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Amid the Coronavirus Crisis in the U.S., the Trump Administration Moves Forward on Rolling Back Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards

Amid the Coronavirus Crisis in the U.S., the Trump Administration Moves Forward on Rolling Back Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards

While the United States along with the rest of the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, which has already resulted in over 3,000 deaths in the U.S. and the virtual shutdown of the economy, President Trump is moving forward with plans to roll back fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles.

Eric WalzMar 31, 2020 1:15 PM PT       

Exor to Invest $200 million for a 9% Stake in Ride-Hailing Company Via Transportation

Exor to Invest $200 million for a 9% Stake in Ride-Hailing Company Via Transportation

New York City-based on-demand and shared transportation provider Via announced it received a $200 million investment from Exor, the holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family, the business dynasty founded by Giovanni Agnelli, one of the original founders of Italian automaker Fiat.

Eric WalzMar 30, 2020 10:40 AM PT      

The Model Y is the First Tesla Model to Use a Heat Pump

The Model Y is the First Tesla Model to Use a Heat Pump

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk recently took to Twitter to announce that Model Y will come with some special equipment, including a new heat pump.

Manish KharintaMar 29, 2020 4:00 PM PT    

NHTSA Alters Safety Rules to Make Room for Self-Driving Cars

NHTSA Alters Safety Rules to Make Room for Self-Driving Cars

A new proposal by the NHTSA would modernize safety standards to allow companies and automakers to continue working on autonomous technology.

Vineeth Joel PatelMar 29, 2020 6:10 AM PT   

Ford to Use Seat Ventilation Fans From F-150 to Make Respirators

Ford to Use Seat Ventilation Fans From F-150 to Make Respirators

With the coronavirus continuing to spread in the U.S. and American automakers closing their factories, some have started to lend a hand by building respirators.

Vineeth Joel PatelMar 28, 2020 6:00 AM PT   

Air Taxi Startup Lilium Raises $240 Million in Fundraising Round Led By Tencent

Air Taxi Startup Lilium Raises $240 Million in Fundraising Round Led By Tencent

Aviation startup Lilium announced this week a new internal funding round of more than $240 million. The Munich-based company is developing all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for air mobility services.

Eric WalzMar 27, 2020 10:15 AM PT      

Automakers Ford & General Motors are Allowing Rival Tesla to Lead U.S. EV Production Until at Least 2026, Data Indicates

Automakers Ford & General Motors are Allowing Rival Tesla to Lead U.S. EV Production Until at Least 2026, Data Indicates

U.S. automakers Ford Motor Co and General Motors plan to collectively build 325,000 electric vehicles per year by 2026, according to their executives and suppliers familiar with the plans. Although its an ambitious goal for the two legacy carmakers, the number of new EVs may not be nearly enough to gain any ground on segment leader Tesla.

FutureCar Staff Mar 26, 2020 3:15 PM PT     

Self-Driving Truck Startup TuSimple Announced Partnership with Auto Supplier ZF for the Production of Autonomous Trucks

Self-Driving Truck Startup TuSimple Announced Partnership with Auto Supplier ZF for the Production of Autonomous Trucks

California-based self-driving truck startup TuSimple announced today today that it established a partnership with global automotive supplier ZF. ZF will serve as TuSimple’s default supplier for the hardware components required for autonomous driving. TuSimple plans to have its autonomous trucks on the road in commercial operations by 2021.

Eric WalzMar 26, 2020 10:30 AM PT    

Baidu is Building a 5G-Powered, 20 Square Kilometer Test Site for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles in Chongqing, China

Baidu is Building a 5G-Powered, 20 Square Kilometer Test Site for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles in Chongqing, China

China’s tech giant Baidu announced it received a RMB 52.8 million ($7.3 million) government contract to build an autonomous vehicle testing area within the Chinese municipality of Chongqing. The Chinese city of 30 million residents plans to be a leader in smart city technology powered by 5G cellular networks.

Eric WalzMar 25, 2020 1:05 PM PT

Production of the Electric Performance Polestar 2 Begins in China

Production of the Electric Performance Polestar 2 Begins in China

Polestar announced today that production of the Polestar 2 is underway in Luqiao, China. Polestar is the new electric performance car brand jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely). The company is operated by Sweden-based Volvo Cars as a standalone performance EV brand.

