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    By Yilei Sun and Helena Soderpalm BEIJING / STOCKHOLM, Feb 24 (.) – Chinese company Geely Automobile and Sweden’s Volvo Cars have announced that they will abandon their merger plans but create a new entity to combine their powertrain operations and expand cooperation in electric vehicles. A year ago, both companies unveiled their plans to merge, at a time when the world’s automakers were seeking alliances to better respond to the cost of the transition to electric cars, stricter emissions rules and autonomous driving. Geely and Volvo said Wednesday they will keep their corporate structures separate after “a detailed review of merger options.” However, they added that they will launch a new company to combine their existing powertrain operations. The new entity, which is expected to come online this year, will provide gasoline-electric engines, transmission systems and hybrid systems for use by both companies and other automakers. “I firmly believe...
    Source: United States Postal Service The U.S. Postal Service announced yesterday it awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh, WI, based Oshkosh Defense, to manufacture a new generation of U.S.-built postal delivery vehicles that will drive the most dramatic modernization of the USPS fleet in three decades. The historic investment is part of a soon-to-be-released plan the Postal Service has developed to transform its financial performance and customer service over the next 10 years through significant investments in people, technology and infrastructure as it seeks to become the preferred delivery service provider for the American public. Under the contract’s initial $482 million investment, Oshkosh Defense will finalize the production design of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) — a purpose-built, right-hand-drive vehicle for mail and package delivery — and will assemble 50,000 to 165,000 of them over 10 years. The vehicles...
    General Motors will partner with Microsoft to accelerate the launch of its autonomous electric vehicles, the companies said Tuesday in a joint statement. Microsoft’s Azure platform will serve to “commercialize unique autonomous vehicle solutions at scale,” they said. Microsoft joins General Motors, Honda and other institutional investors in investing $ 2 billion in the Cruise company, bringing the initiative’s value to about $ 30 billion. Cruise, acquired by GM in 2016, has pioneered autonomous vehicle technology and last year received authorization from the state of California to test the vehicles in San Francisco, even without the presence of a support driver. “Microsoft is a great addition to the team as we move toward an accident-free, gas-free, and congestion-free future,” stated GM CEO Mary Barra. “Microsoft will help us accelerate the commercialization of fully electric and autonomous Cruise vehicles and give GM more benefits in cloud computing to globally launch 30...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The next step in home delivery will roll out early next year, using fully autonomous vehicles. Silicon Valley based Nuro is the first to get state approval to launch commercial service. It's sure to change the workplace and the economy, both pillars of Building A Better Bay Area.It's a potential game-changer as demand grows for home delivery during and after the pandemic. The green light from the DMV gives Mountain View's Nuro the ability to launch a fleet of autonomous vehicles to make commercial deliveries using public streets. It has developed a Prius along with a custom-built vehicle, called the R2.RELATED: Coronavirus: South Bay company uses delivery robots to help health care workers battle COVID-19 EMBED More News Videos Mountain View based robotics company Nuro is using their self-driving vehicles called "R2" to provide logistical support for the health care workers battling COVID-19. "It is a...
    Toyota Where Toyota once said that it didn’t think it would sell many pure electric cars, the company is now saying that it plans to produce 5.5 million EVs every year by 2025. During that time, Toyota will launch 60 new electrified vehicles, including hybrids and PHEVs, EVs and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles like the all-new second-generation Mirai. The e-TNGA platform supports front-, rear- or all-wheel drive and uses modular battery modules to support different vehicle designs and requirements. To that end, we’re likely to see all-electric cars similar to the Corolla, Camry and Highlander. Toyota deputy chief officer Koji Toyoshima added that Toyota plans to mass-produce EVs with solid-state battery packs in the first half of the 2020s. That lines up with what the company has promised previously, though it’s not clear how it plans to achieve that goal given that other companies like BMW and Fisker have...
    These EVs should be more capable, too. GM now expects cars based on its Ultium batteries to get up to 450 miles of range on a charge versus the previously claimed 400. It’s also prototyping second-generation Ultium packs that could offer twice the energy density at “less than half” the existing cost. It won’t be ready until the middle of the decade, so you may have to wait a while to see what the new cells can do. These are good moves for proponents of electrification, although GM might not have much choice. States like California are banning sales of new gas-based cars by 2035, while the UK confirmed plans to ban new combustion-powered car sales by 2030. If GM didn’t have a flurry of EVs in development, it could have a rough transition. There’s also the not so small matter of competition — Tesla alone is boasting of battery...
