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German researchers devise autonomous CARGO train

NGT CARGO concept. Source: DLR

The DLR Next-Generation Transport project aims to get freight back on the rails Researchers at the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt [DLR]) have unveiled new concept design for freight trains. Dubbed the NGT CARGO, the concept aims to up the use of rail freight by increasing …

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MG displays E-motion in Shanghai

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SAIC-owned brand debuts 300-mile battery electric concept, but details are scarce As the Shanghai International Automotive Show ticks on, more carmakers are lining up to showcase their respective visions of the future – and what part China will have to play in it. MG Motor is one of the most …

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Volvo to launch first EV in China

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The Geely-owned manufacturer will build and sell its first fully electric vehicle in China Volvo is to launch its first electric car in China in 2019. The car will be sold within China and also exported globally, the company confirmed at the Auto Shanghai conference, although it did not confirm …

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Honda seeks Clarity in electrified future

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Honda unveils 3-in-1 Clarity strategy, offering FCV, BEV and PHEV Last week’s New York International Auto Show saw Honda reveal its new Clarity models, both of which are based on electrified technology. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and the Electric will join the existing Clarity Fuel Cell, with the company now …

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Here comes the SUN

Chetan Maini, co founder of SUN Mobility

“India’s Elon Musk” Chetan Maini, turns his attention to smart batteries India’s electric car pioneer has co-founded a new company to build smart batteries for electric cars, buses and scooters. “These smart batteries are modular, replaceable and IOT-sensor enabled and can be refuelled,” said co-founder and vice chairman of SUN …

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Musk teases Tesla truck update

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CEO announces September date for unveiling of semi truck concept Elon Musk created a flurry of excitement on Twitter over the weekend by setting down a concrete date -September- for the unveil of a Tesla semi-truck as well as promising the same for a pickup truck in the next 18-24 …

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DHL doubles down on StreetScooter

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Logistic group to expand production and sales of electric delivery van Deutsche Post DHL Group is to expand production of its self-developed StreetScooter electric van. Citing “strong customer demand” and the need for new vehicles in Germany and Europe, the logistics provider is to double the production capacity of its …

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‘Tesla for the air’ entices big investors with big savings

Source: Business Wire

Zunum Aero has secured serious investor interest for its regional hybrid-electric aeroplane concept, from JetBlue Technology Ventures and Boeing HorizonX. The company will initially target routes of 700 miles, with the hope of developing its technology to cope with 1000+-mile flight ranges by 2030. Its aircraft will accommodate between 10 …

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Anyone for T-Pod?

Source: Einride

Designer Einride wants 200 of its self-driving trucks on the roads by 2020 Swedish startup Einride has unveiled a driverless electric truck concept called a T-Pod. The self-driving electric vehicle can transport 15 pallets of goods for 124 miles on a single charge. The heavy truck is 7 metres long …

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German official moots EV quotas for automakers

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Maria Krautzberger believes such action is necessary if Germany is to achieve its climate agreement targets Ambitious goals call for ambitious measures, and these are exactly what Maria Krautzberger is proposing with regard to past climate agreements. The head of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) thinks that Germany’s goals cannot …

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Ford outlines China plans, reaffirms electric SUV

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70% of models to be electrified by 2025, but pure EVs still some years away Ford is to launch its vaunted electric sport-utility vehicle (SUV) in China “within five years.” Plans for the SUV, first announced in January, are still opaque, but the automaker seems to be sticking to its …

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UK APC backs low-carbon innovations

MP Nick Hurd visits the APC National Propulsion Showcase in February 2017. Source: APC

New funding round tackles new projects in energy storage, materials and powertrains The UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has awarded £62 million (US$77 million) in funding to a range of low-carbon automotive projects. The seven collaborative R&D projects, backed by the sixth round of APC funding since 2013, include major …

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New York architects propose urban EV “charging towers”

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Ennead Architects has based the concept on “parking carousels” and would include both conventional and supercharging capabilities A New York-based architecture firm has unveiled an innovative concept to facilitate EV charging infrastructure in cities. Ennead Architects developed the concept for an undisclosed Shanghai-based client as part of its ‘Ennead Lab’ …

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Romania introduces new-fangled EV policy

BMWs in Bucharest. Source: BMW Blog

Romania sleeks ahead as Environmental minister incentivises EV ownership through €10,000 grant Romania has enacted a new amendment in a bid to incentivise EV uptake. It is a bold step for a country with a GDP per capita of US$10,700, especially in the current climate racked by political uncertainty in …

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