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Car magazine reports that BMW’s wireless inductive charging system will go into production in July and be available in Europe by the end of the summer. We queried BMW USA about the inductive charger coming to the U.S. and were told, “Yes we are bringing the charging pad also to the U.S.” We expect our market to follow a similar timeline. However, there won’t be a purchase option; the charging mat will be a lease option for the 530e iPerformance in Europe, and in the U.S., BMW said “it will be a pilot program...Continue reading »

Audi aims to sell approximately 800,000 fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the year 2025. At this Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting of AUDI AG, the Board of Management presents the updated “Audi.Vorsprung.2025.” strategy. Audi-E-Tron To enable about every third customer to decide in favour of an e-model by the middle of the next decade, there is to be an electrified variant in each model series by then – most of them are to be fully electric, with a smaller proportion as plug-in hybrids. In order to release resources for...Continue reading »

While many manufacturers have declared they remain committed to the diesel engine, like Volkswagen, Mazda, and Daimler, other automaker have clearly announced they will gradually stop selling diesel vehicles in Europe and the rest of the world. The latest company to join them is Nissan, which believes customers will continue to worry about tax rises and restrictions, and will buy a gasoline, hybrid, or electric vehicle instead of a diesel-powered car. “Along with other manufacturers and industry bodies we can see the progressive decline...Continue reading »

A meandering earnings call for Tesla’s first-quarter financial results included some glimpses of the electric automaker’s timeline for future products and pledges of profitability. Company CEO Elon Musk, however, also got testy with some analysts’ questions. For the Tesla Model 3, Musk said he’s confident Tesla will “very soon” exceed the 3000-per-week production mark at its Fremont, California, plant. In its letter to investors preceding the call, Tesla said it produced 2000 Model 3 cars for three straight weeks prior to...Continue reading »

Swedish utility Vattenfall is partnering with Volvo with the aim to make EV charging easier at home. The move comes two weeks after Vattenfall announced plans to become largest operator of EV charging infrastructure in Northwest Europe within five years. Vattenfall and Volvo will offer all Volvo’s plug-in hybrid customers in Sweden the charging solution “InCharge Smart home” directly through Volvo’s “Min Volvo” online site. Today about 90 percent of all charging takes place at work or at home. “Volvo clearly perceives that...Continue reading »

ClipperCreek has launched the sales of factory-certified, pre-owned HCS and LCS series charging stations. The electric vehicle charging stations are factory tested and certified by ClipperCreek and come with a one-year warranty. Pricing starts at just $300. Pre-owned LCS charging stations are $300, a savings of up to 42% off the price of a new LCS. HCS models are available for $400, a savings of up to 59%. Factory-certified pre-owned products have been inspected and fully tested to ensure ‘Like New’ functionality. The products may...Continue reading »

Pininfarina continues its partnership with the Hong-Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group (HK) by introducing the new H500 electric sedan concept and K350 electric SUV at the Auto China 2018 in Beijing. The collaboration between Pininfarina and HK has already resulted in the H600 luxury saloon presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 and the K550 5-seater and K750 7-seater SUVs presented at the Shanghai Motor Show 2017. The first of the two new Pininfarina products for Beijing is the H500 electric sedan that combines elegance and sportiness,...Continue reading »

After six generations of unprecedented success in the entry-luxury sedan category, the next-generation Lexus ES is forging a new, more ambitious path. Long known for its unparalleled comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the seventh-generation ES builds on its strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and the introduction of the first ES F SPORT. Representing the third vehicle in the Future Chapter of Lexus that started with the LC coupe and LS sedan, the new ES expands that vision of the...Continue reading »

Weather has a way of placing a beating on our cars. Depending on where you live, your car is possibly subjected to high winds, heavy rains, large snowfalls, and more. If you don’t take some precautions, you may find that these weather elements are too much for your car, and that you start to notice some damage. To keep this from happening, there are a few simple things that you can do to keep your car safe, and to keep it looking great for a long time to come. Keep Your Car in a Garage One of the best ways to protect your car during...Continue reading »

It looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer is about to undertake a daring transformation from a ten-year-old sedan to a crossover. The Eclipse has already shed its coupe roots and become the Eclipse Cross, and now it’s the Lancer’s turn to become a high-rider. The carmaker already teased its future plans with the e-Evolution concept last year (pictured above), again combining a previously successful Mitsubishi nameplate with new crossover intentions. Now, talking to AutoExpress, Mitsubishi’s chief operating officer and chief...Continue reading »