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Where Will We Charge All Those Electric Cars We’ll Soon Be Buying? – NBCNews.com

The auto industry is getting ready to plug into battery power in a big way. In recent months, virtually every major automaker has announced some form of “electrification” and, by the middle of the coming decade, conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure battery-electric vehicles could account for nearly one-third of all new vehicle sales — even more if California regulators ban the internal combustion engine entirely, as they’re now considering….

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Where Will We Charge All Those Electric Cars We’ll Soon Be Buying? – NBCNews.com

The auto industry is getting ready to plug into battery power in a big way. In recent months, virtually every major automaker has announced some form of “electrification” and, by the middle of the coming decade, conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure battery-electric vehicles could account for nearly one-third of all new vehicle sales — even more if California regulators ban the internal combustion engine entirely, as they’re now considering….

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

T-charge prompts thousands to ditch their old cars for cleaner vehicles, figures show – Telegraph.co.uk

Thousands of drivers have ditched their diesel cars for cleaner vehicles ahead of London’s new “T-charge”, it has emerged. The Sunday Telegraph has obtained Transport for London data showing the number of older diesel cars entering the the capital has dropped by more than a third in the year since the policy was announced.  From Monday, drivers of the most polluting cars in central London will have to shell out an extra…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

BMW Headquarters Are Raided in Collusion Inquiry – New York Times

Photo A BMW plant in Munich. The automaker acknowledged its offices were raided, but stressed that it is not included in an emissions scandal that has hurt Volkswagen’s reputation. Credit Christof Stache/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images FRANKFURT — Antitrust investigators conducted a surprise raid on the headquarters of BMW in Munich as part of an investigation into possible illegal collusion among German automakers, the company acknowledged Friday. European antitrust authorities…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Audi A7 taillights might be cooler than your entire car – Autoweek

Taillights that merely turn on and off are so yesterday: The all-new Audi A7 Sportback features taillights with 13 individual vertical segments that can illuminate in a domino-like sequence when the car’s doors are locked and unlocked. And it’s not just the taillights — the HD Matrix LED headlights with laser light feature similar vertical elements that light up in a successive pattern. In short, there are almost…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Beware! Consumer Reports says this Tesla and 9 other cars are most unreliable – USA TODAY

x Embed x Share CLOSE Consumer reports just released the most and least reliable cars on the market. How does yours stack up? People look at the Tesla Model X during the media day of the 95th European Motor Show in Brussels on Jan. 13, 2017. (Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP) Buyers put more weight on some factors when buying a new car than others — price, looks, even color….

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cars Parked in Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Driveway Reportedly Burglarized – PEOPLE.com

Three cars parked on Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West‘s property were reportedly burglarized in the early hours of Friday morning. According to TMZ, who obtained a surveillance system image from the scene, the alleged perpetrator ransacked three vehicles at the end of their driveway in Los Angeles. The outlet reports that the suspect also targeted a car parked in the couple’s neighbor Kathy Griffin‘s driveway, allegedly stealing a purse…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Flexible car ownership startup Fair nabs up to $1B in debt and equity funding from BMW and Penske – TechCrunch

Fair.com — an all-digital car marketplace that was co-founded by car industry vets Georg Bauer of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla; Scott Painter of TrueCar; and Fedor Artiles of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Tesla — has been largely operating under the radar since quietly launching its business earlier this year. But today, it’s coming roaring down the street, ready to take on the market of car ownership with its new, flexible model. The startup…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

BMW headquarters raided in EU antitrust probe – Financial Times

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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streaming – Engadget

But, what if you already use the the Spotify app for Android Auto? Well, Plex is all about personalization. If you’ve somehow managed to amass a music library in the streaming era, and meticulously curated it into playlists, then this is a fine way to get it into your car. Plex supports virtually any file format (from AAC to FLAC), plus you’ll have access to playlists (including “recently played,” and…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak – Engadget

Volkswagen is partnering with Technical Development in Wolfsburg to build the all-wheel-drive prototype. The automaker hopes it will break the record for electric racers on the course, which was set at eight minutes 57.118 seconds in 2016. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is 12.4 miles long, with a nearly 5,000-foot climb to top out at a maximum elevation of over 14,000 feet above sea level. “The Pikes Peak hill climb…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak – Engadget

Volkswagen is partnering with Technical Development in Wolfsburg to build the all-wheel-drive prototype. The automaker hopes it will break the record for electric racers on the course, which was set at eight minutes 57.118 seconds in 2016. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is 12.4 miles long, with a nearly 5,000-foot climb to top out at a maximum elevation of over 14,000 feet above sea level. “The Pikes Peak hill climb…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Consumer Reports: Toyota tops for reliability — and Cadillac is last – USA TODAY

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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

After submarines and baby strollers, Aston Martin is branching into luxury condos – Quartz

In the world of luxury one-upmanship, “my other house is an Aston Martin” is a boast you might hear soon. The venerable British luxury sportscar brand, immortalized in James Bond movies since the 1960s, is getting into real estate. The company broke ground on a 66-story sail-shaped glass and steel apartment building in downtown Miami yesterday (Oct.18). Racy. (Aston Martin Residences) From the company description, living in the Aston Martin…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

US auto reliability dented by new technology; electric cars fare better: report – Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – New technology to stream music into dashboards or boost fuel efficiency is making cars less reliable, although electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt should fare better than many conventional models, Consumer Reports magazine said on Thursday. The magazine said its survey of 640,000 vehicles showed that all-new vehicles or models with newly updated technology are more likely than older models to…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Volkswagen Attending Pikes Peak for First Time in 30 Years, This Time with an Electric Car – The Drive

The engineering that went into the car was mesmerizing for the time. Engineers utilized electronic throttle position sensors, despite the motor being fit with mechanical cable-driven throttle bodies, in order to match throttle between both engines. Sadly, by the end of the race, the car suffered a transmission failure. Then, Volkswagen went radio silent for 30 years. Fortunately, fans kept the name alive by building period-correct cars to aide in…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

New engines, infotainment bugs hurting auto reliability – CNBC

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Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

2019 Audi A7 stays true to its swoopy hatchback form – CNET

The Audi A7 is one of the original vehicles that brought what I call the “swoopy-coupe” form to sedans. Sure, you could get an A6 instead, but you lose the hatchback practicality and the form that comes with it. It isn’t for everybody, and this time around, its style is still a bit polarizing, but it’s just as interesting as before, if not more so. From the front, things are…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Scoot is adding battery-swapping cars to its San Francisco lineup – Engadget

According to Scoot founder and CEO Michael Keating, the electric scooter rental service has been used by almost 50,000 users since it launched in 2012. An impressive number, but as pointed out by Keating, not everyone is comfortable braving the perilous streets of San Francisco on two wheels. With that in mind, he announced a partnership with Chinese automotive startup CHJ to bring the automaker’s yet-to-be-released small electric car with…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Aston Martin set to build luxury waterfront Miami tower – The Independent

Aston Martin’s latest project swaps horsepower and acceleration for ocean views and private pools as the maker of slinky sports cars pushes into real estate for the first time in an effort to establish a broader luxury brand.  Teaming up with property developer G&G Business Development, Aston Martin broke ground on a 66-story apartment tower in downtown Miami on Wednesday. The facility, set for completion in 2021, will feature 391…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017