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Polestar Develops its Own Video Streaming App for the Polestar 2 EV

Polestar Develops its Own Video Streaming App for the Polestar 2 EV

Electric-performance brand Polestar, which is jointly owned by Swedish automaker Volvo and its parent company Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely), has developed its own video streaming app for its Polestar 2, the company's first mass-market electric vehicle. The beta app, which is available now in all European markets, offers web-based streaming content from various providers directly to the vehicle's 11-inch center-mounted touchscreen display.

Eric WalzMay 06, 2021 9:15 AM PT      

Ford & Volkswagen-backed Argo AI Develops an Advanced Lidar Sensor for Self-driving Vehicles

Ford & Volkswagen-backed Argo AI Develops an Advanced Lidar Sensor for Self-driving Vehicles

Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based developer of autonomous driving technology backed by Ford Motor Co and Volkswagen, announced on Tuesday the development of a new, advanced lidar sensor for self-driving vehicles called “Argo Lidar.” The lidar has the ability to detect a single photon of light, which Argo says is key to sensing dark objects with low reflectivity, such as a black vehicle in pitch darkness.

Eric WalzMay 05, 2021 5:00 PM PT       

Tesla to Lose Around $240 Million in Revenue in 2021 as Automaker Stellantis Says it Will No Longer Need to Buy Emission Credits

Tesla to Lose Around $240 Million in Revenue in 2021 as Automaker Stellantis Says it Will No Longer Need to Buy Emission Credits

Stellantis announced on Wednesday that it will no longer need to purchase emissions credits from Tesla as the European automaker expects to reach its emission targets this year. The emission credits purchased by Stellantis would have given Tesla an additional $240 in revenue this year.

FutureCar Staff May 05, 2021 12:30 PM PT       

Luxury Electric Vehicle Startup Lucid Motors Hires Key Executives from Waymo, Apple & Ferrari Ahead of its IPO

Luxury Electric Vehicle Startup Lucid Motors Hires Key Executives from Waymo, Apple & Ferrari Ahead of its IPO

Luxury-electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors announced it hired former Waymo Treasurer & Head of Investor Relations Sherry House, as Chief Financial Officer, along with three other industry veterans, as the company prepares for the launch of its first vehicle, the luxury-electric Lucid Air sedan.

Eric WalzMay 05, 2021 2:00 AM PT    

The Audi A7 PHEV Named Best Luxury Plug-in Hybrid of 2021 by U.S. News & World Report

The Audi A7 PHEV Named Best Luxury Plug-in Hybrid of 2021 by U.S. News & World Report

The 2021 A7 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) from Volkswagen’s ’s luxury brand Audi has been recognized as the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Luxury Plug-in Hybrid of 2021​. Other vehicles that made the list include the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV, which was crowned the best electric car, and Tesla Model Y as best luxury electric vehicle.

FutureCar Staff May 04, 2021 3:15 PM PT      

Ford Opens Registration Site for its New Lineup of E-Transit Commercial Electric Vans

Ford Opens Registration Site for its New Lineup of E-Transit Commercial Electric Vans

​U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co is getting ready for its push into the commercial electric truck market which it hopes to dominate with its lineup of E-Transit cargo vans. Ford today opened its website to register customer interest so they can learn more about the E-Transit all-electric vans ahead of order banks opening by July.

Eric WalzMay 04, 2021 10:15 AM PT     

Quick Comparison: Tesla Model Y Performance vs Ford's Mach-E GT Performance

Quick Comparison: Tesla Model Y Performance vs Ford's Mach-E GT Performance

When Ford Motor Co introduced its Mustang Mach-E fully-electric crossover, it didn’t take long before industry experts and enthusiasts drew a comparison to Tesla’s Model Y, which is currently the best-selling electric crossover in the country. But Ford recently announced the flagship Mach-E GT Performance Edition that can hold its own against the Performance version of the Model Y.

Manish KharintaMay 03, 2021 5:00 PM PT

Tesla Steps Up its Communications With Regulators in China After Rising Customer Complaints

Tesla Steps Up its Communications With Regulators in China After Rising Customer Complaints

After facing scrutiny in China over safety and a high number of customer service complaints, the California company is now beginning to boost its engagement with regulators and expanding its government relations team. In response to complaints from owners, Tesla said it would set up a China data center, launch self-inspection to improve services and work with regulators.

Eric WalzMay 03, 2021 1:15 PM PT

Ford & BMW Boost Investments in Solid Power, a Company Developing Solid-State EV Batteries

Ford & BMW Boost Investments in Solid Power, a Company Developing Solid-State EV Batteries

Ford Motor Co and BMW announced on Monday they are boosting their investment in solid state battery startup Solid Power, a developer of solid-state batteries for EVs. The two automakers are contributing to a $130 million Series B investment round in which the BMW Group becomes an equal equity owner along with Ford. Ford said its making its additional investment to help accelerate further development of solid-state vehicle battery technology.

