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New initiatives of the Obama Administration to advance electric vehicle adoption include the development of a battery pack with a specific energy of 500 watt-hours per kilogram and a 350 kilowatt DC fast charging system. If accomplished, the battery’s specific energy would be more than two-and-a half times the 170-200 watt-hours per kilogram in today’s […]

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The federal government is continuing its encouragement for consumers to buy battery-electric vehicles with a plan for a network of EV charging corridors along the national highway system. As part of the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) signed into law last December, the Department of Energy has unlocked $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to […]

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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: […]

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As parent company Volkswagen Group shifts from diesel to electric vehicles, Audi plans to have at least three EVs by 2020 as part of a new major plan. The shift in focus was presented to managers last week, and CEO Rupert Stadler told a German newspaper that it expects electric vehicles to account for 25 […]

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If General Motors’ plans continue on pace, its first fully autonomous cars could be in limited use by a partnering car sharing service in five years, and on sale to consumers within 10. This is according to Mark Reuss, head of global product development, who spoke last week at an automotive cybersecurity conference in Detroit. […]

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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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Taking a small step forward down a long road to change a soiled reputation, Volkswagen says it will build electric cars in North America by 2020. During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hinrich Woebcken, the new head of Volkswagen AG’s U.S. operations said that a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and a facility in […]

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Today, Ford Motor Company issued a recall for more than 900 Ford Focus Electric sedans. The recall stems from a problem with the car’s transmission differential assembly. Ford’s recall notice said that in certain vehicles, it is possible the differential pinion shaft could wear out, resulting in a shaft fracture that would cause the vehicle […]

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The Volkswagen Group is trying to decide where to invest billions in one or more factories to manufacture battery cells and packs, and China appears to be on top of the list. Automotive News is reporting that a source close to senior management said, “China is likely one of the first, since we think electromobility […]

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Tesla Motors may be approaching a 100,000 cars per year production target through reaching a steady 2,000 cars per week level, based on off-the-record comments. According to an article published yesterday in Electrek, that information was revealed by a Tesla product specialist who mentioned the 2,000-cars-built-per-week number to Tesla owners at a “Tesla Weekend Social” […]

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