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Byton Seeking $400 Million to Fund Company

By Ray Prince Electric car startup Byton is looking for an additional $400 million dollar infusion to finance the company. According to Automotive News, citing anonymous sources, Byton is in the midst of the fundraising effort. No word has come yet on any finalized agreements or who the investors could be. Formerly known as Future…

Jaguar Rival To Tesla Model S Rival Due in 2019

By Sam McEachern The next-generation Jaguar XJ will be a high-end electric vehicle that will serve as a technology flagship for the British automaker. According to Autocar, Jaguar has decided to develop the all-new version of the XJ despite downward trending sales figures for big sedans. It plans to keep the XJ nameplate relevant by…

Tesla Quietly Sold 200,000th Model S Last Year

By Jeff Cobb With the public’s focus on Model 3 and other pending vehicles, and the Model S’ success already known, some may not have noticed, but Tesla’s main seller quietly sold its 200,000th global unit last year. The car crossed the 200k line in the fourth quarter, some time in October or early November,…

Plant-based Carbon Fiber Currently Undergoing Research

By Chad Kirchner Researchers may soon be able to produce a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly carbon fiber based on plants. Currently, carbon fiber is made from petroleum products. It is high strength and lightweight, and used in high-performance cars to help reduce weight and improve handling. Its value is known with more expected to…

Chrysler Pacifica Based Crossover On its Way

By Sam McEachern A crossover based on the Chrysler Pacifica minivan has been confirmed by Fiat-Chrysler and will be built at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada. Speaking to Motor Trend at the 2018 Detroit auto show, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the Pacifica-based crossover was coming, saying it had already been designed and…

Autonomous Toyota EV Could Use Mazda Rotary Range Extender

By Sam McEachern Mazda has said its rotary engine could be used as a range-extender in a future autonomous Toyota EV. Speaking to WardsAuto in Detroit, Mazda North America’s president and CEO, Masahiro Moro, said the rotary engine has been under continuous development within Mazda. The company teamed up with Toyota on its e-Pallete concept…

NASA Says Last Year was the Second-Warmest Year on Record

By Chad Kirchner The year 2017 was the second-warmest year on record, according to the scientists at NASA. Since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, scientists have been keeping track of global temperatures. At the end of 2017, scientists at NASA calculated the global temperature and ranked it second on the warmest years list. The hottest…

FOMM Concept One Amphibious EV Heading Toward Production

By Ray Prince The Fomm Concept One, a water-cruising electric vehicle inspired by 2011’s Japan tsunamis, is now on its way toward production. An acronym for “First One Mile Mobility,” the concept was first introduced in Feb. 2014 as the world’s “smallest class 4-seater electric vehicle,” specially designed to handle close-range travel, emphasizing fewer cross-country…

Mazda is Again the Most Fuel-Efficient Automaker

By Jason Siu For the fifth year in a row, Mazda is the most fuel-efficient automaker in the U.S. That’s according to the Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends Report, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report lists Mazda as having the highest overall Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy for the 2016 model year…

BMW Could Give the i8 Even More Power

By Jason Siu BMW admits there’s customer demand for a more powerful version of its i8 sports car. Recently updated for the 2019 model year, the BMW i8 Coupe currently offers 369 horsepower and a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds, so additional performance could get it into supercar territory with a 60-mph sprint of…

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