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Nissan’s Sound Absorbing ‘Acoustic Meta-Material’ Named One of the 100 Greatest Inventions of 2020 by Popular Science

Nissan’s Sound Absorbing ‘Acoustic Meta-Material’ Named One of the 100 Greatest Inventions of 2020 by Popular Science

Japan’s Nissan Motor Co has invented a new acoustic meta-material that can help keep vehicle interiors quieter. The automaker’s noise-reducing technology was recognized earlier this month by Popular Science as one of the 100 greatest inventions of 2020 in the “Best of What’s New Award” in the automotive category.

Eric WalzDec 28, 2020 10:35 AM PT    

Volkswagen Ends Production of e-Golf to Make Way for ID.3

Volkswagen Ends Production of e-Golf to Make Way for ID.3

With a total of 145,561 units of the e-Golf ever made over seven years, Volkswagen is officially ending production of the EV as it looks to retool its Dresden Transparent Factory to produce the ID.3.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 28, 2020 7:40 AM PT   

Volvo Claims Second EV Will Arrive in 2021

Volvo Claims Second EV Will Arrive in 2021

The automaker’s all-new electric vehicle will arrive on March 2 and will share the same platform as the XC40 Recharge.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 27, 2020 8:25 AM PT   

PHEV 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Priced at $49,490

PHEV 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Priced at $49,490

Getting more power, the ability to travel 25 miles on electricity, and Jeep’s first plug-in hybrid offering comes at a steep price.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 26, 2020 8:00 AM PT   

Chinese EV Startup NIO to Unveil its First Electric Sedan on Jan 9, New Competition for the Tesla Model 3

Chinese EV Startup NIO to Unveil its First Electric Sedan on Jan 9, New Competition for the Tesla Model 3

Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger NIO will reveal its first sedan next month. Nio’s new ET7 sedan will make its debut at the upcoming NIO Day event on Jan. 9, 2021, according to Qin Lihong, co-founder and president of Nio. The upcoming sedan is based on a concept vehicle that Nio unveiled at Auto China 2019.

Eric WalzDec 24, 2020 11:30 AM PT     

Autonomous Delivery Startup Nuro Acquires Equity Stake in Self-driving Truck Startup Ike

Autonomous Delivery Startup Nuro Acquires Equity Stake in Self-driving Truck Startup Ike

California-based autonomous delivery startup Nuro announced on Wednesday that it acquired an equity stake in autonomous truck developer Ike. Ike is focused on developing Class-8 self-driving trucks for the shipping industry, so any tie up will likely include the further development of driverless trucks.

Eric WalzDec 23, 2020 4:45 PM PT      

Mercedes Benz Releases its New ‘Mercedes me’ Apps to Keep Drivers Connected to Their Vehicles

Mercedes Benz Releases its New ‘Mercedes me’ Apps to Keep Drivers Connected to Their Vehicles

German automaker Mercedes Benz announced the next-generation "Mercedes Me" smartphone apps over the summer and the new apps are now available for download for both Android and iOS devices in the respective app stores. The updated Mercedes me apps offer an improved user experience and functionality, the automaker said.

FutureCar Staff Dec 23, 2020 9:55 AM PT      

San Francisco Lidar Startup Ouster to Go Public in a Deal Worth $1.9 Billion

San Francisco Lidar Startup Ouster to Go Public in a Deal Worth $1.9 Billion

​San Francisco-based Lidar company Ouster has agreed to go public in a deal that would value the company at $1.9 billion. Ouster plans to merge with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Colonnade Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: CLA).

Eric WalzDec 22, 2020 2:05 PM PT      

Computer Giant Apple Plans to Launch an Electric Car in 2024 with 'Next-Level' Battery Technology, Sources Say

Computer Giant Apple Plans to Launch an Electric Car in 2024 with 'Next-Level' Battery Technology, Sources Say

As one of the biggest tech companies, Apple Inc. makes some of the world’s most popular consumer electronics products, including laptops, iPhones, iPads, smartwatches and headphones. Now it looks as though Apple is planning to add an EV to its portfolio. The iPhone maker is targeting 2024 to build a passenger car that might include its own advanced EV battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

Eric WalzDec 21, 2020 3:50 PM PT     

Mercedes Benz Will Reveal its New ‘Hyperscreen’ Ultra-Wide Dashboard Display on Jan 7

Mercedes Benz Will Reveal its New ‘Hyperscreen’ Ultra-Wide Dashboard Display on Jan 7

Mercedes Benz will reveal its new MBUX Hyperscreen dashboard display on Thursday, Jan 7 at 8:00 a.m. (EST) in an event open to CES media guests. The Hyperscreen display is a curved screen that extends along the entire width of the vehicle in front of the driver and front passenger. It will be an option for the upcoming EQS fully-electric sedan.

