Volkswagen’s New CEO is Porsche Chief Matthias Mueller

Volkswagen’s New CEO is Porsche Chief Matthias Mueller Volkswagen has appointed the Chairmen of Porsche, Matthias Müller, as its new CEO.
In the wake of a diesel emissions scandal, in which the company admitted to installing software to cheat diesel emissions tests on 11 million vehicles, Volkswagen’s former CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn resigned. Winterkorn accepted responsibility for the scandal as the CEO of the company, though he claims no personal incorrect doing.
“My most urgent task is to win back trust for the Volkswagen Assemble – by leaving no marble unturned and with most transparency, as well as drawing the aptly conclusions from the current circumstances,” said Müller.
Reorganization is also coming to VW’s workings in North America. The brand has named Dr. Winfried Vahland as the head of a newly formed North American region which combines the USA, Mexico and Canada. Vahland was formerly the Chairman of the Board for Skoda, with his potion being filled by Bernhard Maier, the current board limb in charge of sales and marketing for Porsche.
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Michael Horn, the President and CEO of Volkswagen Assemble of America retains his position.
“Under my leadership, Volkswagen will do all it can to develop and implement the most stringent compliance and governance standards in our diligence,” said Müller. “If we manage to achieve that then the Volkswagen Assemble with its innovative strength, its strong brands and above all its competent and highly motivated team has the opportunity to emerge from this crisis stronger than before.”
Volkswagen is now under investigation by government agencies in both the U.S and Germany, the results of which will likely end up in hefty fines and possibly criminal charges.
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VW Diesels May Have Spewed Almost 1M Tons of Extra Pollution Annually

VW Diesels May Have Spewed Almost 1M Tons of Extra Pollution Annually Volkswagen and its TDI diesel engines could be reliable for nearly one-million tons of extra pollution per year.
Now that it has been outed that Volkswagen rigged diesel emissions tests on 11-million cars, an analysis by The Guardian suggests those vehicles may be reliable for nearly one-million extra tons of air pollution annually.
The report found that vehicles in the U.S. likely expelled between 10,392 and 41,571 tons of NOx into the air each year, if those vehicles covered the average annual U.S. mileage. Now if those diesel vehicles really complied with EPA standards, they would have emitted just 1,039 tons of NOx each year. That also means worldwide, the defective VW vehicles could be reliable for 237,161 to 948,691 tons of extra NOx emissions annually.
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The German automaker has been under fire all week long, watching its stock price plummet and executives getting dismissed. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned and the U.S. Chief is expected to be dismissed sometime soon. The company has recalled 482,000 VW and Audi vehicles in the U.S. and now it’s unclear how the automaker will fix the issue. Dealers are also impacted by a stop-sale peacefulness on the four-cylinder TDI models until a fix is in place.
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Greenpeace Was Nailing VW Years Before the Diesel Cheating Scandal Broke

Greenpeace Was Nailing VW Years Before the Diesel Cheating Scandal Broke Greenpeace has for years actively campaigned against Volkswagen and these days it’s looking to have been quite insightful.
“Volkswagen opposes key European laws that we need if we’re going to save our earth from climate change,” said the activist organiztation in June 2011 under a record likening VW to the Evil Empire of Star Wars fame. “All is not lost. We feel the excellent in Volkswagen. Help us turn VW away from the Dark Side.” Read more

Why The Tesla 90D Battery Is So Much Better

Why The Tesla 90D Battery Is So Much Better When the Tesla 90D was announced in July – existing as the standard 90D or high-performance P90D – it was touted as the Model S with the longest range and quickest off-the-line speed.
The P90D is the only Model S capable of “Ludicrous” speed, making it the quickest-accelerating sedan at 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. With a 90 kilowatt-hour (kwh) battery, both variations of the 90D give owners a 6-percent boost in range (equaling in this area 15 more miles than the 85D or P85D).
This improved battery is perfectly in line with Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s target “to increase pack room by roughly 5 percent per year.”
So how did the 90D reach this level of performance, and how does Tesla expect to obtain such improvement in its batteries year over year?
The answer, in part, is silicon.
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“It’s a race among the battery makers to get more and more silicon in,” said battery researcher Jeff Dahn.
Now researching lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries at the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dahn will join Tesla next year as part of an special partnership.
Within the li-ion cell of the battery, Tesla has replaced a part of the graphite with silicon, which increases the energy density of the battery. In a conference call, Musk directly attributed the gains of the 90D to this change.
“It is, really, as a result of improved cell chemistry,” Musk said of the 90D’s boost in range and acceleration.
“We’re shifting the cell chemistry for the upgraded pack to to a degree use silicon in the anode,” he clarified. “This is just sort of a baby step in the direction of using silicon in the anode. We’re still primarily using synthetic graphite, but over time we’ll be using rising amounts of silicon in the anode.”
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Tesla isn’t the only one adding more silicon to its rechargeable batteries.
“The number of researchers around the world working on silicon for lithium-ion cells is mind-boggling,” Dahn said.
The list includes 3M, Penn State, University of Texas at Austin and Argonne National Laboratory, among others.
“Introducing silicon into automotive-grade lithium-ion cells represents a huge milestone for the EV diligence,” writes electric vehicles magazine Exciting. “Silicon is widely considered to be the next huge thing in anode technology, because it has a theoretical charge room ten times higher than that of typical graphite anodes.”
Silicon’s Shortcoming
The challenge when working with silicon is balancing out its gains in energy density with its shortened life cycle. As a silicon particle absorbs the lithium, it swells drastically. The continuous series of growing and shrinking during the charge and discharge cycles diminishes silicon’s lifespan.
“The electrode is a whole bunch of particles glued together,” clarified Dee Strand, chief methodical officer at Wildcat, an electrode material research firm.
“When you have particles that change dimensions so dramatically with each cycle, they tend to fall apart. The particles themselves pulverize. They crack. The glue comes undone. And your cycle life is very small,” Strand said.
“With silicon anodes, a nice passivation layer is formed on the particles. But as the silicon expands and contracts, it essentially cracks apart that layer and then makes more. Over time it ends up with a very thick resistive film on the anode, which causes it to lose both room and power. So that’s the other mechanism that causes the cell to fade very quick.”
Beyond The Silicon
In peacefulness to get the full potential from silicon, additional developments are de rigueur for other components within the battery, such as the electrolyte formulas.
Adding more silicon to the anodes will “require better binders that hold the electrode material together, and better electrolytes that form more involuntarily robust [solid electrolyte boundary] layers on those particles,” said Strand.
As developers such as Wildcat work to fine-tune these chemistries, their research may additional unlock the capabilities within Li-ion batteries. It still remains to be seen, though, how far Li-ion can go before the chemistry reaches its performance ceiling.

