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Electric Vehicle Startup Rivian Shares an Update on its Illinois Factory That Was Once Owned by Mitsubishi Motors

Electric Vehicle Startup Rivian Shares an Update on its Illinois Factory That Was Once Owned by Mitsubishi Motors

In the midst of the coronavirus shutdown of the auto industry, Electric vehicle startup Rivian shared a video of the construction progress at its factory in Normal, Illinois. The new factory is where Rivian will build its electric pickup truck and SUV.

Eric Walz2020-04-01 14:15 PT

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 Walz2020-03-31 13:15 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 2020-03-26 15:15 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 Walz2020-03-17 10:50 PT

Chinese EV Startup NIO Partners with Xiaomi on Remote Car Smartwatch App

Chinese EV Startup NIO Partners with Xiaomi on Remote Car Smartwatch App

Chinese electric automaker NIO announced a new partnership with electronics company and wearable device maker Xiaomi on a NIO smartwatch app. NIO will be one of the few automakers to offer a smartwatch app for a production vehicle.

Eric Walz2020-03-16 11:00 PT

Bollinger Motors Reveals the World’s First Electric Class-3 Commercial Truck Platform

Bollinger Motors Reveals the World’s First Electric Class-3 Commercial Truck Platform

Electric truck startup Bollinger Motors is among the new crop of startups developing battery-powered trucks for the consumer and commercial markets. The Ferndale, Michigan-based company unveiled today its latest electric truck platform it calls “E-Chassis.” The patent-pending E-Chassis is the world’s first and only Class 3 electric truck platform.

Eric Walz2020-03-12 10:50 PT

Ford’s Mustang-inspired Mach-E Crossover Secures Reservations in all 50 States

Ford’s Mustang-inspired Mach-E Crossover Secures Reservations in all 50 States

Since the Ford Mach-E’s global debut in November​, the automaker said that it received reservations from customers in all 50 states, indicating that there is much interest in Ford’s new Mustang-inspired EV throughout the U.S.

Eric Walz2020-03-10 10:50 PT

BMW Decides its New iX3 Electric SUV is Not Coming to the U.S. as Planned

BMW Decides its New iX3 Electric SUV is Not Coming to the U.S. as Planned

German automaker BMW has decided not to sell the electric iX3 model in the U.S. The electric SUV was supposed to reach U.S. dealer showrooms sometime this year.

FutureCar Staff 2020-03-09 15:55 PT

Chinese EV Startup NIO Raises $235 Million Through Private Placements as its Runs Low on Cash

Chinese EV Startup NIO Raises $235 Million Through Private Placements as its Runs Low on Cash

Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO announced it will issue and sell convertible notes in an aggregate principal amount of US$235 million to several unaffiliated Asia-based investment funds through private placements. Earlier this year, the automaker warned that it would need additional capital to make its through 2020.

Eric Walz2020-03-06 14:15 PT

Luxury Electric Car Startup Lucid Motors Shares its Direct to Customer Sales Strategy

Luxury Electric Car Startup Lucid Motors Shares its Direct to Customer Sales Strategy

California electric luxury car startup Lucid Motors continues its plans to take on Tesla with its high tech and luxurious Lucid Air sedan. The company is preparing its retail sales and service network, which will consist of “Lucid Studio” showrooms where customers can experience the Air sedan in virtual reality and have questions answered by Lucid product experts.

FutureCar Staff 2020-03-05 11:00 PT

General Motors Announces a $20 Billion Investment Electrification and Reveals its New Global EV Platform as the Automaker Looks to Take on Tesla

General Motors Announces a $20 Billion Investment Electrification and Reveals its New Global EV Platform as the Automaker Looks to Take on Tesla

U.S. automaker General Motors announced today it’s making a $20 billion investment by 2025 in electrification, including new EV architecture, new models and battery cell development. The announcement was part of the automaker’s “EV Day”, an event where GM shared its strategy to grow its electric vehicle sales and transition towards an electric future.

