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VW Diesel Scandal Erodes Trust In Germany, Auto Industry Too

VW Diesel Scandal Erodes Trust In Germany, Auto Industry Too

The revelation that Volkswagen used "defeat device" software to cheat on U.S. emissions tests shook the public's confidence in one of the world's largest carmakers. Volkswagen hasn't done much to rebuild its reputation since its cheating was first revealed by the U.S. Environmental Protection... read more

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2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI

VW Diesel NOx Problem: So Tough Angela Merkel Complained About It (In 2010)

Weeks after it was first announced that the carmaker used "defeat device" software in diesel cars to cheat U.S. emissions tests, Volkswagen is no closer to implementing a... read more December 2, 2015 by


 
Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

Tesla Motors Talking To German Government About Battery Factory: UPDATED

Well, here's one that ought to irk the German automakers. Silicon Valley electric-car maker Tesla Motors is reportedly in talks with the German government to establish a... read more November 17, 2015 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

VW: Newest Diesel Engines Had No 'Defeat' Software, Legal In Europe

One of the many complications of the VW diesel emission scandal is that the 482,000 affected cars in the U.S. encompass three different types of engine and emission-control... read more October 23, 2015 by


 
2015 BMW i3

Electric Cars Aren't Selling Because Makers Can't, Don't Market Them: Report

Electric-car sales have grown more or less steadily over the past years, but the segment still represents a tiny fraction of total new-car sales. Factors like range, charging... read more September 22, 2015 by


 
2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid

Luxury Plug-In Hybrids May Be A Mistake, Says German Industry Analyst

The established German luxury carmakers are showing considerable enthusiasm for plug-in hybrids. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche all have at least one plug-in hybrid in... read more August 26, 2015 by


 
2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (GL63 AMG)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cars In Germany: Getting Worse, Actually

Germany is one of several countries with aggressive plans to curb transportation-related carbon emissions. Over the past few years, its large domestic car industry has worked... read more August 12, 2015 by


 
2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

Electric Car Ignorance Breeds Dislike, Says German Study

Daimler, the parent of company of luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz, recently completed a large-scale study of electric cars and consumer attitudes toward them in its home... read more August 4, 2015 by


 
Ubitricity electric-car charging cord

Ubitricity: German Charging Cord For Wall Sockets Includes Billing

As the number of electric cars on world roads grows, how drivers pay for electricity from public charging stations may become more of an issue. While many U.S. public... read more July 31, 2015 by


 
Volkswagen e-Golf (German version)

Germany Mulls Boosting Electric-Car Incentives Under Carbon-Goal Pressure

Several European countries--including Norway, The Netherlands, and France--aggressively promote electric cars as a way to reduce vehicular carbon emissions. But despite its... read more June 17, 2015 by


 
Autobahn, Kamener Kreuz, Rush Hour (photo by Dirk Vorderstraße)

German State To Test City 'Eco Lane' For Cleanest Cars, Carpools

Carpool lanes have been an accepted part of the landscape in California for more than 40 years now. But they're less well-known in Europe, where bus lanes have taken priority... read more May 19, 2015 by


 
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive at driving school.

New Drivers Start To Take Lessons In Electric Cars In Germany

Ask anyone who's driven an electric car, and they'll tell you it's quite different from piloting a typical internal-combustion car. That's often meant as a compliment, but... read more April 17, 2015 by


 
Lampuga electric surfboard

Electric Surfboard: Lampuga Shows Electricity Works In Water Too

There are numerous electric vehicles with two or four wheels, but here's one with no wheels at all. The Lampuga is an electric surfboard that's billed as the fastest of its... read more February 1, 2015 by


 
BMW ActiveE electric car, January 2012, New Jersey

Where Will BMW Electric-Car Batteries Go When They Retire?

Presuming you don't toss it over the nearest cliff, what do you do with a used electric-car battery pack? Even after battery capacity has degraded too much for use in cars... read more January 30, 2015 by


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

Is BMW i3 Electric Car Selling Better In U.S. Than Germany?

One of the notable features of last year's electric-car sales was the strong, and so far sustained, sales of the radical new BMW i3 electric car. The little plastic-bodied... read more January 28, 2015 by


 
2014 BMW i3 and 2014 Tesla Model S   [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche Electric Cars To Target Tesla Model S (Plug-In Hybrids Too)

This was the year when it became obvious that upstart electric-car maker Tesla Motors has startled and worried all of the German luxury-car companies. And now that they're... read more December 29, 2014 by


 

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