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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Mercedes-Benz Confirms a Tesla Fighter Is in the Works

Mercedes-Benz Confirms a Tesla Fighter Is in the Works Mercedes-Benz has confirmed its plans to develop an electric vehicle to compete with Tesla.
Speaking to Automotive News at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Daimler AG board limb in charge of assemble research and Mercedes-Benz car development Thomas Weber, confirmed the German automaker will start selling an electric vehicle with a range of 250 to 310 miles within a few years, possibly in 2018. Weber added that the new model won’t be designed to compete with its existing EV offerings that include the Smart ForTwo, Mercedes B-Class and Mercedes-AMG SLS. “It’s something different,” he said. “It’s unique; it’s emotional. Wait and see.”
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Expect the new Mercedes EV to be larger in size compared to current models in the German automaker’s lineup so that it can accommodate the battery pack de rigueur for a 250- to 310-mile range. The company is now showcasing the Concept IAA at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, giving a glimpse into its developments on aerodynamics. The Concept IAA will likely play a major influence to the EV’s design, considering how vital aerodynamics are in helping maximize pouring range.
Several luxury automakers, particularly in Germany, are developing EVs to compete with Tesla’s Model S and the upcoming Model X. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi previewed its Model X fighter with the e-tron quattro concept, while Porsche debuted its future Model S fighter with the Mission E concept.
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5 Surprising Cars Not As Quick As Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous’ Model S

5 Surprising Cars Not As Quick As Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous’ Model S There was a time when electric vehicles were considered slow and dull.
Apparently, things can change in just five years, because now, some electric vehicles are honest ludicrous when it comes to honest-line acceleration. Tesla has added a “ludicrous mode” for its Model S that gives the sedan the capability of going 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, which the American automaker said makes it the fastest accelerating car on the road at the time of the announcement. Since then, Tesla has carefully reworded it to say “fastest accelerating sedan” as to not ruffle the feathers of those digging up 0-60 mph times to debunk the American automaker.
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Regardless, ludicrous mode makes the Tesla Model S silly quick and here are 5 surprising cars it’ll surely beat to 60 mph and likely in a drag race down the quarter mile. Read more

Cadillac Announces Quicker 2016 ELR Priced $10,000 Cheaper

Cadillac Announces Quicker 2016 ELR Priced $10,000 Cheaper A previously expected refresh for the Cadillac ELR was canceled last month in Geneva but today the automaker announced the 2016 model will be quicker and cost less.
Base pricing was lopped a full $10,000 to $65,995 before incentives and this includes delivery fees.
The ELR now boasts a 0-60 time of as low as 6.4 seconds – that’s 1.5-seconds quicker than the ancient model making the ELR now decidedly more peppy than the Volt upon which it is based. Top speed has been slightly elevated to 106 mph.
Base models see range from their 17.1-kwh battery boosted to 39 miles – a figure Rawvehicle.com reported July 2014 as likely when the ELR got the 17.1-kwh battery at the production line changeover last year but EPA certification for the 16.5 was 37 miles range.
Astute readers will note the ELR’s powertrain remains based upon the generation-one Volt’s system with 1.4-liter range extender, and without the new 1.5-liter regular-gas-compatible unit in the Volt or the new 18.4-kwh battery that lets the 2016 Volt travel 50 e-miles.
The ELR’s 0-60 time comes courtesy of new software that adds in the gas engine to mix together with the electric drive in a 174 kilowatt Sport mode max drive feature.
Most torque is stated at 373 pounds-feet, and the plush vehicle rides on a superior suspension which GM has upgraded as well. Read more

