Toyota, SoftBank to team up on automated driving, new mobility

October 4, 2018 03:43 CET

TOKYO — Toyota and Japanese tech conglomerate Softbank will jointly fund a new mobility company that combines autonomous driving and ride-hailing with on-demand retail shopping delivered to people’s doorsteps by vehicles such as Toyota’s futuristic e-Palette.

The new company, to be called Monet Technologies, will be 50.25 percent owned by Softbank and 49.75 percent held by Toyota, the companies announced at a Thursday joint news conference.

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PSA taps Chevy for car-sharing service in Washington

October 3, 2018 19:05 CET
UPDATED: 10/3/2018 5:45 pm ET – new story

WASHINGTON — French carmaker PSA Group is adding features to its fledgling mobility services platform for the U.S. in conjunction with a new car-sharing service being launched in Washington, D.C., at the end of October.

The company’s Free2Move app, which can be used to order and pay for car-sharing, ride-hailing, bike-sharing, public transit and other transportation services, will have more providers than Continue reading “PSA taps Chevy for car-sharing service in Washington”

Honda to invest $2.75 billion in GM’s autonomous vehicle unit

October 3, 2018 14:15 CET
UPDATED: 10/3/18 1:35 pm ET

DETROIT — Honda Motor Co. will invest $2.75 billion in General Motors’ autonomous vehicle operations, including plans to develop and deploy a purpose-built self-driving vehicle.

The Japanese automaker will receive a 5.7 percent stake in GM Cruise LLC for the investment, which includes an immediate $750 million and another $2 billion for development and deployment of self-driving vehicles over the next 12 years, GM and Honda Continue reading “Honda to invest $2.75 billion in GM’s autonomous vehicle unit”

BMW wants a hybrid supercar, and a redesigned i8 might be the ticket

2019 BMW i8

BMW is keen to bring a new supercar into the fold to serve as the brand’s halo model. It’s something we’ve been hearing for a while but know the automaker’s R&D chief, Klaus Fröhlich, has revealed he’s working very hard to make a supercar happen.

Drive reported on Frölich’s comments on Wednesday. The executive said such a car could appear for 2021 but didn’t confirm whether the project was a done deal. He called such a car his “personal wish” and added that there was an Continue reading “BMW wants a hybrid supercar, and a redesigned i8 might be the ticket”

10 things we learned from the 2018 Paris auto show

Peugeot E-Legend Concept, 2018 Paris auto show

The 2018 Paris auto show delivered a handful of surprises for American car enthusiasts, albeit l’addition attached to each was mostly weighty.

This year’s most significant reveal for U.S. buyers certainly came from Mercedes-Benz—although which one is debatable. The new 2019 BMW 3-Series was the year’s biggest newsmaker, but what didn’t show was nearly as important.

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UCS report shows electric cars get even cleaner in 2018

UCS 2016 EV emissions mpg map

Electric cars keep getting cleaner, despite efforts by the EPA and NHTSA to roll back pollution standards on cars and powerplants.

That’s the conclusion of the latest report from the Union of Concerned Scientists which annually measures the environmental impact of driving an electric car.

The study rates the environmental impact relative to gas cars in equivalent miles per gallon.

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Chinese automaker Borgward built gasoline vehicles in order to sell EVs in America

2019 Borgward BX6

Borgward is unorthodox even among the rapidly evolving cast of 21st-century automakers. It’s a Chinese company, with German heritage, that now wants to bring electric cars to the U.S.

Already in the gas-powered SUV market in China, it has sold more than 100,000 units over the past two years, Now Borgward is eyeing a 2020 or 2021 debut in the U.S. with its next-generation EVs.

Last month, Borgward announced at an artificial intelligence conference in San Francisco Continue reading “Chinese automaker Borgward built gasoline vehicles in order to sell EVs in America”

Which electric SUV are you most excited about for 2019? Twitter poll results

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

A few weeks ago, Green Car Reports asked our Twitter followers which new electric car for 2019 they were most excited about.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, they chose the base, $35,000 Tesla Model 3 over three upcoming luxury electric SUVs.

Yet 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the electric SUV, with at least 10 new models coming from established and startup automakers.

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