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  • VW Battery Packs

    For the past 50 years, the German auto industry has enjoyed quite the roll of growth and success in the U.S., built largely on its expertise with one specific technology: the internal combustion engine. But now the importance of that advantage is fading, with electric cars on the rise and the highest-value component within them the battery pack. Increasingly, companies with headquarters in South Korea, Japan, and China—not Germany—have taken the lead not just on cells and chemistry but in the design of modules and sometimes the entire pack architecture. Meanwhile Volkswagen, for...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show
    From a global view, going electric could hike up small-car prices

    As soon as 2024, electric cars are expected to reach price parity with gas-powered cars, largely due to the falling costs of battery packs. Volkswagen’s chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch, earlier this week, provided some commentary to the German Welt am Sonntag that appears to be aimed at...

  • Volkswagen mobile DC fast charger
    Volkswagen tests mobile DC fast charging station for urban network gaps

    Automakers face some daunting challenges in selling electric vehicles to urban apartment-dwellers, who are often without a home charging point. As a partial response, Volkswagen has shown a portable DC fast charging unit aimed at urban environments or temporary use at events or in parking...

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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...

  • VW ID
    Compact Audi, flagship VW crossover could show upscale side of VW electric platform

    Audi has recently released several hints that we’ll soon see a first concept tease of its smaller, more affordable electric vehicle, to be built on Volkswagen’s modular electric-vehicle architecture, termed MEB. And secondly, the Volkswagen brand is also soon expected to give a first...

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    2019 Toyota Prius AWD price, more VW electrics, French protests: Today's Car News

    Toyota announced pricing for the new 2019 Prius AWD-e. In trade talks with the Trump administration, VW's CEO revealed the company could use Ford factories in the U.S. to build new models—which could include electric cars. Rioters in France this month won what they wanted: a reprieve from...

  • Steve and Janet Wozniak with new 2016 Tesla Model S, December 2016  [source: Steve Wozniak Facebook]

    Nissan announced it planned to remove Chairman Carlos Ghosn after an investigation revealed alleged financial misdealing. VW has no fun trademarking names for its new series of I.D. electric cars. The EPA plans to tighten emissions rules on heavy trucks. And cross-lawsuits reveal the underlying machinations in the Faraday Future saga. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn was reportedly arrested in Japan after a Nissan investigation alleged that he under-reported his income from the company and misused corporate resources. Known as the father of the Nissan Leaf...

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    VW is planning to build 15 million electric vehicles

    UPDATE: The very premise of this piece has been shaken when Volkswagen told the original source of this report, Automotive News, that its chief executive had misstated the number of MEB vehicles it now planned to eventually build to be 50 million, not 15 million. The latter is not surprising based...

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs
    In pictures: Volkswagen TDI diesels await their fate in Pike's Peak shadow

    It might be the world’s largest single-company junkyard and pick-a-part business, if not for the prominent "No Trespassing" and "Drone-Free Zone" signs. Instead, it’s a massive storage facility in Colorado for thousands of disgraced VW and Audi TDI diesel vehicles awaiting whatever fate...

  • Teaser for Volkswagen ID Vizzion concept debuting at 2018 Geneva auto show
    Volkswagen ID Vizzion large all-electric sedan teased before Geneva debut

    Volkswagen's first dedicated battery-electric vehicle will roll off the production lines in 21 months, but we won't see the compact hatchback ID model in North America. Instead, the first dedicated VW plug-in electric vehicle will be the production version of the ID Cross compact crossover that's...

  • Oslo street scene: Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, Tesla Model S, July 2015
    VW targets Tesla with both barrels, views electric-car maker as important rival

    The list of people and companies who want to be or want to make the "Tesla Fighter" is long and storied. Volkswagen has had some good things to say about the California-based electric-car maker, but it's also been working to take on the world's most lauded EV company. During a panel discussion in...

