Electric Cars:

China will soon jumpstart the global electric car industry

China is setting the example for how to properly stimulate car manufacturers to veer towards the production of more sustainable, clean energy vehicles. Starting 2019, the country will punish car firms unless they meet quotas for zero- and low-emission vehicles. Should they not fulfill their quota, they will have to buy credits from other companies that exceed their quotas.

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  • Bloomberg
  • Date:11/16/2018

This cheap, clean, electric airplane could reshape regional air travel

An airplane called Alice could reshape regional travel as we know it, according to Israeli-based electric aircraft maker Eviation that is building the first of its all-electric passenger aircraft in France. The all-electric aircraft will carry up to 9 passengers, have a range of up to 1,000kms, and allow air travel providers to offer flights between regional centers, rather than through a central, city hub.

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  • Date:11/16/2018

A self-driving taxi service may soon be operating in this American city

Phoenix is set to become the first major city to welcome Waymo’s driverless taxi service next month. Offering paid rides is a big milestone for the autonomous service, which will operate within a 100 square mile area around the Phoenix area. Although most of the taxis will be completely driverless, there will be humans operating in remote centers ready to step in when things get complicated.

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  • The Verge
  • Date:11/15/2018

Volkswagen now lets Apple users unlock their cars with Siri

Volkswagen is deepening its relationship with Apple on its VW Car-Net app. iOS users can now use Siri to lock and unlock their car, check estimate mileage with the fuel or charge left in their vehicle, and enable alarms.

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  • Date:11/14/2018

Nikola Motor unveils a new hydrogen semi-truck designed for Europe

Nikola Motor has started taking reservations for Tre, the startup’s first hydrogen-electric truck built for the European market. Nikola Motor, which less than a year ago announced plans to build a $1 billion hydrogen-electric semi truck factory in a suburb of Phoenix, said it’s in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility.

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  • Date:11/08/2018

Tesla is getting closer to delivering a truly self-driving car

Tesla owners have been presented with a new upgrade designed to augment their diving experience. By accepting the software update drivers will equip their cars with the ability to “Navigate on Autopilot”. This new feature allows the car to give driving suggestions, such as changing lanes, navigating highway interchanges, and taking exits. The upgrade is meant as a promising step towards their long-awaited fully self-driving vehicle.

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  • Wired
  • Date:11/06/2018

China has record electric car sales month

After a few months threatening to break the all-time record (102,635 units, set last December), the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market finally hit a new high, with some 104,900 plug-in vehicles being registered in September, up 66 percent and in line with previous months’ growth rates.

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  • Date:11/06/2018

Waymo can test fully driverless cars on California roads

Get ready to see mysteriously vacant cars roaming around California streets. The state DMV has granted Waymo a permit to test fully driverless vehicles (not even an observer) on public roads, making it the first company in the state to receive permission.

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  • Date:11/02/2018

A powerful new battery could give us electric planes that don’t pollute

Brightly colored molecular models line two walls of Yet-Ming Chiang’s office at MIT. Chiang, a materials science professor and serial battery entrepreneur, has spent much of his career studying how slightly different arrangements of those sticks and spheres add up to radically different outcomes in energy storage.

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  • Date:10/31/2018

Diesel scandal settlement: Volkswagen builds EV charging network in US

Volkswagen will build a nationwide network of charging points for EVs as a part of their diesel emissions lawsuit settlement. Although punishment rather than goodwill is the company’s reason for doing this, VW will invest $2 billion over the next ten years to develop a web of fast chargers suitable for all car brands.

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  • Date:10/30/2018
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