Porsche and Boeing developing “premium urban air mobility vehicle”

Porsche and Boeing signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the developing of flying cars, the companies announced Thursday. The notion of a “premium personal urban air mobility vehicle” may sound vague, the new joint venture, Aurora Flight Sciences, is tasked with building a “fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle,” which…

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Volvo and Geely merging development for engines, still needed in hybrids

Volvo will offload its development of internal combustion engines to a new joint project with parent company Geely, the two companies announced Monday, allowing Volvo’s in-house propulsion engineers to concentrate exclusively on electric powertrains. While Volvo says it believes ICEs are here to stay for the foreseeable future, it is in the early…

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ID Light feature inside VW ID 3 electric car communicates without clutter

With its first ground-up electric effort, Volkswagen chose to produce a car that is conventionally practical while embracing the high-tech approach taken with many EVs. One of the ID 3’s unique features is an intelligent LED-based communication system designed to deliver alerts and status updates in a simple, easily interpreted manner. The system…

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Pricing and more details for Polestar 2, Performance Pack version

Volvo’s high-performance subsidiary confirmed more about pricing for the Polestar 2 this week, setting the stage for a showdown with the Tesla Model 3. The all-electric Polestar 2 has its sights set on the Long Range variants of the smaller Tesla sedan, and thanks to this week’s announcement, we now know they’ll be very similarly…

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Tata Nexon EV gives India an affordable domestic-brand electric car

With global automakers turning their hungry eyes to the Indian market, domestic manufacturer Tata is hoping to establish itself as a serious competitor in the EV segment with its new Nexon. The Nexon is the first Tata to employ the company’s modernized EV powertrain tech, dubbed Ziptron. This packages a 130-hp electric motor and a…

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American commute times reached record highs in 2018

The average American now spends 54 minutes commuting each day (27 minutes each way), or 20 minutes more each week and 17 hours more each year than they did a decade ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Commute times have been on the rise since 1980, The Washington Post reported Monday. Over that period,…

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Anheuser-Busch and Frito-Lay expand electric truck plans

Your beer and chips just got greener—and no, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day. That’s the case in California, at least, where Anheuser-Busch and Frito-Lay both announced plans this week to replace diesel-powered logistics vehicles with electric trucks. A-B will introduce 21 new battery-powered trucks to its California fleet from its partner, BYD…

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Tesla already topped half a million Smart Summons

Tesla’s new Smart Summon remote valet feature has already been used more than half a million times, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says, and while the company is celebrating the widespread adoption of its new tech, the roll-out has not been seamless. Smart Summon allows owners to remotely summon their car so long as it is…

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