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Nissan’s Leaf E-Plus may offer more range and extra power in 2019

download.jpgNissan’s 2018 Leaf model upped the ante with a ProPilot Assist system and 150-mile travel range on full battery. That was a solid improvement compared to the original Leaf’s 107 miles, and positioned it somewhere between the Hyundai Iconiq EV and Tes…


It’s Dead Simple To Add Wireless Charging To Your Car

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VW plans to launch an all-electric car sharing service next year

Volkswagen Group is launching a car-sharing service called WE that only uses electric vehicles, following the lead of rivals such as Daimler and BMW that have operated their own on-demand car rental services for years.

VW’s car-sharing service will launch in Germany next year and then expand to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia beginning in 2020. The entire fleet will be electric vehicles, VW Group said Wednesday.

“We are convinced that the car sharing market still has potential,” Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen’s board member for sales said in a statement. “That is why we are entering this market with a holistic single-source concept covering all mobility needs from the short journey that takes just a few minutes to the long vacation trip.”

The German automaker’s WE business is designed to do more than car-sharing. The WE vehicle-on-demand platform will initially focus on car sharing. But eventually it will include other modes of transportation such as scooters.

Volkswagen showed off two electric concepts in March, an e-scooter it calls the Streetmate and Cityskater, which the company describes as a “last-mile electric street surfer.” Volkswagen sees the WE platform helping connect customers to car-sharing service, rent one of these micro-mobility vehicles, or even pay for parking.

Volkswagen introduced these mobility concepts in March 2018. The Streetmate, on the left, and Cityskater.

The automaker also sees the WE platform connecting to MOIA, the automaker’s mobility company that has launched a ride-sharing service with an all-electric shuttle vehicle. The all-electric car, which made its debut at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin in December, is designed to provide space for up to six passengers.

The vehicle-on-demand services available on the Volkswagen WE platform will be managed by UMI Urban Mobility International, a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG that began operating in 2018.

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Safety driver in fatal autonomous Uber crash was watching Hulu

The safety driver in Uber’s autonomous car that killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona earlier this year was watching Hulu on her phone right up to the crash, local police claim. The incident – which grounded Uber’s self-driving car fleet as the company began an investigation into the safety of its vehicles – was “entirely avoidable” law enforcement have suggested. … Continue reading


Elon Musk wasn’t joking about the Tesla Roadster having rockets

Elon Musk has never shied away from a big promise, but even some of his biggest fans were skeptical when he said the upcoming Tesla Roadster would have a SpaceX package with rockets. Turns out, that wasn’t mere hyperbole – just don’t expect tongues of flame from every angle. Certainly, Musk’s ambitions for the Roadster aren’t humble. “Intent of [the] … Continue reading


UC Berkeley open sources largest self-driving car dataset in the world

One of the ways that autonomous car makers and companies working on tech for those self-driving rides make their algorithms and simulations better is with more data. Berkeley has announced that it has made the largest self-driving dataset ever gathered open source. The dataset contains 100,000 video sequences that are each about 40 seconds long. Each of those 100,000 videos … Continue reading


In California, utilities will spend $768 million on electric car infrastructure


Enlarge / Detail of the plug of an electric car being charged (credit: Getty Images)

On Thursday, California regulators approved three plans from the state’s three largest utilities, which will together result in nearly $768 million in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure spending. As a whole, the plan is the largest coordinated effort for state-level EV infrastructure spending thus far.

The California Public Utility Commission (PUC) was directed to smooth the path for infrastructure plans from the three utilities—Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), and Southern California Edison (SCE)—by a 2015 law.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, PG&E will spend more than $22 million on installing 230 direct current fast-charging stations in the state. PG&E and SCE together will spend $236.3 million and $342.6 million, respectively, “on infrastructure and rebates to support electric trucks, buses, and other medium or heavy-duty vehicles,” including 1,500 charging stations for those vehicles.

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This full-electric Maserati Alfieri aims to eat the Tesla Roadster’s lunch

Maserati plans to take on the upcoming Tesla Roadster with a pure battery-electric coupe and convertible, the Maserati Alfieri, capable of 0-62 mph in around 2 seconds. Unveiled as part of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s new five year plan, the new Alfieri will be a four model line-up offering both electric and gas powertrain options. We first saw the Alfieri more … Continue reading


Tesla rolls out Model 3 braking update to tackle reviewer complaints

0228-tesla-model3-9420-1.jpgTesla is making good on its promise to improve the Model 3’s braking through a firmware upgrade. Elon Musk has confirmed that a fix for the EV’s inconsistent brake performance started reaching cars on May 25th. The update should reduce the braking di…


It’s the end of the road for Uber’s self-driving cars in Arizona


Uber is shutting down its self-driving car program in Arizona. The move comes in the wake of a fatality that occurred in March, when an Uber vehicle in autonomous mode struck and killed a woman crossing a street. AZ Central first reported that about 200 employees at the Uber self-driving car program in Tempe, Arizona, were fired Wednesday morning. The full shutdown is expected to take a few weeks. When the woman who was killed, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, there was a human test driver in the front seat, and in response Uber put its entire autonomous driving program on hold. Test drivers were apparently still being paid during the program freeze, at least until Wednesday’s firings. Uber says it will provide career coaching and job help for its Arizona employees. Read more… More about Uber, Self Driving Cars, Tech, and Transportation source: #Headlines by: Sasha Lekach

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