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Amazon bets on Tesla rival electric car with $982 million investment in Rivian After securing initial funding and revealing an electric pickup, Rivian Automotive has announced a $US700 million funding round led by Amazon.com.

Nikola announces battery-electric semi will join fuel cells in its lineup Nikola Motor Company, which has been developing fuel cell trucks, recently announced that it also intends to offer some battery-electric models. The Nikola Two and Nikola Tre will be available in BEV versions, while the biggest truck in the lineup, Nikola One, will remain FCV only.

Tesla Model X Driver Survives Horrific Crash, Fire: Video Yes, the Tesla Model X is destroyed. Yes, a fire broke out after impact. But the driver of the vehicle sustained only non-life threatening injuries. The crash occurred this morning on Paseo Padre Parkway. The roadway was shut down while police, EMS and fire were on the scene.

Tesla Model 3 Door Secrets Exposed: Video If you ever wondered what's inside the doors of the mid-size Tesla, we have a trio of short informative videos you're going to want to watch.

Road Test: 2019 Kia Niro EV Then along comes the all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV that should start getting the well-deserved attention as arguably the best in class electric vehicle under $37,000. Kia recently invited two dozen automotive journalists to Northern California for a first drive experience in the Niro EV.

AI and electric cars could push 'traditional' auto makers under sooner than we think Much of the traditional car-making industry around the world could go bust over the next decade as the cost of electric cars plunges and become affordable for average motorists. That's the prediction of a top researcher and investor who thinks a world of self-driving electric cars - including autonomous taxis - is only a few years away.

Electrify America Formally Joins CharIN Association CHarIN currently has about 150 members, ranging from automakers like BMW to utilities like Enel. Volkswagen was a founding member of CHarIN, so Electrify America, a subsidy of Volkswagen, was kind of a de facto member all along, this just formalized it.

Electrify America joins CharIN to establish CCS as global standard for EV Charging Electrify America will serve as the newest member of the Charging Interface Initiative, a registered association whose mission is to develop and establish the Combined Charging System as the global standard for charging battery-powered electric vehicles.

Tesla Model X: Cars.com Shares 8 Likes & 8 Dislikes For starters, Cars.com has spent quite a good deal of time with the Tesla Model X fairly recently, and it's impressed overall. In fact, Cars calls it "an exceptional vehicle loaded with features that leave you asking why other makers haven't copied them." That's a pretty positive statement to say the least.

Don't Underestimate Massa Despite Point-Less Formula E Start Massa is one of five drivers yet to score a point in the 2018/19 FE season. The Brazilian made a notable start to his debut season by earning two Fanboost penalties in Ad-Diriyah that led him to being classified 17th, although he showed his mettle in wheel-to-wheel combat.

Chinese media reveals space solar power station plans - pie in the sky? China is reportedly working on an experimental space power plant that would collect solar energy and beam it down to earth. Chinese state media recently reported the country's plans for a solar power station orbiting the Earth that could harness solar power without any interference.

New Dutch-made NXT Rage electric motorcycle unveiled with carbon fiber monocoque and 7-inch display Dutch startup NXT Motors just unveiled their new electric motorcycle this weekend at the MotorBeurs Utrecht show. The NXT Rage is positioned as a premium electric motorcycle with a carbon fiber monocoque designed to match its luxury price. NXT Motors is a new Dutch startup committed to designing 100% electric motorcycles.

Ignore The Negative Press, EVs Are Actually Amazing Winter Cars What the recent articles fail to state is that even though EVs lose more range than gas cars in cold weather, they still save you money on "fuel/energy," and require virtually zero weather-related maintenance or repairs. There are a number of other reasons electric vehicles are just plain better than gas-powered cars, cold weather or not.

Electric Volkswagen Hatchback Named ID.3 Tags: volkswagen i.d, Volkswagen I.D. family, volkswagen id.3, vw. According to German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche, Volkswagen I.D. will be named the ID.3 when it goes on sale. Volkswagen already applied for trademark protection in the European Union for an entire set of names:.

Porsche is still planning for 20,000 Taycan electric cars - but says it is being conservative Porsche has been rumored to be planning to significantly increase the production of the Taycan, its first all-electric vehicle. But it now sounds like they are still aiming for 20,000 units the fir…

Tata Motors explore partnerships for electric mobility biz Chandra said that the company is expected to launch a completely new electric car in the next two years which will not be based on any existing model. The new vehicle will be showcased at the forthcoming Motor Show in Geneva, he added.

Chicago sets goal for 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035 Chicago recently became one of the nation's biggest cities to make a public commitment to achieving 100 percent renewable energy. The city aims to hit its target by 2035. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city's goals last week as part of Resilient Chicago, an all-encompassing roadmap for urban resilience.

The 2019 Plug-In EVs That Have Less EPA Range Than In 2018 We are accustomed to plug-in electric cars eventually getting a range bump in a new model year. But as we found out recently, in some cases new 2019 model versions get slightly less range than 2018 versions from the EPA.

WiTricity acquires Qualcomm Halo Wireless charging pioneer WiTricity announced the acquisition of Qualcomm's Halo wireless technology platform. The acquisition will bring over 1,500 patents and patent applications related to wireless charging under WiTricity's control, while Qualcomm Incorporated will become a minority WiTricity shareholder.

Propel Fuels to launch EV charging network in California Fuel retailer Propel Fuels has announced plans to launch an EV charging network in California. Propel calls the charging network Propel Power, and plans to begin testing it by the end of 2019, with the aim of performing a broader rollout in 2020.

Jaguar Offers 0% APR On I-Pace: How Does It Compare To Tesla? Jaguar is offering zero percent financing for 60 months on I-Pace. What will the monthly payment be? How much will you pay for a Tesla Model 3, S, or X?

Electric Car Drivers Experience Big Drain During Frigid Temperatures - If you're spending more time at electric vehicle charging stations during the winter, you're not alone. A new study by AAA found these vehicles have limitations in winter weather. Chris Webster loves driving his Nissan Leaf, but his Leaf hates the cold.

OpenTable's Top 10 Southeast Michigan Restaurants, Plus 5 Stories Around Detroit On today's show, we break down the top 10 restaurants in Southeast Michigan as determined by users of Open Table for February. Of note: None of them are in the city proper, while one's in Flint and another is in Ann Arbor. Elsewhere, we catch up on the news that Amazon has agreed to invest $700 million in startup electric vehicle company Rivian.

The world still doesn't have enough places to plug in cars Even in the biggest electric vehicle markets, a driver venturing too far from home can have a hard time finding a place to recharge. Try your luck on California's Pacific Coast Highway.

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