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Factbox: From refueling to recharging: filling up electric vehicles – Reuters

Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017

PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The battle over how and where Europeans charge their electric cars is expanding from the continent’s cities to its motorways. But if electric vehicles (EVs) are ever to overtake petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles, charging will have to become as simple as filling up. Here are some facts about EVs, charging stations and plugs. EV MARKET GROWTH The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2017 Global EV Outlook said that…

Marc Leishman opens with a 62 to lead BMW Championship – ESPN

Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Marc Leishman left his clubs in the garage during his week break from the FedEx Cup playoffs and it didn’t make a difference. He had 10 birdies in his opening round of 9-under 62 and built a two-shot lead in the BMW Championship. Why Keegan Bradley has major motivation at BMW Keegan Bradley needs a strong showing at…

BMW at Last Unveils a Tesla-Fighting Electric Sedan – WIRED

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Perhaps the biggest threat now facing Tesla isn’t its ability to scale up Model 3 production, or nail down autonomous driving software; it might actually be that the mainstream auto industry is finally entering the market Elon Musk’s upstart car company has long dominated. For five years, Tesla’s Model S has monopolized the luxury electric sedan market, but that dominance is now besieged. Porsche is spending more than a billion…

The Future Of Electric Vehicles In The US, Part 1: 65%-75% New Light-Duty Vehicle Sales By 2050 – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rapid battery cost declines, rising commitment from major automakers, strong policy support from state and local governments, and low operational costs (including discounted charging tariffs from utilities) have put electric vehicles (EVs) on track to pass gasoline-powered vehicles. Indeed, U.S. EV sales have grown an average of 32% annually from 2012-2016 and 45% over the year ending June 2017. Considering these advantages, automakers and investors face several big questions: How…

Audi wants autonomous cars to run errands while you’re at work – Engadget

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

The idea is that, through machine learning, the platform will be able to anticipate what you want before you ask. The example Audi gives is one of its cars suggesting a service (think: Indian take-out or maybe a spa day) and booking it for the driver like a personal assistant might. This also applies to things like music selection and your freeway driving style (average speed and distance from other…

BMW Aims to Cut Parts Costs by $2.4 Billion in E-Car Shift – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

BMW AG aims to cut roughly 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) from its annual purchasing bill by squeezing spending on auto components to help finance the shift to electric cars. Amid plans to roll out at least 12 electric cars by 2025, Munich-based BMW is seeking to trim about 5 percent from costs for car parts alone, which currently totals about 40 billion euros yearly, Markus Duesmann, head of purchasing, said…

Fiat Chrysler Takes the Jeff Bezos Approach – Bloomberg Gadfly – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

There’s a new divide among Europe’s carmakers and, for once, it’s not the Germans with their noses in front. Since 2014, shares in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Peugeot SA have done much better than those of Daimler AG and BMW AG. Some of the excitement comes from the French and Italians’ improving cash generation. However, investors need to keep in mind where a chunk of that cash comes from. Both…

BMW Aims to Cut Parts Costs by $2.4 Billion in E-Car Shift … – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

BMW AG aims to cut roughly 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) from its annual purchasing bill by squeezing spending on auto components to help finance the shift to electric cars. Amid plans to roll out at least 12 electric cars by 2025, Munich-based BMW is seeking to trim about 5 percent from costs for car parts alone, which currently totals about 40 billion euros yearly, Markus Duesmann, head of purchasing, said…

Volkswagen recalls vehicles in China over faulty airbags – Financial Times

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

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What’s at stake at the BMW Championship – ESPN

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

5:10 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It is the tournament within a tournament. This week’s BMW Championship is plenty big on its own — for golf history buffs, it is an extension of the Western Open, which dates to 1899 — with an $8.75 million purse and $1,575,000 going to the winner. But there is a prize beyond the prize, namely…

Ford wants self-driving cars to communicate with flashing lights – Engadget

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ford chose this method in part due to familiarity. People are used to lights on cars, so it’s not a stretch to use them to indicate intent. And it’s learning this through first-hand experience on the streets. The automaker and Virginia Tech are collecting data on reactions by driving Transit Connect vans modified to look like they’re driverless (human pilots even disguise themselves as car seats) and record video from…

BMW Targets $2.4 Billion Cut to Parts Costs in E-Car Shift – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

BMW AG aims to cut roughly 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) from its annual purchasing bill by squeezing costs for transmission components and other parts to help finance the shift to electric cars. Amid plans to roll out at least 12 electric cars by 2025, Munich-based BMW is seeking to trim about 5 percent from spending on car parts alone, which currently totals about 40 billion euros yearly, Markus Duesmann, head…

Audi wants autonomous cars to run errands while you’re at work – Engadget

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

The idea is that, through machine learning, the platform will be able to anticipate what you want before you ask. The example Audi gives is one of its cars suggesting a service (think: Indian take-out or maybe a spa day) and booking it for the driver like a personal assistant might. This also applies to things like music selection and your freeway driving style (average speed and distance from other…

What’s at stake at the BMW Championship – ESPN

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

5:10 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It is the tournament within a tournament. This week’s BMW Championship is plenty big on its own — for golf history buffs, it is an extension of the Western Open, which dates to 1899 — with an $8.75 million purse and $1,575,000 going to the winner. But there is a prize beyond the prize, namely…

Audi just unveiled a stunning electric concept designed to drive over 400 miles on a single charge – Business Insider

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Audi This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show is all about electric cars. Audi in particular is making a big electric push at the event. The German automaker has unveiled two electric concepts at Frankfurt, both of which showcase Audi’s vision for autonomous driving. Here, we focus on Audi’s electric coupe, the Aicon. Scroll down for a closer look:

Audi Recreates Iconic TV Theme Songs in Emmy Ads – AdAge.com

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Audi is using its engines to recreate theme songs to iconic series for its new Emmy Awards spots. The three 30-second commercials, created by Venables Bell & Partners, feature the engine sounds of the Audi R8 V10 plus, TT RS and SQ5 “performing” the theme songs to “Cheers,” “Star Trek” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” It’s the seventh consecutive year that Audi has sponsored the TV awards show, which…

BMW Targets $2.4 Billion Cut to Parts Costs in E-Car Shift – Bloomberg – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

BMW AG aims to cut roughly 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) from its annual purchasing bill by squeezing costs for transmission components and other parts to help finance the shift to electric cars. Amid plans to roll out at least 12 electric cars by 2025, Munich-based BMW is seeking to trim about 5 percent from spending on car parts alone, which currently totals about 40 billion euros yearly, Markus Duesmann, head…

What’s at stake at the BMW Championship – ESPN

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

5:10 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It is the tournament within a tournament. This week’s BMW Championship is plenty big on its own — for golf history buffs, it is an extension of the Western Open, which dates to 1899 — with an $8.75 million purse and $1,575,000 going to the winner. But there is a prize beyond the prize, namely…

Volkswagen to recall 4.86m vehicles in China over Takata airbags – Financial Times

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Electric cars all the rage at Frankfurt Auto Show, but we can’t drive … – Ars Technica

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

reader comments 61 The theme at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show was definitely electric. Just about everyone had a new electric vehicle concept on show. And there were electrification roadmaps galore. The only thing that was missing was the here and now, and the holdup has me irked. You see, disclaimers were everywhere. The EVs on display are mostly stalking horses for production cars, but none of them is ready…