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Safety First: Cars With Top Crash Protection And Standard Auto-Braking – Forbes

Friday, September 15, 2017

Toyota Who says a safer car has to be expensive? The Toyota Corolla aces all of the IIHS’ crash tests and comes standard with a top-rated forward-collision mitigation system, yet starts at just $18,500. New-car safety remains a prime shopping consideration among new vehicle buyers – hey, nobody wants to drive a death trap – and to be sure, today’s cars are safer than ever, with many offering the latest high-tech…

Your next BMW might not have a traditional key – CNET

Friday, September 15, 2017

Keyless access makes the physical car key itself less important. So, why even have it at all? That’s what BMW is thinking, and the replacement for the standard key would result in one less thing taking up space in your pocket. BMW is looking into the idea of replacing wireless key fobs with a mobile app that could unlock a vehicle, Reuters reports, citing an interview with a BMW board…

Driving force: are electric cars crowding out traditional engines? – The Guardian

Friday, September 15, 2017

When Angela Merkel addressed the Frankfurt motor show, it was not to a backdrop of revving engines but an exhibition of noiseless electric Golfs, South Korean hybrids and Japanese fuel-cell cars. The silence should have pleased the chancellor, who in the wake of the VW emissions scandal has hinted at a possible ban on sales of the diesel cars for which German manufacturers are renowned. German cities plagued by air…

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi bets on spike in electric cars – ABC News

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is gambling that mass-market drivers are going to pivot soon to electric cars, announcing plans Friday to produce 12 new electric models by 2022 and to make electric cars 30 percent of its overall output. The carmakers — who collectively sold more vehicles than any other company in the world in the first half of this year — also announced plans to make “robo-taxis,” driverless public transport…

Mazda: Most of our cars will be hybrid or electric by 2035 – CNNMoney

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mazda is planning to add some voltage to its lineup. The Japanese company said Friday it will ramp up production of greener vehicles in the coming years, and sometime between 2030 and 2035 most of its cars will be powered by electric or hybrid motors. “The majority of cars will feature electric drive technology, in combination with (a) combustion engine,” Mazda (MZDAF) spokeswoman Nao Nohmi told CNNMoney. Related: China wants…

Energy firms battle startups to wire Europe’s highways for electric cars – Reuters

Friday, September 15, 2017

PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The battle over how and where Europeans charge their electric cars is expanding from the continent’s cities to its motorways. Power utilities, tech start-ups and oil majors are fighting to establish themselves as the dominant players in the fast-growing business of charging stations – but advances in electric vehicles means where they build them is changing. Refuelling conventional petrol and diesel cars on motorways has long been…

Factbox: From refueling to recharging: filling up electric vehicles – Reuters

Friday, September 15, 2017

PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The battle over how and where Europeans charge their electric cars is expanding from the continent’s cities to its motorways. But if electric vehicles (EVs) are ever to overtake petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles, charging will have to become as simple as filling up. Here are some facts about EVs, charging stations and plugs. EV MARKET GROWTH The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2017 Global EV Outlook said that…

Marc Leishman opens with a 62 to lead BMW Championship – ESPN

Friday, September 15, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Marc Leishman left his clubs in the garage during his week break from the FedEx Cup playoffs and it didn’t make a difference. He had 10 birdies in his opening round of 9-under 62 and built a two-shot lead in the BMW Championship. Why Keegan Bradley has major motivation at BMW Keegan Bradley needs a strong showing at…

The Future Of Electric Vehicles In The US, Part 1: 65%-75% New Light-Duty Vehicle Sales By 2050 – Forbes

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rapid battery cost declines, rising commitment from major automakers, strong policy support from state and local governments, and low operational costs (including discounted charging tariffs from utilities) have put electric vehicles (EVs) on track to pass gasoline-powered vehicles. Indeed, U.S. EV sales have grown an average of 32% annually from 2012-2016 and 45% over the year ending June 2017. Considering these advantages, automakers and investors face several big questions: How…