    To start, ZETA is recommending five policies aimed at incentivizing the sale of EVs over the coming decade. The group will push for consumer incentives when purchasing an EV, robust emissions standards, infrastructure improvements to support the installation of charging stations and other EV necessities, a focus on domestic production, and federal support for industry research and development. In terms of consumer incentives, ZETA will likely lobby for the continuation or expansion of an existing $7,500 tax credit for anyone who buys an EV. This program began in 2009 under President Barack Obama. Current President Donald Trump has made moves to eliminate the tax credit over the past four years, and companies including Tesla and GM have fought to keep it. Now, Tesla and others — but notably not GM, Ford, or any other American auto classics — will be able to continue the battle with the backing of ZETA....
    Ford Motor plans to launch its self-driving vehicle businesses in 2022 with vehicles based on its Escape Hybrid crossover.Ford Ford Motor plans to launch its self-driving commercial business in 2022 with vehicles based on the Ford Escape Hybrid crossover, the company said Tuesday. The vehicles are the automaker's fourth-generation self-driving test vehicles in partnership with Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle start-up. Ford and German automaker Volkswagen AG split an 80% majority stake in the company earlier this year. Ford said the vehicles will begin testing this month alongside its current fleet of roughly 100 autonomous test vehicles that are based off the Fusion Hybrid sedan, which the company is no longer producing. The next-generation vehicles include "launch-intent" technologies that are needed to support commercialization, according to John Davis, chief engineer of Ford's autonomous vehicle subsidiary.VIDEO4:0604:06Volkswagen CEO: The car will have a new role in the internet ecosystemStreet Signs Europe"With...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- General Motors announced on Thursday its autonomous vehicles will be rolling down San Francisco streets as soon as the end of 2020.The company's self-driving vehicle division, Cruise, received a permit from the DMV allowing it to test five driverless vehicles,The vehicles will be limited to specified streets with speed limits not exceeding 30 miles an hour. Before the end of the year, we’ll send cars out onto the streets of SF — without gasoline & without anyone at the wheel. Because safely removing the driver is the true benchmark of a self-driving car & because burning fossil fuels is no way to build the future of transportation.— cruise (@Cruise) October 15, 2020They can be tested anytime of day, but not during heavy fog or heavy rain.Cruise is the fifth company to receive a driverless testing permit from the DMV.RELATED: Self-driving cars are 1,400 left turns closer...
    Julian Blissett, GM executive vice president and president of GM China, speaks during the automaker's "Tech Day" for China on Aug. 19, 2020.GM General Motors plans to launch vehicles capable of 5G connectivity for Chinese consumers beginning in 2022, providing the groundwork to expand the company's in-vehicle and connected technologies. The upgrade from its current new vehicles with 4G LTE in North America and China will provide faster connectivity for remote, or over-the-air, updates as well as communications with other connected vehicles and infrastructure. It will also better enable technologies such as autonomous vehicles and advanced driver-assist systems, which depend on connectivity and advanced mapping in addition to sensors and radars on the vehicles. Julian Blissett, president of GM China, said Wednesday all new Cadillac models and most new Buick and Chevrolet vehicles will be equipped with 5G connectivity starting two years from now in China. He announced the plan...
    General Motors revealed through a report which will be the 12 electric cars that it will launch and that will be led by the new full-size truck Chevrolet General Motors continues its electrification strategy for futures cars of its different brands, and now, the company revealed in the latest sustainability report, that it will debut 20 electrically powered vehicles by 2023. These models will be of almost all their brands, including Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick, and most of these vehicles will use GM’s new modular EV architecture, called Ultium. In accordance with General MotorsWith this platform, the vehicles will have a range of 400 miles (643.7 kilometers) and an acceleration from 0 to 60 m / h (96.5 km / h) in three seconds. In addition to having configurations such as front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. According to information from the Digital Trends portal, General Motors...
    12 electric cars to be launched in the United States, including a large electric unit. “data-reactid =” 12 “> General Motors has released details of 12 electric cars it will launch in the United States, including a large electric unit. sustainability report, where it announced that it will debut 20 electrically powered vehicles by 2023. “data-reactid =” 13 “> This was announced by the company in its latest sustainability report, where it announced that it will debut 20 electrically powered vehicles by 2023. These are models from almost all its brands, including Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick. Ultium. “data-reactid =” 15 “> Most of these vehicles will use GM’s new modular EV architecture, called Ultium. According to the American, with this platform the vehicles will have a range of 400 miles (643.7 kilometers) and an acceleration from 0 to 60 m / h (96.5 km / h) in three seconds....
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