Volvo to build electric XC90 and its battery packs in South Carolina in 2022

2021 Volvo XC40 RechargeVolvo revealed in October, amid the preview of the upcoming XC40 Recharge electric crossover, that an electric version of its next-generation XC90 SUV will be built at Volvo’s plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, near Charleston. Now Volvo has confirmed a battery plant will be part of a plant expansion to accommodate it and other…

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Da Costa blames “wrong information” for last-lap defeat

In an action-packed race, Da Costa rose from 10th on the grid to lead on lap 37 of 40 after a robust overtake on his BMW Andretti replacement Maximilian Gunther, only to be repassed with just three corners to go. He eventually crossed the line more than two seconds adrift of first-time FE victor Gunther after reaching a critical battery temperature aboard his E-TENSE FE20 in the dying moments of …Keep reading

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Electric emergency vehicles: Tropos Motors shows how to start small

Tropos Motors FRV - CES 2020The larger-scale electrification of big, task-oriented municipal vehicles like fire trucks, ambulances, and even dump trucks is bound to happen eventually. Sometimes, the bluntest, heaviest tool for the job really isn’t the best one for the task anyway. And a startup called Tropos Motors aims to prove exactly that point—by making…

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Santiago E-Prix: Gunther grabs win with last-lap pass on da Costa

Gunther, who lost a maiden podium last time out in Saudi Arabia for overtaking under the safety car, claimed his first FE win, with polesitter and longtime leader Mitch Evans rounding out the podium for Jaguar.
At the start, Evans held the lead off the line, while Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein forced his way by Gunther – who had started second – on the tight off-track approach to Turn …Keep reading

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Mexico Formula E track to use more of F1 layout in 2020

When FE’s 2019-20 calendar was first announced last June, the Mexican event was listed in its February 15 slot as “subject to circuit homologation” from the FIA.
This note was understood to relate to the length of the circuit needing to be increased as FE’s grid size rose from 22 to 24 cars from the start of this season, following Porsche’s entry into the electric championship.
The …Keep reading

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Petition alleges widespread unintended acceleration in Tesla vehicles

2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model XAn estimated 500,000 Tesla vehicles pose the risk of exhibiting sudden unintended acceleration, according to Reuters, and a petition filed to NHTSA on behalf of Tesla owners. If the petition is approved, NHTSA will investigate the widespread claims across Tesla’s model lineup. The sudden acceleration claim alleges defects in the 2012-2019 Tesla…

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2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid returns to California, other states by order

2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In HybridThe often-overlooked Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is the closest thing on the market to the discontinued (and much-loved) Chevrolet Volt. Although a bit quirky-looking, the Clarity is more spacious and comfortable than the Volt ever was, and it remains the plug-in hybrid with the longest electric range, if you don’t count the Karma Revero GT…

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Podcast: Formula E leader Sims on attack mode debate

BMW Andretti driver Sims won the second race of the season-opening event in Diriyah to take an early title lead ahead of the Santiago race, which last year featured the headache of the track surface breaking up and scorching temperatures affecting the batteries.
Sims discusses the upcoming race weekend with host Alex Kalinauckas, while the BMW driver also has his say on the ongoing debate about …Keep reading

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Nissan EVs will share platform with Infiniti, Renault, Mitsubishi

Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor ShowNissan hasn’t launched a completely new dedicated electric vehicle in nearly 10 years. That’s all set to change soon with the introduction of not just one or two new EVs, but an entire new family of them—and potentially, by the middle of the decade, more than a dozen models globally across Nissan, its Infiniti luxury brand, and…

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Volkswagen diesel settlement funding electric school buses

Thomas Built Buses Jouley electric school busOf all the kinds of vehicles that can be made electric, school buses sure make a lot of sense. Electric school buses have fewer maintenance needs and no noise pollution. And they curb diesel emissions—including fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide—that can contribute to asthma and other health issues. Michigan…

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