BMW at Last Unveils a Tesla-Fighting Electric Sedan – WIRED

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Perhaps the biggest threat now facing Tesla isn’t its ability to scale up Model 3 production, or nail down autonomous driving software; it might actually be that the mainstream auto industry is finally entering the market Elon Musk’s upstart car company has long dominated. For five years, Tesla’s Model S has monopolized the luxury electric sedan market, but that dominance is now besieged. Porsche is spending more than a billion…

Volkswagen recalls vehicles in China over faulty airbags – Financial Times

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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BMW Aims to Cut Parts Costs by $2.4 Billion in E-Car Shift – Bloomberg

Thursday, September 14, 2017

BMW AG aims to cut roughly 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) from its annual purchasing bill by squeezing spending on auto components to help finance the shift to electric cars. Amid plans to roll out at least 12 electric cars by 2025, Munich-based BMW is seeking to trim about 5 percent from costs for car parts alone, which currently totals about 40 billion euros yearly, Markus Duesmann, head of purchasing, said…

German Auto Industry’s Slow Embrace Of Electric Cars Makes Sense For The Bottom Line – Forbes

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Spectators visit the hall of Volkswagen group including cars from VW, Audi and Seat at the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on September 13, 2017.  (Photo credit should read ARNE DEDERT/AFP/Getty Images) The 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show underlines how slow the European industry in general and the Germans in particular have been in meeting the electric car challenge, but there is method in their sloth. Because,…

Ford wants self-driving cars to communicate with flashing lights – Engadget

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ford chose this method in part due to familiarity. People are used to lights on cars, so it’s not a stretch to use them to indicate intent. And it’s learning this through first-hand experience on the streets. The automaker and Virginia Tech are collecting data on reactions by driving Transit Connect vans modified to look like they’re driverless (human pilots even disguise themselves as car seats) and record video from…

What’s at stake at the BMW Championship – ESPN

Thursday, September 14, 2017

5:10 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It is the tournament within a tournament. This week’s BMW Championship is plenty big on its own — for golf history buffs, it is an extension of the Western Open, which dates to 1899 — with an $8.75 million purse and $1,575,000 going to the winner. But there is a prize beyond the prize, namely…

BMW Targets $2.4 Billion Cut to Parts Costs in E-Car Shift – Bloomberg

Thursday, September 14, 2017

BMW AG aims to cut roughly 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) from its annual purchasing bill by squeezing costs for transmission components and other parts to help finance the shift to electric cars. Amid plans to roll out at least 12 electric cars by 2025, Munich-based BMW is seeking to trim about 5 percent from spending on car parts alone, which currently totals about 40 billion euros yearly, Markus Duesmann, head…

Volkswagen to recall 4.86m vehicles in China over Takata airbags – Financial Times

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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BMW i Vision Dynamics concept is a 373-mile EV that’s a bit homely – CNET

Thursday, September 14, 2017

BMW has been thinking about where its brand will go over the next 100 years, as evidenced by its Vision Next 100 concept. But its latest concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show brings that timeline down to a more sensible scale. The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept “offers a look ahead” to the near future of its electrified offerings with a vehicle that could soon slot between the i3 and…

Electric cars all the rage at Frankfurt Auto Show, but we can’t drive them yet – Ars Technica

Thursday, September 14, 2017

reader comments 61 The theme at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show was definitely electric. Just about everyone had a new electric vehicle concept on show. And there were electrification roadmaps galore. The only thing that was missing was the here and now, and the holdup has me irked. You see, disclaimers were everywhere. The EVs on display are mostly stalking horses for production cars, but none of them is ready…

What’s at stake at the BMW Championship – ESPN

Thursday, September 14, 2017

5:10 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It is the tournament within a tournament. This week’s BMW Championship is plenty big on its own — for golf history buffs, it is an extension of the Western Open, which dates to 1899 — with an $8.75 million purse and $1,575,000 going to the winner. But there is a prize beyond the prize, namely…