VW 'annoyed' it won't get order for electric vans it didn't make

VW 'annoyed' it won't get order for electric vans it didn't make

Suppose you're one of the world's three largest automakers. You don't offer a type of vehicle that a relatively small but highly visible customer in your home market wants. Do you have the right to be annoyed if that customer designs those vehicles itself? DON'T MISS: USPS picks AM General to help... read more

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Which countries have plans for all new cars to be electric, and when?

Plug-in electric cars currently make up a fairly small percentage of the millions of new vehicles sold globally. But within the next two decades, they may be the only new... read more June 23, 2016 by

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Has Germany's long love affair with diesels finally collapsed?

It's been 80 years since the first Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicle went into volume production. Over that time, German makers have developed, refined, and promoted the... read more June 22, 2016 by

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Blue Crude synthetic diesel fuel cuts carbon by 85 percent

Fuels produced from plant feedstocks are touted by many as a viable and lower-carbon alternative to traditional gasoline or diesel. But the need to dedicate large swaths of... read more June 14, 2016 by

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Germany's $1 billion electric-car incentive plan approved by cabinet: update

After much discussion, Germany appears poised to implement significant incentives to encourage the purchase of electric cars. This week, the German government announced an... read more May 19, 2016 by

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World's first fuel-cell car-sharing program to launch in Germany

Car-sharing services have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and many of them operate fleets of battery-electric cars. Now, a German company believes it's... read more May 9, 2016 by

20 Audi A1 e-tron electric cars will be used in the pilot program

What Audi says it learned from 4 years of electric-car testing

Audi just wrapped up a four-year electric-car test program in its home market of Germany—and the company says it has learned a lot. Conducted together with the German... read more April 21, 2016 by

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European fix for VW diesels complies with law, but real-world emissions still too high

Updates to the millions of Volkswagen TDI diesel cars that turned out not to meet European emission regulations were supposed to be well underway by now. German authorities... read more April 20, 2016 by

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Germans to build own unique electric vans for postal service

Deutsche Post, Germany's postal service, wants to use electric vehicles, and it's going to great lengths to achieve that goal. It will build its own electric vans, in fact... read more April 10, 2016 by

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Automakers to fund 40 percent of proposed German electric-car incentive: Report

Germany may be on the verge of turning its talk about electric-car incentives into action. The European nation with one of the world's most robust auto industries has no... read more February 29, 2016 by

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Oregon Has More Electric-Car Fast Charging Sites Per Person Than Germany

When talking about electric cars and early adopters, the state of Oregon often seems like the Little Engine That Could. It's the only state to have appointed an Electric Car... read more February 23, 2016 by

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Hydrogen Fuel Cells Less Likely Than Electric Cars: Daimler CEO Zetsche

There's an emerging rivalry between two different technologies for zero-emission transportation: battery-electric cars and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Within the auto... read more February 23, 2016 by

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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... read more February 3, 2016 by

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Germany To Spend Billions Supporting Electric Car Expansion

Among European nations, Germany is one of the least active when it comes to policies promoting electric cars. Even as the country's powerful auto industry has turned more... read more January 17, 2016 by

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VW Deepens Diesel-Scandal Woes With Denials, Confrontation, Muddled Messages

By this point, the principles of corporate crisis-management communications are pretty well established. A company with a looming PR catastrophe needs to respond immediately... read more January 14, 2016 by

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German Regulators Deem VW Diesel Emission Software A 'Defeat Device,' Deepening Crisis

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