VW TDI claims, more Tesla details, “Jetstones” promote electric cars: Today’s Car News

Electrify America chargers by BTC Power

The VW TDI settlement nears completion. Elon Musk reveals more details about his privatization plan for Tesla. And Electrify America rolls out the “Jetstones” to promote electric cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Owners of 2.0-liter VW TDI models have until Sept. 1 to file for settlements with the company over the diesel emissions cheating scandal. Owners are eligible for at least $5,100.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk reveals talks with Saudi fund to take Tesla private, others express doubt

Tesla factory, Fremont, California

In a public letter to investors Monday morning, Tesla CEO Elon Musk expanded on details of his plan to take the company private.

Musk announced Aug. 4 on Twitter that he was considering a privatization plan and had funding “secured.”

In the letter Monday, he revealed that he has been in discussions for almost two years with the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia about taking the company private.

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Time is running out for VW diesel claims

Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs

Time is running out for owners of 2.0-liter VW TDIs to file their claims against the company and receive a settlement that could be worth at least $5,100.

All claims in the diesel emissions lawsuit must be filed by Sept. 1.

So far, Volkswagen has bought back more than 350,000 TDIs and repaired another 57,000.

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Electrify America launches “Jetstones” ad campaign

Electrify America 350 kw chargers at Home Depot in Chicopee, Mass.

If regular automakers aren’t advertising their electric cars well enough, maybe purveyors of electric-car infrastructure can fill in the gaps.

Electrify America, VW’s court-mandated effort to build a nationwide DC fast-charge network, is launching its first ad campaign Monday on behalf of all electric cars.

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Reports: these engines will power the 2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer spy shots – Image via Tom Poeschel

Ford is busy readying a new version of the Explorer for the 2020 model year. We already know that the police version will come standard with a hybrid powertrain. We also know that a Sporty ST version is in the works. Now, after a bit of information has leaked out on the Internet, we also know which engines we can expect to find under the hood.

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Brake Urges Road Safety Law Review In Light Of Possible New Cycling Offences

The Department for Transport has announced the launch of a consultation which will look at whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for dangerous cyclists.

Commenting on the announcement, Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns at road safety charity Brake, said:

“Whilst the intentions behind the Government’s announcement are sound, they are trying to fix a fundamentally flawed legal framework. A full review of road Continue reading “Brake Urges Road Safety Law Review In Light Of Possible New Cycling Offences”

New 2018 BMW Z4 leaked in the metal

The covers are set to come off the new BMW Z4 very soon, but here's a first candid look…

This is your first look at the all-new BMW Z4 uncovered, as images of the firm’s latest two-seat sports car have leaked on social media. 

Outed by Instagram user @liucunyi, three images of the forthcoming Audi TT rival have been uncovered, confirming that the new car will stick extremely close to the design previewed by the Z4 Concept revealed at the Monterery Car Week last year.

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M5 traffic: live news updates

Live traffic updates for the M5 and M5 junctions, plus real-time reports on travel accidents, roadworks, snow and other delays

The M5 is the primary motorway linking the Midlands to the West Country. On its route south-west, the M5 passes Bromwich, Birmingham and then through the Sandwell Valley. Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Worcester, Bristol and Taunton are all on its 163-mile route, before it finally finishes up at Exeter.

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Latest live M4 traffic news

Live M4 traffic news and updates for M4 junctions, plus real time travel reports on delays, accidents, roadworks and snow

The M4 is the main road running between London and South Wales, passing via Slough, Reading, Swindon, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff and Swansea along the way. Much like the rest of the UK’s road network, the M4 has its areas most likely to cause tail backs – primarily where it joins the M25 on the west of London and also where it meets the M5 near Bristol. Naturally, Continue reading “Latest live M4 traffic news”

Latest live M25 traffic news

Live M25 traffic reports, plus the latest news on M25 accidents, delays, congestion and snow

The phrase ‘M25 traffic flow’ is a bit of an oxymoron. M25 travel news is usually a depressing cocktail of congestion, delays, accidents and roadworks. Rain, wind and especially snow have all been known to cause major headaches for drivers.

At 117 miles in length, the M25 London orbital is the second longest ring road in Europe, falling a mere five miles shy of the Berliner Ring in Germany. In Continue reading “Latest live M25 traffic news”