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More new models, tougher CO2 rules poised to boost EVs, plug-in hybrids

A lack of choice has been one reason that buyers in Europe have not fully embraced full-electric and electrified plug-in hybrid cars. But that is quickly changing as automakers prepare to launch more models to prepare for tougher CO2 emissions regulations that start to take effect in 2020. The number of EVs on sale in

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VW threatens to exit important automaker lobbying group over electric vehicle policies

Volkswagen is amongst the legacy automakers now most invested in electric vehicles and they now threaten to exit an important automaker lobbying group over their policies regarding electric vehicles. Automakers have promoted policies to slow down the adoption of electric vehicles through lobbying groups for years. Most recently, automakers associations have pushed against efforts to

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Who’s Winning the Electric Vehicle Race?

Automakers are focused on developing models, but ad spending surge is sure to follow Oil-rich Texas is an unlikely spot for an electric vehicle demand surge. But John Luciano, general manager of a Volkswagen dealership in Amarillo, says his customers are juiced about EVs, suggesting the market might finally emerge from niche status nationally. “If

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All about that bass: carmakers seek electric car sounds for post-petrol era

GENEVA (Reuters) – Carmakers are dreaming up futuristic electric car engine sounds to ensure that pedestrians can hear vehicles that lack audible cues like high-revving, howling combustion engines, senior executives at the Geneva car show said. As BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Mini and VW prepare to launch battery-driven vehicles, carmakers are searching for a new way

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Volkswagen is pushing for CO2 neutral production of electric cars

The Volkswagen group is doing a 180-degree turn from their emission cheating days to pushing for CO2 neutral production of electric cars. In a new presentation, VW shows how the I.D., its first next-generation electric vehicle, will be “CO2 neutral throughout the entire life cycle if the customer consistently charges with green power.” They want

Putting Electric Vehicles on the Fast Track

Three years ago, the world’s largest car manufacturer made global headlines for deliberately evading emissions standards. The Volkswagen Group spiraled into an unmitigated public relations crisis—now known as Dieselgate—once it became apparent that the company installed “defeat devices” in 11 million vehicles between 2009 and 2015. Those devices enabled VWs to pass emissions tests while

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Lease costs for electric vehicles fall in 2018

Leasing costs of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have fallen throughout 2018 according to data experts at Cap HPI. The study looked at five of the best-selling models in the UK and discovered that monthly lease costs had fallen by 9.5% on average. The UK’s best-selling electric car, the Nissan Leaf saw monthly lease values fall