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Nissan M.O.V.E plan accelerates EV offensive

Nissan showing new models at Auto Shanghai 2017.

Nissan to sell 1 million electrified vehicles – pure electric or with e-POWER powertrains – annually by fiscal year 2022 under its M.O.V.E. initiative Nissan Motor has published updated plans which will see the launch of more new “electrified” vehicles, an expansion of autonomous driving systems, and new vehicle connectivity options …

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UK report demands expedited deadline for ending ICE sales

ICE exhaust

The UK House of Commons released a new report last week on the nation’s obligations to improve air quality, mooting that ICE car sales should be banned sooner rather than later The report is the result of a joint inquiry, launched in 2017 after concerns were raised regarding the government’s …

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Researchers find li-ion batteries are capable of 5x faster charging

CCS fast-charging system

A new testing technique has revealed Li-ion batteries can be safely charged much faster than current manufacturers’ recommendations A group of researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK  have discovered that commercially available Lithium-ion batteries can be safely charged five times faster than currently recommended. The group used commercially …

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Ford to spend $11b on hybrids and EVs

The 2018 Ford F-150 – Ford has said it will offer a hybrid version of its classic pickup in 2020.

Ford moots plans to up its spending on hybrid and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) alongside an intuitive product and infrastructure experience for its users Ford has announced further details to its recently re-vamped ‘Team Edison‘ plan after revealing changes to ex-CEO, Mark Fields’ 2017 presentation. Fields discussed a budget of US$4.5 billion (set …

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GM confirms Cruise AV production in Michigan

The autonomous Cruise AV will feature no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls when it goes on the road in 2019. Source: GM

GM to spend US$100m across Orion and Brownstown factories to upgrade facilities for Cruise AV production and roof module assembly Having shown off its fourth-gen Cruise autonomous vehicle (AV) in January, General Motors has now confirmed that the model will be produced at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. …

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Mazda consortium to work on 12V li-ion batteries

12V lead-acid starter battery

Mazda, ELIIY Power and Ube Industries will develop 12V lithium-ion replacements for lead-acid batteries The three companies will work together to develop durable, heat- and impact-resistant batteries as a viable replacement for lead-acid starter batteries in motor vehicles by 2021. The use of li-ion batteries in conventional vehicles so far has …

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Harley-Davidson and Alta in EV collaboration

The Harley-Davidson Liveware electric motorcycle
Source: Rider Magazine

Harley-Davidson has made a surprise investment in Alta Motors, as the two companies plan to work together to produce electric motorcycle technology and new product development The famous motorcycle company, Harley-Davidson (HD), has announced that it has made an equity investment, for an undisclosed amount, in Alta Motors. The latter is …

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California to allow fully autonomous vehicles by April

The autonomous Cruise AV will feature no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls when it goes on the road in 2019. Source: GM

New ruling from the state’s DMV will offer companies permits to operate autonomous vehicles without a human driver behind the wheel from April In a landmark ruling, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has said it will scrap legislation which requires a human to be in the driver’s seat while …

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Toyota develops new motor magnet using less neodymium

Neodymium magnets

Toyota aims to reduce the use of expensive and potentially unsustainable rare-earth materials in its motors, and finds success with a new neodymium magnet design It’s not just lithium supplies that are crucial to EV development. Rare-earth minerals like neodymium and dysprosium are required for motors and other key components, …

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