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Toyota Aygo X Prologue debuts, previews electric future

Toyota has revealed the Aygo X Prologue, a wacky looking concept previewing the next-generation of the brand’s city car. Right away, you’ll notice that this pint-size hatchback lacks a grille, hinting that it’s a battery-electric vehicle. The headlights are connected by a single LED strip, giving the Aygo X Prologue a face. In the rear, […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/17/2021
BMW debuts electric 2022 BMW i4 sports sedan

The production 2022 BMW i4 has been unveiled and it looks similar to the upcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe. That means the all-electric four-door sedan sports a swoopy, coupe-like roofline, giving the car a long, lean look. Key design cues include blue exterior accents, aerodynamic-looking alloy wheels, and a massive kidney grille that’s partially closed. […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/17/2021
Former NHTSA Chairman compares Tesla “FSD” to the Boeing 737 Max debacle

A March 11 traffic accident in Detroit involving a 2021 Tesla Model Y and a tractor trailer has garnered a fair amount of attention as much for what occurred as what might have occurred.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a Special Crash Investigation team to investigate the incident. Initial analysis of […]

by Eileen Falkenberg-Hull
3/17/2021
BMW debuts 2022 iX models, provides preliminary U.S. pricing on xDrive50 model

BMW has announced more information on its upcoming iX all-electric crossover. One of the highlights is the manufacturing process because the 2022 iX will be produced sustainably. That means the factory building the car will be powered by renewable energy. Material components are all recycled and take into consideration people’s allergies by placing bits with […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/17/2021
Toyota executive says competitors’ switch to all-electric vehicles has many challenges to overcome: Report

A Toyota executive is expected to express skepticism about competitors’ move to quickly phase out gas-powered vehicles at a hearing with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today. Robert Wimmer, director of Energy and Environment Research at Toyota North America, believes that many challenges must be addressed for the transition to electric vehicles to […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/16/2021
Ford Europe getting EV and PHEV Transits, build electric one-ton Volkswagen vans

Ford announced today that it will add all-electric and plug-in hybrid versions of its next-generation Transit commercial van. Production for both the Transit EV and PHEV will start in 2023 at Ford’s Otosan facility in Kocaeli, Turkey with sales commencing in Europe first. In addition, Ford will also build a one-ton commercial van for Volkswagen […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/16/2021
Gas-only vehicles sold by Aston Martin after 2030 will be for track use only

The European carmakers are heading toward an electric future, which is more and more looking like 2030, and Aston Martin is getting prepared. But it won’t be completely electric by that milestone, but rather the gasoline-only cars sold after that point will be restricted to track use only. Automotive News Europe is reporting that Aston expects […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/16/2021
BMW’s iDrive 8 interface is now your in-car digital assistant

BMW has revealed the latest version of its iDrive multimedia interface that will first debut on the iX and i4 battery-electric vehicles. Called iDrive 8, the system has been optimized for speech andtouch screenn controls. Building on the digital assistant function that first appeared on iDrive 7, the system now understands natural language and will […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/15/2021
Volkswagen to significantly increase battery production, further expand charging network

During its first Power Day, Volkswagen revealed its road map to 2030 and has placed making battery technology accessible to everyone at the center of its electrification offensive. To do that, the company is pushing with its planned increase in battery production to meet higher demand, especially in Europe. “E-mobility has become core business for […]

by Stefan Ogbac
3/15/2021
Volkswagen’s ID.4 cross-country road trip is underway and here’s what happened on Day 1

Last week, we told you that the folks at Volkswagen were going to take the new ID.4 crossover battery electric vehicle on a cross-country road trip. There’s nothing more American than the road trip, so it’d made sense for VW to take its electric family hauler on one to prove that it is capable. Here’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/15/2021