Can Detroit Catch Tesla?

As the traditional automakers finally steer toward an all-electric future, batteries will be essential. GM hopes a second-mover advantage will let it catch up to Tesla and pass it on the straightaway.

More drama in EV land: now Karma is suing Lordstown over theft of technology

Karma Automotive decided to sue Lordstown Motors over what they allege is theft of technology.

GM Opens Up a New Front in Its Battle With Tesla: Batteries

A new $2.3 billion plant cranks out Ultium cells to power GM’s upcoming line of electric vehicles.

GM promises 30 EVs by 2025 in 'all-out pursuit of global EV leadership'

Mary Barra says GM will spend $27 billion to speed a dozen models to market.

G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden

General Motors said it would no longer back President Trump’s lawsuit seeking to strip California of the power to set fuel economy standards.

GM teases future electric Chevy crossover and pickup, invests more in EVs

While they weren’t explicitly mentioned in the presentation, two new all-electric Chevrolet vehicles appeared behind Barra and other GM executives as a backdrop.

The electric car industry now has its own lobbying group

Tesla, Uber, Rivian, and others have formed the Zero Emissions Transportation Association.

Tesla Cancels Its Cheapest, $35,000 Car

With the 2021 model year refresh around the corner, Tesla has decided to stop selling its cheapest car, the $35,000 Model 3.

With Mercedes tech, Aston Martin plans to electrify 20% of its fleet by 2024

Aston Martin will use Mercedes-Benz powertrain tech as part of an expanded agreement between the two automakers announced last week.

Fully electric vehicles will see a faster transition and more investment than hybrids, GM's chief sustainability officer says

"I think we'll see a faster transition to pure EV's," GM chief sustainability officer Dane Parker said.

Want to invest in electric cars? GM could be a better bet than Tesla

It's been a long time since General Motors has been a hot stock for investors. Electric vehicles could turn it into one.
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The EVs Are Coming

From Ford and GM to startups like Rivian, automakers are dialing up dozens of new electric vehicles to challenge Tesla for a battery-powered future. Will Americans buy them?

Canadian and Ontarian governments invest $590 million to retool Ford plant for EV production

They'll each invest $295 million to help Ford upgrade its assembly plant in Oakville to start producing EVs.

With 1M global charge points, what’s next for EV charging?

Can they help buyers overcome range anxiety, still the number one concern of potential EV buyers?
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New book tells the story of Tesla from its founding to the present

The book concentrates on the exciting stories, and there are many: Martin Eberhard’s realization that there were many like himself, who loved fast cars but wanted to help the environment; the freewheeling first days of the company, reminiscent of the early internet era; Tesla’s near-death experience and miraculous resurrection; and more.

Electrified car registrations overtake diesel in Europe for the first time

Gasoline is now the most common energy source for new European cars.

GM Super Cruise beats Tesla Autopilot again in latest hands-free test

Autopilot is 'a distant second' but ahead of Ford's Co-Pilot 360, says Consumer Reports.

General Motors has what it takes to put everyone in an EV

"Our zero-emissions, all-electric future is underway right now, and we are moving faster than ever. " - Mary Barra GM CEO

Reimagining the auto industry’s future: It’s now or never

Disruptions in the auto industry will result in billions lost, with recovery years away. Yet companies that reimagine their operations will perform best in the next normal.

Let Elon Musk Go Giga: A U.K. Upstart Says Microfactories Are The Profitable Way To Build Electric Vehicles

“The rule of this game of big factories is broken,” says Arrival fonder Denis Sverdlov.

Car design is about to change forever. This video encapsulates how.

The car of the future is a skateboard, and whatever you want goes on top.

American excess is back with the 1,000hp 2022 GMC Hummer EV truck

There is nothing subtle or restrained, including the $112,595 price.

GM is revealing their brand new all-electric Hummer brand today, Oct 20th!

And they're calling it "The world's first all-electric supertruck".

