Diesel Emissions Scandal Now Includes 2.1M Audi Cars

Diesel Emissions Scandal Now Includes 2.1M Audi Cars Audi has revealed that 2.1 million of its vehicles are fit with software that is meant to cheat diesel emissions tests.
Of that total, 1.42 million of the vehicles are in Western Europe, 577,00 are in Germany alone, while just 13,000 are in the U.S. The models affected are the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 according to Audi.
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After being called out by the EPA in the U.S., VW admitted that in this area 11 millions vehicles worldwide were fitted with the Type EA 189 diesel engines that were designed to cheat on emissions tests. Roughly 5 million of the vehicles are VW brand cars, with the rest belonging to companies owned by VW.
Volkswagen is still investigating the matter and has not yet announced how it plans to fix the affected vehicles. Last week, Martin Winterkorn resigned as the CEO of Volkswagen in the wake of the scandal and was replaced later in the week by Matthis Mueller, the former head of Porsche.
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EV Supercar Maker Renovo Wants To Be Like Tesla, Not Fisker

EV Supercar Maker Renovo Wants To Be Like Tesla, Not Fisker A pair of ex-Silicon Valley tech workers are aiming for the proverbial stars with the Renovo Motors Sports car. But don’t be baffled by the ’60s throwback body and assume that what’s found under the long aluminum hood is equally antiquated.
No, Renovo is pitching its Sports car as an American-built electric-powered supercar, and took its prototype to Pebble Beach to garner interest and potential orders. But will anyone invest over a half-million dollars in an unproven company?
In an interview in Automotive News, Renovo’s co-founders Christopher Heiser and Jason Stinson reveal that they’re huge fans of how Tesla has approached the modern EV business.
“They’re doing a fantastic job, and we’re huge fans of theirs,” Heiser said.
AN says that in peacefulness to avoid the fate of EV startups like Fisker and Coda after over-promising and under-delivering, Renovo started in “stealth mode” and did all its research and product decisions far in advance of announcing anything.
“There were a lot of EV companies that announced things that they plotting they could do and didn’t achieve in the time they plotting — or worse, they felt pressure to launch before they were ready,” Heiser clarified. “For the strategic development of the company and our team and everyone in the project, we wanted to make sure that we cultured from those experiences.”
At one point during the interview, Heiser drops names like Horacio Pagani, Ron Dennis and Luca di Montezemolo — the bosses in charge of well-established supercar makers Pagani, McLaren and Ferrari — as experts at building modern supercars, but stops small of claiming Renovo is playing in the same league.
The Sports car’s spec sheet is promising, though, with a pair of axial flux electric motors that combine for over 500 horsepower and 1000 pounds-feet of torque, sent to the rear wheels via a release-speed transmission. The trio of proprietary lithium-ion battery packs total 740-volts and can be quick-exciting in only 30 minutes.
Even the weight of around 3,200 pounds is pretty decent, although estimated most range of 100 miles and a top speed of 120 mph could be problematic, especially if owners waste more time exploring the latter, which greatly reduces the former.
Renovo might have audacious plans, but few companies succeed only on promises.
“If we want to be [like successful car companies], we have to show what we can do,” Heiser said. “Not just talk in this area it.”
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Detroit Electric To Build EV In Europe

