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India Poised to Become a Major Player in the EV Arena

Consumer wealth in India has risen sharply with the growth of industry and urbanisation over the past two decades, transforming the way the South Asian country moves.  Travellers who used to walk everywhere now zip around on fast and affordable scooters, and, to a lesser extent, private cars (India sold 3.4 million cars in 2018, putting it in fifth place globally behind China, the U.S., Europe and Japan). Unfortunately, this chain of events has also created the perfect ‘pollution’ storm. In terms of PM2.5 levels, India has seven out of the world’s ten most polluted cities: Bhiwandi, ...

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A Night at Maserati Plant in Modena (plus photos)

Production of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio – one of the most iconic cars of the Brand – comes to an end, and to mark the occasion Maserati opened the doors of its historic site in Viale Ciro Menotti for an exclusive night-time event. A selection of guests had the opportunity to listen to original stories and sleep alongside the production ...

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Latest Research on Autonomous Cars and Robotaxis 2020-2040

Autonomous driving holds great promises for increasing road safety and efficiency, as well as for decreasing future travel cost. Many companies have already been operating testing fleets on public roads and have announced plans to commercialise robotaxi services in the next 2-3 years. How will autonomous driving shape the future of the automotive sector? Market intelligence company, IDTechEx, has recently published its latest report on autonomous mobility titled ...

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Solar Cars at $15 billion – Just the Beginning

Solar vehicle bodywork has just progressed from curiosity to key enabling technology. The new 180 page IDTechEx report, “Solar Cars, Buses, Trucks, Trains 2020-2030” explains why and forecasts the next ten years with solar cars at $15 billion 2030 just a beginning.  The focus is mainly road vehicles: solar already provides significant car traction power. Learn why anyone now designing ...

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New Ford Edge: Defined By Modern Sophistication (View Nigerian Launch Photos)

New 2019 Ford Edge upscale sport utility vehicle (SUV) is defined by modern sophistication.  Athletic new front and rear styling reaches its ultimate expression – an exhilarating 250 horsepower of performance-enhanced pleasure. Launched into the Nigerian auto market on Wednesday at the venue of this year’s Abuja International Motor fair, the new Edge comes with plenty of smart new features, ...

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Race for 1000 km Electric Vehicles

Only a 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack is in the luxury Vision EQS concept car of Mercedes yet it will deliver increased 700 kilometers range, partly because low drag factor is now going to be taken seriously, learning from Tesla. More information on Electric Vehicles research can be found in the IDTechEx reports, “Electric Vehicles 2020-2030” and “Solar Cars, Buses, Trucks and Trains 2020-2030“.  Or to connect with others on ...

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IDTechEx Research: Rivian Electric Truck Company Overblown?

Those desperate to invest in “The next Tesla” continue to pile into start-up Rivian, the latest $350 million coming from a media company. That takes investment up to the $2 billion level familiar at Tesla. The IDTechEx report, “Electric Vehicles 2020 – 2030” gives the full picture.  To over-simplify, Rivian has demonstrated a pickup truck with exceptional handling due to four near-wheel motors ...

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New Lithium Battery Problems and Solutions

With accelerating uptake of lithium-ion batteries in stationary and mobile applications, today’s shortages will reoccur in the years to come for many reasons beyond too few battery factories. For more, see the IDTechEx reports, “48V Mild Hybrid and 48V Full Hybrid Vehicles 2020-2030” and “Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage 2019-2029”. Future shortages remain difficult to predict. While mining analysts say shortages ...

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Woman, who co-designed the Iconic VW Golf Gti

No car has a claim to fame on a day to celebrate all things plaid quite like the Volkswagen Golf GTI – thanks to one woman’s pioneering choices that over the past four decades have become a symbol of driving enthusiasts worldwide. The Volkswagen Golf GTI’s debut in 1976 caused a sensation. Even though only a few details distinguished it ...

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