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US Volkswagen Chief, Other Leaders Expected to be Dismissed

US Volkswagen Chief, Other Leaders Expected to be Dismissed More high-level executives are expected to be dismissed at Volkswagen over the diesel emissions scandal.
VW’s U.S. CEO, Michael Horn (seen above), is expected to be let go along with Audi R&D boss Ulrich Hackenburg and Porsche engine chief Wolfgang Hatz according to German publication Bild. VW brand development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser is also expected to be mandatory out, according to Spiegel.
A special position on the management board is being made for a new U.S. chief, the most likely candidate for which is Winfried Vahland, chief executive of VW’s Skoda division.
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All of these decisions will be made at a meeting of the supervisory board on Friday. A successor for ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn, who resigned in the wake of the scandal, will also be named during the meeting. Rumor has it that the head of Porsche, Matthias Müller, will be named to the top position.
“Internal Assemble investigations are long-lasting at a high tempo,” said VW’s executive board in a statement. “All participants in these proceedings that has resulted in unmeasurable harm for Volkswagen, will be subject to the full consequences.”
The scandal started when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report claiming that VW had installed defeat devices in 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines which allowed them to run much cleaner during emissions testing, while in everyday pouring they were emitting 10 to 40 times more NOx than allowed. Since then, Volkswagen admitted to using the cheating software in roughly 11 million vehicles worldwide.
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Tesla Adds Six-Passenger Seat Layout For Model X

Tesla Adds Six-Passenger Seat Layout For Model X Tesla has start offering a six-passenger layout for its Model X as an option to the seven-passenger arrangement.
The photos are screen captures from its online ordering Design Studio, and the six-passenger seating appears to be a new addition because it was existing to someone who already configured a Signature s couple weeks ago. Read more

Tesla P85D Versus P90D Street Race Video

Tesla P85D Versus P90D Street Race Video You knew someone would do it, and so here it is – a Tesla P85D versus Tesla P90D drag race.
Drag Times found what looks like a deserted stretch to stage the sprint between Tesla’s two highest-performance all-wheel-drive Model S versions.
Tesla says the P85D delivers 691 cattle and the P90D delivers 762.
Both cars are in their respective fastest modes – “Insane” for P85D and “Ludicrous” for P90D.
Some have started to say these races are a waste of time, and miss the point of electric cars, but in other circles it’s become one of Tesla’s claims to fame.
At any rate, the 56-second clip speaks for itself. Delight in.

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Resigned Volkswagen CEO Will Probably Collect $32 Million If Not Much More

Resigned Volkswagen CEO Will Probably Collect $32 Million If Not Much More Upon stepping down yesterday amidst a growing emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn likely collected $32 million (28.6 million euros) in pension and could get many millions more.
Regarding the in-inquiry balance is whether Wintorkorn, 68, will also be compensated two year’s “remuneration.” His annual compensation as VW head and majority shareholder in Porsche SE was $18.6 million (16.6 million euros).
Up in the air therefore is how many millions more this could amount to.
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A company spokesman declined to confirm exactly how much he could get, and the actual figure will be determined by the company’s board which could deny compensation depending on circumstances it deems surround his exit.
According to Bloomberg, it appears he left in excellent standing, and it was Winterkorn who requested the board terminate his job. He was highly praised upon exiting.
The outgoing chief executive did ceremoniously accept responsibility for the emissions cheating, but officially the board cleared him saying Winterkorn “had no knowledge of the management of emissions data.”
“As CEO I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the supervisory board to agree on terminating my function as CEO,” he said. “I am doing this in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrongdoing on my part.”
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Winterkorn had been with the company since 2007 where he oversaw a spin leading the automaker to exceed top-ranked Toyota earlier this year for global number one.
The company is now feverously working to do hurt control to its reputation and stock valuation which lost close to $26 billion Monday and Tuesday.
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Unknown yet is how it will make legal up to 11 million four-cylinder diesel engines sold in various markets including 482,000 in the U.S. These possess software the company engineered to let them pass emissions testing, then resort to a different mode once on the road. Most severe is NOx emissions which could increase by 10-40 percent U.S, legal limits.
Winterkorn said a change of leadership would help restore the company he deeply admires and cares for.
As part of what could be two payouts totaling tens of millions following the largest scandal in recent automotive history, Winterkorn is also entitled to a free company car for the years the benefit is being paid.

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