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Germany Opens First Electric Highway to Charge Hybrid Semi-Trucks

Germany Opens First Electric Highway to Charge Hybrid Semi-Trucks

The electric highway features overhead wires that will allow hybrid semi-trucks to recharge their batteries while on the move.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 16, 2019 9:57 AM PT    

Hyundai Develops a ‘Smart Air Purification’ System That Uses a Laser-based Sensor to Monitor Air Quality

Hyundai Develops a ‘Smart Air Purification’ System That Uses a Laser-based Sensor to Monitor Air Quality

Hyundai Motor Group announced it developed an intelligent “Smart Air Purification” system that monitors interior air quality and automatically filters the air inside the vehicle's cabin using a laser-based sensor.

Eric WalzMay 15, 2019 5:00 PM PT   

U.S. Lawmakers Are Supporting a Electric Vehicle Supply Chain Policy to Help Secure Raw Materials for EV Batteries

U.S. Lawmakers Are Supporting a Electric Vehicle Supply Chain Policy to Help Secure Raw Materials for EV Batteries

As more electric vehicles enter the market from global automakers, there are concerns about securing an ample supply of raw materials, including cobalt and lithium used in EV battery cell production. On Tuesday, U.S. lawmakers moved closer to developing a national electric vehicle supply chain policy, with senators voicing bipartisan support for legislation designed to counter China's dominance in metals production and EV battery manufacturing.

Eric WalzMay 15, 2019 10:00 AM PT      

Highways England Tests Autonomous Trucks for Road Construction

Highways England Tests Autonomous Trucks for Road Construction

During the trials, driverless dump trucks will be used to haul excavated soil around the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. Launching autonomous trucks is part of the agency’s massive plan to upgrade the local area’s road network.

Michael ChengMay 15, 2019 5:00 AM PT

FCC Will Reconsider Opening the 5.9 GHz Band for Wi-Fi & Connected Cars

FCC Will Reconsider Opening the 5.9 GHz Band for Wi-Fi & Connected Cars

​The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to vote next month on launching a new review of a key band of the 5.9 Ghz spectrum that has been reserved for automakers that could boost Wi-Fi use, a person briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. According to the FCC, the increase in spectrum will allow automakers to improve advanced driver assist systems.

Eric WalzMay 14, 2019 2:08 PM PT         

Illinois Becomes Latest State to Charge EV Owners With Annual Fee

Illinois Becomes Latest State to Charge EV Owners With Annual Fee

llinois Sen. Martin Sandoval has announced a plan would see drivers looking to register their electric vehicle pay $1,000 annually. That’s a dramatic increase of 5,614 percent from the current rate of $17.50 per year.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 14, 2019 9:21 AM PT   

U.S Drops Plans Requiring a Throttle, Brake Override System in Vehicles

U.S Drops Plans Requiring a Throttle, Brake Override System in Vehicles

​After dozens of fatal accidents a decade ago involving Toyota and Lexus vehicles that were initially blamed on faulty electronics leading to "unintended acceleration", the NHTSA proposed regulations that would have required that all motor vehicles have a brake pedal that can override the accelerator pedal in emergency situations. On Monday, the NHTSA said that since automakers have voluntarily installed these systems on all new vehicles, it's dropping plans mandate it.

Eric WalzMay 13, 2019 2:58 PM PT     

Electric Vehicle Startup Neuron EV Reveals its Visionary Smart Vehicle Called ‘HUB’

Electric Vehicle Startup Neuron EV Reveals its Visionary Smart Vehicle Called ‘HUB’

Neuron EV, visionary automotive company founded last year, unveiled a new type of electric vehicle today it calls the HUB. HUB stands for “Harmony, Utility, Balance” and the company’s futuristic vehicle is definitely unique.

FutureCar Staff May 13, 2019 10:32 AM PT

The Next Hyundai Kona Electric is Getting a 11 kW 3-Phase Onboard Charger

The Next Hyundai Kona Electric is Getting a 11 kW 3-Phase Onboard Charger

Hyundai announced that it will be introducing the new model year Kona Electric with enhanced specifications

Manish KharintaMay 12, 2019 4:52 PM PT    

May Mobility to Begin Testing Autonomous Shuttles in Rhode Island

May Mobility to Begin Testing Autonomous Shuttles in Rhode Island

May Mobility out of Ann Arbor, Michigan has been awarded a contract by the state of Rhode Island to operate an autonomous shuttle service, which will begin on May 15.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 12, 2019 11:01 AM PT   

Tesla Receives the Strongest Organic Engagement on Social Media

Tesla Receives the Strongest Organic Engagement on Social Media

A new report compared the advertising budget of different companies from the automotive industry to their total online user engagement across popular social media platforms. Tesla by far had the highest number of organic engagements.

