This fleet industry leader believes we’re still a ways away from having truly autonomous vehicles - and that it’s going to be important to get them right. But he also believes there’s a lot of really great semi-autonomous stuff that’s happening right now.
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The time it takes to refuel electric cars has been a huge disadvantage when compared to gas-powered vehicles.
General Motors has begun a new partnership with Delta Americas to develop a new technology which will enable its vehicles to rapidly recharge their batteries and provide up to 180 miles of range in just 10 minutes.
The new technology is able to provide a staggering 96.5 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency, a three percent increase than current technology, partly thanks to the use of solid-state transformers. Delta Americas, expects to have the final prototype of its Extreme Fast Charger (XFC) ready by 2020, and GM expects to have its fleet of 20 vehicles ready only three years later, by 2023.
Read the article at MSN.
Shenzhen, China is now packed with more than 20 million people and hundreds of factories turning out high-tech hardware. The new Shenzhen has a mix of electric buses, electric bikes and scooters, electric taxis, and even electric dump trucks. The shift to EVs that China has been pushing more than any other country has put Shenzhen at the leading edge of something unprecedented: the quieter city.
BYD, Inc. is the new Ford of China’s electrified-motor city. The electric-vehicle maker, backed by big Chinese subsidies and a $232 million investment from Warren Buffett in 2008, has eclipsed Tesla Inc as the leading maker of plug-in EVs. BYD almost singlehandedly electrified Shenzhen’s fleet of 16,000 buses and is now at work on the full-scale replacement of the city’s taxis and trucks.
Read the article at Bloomberg.
Ford's China-built Focus Active crossover vehicle, will not be arriving in the United States. Recent tariffs imposed on Chinese imports by the Trump administration - and those expected to be levied on imported vehicles - would have trimmed profits on an already low-margin vehicle.
"Given the negative financial impact of the new tariffs, we've decided not to import this vehicle from China," Kumar Galhotra, Ford president of North America, said Friday. "The significant thing that moved was the tariffs going up substantially higher. We're choosing to deploy resources elsewhere."
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.