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Audi launches its first e-tron ‘electric’ SUV

SAN FRANCISCO: After years of introducing the concept, Audi has finally launched the fully electric SUV in US.  Audi's new addition ‘Edition One’  is set to hit  the consumer market by 2019, with a starting price of $74,800 going to $86,700. Audi becomes the first to take advantage of those new stations with a production passenger vehicle. The German automaker says that the e-tron can charge at 150 kW – or from 0 to 80% in about 30 minutes. But like any other electric vehicle, most of the charging will be…

Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift

SEOUL: Hyundai Motor said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals. Like Toyota Motor, Hyundai had initially championed fuel cell technology as the future of eco-friendly vehicles but has found itself shifting electric as Tesla shot to prominence and battery-powered cars have gained government backing in China. Toyota is now also working on longer distance,…

Tesla begins to deliver model for the masses

FREMONT, USA: Tesla began delivering on a dream to make an electric car for the masses, rolling out the first of its keenly-awaited "Model 3" cars, aiming to disrupt a world accustomed to automobiles powered by pollution-spewing fossil fuel. An initial batch of the 'Model 3' cars that rolled out of the Tesla plant in Fremont, California late on Friday were given to customers, most of whom were employees of the company. Tesla founder and chief Elon Musk proclaimed it a great day for the company, saying the goal was to…

Toyota ends electric-car ties with Tesla: report

TOKYO: Toyota has terminated its tie-up with Tesla and stepped up efforts to develop electric vehicles by itself, a newspaper said on Saturday. In 2010, the two companies agreed on a comprehensive cooperation with the Japanese auto giant paying $50 million to buy 3.15 percent of shares in the US electric automaker. Two years later they jointly developed sport utility vehicles with electric-power engines and sold some 2,500 units in California and other markets. But their joint development has since decreased and…

Foreign carmakers embrace China as electric car development hub

SHANGHAI: China's crackdown on vehicle pollution will turn the world's largest auto market into a hub for cutting edge electric car technologies previously exported from Europe and the United States, industry executives at the Shanghai motor show said. Foreign automakers have long been building cars in China to meet surging demand in the world's most populous nation. But a raft of proposals to promote cleaner driving is now encouraging them to do more research in China, potentially turning the country into a world…

China’s anti-Teslas: cheap models drive electric car boom

BEIJING: More electric cars are sold in China than in the rest of the world combined, but are mainly locally-branded models that are cheaper and have a shorter range than those offered by foreign automakers such as Tesla and Nissan. The Chinese-branded electric vehicle (EV) market is propped up by huge government subsidies as part of Beijing's policy to build global leadership in cleaner energy driving. China has spent billions of dollars on subsidies to help companies including Warren Buffett-backed BYD and BAIC Motor…

BMW to offer new version of i3 electric car in 2017

PARIS: German luxury carmaker BMW plans to launch a new version of its i3 electric car next year with a longer range and revamped design, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing company sources. BMW will rework the front and rear of the i3 and equip the car with a new battery to increase its range substantially beyond the current 300 km maximum, the paper said, adding that the increase would be below 50 percent. BMW has been torn about whether to accelerate development of new electric cars given its expensive…

Toyota works to develop advanced electric-car battery

NEW YORK: Toyota Motor Corp said it aims to develop a more advanced electric-car battery "in a few years" that will allow the Japanese automaker to build vehicles with up to 15 percent greater range and battery life than they have currently. “Lithium-ion battery is a key technology for electrifying cars, and there is a clear need, going forward, for improving this technology and its performance even more,” Hisao Yamashige, a battery technology researcher at Toyota, told a media briefing in Tokyo on Thursday. Improving…