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A number of Volkswagen AG designs registered to the World Intellectual Property Organization became public this weekend, giving big hints to what VW’s future intentions and designs are. In all, 23 vehicle designs were released when the filing became public. Among them was everything from extremely futuristic, probably autonomous designs to a transport truck, and […]

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Last week we, along with Forbes, the Washington Examiner, Motor Trend and others, reported that Germany’s Bundesrat, the country’s upper house of parliament, voted to ban the sale of internal combustion engines in the European Union by 2030. The resolution called on the EU in Brussels to pass directives assuring that “latest in 2030, only […]

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A report by the Federal Highway Research Institute of Germany’s Transport Ministry obtained by the German magazine Der Spiegel was highly critical of Tesla’s Autopilot semi autonomous driving system. Safety experts tested a Tesla Model S Autopilot system and according to the report it represents a “considerable traffic hazard.” The report criticized the system on […]

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September auto sales numbers are in, and like the U.S., Germany’s battery electrics and plug-in hybrids saw a huge gain. The KBA, Germany’s motor transit authority, recorded 1,641 new all-electric cars on the roads in September, up 77 percent from September 2015, along with 1,420 plug-in hybrids, up 37 percent from September 2015. Between them […]

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Introduced on July 1, Germany’s plug-in electrified vehicle incentive plan saw some 2,000 people sign applications. Perhaps showing national brand preference, a third of buyers opted for BMW models, while a third were filed on behalf of companies according to an Automotive News report. Buyer incentives include: a subsidy of $4,485 (4,000 euros) available for […]

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One way to boost sales is to get a government subsidy. That’s what’s happening with the BMW i3 in Germany. Advance sales of the updated i3 have gone up since the German government, working with automakers, began giving a $4,400 cut on EVs and a $3,300 break on plug-in hybrids. Around 1,000 of the 5,000 […]

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is working on targets to cut pollution on the country’s roads that may set a deadline for automakers to shift a large portion of production plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). PEVs will consist of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and Merkel’s chancellery is reviewing a draft of her […]

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The German goal of one million electrified cars on the country’s roads by 2020 is unlikely to be met, but the government is doing what it can to bolster EV sales. The latest step is a subsidy fund of €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) that will receive 50 percent of its funding from the government. SEE […]

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Volkswagen announced that next January it will begin recalling 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe, with repairs to bring the cars back into emission compliance after it was discovered they are over-polluting. The decision came after Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) ordered the company to recall 2.4 million vehicles. According to Arndt Ellinghorst, senior […]

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After only two years since it was first announced, the FIA’s all-electric Formula E racing series is ready to make its public debut. The opening round is set to kick off this Saturday, September 13, in Beijing, China. This will be followed by nine more races held in Malaysia, Uruguay, Argentina, the United States, Monaco, […]

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