Chevy Bolt EV, Sonic, Bolt, Sonic: GM mingles gas, electric cars on same assembly line

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General Motors General Motors didn’t have to construct an all-new assembly plant to build its affordable, mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. In fact, it produces the electric car at the existing Orion assembly plant in Michigan, which opened in 1983. That’s not the most interesting aspect of Bolt EV production, though: GM actually builds the all-electric Bolt EV and the gasoline-powered Chevrolet Sonic on the same assembly line, interspersing them as needed. READ ALSO: COULD NISSAN IMX TRADEMARK HINT AT IDX-LIKE ELECTRIC CAR? There is no deviation or halting to…

Could Nissan IMX trademark hint at IDx-like electric car?

Nissan Nissan has recently discovered to have filed a trademark filing for the “IMX” name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The filing, discovered by Autoguide, was made on September 8 and specifies its use for vehicles, including electric vehicles. READ ALSO:  VOLKSWAGEN IS ‘SECOND MOVER’ IN ELECTRIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLES – EXECUTIVE The similarity with the IDx name used for a sports car concept unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is obvious. This has led to speculation that IMX will be the name of a similar sports car concept powered…

NEW CAR REVIEW: The BMW i3

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BMW i3 BMW i3 has proved to be a successful first stab at the all-electric vehicle market for its Munich maker and since the original 2013 launch, the Munich maker hasn’t stopped trying to improve it. In 2016, the original 60Ah version was replaced with a 94Ah variant that boosted this model’s all-electric operating range to over 200 miles. A year later, BMW gave the styling a minor refresh and added a slightly pokier i3s derivative into the range to create the model line-up we’re going to look at here.…

Audi’s self-driving e-tron electric concepts: Aicon (Level 5) and Elaine (Level 4) at Frankfurt

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Frankfurt Motor Show The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Showed offered a very specific ethos this year: electric and self-driving cars. Many automakers used the bright lights and gleaming stands to reveal their interpretation of a future with all-electric and driverless vehicles. Audi was not absent from the theme. The German luxury brand debuted two e-tron electric-car concepts, the Audi Aicon and Audi Elaine. Both are battery-electric vehicles, though they differ in self-driving technology.   READ ALSO: VOLKSWAGEN SET TO LAUNCH NEXT GOLF AND I.D ELECTRIC CAR AT THE SAME TIME  …

Mazda commits to all-electric and hybrid cars by 2030

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Mazda Mazda is reportedly to make fully electric or hybrid cars by 2030. This move follows similar ones from other car manufacturers such as Volvo and Maserati in a bid to improve air quality. In addition to this the fleeting reputation of diesel cars has turbocharged the push towards zero-emissions travel. Electric models will be used by the Japanese automaker in all its cars by 2030 including on petrol-hybrid cars. “The majority of cars will feature electric drive technology, in combination with (a) combustion engine,” Mazda spokeswoman Nao Nohmi told CNNMoney. READ…

Volkswagen is ‘second mover’ in electric commercial vehicles – executive

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Volkswagen Volkswagen is a “second mover” in electrified commercial vehicles, after lagging companies such as Tesla and Deutsche Post DHL in putting them on the road, the head of VW’s trucks business told a German newspaper. He said Volkswagen had emissions-free alternatives to conventional trucks and buses on offer. “But maybe the German manufacturers were too slow. It could be,” German daily Tagesspiegel quoted Andreas Renschler, who is also a member of Volkswagen’s group management board, as saying in an interview published on its website on Sunday. Truck manufacturers such…

Driving force: are electric cars crowding out traditional engines?

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Frankfurt motor show When Angela Merkel addressed the Frankfurt motor show, it was not to a backdrop of revving engines but an exhibition of noiseless electric Golfs, South Korean hybrids and Japanese fuel-cell cars. The silence should have pleased the chancellor, who in the wake of the VW emissions scandal has hinted at a possible ban on sales of The diesel cars for which German manufacturers are renowned. German cities plagued by air pollution, including Munich, home of BMW, are mulling over the banning of diesel from their centres. Internationally, the UK and France recently promised…

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Outlines New 6-Year Plan. What’s In Store For India?

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Renault-Nissan Alliance All three carmakers to strengthen cooperation by sharing platforms that will be utilised to build 12 pure electric vehiclesand 40 vehicles with various levels of automation The Renault-Nissan Alliance has been quite busy over the last one year. Ever since the Franco-Japanese alliance bought Mitsubishi Motors in 2016, the three carmakers have been working on fully merging the Japanese SUV maker into the fold while also figuring out, 6-year plan, what we now know as the Alliance 2022. the next step Read also: MERCEDES’ NEW ALL-ELECTRIC CONCEPT CAR SHOWS…

Volkswagen set to launch next Golf and I.D electric car at the same time

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Volkswagen Golf and I.D Volkswagen has confirmed it will launch two of its most important new models within weeks of each other. The German car maker’s engineering might will be tested over the next two years as it concurrently develops the next-generation Golf alongside the first in its ambitious roll-out of electric vehicles. Jürgen Stackman, board member and head of sales and marketing, revealed to Drive that the company’s top-selling Golf range is set to roll over to a new model generation in 2020 and just one month later, the first of Volkswagen’s…

AT THE Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 BMW unveiled a brand-new electric car concept the i Vision Dynamics, which looks like a new rival to shake the Tesla Model S.

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AT THE Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 BMW In the luxury electric car segment Tesla currently rules the roost.  Both the Model S and Model X are the class leaders in terms of range and technology and no real direct rivals to challenge this position yet.  BMW could be ready to spoil the party though. Read also: PORSCHE CAYENNE COUPE UNDER CONSIDERATION AS BMW X6 RIVALAt the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017, the German car manufacturer revealed a new electric car concept, the the i  Vision Dynamics, which looks to be a credible rival to the…