The maker of this new electric bus of the future just received an $118 million investment from BlackRock to build a US factory

Arrival has unveiled a zero-emissions public transit bus with configurable seating arrangements to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This Swiss EV startup will be led by a bunch of former Tesla, BMW, Porsche, and Volkswagen bosses

Piëch Automotive is a Swiss EV sports car startup that’s headed up by ex-BMW, Tesla, Porsche, and Volkswagen employees.

GM and Nikola have not finalized deal, will continue discussions

Either side can terminate the agreement if it isn't finalized by Dec. 3.

GM tests its Ultium battery system for Cruise Origin autonomous electric vehicle

The vehicle was technically the first vehicle to get GM’s new Ultium battery system.

Ford breaks ground on electric F-150 pickup truck plant in Michigan

That release date means the F-150 EV will likely hit the road after electric pickups from a number of Ford’s rivals.

Elon Musk Promises to Make a $25,000 Tesla (in 3 Years)

Tesla said it was working on advances that would lower the cost of batteries and increase their capacity to store energy.

Lucid beats Tesla Model S Plaid prototype on racetrack with its own tri-motor Air test vehicle

They completed a lap in 1:36.55 with the prototype electric vehicle.

GM is considering getting into the electric 'flying car' market

Mary Barra: 'Our Ultium battery system opens doors ... including aerial mobility'.

Improving battery-electric-vehicle profitability through reduced structural costs

As sales of battery electric vehicles increase, OEMs need to focus on R&D excellence, flexible manufacturing, and value-chain integration to improve profitability.

GM unveils Ultium Drive family of integrated electric drive units

“Ultium Drive will be more responsive than its internal combustion equivalents, with precision torque control of its motors for smooth performance,” says GM.

Wall Street is ditching automakers like Ford and GM in favor of untested electric car startups

Legacy automakers have been in a slump during recent years, while newer startups continue to climb.

Rivian's 'beautiful' cars, $6 billion war chest, and deals with Amazon and Ford put it at the front of the pack of startups vying to be the next Tesla, VCs say

Rivian and Lucid Motors are the electric-vehicle startups most likely to follow Nikola and Fisker by going public, experts say.

Chinese EV startup Xpeng Motors raises $1.5 billion in US public market debut

Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng Inc. raised $1.5 billion through an initial public offering in the U.S. as investor interest in EVs and clean energy outstripped concerns over escalating tensions between the U.S. and China.

Chinese Tesla rival Nio wants to lower the price of owning an EV by selling cars and leasing their batteries

On Thursday, Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio announced plans for a "battery as a service" option with its cars.

Cadillac just unveiled its Lyriq electric car

The first all-electric vehicle the brand has ever produced and that will challenge Tesla.

YouTube: ARRIVAL 1st look - is this Britain's Rivian?

Fully Charged visits the Arrival R&D headquarters in Britian to chat with Chief of Product Patrick Bionto about their upcoming electric delivery van platform.

Lordstown Motors will go public by merging with DiamondPeak Holdings

The company will be listed under the ticker symbol 'RIDE'.

Who Will Own the Cars That Drive Themselves?

Fleets of vehicles roaming streets waiting to be hailed are more efficient. But the coronavirus has made people think twice about the future of car ownership even when autonomous tech arrives.

These are the 5 leaders in the self-driving-car race

Business Insider takes an in-depth look at the most expansive self-driving-car tests taking place in the US in a new report.

Chinese EV maker Xpeng starts shipping its hotly anticipated Tesla Model 3 rival

Chinese EV maker, Xpeng, will start delivering its cheaper and rangier rival to Tesla‘s Model 3, the P7.
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Waymo, Volvo partner to develop electric robotaxis

The two companies announced Thursday an “exclusive” partnership to integrate Waymo’s self-driving software into a new electric vehicle designed for ride-hailing.

Electric Cars Are About to Start Rolling Out of the Arizona Desert

Lucid Motors expects to start car production by year-end.

The story of cheaper batteries, from smartphones to Teslas

The economics of cheaper batteries—and why they're good news for the planet.

The State of the Self-Driving Car Race 2020

Waymo is still the one to beat. But in a post-Covid world, autonomous will enable more of our contactless needs.

Elon Musk says Tesla's 'full self-driving' option will get more expensive - again - on July 1

The full self-driving package will increase in price by $1,000, to $8,000.

