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GM’s Ultium motors will power its next-generation EVs

General Motors GM, the company known for Corvettes and pickups, has embraced EVs as much as any US automaker. It already revealed plans for its Ultium batteries and now, ahead of the 2020 Bolt EV launch, is showing off its Ultium electric motors and drive units for its next-generation of electric cars and trucks. While …

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Tesla Supercharger flaw lets rival EVs top up for free in Europe

REUTERS/Michele Tantussi Tesla’s Supercharger stations normally aren’t very welcoming places to competing electric cars, but European chargers may be another story — for now. Electrek pointed to reports from Nextmove and others that Supercharger V3 stations in Europe are letting people with non-Tesla EVs (like the VW ID.3 and Hyundai Kona Electric) charge for free. …

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Crowdfunded dongle brings wireless Android Auto to more cars

BMW While wireless Android Auto will soon be easier to find on phones, it’s another matter for cars. The cable-free tech is still rare outside of a few brands like BMW. A crowdfunded project might change that, however. Developer Emil Borconi-Szdressy recently launched an Indiegogo campaign (via XDA and 9to5Google) for an AAWireless USB dongle …

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Porsche pushes back the launch of its second EV to 2021

Engadget You’ll have to wait a while longer if you want to drive Porsche’s second-ever electric car after the Taycan. Porsche chief Oliver Blume told Bloomberg and others that the Taycan Cross Turismo’s launch has been moved from late 2020 to sometime in early 2021. It’s not due to a pandemic-struck car market, the executive …

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Watch a Toyota-backed flying car’s first public, piloted test flight

SkyDrive Toyota-backed SkyDrive has finally conducted a public, crewed test flight (via Observer) for its flying car after years of work. The startup flew its SD-03 vehicle around the Toyota Test Field in the city of Toyota with a pilot at the helm. While it wasn’t autonomous, as you might have guessed, it showed that …

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An Alphabet company is designing a road for autonomous cars in Michigan

Cavnue The state of Michigan wants to build the autonomous roadway of the future. Normally that in itself would be interesting enough, but there’s also the company it’s partnering with to make the project a reality. The state will work with a firm called Cavnue. Cavnue’s parent company is Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP), which itself …

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Daimler settles its emissions scandal lawsuit for nearly $3 billion

Engadget Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler will pay close to $3 billion to settle the US fallout from its diesel emissions scandal. The German automaker said it expects its recent settlement with American authorities, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Justice Department and California Air Resources Board (CARB), to cost approximately $1.5 billion. It will also pay …

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Record-breaking Faraday Future prototype EVs are up for auction

Pawel Litwinski Remember Faraday Future? It’s the electric vehicle startup that, when it launched in 2015, was promising to shakeup the EV industry and become a rival to Tesla. Since then, the company has struggled with funding, production and legal issues. A Faraday Future EV comparable to anything Tesla offers never materialized, though the company …

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Hyundai is turning Ioniq into its own EV sub-brand

Hyundai has announced that it will transform the Ioniq name used for its current EV into the Ioniq sub-brand dedicated to all-electric cars. That means Ioniq could become much like to Hyundai what Polestar is to Volvo. Hyundai revealed plans to launch three EVs under the new brand, starting with the Ioniq 5 in 2021 …

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Your EV’s electricity can pay for parking at Nissan’s new exhibition

Nissan If Nissan has its way, you might not need to pay for a parking spot if your electric car has some range to spare. Autoblog notes that the automaker has opened an exhibition space in Yokohama, the Pavilion, that lets you pay for parking by sending electricity from the Leaf and other EVs into …

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