VW CEO says ramping up EVs won't affect profit margins

Volkswagen ID Crozz concept, 2017 Los Angeles auto showVolkswagen has spent billions investing in its shift from diesel powertrains to battery-electric, but when it comes to profitability, its executives say, what’s under the hood doesn’t really matter. Thanks to the company’s new global architecture, which is electrification-friendly and flexible enough to underpin just about anything VW wants to…
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Report: All-electric Hummer revival being mulled as part of GM EV push

Hummer H2The idea of bringing the maligned Hummer brand back as a standalone electric-truck brand is likely to elicit quite the range of responses from longtime social- and eco-conscious car shoppers. General Motors is seriously considering that, as part of a full-size electric-truck push that will reach its full vigor in 2024 and may bring some new life…
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California plug-in hybrid maker Karma Automotive now accepts Bitcoin

2020 Karma Revero GTKarma Automotive announced Tuesday that it will now accept Bitcoin at its flagship Newport Beach location. In addition to dabbling in cryptocurrency for simple transactions, Karma will also explore theoretical blockchain applications outside of the that space, the electric-car manufacturer said in its announcement. This move signals Karma’s intent…
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Tesla takes you behind the scenes at its crash-test lab

Tesla Crash LabTesla has earned a strong reputation for occupant safety. And in a video posted Tuesday by Tesla, the California carmaker shows that, as with every other automaker, there’s physical testing and probably a degree of trial and error involved. The brief look at its in-house crash-testing regimen covered computer simulations all the way through to the…
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Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge: Two electric vehicles, different and the same

2021 Volvo XC40 RechargeThe reveal of the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge on Wednesday did more than mark the introduction of Volvo’s first electric vehicle in its history; it at last served to show how close Volvo and Polestar might coexist at their closest points. The Polestar 2 and XC40 Recharge are both built on the compact modular architecture (CMA) platform jointly…
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Official: Kia Soul EV delayed until 2021

2020 Kia Soul EVKia confirmed Thursday that its next-generation all-electric Soul EV won’t arrive for the 2020 model year, but instead will be delayed until 2021. Kia spokesman Neil Dunlop confirmed the news to Green Car Reports. Dunlop said the delay was due to limited battery supply and electric motor shortages. Dunlop said the Soul EV is slated to arrive…
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Swedish startup Uniti debuts city-sized electric car in the UK for less than $19,000

Uniti One Electric CarUniti will sell its debut One city car in the UK for 15,100 pounds (approximately $19,000) after government subsidies starting next year, the Swedish startup announced Monday. The Uniti One is meant to be a budget alternative to the new crop of premium EVs coming from Tesla and the European luxury brands. In that sense, it’s a very traditional…
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All-electric 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge crossover debuts: More than 200 miles of range, one year of charging free

2021 Volvo XC40 RechargeThe first all-electric Volvo is also the first Volvo that will continue to improve, the automaker said Wednesday. Volvo rolled out the all-electric XC40 Recharge compact crossover in Los Angeles and said the electric vehicle will have two 150-kw electric motors, one on each axle, that combine to make 402 net horsepower and will be powered by a…
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Crowdfunded Aptera super-efficiency EV will use in-wheel motors

Aptera-Elaphe partnershipAptera, self-proclaimed builder of the world’s most efficient passenger vehicle, is partnering with Elaphe Propulsion to bring in-wheel motor technology to its 1,000-mile electric two-seater. If Aptera rings a bell but you can’t quite place it, it was a company that was seeking funding to build a hyper-efficient, three-wheel electric car way back…
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Bosch uses pyrotechnics to boost battery safety

Bosch PyrofuseThe controlled explosion has been a staple of automotive safety for decades, but the supplier Bosch has found a new way to apply the fundamental technology behind airbag deployment to protect EV and hybrid drivers (and their rescuers) in the event of an accident. Bosch calls this a pyrofuse, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an…
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