BMW sets up end-to-end battery recycling in Europe

Prototype production of battery modules for BMW Group’s fifth-generation electric powertrain

Teaming with a new Norwegian battery supplier and a Belgian recycling company, BMW is aiming to build a fully sustainable future battery supply chain.

The company announced on Monday that it formed a partnership with Northvolt, which is building Europe’s largest battery factory for electric cars in Sweden. Read More

Porsche adds wagon to upcoming Taycan electric lineup

Porsche announced Friday that it will expand its high-powered upcoming electric-car lineup from one model to two, with a new stretched-roof crossover hatchback joining the standard Taycan liftback.

The Taycan electric sedan is a Tesla Model S competitor scheduled to go into production in 2019. It started out as the Mission E concept. Read More

Audi to pay $927 million fine over diesel scandal in Germany

2013 Audi TDI range

Audi agreed on Tuesday to pay a $928 million fine to put the diesel emissions-cheating scandal behind it in its home country, Germany.

The 800 million Euro fine to German authorities, consists of $923 million (795 million Euros) in profits the company made selling diesels that didn’t comply with emissions standards plus the maximum fine of $5.8 million (5 million Euros), according to a Bloomberg report. Read More

EPA: Cleaner power generation offset increase of vehicle emissions in 2017

Smokestacks pollution air quality

U.S. emissions of global-warming greenhouse gases fell 2.7 percent in 2017, despite the Trump administration’s efforts to revive coal use in the U.S., the EPA announced on Monday.

The EPA released data for 2017, showing an even larger 4.5 percent drop in emissions from power plants compared with 2016, as more coal plants are retired. So electric cars using that energy—not just new electric cars, but any—get that much cleaner. Read More

Tesla launches new Model 3 with ‘mid-range’ battery for $45,000, changes pricing structure

Tesla is launching today a version of Model 3 with a new ‘mid-range’ battery pack for $45,000 before incentives.

The new version, which was never announced, is coming as a surprise and it changes the whole pricing structure of Model 3. more…

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2020 BMW i4, Google Maps chargers, Jaguar I-Pace efficiency, Tesla factory: Today's Car News

Mazda Kai concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Tesla acquires land in Shanghai. Jaguar releases MPGe and range numbers for its new I-Pace electric crossover. Google Maps adds electric-car charging locations. And BMW reveals details of its upcoming electric i4. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Tesla announced it has now acquired the land in Shanghai to build its long-awaited second electric-car factory. The deal, according to reports, is worth about $140 million. Read More

Tesla Model 3 dismantled: It’s needlessly complicated to build, says analyst

Tesla secures site for Chinese factory

2014 Tesla Model S in China

In the midst of escalating trade wars, Tesla is moving ahead with its plans to build a factory in China.

The company announced on Wednesday that it signed a “land transfer” agreement with the Shanghai government for a 212-acre plot to build its proposed Chinese factory. The land transfer agreement opens the way for Tesla to start construction on the giant factory. Read More

Google Maps adds electric-car charging locations

Electrify America 350 kw chargers at Home Depot in Chicopee, Mass.

In a banner day for electric-car drivers, Google announced on Wednesday that it will add electric-car charging stations to Google Maps.

The app will now show Tesla Supercharging stations as well as ChargePoint, EVgo, Blink, and SemaConnect networks in the U.S. as well as networks in Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. It will not include Electrify America, at least initially. Read More

Porsche Taycan to be priced between Cayenne and Panamera (~$75,000), says program director

We already know a lot about Porsche’s upcoming Taycan all-electric vehicle, but its price is probably the biggest unknown at this point.

Now we get a better idea as the Taycan program manager confirms that it will be priced between the Cayenne and the Panamera. more…

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Green Deals: Earthwise 11-inch 8.5A Electric Tiller $97, more

Amazon offers the Earthwise 11-inch 8.5A Corded Electric Tiller for $97.27 shipped. Also at Walmart. Today’s deal is at least $30 off the regular going rate and nearly $40 less than Overstock. We’ve seen it fall to $80 in 2018, but otherwise today’s offer is in-line with its historical deal price. This model sports an 11-inch cutting width, and 8-inch cutting depth, along with steel tines and a “lightweight” design. It’s also a #1 best-seller and rated 4.6/5 stars by over 3,500 Amazon reviewers. Read More

Long-range Nissan Leaf, Tesla chip, and charging locations: Today's Car News

Tesla Autopilot

Tesla plans to roll out its new Autopilot chip in six months and give it to some drivers for free. Order guides show the new long-range Nissan Leaf will go into production in January and likely hit dealerships next spring. ChargePoint gives its users access to networks in Canada, Europe, and elsewhere. And our Twitter followers weigh in on where they’d like to see new public chargers installed. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Read More

Documents: 60-kwh Nissan Leaf pricing aligned with Chevy Bolt EV

Even before the second-generation Leaf was introduced last year, it was an open secret that Nissan planned an extended-range, 60-kwh version of the Leaf.

Now our friends CarsDirect have found some documents—U.S. order guides that dealerships plan their orders and marketing around—suggesting that this longer-range Nissan Leaf is just a few months away, and will come at a premium of about $5,500 over versions with the standard 40-kWh battery. Read More

Elon Musk is buying $20 million more of Tesla shares – seemingly to compensate for SEC settlement fine

Tesla disclosed today that Elon Musk is buying $20 million more worth of TSLA shares directly from the company.

The move comes as Tesla is required to pay $20 million as a fine for Musk’s settlement with the SEC over his comments about taking Tesla private. more…

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How much does your car weigh?

The late artist Chris Burden balanced a Porsche 914 with a meteorite.

Buckminster Fuller famously asked “How much does your house weigh?” It is a question we should ask about everything we own, since every pound of material we consume requires energy and resources to make. With cars, it means more fuel to move it, more exhaust emitted. That’s one of the reasons I was so intrigued by this installation in an exhibition of Chris Burden’s work, Measured, at the Gagosian Gallery in London. It really gives you a sense of how much a car weighs. Read More

Elon Musk sees ‘foolish oversight’ of Tesla’s service coverage, announces major expansion of service centers

Elon Musk says that he reviewed Tesla’s service locations in North America and he realized that there are some major gaps, which he admits is a ‘foolish oversight’.

In order to remedy the situation, the CEO announced a major expansion of Tesla’s service coverage. more…

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Where would you like to see more public chargers installed? Twitter poll results

Electrify America DC fast chargers in Gulfport, Mississippi

Our readers seem to think charging networks are doing just fine with their plans to build out additional public charging stations.

Several networks have recently announced expansion plans, focusing on putting more DC fast chargers in cities to help bring new drivers to the electric-car fold who may not have their own driveway or garage to charge them in. Read More

Tesla secures 210-acre land for Gigafactory 3 in China, says ‘on track’ with accelerated construction plan

Tesla announced today that it secured a 210 acres (~860 Km2) piece of land in Lingang, Shanghai for Gigafactory 3 in China.

The company says that it is ‘on track’ with its accelerated construction plan to establish manufacturing capacity in the country. more…

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