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Mercedes’ Future Comes Alive With Vision Urbanetic

New vehicle is Mercedes' glimpse into future mobility.

by on Sep.10, 2018

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its Vision Urbanetic concept. Shown here as a people mover, it's the company's take on future mobility.

Mercedes-Benz looked into the future to find ways to move people and things efficiently and quietly around cities and developed the Vision Urbanetic concept, which uses an electric powertrain and configurable bodies to do exactly that.

The result is a self-driving, electrically powered chassis that can take different switchable bodies for people moving or goods transport. As a ride-sharing vehicle, Vision Urbanetic can accommodate up to 12 passengers, while the cargo module can carry up to ten EPAL pallets.

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The interior cargo space is about 12.5 feet long while the entire vehicle is nearly 17 feet long. The vehicle can be incorporated into an IT infrastructure that analyzes in real time the supply and demand within a defined area.  (more…)

Woman Injured in Model S Autopilot Crash Sues Tesla

Owner blames Autopilot but was looking at cellphone when crash occurred.

by on Sep.10, 2018

The driver of the Tesla involved in this March crash in Utah suffered a broken foot and other injuries

A Utah woman who was injured in the crash of a Tesla Model S in May has filed a lawsuit against the automaker alleging negligence and claiming that the vehicle’s Autopilot system should have prevented the crash – even though she admitted to police that she was looking at her cellphone when the battery-sedan ran into the back of a fire truck.

Heather Lommatzsch broke her foot in a crash, which occurred about the same time as several other high-profile incidents involving Tesla vehicles using the automaker’s semi-autonomous Autopilot technology. That included one in California in which a motorist was killed when his vehicle hit the center barrier on a freeway and ultimately caught fire.

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The lawsuit comes at a particularly awkward time for Tesla, the automaker watching its share price plunge by nearly a third since shortly after CEO Elon Musk announced his interest in taking the company private. That project has since been abandoned and both Musk and Tesla now face an investigation by the SEC. Tesla also faces a number of lawsuits and Autopilot is under investigations by federal regulators following several of those recent crashes.

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Musk Lights Up – But Tesla Shareholders Are Turned Off

Increasingly erratic behavior raises concerns about Musk's leadership.

by on Sep.07, 2018

Tesla CEO Elon Musk continues to court controversy, smoking a joint on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast.

Elon Musk has always generated plenty of buzz, but he may have taken it to new highs this week, sipping whiskey and lighting up a joint during an appearance on California comedian Joe Rogan’s widely followed podcast.

Unfortunately, Tesla shareholders seem to be having something of a bad trip, the 2-1/2 hour interview just the latest in what some see as increasingly erratic behavior by the carmaker’s chief executive. And investors aren’t alone.There has been an escalating exodus of talent from Tesla in recent months, including the July departure of its chief engineer.

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On Friday morning, two more top executives, including its human resources director and its chief accountant revealed they are joining an escalating exodus of top Tesla talent. (more…)

Nissan, EVgo Complete 500-Mile Charging Network

Battery-electric drivers covered from Boston to D.C. on I-95.

by on Sep.07, 2018

Nissan and EVgo just completed a 500-mile corridor of nine fast charging stations on I-95 between Boston and Washington D.C.

Nissan and EVgo have completed the installation of a series of nine electric vehicle fast charging stations along 500 miles of the I-95 corridor in the Northeastern corner of the United States.

The completion of the Northeast fast charging corridor provides a comprehensive charging infrastructure, offers owners of electric vehicle peace of mind and convenience when travelling the heavily-traveled corridor, stretching from Boston to Washington D.C.

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Fear of “running out of electrons” is often cited as one of the primary reasons consumers shy away from purchasing or leasing battery-electric vehicles even though the range of EVs is gradually improving. Price is also a major factor inhibiting the growth of electric vehicle sales, according to analysts but the need for charging capacity remains a major factor in limiting sales of EVs. (more…)

EV Sales Expected to Jump to 30% Overall by 2030, Supplier Claims

Schaeffler execs say America will lag China, Europe in EV acceptance.

by on Sep.06, 2018

Schaeffler's Mover electric vehicle is designed to also be autonomous acting as a shuttle in certain areas.

Electric vehicles could account for 30% of the cars and trucks sold worldwide by 2030, executives from one of the auto industry’s major suppliers said during a symposium the company organized in Detroit.

Marc McGrath, president of Schaeffler Automotive Americas, said the shift to electric vehicles will be slower in North America than in China or Europe where “people are running away from diesel” and several cities have moving to ban the internal combustion engine altogether.

