Category Archives: electric vehicles

Qoros Shows Model K-EV Concept at Shanghai This Week

While U.S. journalists are obsessing over the New York Auto Show this week (not a mea culpa, but AutoInformed is admittedly part of this) in the world’s largest car market – China – Qoros Automotive will reveal its Model K-EV, an electric concept car at Shanghai Auto 2017. Continue reading

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Grow Three-Fold in 2016

The deployment activity is particularly brisk in Asia, where Japan and Korea are strong proponents of the hydrogen economy. President nit-twit Trump of course has a new head of the EPA that denies Global Warming is real despite unequivocal and unanimous scientific evidence to the contrary. CA Continue reading

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Toyota Takes Artificial Intelligence Hunting for New Materials

New materials research – it’s claimed – will merge advanced computational materials modeling, new sources of experimental data, machine learning and artificial intelligence to reduce the time for new materials development from a period that has historically been measured in decades. Continue reading

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CARB Defies Trump on Vehicle Emission Standards

The courts have long upheld California’s right to set its own emission standards – for decades longer than District and Federal Courts have summarily dismissed Trump’s attempt at racist travel bans. Continue reading

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27 Electric Trucks Coming to SoCal Freight and Rail Yards

Exposure to diesel exhaust, of course, can lead to serious health conditions like asthma and respiratory illnesses and can worsen existing heart and lung disease, especially in children and the elderly. These conditions can result in increased numbers of emergency room visits, hospital admissions, absences from work and school, and premature deaths. It also produces ground level ozone, a contributor to Global Warming. Continue reading

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Volvo Picks AeroVironment for Its First EV Charging Station

AeroVironment’s new charger is said to pair well with the TurboCord model that comes standard in the trunk of the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. Volvo Cars drivers can now have a charging station in their garage, and one in the trunk. Continue reading

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Geneva: Toyota i-TRIL Concept Car

With its One-plus-Two seating layout, the i-TRIL has odd, but potentially effective interior space. Current interior design philosophy hinges on everything being built around the driver, with rear seat passengers very much regarded as second class citizens. Continue reading

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Daimler Expands ChargePoint to Europe

It’s well known that customer acceptance of electric mobility – thus far meager – is closely associated with the availability of a comprehensive infrastructure, one that is clearly deficient now. Continue reading

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Renault-Nissan, Transdev To Study Autonomous Vehicles

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev will develop mobility services system for autonomous vehicles. The goal is to study mobility services with fleets of electric autonomous vehicles for public and on-demand transportation. They want a comprehensive, modular transportation system to enable clients to book rides, and mobility operators to monitor and operate self-driving car fleets – in short what every major automaker is pursuing. Continue reading

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Toyota Global Hybrid Sales Exceed 10 Million

In one of the most graphic demonstrations of the benefits of being a first mover in technology, Toyota has now sold more than 10 million hybrid vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, as of 31 January. The milestone was achieved a mere … Continue reading

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Maven Expands Los Angeles Car Sharing with Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, with an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, has launched in Los Angeles in Maven City car sharing and the Lyft Express Drive program. Maven supplies vehicles for Lyft’s Express Drive program, providing Lyft drivers with access to weekly rentals of GM vehicles in some cities. Continue reading

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Nissan to Start Autonomous Vehicle Tests in London

One in three cars built in the UK is a Nissan, but following the Brexit dustup (Brexit Automaker Winners, Losers – Predictable and Surprising, ‘Bloody Hell,’ What Does Brexit do to Automakers?), it’s not clear Nissan will stay in the UK. Continue reading

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GM and Honda to Make Fuel Cells in Michigan

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Honda (NYSE: HMC) will start the auto industry’s first joint venture to “mass produce” a hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used both companies. It’s the latest example of how increasing capital costs … Continue reading

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CARB Issues Mid-Term CAFE, Green House Gas Review

However, CARB said that the U.S. national program is very modest in terms of promoting electrification needed to meet California’s public health and environmental needs beyond 2025. CARB recommends that California make a major push now to develop new post-2025 standards while working with automakers, federal regulators and partner states to further develop the market for electric cars. Continue reading

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Chrysler Portal Concept, Millennial Family Wheels, New at CES

In what it is calling the “fifth generation” of family transportation – the Chrysler Portal concept debuted today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Eschewing its home town auto show, NAIAS that opens next week, the electric-powered Portal is estimated to have more than 250 miles of range on a full charge. Continue reading

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