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Has the country that invented the car fallen behind on tech?

The relief was palpable from Berlin to Munich when Germany – announced its latest GDP figures. After months of gloom, modest growth of 0.4pc in the first quarter was heralded as a sign Europe’s largest economy might weather the global slowdown better than most experts predict. For the first time in six months, Germany is

The urgency of the shift to electric cars isn’t just about climate change

Vehicle emissions regulations are meant to promote clean air and reduce carbon dioxide in order to combat climate change. In Europe, aggressive new rules are also a direct response to a massive diesel-emissions scandal, accelerating the shift to electric vehicles, said Renault CEO Thierry Bolloré. The tightening of emissions limits has created huge tension in

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EV sales stalling as customers left waiting more than a year for a car

Britain’s electric vehicle revolution is being hampered by a “bottleneck” in global battery production, as demand far outstrips supply of zero-emission vehicles. An investigation by the Press Association found that some dealers were telling customers they could be waiting more than a year if they placed an order for an EV today, with some manufacturers

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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