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Volkswagen Stockpiling Cobalt in its Move Toward Electric Cars

By Ray Prince As part of Volkswagen’s ambitious efforts to reorient itself toward vehicle electrification, the brand has started to solicit proposals from cobalt producers for ten year’s worth of supply starting in 2019. According to cobalt industry sources, Reuters reports the deadline to submit proposals is by the end of September with finalized contracts…

Tesla Model S Will Cost More As Of Next Week

By Jason Siu The current base model Tesla Model S will soon be discontinued. The move has been expected with the introduction of the Model 3, but now Tesla has confirmed to Electrek the rear-wheel-drive Model S 75 will be axed Sept. 24. Currently, the entry-level Model S starts from $70,700 including destination, but once…

Mercedes Spending $1 Billion to Make EVs in Alabama

By Evan Williams Mercedes is spending $1 billion on its U.S. factory to build EQ EVs and battery packs. The announcement was made yesterday, during the 20th anniversary of the Tuscaloosa, Ala., plant. The expansion will include a new battery plant, the company’s fifth battery production facility globally. The Tuscaloosa plant currently builds the GLE,…

Infiniti to Unveil Its First Electric Model in January 2018

By Ray Prince Infiniti is set to debut its first electric model at the North American International Auto Show in January 2018. Very little details have been revealed so far. According to Autocar, the new concept will be introduced as a new electric-only model on its platform, not one shared by the Nissan Leaf, according…

Ex-Tesla Worker Says Timing of Firing Cost Him Shares

By Evan Williams A former Telsa employee is suing the company, saying that it fired him just one day before he would have been entitled to almost a quarter million dollars in stock options. Stephen Platt was a machinist working at Tesla’s Fremont factory. According to Platt, he was hired on Aug. 27, 2012, and…

India Aiming To Go All Electric By 2030

By Ray Prince India, the world’s fifth-biggest auto market with a population of 1.3 billion people, is looking to solidify its standing as an electric vehicle superpower with a governmental mandate to sell only electric cars by 2030. The reasons for transitioning to all-electric sales by 2030 are numerous. Indian’s air pollution is worsening at…

Mitsubishi Revives the Lancer with the e-Evolution Concept

By Ray Prince After much speculation over the future of the Lancer Evolution, which phased out of production last year, Mitsubishi has finally announced plans to revive it as an electrified SUV at this October’s Tokyo Motor Show. The first teaser photo of the e-Evolution concept shows very little about the car, other than a…

Nikola And Bosch Ready To Raise The Bar On Semi-Truck Electrification

By Jon LeSage Nikola is preparing to step up competition for heavy-duty truck electrification through a collaboration with German auto supplier Bosch. The two companies announced today a new commercial vehicle powertrain developed through their partnership. It will be part of the Nikola One and Two class 8 hydrogen-electric trucks coming to market. Nikola trucks…

Tesla Model 3 Won’t be Judged as Part of NACTOY Awards

By Sam McEachern The Tesla Model 3 will not be judged as part of the North American Car of the Year awards this year. According to The Detroit News, Tesla will not participate in this year’s NACTOY awards it is “focused on scaling up production and could not have a car available for jury testing.”…

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