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U.S. vehicle safety agency asks Tesla to recall 158,716 older vehicles over touchscreen glitches

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked Tesla in a letter on Wednesday to recall 158,716 of its Model S and Model X vehicles manufactured before 2019, after owners complained of touchscreen glitches that led to the loss of several safety-related features. The affected cars, made at Tesla’s Fremont, California, auto plant, include Tesla …

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Watch Sony test drive its Vision-S prototype on public roads

Partway through last year, Sony’s Vision-S electric vehicle went from a mere prototype to something the company said it wanted to bring closer to reality. In July, Sony announced it planned to start testing the vehicle on public roads by the end of 2020. True to its word, it did just that. While it didn’t provide a substantive update …

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Apple allegedly working with Hyundai on electric car for 2027

Apple’s automotive plan includes a collaboration with Hyundai, according to a report published on Friday by the Korea Economic Daily. It says that Apple and Hyundai are working on battery technology that will differ from the kind used in the automaker’s new battery electric vehicle platform, which goes into production later this year. The report also claims that …

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Toyota’s first EV is a two-seat, 12bhp ‘mobility option’

Welcome, Internet, to Toyota’s first ever fully electric car. Not quite what you expected it to look like, is it? It’s not a crossover for one.  It’s known as the C+ Pod and it’ll first be rolled out to corporate users and local governments in Japan for use as a ‘mobility option’ for short-distance trips. As …

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Peugeot shareholders say yes to merger with Fiat Chrysler

For the past few years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been looking to get married. After its advances were spurned by the likes of General Motors and Volkswagen, a merger with France’s Renault looked possible, until FCA boss Sergio Marchionne died in 2018. Then, in October, news arrived that FCA had found a new French friend—Peugeot SA. On Monday, Peugeot’s shareholders voted …

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Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles in 2020

Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles in 2020, including a record 180,570 in the fourth quarter of the year. That’s an increase of 36% over 2019. Total production was 509,737 vehicles. So, the automaker didn’t quite fulfill its goal of delivering 500,000 vehicles in 2020, but it was extremely close, despite the ongoing headwinds of the global coronavirus …

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Battery prices have fallen 88 percent over the last decade

The average cost of a lithium-ion battery pack fell to $137 per kWh in 2020, according to a new industry survey from BloombergNEF. That’s an inflation-adjusted decline of 13 percent since 2019. The latest figures continue the astonishing progress in battery technology over the last decade, with pack prices declining 88 percent since 2010. Large, affordable batteries …

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LUMMA GIVES A PREVIEW OF ITS REFINEMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE NEW DEFENDER LUMMA Design individualizes the Land Rover Defender Type L663 to become a muscle-bound off-road athlete, once again reaffirming its claim as the top dog in the league of exclusive SUV refiners. Production at the highest technical level, in connection with exceptional workmanship and …

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Amazon’s Zoox unveils self-driving robo-taxi

Amazon’s Zoox subsidiary has pulled the wraps off its first autonomous vehicle. Billed as a car “built for riders, not drivers,” the all-electric box on wheels eschews traditional controls, traditional seating, and even traditional notions of a front and back. The Zoox, not to be confused with Japan’s Kei Car of the Year Nissan Roox, is bi-directional, with each …

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