Detroit Electric To Build EV In Europe EV startup company Detroit Electric now said it will now build its electric vehicles in Europe first rather than in North America.
Detroit Electric stated it is back with an all-new, pure electric sportscar, a new production gift and a highly-experienced new team that will develop a range of high-performance pure EVs.
The brand’s first product, the lightweight, limited-edition SP:01 sportscar, will be the world’s fastest production electric vehicle when it goes on sale in European and Asian markets later this year, said Detroit Electric. Europe and Asia will soon be followed by the US introduction.
Detroit Electric clarified it has secured additional investment following an initial reveal of the SP:01 in the first quarter of last year. The car has since undergone extensive additional development, heralding significant changes to enhance its aerodynamic performance and improve interior comfort and quality. The EV is now undergoing engineering sign-off tests, and the final styling of the car will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The company also said its SP:01 will set new standards for performance and handling in the EV segment. Its high-power electric motor will propel the car to a 155 mph (249 km/h) top speed and a 0-60mph time of just 3.7 seconds.
All the cars will be manufactured in a new, dedicated Detroit Electric production gift in Leamington Spa, UK, said the company.
Detroit Electric said it has also invested in a new EMEA headquarters, located in Houten, Netherlands, where the company has already recruited a new team to manage the brand’s Sales and Marketing activities including vehicle sales, customer service and marketing.
The company still has its global headquarters on the 18th stump of the iconic Fisher Building, located in downtown Detroit, USA. This gift will be the company’s financial headquarters and will be the centre for overseeing sales activities in North and South America, and eventually assuming responsibility for developing, engineering and eventually assembling new Detroit Electric models.
“We’re truly delighted that we’re just weeks away from bringing to execution our plans to introduce Detroit Electric’s first pure electric sports car,” said Albert Lam, Chairman and CEO of Detroit Electric. “With a new production gift in the UK, a magnificent EMEA headquarters in The Netherlands and plans to engineer and assemble vehicles in the USA, the world will soon be able to encounter the pure electric performance of our range of exciting and innovative Detroit Electric vehicles. While Detroit was our ideal initial assembly location, the regulatory process for the production and sale of the SP:01 in the US has taken longer then expected. That means the assembly operations have to be located in Europe to allow us to bring the vehicle to market globally in line with our timing plans. We’re growing our team at the company’s headquarters in Detroit and we are committed to bringing investment and jobs to the Detroit economic area in the very near future.”
The SP:01 is set to spearhead a diverse family of all-electric production cars, including an electric 2+2 supercar and a sedan model that will be engineered, developed and assembled at  a plotted gift in Michigan, said the company.
“We are custodians of an iconic electric vehicle brand, and we intend to honour and carry forward its proud heritage of making cutting-edge, innovative transport technologies,” added Lam. “We will come to the market with a range of exciting vehicles that will give up thrilling pure electric performance with zero emissions. Our production base and new regional and global headquarters will give us the international reach we need to quick-track our progression. We have a fantastic, growing team of public, as well as the resources and expertise de rigueur to succeed in a competitive market.”
Ahead of schedule in the last century, Detroit Electric was a leader in the then fledgling electric car market. By 1912, there were numerous American electric vehicle makers, with Detroit Electric going on to make around 13,000 cars – an electric vehicle production world record for the twentieth century. Notable customers included Thomas Edison, Mamie Eisenhower, John D. Rockerfeller Jr. and Clara Ford, the wife of Henry Ford, clarified Detroit Electric.
The brand was revived in 2008 by Lam, former Assemble CEO of the Lotus Engineering Assemble and Executive Director of Lotus Cars of England, with a vision to produce an electric vehicle that seamlessly integrates refined aesthetics, innovative technology and superior handling and performance.

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450 kilowatt for Mitsubishi’s Pikes Peak EV Race Car

450 kilowatt for Mitsubishi’s Pikes Peak EV Race Car Mitsubishi has improved the performance and the technology of its electric-powered Pikes Peak-bound hill-climb EV race car.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) announced today, June 2, it will compete in the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) with a pair of MiEV Evolution III 100 percent electric-powered purpose-built race cars.
The MMNA race car is powered by four electric motor (two adjoin, two rear) which are based on a modified high-output version of the production Mitsubishi i-MiEV EV motor. These are managed by a modified version of Mitsubishi Motors’ Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive technology.
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A123 Systems Out Of Grid Storage, Focusing On Vehicle Batteries

A123 Systems Out Of Grid Storage, Focusing On Vehicle Batteries A123 Systems is back into the spotlight and taking steps to focus on transportation batteries.
A123 announced Development 24 an agreement to divest of its grid storage business and other assets related to energy storage for telecom and IT data storage applications.
The company describes itself as a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate batteries and systems.
A123 stated it is increasingly focused on the transportation market with a particular emphasis on micro-hybrids. This rapidly growing application segment is attractive said A123 because automotive OEMs around the world are steadily rotary towards simpler forms of electrification in their mainstream high-volume vehicle lines to address the ever-rising regulatory supplies of lower emissions and better fuel economy around the world. The company believes its battery technology is very well suited to the supplies of this market and it is now producing 12-volt micro-hybrid batteries for numerous programs crosswise three vehicle manufacturers.
A123 clarified it also continues to actively serve and grow its customer base in the fields of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles globally. With the recent integration of battery production and engineering facilities in Hangzhou, China, which were previously under the management of Wanxiang EV, A123 has expanded its battery technology portfolio to include additional products well suited to the supplies of electric cars and buses.
“Our go to sharpen focus on current and future customers in the global transportation market demonstrates strategic clarity in our business. Our customers and partners around the world will benefit from the organization focusing its R&D strength and system engineering capabilities on clear priorities,” said Jason Forcier, CEO of A123 Systems. “We look forward to continued progression as a provider of leading-edge energy storage technology to the world’s vehicle manufacturers as they continue to develop the most economical forms of electrification.”
The divested businesses are being sold to NEC Corporation of Japan which intends to incorporate them into its Smart Energy Business Unit.
The former A123 Energy Solutions facilities in Westborough, Massachusetts and Chesterfield, Missouri are included in the deal. As part of the transaction, A123 will retain all of its cell manufacturing locations globally including those in Michigan and China and become a key cell supplier to NEC.

