May 17th, 2017 Car News of the Day: Charging road testing in Israel, Ford will lay off 1400 people

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【Summary】Car News of the Day for May 17th, 2017.

Original   Claire  ·  May 17, 2017 4:15 PM PT
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Volvo CEO says the carmaker will stop developing new diesels

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According to Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson, the Swedish automaker will halt the development any new diesel engines due to the increasing cost of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions.

"From today's perspective, we will not develop any more new-generation diesel engines," Samuelsson told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, as reported by Automotive News.

However, a Volvo spokesperson clarified on Wednesday that the CEO had been discussing options rather than making a firm decision to stop development of new diesel engines. Samuelsson said Volvo would improve on the current range of its diesel engines to meet future emission standards, with production continuing until about 2023.

Wireless EV road being tested in Israel

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The Israeli government is cooperating with a local startup called Electroad on a special road that allows electric buses to charge while they are driving.

The test is currently taking place in Tel Aviv, on a 0.5-mile stretch of road. The Ministry of Transport and Road Safety has given $120,000 to the company to test the project. If the tests go smoothly, an 11-mile charging road is expected to be installed between the city of Eilat and Ramon International Airport.

The technology is uses electromagnets with copper plates installed on the road surface, as well as on the buses. When a bus with similar copper plates travel over the the road, the two plates react and power-charging can be achieved.

"This is the first technology to offer cost effective and safe wireless on-the-go charging for electric vehicles," Electroad CEO Oren Ezer told Digital Trends, "It is exciting since it deals with the obstacles in the massive shift towards public electric transportation and has the potential to create a global transportation and energy revolution."

Report says diesel emission far over legal limits, causing 38,000 deaths a year

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According to a new study conducted on eleven regions around the world, almost a dozen countries emit 50% more nitrogen oxide than lab tests anticipate. The dramatic difference is believed to have contributed to about 38,000 deaths around the world in 2015.

The research that was published on Nature on Tuesday, pointed out that the diesel emissions amount that were checked from tailpipes of vehicles are 9.4 million tons, which is 5 million more than expected.

Of the 38,000 premature deaths, there were only 1,100 of those facilitated fatalities from the U.S., while most of the rest coming from China, India, and the European Union.

Ford will officially lay off 1400 people

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Regarding the rumour trickling out yesterday that Ford Motor would cut 10 percent of its salaried employees in North America and Asia, the company confirmed today that it will offer voluntary early retirement and special separation packages to roughly 1,400 white-collar workers in the two regions. The company expects the cuts to be done by the end of September.

The Detroit auto giant said nearly all of its "skill teams" will be affected, except for product development, Ford Credit, manufacturing, IT, and global data and analytics. Employees that are affected are corporate staff in finance, legal, human resources, communications, government, marketing, sales and service departments.

Renault, Nissan European to deal with cyber attack on cars

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Renault stopped production at several European factories last Saturday, to prevent the spreading global cyber attack that affected its computer systems, a spokesperson said. Renault-Nissan said on Monday that output had returned to normal at nearly all its plants.

According to Reuters, the Paris prosecutor has started investigating the hacking issue, with the probe covering "Renault and other victims."

The automaker is the first French company to report being affected by the ransomware virus which infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries. Meanwhile, Renault's Japan partner Nissan had one factory in England affected by the virus.

Last Friday, hackers tricked victims into opening a virus malware attachment to spam emails that appear to include job offers, invoices, security warnings and other legitimate files. The attack also affected Britain's health care system and global shipper FedEx.

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