How will VW price its next-generation electric vehicles? Think TDI

Volkswagen MEB platform architectureVolkswagen says that it aims to make “electric vehicles for millions, not millionaires” with its next-generation EVs. While that’s a clever tagline, what ultimately will matter to many households who want a new electric vehicle in the driveway is whether they can afford one of those models. Speaking at an event last month…
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Where would you most like to see more public chargers installed? Take our Twitter poll

Electrify America DC fast chargers in Gulfport, MississippiPublic charging networks are booming. Even if it often seems to electric car drivers like there aren’t enough public chargers to go around. massive new charging network companies are coming online, existing networks are expanding, and all are planning on installing a new wave of ultra-fast electric-car chargers. In September, Chargepoint announced…
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Circular economy: Magnets from old hard drives could wind up in EV motors

Axial motor with recycled rare-earth material - ORNLAs some of the world’s largest automakers ramp up production for a generation of electric vehicles, the supply of one of the most important ingredients—rare-earth elements—is surely a cause for concern. Rare-earth elements—especially neodymium—are in short supply because of their limited production locations, much of…
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Tesla rolls out new Version 9 software–without full-self-driving features

Tesla Version 9 sofwtare in Model 3Tesla chief executive Elon Musk on Friday announced that the company released its long-awaited Version 9 software update, but without the full-self-driving features that he promised back in June. Instead, the new software now rolling out to all Model 3’s, Model S’s, and Model X’s makes improvements to the navigation system and the user interface…
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Electric cars may end the automatic era this Olds began

1938 Oldsmobile Convertible Coupe with Autoamatic Safeaty Transmission [CREDIT: Hemmings Motor News]With only the possible exception of the electric starter, nothing has done more to expand the adoption of personal cars than the automatic transmission, as reflected by one of the first cars so-equipped, being sold this week in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The 1938 Oldsmobile L-38 convertible coupe used the first transmission to select gears…
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Mazda EVs, Tesla numbers, and questions about EV profitability: The Week in Reverse

2018 Tesla Model 3Will automakers be able to turn a profit on all the electric vehicles under development? And how many Model 3 sedans, again, did Tesla deliver just last month? This is Green Car Reports’ look back at the Week in Reverse, for the week ending October 5, 2018. Friday, we looked at a test of semi self-driving systems from Consumer Reports, and…
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Tesla Autopilot, VW solid-state batteries, and Kia electric cars: Today's Car News

Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]The Tesla Autopilot system gets outranked by a rival. VW confirms plans for solid-state batteries. Future Kia electric cars are about what fits the market. Volvo’s parent company is reportedly in talks with Toyota over hybrid systems. And will electric cars hurt automaker profitability? All of this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla’s Autopilot…
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One size won't fit all for future Kia EVs

2019 Kia Niro EVFor an automaker that’s pitching itself toward the fun side of the Hyundai Motor Group, the tone for the automaker’s sizable electric push soon sounds altogether like pants. “It’s all about what fits,” said Michael Winkler, director of powertrains for Kia in Europe. By the end of next year, Kia will offer in the U.S…
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Report: Volvo's parent company in talks with Toyota over hybrid systems

2019 Volvo XC40Toyota revealed on Thursday that it is in talks with Chinese automaker Geely, which owns Volvo, about cooperation on hybrid vehicle technology, Reuters reported. As the company that has sold by far the most hybrids worldwide, the discussions could involve selling Toyota hybrid technology in Geely cars in China. Any agreement, however, could also…
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VW confirms it’s planning for solid-state batteries by 2025

Thomas UlbrichSolid-state batteries sometimes sound a bit like the missing link that would punt electric vehicles soundly into mainstream acceptance. The list of potential virtues for solid-state tech, which would replace the polymer/gel electrolyte commonly used in lithium-ion cells with a solid one, is impressive: a longer driving range; smaller packaging;…
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