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  • Prototype for BMW iNext electric SUV due in 2021

    After revealing the concept-car at a private event last September, BMW has revealed the, well, next iNext. Following the concept, the next version of the car is a test mule, complete with camouflage covering, undergoing cold-weather testing in northern Sweden—a typical place for automakers to test things like heaters, cold starts, and power delivery. READ THIS: BMW Vision iNext electric concept redefines German luxury flagship In an electric car, range can also be a critical factor in sub-zero weather. The concept Vision iNext that BMW showed in New York was a radically angular SUV;...

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    Dodge Challenger electric boost, Karma styling, limited autobahns: Today's Car News

    Plug-in luxury-car maker Karma brought in a new design house to carry it into the future. Germany revealed a plan to impose a national speed limit on its famously unlimited autobahns. And our latest Twitter poll asks readers how soon they expect Ford to come through with an electric F-Series...

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    More about Byton, tamer BMW electrics, Toyota batteries, more chargers: Today's Car News

    BMW says it plans to make its electric cars look more mainstream to move beyond sales to early adopters. Toyota and Panasonic could be teaming up to produce electric-car batteries and solid-state technology. And Maryland approves plans for 5,000 electric-car chargers to attract more electric cars...

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    BMW plans to tone down styling of its electric cars

    To stand out, or not to stand out. That is the question many electric automakers are asking as electric cars transition from being something new and different to being just another drive system for all types of cars. Among the most recognizable electric-car designs are those that stand out from the...

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    German automakers commit to massive battery purchases, sidestep some hard realities

    Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, last week revealed that it will be buying $23 billion in battery cells by 2030. What it didn’t fully reveal—its sources for those cells—says as much, if not more about a point of unease among German automakers. Battery packs—and...

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    Super-fast Porsche charging, no Hyundai diesel, best deals: Today's Car News

    Hyundai decides to bin its plans for a diesel-powered version of the new Santa Fe. Porsche ups the ante on fast charging speeds. A report reveals who's really funding the campaign to unwind fuel-economy and emissions rules. And we check out the best deals on plug-in, hybrid, and electric cars for...

  • FastCharge 450-kilowatt charging station prototype

    The Porsche Taycan, when it arrives toward the end of 2019, will likely have the quickest, highest-power DC fast charging of any production vehicle. But Porsche apparently is already setting its sights higher. Yesterday, as part of a research consortium that includes BMW, it presented a prototype for using CCS-standard charging hardware at up to 450 kw at 800 volts, which can also operate at 400 volts for cars that don't have 800-volt systems. Porsche says that the new hardware promises charging rates three to nine times faster than what’s currently available. DON’T MISS: Porsche...

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    Tesla Autopilot milepost, Kia electric strategy, China's EV spying: Today's Car News

    As the 2018 LA Auto Show winds down, we explore some questions that came out of it, starting with why Kia plans two electric models with the same long-range battery. Tesla announced at the show that its cars have now covered a billion miles driving on Autopilot. Electric cars in China send a lot...

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    Faster electric cars, California strikes back, BMW batteries, Hyundai recall: Today's Car News

    California begins fighting back against the EPA's fuel economy freeze. Austria proposes letting electric cars drive faster. Hyundai recalls Ioniqs. And BMW builds a new battery assembly line for its upcoming electric cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. California issued a pointed 400-page...

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    BMW readies battery factory for wave of coming electric vehicles

    BMW announced last month it will significantly expand and overhaul a facility to produce batteries for electric cars at its factory in Dingolfing, Germany. The factory currently builds several BMW sedans and coupes, including plug-in versions of the 5- and 7-Series. The new battery assembly line in...

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    BMW recalling 44,000 diesel vehicles for fire risk

    BMW has announced an expanded recall effort over the possibility of fire in recent-model-year vehicles equipped with a diesel engine. The issue, which now potentially affects 1.6 million vehicles worldwide, concerns an issue in which coolant (glycol) leakage from the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR)...

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    BMW sets up end-to-end battery recycling in Europe

    Teaming with a new Swedish battery supplier and a Belgian recycling company, BMW is aiming to build a fully sustainable future battery supply chain. The company announced on Monday that it formed a partnership with Northvolt, which is building Europe's largest battery factory for electric cars in...

