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Mercedes Plots Tesla Attack With $1 Billion U.S. Electric Push

Daimler AG plans to spend $1 billion to start production of Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles at its Alabama factory, setting the world’s largest …

Electric Vehicles

GM invests in wind power as part of electric vehicle push

DETROIT -- General Motors is making a big investment in wind power.<p>The automaker has announced that it is purchasing 200 megawatts of wind energy from wind farms in Ohio and Illinois, and that once the turbines are online next year, 20% of the company's global electricity usage will be powered by …

Renewable Energy

The future is battery-powered. But are we overcharging the planet?

Battery technologies are fast emerging as the new front line in the sustainable energy revolution.<p>Last week China joined Britain, France, India and …

Batteries

Wall Street is gushing over AMD on its A.I. chip relationship with Tesla

Analysts are increasingly more bullish on AMD's technology and potential in the critical artificial intelligence market following the news Tesla is …

Markets

Starting in 2020, it’s going to be much easier to buy an EV

For the first time ever, buying an electric or hybrid car from most of the big automakers is a viable option. But these electrified vehicles are still a small part of the entire automotive world. At the Frankfurt auto show in Germany, many car companies either finally pledged or reiterated earlier …

Electric Vehicles

Schwarzenegger-backed startup takes on Tesla with new battery tech

Tesla may be the best-known electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, but its grip on the industry isn’t certain. The Elon Musk-founded company has plenty …

Electric Vehicles

Here's what's really involved in an electric car drivetrain

It looks as if the electric motor is poised to replace the internal combustion engine in the automobile.<p>• Britain and France have put an end date on …

Electric Vehicles

Finally, a Driverless Car with Some Common Sense - MIT Technology Review

Boston’s notoriously unfriendly drivers and chaotic roads may be the perfect testing ground for a fundamentally different kind of self-driving car.<p>An …

Artificial Intelligence

Bugatti's next model could have 4 doors, electrified powertrain

Back in 2009, Bugatti showed a four-door concept called the Galibier, and it seemed like it would make it to production. That project stalled out, though, sidelined during the development of the Chiron. The idea of a four-door Bugatti hasn't been completely discarded, though, and, as <i>Automotive News</i> …

Automotive News

Tesla said to be working on its own self-driving AI chip with AMD

Tesla is reportedly developing its own processor for artificial intelligence, intended for use with its self-driving systems, in partnership with AMD. Tesla has an existing relationship with Nvidia, whose GPUs power its Autopilot system, but this new in-house chip reported by CNBC could potentially …

Artificial Intelligence

Power-assist electric bicycles coming from Yamaha

The American arm of Yamaha Motor Corp. will begin selling its first branded power-assist electric bicycles.<p>The Japanese giant, which manufactures everything from motorcycles and musical instruments to personal water scooters and motorboats, will begin selling Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles through …

Motorcycles

Choosing the 2017 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car - Motor Trend

A dozen definitions of the Best Driver's Car ... but only one winner<p>Patron saint of literary cool Joan Didion—who stalked the steamy, smoggy canyons of Los Angeles in a Daytona Yellow 1969 Corvette Stingray—once said, “Rationality, reasonableness bewilder me.”<p>If only Didion were along for this …

Nissan GT-R

China's Buffett-Backed BYD Could Be Jumping the Gun on Electric Car Policy

Hong Kong-listed shares of China's top electric carmaker, BYD Co. Ltd. (BYDDF) , have risen 46% in the last six days on investor confidence that the …

Stocks

The first autonomous drone network will fly above Switzerland starting next month

Like a futuristic postal service... that delivers blood<p>Logistics company Matternet has announced a permanent autonomous drone network in Switzerland that will now see lab samples like blood tests and other diagnostics flown between hospital facilities, clinics, and labs. The first delivery network …

Drones

All-electric hypercar maker Rimac gets $36 million investment from Chinese battery firm

