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Shell launches fast-charging stations for electric vehicles – The Independent

Royal Dutch Shell has launched a fast-charging service for electric vehicles at three Shell service stations near London and in northern England, the company said on Wednesday. The service, which charges most electric vehicle batteries from zero to 80 per cent within half an hour, is the oil major’s first foray into fast-charging electric vehicles, whose use is set to grow with consumers’ demand for cleaner cars. Shell will expand the…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GM’s Self-Driving Cars Are Heading to New York – Fortune

Because if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. GM and its self-driving car unit Cruise Automation plan to deploy a fleet of autonomous vehicles in New York City, making it the first company to launch a test program in the hectic urban environment. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that GM and Cruise Automation have applied to begin what he called the “first sustained testing”…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ford Urged to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Carbon Monoxide – NBCNews.com

  The Center for Auto Safety is calling on Ford to recall one of its most popular SUVs after thousands of complaints about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Official Photos And Info – Car and Driver (blog)

For the Tokyo auto show, the Concept-i teams up with two small support vehicles, the Ride and the Walk, both of which share a more altruistic purpose of helping the disabled and elderly stay mobile. The two-seat Concept-i Ride is a polished little pebble that’s nearly two feet shorter than Toyota’s iQ microcar. At 98.4 inches, it’s half a foot longer than the Nissan New Mobility Concept, a comically tiny…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

RBC downgrades Ford, cuts earnings estimates: ‘It is still very early in the turnaround’ – CNBC

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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GM donates $5 million to Henry Ford museum – Crain’s Detroit Business

  $5 million to sponsor the Gallery by General Motors “The Henry Ford is a national treasure,” says Mark Reuss, GM product development head Reuss says GM is important part of American innovation story General Motors Co. is donating $5 million to a nonprofit organization founded by the patriarch of its largest American rival. Mark Reuss, GM’s head of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, announced the donation Tuesday…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Self-Driving Cars Could Come to Manhattan – New York Times

The driverless trials will include two passengers: an engineer sitting behind the wheel to monitor and evaluate performance, and a second person in the passenger seat, according to the governor’s announcement. Such tests were recently made legal with legislation passed as part of New York’s 2018 budget. “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “The spirit of innovation is what…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cobalt stand-off key to future of electric vehicles – Financial Times

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Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Daimler recalls 400000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Daimler is recalling about 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK over a potential airbag safety issue. The problem affects certain A, B, C, and E-Class models, together with CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles, built between November 2011 and July 2017. The recall is not related to the exploding Takata airbag scandal, and there have been no fatalities. The fix for the airbag issue takes only an…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Daimler plans revamp to prepare for electric vehicles – Financial Times

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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Driven: Alfa Romeo Stelvio, The Italian Marque’s First Premium SUV – Forbes

Alfa Romeo Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s latest car, a mid-size SUV It is named after Italy’s most famous mountain pass. That alone raises expectations. Then for Alfa Romeo, a car marque generally associated with crafting sporty, sexy little cars, to venture down the more sensible sports-utility path, is altogether another. So, it was with little trepidation that I took to the wheels of the Stelvio. Incidentally, Alfa did flirt with…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Building Cars Is Hard – Jalopnik

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: It’s Hard Out There For A Startup We’ve seen this time and time again: new startups and tech giants think they can do car manufacturing. How hard can it be, they must wonder, until they discover that…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

New Audi A7 coming October 19, teaser shows familiar shape – CNET

One of the original swoopy-coupe four-doors is ready to enter a new generation. Audi tweeted out a teaser for its next-generation A7 hatchback. The tweet also promised that the new A7 would be unveiled on Oct. 19. The company gave out a teaser with its tweet, showing off the A7’s new-but-still-familiar fastback rear end. Enlarge Image Don’t mess with success. Audi While there isn’t much to glean from the teaser,…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars – The Guardian

The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Over the past four decades, cars have become far less polluting. Their fuel efficiency has practically doubled and their tailpipe emissions have been reduced by more than 95%. Yet cities such as London and Paris…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

BMW X3 2018 first drive: It’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you – Telegraph.co.uk

However, it’s not particularly loveable and it’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you. You’d never be too far behind quicker rivals such as Alfa’s Stelvio or Porsche’s Macan, but you’d be more comfortable – and that feeling of high quality production and fine engineering is, I have to say, slightly addictive. THE FACTS BMW X3 30d TESTED 2,993cc, six-cylinder turbodiesel, eight-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive PRICE/ON SALE range…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

BMW X3 2018 first drive: It’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you – Telegraph.co.uk

Overdrive it though, and after an adroit turn-in the tyres squirm and it has a top-heavy yaw, which feels horrible. This is the handling writing cheques the high-riding, heavyweight nature of an SUV can’t honour. If you are looking for fine handling and fast distribution of lots of stuff, BMW produces a more than adequate 5-series Touring estate. The X3 rides nicely over broken surfaces, even the M40i on its…

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Volkswagen Avoids Effort to Beef Up Oversight in German State Election – New York Times

The Christian Democrats promised to give the state’s two seats on the carmaker’s 20-person supervisory board to business experts rather than politicians, as has been the case. Critics contend that weak oversight by the supervisory board helped create an environment where wrongdoing could fester. Photo Stephan Weil, the prime minister of Lower Saxony in Germany and the leader of the Social Democrats in the state. He holds a seat on…

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017

VW fails to secure long-term cobalt supply for electric vehicles – Financial Times

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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Self-driving cars and shipping containers – TechCrunch

The most wonderful and most terrible things about new technologies are their emergent properties. The latest example is, of course, Fake News On Facebook; who would have thought that connecting everyone via social media would lead to wildly divergent narratives of (so-called) reality? And yet here we are. But if you think social media is messy and weird … just wait until we get self-driving cars. This isn’t a non…

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Toyota: CEO wants its driverless cars to know how you feel – USA TODAY

x Embed x Share CLOSE President Trump applauded Toyota and Mazda’s plan to set up the joint venture in the USA and create up to 4,000 jobs. Wochit Ken Fisher(Photo: Fisher Investments) Several weeks ago I saw the future of cars laid out by Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s CEO, in a presentation at its American headquarters in Plano, Texas.   He wants your Toyota to be more fun than anyone else’s…

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017