Eric WalzMar 24, 2020 3:00 PM PT      

Toyota is Developing a Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Truck With its Hino Motors Unit

Toyota is Developing a Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Truck With its Hino Motors Unit

​Toyota Motor Corp and its subsidiary Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) have announced the joint development of a new heavy-duty fuel cell truck powered by hydrogen. In addition to the development of a fuel cell truck, the two partners will also study the practical use of fuel cell trucks in the shipping industry.

FutureCar Staff Mar 24, 2020 10:00 AM PT    

Chinese Automaker Geely is Delivering Keys by Drone for New Vehicle Purchases

Chinese Automaker Geely is Delivering Keys by Drone for New Vehicle Purchases

Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd (Geely) has come up with a novel way to help customers take delivery on their new cars without having to interact with dealership employees to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The automaker announced its is using drones to deliver the keys to customers after they order their new vehicles online.

Eric WalzMar 23, 2020 8:00 AM PT   

Automakers Finally Close Their North American Factories Over Coronavirus Concerns

Automakers Finally Close Their North American Factories Over Coronavirus Concerns

General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently announced factory closures that are aimed at keeping workers safe during the spread of the coronavirus. It's not just American automakers, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota will also be shutting their North American factories down.

Vineeth Joel PatelMar 23, 2020 6:00 AM PT 

BMW Confirms the Next 7 Series Will Come with an Electric, Hybrid, Diesel or Gas Powertrain

BMW Confirms the Next 7 Series Will Come with an Electric, Hybrid, Diesel or Gas Powertrain

BMW confirms that the first fully-electric version of its flagship 7 Series sedan is under development. The next-generation BMW 7 Series lineup will also feature a hybrid powertrain along with the conventional gas and diesel variants.

Manish KharintaMar 22, 2020 2:50 PM PT

IIHS Claims Advanced Driver-Assist Systems Need to Keep Drivers Focused on the Road More

IIHS Claims Advanced Driver-Assist Systems Need to Keep Drivers Focused on the Road More

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety believes that modern advanced driver-assist systems allow drivers to stop focusing on the road and don’t allow them to regain control of the car when necessary.

Vineeth Joel PatelMar 21, 2020 6:00 AM PT   

Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

In one of the biggest cases involving the theft of intellectual property in Silicon Valley in recent memory, Anthony Levandowski, the former head engineer of Google’s self-driving car project, has agreed to plead guilty for stealing trade secrets from the technology giant and using them to launch his own self-driving truck startup Ottomotto.

Eric WalzMar 20, 2020 10:00 AM PT    

Electric Automaker Tesla is Forced to Reduce its Workforce By 75% at its Fremont, California Factory

Electric Automaker Tesla is Forced to Reduce its Workforce By 75% at its Fremont, California Factory

As the San Francisco Bay Area remains under a multi-county shelter-in-place order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, local businesses are being forced to temporarily close and keep their employees at home, including electric automaker Tesla. The company is idling around 7,500 employees at its Fremont, California factory.

FutureCar Staff Mar 19, 2020 2:15 PM PT   

Uber Shares Surge 37% After its CEO Says the Ride-Hailing Giant Has $10 Billion in Cash to Weather the Coronavirus Crisis

Uber Shares Surge 37% After its CEO Says the Ride-Hailing Giant Has $10 Billion in Cash to Weather the Coronavirus Crisis

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the company has enough cash on hand to withstand the economic loss of the recent coronavirus outbreak.

Eric WalzMar 19, 2020 10:00 AM PT   

Waymo, Others Stop Testing Self-Driving Cars on California Roads Due to the Coronavirus

Waymo, Others Stop Testing Self-Driving Cars on California Roads Due to the Coronavirus

After Alphabet subsidiary Waymo announced it was cancelling its autonomous vehicles testing using drivers on Tuesday, other notable Bay Area companies, including Uber, Cruise and Pony.ai have followed suit and suspended their operations that normally rely on safety drivers behind the wheel to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

FutureCar Staff Mar 18, 2020 4:00 AM PT    

Chinese EV Startup XPeng Motors Granted Permit to Test its New P7 Sedan on Roads in the U.S.

Chinese EV Startup XPeng Motors Granted Permit to Test its New P7 Sedan on Roads in the U.S.

Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng Motors announced today that it was granted permission from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to test its new P7 fully-electric sedan on public roads in the U.S.

Eric WalzMar 17, 2020 10:50 AM PT      

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