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Automakers are racing to achieve full-self driving autonomy and it looks like Ford wants to be the leader of the pack. To claim the top spot – and cars including those with no steering wheels or pedals by 2021 – it announced a $75 million investment in Velodyne, a leading light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors […]

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A report coming from the Netherlands suggests that Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X SUV will soon have a 100-killowatt-hour battery pack. The evidence was discovered by Dutch blog Kenteken.TV on the database of RDW, the Netherlands regulator and European authority used by Tesla to approve its vehicles for European Union roads. Three new […]

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The next-generation Chevrolet Corvette could break tradition with a mid-engine layout and plug-in hybrid option as well. According to sources interviewed by The Detroit News – including former “Father of the Volt” Bob Lutz – the eighth-generation C8 ‘Vette, codenamed “Emperor,” could be unveiled in 2018 prior to arriving at dealers for the 2019 model […]

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BYD, the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer and the leading electric carmaker in China, will build 27 battery-electric trucks under a $9 million California grant. The electric trucks will replace diesel service trucks and yard tractors in the communities of Commerce, Fontana and San Bernadino. The funds are for 23 class-8 yard trucks and four class-5 […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for July were flat with a year ago and also flat from June 2016. Through the first seven months of the year, overall […]

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As foreshadowed by Tesla chief Elon Musk’s second “Master Plan” recently published, today the California-based automaker announced it has agreed to acquire Solar City. The deal is not final, has a 45-day window where Solar City may seek an alternative suitor, but the $2.6 billion alliance is making waves even as it promises great leaps […]

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New initiatives of the Obama Administration to advance electric vehicle adoption include the development of a battery pack with a specific energy of 500 watt-hours per kilogram and a 350 kilowatt DC fast charging system. If accomplished, the battery’s specific energy would be more than two-and-a half times the 170-200 watt-hours per kilogram in today’s […]

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As parent company Volkswagen Group shifts from diesel to electric vehicles, Audi plans to have at least three EVs by 2020 as part of a new major plan. The shift in focus was presented to managers last week, and CEO Rupert Stadler told a German newspaper that it expects electric vehicles to account for 25 […]

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A team of graduate students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records for the “Most Efficient Electric Vehicle.” On an Audi test track in Bavaria, the tiny project car toppled the previous Guinness record by chalking up 765.53 miles/kilowatt hours. That’s the equivalent of about 26,135 U.S. […]

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General Motors will offer its first autonomous EV through its affiliated ride-sharing partner, Lyft, and things are coming together on an accelerated pace. In January this year, GM announced it invested $500 million in Lyft and it has made Pam Fletcher, its former executive chief engineer for electric vehicles, its new executive chief engineer of […]

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