Subaru and Toyota broaden partnership for electric cars, autonomous tech

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019Toyota and Subaru announced Friday that they will expand their partnership into connected-car programs and a co-developed electric vehicle platform. Toyota will also be taking a larger ownership stake in Subaru, while the latter will acquire equity in Toyota for the first time. While the partnership includes plans to build the second-generation…
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Byton M-Byte might bypass China tariff with Korean assembly for the US

2020 Byton M-ByteChina’s Future Mobility Corp, parent company of Byton, has inked a deal with South Korea’s Myongshin to build the electric M-Byte CUV at the latter’s former General Motors facility, potentially allowing the company to bypass U.S. and European tariffs. Vehicles built in Korea can be exported to the U.S. (and parts of Europe) thanks to existing…
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Mini Cooper Hardtop to go electric, maybe get mini again

Mini Electric Concept rendering, 2017 Frankfurt auto showThe next-generation Mini Cooper Hardtop will go electric, if boss Bernd Koerber has his way, and it may return to its city-car roots, too. Auto Express reports that Koerber is pushing to make Mini live up (down?) to its name again, after years of bloat and expansion into segments that haven’t really suited the brand. For now, he’s content to get…
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Mini Cooper Hardtop to go electric, get mini again

Mini Electric Concept rendering, 2017 Frankfurt auto showThe next-generation Mini Cooper Hardtop will go electric, if boss Bernd Koerber has his way, and it may return to its city-car roots, too. Auto Express reports that Koerber is pushing to make Mini live up (down?) to its name again, after years of bloat and expansion into segments that haven’t really suited the brand. For now, he’s content to get…
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UL expands into electric-car ecosystem, could speed up rollout of V2G

Polar Charge PointElectricians and home insurers have long recommended—or required, in some cases—that home appliances and electrical devices be UL certified and carry that familiar circular seal. Until relatively recently, some electric car chargers didn’t carry it, and there were popular electric-vehicle chargers that carried no UL seal. Automakers…
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Maserati outlines upcoming EVs and hybrids, underscores Italian production

Maserati TridentMaserati announced a major electrification push Thursday, laying out a road map that will start with a hybrid electric Ghibli in 2020. The Ghibli sedan will be the first in a new range of electrified Maseratis, including an all-electric sports car (which will be the company’s first dedicated EV), an electric crossover/SUV, and then battery-powered…
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Tesla rolls out V10 software, makes Q3 sales push

Tesla V10 CaraokeWould smooth Spotify audio or Netflix video integration sell you on a new electric car? Tesla started pushing out its much-anticipated Software Version 10, or V10, to owners last week, just as it intensified the push to sell what might, by some estimations, be a quarterly record for the company in the third quarter of 2019. Promotional e-mails…
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Volvo XC40 EV will be first equipped with next-gen active-safety sensors

Electric Volvo XC40's powertrainThe upcoming XC40 EV will roll off the assembly line equipped with the next generation of active-safety sensors, Volvo outlined Wednesday, as it prepares to launch its very first all-electric vehicle. Volvo is just a month away from introducing the XC40 EV, and in the lead-up to its formal debut, the company is teasing the technology that will…
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2020 Hyundai Kona Electric comes better-equipped for cold snaps

2020 Hyundai Kona ElectricIf the Hyundai Kona Electric had been more widely available in its first year, we might have called it the year’s game-changer. It’s a perky, roomy little all-electric hatchback and one that, from what we’ve experienced, doesn’t disappoint on its 258-mile EPA-rated range—with a 2019 price that’s about $30,000 after…
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Bollinger electric off-road trucks move toward production with Detroit reveal

Bollinger B1 prototypeBollinger Motors has officially revealed what it calls “its next step toward production,” production-bound beta-prototype versions of its B1 electric SUV and B2 electric pickup, in a Thursday evening event near its new Detroit-area headquarters, in Ferndale, Michigan. The prototypes presented are a completely new iteration of the…
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