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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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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Suning launches ‘basically unmanned’ automated warehouse with plans to use 1,000 robots

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Suning is a Fortune Global 500 company owned by Suning Holdings Group.

The company has put its automated guided vehicle warehouse into service in Fengxian District, Shanghai, “boosting its capabilities in the field of smart logistics”, according to Suning.

Equipped with 200 robots that carry selected items and move smoothly through stocking shelves, Suning’s AGV warehouse in Shanghai has already been used to meet the substantially increasing needs of logistics during the 11/11 Shopping Festival.

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Exotec unveils new warehouse automation system with integrated robot

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A French company called Exotec Solutions has unveiled its warehouse robot, which looks similar to the mobile autonomous vehicles from a number of other companies.

The market for such vehicles has been expanding, at least in terms of the number of companies offering solutions.

It remains to be seen how well they sell, but if Amazon’s heavy utilisation of similar logistics robots is anything to go by, the market is likely to grow fast.

Exotec says its vehicle can carry boxes racked up to 10 metres high, and can move four to five times faster than “the industry standard”, whatever that is. In numbers, it’s 10 mph.

Called Skypod, the new robot was featured on VentureBeat.com, which reports that the French e-commerce company is already using the Exotec robot in its Bordeaux warehouse, to pack and prepare orders.

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