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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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Toyota is a little late with a subcompact crossover SUV, but the C-HR hybrid is on sale now in Europe and comes to the US in spring 2017. In an interview with the trade journal Automotive News, Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl said the C-HR is a key to the automaker’s goal of increasing […]

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While Norway wants to see only zero emission vehicles sold starting in 2025, the government denied a report that it will ban all fossil fuel powered cars by that year. German news agency DPA reported that the country’s National Transport Plan included a ban on the sale of all gasoline and diesel engine cars beginning […]

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In May Europe’s cumulative total sales of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) crossed the half-million unit mark. Just the top six European countries with unit counts available at this point have purchased 502,311 PEVs, making Europe number one in passenger PEVs, with the U.S. second, and China third. The count for Europe does include about 32,000 […]

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Biofuels are better than electrified vehicles for hitting carbon reduction targets, according to a study commissioned by automakers and oil companies. “Integrated Fuels and Vehicles Roadmap 2030 and Beyond” is a new 138-page study that’s biased toward biofuels as the European Union creates new fuel efficiency and emissions targets for 2025 to 2030. The EU […]

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California has been called the El Dorado State, the Grape State, the Golden State, but having purchased nearly half of all plug-in cars ever sold in the U.S., you can call it The ZEV State. Actually, with its Air Resources Board (ARB) setting Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) rules for about a quarter of the U.S. […]

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This summer after the first half year of plug-in electrified vehicle sales results were in, Europe had surpassed the U.S. for the first time, and since then it’s never looked back. Although its total passenger vehicle market of 12.5-million units last year was smaller than the U.S.’ 16.5 million, Europe is up 86 percent year […]

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Though last week’s software update has unlocked “autopilot” capabilities on newer Tesla Model S sedans, some countries have yet to give the technology the green light. Included in the 7.0 software update is a new user interface with a range of self-driving features. These allow any capable Model S to steer itself down the highway, […]

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Tesla plans to double its production in Europe, opening a larger assembly plant in the Netherlands complete with an indoor test track. “We outgrew our last facility in Tilburg very quickly,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the plant’s grand opening in late September. “I suspect with everything that’s going to happen in the future, […]

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As of this coming Saturday, Nov. 1, every vehicle sold in the European Union will come standard with electronic stability program, also known as ESP. All newly registered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 tons must be equipped with the anti-skid system according to this new […]

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