Charged EVs | EV industry fights congressional plans to abolish federal EV tax credit

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Faced with the potential for job losses and a further erosion of the US’s competitive position, the EV industry is marshalling its forces to fight the proposed repeal. Tesla and GM, the two main US EV-makers, have each issued a statement in support of the tax credit. “Because General Motors believes in an all-electric future, we will work with Congress to explore ways to maintain this incentive,” the Detroit automaker told Electrek.

EV advocacy groups are mobilizing to defend the tax credit.

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Charged EVs | Mayors of 12 major cities pledge to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025

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The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, pledging to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and to create substantial zero-emission zones in their cities by 2030.

The signatories also pledged to procure zero-emission vehicles for city fleets. Cities will report back every two years on the progress they are making towards the goals of the C40 Declaration.

“Air pollution caused by petrol and diesel vehicles is killing millions of people in cities around the world,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair. “In Paris we are taking bold action to prioritize the streets for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Charged EVs | Shenzhen goes fully electric with over 16,000 electric buses

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announced that it has completely electrified its fleet, with some 16,359 e-buses in operation.

The city has built 8,000 charge points at 510 bus charging stations, and can charge roughly half the fleet at any given time. The electric buses are saving an estimated 345,000 tons of fuel per year, and 1.35 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Meet Alauda, the company that wants to build flying cars and race them

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An Australian startup called Alauda has an ambition to fast-track that reality with its electric, low-altitude aircraft, the Airspeeder Mark I.

Alauda is founded by Matt Pearson, who also cofounded space startup Fleet. Over the past two years, Pearson has been working on the project as part of a team of five in a Sydney warehouse.

Unlike the DeLorean, Pearson’s Airspeeder Mark I is a quadcopter — essentially a bigger version of a drone, with a single seat for the pilot.

“About three years ago I started to look at hover technology, and magnetic hovering. The problem with that is you need to build a track as well as the vehicle. You can’t just build a magnetic hover car and fly it on any road, you need to build the road,” Pearson explained to Mashable.

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Thor Trucks could cut in on Tesla’s Semi in 2019

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Tesla’s all-electric Semi truck has been the biggest story of the year for freight hauling, but the rig won’t even go into production until 2019, assuming everything actually goes according to plan.

In the meantime, Elon Musk’s dream machine will face some steep competition from other future-forward truck companies looking to cut in on the marketshare with energy and emissions-conscious fleet operators. The newest player just threw its hat — or more appropriately, its mythological hammer — into the ring: Thor Trucks, a new Los Angeles-based startup, has an all-electric semi truck design that could convince trucking companies to pass on a new Tesla in two years’ time.

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Charged EVs | Ford plans to launch 15 new electrified models in China

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Executive Chairman Bill Ford and new CEO Jim Hackett were in China to make the announcement. “China is not only the largest car market in the world, it’s also at the heart of electric vehicle and SUV growth and the mobility movement,” said Bill Ford. “The progress we have achieved in China is just the start.”

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Charged EVs | Motor Trend compares Bolt, LEAF and Model 3 head-to-head

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The Tesla Model 3, the second-gen Nissan LEAF and the Chevrolet Bolt EV offer ranges between 150 and 310 miles (a longer-range LEAF is promised for model year 2019) and base prices from $36,000 to $37,495. The three car guys examined every aspect of the three contending EVs, from interior space to handling to infotainment to autonomy features.

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Charged EVs | MIT professor wins VW/BASF electrochemistry award for solid-state battery research

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“Within the Volkswagen Group, we expect to achieve about a quarter of our global sales volume with battery-electric vehicles in the year 2025,” said Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Head of Group Research and Development for Volkswagen. “However, a major prerequisite for success in the volume market is more powerful battery concepts.

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Charged EVs | Plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler coming in 2020

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“A full plug-in electric Jeep Wrangler will be available in 2020, furthering our commitment to all those who value the responsible, sustainable enjoyment of the great outdoors and very importantly, future-proofing this Wrangler for generations to come,” said Jeep CEO Mike Manley.

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Plug In America’s 2017 Top Ten Electric Car Milestones – Plug In AmericaPlug In America

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10. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority committed to turning its fleet of over 2,000 buses all-electric by 2030, making it by far the largest electric bus fleet in the world.

9. National Drive Electric Week celebrated EVents from coast to coast, in all 50 states for the first time, covering every major metropolitan area (276 events in all).

8. The first moderately-priced electric car with a 200+ mile range, the Chevy Bolt, became available in all 50 states and was recognized by Motor Trend as the Car of the Year.

7. The first plug-in hybrid minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica, went on sale.

6. China established a requirement that all automakers must sell 10% plug-in cars by 2019—e.g. next model year!

5. The United States passed 700,000 plug-in vehicles sold and the world surpassed 2 million.

4. 35 different models of plug-in cars became available for sale in the United States. (You can find them all on our vehicle tracker.)

3. The Tesla Model 3 was launched to great fanfare, with a backlog of 450,000 orders and a declaration from Motor Trend that it is “the Car of the Century.”

2. General Motors declared that “the future is all-electric” and committed to rolling out 18 pure electric cars by 2023.

1. China, India, Germany, France, Britain, Norway, and Netherlands (nearly half of the world auto market) all committed to eliminate sales of new gas cars by 2040 or earlier.

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Plug In America’s 2017 Top Ten Electric Car Milestones – Plug In AmericaPlug In America

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China, India, Germany, France, Britain, Norway, and Netherlands (nearly half of the world auto market) all committed to eliminate sales of new gas cars by 2040 or earlier.

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Chargery brings the charging station to EV drivers

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When a driver makes a booking, a bicycle courier with Chargery trailer measuring 1 meter in length and 0.65 meters wide (3.3 x 2.1 ft) and weighing about 150 kg (330 lb) in tow races to the agreed drop-off point. Once there, the motor-assisted trailer is unhitched from the bike and cabled up to the customer’s vehicle.

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Wolfgang Dürheimer Volkswagen driverless cars | Blog | 2025AD – The Automated Driving Community

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In his opinion, at the very least, the motorsports run by car producers have a social responsibility: “We can’t just consume petrol and burn rubber, we also have to advance and test new technologies, and do something when it comes to their acceptance,” says the motorsports manager. “And this is where, after electric driving, automated driving is the next big topic.”

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China Has Launched the World’s First All-Electric Cargo Ship

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Constructed by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd, it can travel 80 kilometers (approximately 50 miles) after being charged for 2 hours. As noted by Clean Technica, 2 hours is roughly the amount of time it would take to unload the ship’s cargo while docked.

Other stats for China’s cargo ship include being 70.5 meters (230 feet) in length, a battery capacity of 2,400 kWh, and a travel speed of 12.8 kilometers per hour (8 mph). It’s definitely not the fastest electric vehicle we’ve seen hit the water, but it’s designed for transporting numerous objects rather than speed.

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