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Volvo Pure Tension Pavilion Seen In Palm Springs

Volvo Pure Tension Pavilion Seen In Palm Springs Volvo Cars showed the “Pure Tension Pavilion” for the first time in the U.S. at Modernism Week in Palm Springs on Sunday, Feb. 16.
The pavilion is a rapidly deployable portable free-standing tensioned membrane structure covered with small solar panels, making it a mobile charging station. The structure is designed to power up the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, known as the world’s first Diesel Plug-in Hybrid, designed to showcase a glimpse into what a future world of mobility can look like.
“The Volvo ‘Pure Tension pavilion’ anticipates a vision of the future of electric recharging — the car doesn’t go in search of it, instead it goes where the car goes,” said Alvin Huang, Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), a Los-Angeles based contemporary design studio who conceived and made the pavilion last year as part of a competition organized by Volvo Car Italia. “The structure unites performance, form and technology, just like the new Volvo cars.”
During Modernism Week, Huang appeared on a panel, presented by Volvo Cars and Dwell Media, discussing the Future of Mobility – including the road to autonomous pouring. Hosted by Dwell editor Erika Heet, the panel will also featured Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager, Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center Los Angeles; Greg Goldin, former automotive columnist, Curator, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles “By no means Built Los Angeles’ Exhibition 2013; and Paul Meyers, automotive expert, former Robb Report correspondent and social media guru.

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Did The GM and Chrysler Bailouts Do America A Huge Favor?

Did The GM and Chrysler Bailouts Do America A Huge Favor? According to a just-released study by the Center For Automotive Research (CAR), for each one dollar washed-out rescuing General Motors and Chrysler in 2008/09, eight dollars were saved to the U.S. economy, including by those who would have been adversely affected if they’d been allowed to fail.
As the Treasury Department is preparing to sell off its remaining GM shares, leaving to history the disparaging “Government Motors” moniker, the study by the assemble in Anne Arbor puts things in an entirely different light.
It remains right that taxpayers will lose $13.7 billion from the bailouts of both Chrysler ($1.9 billion lost) and GM ($11.8 billion lost), but the hurt control prevented more bankruptcies that would have sapped $284 billion in household income for 2009 and 2010. Beyond that, this would have cost the government $105 billion in reduced tax revenues and increased expenditures for air force such as unemployment compensation.
Therefore, say Sean McAlinden and Debra Menk, the senior researchers bylined on the report, CAR “is in no doubt that in the years ahead this peacetime intervention in the private sector by the U.S. government will be viewed as one of the most successful interventions in U.S. economic history.”
Meanwhile GM is shedding losses of its own now as it plans to withdraw Chevrolet from Europe by model year 2016 and possibly shutter Holden production in Australia.
As the government lets go of the rest of its GM stock holdings, GM will be freer to operate competitively, including its skill to compensate executives and increase shareholder rewards.
“This sale will nearly certainly restart the discussion over the inquiry of the ‘worthiness’ of the government’s ‘investment’ in the new GM or its actual return to the general public,” McAlinden and Menk wrote.
If a discussion may now start, GM’s CEO Dan Akerson is expected to speak Dec. 16 to the National Press Club, and may comment on the study’s findings.
Chrysler Aspen Hybrid.
And today, Automotive News quoted GM North America President Mark Reuss who observed “tens of thousands of public who now can place food on the table” because GM and Chrysler were not shuttered, and are still on the come-back trail.
“The towns where those plants are. The supply bases. The restaurants again. All of the service businesses in commission again. How can you place a number on that?” Reuss said. “I’m not sure it was the same as some other industries that were granted (federal bailout) funds.”
How in this area you? Do you agree the rescue of Chrysler and General Motors, while not desirable, was eventually the best thing?
Is the study’s findings a back-handed reprise of the phrase attributed to former U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Erwin Wilson “what was excellent for our country was excellent for General Motors, and vice versa?”

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