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US DOT finalizes “quiet cars” rule

The US DOT has finalized rules that will require “quiet cars” (electrified vehicles) to emit “alert sounds” to warn pedestrians of their approach. The long-delayed rules, which were mandated by Congress in 2010, will require electrified vehicles to generate sounds when moving at speeds of up to 18.6 miles per hour. At higher speeds, according… Read more »

Wall Street comfortably digests Tesla’s Q2 results

Tesla isn’t like other companies, and you can never tell how Wall Street will react to a particular quarterly earnings report. Like gourmands digesting a culinary oeuvre, those of us who aspire to be seen as wise have learned to wait a day or so to let things settle before passing judgement (or making stock… Read more »

Hyundai invests in solid-state battery materials specialist Ionic Materials

Hyundai’s venture capital division, Cradle, is investing in Massachusetts-based battery materials developer Ionic Materials. Ionic says its patented solid polymer material enables solid-state batteries that are inherently safe, high in energy density and operational at room temperature. The special properties of Ionic’s polymer electrolyte also support lithium-ion cells with little to no cobalt in their cathodes…. Read more »

US administration proposes to weaken vehicle air pollution standards

As expected, the US administration released a proposal that would freeze rules requiring automakers to build cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars, and that would also challenge the right of states to set their own, more stringent pollution standards. The new proposal, jointly published by the EPA and the Transportation Department, would revoke the existing federal standard,… Read more »

Audi Hungaria begins mass production of electric motors for e-tron quattro lanuch

One of Audi’s key manufacturing plants, Audi Hungaria, has officially begun series production of electric motors. Audi’s first all-electric vehicle, the e-tron, will rely heavily on the plant’s electric motor production capacity. The new dedicated 8,500-square-meter floor space uses a modular intelligent-assembly system in order to roll out 400 electric-axle motors per day. Though this number… Read more »

LeasePlan and Allego offer new home-to-office charging service

Car sharing firm LeasePlan and charging solution provider Allego have announced a new partnership to provide LeasePlan EV customers with access to personal chargers at home and at work. The charge points are designed to enable drivers to be automatically reimbursed for load balancing services provided to utilities. The scheme will initially be rolled out… Read more »

Have automakers already found a way to cheat the new WLTP emissions test?

According to documents obtained by the advocacy group Transport & Environment, European Commission scientists have uncovered evidence of carmakers manipulating the results of a new test for CO2 emissions. The evidence indicates that car manufacturers may have cheated the results of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) in order to inflate their results… Read more »

New UK law supports public charging and autonomous vehicles

Many federal and state governments around the world have taken measures to encourage EV adoption, but only a few have crafted comprehensive policies that envision a complete transition to electromobility. One of those is of course California, which subsidizes several flavors of charging infrastructure and has funded pilot projects to electrify everything from buses to… Read more »

Harley-Davidson announces plan to produce new electric motorcycles

You might expect the Hawg to be the last vehicle in the world to go electric – and there will surely be large numbers of the Daytona crowd who cling to gasoline until the bitter end. However, there are at least two good reasons for Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) to start introducing electric models. First, electric… Read more »