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Corporate investors pile into electric vehicle startups

DETROIT (Reuters) – Corporate investors from outside the auto industry are placing increasing bets on electric vehicles, vying with automakers and suppliers to bankroll startup companies working on everything from advanced batteries to charging devices and all-new EVs. FILE PHOTO: A Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle is being charged at Stewart Chevrolet in Colma, California, U.S., October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam Some 250 startups involved in some aspect of electrification have attracted more than $20 billion in venture capital, notably from a broad array of corporations across multiple industries, according…

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Vehicle screens go super-sized at CES as tech catches up

LAS VEGAS – Take a glance at the vehicle displays shown at CES and you could be forgiven for thinking you are at the movies. A dashboard video screen is displayed in a Byton M-Byte electric vehicle during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Marcus “This is not science fiction!” announced the head of Byton, an electric vehicle startup, onstage earlier this week at the global technology conference in Las Vegas. CEO and Chairman Carsten Breitfeld was referring to the jaw-dropping, 48-inch (1.22 m)…

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Man arrested after people exited a vehicle on M6

Image copyright Highways England Image caption Traffic cameras showed long tailbacks forming on the motorway Part of the M6 has been closed after a number of people were found in the back of a lorry stopped by police. “A number of people exited the back of a vehicle” near Keele services, Staffordshire Police said. A man has been arrested and officers are “assessing the welfare” of those in the lorry and “will be liaising with colleagues in immigration enforcement.” The northbound carriageway, between junctions 15 and 16, remains closed, the…

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Innogy to put electric vehicle business into separate company

Innogy logo before the company’s annual news conference in Essen, Germany March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German utility Innogy is putting its business serving the electric car industry into a standalone company, separate from its main business as an energy supplier. “This pooling of our eMobility business is our response to the current challenges of an increasingly fast-growing market”, Innogy manager Martin Herrmann said in a statement on Thursday. The new company, Innogy eMobility Solutions, will cater to the automotive industry, charge point operators, fleet operators and…

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Tesco, Volkswagen to develop UK electric vehicle charging network

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco (TSCO.L) and German car maker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) have teamed up to develop an electric vehicle charging network in the UK, they said on Friday. Under the partnership, Tesco and Volkswagen roll out over 2,400 electric vehicle charging bays across 600 Tesco stores in the next three years. Electric cars and other vehicles using alternative fuels account for about 6 percent of sales in Britain and are the fastest growing part of the market, rising 22 percent so far this year, helped by government…

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Australia deaths: Family found dead near broken-down vehicle in outback

Three people have died and a boy is missing after their vehicle broke down in outback Australia, police say. The bodies of two adults, both 19, and their three-year-old son were found near a remote road about 1,000km (620 miles) south of Darwin on Wednesday. The deaths are not being treated as suspicious. Authorities are investigating whether heat may have contributed to the tragedy. A search is under way for a 12-year-old boy, said Northern Territory Police. The group was last seen leaving Willowra, a small community, on Friday. The…

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GM wants Trump administration to back national electric vehicle program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Motors Co said on Friday it wants the Trump administration to back a nationwide program to boost sales of zero emission vehicles like electric cars, even as the government has proposed ending California’s ability to require more clean vehicles. GM says a nationwide program modeled on California’s effort could result in 7 million electric vehicles, or EVs, on U.S. roads by 2030. The largest U.S. automaker said the requirements would not apply if “battery cost or infrastructure targets are not practicable within the time frame.” GM…

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The disability vehicle so tiny it couldn’t take passengers

For decades, disabled people in the UK were given strange, turquoise, three-wheeled cars. They were issued for free and gave independence to people who otherwise couldn’t leave home. But it wasn’t long before the vehicles – known by the brand name Invacar, or more informally as “Noddy cars” – grew unpopular. They regularly toppled over, particularly in high winds, and carrying passengers in them was officially banned. One former owner, Colin Powell, explains how the Invacar came about; and what it was like to drive the cars, which had just…

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BASF, Nornickel join forces in electric vehicle battery push

FRANKFURT/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Germany’s BASF and Russia’s Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) have signed a nickel and cobalt supply deal to address growing demand for batteries to power electric vehicles, they said on Monday. The agreement between BASF and Nornickel, the world’s second largest nickel producer and a major cobalt maker, highlights the burgeoning market for metals needed for battery production. It could also provide fresh impetus to European efforts to create local battery cell manufacturing capacity – a market that is so far dominated by Chinese and Korean firms. Part of…

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France’s EDF wants to dominate electric vehicle charging market

PARIS (Reuters) – French state-owned utility EDF plans to become the leader in electric vehicle charging in Europe, a potentially lucrative, but already crowded, sector. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Electricite de France SA (EDF) is pictured on the facade of a building in Paris, France, August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo Power utilities, tech start-ups and oil majors are all fighting to establish themselves as the dominant players in the fast-growing business. reut.rs/2ONEaBb reut.rs/2Ec1RPI EDF Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy said the company was targeting a 30 percent market share…

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