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Author Archives: James Ayre

Volkswagen Exec Oliver Schmidt Writes To Judge Due To Sentence Him, Says He Feels “Misused” By Company

December 4th, 2017 | by James Ayre

On December 6th, Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt is slated to be sentenced in the US in relation to his earlier guilty plea to charges of conspiring to defraud regulators and to violate clean air laws. Ahead of this sentencing procedure, Schmidt has reportedly sent a letter to US judge Sean Cox saying the he feels he has been "misused" by Volkswagen


Mahindra & Renesas Form Strategic Formula E Partnership

December 3rd, 2017 | by James Ayre

The prominent auto manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has formed a new strategic partnership with the semiconductor supplier Renesas Electronics Corporation based around the development and manufacturing of electric vehicle tech and "Advanced Driver Assistance Systems" in India, according to a new press release


New York Governor Announces $3.5 Million In Funding For EV Adoption Support Initiatives

December 3rd, 2017 | by James Ayre

The Governor of New York State, Andrew M Cuomo, has announced the availability of $3.5 million in new funding for those pursuing means of increasing the rate at which plug-in electric vehicles are adopted; those pursuing the price reduction of electric vehicle charging station installation and operation; and those pursuing ways of using electric vehicles to improve the resiliency of the grid


Top Electric Vans & Delivery Vehicles In Europe

December 3rd, 2017 | by James Ayre

One of the parts of the auto industry that is best suited to near-term electrification is the delivery vehicle/van segment. Such vehicles — whether inner city parcel delivery trucks, produce trucks, mail delivery vehicles, bakery vans, etc. — generally don't travel much on a daily basis, and often follow very reliable usage patterns within a strict service area, so there are often no fundamental reasons for the operators of such vehicles to not go electric


The Fastest Cars — Electric & Otherwise

December 3rd, 2017 | by James Ayre

Most of those who have been following the auto industry over the past few years are now well aware that the cars with the fastest acceleration are arguably electric. Looking forward, it seems likely that electric cars will totally displace pure internal combustion engine (ICE) cars at the top of the pyramid as regards performance


Germany Removes Tesla Model S From EV Incentive Eligibility List, Says It’s Impossible To Order Just Base Version

December 2nd, 2017 | by James Ayre

The government body in Germany responsible for regulating the country's electric vehicle incentives program has removed the Tesla Model S from the list of cars eligible to receive a rebate, the company has revealed.  The reason given is apparently that it's "not possible" to order the base version of the Tesla Model S without adding extra features — thereby making the base price of the model effectively over €60,000 and thus making the model ineligible for the subsidy program


Uber Attorney Admits That Board Members & Ex-CEO Knew Of Letter Stating That Employees Were Trained To Steal Trade Secrets & Cover Tracks

December 1st, 2017 | by James Ayre

During a testimony on Wednesday, an Uber company attorney admitted that the company's former CEO and a number of board members were well aware of a letter which seems to have been actively hidden by the company from investigators, but which recently came to light. The letter alleges that Uber employees were trained to steal trade secrets when possible, and to cover their tracks using communications programs with disappearing messages (Wickr; Telegram) and a separate, dedicated computer system


Formula E Car vs. A Cheetah (Promo Video)

December 1st, 2017 | by James Ayre

The new season of the Formula E all-electric racing series is nearly here ... with just a day or so left until the races of the last series (before a major overhaul of the vehicles and protocols used begins)



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