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Schaeffler, a German-based company that supplies high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications, as well as rolling and plain bearings.  (more…)

Tesla Takes Heat as Musk Lashes Out

Company’s stocks, bonds seesaw as CEO again attacks cave diver hero.

by on Sep.06, 2018

CEO Elon Musk has started getting himself into hot water again, putting the company's board in a tough spot.

Tesla’s stock price took an upward bounce on Thursday morning after tumbling sharply for several days following another series of explosive tweets by the battery-carmaker’s increasingly mercurial CEO Elon Musk.

On Tuesday, the 47-year-old Musk sent out an e-mail to a news site alleging that Vernon Unsworth, a British diver who helped rescue a youth soccer team from a flooded Thai cave was a “child rapist.” The two had previously tangled, though Musk issued an apology after declaring Unsworth a “pedo guy,” slang for pedophile. The latest flap comes shortly after the Tesla CEO abandoned a questionable bid to take Tesla private, a move that has led to growing concerns about his stewardship of the company.

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On Wednesday, Tesla stock dropped to the lowest level in nearly six months, and its bond prices fell to a record low. But Thursday’s share price rebound – the first in eight trading sessions – came as Musk announced some strong sales numbers for the new Model 3 and Tesla’s other product lines. (more…)

Why Fly? Self-Driving Volvo 360c Offers Alternative for Long-Distance Travel

Autonomous, electric, the concept will let travelers do “what they want to do.”

by on Sep.05, 2018

The Volvo 360c Concept is designed to let an owner travel in Business Jet-style comfort.

Flying is glamorous, or so the airlines would have you believe, but ask anyone who has had to deal with security lines, crowded cabins and inevitable delays and you’ll get an entirely different picture.

That’s where something like the Volvo 360c might offer a pleasant alternative. While the industry has focused on using driverless vehicles to replace conventional taxicabs, the self-driving concept from Volvo has long-distance travelers in mind. Billed as “the future of autonomous travel,” the 360c is designed to skip the lines and deliver the sort of experience you might expect flying on a private jet.

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“Domestic air travel sounds great when you buy your ticket, but it really isn’t,” said Mårten Levenstam, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Volvo Cars, adding that “The 360c represents what could be a whole new take on the industry.”

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With New EQC, Mercedes-Benz Goes All-In on All-Electric

“We are flipping the switch,” says CEO Zetsche, with new Tesla challenger - and more to come.

by on Sep.04, 2018

The new Mercedes-Benz EQ features a pair of electric motors producing up to 402 hp.

Mercedes-Benz is “flipping the switch,” Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche said Tuesday as he pulled the covers off the new EQC, the German brand’s new, long-range electric crossover.

The first entry from the all-new EQ sub-brand, the compact CUV won’t be alone for long, with Mercedes developing a wide range of battery-electric vehicles set to come to market by the middle of the coming decade, including the smaller EQA due out next year. Along with all-electric offerings in the works from brands as diverse as Audi, Infiniti, Volkswagen and Volvo, they pose a potentially  existential threat to Tesla, according to many industry analysts.

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“With the EQC – the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz – we are flipping the switch,” said Zetsche, during the EQC debut in Stockholm. “Electric drive is a major component in the mobility of the future. We are therefore investing more than ten billion euros in the expansion of our EQ model portfolio, and more than one billion euros in global battery production.”

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EV Start Up Rivian Debuting Pickup, Large SUV at LA Auto Show

Company planning a three-row sport-ute too.

by on Aug.31, 2018

R.J. Scaringe, right, is ready to roll out a new pickup truck and three-row sport-utility vehicles.

Rivian, a California-based start-up company looking moving into a space coveted by Tesla, is planning to show off a battery-electric pickup truck and a three-row sport utility vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

R.J. Scaringe, Rivian’s founder and chief executive officer, said during a recent appearance in Detroit that the introduction will change the perceptions of EVs. The auto industry is on the verge of sweeping change. “Think about the tech industry in 1991,” he added.

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By the time, Rivian, which has raised $500 million in capital, launches in 2020, with a target of building 50,000 vehicles annually at the plant in Normal, Illinois, that it acquired from Mitsubishi. (more…)

Dyson Building a Test Track for a $150M EV Car Campus

The 10-mile track to built at World War II-era airfield in western England.

by on Aug.30, 2018

Sir James Dyson is looking to build a 10-mile test track in western England.

Not wanting to be left out of the electric vehicle spotlight for too long, vacuum cleaner guru Sir James Dyson revealed he’s planning to set up a test track for his in-development electric vehicle.

The 10-mile track, which is part of a larger $150 million “campus,” is slated to be built on the site of a World War II-era airfield in western England.

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Dyson announced last year that he’s developing an electric car that should hit the road in 2020 or 2021. He’s counting on his company’s expertise in the production of innovative vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans, air purifiers and other appliances to translate to an electric vehicle. (more…)