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Mercedes-Benz shows off the first fully electric heavy urban transport truck

Daimler isn’t about to let Tesla own any more ‘firsts’ in electric transportation; the German company revealed the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck today in Stuttgart, an all-electric truck with a total admissible weight capacity of 26 tonnes (29 U.S. tons), which makes it the first clean energy big rig …

Electric Vehicles

The U.S. Military Is Patrolling Dijbouti With Robot Golf Carts

A simple machine, in the works for 30 years.<p>At the best of times, military patrol duty is equally boring and important. Physically being in a place reminds others that the military is there, armed and ready to take action. It’s a good way to watch a lot of space for signs of hostile activity, but …

Military

How does Tesla build its cars? We'll show you

Join us for a 360-degree tour of Tesla's Fremont Factory, where every Model S and Model X is constructed. And, soon, every Model 3 will roll out of here, too.<p>If you've ever seen a Model S or a Model X on the road, this is where it came from. This is Tesla Fremont, the factory that was formerly a …

Tesla

Jaguar’s Planned EV Sedan and SUV May Help Company Leap Back to Relevance

A few years ago, when the Tesla Model S debuted, many likened it to a Jaguar in styling and stance. Now the brand from Coventry could be poised to fully embrace the EV with some true volume models—ones that, not surprisingly, would almost directly take on the Model S and Model X.<p><i>Automobile</i> reports …

Electric Vehicles

Solar plane circles globe in first for clean energy

A solar-powered aircraft successfully completed the first fuel-free flight around the world on Tuesday, returning to Abu Dhabi after an epic 16-month voyage that demonstrated the potential of renewable energy.<p>The plane, Solar Impulse 2, touched down in the United Arab Emirates capital at 0005 GMT …

Energy

Big Infrastructure Investment To Improve Electric Vehicles' Marketability

The White House announces investment into electric vehicle charging stations.<p>The official fact sheet covers the $4.5B+ scope of the investment and …

Electric Vehicles

Mobileye Curtailing Tesla Autonomous Relationship In Favor Of BMW, Intel

Mobileye, a leading maker of software and components for automated driving systems, won’t supply the next generation of its technology to Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors Inc. The announcement comes amid U.S. scrutiny of Tesla’s Autopilot system, which uses Mobileye technology, after recent crashes, …

BMW

Apple, Inc.'s Electric Car Project Kicks Into Full Gear

It is one of the worst kept secrets that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been working on a self-driving electric car, as numerous rumors and reports …

Electric Vehicles

Jaguar Gives Up on the C-X75 to Build Electric Cars

An electric sports sedan, a new crossover, and rear seats for the F-Type are all part of Jaguar's new plans.<p>Jaguar, the tradition-bound British automaker, has apparently decided to dive into the future of electric vehicles. The automaker is reportedly working on not one, but two EVs to add to its …

Jaguar Land Rover

Tesla driver killed in Autopilot crash was speeding, report says

Joshua Brown, the Tesla driver who on May 7 died in a crash in Florida while the car's Autopilot was engaged was speeding, according to a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) preliminary report.<p>This revelation may not surprise many people. The Model S is often billed as one …

Driving

Delivery company to trial self-driving vans in Japan

Forget delivery drones: A postal service in Japan is hoping to use self-driving cars.<p>Self-driving cars are the future, so why not use them to do our bidding?<p>Yamato, a postal service in Japan, is hoping to do just that, as the company will next year trial self-driving delivery vehicles. It's …

Japan

Amazon begins testing delivery drone fleets in the UK

Amazon is inching closer to a reality of delivering products using airborne drones. It’s now partnering with the UK government to expand trials of its drones to cover various delivery scenarios.<p>In collaboration with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Amazon will test drones that fly beyond the …

Amazon

Engie wants to open up the auto-repair industry with diagnostics tech and mechanic marketplace

Israeli startup Engie wants to crack open the auto-repair industry with a combination of hardware and software to enable you to better understand the health of your car, tied to a more transparent marketplace for local mechanics.<p>Specifically, the company has begun offering a diagnostics “card” — …

Automotive

Smart Cars Will Soon Be Useful For More Than Just Driving

DHL will deposit packages in the trunks of Daimler’s smallest cars.<p>The German car giant Daimler DDAIF has announced a partnership with DHL DPSGY that will see packages delivered directly into the trunks of Smart cars.<p>Sweden’s Volvo VOLVY is doing something similar along with local startup Urb-it, …

