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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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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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Major US cities propose EV incentive to automakers

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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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Goodenough claims solid-state battery breakthrough, but colleagues are quietly sceptical

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94-year-old inventor of the Li-ion pioneers glass electrolyte, but not all of the working has been shown At the end of February, a team of engineers at the University of Texas in Austin announced the development of a solid-state battery, a breakthrough which could prove seminal for both electric transport …

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Airbus reveals “flying taxi” concept, Pop.Up

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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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Audi leads Volkswagen Group’s charge into electric vehicle manufacture

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German automaker aims to produce three EVs by 2020 Audi has expanded on its commitment to developing EVs, now affirming that it will produce three electric models before 2020. The announcement was made on Wednesday 15th March at the company’s annual corporate press conference at which the company also revealed …

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Volkswagen unveils electric autonomous van concept

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Automaker envisages “Sedric” operating as zero-emission taxi Volkswagen Group has decided to jump the gun ahead of the Geneva Motor Show by introducing its latest autonomous concept EV. The van – dubbed “Sedric” – marks the German automaker’s first step towards developing a driverless ride-sharing taxi service. This puts the …

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All Beijing taxis could be EVs from 2017

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The US$1.3 billion operation could eventually affect all of the city’s nearly 70,000 cabs A plan for all new and replacement taxis in Beijing to be EVs is afoot, at least according to a draft work program on air pollution control in major Chinese cities. According to Zhao Cheng in …

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San Francisco to make infrastructure “100% electric vehicle ready”

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City to require that all new buildings and parking lots accommodate EV charging As the spiritual home of cutting-edge technology, it is perhaps unsurprising that San Francisco has one of the largest concentrations of EVs in the world. Also unsurprising, then, is this week’s announcement by Mayor Edwin M. Lee …

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