Manish KharintaMay 11, 2019 11:30 AM PT     

General Motors Holding Talks to Sell Lordstown Factory to Startup Workhorse

General Motors Holding Talks to Sell Lordstown Factory to Startup Workhorse

The Cincinnati-based Workhorse group that is positioned to manufacture electric pickup trucks could bring a shuttered factory back to light and some much-needed jobs.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 11, 2019 6:00 AM PT    

Drivent Reveals Self-driving Safety Products, No Longer in Stealth Mode

Drivent Reveals Self-driving Safety Products, No Longer in Stealth Mode

Drivent recently acquired certification from Washington state regulators to test driverless cars. This likely played an influential role in bringing the startup’s presence to light within the self-driving sector.

Michael ChengMay 10, 2019 6:52 PM PT

Uber Off to a Rocky Start in Stock Market Debut as Stock Slips 7%

Uber Off to a Rocky Start in Stock Market Debut as Stock Slips 7%

Uber Technologies Inc's stock opened Friday down 6.7% in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Uber’s listing today was the ninth-largest U.S. IPO of all time.

Eric WalzMay 10, 2019 12:12 PM PT      

Amazon Reportedly Considering Acquisition of Driverless Startup TuSimple

Amazon Reportedly Considering Acquisition of Driverless Startup TuSimple

The two companies are reportedly negotiating a potential acquisition deal; and if confirmed, would be a huge win for both sides. To date, Amazon has been actively seeking new methods to improve deliveries and reduce dependence on third-party shipping companies.

Michael ChengMay 09, 2019 6:47 PM PT

Auto Execs Say the White House Will Extend May 18 Deadline on Auto Tariffs

Auto Execs Say the White House Will Extend May 18 Deadline on Auto Tariffs

​In February, the Commerce Department submitted its national security report to the President. The report studied the effects of whether imports, such as aluminum, steel, autos, auto parts and semiconductors, pose any national security risk. The deadline for the President to act is May 18, however auto executives who have spoken to administration officials say President Trump will likely to extend that deadline by another 180 days.

FutureCar Staff May 09, 2019 1:19 PM PT

Honda and Toyota Scrambling to Find Funds to Develop EVs, New Tech

Honda and Toyota Scrambling to Find Funds to Develop EVs, New Tech

Two of the automotive industry’s largest automakers are trying to free up some money to catch up with automakers that have invested heavily into electric vehicles and new technology.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 09, 2019 8:51 AM PT    

Lyft’s Falling Stock Price Ahead of Uber’s IPO Shows Investor Concerns About the Ride-Hailing Model Becoming Profitable

Lyft’s Falling Stock Price Ahead of Uber’s IPO Shows Investor Concerns About the Ride-Hailing Model Becoming Profitable

Ride-hailing giant Uber will list its shares tomorrow on the New York Stock Exchange in one of the most anticipated IPO’s in recent history. However, on the eve of Uber’s IPO, its chief rival Lyft is sitting on the sidelines as its stock falls to the lowest level since its own IPO in March.

Eric WalzMay 08, 2019 7:01 PM PT     

Volkswagen Begins Taking Pre-orders in Europe for the ID Electric Hatchback

Volkswagen Begins Taking Pre-orders in Europe for the ID Electric Hatchback

German automaker Volkswagen AG is ready to take on Tesla in Europe with its first electric car. The automaker is now taking 1,000 euro deposits for its new fully-electric hatchback named the ID.3.

Eric WalzMay 08, 2019 1:00 PM PT       

Tesla Claims Affordable Autonomous Cars Aren’t Possible Without China

Tesla Claims Affordable Autonomous Cars Aren’t Possible Without China

Because of tariffs that Donald Trump put into place on Chinese-made automotive parts and the U.S.’ government’s decision to reject a tariff exemption on Tesla’s brain for its Autopilot, affordable autonomous cars might not happen.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 08, 2019 9:17 AM PT    

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