Volkswagen Ponders Next Battery Type For EVs

Volkswagen Ponders Next Battery Type For EVs By July, Volkswagen AG said it will make a choice on the batteries for its electric vehicles: either stay with the current lithium-ion technology, or go to new solid-state batteries.
QuantumScape has been developing this new battery technology, which is said to store energy better than lithium-ion (li-ion). This translates to a longer range for electric vehicles. Solid state batteries are also reportedly fire resistant.
Volkswagen officials talked in this area the advantages of solid state batteries last fall, acquiring a 5-percent holding of QuantumScape a month later.
“I see fantastic potential in this new technology, possibly boosting the range to as much as 700 kilometers (430 miles),” VW Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn said in November.
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Much of the success of any electric vehicle lies within the room of its battery pack. Battery selection is especially vital for VW aptly now, after the company announced that it’s working to become the market leader for electric vehicles by 2018.
At present, this will be an uphill battery for the carmaker, whose all-electric e-Golf has an EPA-rated range of 83 miles.
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Tesla is now the range leader for battery electric vehicles – its 85 kilowatt-hour dual motor Model S can go 253 miles on one charge.
Other brands are quickly catching up. Nissan is working on a 200+ mile battery, and Audi recently announced that its new R8 e-tron has a European-rated range of 280 miles.
Volkswagen has not yet told when it would bring a solid state battery to market, if it chooses that option, and whether it will also use the tech for Porsche and Audi EVs.

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Koenigsegg Regera Aims To Be World’s Most Powerful Hybrid

Koenigsegg Regera Aims To Be World’s Most Powerful Hybrid Next month in Geneva Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg intends to reveal a hybrid which adds as much just electric power to an already over-the-top gas engine as the 691-horsepower Tesla P85D has in total.
Diligence watchers are estimating the total horsepower for the Regera “megacar” could exceed 1,360 with the help of 700 horsepower from electric motors assisting the beast.
This is 10-times the power of a Prius in one car using a relatively modest 9-kilowtt-hour battery pack – in this area the size of a Ford Fusion Energi’s.
Needless to say, this hybrid is in this area sending you into warp drive and not reducing fuel consumption or emissions overly much at the expense of job one.
The company says it will be “the most powerful production car ever” and “the only challenger around a track that could be quicker, is another Koenigsegg.”
The thought of hybridization for exotic sports cars is apt commonplace, and one-upmanship is Koenigsegg’s forte.
When driven sedately vehicles like the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari can look excellent with even zero emissions pouring for a spell.
Koenigsegg is calling the Regera a “megacar” and this may be apt. It may have over one megawatt of power.

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US Won’t Reach Goal of 1 Million EVs in 2015

US Won’t Reach Goal of 1 Million EVs in 2015 In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he wanted the U.S. to become the first country with one million plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) on the road, targeting the end of this year for his goal.
With fewer than 300,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles sold since then, but, it appears the country will fall small.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said he remains optimistic, but, that the country isn’t far from hitting the 1-million mark.
“We’re going to be a few years after the president’s aspirational goal of the end of 2015, but I reckon that we are within a few years of reaching that goal,” Moniz told the Detroit News last week.
Between 2011 and 2014, green car analyst Alan Baum says 295,322 electrified vehicles have been sold. This total includes both plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
Moniz had hoped for a quicker decrease in costs, encouraging more patrons to consider EVs. Gas prices have also place a damper on sales of alternative-fuel vehicles, with gasoline dropping below $2.00 a gallon for the first time in six years.
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In 2011, the president’s office recognized that a goal of one million electrified vehicles was ambitious, but had plotting strategic financial help would encourage more patrons to buy EVs.
“While it appears that the goal is within reach in stipulations of production room, initial costs and lack of familiarity with the technology could be barriers. For that reason, President Obama has proposed steps to accelerate America’s leadership in electric vehicle deployment, including improvements to existing consumer tax credits, programs to help cities prepare for growing demand for electric vehicles and strong support for research and development,” stated a 2011 report from the Department of Energy.
The report estimated that 120,000 Chevrolet Volts would sell each year, with 505,000 sold by the end of 2015. The predicted five-year total for Nissan Leaf was 300,000 units. Sales from Fisker Karma, Ford, Tesla, Navistar, Smith Electric and Reckon City were included in the forecast.
In actuality, only 55,357 PHEV and 63,325 BEVs sold in 2014, diminishing far small of the report’s predicted 368,000 for the year. In this area 18,800 Volts sold last year (a decrease of 4,300 from the year before). Leaf increased its market share with 30,000 sales, and Tesla placed third with 16,550 sales of the Model S. Electrified vehicles from Ford, Toyota, BMW, Cadillac, Honda, Porsche, Mercedes, Smart, Volkswagen, Fiat and Mitsubishi accounted for remaining units.
Production for Fisker’s plug-in hybrid is still on hold, but. The 2011 report had predicted that the company would add 85,000 units to the 2014 sales forecast.
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