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Lucid’s Dream EV: To Air is Electrifying

Lucid’s Dream EV: To Air is Electrifying

After several months of teasing out information, Lucid Motors unveiled the production version of its Air luxury sedan on Wednesday.

The all-new electric vehicle, which is squarely aimed at the Tesla Model S, boasts several industry firsts and/or best-in-class features. This includes previously announced benchmarks for driving range (517 miles), battery charging times (20 miles per minute) and aerodynamics (0.21 Cd).

“We have created a halo car for the entire industry, one which shows the advancements that are possible by pushing the boundaries of EV technology and performance to new levels,” boasts CEO Peter Rawlinson.

He should know. Before joining Lucid in 2013 as the company’s chief technology officer (a title he still retains), Rawlinson was the chief ...READ MORE

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Ex-VW Chief Winterkorn Faces Trial in Diesel Scandal

Former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn will face trial for cheating customers who bought diesel cars the company had rigged to evade emission limits.

Multi-National Indictment

Winterkorn was forced out by the scandal shortly after it became public five years ago. VW admitted it used illegal software to enable 11 million diesels to grossly exceed pollution limits except when they were being tested for tailpipe emissions.

A U.S. grand jury indicted Winterkorn and five other executives two years ago for conspiracy, wire fraud and covering up the cheating concerning VW diesels sold in the U.S., although he cannot be extradited to face the charges.

Prosecutors in Germany charged him and four others—all unidentified ex-VW executives—with fraud in April 2019. The four ...READ MORE

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Next-Gen GM EVs to Get Wireless Battery Management Tech

All future General Motors electric vehicles will feature a new battery management system that the carmaker describes as “almost completely wireless.”

The reason for the “almost” disclaimer? The new technology, which was developed with Norwood, Mass.-based electronics giant Analog Devices, reduces battery wiring by 90% rather than 100%.

GM claims it will be the first carmaker to use a wireless battery management system (WBMS) in a production EV. The technology will be introduced in conjunction with GM’s new Ultium batteries, starting with the upcoming GMC Hummer pickup and Cadillac Lyriq crossover vehicle.

Wireless Benefits  

The new architecture provides several advantages over current EV batteries, according to the partners. For starters, it’s ...READ MORE

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Car Sales Continue to Rebound in China

Retail demand for new cars in China just chalked up its second consecutive year-on-year gain.

Sales, which grew 8% in July, climbed 9% to 1.73 million passenger vehicles in August, the China Passenger Car Assn. reports. The trade group represents car dealers.

Happy Days Ahead?

Deliveries had plummeted nearly 80% in February as the coronavirus spread in China. But sales rapidly improved, posting a 2% gain in May before dipping in June. Last month’s gain was the market’s strongest in more than two years.

CPCA says the two-month upturn might signal the end of a slump in car sales that began in China two years ago. But it’s too soon to tell for sure.

Analysts caution that China’s car market remains fragile, thanks to escalating trade tensions with the U.S. and ...READ MORE

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Toyota Taps Former CES Official as Tech Lobbyist

Toyota has appointed Jamie Boone as director of technology and innovation policy within its government affairs office in Washington, D.C., effective Sept. 14.

Such positions are becoming increasingly important as carmakers transform into mobility service providers and try to make business cases for emerging technologies. At Toyota, this includes everything from advanced robotics and V2X communications to autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and flying cars.

Experience Required

Boone’s mix of experience jibes well with the Toyota job.

She spent the last six years at the Consumer Technology Assn—the trade group that puts on the influential CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, most recently serving as vice president of government affairs. At CTA, Boone led ...READ MORE

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