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August 18, 2016
Today's electric vehicles can make a dent in climate change
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Could existing electric vehicles (EVs), despite their limited driving range, bring about a meaningful reduction in the greenhouse-gas emissions that are causing global climate change? Researchers at MIT have just completed the most comprehensive study yet to address this hotly debated question, and have reached a clear conclusion: Yes, they can. The study, which found that a wholesale replacement of conventional vehicles with electric ones is possible today and could play a significant role in mee ... read more

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US finds evidence of criminality in VW probe: report
Federal investigators probing Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal have uncovered evidence of criminal wrongdoing, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing sources familiar with the matter. ... more
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New Zealand offers electric vehicle stimulus
Nearly $3 million will be available to help support the government's ambitions to get more electric vehicles on the road, New Zealand's energy minister said. ... more
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China auto sales surge 23% in July: industry group
Cars sales surged 23 percent year-on-year in July in China, the world's biggest auto market, on sales of smaller passenger cars, an industry group said on Friday. ... more
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NREL assesses strategies needed for light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas reduction
The White House wants to cut U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2050, but the goal raises questions about one of the greatest sources of those pollutants, light-duty vehicles (LDVs ... more
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VW fined by Italy watchdog over 'dieselgate'
Volkswagen has been slapped with a five-million-euro ($5.5 million) fine in Italy over the massive engine-fixing scandal, the Italian competition authority said Monday. ... more
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Chinese media question 'straddling bus' firm
A two-storey bus that effortlessly glides above traffic? A futuristic vision for public transport that made headlines worldwide may be too good to be true, Chinese media said Friday. ... more
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A car cocktail: Ford, tequila-maker mix for auto parts
Booze and driving are a bad combination, but US auto company Ford and Mexico's tequila maker Jose Cuervo have found a way to mix together. ... more
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Tesla loss widens as company works to speed production
Tesla Motors reported Wednesday a larger second-quarter loss than expected as it worked to speed production in the face of strong demand for its electric cars. ... more
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German state Bavaria to sue VW over pollution scandal
The German state of Bavaria plans to sue Volkswagen over the carmaker's engine rigging scandal that led to massive losses in the southern region's pension funds, its finance ministry said Tuesday. ... more
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Ride-share battle ends with Didi buying Uber China operations
Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing will take over the China operations of its US rival Uber, it said Monday, ending a ferocious battle for market share that cost both firms billions. ... more
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VW gets preliminary approval for US emissions settlement
A federal judge in California granted preliminary approval on Tuesday to a $14.7 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. ... more
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China legalises ridesharing services
China on Thursday announced new rules governing ridesharing services, making clear for the first time that they are now legal in a giant market where US-based Uber is at loggerheads with local rival Didi Chuxing. ... more
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Toyota falls behind VW in world's biggest automaker race
Toyota is in danger of losing its crown as the world's biggest automaker this year as sales fall behind those of German rival Volkswagen, new figures showed Thursday. ... more
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Peugeot-Citroen doubles net profit, eyes China growth
French automaker Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) Wednesday reported a doubling of net profits in the first half of the year and said it expected the car market in China to grow eight percent in 2016. ... more
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Tesla on Autopilot was speeding before fatal crash: probe
The Tesla electric car driving in semi-autonomous mode when it crashed and killed its driver was speeding just ahead of impact with a tractor-trailer, a preliminary probe showed Tuesday. ... more
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S.Korea's Samsung invests $450 mn in China carmaker
A subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Samsung will buy a $450 million stake in China's electric carmaker BYD, which is partially owned by US investment guru Warren Buffet, the Chinese company said Friday. ... more
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Volvo Cars confident of setting sales record
Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely, said Thursday it was on track to sell a record number of cars this year thanks to the success of its new high-end SUV. ... more
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Tesla plans new truck, bus and car-sharing system
Tesla plans to build a new pick-up truck, and an urban bus, and launch a sharing system of self-driving cars, the company's founder Elon Musk announced Wednesday. ... more
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Volkswagen execs named in new emissions lawsuits
New York and Massachusetts filed lawsuits Tuesday against Volkswagen that suggested that senior executives were aware early on of efforts to hide high emissions levels in the company's diesel cars. ... more
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Partially automated cars provide enough benefits to warrant widespread adoption
Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering researchers have concluded that the public could derive economic and social benefits today if safety-oriented, partially automated vehicle technologies were de ... more
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GM sees self-driving cars as gradual rollout
General Motors believes in autonomous vehicles as a safer mode of transport, and expects the technology to come more quickly than most people think, a top executive said Monday. ... more
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Tesla readies updated 'secret masterplan'
Electric carmaker Tesla is preparing an updated "secret masterplan" as the company looks to rebound from concerns over the safety of its "Autopilot" semi-autonomous driving mode. ... more
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Tesla won't disable Autopilot despite accidents
Tesla does not plan to disable the Autopilot self-driving function in its cars despite accidents possibly linked to it, founder Elon Musk told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. ... more
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California rejects VW plan to fix 3-liter diesel cars
California regulators on Wednesday rejected a plan by Volkswagen to fix some 16,000 diesel vehicles involved in the carmaker's costly emissions-cheating scandal. ... more
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