  • Mazda Kai concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    Tesla acquires land in Shanghai. Jaguar releases MPGe and range numbers for its new I-Pace electric crossover. Google Maps adds electric-car charging locations. And BMW reveals details of its upcoming electric i4. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla announced it has now acquired the land in Shanghai to build its long-awaited second electric-car factory. The deal, according to reports, is worth about $140 million. Jaguar released final EPA range and MPGe estimates for its new I-Pace, and they lag behind other electric SUVs. Google Maps began showing charging stations for electric...

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    BMW recalls chargers for 2018, 2019 plug-in models

    BMW issued a recall for the charge cords of virtually all the 2018 and 2019 plug-in vehicles it has built for sale in the U.S. According to the recall notice on the NHTSA's website, capacitors in the charge cords could fail, resulting in a shock hazard or a fire. DON'T MISS: Ford recalls Focus...

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    Volkswagen electrics, Musk sued, BMW i3 range increase, California incentives: The Week in Reverse

    Which electric car will get access to a fast charger network much like Teslas? What was the result of the SEC's investigation into Tesla chief Elon Musk? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Sept. 28, 2018. Friday, Volkswagen...

  • 2019 BMW i3
    2019 BMW i3 to get bigger battery with 153-mile range

    The 2019 BMW i3 will get a larger battery, good for 153 miles of range, up from 115 miles for the 2018 model, the automaker announced Friday. BMW refers to the new battery in the 2019 model as the 120 amp-hour battery, which delivers total energy storage of 42.2 kilowatt-hours with the i3's...

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    Orders in: 1,000 buyers in Norway reserve coming all-electric BMW iX3 crossover SUV

    BMW opened order books for its upcoming electric iX3 in Europe at the beginning of September, and the company already has deposits for 1,000 in Norway. In a page out of the Tesla playbook, the Norwegian buyers each put down deposits of almost $1,900 (1,600 Euros.) News of the deposits was first...

  • BMW Vision iNext concept
    BMW Vision iNext electric concept redefines German luxury flagship

    For decades, the flagship of every German luxury maker’s line has been its largest sedan: the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and at the pinnacle, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But times change. The BMW Vision iNext, previewed for small group of journalists this week before Saturday’s global debut...

  • 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance

    UPDATE: BMW has clarified its statement to Green Car Reports in an email. "The final decision as to whether or not the BMW X5 diesel variant will come to the U.S. market has not been made. BMW of North America continues to monitor customer preferences and is prepared to adjust the product portfolio accordingly." BMW is the latest automaker to eliminate diesels from its U.S. lineup, at least, and focus on plug-in hybrids and electric cars. A BMW spokesman told Green Car Reports on Tuesday that it will drop diesels from its lineup for 2019. "We're putting all our eggs in the PHEV basket," said...

  • 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance
    2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid will have more range, 6 cylinders

    On Friday, BMW revealed the next-generation X5 plug-in hybrid, with significantly more electric range and a 6-cylinder engine replacing the 4-cylinder in the current X5 plug-in hybrid. Based on the new third-generation X5, BMW says theX5 xDrive45e iPerformance will have up to 50 miles of electric...

  • 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance wireless charging
    BMW 530e will be first "plug-in" car with wireless charging this summer

    When will charging your electric car be as convenient as charging your phone? This summer, if BMW has its way. The company says it will be the first to lease a wireless inductive charging system in the U.S. for its 530e plug-in hybrid. Customers can order the system now, and BMW says it will be...

  • Teaser for BMW iNext debuting in 2021
    BMW reveals its self-driving, electric iNext vision for the future

    At BMW's annual shareholders' meeting in Germany on Thursday the company released a teaser image of its future iNext electric car. The image shows an SUV silhouette similar is size to an X5, BMW's mid-size SUV. The iNext is designed to be a technology showcase for BMW: electric propulsion, full...

  • BMW iX3 Concept front 3/4
    BMW debuts iX3 SUV electric car

    The iX3 uses the company's fifth-generation electric car architecture, designed to be lighter and more compact than its previous electric power systems, to give it flexibility to fit into a wider variety of mainstream vehicles, including front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive.

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    BMW teases iX3 electric car in China

    BMW Chairman Harald Krueger said the iX3 would become the third car in the company's electric i lineup, and that it will go on sale in 2020.

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