Carmakers rushing to defend the EV tax credit in face of proposed cut

 The electric vehicle tax credit won’t die without a stirring defence – major automakers are moving their considerable lobbying might behind defend the credit, according to Automotive News, in the face of its proposed elimination in the new tax plan laid out by Republicans last week. Carmakers have obviously spent a lot of money, time and effort shifting their long-term plans… Read More

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Didi Chuxing will build its own electric vehicle charging network

 Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-sharing company, will form a joint venture to build its own charging network for electric cars. In an announcement today, Didi Chuxing co-founder and chief executive officer Cheng Wei said that the infrastructure will serve “families and the public” as well as vehicles on the company’s platform. Read More

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London puts new hybrid electric black cabs on roads ahead of larger rollout

 London is staring up a pilot test of its electric black cabs (via Engadget), otherwise known as the TX5, after first revealing the vehicles back in 2015. The cars have 70 miles of pure EV range on their built-in battery pack, but can also go up to 400 miles using the onboard gas engine to generate the power for the battery and motor. The vehicles meet the conditions for London’s… Read More

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LG to open Europe’s largest EV battery factory in Poland next year

 LG is opening Europe’s largest factory for building lithium-ion batteries destined for use in electric cars, the company announced. Its LG Chem division is going to open the doors for the facility in 2019 in Poland near Wroclaw, per Reuters, and the facility will be able to supply as many as 100,000 EV batteries per year beginning from next year. For comparison, Panasonic’s… Read More

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Tesla made only 260 Model 3 cars in Q3, but is ‘confident’ it can fix bottleneck

 Tesla has released its quarterly vehicle production numbers for the third quarter of 2017, which it says was its “all-time best quarter for Model S and Model X deliveries” — but it was not a great quarter for production of the Model 3, of which only 260 were made. Read More

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