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BMW Partnership Aimed at Developing Next-Gen EV Batteries

German maker teaming up with Colorado-based Solid Power.

by on Dec.18, 2017

BMW's Vision Next 100 concept is a battery-electric with autonomous capability. Those batteries could be solid state packs.

BMW is teaming up with a Colorado-based start-up in the search for the next generation of electric vehicle batteries.

Formed in 2012, Solid Power bills itself as “an industry-leading developer” of what are known as solid state batteries. The technology is expected to result in significant improvements over today’s advanced lithium-ion batteries, among other things packing in more power at a lower cost while also sharply reducing charging times.

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“Since the company’s inception, the Solid Power team has worked to develop and scale a competitive solid-state battery paying special attention to safety, performance, and cost” Doug Campbell, founder and CEO of Solid Power, said in statement. “Collaborating with BMW is further validation that solid-state battery innovations will continue to improve electric vehicles. We’re looking forward to working with BMW on pushing the limits on developments around xEV batteries.” (more…)

Toyota Planning to Launch at Least 10 EVs by Early 2020s

Half of Toyota sales will come from electrified vehicles by 2030.

by on Dec.18, 2017

The new battery deal between Toyota and Panasonic will likely play a critical role in the automaker's EV development plans.

Aiming to catch up to competitors like Volkswagen, General Motors and Tesla in the fast-emerging battery-car market Toyota Motor Corp. plans to launch at least 10 electric vehicles by the early 2020s.

Along with the pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, Toyota said Monday that it will offer some of battery-based powertrain technology for every product it offers through both the Toyota and Lexus brands by 2025, with sales of those models – as well as hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles – set to reach 5.5 million annually by 2030.

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“Electrified vehicles, which are effective for economical consumption of fuel and promoting usage of alternative fuels, are indispensable in helping to solve current environmental issues,” Toyota said in a statement Monday morning. “As a result, the number of models developed without an electrified version will be zero.” (more…)

The 15 Hottest New Cars, Trucks and Crossovers for 2018

Great designs, hot performers, breakthrough safety, unexpected features define the best of the 2018 class.

by on Dec.13, 2017

The Stelvio is the first SUV ever from Alfa Romeo - though more are in the works.

The 2018 model-year is bringing with it an array of new cars, trucks and crossover — with an emphasis on SUVs that matches up with the broad shift in the U.S. market away from traditional sedans and coupes.

All told, buyers can choose from close to 100 different completely new and updated 2018 models, a daunting challenge to those who might not know where to start. So, TheDetroitBureau.com is weighing in with 15 of our favorite picks for the new model-year. These are vehicles that offer stand-out styling, impressive performance, unexpected levels of standard features and the latest in high-tech infotainment and safety gear.

The Best of the Best!

The list includes an assortment of domestic, European and Asian models. And after you read through you’ll understand why we think these 15 are the hottest new cars, trucks and crossovers for 2018.

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Toyota Expects Electrified Vehicles Will Make Up Half of Its Global Sales

Automaker planning partnership with Panasonic.

by on Dec.13, 2017

Toyota Pres. Akio Toyoda at the launch of the Lexus LC coupe - which is offered with a hybrid option.

Toyota Motor Co. President Akio Toyoda said Wednesday that he expects half of the company’s sales to come from electrified vehicles – including hybrids and plug-based models – by 2030.

Toyoda spoke during a news conference called to announce a partnership with Panasonic to develop new battery technology that would be used for future Toyota products. The emphasis on electrified vehicles underscores a major shift in strategy by Japan’s largest automaker which, until recently, focused on hybrids but steered clear of more advanced plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.

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“The auto industry is now facing a major change of the kind that comes once in a hundred years,” said the 61-year-old grandson of Toyota’s founder.

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