Henrik Fisker says most electric-vehicle startups will die off in the next 3 years as they struggle with the same thing that almost made Tesla go bankrupt

Production challenges nearly put Tesla out of business, but the electric-car maker is beginning to overcome them.

Tesla's secret batteries aim to rework the math for electric cars and the grid

For months, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has been teasing investors, and rivals, with promises to reveal significant advances in battery technology during a “Battery Day” in late May.

Volvo Will Add Lidar for ‘Eyes-Off-the-Road’ Self-Driving Cars on Highways

While Volvo’s autopilot aspirations are notable, the fact they’re integrating lidar into cars aimed at the mainstream is perhaps even more interesting.

GM self-driving unit Cruise cuts jobs as pandemic hits sector

Cruise told staff on Thursday it has decided to lay off workers, the latest start-up in the nascent industry to cut jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Elon Musk Is Offering Tesla Workers a Deal: Violate California's Stay-at-Home Order or Don't Get Paid

“If you do not feel comfortable coming into work, you can stay home and will be on unpaid leave,” Musk wrote in an email obtained by The Guardian.

Elon Musk defies coronavirus order and asks to be arrested

Tesla is reopening its California car factory against Alameda County’s wishes

Elon Musk Says Tesla Suing California County, Moving Headquarters Out Of State

Musk tweeted Saturday that the electric auto-maker would "immediately" sue the California county that is home to its main manufacturing plant in the United States.
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California lawmaker tweets 'F*ck Elon Musk' after threat to leave state

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D) tweeted “F*ck Elon Musk” on Saturday evening after the Tesla CEO threatened to move the company out of the state over its stay-at-home order.

Next-generation Volvo EVs will use lidar for hands-off highway driving by 2022

Volvo has a long tradition of pioneering safety equipment well ahead of the competition.

New Breed of Pickups Mixes Horsepower and Battery Power

Electric Hummers and Cybertrucks, as well as the next generation of S.U.V.s, will signal the arrival of the E.V. era in America if they start to sell in big numbers.

Karma Showcases Fully-Electric E-Flex Platform For Economic Mobility

The fully electric platform supports zero-emission and economic transportation of passengers, small cargo and last-mile delivery.

Volvo bucks the industry, will sell LIDAR-equipped self-driving cars to customers by 2022

Volvo’s new platform will include high-powered laser sensors — an industry rarity.

Lincoln cancels use of Rivian’s technology for its first electric vehicle

Ford still plans to produce a Lincoln EV but is using its own technology.

Mercedes Blew A Huge Electric Sports Car Lead

Seven whole years ago, Mercedes AMG was on the forefront of electric sports car technology.

Trump’s new fuel-efficiency rule: The devil is in the details for electric cars

On March 31, the Trump administration gutted fuel-economy and greenhouse gas rules for model years 2021 to 2026.

Faraday Future and US Hybrid partner to provide commercial powertrain units

The partnership will provide cost effective, efficient, lightweight, advanced powertrain units for commercial vehicle applications.

Rivian R1T and R1S electric pickup and SUV delayed until 2021 due to coronavirus

EV startup Rivian's highly anticipated R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV won't reach the market in late 2020 as planned due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Rivian Wants to Bring Electric Trucks to the Masses

Can the automotive upstart break America’s addiction to carbon-spewing pickups and SUVs? With Amazon on its side, it might have a chance.

Volvo to bring self-driving car development in-house

Volvo expects to have the first functioning autonomous system available by 2021.

GM is working with Honda to build two new electric vehicles

Honda will design the exteriors and interiors of the new EVs, while the platform will be engineered to support Honda’s specifications, the companies say.

The new version of the Chevy Bolt is delayed due to coronavirus

Originally due out later this year, the new version of the Bolt EV was detailed last month by Chevy parent company General Motors at its big “EV day” press event.

First Bentley EV to be a high-riding sedan?

Bentley wants an electric car but is in no rush to launch one.

Ice Cold: Canoo Heads To The Frosty White North For Some Winter Testing

Based in LA, startup EV manufacturer Canoo goes sub-zero.

