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Volkswagen and Ford Alliance Under Study

Against this backdrop and with a possible shakeout as devastating as occurred more than a century ago as the automobile emerged, it’s not surprising that long established car companies are seeking collaborative agreements to share the risks, cut the cost of research, development and production and survive as an entity when taking an individual road appears one paved with doom. Continue reading

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New Tire Technology Needed for Electric Vehicles?

Marketing malarkey or genuine technological advance? Goodyear during the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show teased its EfficientGrip Performance with Electric Drive Technology (sic), a prototype tire for the growing electric vehicle market that will be on the road by 2019 … Continue reading

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Volkswagen Prices 2017 e-Golf at $31,315

There’s a catch however – potentially an expensive one: up to 80% charge within an hour requires charging at a limited number of DC fast charging stations. Frequent and consecutive high-voltage charging – including DC charging – can permanently decrease the capacity of the high-voltage battery. It’s like the old ‘memory effect’ of Ni-Cad batteries. Continue reading

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Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, Volkswagen Plan EV Charging Network

BMW Group, Daimler, Ford Motor and Volkswagen with Audi and Porsche have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. Continue reading

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Southern California Edison on Emerging Plug and Play Grid

The goal of an as yet undetermined number of people is to get off the grid entirely, of course. Continue reading

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LA Sales of Ford Fusion Hybrid, Energi Buck Mid-Size Drop

Ford Fusion electrified vehicle retail sales jumped up in the Los Angeles market during the month of June, the first month of availability for the new 2017 model. Continue reading

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EV Sales Still a Tiny Part of the Auto Market

U.S. electric vehicle or EV sales are approaching a quarter million, and 20 plug-in models are now available in some parts of the country. Continue reading

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Alternative Powertrains to Remain Technical Curiosities

The market share of battery electric vehicles’ (BEVs) of U.S. light vehicle sales is expected to remain below 1% through 2020. If plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), such as the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford Fusion Energi are included, share will only increase to 3% by 2020. Continue reading

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Milestones – Renault Nissan sells 100,000 EVs

Since missing the hybrid segment completely that Toyota went on to dominate globally, reaping billions upon billions of dollars worth of “Green” image benefits in the process, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of both Renault and Nissan, has now “bet the farm” by investing almost $5 billion in electric vehicles. Thus far, the Nissan Leaf has not met expectations in the U.S. Nissan, optimistically, wants 10% to 20% of its sales to be EVs by 2020. Continue reading

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Sales of Lithium Ion Batteries Grow as New Electric Vehicles Debut

The latest research shows that the lithium ion battery market had revenues of $2.13 billion in 2012. Moreover, there are projections that this could reach as much as reach $12.84 billion in 2019. The advanced battery market has significant government support in the form of rebates, which varies according to the country, state and city. Continue reading

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BMW and Toyota Sign Deal for Joint Fuel Cell and Battery Programs

BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation today in Japan signed a contract for the joint development of a fuel cell system, a new architecture and components for a sports vehicle, and research in lightweight technologies. Continue reading

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Milestones – Nissan Begins Assembly of 2013 Leaf EV in Tennessee

Nissan is starting U.S. assembly of the 2013 Leaf electric car at its manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, where it will be made along with the far more popular Altima and Maxima models. Since 2010 Leaf has been imported from Oppama, Japan, Continue reading

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2012 Record Year for U.S. Hybrid Sales, But EVs Remain Insignificant

The U.S. auto industry posted a record year for hybrid sales during 2012 as almost 500,000 hybrids were sold, or 3.4% of the overall new vehicle market. Continue reading

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Spark Plug-in EV to Debut in La-La Land at Los Angeles Show

Chevrolet will unveil the electric version of the Spark minicar at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. No technical details for the EV were released. The South Korean-made Spark EV will be sold in limited quantities in some U.S. and global markets, starting in 2013 in California. Continue reading

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Honda Motor Unveils Tiny EV in Tokyo – Micro Commuter

Honda Motor Company today unveiled a Micro Commuter Prototype, a tiny limited distance electric vehicle. Honda said the EV was developed in response for micro-sized mobility products that are currently being discussed under a government initiative from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan. The EV also could comply with regulations for the L7 category in Europe, which is actually a motorcycle category for vehicles that weigh 400 kg or less, excluding the weight of the battery and have an electric motor output of 15 kW or less. Continue reading

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