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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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As part of the HyFive project, five manufacturers have agreed to deploy a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Europe with the goal of developing new clusters of hydrogen refueling stations. Leading motor manufacturers, hydrogen fuel suppliers, the Mayor of London’s Office and energy consultancies from around the globe are signing up, said […]

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Audi is recruiting some of America’s brightest undergraduates to take part in a unique student program that will address future mobility concerns of megacities around the world. Audi explained its Future of Mobility Practicum will initially engage 12 students in a six-week practicum next summer at AUDI AG headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. Those finalists will […]

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A European Union-funded research project on improving energy storage involving eight major participants including Volvo has developed “revolutionary” lightweight structural energy storage components that could be used in future electrified vehicles. Components are molded from a material consisting of carbon fiber in a polymer resin, nano-structured batteries and super capacitors. The result, says Volvo, is […]

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Ford Motor Company’s Focus Electric has now officially crossed the Atlantic. That distinction was made official today as Ford started production of the European Focus Electric in Saarlouis, Germany. The Focus Electric is the first full-electric vehicle to be built by Ford in Europe. According to Ford, the zero-emission Focus Electric is spearheading Ford’s line-up […]

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Ford Motor Company is launching FORD2GO, a Europe-based car sharing service. The company described the service as the first automotive manufacturer-backed, nationwide car sharing program in Europe to incorporate dealerships. FORD2GO was formed following a partnership among Ford of Germany, the German Ford dealers association FHD GmbH, and DB Rent GmbH – the company behind […]

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