  • 2015 Audi Q7 TDI
    Regulators approve updates to some Audi, VW, Porsche 3.0-liter diesel SUVs

    State and federal environmental regulators announced Monday they had approved modifications to illegally polluting Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche SUVs fitted with VW Group's 3.0-liter V-6 TDI turbodiesel engine The EPA and California Air Resources Board sent a letter Friday to VW announcing the...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz II concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show

    Germany's giant VW Group has said, several times, that it will have 30 different electric cars on sale globally by 2025. Over the last year, it's unveiled three different Volkswagen ID electric-car concepts, two of them thinly disguised versions of future production models for 2019 and 2020. Now, it has shown an update to one of those concepts at the Frankfurt motor show, the Volkswagen ID Crozz utility vehicle that debuted in April at the Shanghai auto show. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen ID Buzz driven: electric VW bus offers unique EV concept The Crozz (pronounced "cross" in German, as in...

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    Audi diesel: another shoe drops as top VW Group execs implicated

    It has been nearly two years since Volkswagen came clean and admitted its "clean diesel" engines were actually quite dirty. In 2015, a VW engineer admitted the TDI diesel cars sold in the U.S. since 2009 were outfitted with "defeat device" software that let them pass emission tests, only to emit...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    VW engineer gets 40 months in jail, $200K fine, for diesel cheating role

    Former Volkswagen employee James Liang was sentenced in Detroit on Friday to serve 40 months in prison and pay a $200,000 fine for his role in the global Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal. It was a stiffer sentence than expected for an engineer who helped to create software that...

  • Kirk Bell and John Voelcker in Volkswagen ID Buzz electric Microbus concept vehicle
    Volkswagen ID Buzz drive: electric VW bus offers unique EV concept

    When you see a concept car drive onto the stage at an auto show, don't be fooled into thinking it's what you'll drive out of the dealer a couple of years later. We got to drive the Volkswagen ID Buzz all-electric Microbus concept car Saturday for a couple of miles along the oceanside road outside...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept
    Volkswagen to build ID Buzz electric Microbus, cargo vans too, on sale in 2022

    The Volkswagen ID Buzz concept, an all-electric reinterpretation of the iconic VW Microbus, generated huge enthusiasm and public crowds when it debuted in January at the Detroit auto show. Today, the company announced its board had officially approved production of the vehicle, a distinctive entry...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    VW exec to plead guilty to diesel cheating charges after jail, house arrest

    It has been almost two years since Volkswagen changed the prospects for diesel-powered cars when it admitted to eight years' worth of cheating on emissions tests for its so-called clean diesel vehicles. The effects of the German automaker's diesel scandal are still unfolding today, not only in the...

  • Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap

    VW Group of North America now owns hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen and Audi TDI diesel vehicles it has bought back from owners under the terms of various diesel emission scandal settlements. Yesterday, it got some very good news: the EPA has approved a modification that will it allow it to resell the oldest and dirtiest of those vehicles. Known as "Generation One" diesels, they use the old EA189 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine but were not built with the modern urea-injection emission treatment system. DON'T MISS: EU investigating diesel collusion among Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, VW...

  • 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
    California should approve VW 'Electrify America' plan for electric-car charging: CARB analysis

    This Thursday, the California Air Resources Board will meet to consider what action it will take on an important plan that could bring many more electric-car charging sites to the state. That document is the first 30-month investment plan submitted by Volkswagen for its "Electrify America" program...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz concept, 2017 Detroit auto show
    All-electric VW ID Buzz Microbus confirmed for production

    Working to redirect attention from its diesel-emission scandal—soon to wind down in the U.S. but ongoing in Europe—Volkswagen Group has talked a lot about its future electric-car plans. It will launch three high-volume battery-electric vehicles on a common architecture over the next...

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    Judge approves VW diesel V-6 settlement, last major piece of scandal

    The Volkswagen diesel cheating saga has closed another chapter as a U.S. judge approved a proposed settlement for V-6 powered vehicles, the final major U.S. piece of the entire scandal. In total, Volkswagen will pay $1.22 billion, both in settlements to owners and to cover the cost of modifying or...

  • Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
    Extent of Volkswagen diesel deceit detailed in new book

    It's getting close to two years since Volkswagen admitted it had installed "defeat device" software on hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. The fact that VW carried out the deception is a well-documented story, covering how the software worked, how the company cheated, and...

  • Teaser for 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc debuting at 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Volkswagen T-Roc video teases new small SUV five months early (updated)

    Sales of crossover utility vehicles—the ones that look like tough, capable, high-riding SUVs but actually sit on passenger-car underpinnings—continue to surge all over the world. Carmakers are meeting the demand by adding new varieties (four-door coupe utility vehicle, anyone?) and...

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