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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Lexus Could have Fuel Cell LS by 2020

Lexus Could have Fuel Cell LS by 2020 Toyota and Lexus are looking to take advantage of their 2020 Tokyo Olympics sponsorship by introducing numerous new models including a Lexus LS fuel-cell variant.
Japan-based publication Best Car is reporting that Toyota will launch a product blitz of at least eight vehicles tied to the games, including a taxi and a hydrogen fuel-cell Toyota Crown as well.
Expect the hydrogen fuel-cell variants to feature the same powertrain found in the new Toyota Mirai, though the Japanese automaker also plans to install fuel-cell drivetrains beyond the Mirai. Zero-emission vehicles are favored by The Olympic Games as the ultimate vehicles for accompanying events such as the marathon, helping reduce concerns over the quality of the air that athletes are breathing.
It is said the Lexus LS fuel-cell variant will debut by 2018 and the Crown will arrive the following year. Expect both vehicles to get different styling to differentiate themselves from their standard gasoline or even hybrid counterparts. Another fuel-cell powertrain may arrive in the next-generation Estima minivan.
As a main sponsor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, expect to see Toyota vehicles adjoin and center at the event, ferrying athletes, VIPS, officials and spectators to and from events. The deal also means national and global Olympic activities will use Toyota’s vehicles exclusively.
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Automakers: Increase CARB Credit For Plug-Ins

Automakers: Increase CARB Credit For Plug-Ins Four of the top carmakers are asking the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to give more credits to plug-in vehicles under the state’s emission regulations.
It’s a plea heard from automakers before: the government can mandate emission supplies, but let us dictate the technology used to reach those regulations. Now, as California’s guidelines undergo an official review, American Honda Motor Co., Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. are asking for an increase in credits for the sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs.)
CARB’s current regulation requires in this area 15-percent of new vehicles sold to be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025, with insignificant recognition for PHEVs. Both all-electric and fuel cell vehicles are listed as ZEVs.
CARB rules also recognize two low-emission categories. While carmakers can fulfill a part of their emission supplies with the sales of these vehicles, the credit is significantly lower than for full-electric models: Read more

Gov. Chris Christie Says Yes To Tesla Sales In New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie Says Yes To Tesla Sales In New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill earlier today that will once again allow Tesla to sell directly to customers in New Jersey.
Earlier this week, the state Senate approved of the pro-Tesla bill in a 29-2 vote. It then went to Governor Christie, who had previously said that he had “no problem” with this sales method … as long as it was allowed by law.
Shortly after signing the bill, Governor Christie posted two tweets: Read more

CEO Ghosn: Nissan Has Affordable 250-Mile Range EV Battery

CEO Ghosn: Nissan Has Affordable 250-Mile Range EV Battery Following an unintentional disclosure by CEO Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has confirmed it will “very soon take the issue of range off of the table.”
The company is otherwise still being vague, not ready to show what it has, but Ghosn suggested a near-ready battery to enable affordable electric cars excellent for 250 miles (400 km).
And, the implication is the new chemistry has more power per volume so rising range to beyond Tesla proportions would just be a function of making a battery pack a bit larger in volume, but it would presumably still be less vital than a Model S pack.
Whether the Nissan Leaf will get the battery, as is said, or it and other Renault and Nissan vehicles will get it, as would be likely, is not being told.
According to Bertel Schmitt of the Daily Kanban, who spoke with contacts at the company, Nissan appears slightly worried it could place a chill in present EV sales.
But, they won’t deny the tale now that the boss let the cat out of the bag.
An online transcript of the interview is not available, reports the Daily Kanban.
The revelation came on a late-night airing of Tokyo Business News Channel where Ghosn was pressed by the host on what Nissan is going to do.
Host: Is Nissan working on new batteries?
Ghosn: “Yes.”
Host: Can you tell us more? Ghosn: “No.”
Host: Will the range double?
Ghosn: “Yes.” That means more than 400 kilometers?
Ghosn: “Yes.”
Given that “400 km” is considered “double” range indicates the Japanese interview is contemplating cars as tested under Japanese government rules which tend to be optimistic next to U.S. EPA numbers.
But Ghosn’s answers also dovetail with a report in May which said Nissan’s Andy Palmer has high energy density “game changing technology” to push Leaf range to at least 186 miles to combat fuel cell vehicles selling on just this issue – small range for the buck with present EVs.
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Ghosn’s one-word oblique answers could be interpreted a few different ways, but the implication and perspective suggest Nissan is putting the finishing touches on a commercially ready battery that could make the huge-heavy, expensive pack in a Model S look ancient-tech.
Schmitt followed up with Jeff Kuhlman, Nissan’s head spokesman, who added to the notion that this new battery chemistry is not some far-off knowledge project.
“[w]e continue our R&D efforts because we believe that we can do more with battery electric, and very soon take the issue of range off of the table. In other words, cars with a comparable range to today’s petrol vehicles.”
Today’s “petrol vehicles” really have more than 200-250 miles range but Kuhlman did not elaborate.
As it is, for those who say range is too small – such as Toyota and car shoppers sitting on the sidelines – that may be solved not so long from now.
Even Toyota has quietly suggested EV range may soon be solved, and an unidentified Toyota engineer told the Daily Kanban “Commercial applications could be no more than one model cycle away,” as Toyota – despite all the talk over fuel cells – is really working on EV batteries, as we also have reported.
Really many automakers are working on the next best thing – though most say a breakthrough is not on the near horizon – and in addition to the objection of sub-100 mile range for average priced EVs today, is also recharge times.
Tesla and others have been working on recharging quicker than today’s Supercharger and DC quick chargers which replenish 80- percent charge in under 20-30 minutes. Different chemistries which can recharge quicker have also shown promise.
So where does that leave Nissan? While Ghosn is not known to exaggerate in the farthest, and two officials suggest it’s just a matter of time, Nissan has yet to truly and unequivocally reveal its hand.
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Pennsylvania’s Governor Signs Bill To Permit Tesla 5 Stores

Pennsylvania’s Governor Signs Bill To Permit Tesla 5 Stores Tesla has one store in Pennsylvania, another one being built a hop, skip and a jump away in the state, and it’s now been OK’d to place three more.
This became law in the Keystone state when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill Wednesday that had been overwhelmingly approved by legislators in compromise with Tesla, automakers, and dealers.
Earlier this month, the legislation passed the House with a 197-2 vote.
The deal was seen as acceptable by car dealers and automakers as it removed allowance of an unlimited number of stores in a previosus legislation draft, and capped it at five.
“We believe the process in Pennsylvania is an example of how productive cooperation can lead to a win for all parties involved, dealer and elected officials included,” said Tesla.

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