Canada-based Electra Meccanica is preparing to sell its three-wheeled, single-seat Solo electric commuter car in the United States. The startup niche automaker recently completed a US $10-million public offering and is now trading on the United States’ NASDAQ exchange. The futuristic-looking Solo has a 100-mile range, an 85-mph top speed and is expected to sell […]

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Luxury-vehicle automaker Audi began production of its first all-electric utility vehicle Sept. 10, promising the EV would deliver enough range to make it “suitable for everyday use.” And with a quick-charge capacity, it’s “ready for the next long-distance stage in about 30 minutes.” Peter Kössler, board member in charge of production, called the E-Tron “a […]

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The company says it plans to build a production facility for solid-state batteries by 2025, and has invested US $100 million with California battery maker QuantumScape to achieve that goal. Solid-state-battery technology stands to more than double the capacity of current batteries, citing for example that the e-Golf’s range could jump to 466 miles per […]

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It’s no longer good enough for supercars to have internal-combustion engines, says the CEO of automotive design house Automobili Pininfarina. “Going electric” is now the minimum entry point, according to Michael Perscke. “It no longer works to launch an aspirational brand with a gas engine,” Perscke told alternative-vehicles webmagazine Green Car Reports. Flush with cash […]

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A touted breakthrough in computer rendering has Porsche virtually giddy over the implications for future vehicle design. The system, called “ray tracing,” greatly reduces the time it takes to render an image as well as how the image reflects light to achieve new realism. Porsche partnered with Epic Games and NVIDIA — which specialize in […]

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A Kroger’s supermarket in Scottsdale Ariz., embarked Aug. 16 on a self-driving-vehicle grocery-delivery program with technology partner Nuro; Kroger will provide the groceries, and Nuro the technology — and soon the vehicle, as well — to deliver them. The first phase, under way now, uses Nuro-equipped Toyota Prius hybrid sedans that have a seat and […]

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The first fully electronic system to control intake-and-exhaust-valve opening and closing offers levels of control over the combustion cycle never before seen, says its manufacturer. Camcon Automotive in Britain says its system, not run by a connection to the crankshaft, improves power and cuts emissions, allowing unprecedented capabilities, “such as giving four-stroke engines brief two-stroke […]

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Volvo’s second electric Polestar model — a high-end offshoot of the Sweden-based brand — will be able to travel up to 350 miles and will start at about US $40,000. Called the Polestar 2, it will serve as the brand’s entry-level model after the carbon-fiber-bodied hybrid Polestar 1 sports coupe arrives, priced at more than […]

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E-commerce company Amazon has incorporated key functions of its Alexa smart-home/infotainment system into a voice-activated command program for automobiles. Called the Alexa Auto Software Development Kit, it includes support for smart home controls such as adjusting temperature, lighting and door locks, streaming media, weather news and other Alexa features, including making calls from phones, GPS […]

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The automaker claims its upcoming E-tron electric utility vehicle will deliver “enormous” power and high efficiency. It will also offer zero-to-60-mph sprint times in less than six seconds and a 250-mile range per charge, though not likely both at once. Along with the E-tron, Audi will introduce its most efficient kinetic energy-capture system yet, able […]

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