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Chevy Cruise AV, GM’s autonomous electric Bolt EV, to go into production in 2019

How comfortable would you be in a taxi or car-service vehicle that had no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals? That's the question prompted by a photo that has already prompted some subconscious anxiety among at least auto writers. How the public will react remains to be seen, but they'll get their chance next year if GM's Chevrolet Cruise...

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Industry Leaders Make Last-Ditch Effort to Steer Trump White House Away From Solar Tariffs

President Trump has two weeks left to decide whether to impose trade remedies on imported solar equipment. If he follows the guidance of his advisers, big changes could be coming to the solar industry. E&E News reported that Trump is expected to receive a formal recommendation to move forward with trade penalties as early as Friday, according to industry sources. Insiders said the president discussed potential …

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2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV deliveries start in Europe this fall

The first member of Audi's forthcoming wave of electric cars is expected to start landing in European driveways this fall, possibly neck and neck with the Jaguar I-Pace. The all-electric Audi e-tron SUV will have dimensions similar to the Audi Q5 SUV and should offer enough charge from its 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack to drive roughly 300 miles...

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Trump Promised to Bring Back Coal. How’s It Going?

When President Trump took office, U.S. coal was in a state of decline. Between 2007 and 2016, coal production and consumption each fell by more than a third, and mining jobs fell from 125,000 to 75,000. Trump promised to reverse that trend. Did his deregulatory agenda work? In 2017, U.S. coal production grew by 6 percent. That increase, however, came from a factor unrelated to Trump Administration policy: demand in foreign markets. Meanwhile, domestic coal consumption fell by 2.4 percent last …

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Weltmeister EX5: first electric car from $1 billion Chinese company you’ve never heard of

After numerous positions with BorgWarner, Fiat Group, Volvo, and China's largest automaker Geely, an executive named Freeman Shen has finally rolled out his own creation. That is the Weltmeiser EX5, the product of $1 billion in first-round funding from some of the largest players in Chinese tech. Shen's company, WM Motor, claims it will start...

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Tesla Model 3 Production … Tesla Semi Specs & Demand … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

This was supposed to be the month of the Tesla Model 3. Things didn't turned out exactly as planned. But it still might be a key breakout month for the breakthrough electric car. Several of the stories this week focus on the car and its production, barely overshadowing several hot Tesla Semi stories. Have a look below for more on the Model 3, the Semi, and other topics

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Siemens Gamesa Starts Building Hot Rock Plant for Long Duration Grid Storage

Siemens Gamesa, the wind turbine manufacturer, began building a 30 megawatt-hour precursor to a gigawatt-scale thermal energy storage system this month. The Future Energy System (FES), first announced last year, is expected to come online in early 2019. It will use industry-standard heaters and fans, powered when there is a surplus of power coming into the grid, to heat …

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Singapore launches electric-car sharing program using Bollore BlueCars

Some of us take for granted the difficulty and cost of owning a car, but more alternatives exist today than did 10 years ago. While many view car ownership as a monthly lease or financing payment, owning a car for others requires finding a place to keep it and perhaps the need to keep moving it around. That's where car sharing comes in. Whether...

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Chinese Auto Giant BAIC Going 100% Electric By 2025

On the morning of December the 9th, 2017 at the inauguration of the Beijing New Energy Vehicle Technology Innovation Centre, the president of BAIC Group promised to end the sales of BAIC fossil fuelled passenger cars by 2025, making it the second Chinese automaker to make this commitment

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Toyota plans 1 million zero-emission vehicles a year by 2030: our analysis

Sales of plug-in electric cars are rising steadily in North America, Europe, and Asia, with roughly 2 million now on the world's roads. China is debating when it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines. Meanwhile, Toyota—one of the four largest global automakers—is only reluctantly planning to launch its own...

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Electrify America contracts with Greenlots for electric-car charging sites, installations

The $2 billion electric-vehicle infrastructure program funded by Volkswagen as part of its diesel-emission scandal settlement has picked an installer to roll out some of the first phase of its electric-car charging network. Electrify America said on Monday it would contract with the Greenlots charging network for up to 900 stations. They will be...

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Why Do People Buy Into Republican Economic Myths? Why Do Republican Politicians Buy Into Them?

The story regarding the tax bill Republicans are set to pass in Congress tomorrow is wickedly clear: It cuts taxes on the super rich and that loss in US government revenue will later be pulled from normal Americans in the form of cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public infrastructure investments, public education investments, etc

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Engie Investigates Source of Belgian Battery Blaze

French multinational utility Engie is probing the cause of a fire that last month burned through a lithium-ion battery system during commissioning in Belgium. Images of the flames engulfing an Engie Ineo battery container last month at Engie's test site in Drogenbos, near Brussels, were shared on social media and even made it onto the local BX1 news. Engie …

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Four of Wards’ Top 10 Engines are actually electric or electrified powertrains

The industry trade journal WardsAuto has been giving out "Best Engine" awards for 24 years now, and this year's list includes some interesting choices. For starters, there are no engines from German manufacturers on the list: The sole luxury recipients this year are Infiniti and Jaguar. But more importantly, and for the first time ever, four of...