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GM Cadillac chief outlines plan for fewer sedans, more electrics

DETROIT (Reuters) - The head of General Motors Co's (GM.N) Cadillac luxury division said on Thursday the brand will shrink its lineup of sedans and expand its offerings of sport utility vehicles and hybrid and electric vehicles in response to market shifts.<p>Expanding Cadillac's global sales is …

Cadillac

Sono Motors unveils its solar and battery-powered electric car

German electric car startup Sono Motors unveiled the crowdfunded prototype of its battery and solar-powered vehicle; the Sion.<p>The ambitious project is now one step closer to reality.<p>The Sion’s most differentiating feature is a new system of integrated solar cells:<p>“The Sion is equipped with 330 …

Electric Vehicles

Automated Buses Are Here, Now We Have To Decide How They Will Reshape Our Cities

In Helsinki and Vegas, trials of a new kind of public transport highlights the benefits–and potential pitfalls–of automating our roads.<p>When a short trial of an autonomous bus first ran in Helsinki, Finland, in 2016, most riders saw it as a novelty. But by this fall, if you work in downtown …

Transportation

Tesla Model S is being used as chase car to launch spy planes on Royal Air Force base

Lockheed’s U-2S spy planes are famously difficult to launch and land. Their extremely poor field of vision requires a chase car on the ground that can keep up with them.<p>They use some powerful vehicles and now we learn that the British Royal Air Force has turned to the all-electric Tesla Model S to …

Tesla Model S

Asleep at the wheel? Germany frets about economic car crash

BERLIN/STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche beamed as he posed for cameras in a Mercedes-Benz electric car after meeting politicians to discuss the future of the auto industry in Stuttgart, birthplace of the combustion engine.<p>What the pictures do not reveal is that …

Electric Vehicles

Shred the Trails All Day Long With an E-Mountain Bike

These electric rides aren’t for lazy days on the trail. They’re shred-happy tools made to trek farther than two legs can handle.<p>1. Riese & Müller …

Mountains

Should New York have separated lanes for self driving cars?

One of the biggest worries about self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs) is how well they would play with others, how they would share the …

Urbanism

Tesla will livestream the first Model 3 deliveries tomorrow

Elon Musk promised to hand over the first 30 Tesla Model 3s at a special <i>soirée</i> tomorrow (July 28th), and buyers and fans of the EV are psyched. Rightfully so -- it's the most important electric car ever, with sales estimated at around 400,000. To help more folks join the fun, Tesla says it will …

Car Tech

Opec and the oil barons face a slow death by electrification

Opec, Russia and Big Oil thought they had half a century to prepare for the end of the internal combustion engine. At best they have a decade before …

Oil

Two new electric cars try to steal Tesla Model 3’s spotlight with unveilings today

If I tell you that an electric car is being unveiled this week, you’d quickly think of the production version of the Tesla Model 3 to be unveiled on Friday.<p>But two other new electric cars are being unveiled today: Bollinger Motors’ all-electric sport utility truck and Sono Motors’ all-electric and …

Electric Vehicles

Your next valet could be built into your car

No, automakers won't include an actual human with the purchase of a car. That's ridiculous, and very illegal.<p>Watch out, valets -- your days are numbered, if Bosch and Mercedes-Benz have anything to say about it.<p>The automaker and supplier have teamed up once again, this time to create a driverless …

Transportation

Tesla Model 3: top 10 cars that reservations holders are replacing with the new EV

Tesla is about to deliver the first few Model 3 cars this week and ramp up production over the next few months.<p>With reservations estimated at around 500,000 units, if Tesla can stick to its production goals and work through that backlog over next 12 months or so, the Model 3 will have a massive …

Electric Vehicles

German Car Cartel Faces Class Action Suit, 'Probably Not The Last One'

Billion Euro fines for breaking EU antitrust laws aren’t the only dangers looming for Germany’s automakers. Just a few days after a presumptive car cartel between Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW made first headlines in Europe, the matter is turning into possibly very costly legal problems on the more …

Proterra Opens Los Angeles Electric Bus Plant Targeting West Coast Transit Sales

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June drew international condemnation, but has had no impact on California’s push for dramatic cuts in carbon exhaust. Which is why startup electric-bus maker Proterra opened a new factory near Los Angeles to …

Los Angeles

Mexico City Is Killing Parking Spaces. Pay Attention, America

Depending on who you ask, Mexico City is either the most or the 12th most congested city in the world. Either way: No fun! Residents who drive lose …

Cities

Will Volvo Really Kill the Gasoline Engine?

