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GM Asks Feds to OK 2019 Launch of Driverless Robo-Cabs

Automaker aims to put as many as 2,500 on the road annually during test program.

by on Jan.12, 2018

GM will use an updated version of this Chevrolet Bolt EV - sans steering wheel and pedals - for the robo-cab test program.

General Motors wants permission from federal regulators to begin testing driverless robo-cabs on public roads, starting in 2019, a move that could position the Detroit automaker as one of the leaders in the development of autonomous vehicle technology.

Company officials said they would roll out as many as 25 vehicles annually under the pilot project, if given approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM ultimately hopes to provide the vehicles to ride-sharing services such as Lyft – in which it is a major investor – as well as its own service, Maven.

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Unlike the autonomous prototypes GM and many competitors are currently testing, the vehicles would be completely driverless and not even be equipped with pedals or a steering wheel. That is something the automaker’s President Dan Ammann called “a major milestone, adding that, “this technology will have a huge impact on the world.”

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Traditional Automakers Could Be Left Out in the Cold By the Rise of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

Ride-sharing services could turn car manufacturing into a low-profit commodity business, says new study.

by on Jan.11, 2018

Waymo is already testing autonomous ride-sharing vehicles and will soon add fully driverless ones.

A century of growth seems likely to come to a screeching halt for the global auto industry, and that spells potentially serious trouble for major automakers, according to a new study – though the report also anticipates big opportunities for ride-sharing services.

It is widely expected that the auto industry will go through more radical changes in the coming decade or so than it has since Henry Ford fired up his first moving assembly line. Among other things, the report by the Boston Consulting Group, or BCG, anticipates that electrified vehicles will soon become commonplace, while millions of motorists in the U.S. and abroad will switch from owning a car to relying on ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber.

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So, while global auto sales will continue to grow to around 108 million annually, “We will (then) reach a plateau around 2029 or 2030,” forecast Thomas Dauner, the head of the auto practice at BCG. “An industry that has been growing over the past century will stop.”

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Creates $1 Bil Venture Fund

“We can’t everything ourselves,” says Ghosn.

by on Jan.10, 2018

The new fund is expected to invest about $200 million annually in new technology and services.

The Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance will invest around $1 billion over the next five years to help it fund start-ups and other small tech companies that can help it bring to market electrified, connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn announced Tuesday.

The corporate venture capital, or CVC, fund is intended not only to give the Franco-Japanese alliance access to potentially breakthrough technology but to help it make decisions more quickly than is normally the case for a big corporation, Ghosn said during a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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“We can do everything ourselves,” explained the Brazilian-born executive. “We have to get access to people who think about things in different ways.”

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Kia Niro EV Set to Deliver Tesla-Like Range

Production model joins Kia hybrid and plug-in later this year.

by on Jan.09, 2018

The Kia Niro EV will be available later this year and boasts range comparable to the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

Late to the “eco” party, Kia is rushing to catch up, revealing the new member of its Niro family during a preview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Like much of the Korean carmaker’s current line-up, the new EV features stand-out styling – while not opting for the sci-fi look that many competitors have adopted for their own battery-based models. Instead, the Kia Niro EV is designed to address several problems that have put off many potential battery-car buyers: range and charging times.

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The production version of the Niro EV, which will reach showrooms later this year, will deliver an estimated 238 miles per charge, roughly the same as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and more than the Tesla Model 3. Meanwhile, using a Level 3 charger, the Korean electric vehicle will be able to extend its range by 115 miles in 30 minutes. (more…)

Hyundai Nexo Will Deliver 370 Miles on Tank of Hydrogen

Fuel-cell vehicle features auto parking and hints of autonomous features to come.

by on Jan.09, 2018

Hyundai introduced the new Nexo fuel-cell electric with Aurora CEO Chris Urmson, left, and Ki Sang-Lee, Hyundai vice president.

Five years after launching its first hydrogen car, Hyundai is ready to take things a big step forward, unveiling the new Nexo fuel-cell vehicle at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Nexo is the latest in the wave of “eco” vehicles from the South Korean carmaker, a list that will include a mix of 18 hybrids, plug-ins, pure battery-electric vehicles and hydrogen cars by 2025. Sibling brand Kia will share the underlying fuel-cell system for a new model of its own before the end of the decade.

