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July 10, 2017
France 'to end sales of petrol, diesel vehicles by 2040'
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, new Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot announced Thursday. "We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040," Hulot said, calling it a "veritable revolution". Hulot acknowledged that reaching the goal would be "tough", particularly for automakers, but said that French carmakers Peugeot-Citroen and Renault were well equipped to make the sw ... read more

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Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars said Wednesday it plans to phase out production of conventional petrol-only cars from 2019, with all new models to be either electric or hybrids. ... more
Hanoi to ban motorbikes by 2030 to curb pollution, traffic
Officials in Vietnam's traffic-choked capital Hanoi vowed on Tuesday to banish motorbikes by 2030 to ease environment and congestion woes, a decision that swiftly divided a city where two-wheelers are the main means of transportation. ... more
German 'dieselgate' investigators target Porsche employees
Investigators in Germany said Monday they are probing employees of luxury sports car maker and Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche over emissions cheating. ... more
Germany arrests Audi manager after US 'dieselgate' charges
German prosecutors said Friday they have arrested a former executive of top-of-the-range car maker Audi in connection with the massive emissions-cheating scandal that has engulfed its parent company Volkswagen since 2015. ... more
China starts regulating bike-sharing as complaints soar
Authorities in Shanghai and Tianjin will impose regulations on the rapidly growing bike-sharing sector following mounting complaints over an accumulation of millions of the rentable two-wheelers on city streets, state media reported. ... more
Baidu CEO's self-driving car stunt stumps police: media
Chinese internet giant Baidu's roll-out of a new self-driving car may have police trying to figure out who to ticket, local media reported Wednesday, after CEO Robin Li took one of the vehicles for a joy-ride on a Beijing highway. ... more
China police probe funding of 'traffic-straddling' bus
Chines authorities have launched an investigation into the fundraising practises of a firm behind a much-hyped futuristic bus that was supposed to glide over traffic jams but never got off the ground. ... more
Electric vehicles inefficient way to reduce CO2 emissions: study
Subsidizing the purchase of electric cars in Canada is an inefficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is not cost effective, according to a Montreal Economic Institute study released Thursday. ... more

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S.Korean cars recalled in China as row hits sales
Chinese authorities have announced the recall of more than 44,000 South Korean-branded vehicles over "potential safety risks", in another setback for the South's automakers already hit by a diplomatic dispute. ... more
China's Futuristic Elevated Bus Scrapped, Accused of Being a Scam
A video uploaded online in August 2016 depicted the test drive of an "elevated bus" that cars could easily drive underneath. The video prompted awe and controversy - but now it seems the experimenta ... more
New Zealand puts more emphasis on electric vehicles
New Zealand's government said Tuesday it was introducing new measures aimed at increasing the number of electric vehicles on the nation's roads. ... more
Part Plane, Part Car: Unique Russian Begalet Vehicle to Wow Enthusiasts
A state-of-the-art electric car which is capable of flying has been made by the Russian scientific development and production center Aviation and Space Technologies. In an interview with Sputn ... more
Geely seals Proton deal, eyes Lotus production in China
The parent of Malaysia's Proton said Friday that Chinese auto giant Geely will inject $40 million and an SUV product into the lossmaking carmaker, as it looks to access a Southeast Asian market dominated by Japanese automakers. ... more
Tesla eyes manufacturing in China
Tesla said Thursday it was considering the possibility of manufacturing in China as it ramps up for expansion of its line of electric-powered cars. ... more
Uber CEO Kalanick resigns under pressure
Uber's embattled chief executive Travis Kalanick has resigned, yielding to pressure from investors seeking to clean up a toxic corporate culture at the fast-growing ridesharing group. ... more
Ford to import Focus cars built in China
Ford will import its next-generation Focus sedans into the US market from China, after a highly-publicized move to cancel plans to build the car in Mexico, the company announced Tuesday. ... more

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Wireless charging of moving electric vehicles overcomes major hurdle in new Stanford study
If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway, it would virtually eliminate concerns about their range and lower their cost, perhaps making electricity the standard fuel for vehicles. ... more
China's Mobike raises $600 mn to fund bike-sharing expansion
Chinese bike-sharing start-up Mobike said Friday it has raised more than $600 million to help finance its overseas expansion, as competition in the booming market intensifies. ... more
Prized Hong Kong parking space sold for record $664,000
Its property prices are famously sky-high but now a Hong Kong parking space has been sold for an eye-watering HK$5.18 million ($664,200) in what local reports said was a world record. ... more
Scientists inch closer to wirelessly charging moving electric vehicles
Stanford scientists have made a breakthrough in the quest to wirelessly charge a moving electric vehicle. ... more
Uber loses key executive as inquiry report looms
A key Uber executive left the company Monday as the ridesharing giant prepared to release results of a far-reaching independent inquiry into misconduct and ethical practices. ... more
Embattled Uber CEO Kalanick to take leave of absence
Uber said Tuesday its chief executive Travis Kalanick would take an indefinite leave of absence as it unveiled steps aimed at restoring confidence in the scandal-plagued ridesharing giant. ... more
Mumbai's adored Padmini taxis near the end of the road
They were named after a legendary Indian queen and were synonymous with Mumbai for half a century but the last Premier Padmini taxis will soon embark on their final journey - to the scrapyard. ... more
Apple sees autonomous cars as 'core' technology
Apple views autonomous driving systems as a "core technology" for the future, chief executive Tim Cook said in an interview aired Tuesday. ... more
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