Eric WalzMay 03, 2021 9:15 AM PT    

Senators Introduce SAFE Act That Could Mandate Driver-Monitoring Systems

Senators Introduce SAFE Act That Could Mandate Driver-Monitoring Systems

The “Stay Aware For Everyone” Act will require the Department of Transportation to look into fitting every new vehicle with a driver monitoring system as a way to reduce distracted driving in the country.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 02, 2021 4:00 PM PT   

Ford Mustang Mach-E Helping Brand Reach New Buyers

Ford Mustang Mach-E Helping Brand Reach New Buyers

In addition to cementing Ford’s place in the modern world as a serious competitor in the electrified scene, the Mustang Mach-E is drawing a new set of customers in.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 02, 2021 7:00 AM PT    

Tesla Looking to Introduce Full Self-Driving Subscription Soon

Tesla Looking to Introduce Full Self-Driving Subscription Soon

The new subscription plan would give interested Tesla buyers more flexibility to see if they want to purchase the package outright.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 01, 2021 7:00 AM PT    

The SEC Opened Inquiry into Volkswagen Over its Marketing Stunt of Changing its Name to ‘Voltswagen’

The SEC Opened Inquiry into Volkswagen Over its Marketing Stunt of Changing its Name to ‘Voltswagen’

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission opened an inquiry into automaker Volkswagen over a marketing stunt last month suggesting that the company was changing its name to "Voltswagen" to reflect its future commitment to producing electric vehicles. The false report pushed up VW’s preferred shares, common shares and ADRs on the day it was announced, which led to the SEC probe of the company.

FutureCar Staff Apr 30, 2021 3:30 PM PT     

General Motors Faces Backlash From the UAW Over its Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Build EVs in Mexico

General Motors Faces Backlash From the UAW Over its Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Build EVs in Mexico

​U.S. automaker General Motors is being criticized by the United Auto Workers Union (UAW), which represents U.S. auto workers, over plans to invest $1 billion in a new EV manufacturing facility in Mexico. In a statement, GM said the investments are to prepare the site for "an expansion of the assembly and Global Propulsion Systems plants, to make Ramos Arizpe Complex the fifth GM manufacturing facility to produce electric vehicles."

FutureCar Staff Apr 30, 2021 10:45 AM PT

Electrify America Opens its 600th Ultra-Fast EV Charging Station in the U.S.

Electrify America Opens its 600th Ultra-Fast EV Charging Station in the U.S.

​Electric vehicle charging operator Electrify America has opened its 600th ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the continental U.S. and its now open to the public, the company announced on Thursday. The opening of the 600th station follows the completion of two cross-country and two coastal routes in 2020, providing EV drivers with more options for cross-country travel.

FutureCar Staff Apr 29, 2021 1:30 PM PT      

Baidu to Open China's First Public Commercial Robotaxi Service Without Safety Drivers on May 2

Baidu to Open China's First Public Commercial Robotaxi Service Without Safety Drivers on May 2

China’s technology giant Baidu Inc. is launching the first commercial robotaxi service in the country on May 2 after months of successful testing using safety drivers. Beginning next week, members of the public can hail one of Baidu’s driverless vehicles without a safety driver behind the wheel.

Eric WalzApr 29, 2021 10:30 AM PT     

General Motors Announces ‘Ultium Charge 360’ a Nationwide EV Charging Network Designed for Convenience

General Motors Announces ‘Ultium Charge 360’ a Nationwide EV Charging Network Designed for Convenience

General Motors announced a new charging network called "Utium Charge 360", which is designed to make it easier for customers to charge their electric GM vehicles. Ultium Charge 360 integrates charging networks, GM vehicle mobile apps, and other products and services to simplify the overall charging experience for GM's future electric vehicle owners.

FutureCar Staff Apr 28, 2021 5:00 PM PT      

Ride-Sharing Startup Revel is Launching a Transportation Service in New York City Using Only Company-owned Tesla Model Ys

Ride-Sharing Startup Revel is Launching a Transportation Service in New York City Using Only Company-owned Tesla Model Ys

Ride-sharing startup Revel is launching a new ride-hailing service in New York City next month with a fleet of Tesla Model Y crossovers. Unlike Uber and Lyft, Revel’s driver partners are hired on as employees, and the company owns the entire fleet of Model Ys, so drivers don’t have to worry about wear and tear and accumulating miles on their personal vehicles or the added expense of maintaining them.

Eric WalzApr 28, 2021 12:50 PM PT      

Trade Group Representing U.S. Auto Suppliers Opposes Setting a Date for the Phase Out Gas-powered Passenger Vehicles

Trade Group Representing U.S. Auto Suppliers Opposes Setting a Date for the Phase Out Gas-powered Passenger Vehicles

​The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a trade group representing over 1,000 U.S. auto suppliers, is opposing the phase out of gas-powered vehicles stating that the move would cost thousands of jobs in the auto industry. MEMA told a Senate Commerce subcommittee on transportation that the Biden Administration should continue to set regulatory requirements that ensure suppliers keep working to improve internal combustion engines, rather than phasing them out.

Eric WalzApr 28, 2021 10:45 AM PT       

Ford Motor Co Announces ‘Ford Ion Park’ to Accelerate the Development & Manufacturing of Advanced EV Batteries

Ford Motor Co Announces ‘Ford Ion Park’ to Accelerate the Development & Manufacturing of Advanced EV Batteries

U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co is preparing for its electrified future with the opening of a new EV battery R&D facility. The company announced on Tuesday Ford its investing $185 million in a new global battery center of excellence named “Ford Ion Park” in Southeast Michigan. The facility will help the automaker accelerate its research and development of EV batteries and battery cell technology, including future battery cell manufacturing.

FutureCar Staff Apr 27, 2021 2:45 PM PT     

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