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Renault Trezor wins Design of the Year

Source: Renault

Concept EV from Paris Motor Show hints at future of Renault design The Renault Trezor has been crowned 2016’s Concept Car Design of the Year, based exclusively on the votes of a 20-strong judging panel featuring some of the world’s top car designers. The peer-reviewed award, received by Anthony Lo, …

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Nissan launches car-sharing platform in Japan

Nissan NMC

Nissan New Mobility Concept marks continuation of pilot hire scheme Nissan Motor is teaming up with the City of Yokohama to introduce a round-trip car sharing service featuring the Nissan “New Mobility Concept” (NMC), an ultra-compact electric vehicle. Although branded as the NMC, the vehicle itself appears to be a …

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Major US cities propose EV incentive to automakers


Cities would spend out of their own pockets for a range of commercial vehicles, defying Trump’s EPA cuts EVs and renewable energy appear to be fighting a war on several fronts in Trump’s America. For one thing, the president is hoping to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) funding by …

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Hybrid Kinetic displays turbine concept

Yeung with the H600. Source: Hybrid Kinetic

Battery-turbine concept car would reduce range anxiety, says Hong Kong automaker Earlier this month, Hong Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group unveiled a luxury electric concept sedan at the Geneva Auto Show, as part of a partnership with Italian vehicle design and engineering partner, Pininnfarina. The H600 concept is an interesting proposition …

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E.ON charges ahead with German grants

Source: E.ON

Utility’s subsidiaries to install over 700 EV charging points across Germany with the help of government grants As part of the German government’s program to promote e-mobility, E.ON’s regional companies have submitted applications for a total of more than 700 charging points. The majority of the applications were submitted by …

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Uniti partners with Siemens

Uniti EV

Swedish EV start-up partners with engineering giant to support automated manufacturing Uniti, the Swedish start-up that made headlines last year with a crowdfunded campaign to develop an affordable city-going EV, has confirmed a new partnership with Siemens. The agreement with Siemens Nordics will make it possible to manufacture its EV …

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I spied a hybrid helicopter

The FCX-001. Source: Bell Helicopter

New helicopter concept to sweep into reality in 2018 unveiled at Heli Expo in Dallas A hybrid helicopter concept has been unveiled by US aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter – the company responsible for breaking the sound barrier and designing top-range aircraft operational in over 120 countries. Its latest innovation – …

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Jaguar I-PACE concept unleashed on London

I-PACE concept

Electric SUV to be officially unveiled later this year A concept version of Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, the I-PACE, has appeared in a new video cruising around the streets of London’s Olympic Park. Jaguar also reaffirmed details of the final production vehicle. The I-PACE will accelerate to 60 mph in …

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Airbus reveals “flying taxi” concept, Pop.Up


Aircraft manufacturer’s ‘modular vehicle’ would be both land and air capable Airbus is pressing forward with its ambition to create a “flying car”, technology that science fiction has been promising us for decades. In conjunction with car design company Italdesign, the aviation giant has offered its response to future congestion …

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Alstom tests fuel cell-powered Coradia

Alstom Coradia iLint

Fuel cell and battery-powered train reaches 80 km/h in Salzgitter tests Alstom has performed the first test run at 80 km/h of its fuel cell-powered Coradia iLint passenger train. The run was conducted on the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Germany, ahead of an extensive test campaign in Germany and …

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New Year’s EVE: NIO unveils new autonomous concept

NIO EVE concept. Source: NIO

Chinese EV firm NIO – formerly NextEV – unveils its vision for autonomous electric transport at SXSW NIO – a recent rebranding of Chinese firm NextEV – has announced that it will bring autonomous electric vehicles to the US market in 2020. The company also unveiled “NIO EVE” – an …

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AeroVironment chosen for Volvo charging


US firm to partner with Volvo Cars for its latest hybrids and beyond Electric vehicle (EV) charging technology firm AeroVironment, has signed a deal with Volvo Cars as the developer of Volvo Cars’ first custom global EV charging station. Incorporating customer design elements and branding specifically for Volvo Cars, its …

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Alstom and NTL to begin Aptis trials

Aptis prototype. Source: NTL

French transport firms unveil electric tram-bus hybrid for urban transport Last week saw French firm Alstom and its subsidiary NTL showcase Aptis, the latest offering to the world of electro-mobility. Halfway between a bus and a tram, Aptis fills an interesting gap in urban transport. The companies note that the …

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New backing for Detroit Electric EV

Source: Detroit Electric

New agreement will see flagship SP:01 electric car produced in UK’s Leamington Spa Chinese firm Far East Smarter Energy is to invest GBP1.5 billion as part of a deal with automaker Detroit Electric. As part of the capital injection, GBP300 million will be directed towards beginning production of the company’s …

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