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Vintage car group says EV classics aren’t real classics. Here’s why that’s wrong

FIVA has put out a statement explaining how the historic vehicle federation does not recognize a vehicle as historic if it has been upgraded to electric drivetrain. FIVA states that it cannot promote, to owners or regulators, the use of modern EV components to replace a historic vehicle’s drivetrain.
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Garrett Motion expects to produce an electric turbocharger in two years

Garrett has designed a turbocharger that combines the electric motor and turbocharger housing into one unit. Unlike a conventional turbo that utilizes exhaust gases to keep the turbine spinning, which in turn produces "turbo lag" at low speeds the motor rapidly spins the turbines increasing low-end power.
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44 teams just completed a solar car race across Australia

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge started this week from Darwin, Australia on a 1,900-mile race to Adelaide in a collection of 44 solar-powered vehicles. The biennial race crowns the fastest solar powered cars in the world. Entries come from 20 different countries.
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A blind man is attempting a land speed record of over 200 mph

A true racer could never let a goal like that go unchallenged, Dan Parker being a true racer immediately started planning an assault on Newman's record. His weapon of choice is a modified 2008 Chevrolet Corvette.
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Owners of older Teslas claim the vehicles have been breaking down

For the last six months, some older Tesla vehicles have reportedly been having issues with the center console display going dark and being unresponsive.The problem has been traced to a flash storage chip called a eMMC that is embedded in the onboard computer. Flash storage is a type of computer memory.
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Senators offer plan to stop drunk driving using in-car technology

Senators Tom Udall and Rick Scott are slated to introduce legislation requiring automakers to install devices that will detect blood alcohol levels and disable the vehicle from starting. The bill looks to mandate a 4-year countdown from passage to full implementation on all new vehicles sold in the U.S.
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Take an electric ride around the Nurburgring for $164 with Jaguar

Jaguar has been making a push in Germany to carve into Mercedes Benz stranglehold on the taxi business previously with the SE model and now with the I-Pace. In 2018 Jaguar started the "racing taxi" at the famed Nurburgring in their XE SV V8 model.
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Self-driving truck company wants to test without ever using public roads

Ike Robotics has a different approach to using public highways. In a 90-page safety report filed with the NHTSA describes a series of simulations before public road testing. Of the 16 of these safety reports filed by different companies, Ike Robotics is the first to eschew testing on public roads.
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Toyota is extending warranties on EV batteries because they’re lasting so long

Toyota has announced that starting with its 2020 line up of seven hybrid vehicles and one fuel cell model it is extending warranties on the hybrid battery. Previously covered for eight years and 100,000 miles the new warranty is extended to 10 years and 150,000 miles.
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New all-electric Volvo XC40 will feature Android infotainment system

On October 16, 2019, Volvo will introduce an all-electric XC40 featuring an Android Auto based infotainment system featuring Google technologies. The new infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalization, improved levels of intuitiveness, and new embedded Google technology.
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Honda is sending two teams to compete in a women-only off-road rally

Female Honda R&D engineers enter a woman's only off road rally to test themselves and the vehicles they help design in a 1,200 mile trek through the deserts of Nevada and California.
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Tesla wants to reinvent comfort with liquid heating and cooling

Just looking at the patent without the benefit of a Masters's Degree in engineering and HVAC systems one has to wonder what will keep the bladders from leaking from any number of scenarios. The patent leaves many questions unanswered such as the types of fluid used and the exact method of distribution of those fluids.
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EV Rally series Extreme E to hold race in the recently burned Amazon

The recent fires in the Amazon rainforest brought extreme damage and devastation. Extreme E, the new all-electric Dakar style rally series, wants to shine a light on the issue, and has announced that sections of the area will be used for a racing event.
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DieselGate continues to haunt Volkswagen as massive class-action suit is filed

A case has been brought against Volkswagen in which 470,000 owners of the 2.0 liter TDI EA189 engine seek compensation due to the company's diesel emissions scandal. The scandal was uncovered in 2015 via a tip from researchers to the Environmental Protect Agency and the California Air Resources Board.
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Maryland gas station becomes first in U.S. to ditch oil for 100% EV charging

A Maryland gas station owner who has become disenchanted with petroleum company contract structures has teamed up with the state energy administration and the Electric Vehicle Institute to make the first conversion from petroleum to electric charging in the United States.
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Delaminated touchscreens in some 2013-2017 Cadillacs prompt class-action lawsuit

Within the 4-year/50,000 mile warranty, the Cadillac CUE screen allegedly became unresponsive. Repairs would be about $1,200. This, despite a NHTSA technical bulletin dated December 2014 and again issued in August 2017 identifying the problem and suggesting a full replacement of the center stack.
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Audi streamlines its product offerings to appeal to younger buyers

Audi AG is simplifying its lineup to cut costs and consequently increase profits. The automaker has already pared down its line by 27% and is looking for an eventual 45% reduction. Audi AG CEO Bram Schot explained: We want to get more penetration in the high-end segment.
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Mercedes-Benz wades into the micromobility fray with its first electric scooter

"These agile, electrically powered scooters are the perfect way to cover short distances quickly and without harming the environment," Mercedes-Benz said in a statement. The new E-Scooter in the Mercedes-Benz EQ brand family was developed in cooperation with the scooter specialist micro. Specs remain under wraps.
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Ferdinand Porsche was 100 years ahead of his time with his 1900 hybrid

After all its recent success with hybrids, you might think Porsche had discovered some new technology, but Porsche started with a hybrid way back in 1900. Yes, 1900. Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the company of the same name, was fascinated by electricity even as a teenager.
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UBCO’s 50-mph Freeride Trail Bike is the rally car of the e-bike world

New Zealand-based UBCO Bikes revealed a high-speed, off-roading e-bike called the FRX1 Freeride Trail Bike. It offers almost motorcycle-like performance thanks to a 20-hp electric motor controlled via a pedal or a twist-type throttle. Its top speed is 50 mph, and it's capable of delivering 62 miles on one charge.
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This company wants to solve the dirty problem with self-driving cars

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors wants your next ridesharing experience to be a bit more hygienic. The company is introducing what it's calling the Wellness Pod that claims to kill about 99.9% of germs in every vehicle by using a UV air sanitizer.
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Redesigned Land Rover Defender is positively teeming with new tech

Land Rover has been working overtime to bring a fresh kind of tech to the newly redesigned Defender. Land Rover claims that the most in-depth technology redesign in 70 years is coming to America in spring 2020. The new Defender 90 and 110 series vehicles will keep you connected, informed, and entertained.
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Self-driving cars are an extremely tough problem. This mini-game shows you why

Imagine heading into the office sipping your coffee and reading the paper at 65 miles per hour while Alexa or Google drives your car. Well, put that dream on hold for now. The Washington Post released a very interesting online simulator showcasing how difficult a problem full Level 5 Autonomy truly is.