Poisonous cadmium found in VW’s EV charging plugs

After the suspicion became public that poisonous components were potentially being used in EVs, the investigation has yielded first findings: A supplier delivered charging components infected with cadmium to VW, Audi and Porsche. The chargers were installed over the past six years, affecting the majority of both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by VW, Audi […]

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BMW planning to construct Hungary factory in 2019

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BMW has announced their plan to begin construction on their next factory in Hungary with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles next year. The Bavarians aim to set up a flexible production mode, which will allow them to manufacture both combustion and new energy vehicles in the same facility. The new facility will be constructed […]

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German government agency finds potentially poisonous EV components

The German ministry for transport (KBA) has found that some vehicles potentially received parts contaminated with cadmium. The suspicion is now being investigated. The exact components potentially affected or their vehicles were not specified by the source. Due to it’s high toxicity, cadmium is widely restricted. Should the investigation find dangerous levels of cadmium, this […]

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Porsche plans EVs to account for 50% of business by 2025

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Porsche has an ambitious business plan for 2025: every second Porsche sold will be electrified. This goal was stated in a press release regarding their first serial EV, the Taycan, in which was also revealed that a three digit amount of prototypes has been built. Porsche’s first EV, which was kept under tight wraps with […]

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Nissan and Honda to build hybrids and batteries in Thailand

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Nissan and Honda have received official permission from the Thai government to produce hybrid vehicles and batteries in the SE Asian nation. They are not the first to open up business there; Toyota, BMW and Daimler area already manufacturing hybrids in Thailand. Nissan plans to set up a factory in the Bang Sao Thong district […]

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Toyota is banking on alternative energy for 2020 Olympics

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Toyota has presented the cornerstones of their mobility concept for the incoming 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo. The autonomous e-Palettes will be used, as well as the Toyota Concept-i BEV as well as a variety of FCEVs such as the Mirai and the Sora bus. In total, Toyota is planning on providing more than 3,000 […]

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Honda bringing Clarity to Japan as a plug-in hybrid

Honda will be bringing their Clarity, which was originally marketed as an FCEV, to Japan as a plug-in hybrid. For the first year, the company hopes to sell around 1,000 units. The Honda Clarity PHEV will have a purely electric range of 114.6 km, thanks to a 17 kWh battery (The WLTP range was called […]

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McLaren switching entire lineup to hybrid

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The luxury automobile manufacturer McLaren has announced their plans to fit their entire lineup with hybrid motors in the next seven years. The goal is being managed by a £1.2 billion business plan called Track25. The new road map covers the time period up until 2025 and is considered the expansion of McLaren’s Track22 plan […]

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China and Norway continue to lead EV sales globally

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Electric mobility has picked up speed in some important markets in the first half of 2018. China and Norway remain the leading drivers of global development. In Germany, EVs made up a market percentage of 1.8%. The entire automobile industry is currently undergoing changes. Chinese manufacturers are increasingly becoming serious competition for the established European […]

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Audi to add 15 new EVs to portfolio by 2025

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In May, Audi announced their plan to sell around 800,000 BEVs and hybrids in 2025. Now, additional details have surfaced: 15 fully electric vehicles are planned to join the lineup by then. Next to the already announced e-tron, the e-tron Sportback and the e-tron GT, which are built on their own platform, another five Audi […]

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