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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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GM’s Cruise Automation is doubling its autonomous test fleet and reports that the test fleet was involved in more collisions last month. Cruise Automation is General Motors’ self-driving unit. Cruise has been testing self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, in order to develop software for urban environments. In the last three months, Cruise has increased its number […]

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GM is charging up, announcing plans to add at least 20 new EVs by 2023 and unveiling a fuel-cell truck. The announcement came today from General Motors VP of Product Development Mark Reuss. “General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” Reuss Said. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage […]

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Cruise Automation is calling its newest model the first production self-driving car, at least it will be once it gets the software sorted out. “Today, we’re unveiling the world’s first mass-producible car designed to operate without a driver,” Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt said of the highly modified Chevy Bolt. “This isn’t just a concept […]

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The next electric vehicle from General Motors might be a Buick crossover. That information comes from Inside EVs which reports that it got the information from a source who attended a focus group about the new vehicle in California. That GM was planning more vehicles based on the Bolt EV platform is not new, but […]

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Uber has announced it is opening an autonomous vehicle research center in the Detroit, Mich. suburb of Wixom this March. The location is not only close to automotive manufacturers and suppliers along with research universities, the company will be moving into an existing structure instead of building something from the ground up to speed its […]

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Pressured to meet global escalating government fuel economy and emissions standards, auto manufacturers increasingly are adding engine stop-start systems across their lineups. At its most basic level, a stop-start system automatically shuts the engine off every time the vehicle stops, such as at a traffic signal, and restarts it instantly when the brake pedal is […]

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The rush toward self-driving cars just accelerated as California issued permits to privately held Wheego and Valeo North America last week, bringing the total to 17 companies with testing permits. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said the two new companies now have approval to run tests with a single vehicle each, operated by up […]

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Major automakers are ramping up their fight and exerting pressure to delay or seek adjustments to the Obama administration’s aggressive fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission targets by 2025. In a prepared statement made public on Wednesday, Mitch Bainwol, head of the industry trade group Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said that low gasoline prices and […]

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During an event last week at its technical center in Shanghai, General Motors summarized the company’s near term electrification plans for the Chinese market. According to Executive Director of Electrification, Larry Nitz, GM is accelerating the launch of electrified vehicles – called “new energy vehicles” (NEVs) in China. The company intends to build a local […]

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