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GM Cranks Up EV Push in China

GM Cranks Up EV Push in China

Electric vehicles are the new “thing” for General Motors in China.

The company says 40% of the new models it introduces there by 2025 will be electrified. All will be locally produced.

Electric Everything

GM also plans to debut larger but greener SUV/crossovers, push its Cadillac brand harder (led by the just-unveiled Lyriq electric crossover) and unveil multiple entry-level EVs. Local partner Wuling will emphasize a new line of tiny electric MPVs.

Julian Blissett, president of GM’s China operations, tells Reuters that the Cadillac and Buick brands are both “on a path to very heavy electrification.” The shift, he says, reflects changing demand, adding that “standing still in China doesn’t work.”

To put it in terms of product ...READ MORE

A Good Use for Autonomous Shuttles: Helping the Elderly

One of the key benefits that autonomous vehicles promise to provide is improved transportation access to underserved and disadvantaged communities. This includes senior citizens and others in need of medical assistance.

France’s Navya Technologies is putting such capabilities to the test… in downtown Detroit.


A new partnership, funded by a mobility grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s PlanetM mobility arm, helps residents of two communities, Brush Park Manor Senior Center and Brewster Homes, get to and from appointments at Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital.

The pilot program, which began this month and will run through mid-October, transports riders along a 1.3-mile route via a Navya self-driving shuttle at speeds up to 15 mph. The ...READ MORE

Nokia Wins Patent Ruling on Connectivity Tech

A German court in Mannheim has sided with Nokia in a messy patent dispute with Daimler about the use of vehicle connectivity technology.

The regional court’s ruling enables a sales ban on Mercedes-Benz cars sold in Germany, but only if Nokia provides $8.3 billion in collateral in case the ruling is later overturned.

Nokia wants to get paid for the use of its patents covering telematics control units that, for example, enable smartphones to pair with a car’s infotainment system. Daimler argues that the Finnish company charges too much and is abusing its market position.

Battle Royale

Nokia expects Daimler to pay a fee per car for using its patents, just as BMW Group and Volkswagen Group do already. Daimler has countered by suggesting that Nokia license suppliers who ...READ MORE

Lucid Charges Ahead with Super-Fast 900-Volt EV System

Last week Lucid Motors boasted that its upcoming Air electric sedan will have an estimated driving range of 417 miles.

This week the Newark, Calif.-based startup says owners will be able to charge the car’s battery at rates as great as 20 miles per minute, adding as much as 300 miles of driving range in 20 minutes of charging time.

Both would be world bests—by far—for a production EV.

These announcements, along with several others in recent months, are part of a well-coordinated teaser campaign in the run-up to the formal unveiling of the Air scheduled for Sept. 9.

(Beyond) Ultra-fast Charging

The fast-charging capability is made possible in large part to the Air’s 900-volt electrical architecture (another industry first). This would outgun the Porsche ...READ MORE

Porsche Taycan EV Gets Quick Tech Upgrades

It’s been less than a year since Porsche introduced the Taycan sport sedan, which is the brand’s first all-electric car.

But that isn’t stopping the carmaker from adding several new features to keep things fresh.

The 2021 model will be available to order in the fourth quarter. U.S. deliveries will start early next year.

Here’s a look at what’s new:


Included in Taycan’s equipped with Porsche’s adaptive air suspension, a new “Smartlift” function allows users to program the vehicle to automatically increase ride height at pre-set locations. This includes steep driveways and speed bumps.

Color HUD

An optional head-up display, with full color graphics, can be divided into three sections to allow drivers to simultaneously ...READ MORE

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