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Automaker Kia is Said to Be Reviewing Plans to Build EVs with Multiple Firms, Hinting at Ongoing Talks with Tech Giant Apple

Automaker Kia is Said to Be Reviewing Plans to Build EVs with Multiple Firms, Hinting at Ongoing Talks with Tech Giant Apple

South Korean automaker Kia Motors Corp. is reportedly reviewing plans from multiple foreign firms to work together on building self-driving electric cars, Reuters reported on Wednesday. In addition, Kia’s parent, Hyundai Motor Group, has decided that its Kia brand would be in charge of any proposed cooperation with Apple on electric cars, the sources said.

FutureCar Staff 2021-01-20 16:00 PT

Amazon-backed EV Startup Rivian Raises $2.6 Billion Led By T. Rowe Price

Amazon-backed EV Startup Rivian Raises $2.6 Billion Led By T. Rowe Price

​Rivian, the electric vehicle startup backed by Amazon and Ford Motor Co announced Tuesday said it closed on a $2.65 billion investment round led by T. Rowe Price as the company moves closer to production of its R1T fully-electric pickup and companion R1S SUV. The company’s post-money valuation is now over $25 billion as Rivian looks to compete against trucks from Ford Motor Co and General Motors.

Eric Walz2021-01-19 14:05 PT

Kia Gains a New Logo, Teases Upcoming Electric Vehicles

Kia Gains a New Logo, Teases Upcoming Electric Vehicles

While most of the electric concepts are still shrouded in mystery, we’ve learned a little more information about the South Korea brand’s upcoming electric vehicles.

Vineeth Joel Patel2021-01-18 07:10 PT

General Motors Launches New Startup 'BrightDrop' for Electric Delivery Vehicles

General Motors Launches New Startup 'BrightDrop' for Electric Delivery Vehicles

The new startup company will focus on making electric delivery vehicles and offer other services to companies like FedEx and UPS.

Vineeth Joel Patel2021-01-16 08:00 PT

General Motors Provides an Update on its Plans for a ‘Zero Emissions’ Electric Future at CES 2021

General Motors Provides an Update on its Plans for a ‘Zero Emissions’ Electric Future at CES 2021

With its first new logo in 50 years unveiled last week, U.S. automaker General Motors is getting ready for its electrified future. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra delivered the opening keynote at this year's virtual CES where she shared some updates on the company's vision of an electrified future. The automaker want to put everyone into an electric vehicle.

Eric Walz2021-01-12 16:50 PT

Report: Apple’s Autonomous Electric Car at Least Five Years Away

Report: Apple’s Autonomous Electric Car at Least Five Years Away

Of course Tesla’s the main target, but getting it’s small team up to speed and getting the necessary components means Apple is facing an uphill battle.

Vineeth Joel Patel2021-01-10 08:20 PT

Hyundai Claims It's Talking With Apple About EV Project

Hyundai Claims It's Talking With Apple About EV Project

Apple would look to Hyundai to build its EV and also develop the necessary batteries.


Vineeth Joel Patel2021-01-09 07:00 PT

iPhone Assembler Foxconn Signs Deal With EV Startup Byton to Build its M-Byte SUV

iPhone Assembler Foxconn Signs Deal With EV Startup Byton to Build its M-Byte SUV

Taiwan-based iPhone maker Foxconn Technology Group will add electric vehicles to the growing list of products it assembles. Foxconn has signed a strategic cooperation deal with Chinese electric-vehicle startup Byton Ltd to mass produce the startup’s electric M-Byte SUV. Production is expected to start in the first quarter of 2022.

Eric Walz2021-01-04 15:00 PT

China’s Tesla Challenger Xpeng Inc. Reports Record Q4 Sales and Monthly Deliveries for December

China’s Tesla Challenger Xpeng Inc. Reports Record Q4 Sales and Monthly Deliveries for December

Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger Xpeng Inc. (Xpeng) reported record sales for the month of December and record fourth quarter sales to close out 2020. Xpeng said it achieved a record monthly delivery of 5,700 vehicles in December, including 3,691 units of the company’s new flagship P7 Smart Sedan. The record sales represent a 326% increase year-over-year and a 35% increase from November.

Eric Walz2021-01-04 10:15 PT

Tesla Delivers Nearly 500,000 Vehicles in 2020, Breaks Record

Tesla Delivers Nearly 500,000 Vehicles in 2020, Breaks Record

Tesla recently published its fourth-quarter vehicle delivery figures for 2020 and the electric automaker delivered 180,570 EVs, up from its previous record of 139,300 vehicles.

Vineeth Joel Patel2021-01-02 14:00 PT

Volkswagen Shows Off its Autonomous EV Charging Robot Concept

Volkswagen Shows Off its Autonomous EV Charging Robot Concept

With plans to be one of the world’s leading producers of electric vehicles, German automaker Volkswagen is aiming to make electric vehicle charging as convenient as possible. The company’s latest concept is an autonomous charging robot that will do the job automatically.

Eric Walz2020-12-30 13:00 PT

Volkswagen is Rapidly Expanding its EV Charging Infrastructure in Germany

Volkswagen is Rapidly Expanding its EV Charging Infrastructure in Germany

​Volkswagen is significantly expanding the charging infrastructure in its home country of Germany. The automaker announced that 750 new charging points are planned for next year, including the first “High Power Charging” stations delivering up to 300 kW of power.

Eric Walz2020-12-29 14:45 PT

China's Yahua Agrees to a Five-year Deal to Supply Lithium to Tesla for EV Batteries

China's Yahua Agrees to a Five-year Deal to Supply Lithium to Tesla for EV Batteries

China’s Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group Co Ltd said on Tuesday it had signed a deal to supply battery-grade lithium hydroxide to Tesla for the next five years. The deal would give Tesla a steady supply of lithium, a key ingredient for electric vehicle batteries in the world’s biggest auto market.

FutureCar Staff 2020-12-29 11:05 PT

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 Walz2020-12-28 10:35 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 Patel2020-12-28 07:40 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 Walz2020-12-24 11:30 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 Patel2020-12-20 08:30 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 Walz2020-12-18 12:50 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 Walz2020-12-16 16:15 PT

Mercedes Benz Shares Product Roadmap for its New Electric EQ Brand, 6 New Battery-powered Models Coming by 2022

Mercedes Benz Shares Product Roadmap for its New Electric EQ Brand, 6 New Battery-powered Models Coming by 2022

On Monday, German automaker Mercedes Benz provided an update of its electrification plans and where each of the new battery-powered models will be built. The EV portfolio will include six new electric Mercedes-EQ models by 2022, which will be built in Germany, the U.S. and China. Production of the new EQA SUV is already underway, the company said.

Eric Walz2020-12-14 10:15 PT

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