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Karma’s new electric hinge-winged hypercar concept goes 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds –

Karma Automotive took the wraps off Tuesday of a new electric concept car called the SC2 that produces a heart-thumping 1,100 horsepower and can travel from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. The concept is a showpiece and an integral part of the Chinese-backed California-based startup’s new strategy to become a technology […] → Read More

Karma Automotive unveils its faster next act, the Revero GTS –

Karma Automotive’s second act is a gasoline-electric luxury vehicle that aims to deliver more performance and tech inside a sleek and sporty $149,950 package. The 2020 Revero GTS unveiled Tuesday during AutoMobility LA, the press and trade days of LA Auto Show, shares some of the same bits as its sibling Revero GT. Both vehicles […] → Read More

Vulog will power Hyundai’s new LA car-sharing service –

The technology behind Hyundai’s new car-sharing service in Los Angeles is provided by a company that is largely unknown despite its ubiquity. Vulog announced Tuesday during Automobility LA that Hyundai will use its technology platform for a car-sharing pilot that will launch in Los Angeles at the end of 2019 and will eventually grow to […] → Read More

Bolt Bikes launches e-bike subscription platform for gig delivery workers in U.S., UK –

Bolt Bikes, the Sydney, Australia-based startup founded in 2017, is taking its electric bike platform designed for gig economy delivery workers to the U.S. and UK. The company is expanding on the heels of a $2.5 million seed round led by Maniv Mobility, European e-mobility firm Contrarian Ventures, individual investors and former executives of Uber […] → Read More

Mustang Mach-E: 5 Tech and Design Details That Stood Out –

Ford finally showed the world its highly anticipated all-electric crossover, the Mustang Mach-E. The vehicle, which was unveiled Sunday at the Hawthorne Airport and in Tesla’s backyard, marks a series of firsts for Ford and the Mustang badge. It’s the first vehicle to come out of Team Edison, the automaker’s dedicated electric vehicle organization. It’s […] → Read More

Ford unveils the Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric crossover with muscle car roots –

Ford unveiled Sunday ahead of the LA Auto Show the Mustang Mach-E, the highly anticipated all-electric crossover and the first vehicle to come out of Team Edison, the automaker’s dedicated electric vehicle organization. In short: the Mustang Mach-E is different from any other Ford vehicle without ignoring its roots. It’s undeniably a Mustang with its […] → Read More

Every angle of Ford’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E –

Ford unveiled Sunday the newest Mustang in its lineup that marks a number of firsts for the automaker. Not only is this the first all-electric Mustang, it’s also an SUV and the first vehicle to come out of Team Edison, Ford’s dedicated electric vehicle organization. Here’s a closer look at the vehicle inside and out. […] → Read More

Consumer Reports puts Tesla Model 3, Model S back on its recommended list after reliability improves –

Tesla gained ground and moved up four spots in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports, thanks largely to improvements with the Model 3. Reliability has improved in the Model 3 and Model S enough that Consumer Reports can now recommend the two models. Consumer Reports announced Thursday the results of its Annual […] → Read More

Volkswagen’s $800M Tennessee factory expansion to include battery pack plant –

Volkswagen said Wednesday it will build a battery pack assembly facility as part of an $800 million expansion project that will turn the Chattanooga, Tenn. factory into its North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles. The Chattanooga factory expansion, which is includes a 564,000-square-foot addition to the body shop and is expected to create 1,000 […] → Read More

Convoy raises $400 million to expand its on-demand trucking platform –

Convoy, the digital freight network that connects truckers with shippers, has raised $400 million in a Series D funding round as it aims to scale its business amid an increasingly competitive market. The funding round brings Convoy’s post-money valuation to $2.75 billion. The round was co-led by Generation Investment Management and previous Convoy investor T. […] → Read More

Chinese EV startup Xpeng Motors raises $400 million, takes on Xiaomi as strategic investor –

Xpeng Motors, the Chinese electric vehicle startup backed by Alibaba and Foxconn, has raised a fresh injection of $400 million in capital and has taken on Xiaomi as a strategic investor, the company announced. The Series C includes an unidentified group of strategic and institutional investors. XPeng Motors Chairman and CEO He Xiaopeng, who also […] → Read More

Elon Musk picks Berlin for Tesla’s Europe Gigafactory –

Elon Musk said Tuesday during an awards ceremony in Germany that Tesla’s European gigafactory will be built in the Berlin area. Musk was on stage to receive a Golden Steering Wheel Award given by BILD. “There’s not enough time tonight to tell all the details,” Musk said while on stage. “But it’s in the Berlin […] → Read More

Uber CEO stokes #boycottuber fire with ‘mistakes happen’ comment –

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s comments during an interview with Axios — and his subsequent apology — have done more than hand the company’s critics more ammunition in the renewed #boycottUber campaign. (Although, mission accomplished on that front.) They also expose a weakness that if left uncorrected threatens to bring back the toxic culture Khosrowshahi promised […] → Read More

Ghost wants to retrofit your car so it can drive itself on highways by 2020 –

A new autonomous vehicle company is on the streets — and unbeknownst to most, has been since 2017. Unlike the majority in this burgeoning industry, this new entrant isn’t trying to launch a robotaxi service or sell a self-driving system to suppliers and automakers. It’s not aiming for autonomous delivery, either. Ghost Locomotion, which emerged […] → Read More

Elon Musk will reveal Tesla’s ‘Cybertruck’ all-electric pickup on Nov. 21 –

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the company will unveil its all-electric “cyber truck” Nov. 21 in Los Angeles near the serial entrepreneur’s other company SpaceX. The date just so happens to coincide with the LA Auto Show. However, this is a Tesla event and not associated with the auto show in downtown Los […] → Read More

Ford built an electric Mustang with a manual transmission. And we’re mad. –

Ford wants the world to take notice of its plans for electric vehicles. And what better way than to build an all-electric Mustang fastback with a six-speed manual transmission? And that has us angry over here because it’s a gigantic tease of a prototype that will never make it into production. Or least that’s what Ford […] → Read More

Walmart reaches settlement with Tesla over solar panel fires, drops lawsuit –

Walmart has dropped a lawsuit that accused Tesla of breach of contract and gross negligence after rooftop solar panel systems on seven of the retailer’s stores allegedly caught fire. A settlement has been reached and stipulation of dismissal has been filed with the court, a Walmart spokesperson said in an email. It is unclear what […] → Read More

Nio, Intel’s Mobileye partner to build self-driving electric cars for consumers –

Mobileye, the Israeli-based automotive sensor company acquired by Intel in 2017 for $15.3 billion, is partnering with Chinese electric car startup Nio to develop autonomous vehicles that consumers can buy. The companies, which describe this as a “strategic collaboration” aims to bring highly automated and autonomous vehicles to consumer markets in China and “other major […] → Read More

Segwey-Ninebot now has an electric dirt bike –

Segway-Ninebot introduced Tuesday an electric dirt bike that marks the company’s expansion into the powersports market. The Chinese scooter company launched two versions of its new “Dirt eBike” at the automotive specialty products show SEMA in Las Vegas. Segwey’s first foray into powersports products combines aspects of a mountain bike with the get-up-and-go of a […] → Read More

Battery tech startup Sila Nano lands $45 million and Tesla veteran Kurt Kelty –

Sila Technologies, the battery materials company that has partnered with BMW and Daimler, landed $45 million in new funding and hired two high-profile executives, including Kurt Kelty, who led the battery cell team at Tesla for more than a decade. Kelty, who was on Sila Nano’s advisory board, has been appointed vice president of automotive, […] → Read More