FutureCar Staff Dec 21, 2020 12:30 PM PT     

Latest Consumer Reports Survey Finds Strong Interest in EVs

Latest Consumer Reports Survey Finds Strong Interest in EVs


In the company’s latest survey of drivers in America, 71 percent of respondents stated that they were interested in getting an EV at some point, with millennials beings the most interested of any generation.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 21, 2020 6:00 AM PT    

Report: U.S. Auto Industry Is Looking to the Government for More EV Support

Report: U.S. Auto Industry Is Looking to the Government for More EV Support

A leading lobbying group for the U.S. auto industry has reached out to policymakers to ask for more infrastructure, incentives, and other regulatory measures to support the adoption of EVs in the country.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 20, 2020 8:30 AM PT    

Electric Cars Could Be Similarly Priced to Gas Cars in 2 Years

Electric Cars Could Be Similarly Priced to Gas Cars in 2 Years

BloombergNEF’s annual report on battery prices claims that prices for EV battery packs will fall below $100 per kWh in 2023, which is when they’ll become similarly priced to gas-powered cars.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 19, 2020 9:00 AM PT  

China’s Newest New Energy Vehicle Startup Li Auto Reaches Sales of 30,000 Units This Year

China’s Newest New Energy Vehicle Startup Li Auto Reaches Sales of 30,000 Units This Year

China’s newest New Energy Vehicle (NEV) startup Li Auto is off to a good start in 2020. On Friday, the company announced it reached cumulative sales of 30,000 units so far this year. The 30,000 sales milestone is a first for a startup automaker in the country.

Eric WalzDec 18, 2020 12:50 PM PT       

Tesla Challenger Lucid Motors to Open its First East Coast Design Studio This Week in Miami

Tesla Challenger Lucid Motors to Open its First East Coast Design Studio This Week in Miami

California luxury electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors announced on Thursday that will open its first East Coast Lucid Studio retail location in Miami, Florida this week. The design Studio will open at the Brickell City Centre, an upscale retail and residential mixed use development on Saturday, Dec 19. The Lucid Studio in Miami is the first of a network of Lucid Studios that will open on the East Coast of the U.S. in 2021, the company said.

Eric WalzDec 17, 2020 12:45 PM PT    

Quick Comparison: The Rivian R1T & Bollinger B2 Electric Trucks

Quick Comparison: The Rivian R1T & Bollinger B2 Electric Trucks

The world’s automakers are working hard to refresh their product portfolios to feature high-riding models that offer at least some level of electrification. As the world awaits the launch of Tesla’s futuristic Cybertruck, here’s a quick comparison of the Rivian R1T and Bollinger B2, two upcoming electric trucks from startup EV manufacturers that will likely give Tesla its biggest competition in the truck space.

Manish KharintaDec 17, 2020 10:30 AM PT

BMW Group Commissions Study on the Sustainable Mining of Lithium for Electric Vehicle Batteries

BMW Group Commissions Study on the Sustainable Mining of Lithium for Electric Vehicle Batteries

German automaker BMW announced on Wednesday that it commissioned a new study that includes a scientific analysis of water consumption in the Lithium extraction process for EV batteries. The study is being co-financed by German chemical company BASF SE with cooperation from the University of Alaska-Anchorage and University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The study is part of BMW’s efforts to achieve sustainable supply chains around the world.

Eric WalzDec 16, 2020 4:15 PM PT     

Lyft & Hyundai’s Joint Venture Motional to Launch a Fully Driverless Ride-Hailing Service in Major U.S. Cities

Lyft & Hyundai’s Joint Venture Motional to Launch a Fully Driverless Ride-Hailing Service in Major U.S. Cities

California ride hailing company Lyft is teaming up with Boston-based Motional on an autonomous ride-hailing service in major cities across the U.S., the companies announced on Wednesday. Motional’s self-driving vehicles will be integrated, operationalized and deployed on the Lyft network. The services will launch in 2023.

FutureCar Staff Dec 16, 2020 11:30 AM PT       

Vayyar Announces its 4D Imaging Radar Sensor on a Chip for In-Cabin Monitoring & Vehicle Safety Systems

Vayyar Announces its 4D Imaging Radar Sensor on a Chip for In-Cabin Monitoring & Vehicle Safety Systems

4D imaging radar company Vayyar announced a new imaging sensor on a chip (SoC), which offers a lower cost and less complicated solution for in-cabin vehicle monitoring systems and ADAS. These occupant monitoring systems will be a necessity until vehicles can truly operate without human intervention, which is still years away.

Eric WalzDec 15, 2020 5:45 PM PT    

China’s Tech Giant Baidu is Considering Making its Own Electric Vehicles, Sources Say

China’s Tech Giant Baidu is Considering Making its Own Electric Vehicles, Sources Say

China’s tech giant Baidu, which is the country's equivalent of Google, is reportedly seeking to build its own electric car. Baidu has already held talks with automakers about the possibility, people with knowledge of the matter said. Baidu is actively working on autonomous driving technology as part of its Apollo open platform established in 2017. The open Apollo platform is designed to speed up the development of self-driving technology through collaboration between industry partners.

Eric WalzDec 15, 2020 10:45 AM PT      

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