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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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Chevrolet’s forthcoming Bolt EV will electrify more than just North American consumers, and as expected, it’s changing its name to the Opel Ampera-e and will be unveiled at September’s Paris auto show. As you can see in the photos, the only exterior difference is the European edition gets Opel’s lightning flash insignia on the grille. […]

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General Motors invested $500 million last January for a nine-percent stake of ride-sharing company Lyft, and apparently wanted to own all of it. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the automaker approached Lyft in “recent weeks” about a potential acquisition that was declined. Citing a post from technology website The Information, the report said […]

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Cloudy skies and rain showers on the final two days couldn’t stop the University of Michigan’s solar car team from winning the 2016 American Solar Challenge race last Saturday for the sixth consecutive time. With the lack of sun to keep the solar panels charged, all 24 teams crept towards the finish line, and the […]

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Faraday Future’s hiring spree now includes Peter Savagian, the general director of General Motors’ electric propulsion drive team, and a former chief engineer of GM’s EV1 battery-electric program in the 1990s. The California electric car start up has had success in recruiting top executives, engineers, designers and technicians from a wide scope of auto manufacturers. […]

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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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General Motors’ China operations will have access to its entire portfolio of electrified tech solutions to begin turning out domestic and “global” green cars over the next five years. China is the world’s largest car market and GM’s largest as well, accounting for over a third of its business. The company said last month that […]

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