Driving

Ford brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to all 2017 models

Its Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system will be available across all 2017 Ford and Lincoln vehicles.<p>Automakers are slowly rolling out additional smartphone connectivity to their vehicles, but no automaker has made moves to offer Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto systems across an entire …

Ford Mustang

Gett CEO claims his ride-share company is beating Uber in Europe

It is a very competitive landscape for on-demand rides. While Uber dominates the market in the U.S., Didi Chuxing is the leader in China.<p>And in Europe, there is another player that is making headways. Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, is the “number one on-demand mobility company operating in …

Europe

The Parking Garage of the Future: Big Makeover Coming in Autonomous Age

Back in January, Tesla Motors introduced “Summon,” a feature that allows many of its newer vehicles to park themselves. Using a smartphone or key fob, car owners can remotely command their vehicles to open garage doors, enter, park themselves and shut down. When the cars are needed again, motorists …

Transportation

10 Hottest New-Car Features For 2017

Lincoln Continental

Tesla's Gigafactory Kickoff Keeps Musk Center Of Attention Ahead Of Q2 Results

Elon Musk is coming off a big week that included the successful launch by SpaceX early July 18 of a cargo mission to resupply the International Space Station and landing its Falcon 9 rocket back on earth (the privately held aerospace company’s fifth such recovery).<br>On July 20, he revealed an …

Elon Musk

Lockheed Martin Will Build New Shallow Submarine For Navy SEALs

So they don't have to get wet<p>Traveling underwater offers Navy SEALs a lot of advantages. Troops are hard to see below the waves, and until they reach the shore they’re no louder than the ocean itself. The problem is all the water. The current “swimmer delivery vehicles” used by the Navy’s elite …

Navy SEALs

2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier

Run silent, run cheap.<p>The national average for regular gasoline recently dipped to $2.16 per gallon, more than half a buck lower than it was a year ago. That’s great for commuters but trouble for the fuel-sipping 2017 Chevrolet Volt reviewed here. When gas is cheap, new-vehicle shoppers’ thoughts …

Energy

The chief iPad engineer is now heading Apple's car efforts, report says

If you love the iPad, MacBook Air or iMac, you're probably going to love the Apple Car.<p>Senior Apple executive Bob Mansfield, the man who led the engineering development for those wildly popular products, has been tapped to lead the tech giant's car-making efforts, according to the <i>Wall Street …

Tim Cook

Breakthrough battery tech could make electric cars more efficient

A new type of lithium-oxygen battery could make smartphones and even electric cars longer-lasting and more durable<p>Researchers have proposed a new lithium-oxygen battery technology that could make long-distance electric cars (and smartphones that don't need recharging every day) a …

Batteries

Tesla Accelerates Work on Battery 'Gigafactory'

SPARKS, Nev.—Tesla Motors Inc. is scrambling to finish building its massive $5 billion battery factory here years ahead of schedule to meet demand for its coming cheaper sedan and provide power for new types of vehicles Chief Executive Elon Musk says are under development.<p>Tesla has doubled the …

Batteries

Why car tech companies should look to Amazon for inspiration

The most advanced automotive tech available ahead of the arrival of fully self-driving vehicles should, ideally, be incredibly sophisticated, and completely invisible to users. So far, of all the major tech companies, Amazon is the closest to striking that balance.<p>Computers are complicated, and one …

Automotive

Are Electric Airplanes Really Starting to Take Off?

Image source: Getty Images.Shocking, I know. But car makers aren't the only ones turning to electricity to charge up their industry. NASA, as part of …

Electricity

Solar Impulse 2 starts the last leg of its round-the-world flight

The solar-powered aircraft will complete its trip almost a year and a half after the journey began.<p>It's all coming down to this. Well over a year after beginning its round-the-world trip, Solar Impulse 2 has embarked on the final leg of its journey. The solar-powered aircraft left Cairo early on …

Solar Impulse

Driving better application security in connected cars

There is no question that driverless cars are on the British agenda. First featuring in the 2015 Autumn Budget, the government’s aspirations for the …

Cybersecurity

Hybrid Alternatives For Motorcycles

Will we see hybrid turbos on motorcycles?<p>After I worked on the chassis design for the Mission R electric bike, I decided to look at the possibility …

Motorcycles