Eric Walz2020-03-04 12:00 PT

Porsche Invests in Audio Processing Company DSP Concepts to Create Signature Sounds for its Vehicles

Porsche Invests in Audio Processing Company DSP Concepts to Create Signature Sounds for its Vehicles

Porsche has purchased a stake in Silicon Valley-based audio processing company DSP Concepts, Inc. The company specializes in developing software for audio signal processing and audio algorithms that lets automakers digitally enhance the sound of their vehicles.

Eric Walz2020-02-28 13:00 PT

The NHTSA Orders Self-Driving Shuttle Operator EasyMile to Cease Operations in 10 U.S. States Over Safety Concerns

The NHTSA Orders Self-Driving Shuttle Operator EasyMile to Cease Operations in 10 U.S. States Over Safety Concerns

Self-driving startup EasyMile was ordered to suspend its autonomous shuttle operations in the U.S. today after a passenger was injured last summer after one of the company’s vehicles made a sudden stop. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered French-based EasyMile to suspend its operations while the agency investigates the incident.

FutureCar Staff 2020-02-25 15:45 PT

Self-Driving Startup Pony.ai Launches Autonomous Robotaxi Pilot with the City of Fremont, California

Self-Driving Startup Pony.ai Launches Autonomous Robotaxi Pilot with the City of Fremont, California

Fremont, California has become one of the first Silicon Valley region cities to launch an autonomous robotaxi pilot. Fremont and self-driving technology developer Pony.ai today launched a pilot offering a group of city employees rides in one of Pony.ai’s shared autonomous vehicles.

Eric Walz2020-02-25 13:00 PT

California EV Startup Lucid Motors Announces LG Chem as its Battery Supplier

California EV Startup Lucid Motors Announces LG Chem as its Battery Supplier

California luxury electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors, which is aiming to rival Tesla with its ultra-luxury electric Air sedan, announced today that its batteries will be supplied by South Korean battery maker LG Chem. The deal with LG Chem ensures that Lucid will have the battery cells it needs for volume production of the Lucid Air sedan, the company’s first vehicle.

FutureCar Staff 2020-02-24 11:15 PT

Researchers Trick Tesla Vehicles into Driving 50 MPH Over the Speed Limit with a Traffic Sign Altered with Black Tape

Researchers Trick Tesla Vehicles into Driving 50 MPH Over the Speed Limit with a Traffic Sign Altered with Black Tape

Security firm McAfee discovered some serious flaws in Telsa’s forward facing cameras, which are used for the automaker’s Autopilot system as well as for its advanced cruise control, particularly in how machine learning software detects common speed limit signs.

FutureCar Staff 2020-02-19 15:40 PT

President Trump Sign Executive Order to Study Threats to the U.S. Global Positioning System

President Trump Sign Executive Order to Study Threats to the U.S. Global Positioning System

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday directing U.S. agencies to test the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure systems in the event of a disruption or manipulation of the Global Positioning System.

Eric Walz2020-02-12 11:30 PT

Electrify America to Open its 400th EV Charging Station in the U.S. This Week

Electrify America to Open its 400th EV Charging Station in the U.S. This Week

Electrify America announced it will open its 400th public EV charging station this week. The company has added more than 1,700 individual chargers over the past 20 months as part of its $2 billion, decade-long investment in EV charging infrastructure in the U.S.

Eric Walz2020-02-04 15:10 PT

Consumer Interest in Tesla Spells Bad News for the Rest of the EV Industry, Claims Bloomberg

Consumer Interest in Tesla Spells Bad News for the Rest of the EV Industry, Claims Bloomberg

Traditional automakers are having a hard time going up against Tesla’s electric vehicles, which is why they have been so slow to introduce new electrified cars. Things are only going to get tougher for them.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-01-26 06:30 PT

The NHTSA Will Review a Petition to Investigate Sudden Acceleration Complaints on Tesla Vehicles

The NHTSA Will Review a Petition to Investigate Sudden Acceleration Complaints on Tesla Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday it will review a petition asking the agency to formally investigate and recall 500,000 Tesla electric vehicles, including the Model 3, over sudden acceleration reports. The petition covers the 2012 through 2019 model year Tesla Model S, 2016-2019 Tesla Model X SUV, and the 2018-2019 Tesla Model 3.

Eric Walz2020-01-17 14:00 PT

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