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Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic is a flexible electric van from the future

September 15th, 2018 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

Its battery-electric platform can be used for a wide variety of purposes. The advent of battery-electric “skateboards,” powertrain platforms that can accommodate a bunch of different bodies on top, means that vehicles can become even more versatile than they already are. Mercedes-Benz has applied this thinking to its vans to create the wild Vision Urbanetic […]



Seven reasons why the internal combustion engine is a dead man walking

September 8th, 2018 at 2:25 am » Comments Off

The age of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is over. Electric cars are the future. The transition has just begun, but the move from ICE vehicles to Electric will happen sooner and more quickly than most people suspect.



A Chinese electric car startup is trying to take on Tesla by making its cars more like an iPhone

July 13th, 2018 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

The Chinese electric vehicle startup Byton is developing three vehicles, the first of which will hit the market in 2019. The company has prioritized interior features, like touchscreens and adjustable seats, over traditional performance metrics, like range and acceleration, in part because it assumes autonomous driving technology will become available to consumers in the next […]



The death of the internal combustion engine

June 4th, 2018 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

“HUMAN inventiveness…has still not found a mechanical process to replace horses as the propulsion for vehicles,” lamented Le Petit Journal , a French newspaper, in December 1893. Its answer was to organise the Paris-Rouen race for horseless carriages, held the following July. The 102 entrants included vehicles powered by steam, petrol, electricity, compressed air and […]



The War on Tesla, Musk, and the fight for the future

June 3rd, 2018 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Upfront: If you think that anything is justified against a person simply because that person is wealthy, this is not an article for you. If you think it’s okay to lie, mislead, or otherwise attack a person simply because of their financial status, consequences be damned, then you should probably look elsewhere. You won’t have […]



VW’s iconic microbus is making a comeback in 2022 — and it’s getting a big update

May 31st, 2018 at 8:56 am » Comments Off

The original Volkswagen microbus went out of production in 2013 due to safety concerns. Volkswagen Volkswagen is revamping its iconic microbus with the I.D. Buzz. The vehicle will be fully electric and hit dealerships in 2022. It will feature a customizable interior and tech features that will eventually move the car toward autonomous driving.



Electric vehicles begin to bite into oil demand

May 28th, 2018 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

Employees work on the assembly line of the electric bus at a BYD’s production base on January 23, 2018 in Xi’an, China. China’s largest electric carmaker BYD sold 113,669 new energy vehicles in 2017, up 13.4 percent year-on-year. (Photo by VCG/Getty Images) Projections have suggested that the advent of electric vehicles will have a dramatic […]



Most of us will be driving electric SUVs

May 25th, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

American and Chinese consumers are head over heels for SUVs — a mutual love affair that seems likely to expand in the coming years into growing demand for electric SUVs, according to a new report.



Apple now has more than 50 autonomous cars on the road

May 16th, 2018 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

The tech company’s self-driving program continues to flourish. Apple has more than doubled the number of its self-driving cars, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has confirmed. Since obtaining a permit to test autonomous vehicles, Apple’s fleet size has steadily risen — from a scant three test cars, to 27 in January, and now, […]



Didi and Volkswagen partner to develop a ‘purpose-built’ fleet and scale up autonomous driving capabilities

May 8th, 2018 at 9:19 am » Comments Off

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is nearing an agreement with Volkswagen (VW) to deploy a “purpose-built” fleet of VW vehicles in its home country, according to The Wall Street Journal. As part of the joint venture, the German carmaker would provide around 100,000 vehicles, electric and autonomous vehicle technology, and manage the fleet.



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