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Following up on the 2013 debut of the original Hyundai Tucson FCV, “we’re ready to showcase how far our fuel-cell technology has come,” said Hyundai Senior Vice President Ki Sang-Lee said during a roll-out of the Nexo at CES. (more…)

Hyundai Hitting Market with Autonomous Fuel Cell Vehicle This Year

New FCEV can travel 370 miles and park itself.

by on Jan.08, 2018

Hyundai revealed its second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle at CES 2018, the NEXO.

Hyundai finally revealed the name for its next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, Nexo, at CES 2018, after it gave the world a look at the crossover late last week, but provided no details.

Nexo not only comes equipped with a revolutionary propulsion system, it also gets the South Korean automakers intelligent Advanced Driver Assistance System, which Hyundai calls “a glimpse at the future of transportation.”

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“The zero-emission FCEV runs on hydrogen and proves that even an eco-friendly powertrain can fully support the energy demands of autonomous driving,” officials say in a statement. (more…)

Toyota Paints the Future of Mobility With e-Palette Concept

“A multi-purpose moving space.”

by on Jan.08, 2018

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda introduces the company's new e-Palette battery-electric van at CES 2018.

Think of the concept vehicle Toyota unveiled at CES Monday as something of a blank canvas. The e-Palette can serve as anything from a driverless ride-sharing vehicle to an automated delivery van – even a mobile store where commuters can shop on their way to work.

The battery-drive prototype will make the transition from concept to reality two years from now when Toyota puts several versions of the e-Palette into service during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And the giant automaker has already signed up several e-commerce partners, including Amazon, Pizza Hut and the ride-sharing service Uber.

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Think of e-Palette as a “multi-purpose moving space,” said Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota Motor Corp. and grandson of its founder. “Every e-Palette can be reconfigured for different purposes within a single day.” (more…)

Plug-In Vehicle Sales Surge Past 1M for 1st Time as Demand Jumps in U.S.

Shrinking battery costs, longer range, more model choices bolster sales.

by on Jan.05, 2018

The Chevrolet Bolt is now one of the world's best-selling plug-based vehicles, and GM has more coming.

Motorists around the world are showing signs they’re getting charged up by a new wave of plug-based vehicles, global sales passing 1 million for the first time ever in 2017, and U.S. demand setting a new record during the final month of the year.

Though still making up only a small fraction of worldwide motor vehicles sold last year, demand for plug-in hybrid and pure battery-electric vehicles, or PHEVs and BEVs, has been rising rapidly, according to a new report from Navigant Research. A variety of reasons get credit, including declining prices and the availability of more products, especially longer-range models like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Tesla Model 3 and second-generation Nissan Leaf. Rising oil prices are also playing a factor.

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“Battery costs have shrunk dramatically in the last five years and promise to shrink further with the commercialization of solid-state batteries on the horizon,” says Scott Shepard, a senior research analyst with Navigant. “In addition, increasing regulatory pressure in Europe and China may well push the PEV (or plug-based vehicle) market to the aggressive end of the forecast range regardless of oil prices.”

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More Than Half of Norway’s New Cars Sold are EVs

The total is up from 40% in 2016.

by on Jan.05, 2018

In Norway, where 52% of new vehicles sold are EVs, the eGolf was among the top sellers.

In one European country, Norway, sales of electric and hybrid accounted for half of new registrations in 2017, a record fueled by subsidies that have extended the country’s push to lead in shifting from fossil-fuel engines.

Pure electric cars and hybrids, which have both battery power and a diesel or petrol motor, accounted for 52% of all new car sales last year in Norway versus 40% in 2016, the independent Norwegian Road Federation reported this week.

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“No one else is close” in terms of a national share of electric cars, OFV chief Oeyvind Solberg Thorsen said. “For the first time, we have a fossil-fuel market share below 50%.” (more…)

Hyundai Fuel Cell Concept Hitting CES Stage

No name for the FCEV concept, possible Tucson replacement?

by on Jan.04, 2018

Hyundai will reveal the name of this FCEV crossover next week at CES.

The stages are going to be crowded with automakers at next week’s CES show as Hyundai has added its name to the list of makers looking to make splash.

The South Korean maker plans show a new fuel cell electric vehicle in Las Vegas that utilizes the company’s new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies. Not only will we learn more about the vehicle, we’ll actually learn its name as well.

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The new fuel cell EV is the newest edition to the Hyundai’s eco-vehicle portfolio and it will help to fulfill Hyundai’s vision to offer clean mobility to the world. (more…)