Detroit Auto Show canceled amid plans to repurpose its venue as temporary coronavirus field hospital

Several other car-related events have been canceled or delayed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The debut electric vehicle from former Tesla engineer faces delay

The first EV from Lucid Motors Inc., the car company setup by former Tesla chief engineer Peter Rawlinson, won’t be going ahead exactly as planned.
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BMW hydrogen-electric powertrain to enter production in 2022, deliver 368 horsepower

The automaker previewed the design last September with the X5-based i Hydrogen Next concept.

Lower Oil Prices Don’t Dampen Interest in Electric Vehicles

How has lower gasoline prices impacted public adoption of electric vehicles? The short answer seems to be, not very much.
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Uber's Volvo XC90 gets new side door

Uber wants its car doors to automatically open more smoothly. That technology could spill over into the rest of the market.

Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group Complete Formation of Autonomous Driving Joint Venture

The name of the joint venture will be announced at a later date.

Mercedes hits the brakes on self-driving cars

The world’s leading luxury brand has made a surprising decision on this emerging technology.

Detroit automakers' big transition to electric cars? Don't hold your breath

General Motors and Ford have widely touted their commitment to emission-free electric cars, but their production plans show a growing reliance on ever-larger gas-powered vehicles.

Fortum, BASF and Nornickel to partner on battery recycling

Finish utility company Fortum, German chemical company BASF, and Russian mining company Nornickel have signed a letter of intent to develop a battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland.

Polestar 2 EV production begins, despite COVID-19 spread

Deliveries will first start in Europe, then China and finally, the US.

Automated systems need stronger safeguards to keep drivers focused on the road

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has issued a set of research-based safety recommendations on the design of partially automated driving systems.

Lidar technology market is facing shakeout, study says

In a comprehensive report, the technology consulting firm IDTechEx presented its findings from the observation of 107 manufacturers of vehicle lidar systems. Central perception: The market has more than enough technology alternatives to offer; suppliers who enter the market for the first time will have a hard time.

GM CEO: EV adoption needs to shift from ‘regulatory-driven to customer-driven’

Last week, General Motors unveiled an entire portfolio of about a dozen electric vehicles that it plans to sell in the next four years. At the event, we had the chance to speak with Mary Barra, GM’s chief executive. We asked Barra about EV profitability, regulations, and the big-ness of most of its upcoming electric vehicles.

These are the 5 leaders in the self-driving-car race

In this report, Business Insider Intelligence takes an in-depth look at the most expansive self-driving car tests taking place in the US, and offers insights on the leaders in the self-driving car race.

Xpeng P7 gets test permits for US roads

Xpeng has secured a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) permit to test-drive its new P7 EV. Does this mean the company is getting closer to the US market?

Bollinger unveils its electric truck platform, markets it to commercial vehicles

Bollinger Motors, an electric vehicle startup, has unveiled its electric platform and chassis as it plans to offer it for commercial electric vehicle production. more…

Tesla’s Success in Europe Catches Industry Off Guard

The Model 3 outsold some of the most popular luxury models in recent months. BMW, Mercedes and Audi risk missing the transition to electric cars.

The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Charge Electric Vehicles

Forget fast-charging. Battery swapping is back—and it's the tech of the future.

Video: MIT Self-Driving Cars: State of the Art (2019)

Introductory lecture of the MIT Self-Driving Cars series by Lex Fridman.

The future of mobility is at our doorstep

What mattered in the automotive and mobility markets in 2019, and what will dominate the space in 2020? We look closer at the autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared trends that matter.

Tesla remotely disables Autopilot on used Model S after it was sold

Tesla says the owner can’t use features it says "they did not pay for".

Electric cars outsold manuals for the first time in 2019

Americans are gradually saying farewell to the possibility of manual transmissions in new cars, just as more families are discovering (and purchasing) electric vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler withdraws proposed merger with Renault

Fiat Chrysler has withdrawn its proposal to merge with French automaker Renault — a deal that would have reshaped the global auto industry and helped the carmakers compete in the race for electric and self-driving vehicles.
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