Volkswagen Was Warned in 2007 By Bosch About Illegal Software

Volkswagen Was Warned in 2007 By Bosch About Illegal Software Bosch reportedly warned Volkswagen on its illegal software use in 2007 but the German automaker unseen the warnings.
The engine management software is the center of the controversial discovery that Volkswagen cheated on diesel emissions tests and in addition to Robert Bosch warning Volkswagen in 2007, one of the German automaker’s own engineers warned the company in 2011 in this area illegal emissions testing practices. According to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Bosch full diesel software to Volkswagen for testing purposes but it eventually finished up on road-going, production vehicles.
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The publication also noted that the scandal started in 2005 when then-Volkswagen brand chief Wolfgang Bernhard wanted to develop a new diesel enginef or the U.S. market. It appeared that the only way to produce an engine that would meet U.S. emission standards was to use an AdBlue urea key that would have cost around $335 per vehicle, a sum that finance officials at Volkswagen said was too high.
After Bernhard left Volkswagen in 2007, Martin Winterkorn became VW Assemble and brand CEO and tasked Audi development boss Ulrich Hackenberg to continue development on the engine. It appears that the engine eventually used software manipulated to fool diesel emissions tests in the U.S.
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Tesla Model S Sets 452.8-mile Distance Record

Tesla Model S Sets 452.8-mile Distance Record A Tesla Model S P85D has gone 452.8 miles on a release charge.
Two drivers claim to have set a new world record for the longest distance traveled on a release charge with the Tesla Model S, which has an EPA-qualified 253 miles per charge. But by averaging a speed of 24.2 mph, the two were able to squeeze 452.8 miles out of a release charge on a drive that took 18 hours and 40 minutes.
Bjørn Nyland and a friend set out from Rodekro, Denmark and finished at the same spot after their hypermiling adventure.
Nyland is well known to the Tesla convergence as documenting other adventures in the Tesla.
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Although this drive distance hasn’t been confirmed as an official world record, the Tesla Model S P85D did cover an impressive distance on a release charge, even though the drivers did average just 24.2 mph. Read more

Next-Generation Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Could Have 30-35 Miles Electric Range

Next-Generation Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Could Have 30-35 Miles Electric Range If a report is right, the next Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid may offer 30-35 miles rated all-electric range.
By present standards, this electric range would rank it second among plug-in hybrids by that vital metric and it would build on the new Prius platform.
This could therefore be a very significant car to plug-in enthusiasts as that much range also would mean it’s more capable of using like a part time all-electric car for longer daily pouring trips.
Whether this comes to pass remains to be verified officially by Toyota. The source is “an executive in the auto diligence who’s deeply familiar with the current and future universe of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles,” says Green Car Reports.
Green Car Reports also clarifies it is normally reluctant to publish just any anonymous source, but says without revealing who it is that this one is trusted.
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That the plug-in Prius could have as much as 30 miles range also fits a more-questionably sourced rumor by a Taiwanese automotive webite which said the new Prius plug-in would double its effective range. That article did not even hint who its source was leading journalists to stand back even while reporting it for what it was worth, along with full color images in place of the new Prius. Read more

Tesla Almost Done With First Phase Of Gigafactory Construction

Tesla Almost Done With First Phase Of Gigafactory Construction Tesla Motors is close to completing the first construction phase of its battery-building Gigafactory.
The newest update on the Gigafactory reveals that a 900,000 square foot building is nearly fully built and will soon be ready for the manufacturing equipment to be installed. Steve Hill, director of the governor’s office of economic development, spoke with Nevada’s Legislative Commission in this area the progress late last month.
“They built the building,” Hill said. “They will be starting to go machinery into that building in peacefulness to make batteries relatively soon.” Read more

BMW To Test Concept Fuel Cell Car On German Roads

BMW To Test Concept Fuel Cell Car On German Roads BMW debuted its concept fuel cell car to the public during the company’s annual Innovation Days event, while also announcing plans to test the car on German roads later this month.
Though it’s been known for some time that BMW is working with Toyota to build a fuel cell vehicle (FCV), with these actions come solid indications of BMW’s future plans for the technology.
Previously, company executives said the lack of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure would prevent FCVs from apt widespread. Statements from unnamed sources connected with BMW also reported that while testing may occur, a production-level FCV won’t be in the company’s future.
But that may no longer be the direction for BMW. In addition to testing its new fuel cell concept on public roads in Germany this month, BMW is also laying out future plans for a production-level FCV.
BMW’s head of engine research, Matthias Klietz, recently told journalists that BMW plans to release “a technically mature, customer-ready vehicle some time after 2020.”
“By around 2025 to 2030, we expect fuel cell cars to have an established presence, but there are challenges that remain, like building the refueling infrastructure,” he said.
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The concept FCV, still unnamed, is based on the BMW 5 series Gran Turismo. Its powertrain includes fuel cells developed in conjunction with Toyota, an 180-kilowatt electric motor, a tunnel tank mounted between the adjoin and rear axle to store the hydrogen and a high voltage battery. According to BMW, the FCV concept is rated at 245 horsepower and will have a range that surpasses 300 miles.
But BMW said it still isn’t ready to go towards production just yet.
“Technically, we’re ready to place fuel-cell cars on the road, but so far it remains too expensive,” said Axel Ruecker, a limb of BMW’s hydrogen development team. “Making fuel-cell technology a reality is a task not just for carmakers, but for the whole of the upper classes.”
It appears that for now, BMW’s plans for fuel cell vehicles is no longer an “if,” but a “when.”

