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For thousands of US auto workers, downturn is already here – Reuters

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

LORDSTOWN, Ohio Wall Street is fretting that the U.S. auto industry is heading for a downturn, but for thousands of workers at General Motors Co factories in the United States, the hard times are already here. Matt Streb, 36, was one of 1,200 workers laid off on Jan. 20 – inauguration day for Republican U.S. President Donald Trump – when GM canceled the third shift at its Lordstown small-car factory…

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

Volvo takes on Tesla over high-performance electric cars – Financial Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Volvo takes on Tesla over high-performance electric cars

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

Queen’s Speech introduces Electric Vehicles Bill – Sky News

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will be introduced to encourage the use of electric and self-driving cars, the Government announced in the Queen’s Speech. The first all-electric car to be built in the UK rolled off of the production line in 2013, and the Government wants “almost every car and van to be zero-emission by 2050″. Of more than 36.7 million licensed vehicles in the UK, just over 100,000…

Programs bring electric cars to low-income people – USA Today – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tries out a car at the launch of what is being billed as the nation’s largest electric vehicle’ car sharing program for disadvantaged communities(Photo: MARK RALSTON, AFP/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES — Electric cars have a Tesla-like image of being pricey, but new programs seek to put them in the hands of lower-income drivers as well in the name of cleaner air. A new program here…

What Will Driverless Cars Actually Look Like? – The Ringer (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Automakers desperately want to kill off mirrors. The pieces of glass attached to the roof and side of almost all modern vehicles increase aerodynamic drag, a point of frustration for automotive designers trying to build the sleek, fuel-efficient cars of the future. Soon, though, the government-mandated safety features may no longer be necessary. Tiny rear-facing cameras now common in newer cars (and required starting next year) have largely made mirrors…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

Scramble begins for the vast financial prize of electric vehicles – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Morgan Stanley is betting that electric cars will corner 70pc of the European vehicle market by the middle of century, leading to a drastic upheaval for the power sector and scramble for dominance of lucrative new technologies. Global banks in London and New York are no longer debating whether the switch-over will occur. Research reports have shifted to granular analysis over what this means for large swathes of the economy,…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

Programs bring electric cars to low-income people – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tries out a car at the launch of what is being billed as the nation’s largest electric vehicle’ car sharing program for disadvantaged communities(Photo: MARK RALSTON, AFP/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES — Electric cars have a Tesla-like image of being pricey, but new programs seek to put them in the hands of lower-income drivers as well in the name of cleaner air. A new program here…

2017 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Workers at Volkswagen plant in Slovakia strike over wages – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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The Costliest 2017 Cars To Insure – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mercedes-Benz USA The Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Cabriolet is the most-expensive car to insure for 2017, according to Insure.com. Given that family-minded minivans and SUVs tend to be among the least costly vehicles in the U.S. to insure, it should come as no surprise that top-shelf luxury models and scenery-blurring sports cars with stratospheric sticker prices are the most expensive rides for which to obtain coverage. Excluding models from the “if…

‘Cars 3′: Why Pixar should lose no sleep over one of its lowest debuts ever – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PIXAR JUST had its second-lowest opening weekend ever when adjusting for inflation. This is why the studio should lose very little sleep over that fact. Breaking down the numbers, “Cars 3” grossed $53.5 million in its domestic debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, handily winning the weekend ahead of the still mighty “Wonder Woman” ($40.8 million) and the new Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me” ($27 million). (Note: Monday’s final numbers…

‘Cars 3′: Why Pixar should lose no sleep over one of its lowest debuts ever – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

PIXAR JUST had its second-lowest opening weekend ever when adjusting for inflation. This is why the studio should lose very little sleep over that fact. Breaking down the numbers, “Cars 3” grossed $53.5 million in its domestic debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, handily winning the weekend ahead of the still mighty “Wonder Woman” ($40.8 million) and the new Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me” ($27 million). (Note: Monday’s final numbers…

The Costliest 2017 Cars To Insure – Forbes – Forbes

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

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