Hong Kong (CNN Business)China wants to boost its adoption of electric vehicles. So far, that hasn't been easy. Data released this week suggests that the Chinese market for new energy vehicles could shrink this year, according to an industry group. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Monday that the sales of electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars plunged by over 45% in October, marking four straight months of declines in the sector. "Because of the insufficient demand of the domestic market, the pressure for automakers to upgrade their technology to the national standard, and the major subsidy cuts for new energy vehicles, the recovery of production and sales is still limited," said Chen Shihua, assistant secretary general of the group. "Based on the current developing trend, we may see negative growth for new energy vehicles this year." China's car market fell off a cliff this year. It faces a long road back The findings underscore the delicate spot that … [Read more...] about China has been slashing its electric car subsidies. That could backfire
Continental AG has developed a new server for the Volkswagen ID electric vehicles, informs the company in a release.The new server concept is claimed to be a central element for the conversion of electricity to a service-oriented electronics architecture in highly connected ID electric cars. Its high computing power and consistent separation of hardware and software are paving the way for new functions and convenient OTA updates, further claims Continental.The ICAS1 concept offers a host of vehicle connectivity features like the ability to install new functions and safety updates in the vehicle via a wireless connection. This server is based on Continental's many years of experience with gateway control units, as claimed the brand.Commenting on the server concept, Helmut Matschi, member of the executive board at Continental and head of the Interior division, said, “It is a great accomplishment for us that our server concept is now going into series production at Volkswagen. … [Read more...] about Continental develops server concept for Volkswagen ID electric car
Tesla may be the current market leader in electric cars, but the American automaker could soon have some serious competition on its hands. British engineering giant Dyson has announced plans to develop a "radical and different" electric vehicle, for release in 2020. In an email to employees on Tuesday, founder Sir James Dyson said he intended to invest £2 billion in the project, which will incorporate technology from the company's vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans and supersonic hairdryers. "At this moment, we finally have the opportunity to bring all our technologies together into a single product," he wrote. "We've started building an exceptional team that combines top Dyson engineers with talented individuals from the automotive industry. The team is already over 400 strong, and we are recruiting aggressively. "The project will grow quickly from here but at this stage we will not release any information. Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we … [Read more...] about Move over Tesla: Dyson reveals £2 billion scheme to build an electric CAR by 2020
BLUE Planet and Extinction Rebellion have helped green issues to shoot up the agenda for this year's General Election. Just over half of voters said that climate change would influence how they cast their ballot in the December poll, research showed last month. And for young Brits under 25 it leaps to 74 per cent, suggesting those who can tap into their demands will do well this time around. The Sun Online takes a look at the green battlegrounds which could swing the vote, and what each of the parties want to do about it.CLIMATE CHANGE The Tories will be keen to highlight Theresa May's promise to make the UK the first major economy to go carbon neutral by 2050. And they have pointed to a strong record on cutting greenhouse gases by 25 per cent since 2010 - faster than any other G20 nation. Recently they've promised to plant a million trees to help offset carbon too. The Lib Dems have promised to do the same by 2045, and have demanded citizens assemblies and a Green Investment Bank to … [Read more...] about Plastic bans, free double-glazing and electric cars… what are the main parties’ green policies at the election?
Cars has delivered the S90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid to the Ambassador of Sweden to India Klas Molin, informs the automaker in a release.The Swedish luxury carmaker also claims that the Volvo S90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid will be the official car of the ambassador.Commenting on the delivery of the car, Klas Molin - Ambassador of Sweden to India, said, "Sweden has always been in the forefront of innovation and this car exemplifies that. We are pleased to include the Volvo S90 in our fleet and proud to be contributing to sustainable mobility."Charles Frump, Managing Director, Volvo Car India, said, "Volvo Cars and the Swedish government have always worked towards technological innovations in safety and sustainability and we are extremely happy that Ambassador Molin chose the S90 T8 as his official car."The Volvo S90 T8 Plug-in hybrid comes powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine that is clubbed with 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine churns out 405 PS of peak … [Read more...] about Volvo S90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid becomes the official car of the Ambassador of Sweden to India