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Chinese CATL and Honda Alliance to Make EV Batteries, Technology and Maybe Autonomous Vehicles

The companies said the agreement will enable them to begin discussions on a broad range of areas including joint development, stable supply, and the recycling and reuse of batteries. Honda is spreading the risk and costs and hedging its bets on battery electric vehicles, the development of which is threatened by the ongoing Covid crisis that has already cost automotive companies billions of dollars. A key byproduct of EVS is autonomous vehicles – which may not justify the investment required for a decade or more. Continue reading

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GM Shows New Batteries and a Flexible Global EV Platform

Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick will be launching new EVs starting this year. The next new Chevrolet EV will be a new version of the Bolt EV, launching in late 2020, followed by the 2022 Bolt EUV, launching Summer 2021. The Bolt EUV will be the first vehicle outside of the Cadillac brand to feature Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for the highway, which GM will expand to 22 vehicles by 2023, including 10 by next year. Continue reading

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Electric Vehicles – a Virus That Can’t Be Controlled?

Riddell in essence poses this riddle: When buying an IC car today, a larger engine is a big cost option, and for a BEV, a bigger ‘gas tank’ is a major, high-cost feature. Will this continue? Can this continue? Based on past behaviors, cost is a major inhibitor to adaption of advance technologies. Continue reading

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Renault Nissan Establish Joint Innovation Hub in China

he Alliance Automotive Research and Development (Shanghai), Ltd., dubbed as Alliance Innovation Lab Shanghai (AIL-SH) has Renault and Nissan each hold 50% of this new entity. It conducts research and development on autonomous drive, connected vehicles and electric vehicles. Technologies pioneered by the innovation hub will be potentially applied to Renault and Nissan vehicles sold in China and around the world. Continue reading

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Nissan on Asia and Oceania’s Mobility Trends

The seventh edition of the global event was held early in March in Hong Kong. Under the theme “Transform the way we live and drive,” it brought together representatives from 13 countries to discuss how vehicles, cities and mobility infrastructures are evolving. Continue reading

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A Regional Look at EV Sales

Six states, and Washington D.C., over-index for electric market share – that is having more than the 0.9% share (which is the total national EV market share of the passenger and light truck market) through the first half of the 2018 calendar year Continue reading

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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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