China’s Tesla wannabe Xpeng starts ride-hailing service

There’re a lot of synergies between electric vehicles and ride-hailing. Drivers are able to save more steering an EV compared to a gas vehicle. Environmentally conscious consumers will choose to hire an electric car. And EVs are designed with better compatibility with autonomous driving, which is expected to hit the public road in the coming […]

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Tesla issues battery software update after Hong Kong vehicle fire

Tesla has started pushing out a software update that will change battery charge and thermal management settings in Model S sedans and Model X SUVs following a fire in a parked vehicle in Hong Kong earlier this week. The software update, which Tesla says is being done out of “an abundance of caution,” is supposed […]

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Volvo inks battery supply agreements with LG Chem and CATL for Polestar and its upcoming EVs

Just three months after unveiling its first all-electric vehicle design, Polestar, the joint venture between European automaker Volvo and China’s Geely car manufacturer has inked battery supply agreements with CATL and LG Chem. The deals are part of multi-billion dollar agreements signed by Volvo Car Group, the company said. Polestar unveils its all-electric response to […]

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VW’s new electric hatchback receives 10,000 pre-orders in first 24 hours

Volkswagen opened up pre-orders in Europe at a launch event Wednesday for a special edition of the first model in its new all-electric ID brand. Within 24 hours, the company received more than 10,000 registrations, a result that suggests growing demand for electric vehicles. VW revealed Wednesday the name, some pricing and range specs for […]

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GM in talks to sell shuttered Lordstown factory to Workhorse for EV pickups

General Motors is in talks to sell its Lordstown vehicle factory in Ohio to Workhorse Group, a battery-electric transportation technology company, to produce EV pickup trucks. It’s a development that could produce a positive outcome for Workhorse, GM and the laid-off workers at the Lordstown factory that stopped producing the automaker’s Chevrolet Cruze in March. […]

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Daimler pulls the plug on electric smart car sales in U.S., Canada

Daimler is ending sales of its diminutive all-electric smart fortwo cars in the U.S. and Canada, officially pulling the plug on a vehicle that has struggled to gain ground in North America as the German automaker prepares to bring the brand to China, TechCrunch has learned. Smart won’t be sold in the U.S. and Canada […]

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2019 Audi RS 5 review: A bruising high-tech cruiser

The Audi RS 5 Sportback is an animal. Tamed, sure, but not domesticated. It’s important to remember as one day, maybe next week or next year or both, the RS 5 will revert to its natural state and become fervid, wild and unforgiving. The RS 5 sedan shares a similar look to the everyday Audi […]

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A new Tesla Model S or X can now drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge

Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its cars to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge.  The extensions beat Tesla’s previous records for […]

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Tesla plans to launch a robotaxi network in 2020

Tesla expects to launch the first robotaxis as part of broader vision for an autonomous ride-sharing network in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s Autonomy Day. “I feel very confident predicting that there will be autonomous robotaxis from Tesla next year — not in all jurisdictions because we won’t have regulatory approval everywhere” […]

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Tesla deliveries drop due to new challenges shipping Model 3 overseas

Tesla delivered 63,000 of its electric vehicles in the first quarter of the year, nearly a one-third drop from the previous quarter, the company reported late Wednesday. Tesla cautioned that it expects first quarter profits to be negatively impacted by lower than expected delivery volumes and several pricing adjustments. Deliveries included about 50,900 Model 3 […]

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