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Tesla teardown redux, smaller fast chargers, dirty battery manufacturing: Today’s Car News 23, October 2018 - A much-publicized Tesla teardown from earlier in the year reveals some lessons and missed opportunities. Battery manufacturing happens to be in places with dirty power sources. And DC fast chargers have the potential to downsize. All this and more on G...
Tesla Model 3 teardown underscores missed opportunities 23, October 2018 - Last year employee parking lots overflowed at Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant. By comparing the headcount of Tesla's factory at present versus historically, it’s easy to grasp why the facility has seemed so crowded. At its heyday, Toyota...
Mercedes invests in pilot program to keep fuel cells alive 23, October 2018 - Mercedes-Benz is launching a new trial for fuel-cell cars in Germany, with aims to study real-world use patterns. Mercedes will begin leasing its GLC F-Cell fuel-cell SUVs to fleet customers in Germany for $917 a month, according to a report in Automot...
New fast charger is more efficient, smaller, and half the cost 23, October 2018 - Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a 50-kw fast charger that they say costs half as much as conventional DC fast chargers, is more efficient, and only 1/16th the size. Instead of being mounted on concrete slabs, sometimes in ...
Report: Battery production could offset emissions gains from electric cars 23, October 2018 - A new report shows that emissions from producing large battery packs for electric cars could cancel out improvements from their low emissions for years. The report comes from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which is usually optimistic about electric cars...
EPA deadline, BMW electric reality check, Mustang hybrid tease: Today’s Car News 22, October 2018 - If you have a strong position regarding the EPA's proposal to freeze fuel economy standards at 2020 levels through 2026, speak out. Tomorrow is the deadline for making public comments that are part of the legal record. A zinc-air battery project is bac...
How soon can all new-car sales realistically be electric? Take our Twitter poll 22, October 2018 - Israel and Britain recently joined a growing list of countries that plan to phase out sales of gas and diesel cars and trucks. Most of the countries have set a target date between 2030 and 2050 to convert all new-vehicle sales to electric power. A few,...
BMW says 85 percent of cars will still have engines in 2030 22, October 2018 - Once a leader in electric cars, BMW now says it expects 85 percent of its cars still to have internal combustion engines by 2030. Speaking to Australian reporters for GoAuto at the Paris auto show earlier in October, BMW board member for development Kl...
Zinc air battery project claims $100/kwh cost, could be headed to vehicles 22, October 2018 - Until now, solid-state lithium-ion cells have been the likely path forward for battery technology, potentially finding their way into some production vehicles by 2025. But one other battery possibility is increasingly looking viable for the near future...
Deadline for comments on EPA fuel-economy rollback is Tuesday 22, October 2018 - Readers who want to make their voices heard in objection to (or support of) the EPA proposal to freeze fuel economy standards have until tomorrow to get their comments in. The EPA proposed in early August to undo Obama-era rules requiring cars to reach...
MA updates signs to allow electric-vehicle parking: reader success story 21, October 2018 - Bureaucracies have some funny ways of saying they were wrong and you were right. Even if they can't tell you they made a mistake, it's nice to see them fix a problem they created. The latest bureaucracy to demonstrate this is Massport, which operates t...
Tesla Model 3 shuffle, Jaguar I-Pace delivery, and Hyundai first drives: The Week in Reverse 20, October 2018 - Will Tesla see a groundswell of interest in its new, $45k Model 3 Mid Range, and is it doing the right thing in (perhaps temporarily) dropping the Full Self-Driving option from the configurator? And how might Nissan price its upcoming longer-range vers...
Tesla removes Full Self Driving option from website for all models 20, October 2018 - Friday marked exactly two years since Tesla announced that every one of its cars was being produced with the hardware needed for Full Self-Driving. Friday was also the first full day that Tesla removed the option from its configurator—at the same...
Short(er)-range Tesla, Porsche Taycan wagon, U.S. cuts CO2: Today’s Car News 19, October 2018 - A new shorter-range Tesla Model 3 drops into the mix—but not the $35,000 model that many deposit-holders have been waiting for. Porsche will add a more utilitarian hatchback design to its upcoming Taycan electric-car lineup. And VW gives its vehi...
BMW sets up end-to-end battery recycling in Europe 19, October 2018 - Teaming with a new Norwegian battery supplier and a Belgian recycling company, BMW is aiming to build a fully sustainable future battery supply chain. The company announced on Monday that it formed a partnership with Northvolt, which is building Europe...
Porsche adds wagon to upcoming Taycan electric lineup 19, October 2018 - Porsche announced Friday that it will expand its high-powered upcoming electric-car lineup from one model to two, with a new stretched-roof crossover hatchback joining the standard Taycan liftback. The Taycan electric sedan is a Tesla Model S competito...
Audi to pay $927 million fine over diesel scandal in Germany 19, October 2018 - Audi agreed on Tuesday to pay a $928 million fine to put the diesel emissions-cheating scandal behind it in its home country, Germany. The 800 million Euro fine to German authorities, consists of $923 million (795 million Euros) in profits the company ...
EPA: Cleaner power generation offset increase of vehicle emissions in 2017 19, October 2018 - U.S. emissions of global-warming greenhouse gases fell 2.7 percent in 2017, despite the Trump administration's efforts to revive coal use in the U.S., the EPA announced on Monday. The EPA released data for 2017, showing an even larger 4.5 percent drop ...
Lower-cost Tesla Model 3: Does 260 miles, $45K before incentives split the difference? 19, October 2018 - Those who’ve waited faithfully for the more affordable $35,000 version of the Tesla Model 3 to be built could finally get what they’ve been wanting soon—especially if they live in California, don’t mind a little more battery tha...
2020 BMW i4, Google Maps chargers, Jaguar I-Pace efficiency, Tesla factory: Today’s Car News 18, October 2018 - Tesla acquires land in Shanghai. Jaguar releases MPGe and range numbers for its new I-Pace electric crossover. Google Maps adds electric-car charging locations. And BMW reveals details of its upcoming electric i4. All this and more on Green Car Reports...