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Edmunds too quick to suggest gloomy outlook for EVs

Source: Renault-Nissan and Transdev

Rather than drawing correlations between a cut in incentives and a dead EV market, this study indicates that more accurate research is needed. For example, further market research into the stage in the buying process at which people begin looking at boring things like rebates and financial incentives. When do people get excited about EVs? Do people look into purchasing an EV to save money, to save the environment, or with an eye on the future of oil reserves? Are EVs still a niche because of lack of financial incentive, or because of lack of charging stations?

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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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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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Toyota to spend $35M in AI production effort but will it be worth it for batteries?

Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell
Source: Toyota

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI), founded in 2015, will be collaborating with research groups and universities after investing $35 million on the use of AIs to accelerate design and materials. The team hope that the results will greatly contribute to Toyota’s vision of reducing the CO2 emissions from new vehicles, …

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Hyundai accelerates towards batteries as it puts hydrogen in park

Ioniq concept 
Source: Hyundai

Hyundai has announced plans for an new all-electric platform and luxury branding ahead of Korea Autoshow Hyundai senior vice president, Lee Ki-sang, confirmed the automaker’s change of direction as it makes plans to concentrate to move beyond fuel-cell hydrogen cars, adding: “The electric-vehicle platform will require high up-front investments but …

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