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PARIS — Renault’s revenue unexpectedly fell in the first quarter as the automaker lagged behind European peers in recovering from the pandemic. Sales fell 1.1 percent to 10 billion euros ($12.05 billion), the company said in a statement on Thursday. BMW and Daimler, by contrast, have reported better-than-expected preliminary results for the quarter. Renault’s reliance
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WASHINGTON — Texas police will serve search warrants on Tesla on Tuesday to secure data from a fatal vehicle crash, a senior officer told Reuters on Monday, after CEO Elon Musk said company checks showed the car’s Autopilot driver assistance system was not engaged. Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4, said evidence including witness
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MUNICH — BMW will build a prototype of a solid-state battery car before 2025, joining an accelerating race for a technology that promises to boost the power and range of electric vehicles. The automaker said its researchers are working “intensively” on solid state batteries, calling cell storage the central plank of its electric vehicle shift.
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Demand for the Porsche Taycan has been so strong that sales of the full-electric sedan have nearly matched those of the iconic 911 sports car. In the first quarter Porsche delivered 9,072 Taycans, leaving it just 61 units behind the 911, the Volkswagen Group subsidiary said in a statement. The Taycan, Porsche’s first first purely
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Mercedes-Benz has applied the boxy look of its rugged G-Class off-roader to its latest battery-powered car, the EQB. The compact SUV will offer seating for up to seven people and is targeted at families who want a greener alternative to the GLB combustion engine model on which it’s based. The EQB’s driving range is 478
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Stellantis will produce nearly all its electrified vehicles for Europe and North America on four “battery-focused” platforms with ranges up to more than 800 km (497 miles) by the middle of this decade. The automaker, which was formed in January by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group, is speeding up its transition
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Volkswagen brand is targeting family buyers in China with the ID6, its biggest battery-powered model to date. The three-row, seven-seat crossover is tailored specifically to the needs and wishes of Chinese customers “in terms of space, functionality, design and, in particular, user experience,” VW said in a statement on Saturday ahead of the model’s public
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Mercedes-Benz has prepared the EQS full-electric sedan for Level 3 automation that will let the driver disengage mentally and physically from the task of driving. “Thanks to its comprehensive sensor technology and intelligence, the EQS sees practically everything around it and becomes a co-pilot,” Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius said in a news release to launch
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The Mercedes-Benz EQS full-electric sedan is so packed with technology that much of the automaker’s 70-page press release on the car is devoted to explaining it. But there is one feature that the EQS surprisingly doesn’t have: A rear-view camera system that replaces traditional mirrors. To solve the problem of blind spots – made worse
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Ford will use Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric-car platform to underpin an SUV, Autocar magazine reported. The model is likely to have a similar wheelbase to the VW ID4 compact crossover at 2765 mm (9 feet), Autocar said. The magazine said the Ford version is likely to introduced with power output of between 146 hp and
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With the Q4 e-tron, Audi is aiming at buyers in the upper end of the compact segment for full-electric cars. The Q4 e-tron, which was unveiled on Wednesday, adds an entry-level EV to the brand’s expanding lineup of battery-powered cars. It’s the first Audi based on parent Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric-only platform that also underpins
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Rimac spent its early years much like other electric-vehicle startups — struggling to survive from one day to the next. That all started to change well before billions of dollars began pouring into the sector. The Croatian maker of 2,000-horsepower hypercars has not needed to ride the blank-check boom thanks to backing from automakers including
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South Korean battery makers LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation said on Sunday they have agreed to settle a trade secrets dispute over electric vehicle battery technologies, avoiding a potential setback for U.S. EV ambitions. The last-minute settlement ends a bitter U.S. trade dispute, sparing President Joe Biden from choosing between undermining intellectual property rights
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Renesas Electronics resumed operations at the clean room that was damaged by fire last month, as the key manufacturer of automotive microchips moves closer to restarting production this month. The clean room of Renesas’s N3 building in Ibaraki prefecture went online around 9 p.m. on Friday, the company said in a statement Saturday. Renesas remains
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Volvo Cars has promoted its head of Europe, Bjorn Annwall, to chief financial officer. Annwall, 45, who joined the automaker’s executive management team in 2015, will succeed Carla De Geyseleer effective April 19. De Geyseleer, who has served as CFO since 2019, will step down for personal reasons, the automaker said. Annwall has been Volvo’s
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TOKYO — Nidec will spend 200 billion yen ($1.83 billion) over a decade to establish a European production hub in Serbia to manufacture motors for electric vehicles and household appliances. Nidec, which is known for making precision motors used in computer hard drives and smartphones, will build the manufacturing center in Novi Sad, northern Serbia.
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Panasonic is betting that close to a century of experience making car batteries has prepared it to manufacture a difficult-to-produce next-generation battery championed by Tesla as the key to unlocking cheaper and more ubiquitous electric vehicles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk first unveiled the 4680 battery at Tesla’s Battery Day in September as a “massive breakthrough”
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