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September 01, 2017
New emissions test necessary for new vehicles in the EU
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
Starting Friday, all new car models in the European Union need to pass emissions tests in real driving conditions before they hit the road, commissioners said. The European Commission invited member states to examine emission issues after Volkswagen in 2015 was found to have used software to get around some pollution standards. In response, the commission introduced stricter and more accurate tests for nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions, many of which are responsible for smog and acid ra ... read more

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New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable
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Former VW engineer gets 40 months in 'dieselgate' scandal
A US court on Friday sentenced a former Volkswagen engineer to nearly three and a half years in prison for his role in the company's emissions cheating scandal. ... more
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Uber to resume Philippine service 'soon' after fine
Uber said Saturday it expects to resume operations in the Philippines "soon" after regulators agreed to lift a ban slapped against the American ride-sharing giant in exchange for a fine. ... more
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addressing battery glitch in small number of Chevy Bolts
General Motors has contacted a few hundred buyers of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car to address a battery glitch that can affect propulsion, a spokesman said Friday. ... more
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Japan's 'highway doctor' does checkup on ageing roads
As Japan takes on the mammoth task of upgrading its capital's outdated roads and infrastructure, a local "highway doctor" is betting that its 3-D technology can led a hand. ... more
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Great Wall shares slide as Fiat Chrysler hopes dampened
China's Great Wall Motor saw its share price slide Wednesday after saying it had "not engaged in negotiations" with Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler to buy the Jeep brand. ... more
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China's Great Wall Motor plans Fiat Chrysler purchase
China's Great Wall Motor signalled on Monday its intention to make an ambitious acquisition deal with Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles following a report that it wants to buy the Jeep brand. ... more

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Merkel wants to 'restore trust' in diesel after scandal
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that trust must be restored in diesel cars after the emissions cheating scandal and spoke out against plans to ban them from some inner cities. ... more
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Uber's ousted CEO calls investor lawsuit unfounded
Uber's ousted chief executive and company founder Travis Kalanick is asking for the dismissal of an investor lawsuit against him, calling it part of a personal attack aimed at sidelining him. ... more
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Uber bows to Philippines suspension after show of defiance
Uber was forced to suspend operations in the Philippines Tuesday, after the ride-sharing giant's efforts to appeal a one-month ban were quashed as it tussles with authorities over driver permits. ... more
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Uber settles complaint over data protection for riders, drivers
Uber agreed to implement new data protection measures to settle complaints that it failed to prevent improper snooping on driver and customer information, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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Fiat joins BMW-led group to develop driverless cars
Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday said it was joining a BMW-led group to develop fully self-driving vehicles, the latest tie-up in an industry racing to get ready for the cars of the future. ... more
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Fiat Chrysler an enticing takeover target for China
Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would be an alluring takeover target for a Chinese company, instantly putting it at the top rung of the US auto industry, analysts say. ... more
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Uber board spat over ex-chief Kalanick goes public
A bitter fight over control of Uber has intensified in recent days with warring factions battling over the future role, if any, of ousted chief executive Travis Kalanick at the global rideshare titan. ... more
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Shares of Fiat Chrysler surge on report of Chinese suitors
Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles surged Monday following a report that it is being targeted for a possible takeover by multiple Chinese companies. ... more

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Czech Republic aims for nation-wide vehicle charging points
The European Commission said it was throwing its support behind a plan in the Czech Republic to make charging stations for alternative vehicles more accessible. ... more
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Electric vehicles to eat into global oil demand by 6 million barrels
An increased consumer use of electric vehicles means global oil demand could shrink by at least 6 million barrels, a report from Wood Mackenzie found. ... more
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VW offers discounts against dirty old diesels
Carmaker Volkswagen said Tuesday it would offer cash incentives of up to 10,000 euros to trade in old diesel cars, as Germany struggles to reduce harmful emissions following a cheating scandal. ... more
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Mining giant BHP hops on EV bandwagon
Australian mining and energy company BHP Billiton said it was investment tens of millions of dollars on a nickel sulphate operation to get on the EV bandwagon. ... more
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Intel set to roll out 100 self-driving cars
Silicon Valley giant Intel on Wednesday announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye. ... more
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Electric car startup Faraday Future signs factory deal
Electric car startup Faraday Future said Monday it had signed a lease for a new assembly plant in California and reaffirmed its intention to start deliveries in 2018. ... more
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China issues bike-sharing guidelines as complaints rise
China on Thursday issued national guidelines governing bike-sharing operations to nurture a new industry credited with spurring a transport revolution while addressing mounting complaints over an accumulation of millions of bikes on city streets. ... more
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BMW sticks to cautious forecast as profits shift up
German carmaker BMW reported Thursday a leap in profits in the second quarter, but stuck to its cautious forecast for the full year as it spends on new models and research and development. ... more
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