At first glance, Volvo’s announcement earlier this month seems radical: Every new vehicle the Swedish automaker launches from 2019 will have an …

Electric Vehicles

Everything we know about the Tesla Model 3 before deliveries begin

The first batch of Model 3s will head out to owners on Friday. Let's recap what we know -- and what we're still waiting to find out.<p>Tesla will finally hand off the first group of Model 3s to their lucky owners on Friday, July 28. But unlike many other new vehicle debuts, much of the Model 3 remains …

Tesla Model 3

Waze arrives on Android Auto

Eat your heart out, CarPlay<p>For some time now, you’ve been able to click the main “Maps” button on Android Auto and get a screen that lets you select an alternate navigation app. Before today, the only real option there was Google Maps. Now, Waze has launched for Android Auto, so if you prefer it to …

Google

Tesla Model 3 can now officially cost only ~$25,000 in California after incentives

Tesla is bringing the Model 3 to market at $35,000 to be competitive with any other vehicle in its segment without incentives, but that doesn’t mean that buyers can’t take advantage of them.<p>Yesterday, the Model 3 was officially added to the list of eligible vehicles for California Air Resources …

Tesla Model 3

HERE’s Real-Time Traffic pools live data from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz cars

Mapping expert HERE is launching a Real-Time Traffic service that pulls aggregated data from sensors in Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles that are actually out driving the road, making it the first commercial traffic service of its kind that collects real-time information from vehicles from …

Transportation

BMW wants EV, plug-in variants of every single BMW, Mini model

The onslaught starts with an electric Mini coupe and an electric X3 crossover.<p>Volvo isn't the only automaker attempting to electrify its entire lineup. BMW Group wants in on the action, too.<p>BMW Group, which includes both BMW and Mini, announced Tuesday that it plans to electrify all brands and …

Electric Vehicles

These New Chinese Electric Skateboards Could Transform Your Commute

Everyone who lives in big cities — whether it’s Hong Kong or Bangkok, New York or London — loves to complain about bad traffic. And while the congestion at those cities can be very bad, they don’t hold a candle to traffic in China. After all, remember that 50-lane highway clog-up in 2015 in …

Cool Stuff

Diesel and petrol car ban: Plan for 2040 unravels as 10 new power stations needed to cope with electric revolution

Plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 in a bid to encourage people to buy electric vehicles are a "tall order" and will place unprecedented strain on the National Grid, motoring experts have warned.<p>Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, has warned that Britain "can't carry …

Electric Vehicles

Daimler stands by diesel despite growing controversy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler's profits barely rose and were short of market expectations as its Mercedes-Benz luxury car division boomed while earnings lagged at its truck, van and bus businesses.<p>The second-quarter results were overshadowed by the growing controversy over …

Transportation

The Apple Car could run traditional automakers off the road

Apple's brand extends far beyond technology and coolness. The company has accumulated incredible goodwill with consumers.<p>So whenever Apple AAPL, -1.89% comes out with the Apple Car, it will grab a disproportionately large market share from General Motors GM, +0.90% and other automakers precisely …

Electric Vehicles

Diesel and petrol car ban by 2040 would 'cost consumers and economy trillions'

Campaign groups and trade bodies have slammed the prospect of the Government banning the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, with one …

Electric Vehicles

Elon Musk gives us first look at the Boring Company's car elevator

The Boring Company may have risen out of a pun, but with each passing day it gets more serious.<p>On Wednesday, Elon Musk shared a video on Instagram showing an elevator taking a Tesla Model S underground.<p>The elevator is a part of the Boring Company's project to build a network of tunnels under Los …

Elon Musk

Sales of petrol and diesel cars to be banned by 2040 in the UK

The ban is set to form part of the UK's plans to improve air quality in the UK and reduce emissions<p>The government is set to announce a raft of …

Environment

Toyota’s future EV battery tech could enable much longer trips

The switchover to an electric vehicle (EV) future is bound to happen, with increased sales and companies like Volvo committing to hybrid models in the next couple of years. One of the things still holding back widespread adoption of the technology, however, is the low range the current crop of EV …

Electric Vehicles