GM plans to build EV600 electric van in Canada

BrightDrop EV600GM announced late Friday that it plans to produce the EV600 electric van at its Ingersoll, Ontario plant, starting in late 2021. The EV600 was revealed earlier this week, as part of a new BrightDrop commercial vehicle unit, and the production announcement channels US$800 million toward the plant, under a tentative agreement with the Unifor labor…
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Could battery health reports rescue an ailing used EV market?

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, San Diego area, Feb 2019All the hype over electric vehicles could lose much of its charge over a continued weak link: the used EV market. There are about 44,000 used-car dealerships in the U.S. today, and roughly a quarter of those have never sold an EV. Outside of some boutique dealerships in EV-savvy cities on the West Coast and elsewhere (and outside of the Tesla…
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Chevy offers 0% financing on used Bolt EV and Volt

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EVIf you’re considering a used electric car, now might be a good time to spring into action. General Motors is offering 0% APR financing for 72 months on used Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars and Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids, reports CarsDirect, which cited a bulletin sent to dealerships last week. The deal, which runs through February 1, is the type…
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Renault 5 Prototype: All-electric return of a hot-hatch legend

Renault 5 PrototypeFor its latest electric concept car, Renault looked to the past. The Renault 5 Prototype features retro styling inspired by the cult-classic Renault 5 hatchback. The original Renault 5 was launched in 1972 as a humble economy car, but also spawned the mid-engine R5 Turbo hot hatchback, built to compete in the World Rally Championship (WRC). The…
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Trump administration again delays higher fuel economy fines

2021 Ram 1500 TRXWith just days left before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the Trump administration on Tuesday agreed to an auto-industry request to delay steeper fines for failing to meet fuel-economy standards, according to a Reuters report. The move effectively amounts to a stalling tactic that panders to behind-the-scenes lobbying from a few…
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Failing touchscreens on Tesla Model S and Model X prompt US recall request

Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto ShowThe federal government has asked Tesla to recall approximately 158,000 vehicles, including the 2012-2018 Tesla Model S and the 2016-2018 Tesla Model Y, for failures that would result in the loss of rearview camera views and “other safety-related vehicle functions.” Specifically, the National Highway Traffic Safety…
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Tesla Model Y crash test results: 5-star rating secured

2021 Tesla Model Y  -  U.S. NCAP crash-testingThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted official federal crash-test results for the 2021 Tesla Model Y, and it achieves top-tier results in every possible way. In federal NCAP crash testing, the Model Y achieved five stars overall, plus five stars in every single category of frontal and side testing, as well as in rollover…
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Flagship Cadillac Celestiq EV will offer 4-wheel steering, 4-quadrant smart glass roof

Cadillac Celestiq teased during General Motors' 2021 CES presentationWhen it comes to the Cadillac Celestiq flagship EV, four seems to be the magic number. For the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Cadillac confirmed some details of the upcoming electric sedan, including all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, and a four-quadrant glass roof. The roof is made from suspended-particle-device smart glass, allowing…
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2022 Ioniq 5 electric crossover dials in 45 EV Concept's retro look for February debut

Hyundai Ioniq 5 prototypeHyundai has revealed some first photos and video of its upcoming Ioniq 5 electric SUV, set for a debut in February and to go on sale this fall. These are the first photos of the Ioniq 5 in prototype form, and it sure looks a lot like the 45 concept, as revealed in September 2019 at the Frankfurt auto show. The company said that the Ioniq 5 will be…
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GM reveals an electric van, launches a new business for electric cargo delivery

 General Motors provided a better idea Tuesday of how it will hasten an electric transformation in commercial fleets—with the formation of a new standalone business, called BrightDrop. BrightDrop plans to expand to offer what GM VP of global innovation Pam Fletcher described as “a portfolio of integrated zero-emissions products, with…
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