Rimac, the company behind the incredible Concept_One all-electric hypercar, has just announced a deal with Camel Group, “Asia’s largest battery manufacturer,” with the latter investing 30 million Euros ($36m) into the Croatian EV startup.<p>The investment also includes 3 million Euros for Rimac’s …

Electric Vehicles

Porsche is bringing its ultra-fast electric car charging stations to the US

Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle, the Mission E, is coming relatively soon and aside from the vehicle itself, it’s exciting because it will come with the deployment of the German automaker’s new ultra-fast 800-volt charging technology.<p>After building the first station in Germany, we learn that …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla’s charging stations are turning into convenience stops, say CTO JB Straubel

Tesla’s Supercharger network is evolving quickly. Not only did Tesla recently launched their new “urban” Superchargers, but they are also working on their new type of larger Supercharger station with 40+ connectors, lounges, and restaurants.<p>Co-founder and CTO JB Straubel went to the Foodservice …

Car Tech

This Planned Electric Three-Wheeler Looks Fantastic And Has A Novel Solution For Charging

I get emails about concepts and proposals and grand automotive schemes all the time. It’s pretty rare that any of them actually come to fruition. But …

Electric Vehicles

This Electric Bus Drives 1,100 Miles on a Single Charge

The manufacturer claims that's a world record<p>It’s been a long time since we’ve written about electric bus manufacturer Proterra. Back in 2011, General Motors invested $30 million in the startup from South Carolina. At the time, Proterra’s EcoRide BE-35 model could hit an 80-percent charge in only …

Tesla Model S

The Hidden Benefit of Electric Vehicles: Choice

If anything demonstrates the wonders of capitalism, it is sheer choice. How else do you explain that insane cereal aisle in the supermarket?<p>Which …

Electric Vehicles

Udacity Announces Intro to Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree

Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity, discusses the Intro to Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree program and partnering with Lyft to fund scholarships for …

Disrupt NY

The Plimp is a plane-blimp mashup that promises safe air transport

The plummet-proof design is a drone for now, with dreams of carrying people<p>In 1908, five years after the Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk, U.S. Army Lieutenant Thomas Etholen Selfridge earned the dubious distinction as the first person to die in an airplane crash. In fact, the early years …

Drones

Billionaire Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch space venture fires up its engines – all six of ’em

The world’s biggest airplane hit another milestone this week with the completion of the first phase of engine testing at California’s Mojave Air and …

Aerospace

Now There's an Online Course for Flying Car Engineers

In the past year, flying cars have gone from LOL, to maybe a real thing, to a booming industry raking in VC cash and churning out sweet renderings of …

Calculus

The 'Tesla of buses' just set a range record that could spell the end for diesel buses

Silicon Valley-based Proterra just set a new record for its electric bus.<p>Proterra said its Catalyst E2 bus drove 1,101.2 miles on a single charge at the Navistar Proving Grounds in New Carlisle, Indiana. The record-breaking test shows battery tech has come a long way in allowing heavy-duty vehicles …

Electric Vehicles

AI: the new driving force in the automotive industry

Originally written by Nick Ismail on Information AgeDriverless cars could soon be coming to a street near you. Following the completion of the UK’s …

Automotive Industry

When will self-driving electric cars make conventional cars worthless?

You’re not worrying about it yet, but tens of millions of conventional vehicles could one day be dumped in junkyards and weedy lots when self-driving, electric vehicles make them too expensive by comparison. That day is either close at hand, or a long ways off. It depends on who you ask (and …

Transportation

India is about to embark on the most ambitious electric-car transformation in the world

India is shifting gears.<p>The world’s fifth-largest auto market is readying for a stupendous transformation: moving completely towards electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.<p>This is part of the Narendra Modi government’s vision to helm a renewable-energy revolution in the country. It reckons that the …

Electric Vehicles

At Last, New iPhones Will Charge Wirelessly in Cars

No more fumbling with wires every time you enter your car.<p>During this weeks's über-hyped iPhone announcement, Apple confirmed that the two newest models of its smartphone, the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the iPhone X (pronounced "ten"), will offer wireless charging. It's the first time the tech giant's …

Wireless