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US To Get Chevy Cruze Hatchback

US To Get Chevy Cruze Hatchback Chevrolet is looking to hop into the hatchback segment with a more competitive model.
According to a report from Automotive News, the Chevrolet Cruze hatchbach, which is now existing in other markets, including Australia and China, will be coming to America.
It won’t be the one seen above, as the hatchback variant will join the Cruze’s lineup for its next-generation model, which is expected to debut this week. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has been spotted in spy photos and according to attendees at a national meeting in Las Vegas last week, Chevrolet execs showed off a redesigned Chevrolet Cruze hatchback and confirmed it’ll be a 2016 model and available in the U.S.
The sedan is expected to roll out in the first quarter of 2016 with the five-door hatchback following sometime after. In the past, GM product chief Mark Reuss said that not offering the Cruze hatchback in the U.S. was, “a pre-bankruptcy plotting mix.” It appears that the American automaker wants to fix that mix next year with the Cruze hatchback taking on models like the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra GT and Volkswagen Golf.
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Top Five Highest Driver-Estimated-MPG Cars

Top Five Highest Driver-Estimated-MPG Cars They say they don’t make them like they used to, and maybe that is right, as drivers have voted up older vehicles as the most fuel efficient.
The the EPA’s “My MPG” program is open to current models, one car is a present-generation model, but these scores based on this week’s tally (updated weekly) are mainly older models. Nor is this a fluke, as these cars have tended to reside high up even if they do budge places from time to time.
The federal agency’s scoring is on a bit of an honor system, but these are averaged numbers by drivers registered with the EPA who say they’ve calculated their mpg. The EPA provides guidance on the procedure.
Perhaps it’s not a surprise these cars are ranked as they are. There are fan clubs for some of them, so it very well could be public are hanging onto them, carefully keeping them going, and reporting efficiency as a point of pride.
Not included in this tally are plug-in hybrids and electric cars as those score even higher by EPA reckoning. The list is open to regular hybrids and internal combustion models, with fuel sipper varieties scoring highest.
Also not included is even one car newer than a 2014 model year, so go figure. Or rather, maybe the public who care have gone and figured for you.
Following are the cars, their reported mpg, and combined official EPA mpg, as well as number of drivers for each car which tallied these averaged mpg scores.
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What Are Samsung’s Automotive Plans?

What Are Samsung’s Automotive Plans? Samsung has accumulated an immense collection of automotive patents over the past 25 years, leading some to wonder what the company’s plans are for the automotive diligence.
To assess where the diligence may be heading, a Forbes research team searched automotive-related patents filed by Samsung, Google, Apple, Tesla and Uber between 1990 and 2014. Their analysis revealed that of the 4,761 total patents filed, Samsung’s named appeared on more than 60 percent.
“While we’ve yet to hear any rumors in this area a Samsung Galaxy car, the company has far and away the leading and broadest collection of patents in the automotive field, including a very generous interest in batteries and fuel cells for next generation vehicles,” said Forbes. “For the total time period studied, we found 3,094 auto-related patents registered to Samsung, 632 of which were issued in 2014 alone.”
When counting only patents from last year, in comparison to Samsung’s 632, Google bought 147, Tesla received 101 and Apple had 78.
Electrified Vehicles
The bulk of the relations linking Samsung to the automotive diligence center on batteries for electrified vehicles. This division of Samsung has continued to expand – February’s buy of Magna Steyr, for example, will increase the company’s battery pack production in North America, Europe and China.
Samsung has also been collaborating with the R&D team at Ford Motor Company. Together, they are developing a lithium-ion battery that connects to a 12-volt lead acid battery, making a hybrid system with regenerative braking that could be added to non-hybrid vehicles.
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But Samsung’s patents extend beyond battery technology.
“In the patent applications published through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office as well as the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service,” reported The Wall Street Journal in 2013, “Samsung submitted applications for new technologies needed in making auto parts that can be used in electric vehicles. These cover technology patents for tires, motors, as well as on-board electronics for information sharing between the car and driver.”
There is no buzz signifying that Samsung may be building its own EV (disparate the rumors surrounding Apple), but there are an rising amount of opportunities for a tech company within the automotive diligence.
“Should the world enter an era of electric vehicles, the borderlines between auto makers and electronics companies will be blurred,” said Jae H. Lee, an analyst for Japanese investment firm Daiwa Securities.
Fuel Cell Tech
As part of its technology roadmap, Samsung said it is plotting to release a lithium-air fuel cell battery around 2020. But modest else has been heard of the company’s fuel cell project, which reportedly stalled last year.
“Samsung SDI’s next-generation ‘fuel cell project’ business is facing a shutdown,” wrote Business Korea in June 2014. “Some even speculate that Samsung SDI will permanently relinquish the project altogether.”
When questioned in this area why the company hasn’t released any fuel cell products, Samsung representative Seo Hae-Su said, “We are focusing more on R&D for fuel cell projects,” and “The major businesses of Samsung SDI are secondary cell batteries for cars, energy storage systems, and compact-sized batteries.”
Autonomous Pouring
It doesn’t grow, for now, that Samsung is developing any systems related to self-pouring vehicles.
“While Samsung appears to be focused most intently on battery and fuel cell technology, Google, by contrast, has been focused most recently on autonomous pouring technology, driver help and entertainment,” said Forbes.

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