excess plant capacity. In this case, however, Tesla has taken the unusual step of firing several hundred […]

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Citing demand and oversupply issues, General Motors is idling the factory making four different car models, including the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will experience a reduction in vehicle output starting next Friday, Oct. 20. This will lead into a month-long wind down of production, culminating in a full shutdown on Nov. […]

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To help explain the driving force behind a spate of new EV announcements, one need only look towards the world’s largest car market – China. With passenger car sales somewhere north of 22 million units, the Chinese market is truly gigantic. To put it in perspective, the sum of last year’s growth nearly outstripped the Australian […]

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Sergio Marchionne, the gregarious sweater-clad leader of FCA, spoke to CNBC on Monday morning about the fortunes of electrification at his speediest marque, Ferrari. Ferrari reportedly has no plans to introduce an EV to its portfolio of offerings. Executives at Maranello have repeatedly indicated that electric cars would simply not fit in with the brand image […]

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This is what we have known about the two Audi e-tron crossovers expected to launch in 2018 and 2019: We know Audi is putting its plug-in and full EVs under the e-tron brand. We know that the first full EV e-tron will arrive later next year with the second for 2019. But while we’ve seen […]

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Porsche’s latest is an all-electric Cayman that can charge nearly three-times faster than a Tesla Supercharger. Porsche presented the Cayman e-volution at the Electric Vehicle Symposium today in Stuttgart. It’s a research vehicle that can charge at a massive rate. The e-volution, which appears to be based on the last-generation Cayman, not the current 718 […]

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Seven Western states have a plan to build a fast-charge network covering 5,000 miles of interstate. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced the plan last Wednesday during his welcome address at the National Governors Association Energy Innovation Summit. The plan is the result of an agreement between Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and New Mexico. […]

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At this month’s Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi will make the world debut of its e-Evolution Concept, an all-electric concept with Artificial Intelligence that will suggest the near-future direction of Mitsubishi Motors. The concept is intended to build on the Japanese automaker’s EV and all-wheel drive expertise, with the Artificial Intelligence (AI) taking it to a […]

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