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BMW Group, Daimler, Ford, Audi & Porsche JV for up to 350 kW CCS ultra-fast charging network along major highways in Europe

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BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. —Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. This will be an important step towards facilitating mass-market BEV adoption.

Study of Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing Finds Mixed Performance for Most OEMs, BMW and Toyota as the Clear Leaders

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Sustainable Value Margin—the ratio of Sustainable Value to sales—for each of the evaluated manufacturers. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge.

Porsche SE acquires ~10% stake in real-time traffic information company INRIX; 1st step to complementing investment in VW AG

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Porsche Automobil Holding SE has acquired a stake of around 10% in INRIX, one of the leading providers of real-time traffic information. For Porsche SE, the acquisition is the first step towards creating a portfolio of investments complementing its existing shareholding in Volkswagen AG. Brief

Manufacturer Spotlight: Subaru

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Where we stand: August, 2011 Internationally renowned for its boxer engine which became a hallmark of the Volkswagen Beetle and the Porsche 911, Japanese carmaker Subaru has now made the engine a hallmark of all of its own vehicles while also offering turbocharged versions of their passenger cars.

EUCAR calls for targeted support for automotive initiatives in €80B Horizon 2020 program; targeting €5B budget

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ICT is also an essential tool for other areas of automotive R&I, including manufacturing, processes and simulation, with each of these applications representing an important initiative in its own right. EUCAR is the European Council for Automotive R&D of the major European passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. billion).

Auto Industry and Utilities Urge President Obama to Create to National Electric Fuel Task Force to Accelerate Plug-in Adoption

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Organizations representing auto manufacturers, electric utilities and the electric drive industry are calling on President Obama to establish a new National Electric Fuel Task Force to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, $2.4

ABB joins CharIN; taking Combined Charging System to the next level; 150 kW demos, targeting 350 kW

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The Charging Interface Initiative association (CharIN) announced earlier this month that ABB has been granted core membership in the association.

BAIC BJEV in strategic cooperation with Dresden University of Technology for lightweighting technology

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The collaboration between us isset to deliver innovations that drive the global technological progress in the new energy automobile area and the industrialization of lightweighting technologies. Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., TUD Distinguished Senior Professor Werner Hufenbach was named chief scientist in lightweight technology for BAIC BJEV.

Automakers Support Obama Administrations Development of National Program for Reducing Carbon Emissions and Fuel Consumption

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The US auto industry, via the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, is lining up to support a new national, harmonized program to reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption that President Obama will announce on Tuesday, 19 May. —Dave McCurdy, president and CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Earlier post.).

EUCAR Recommends European 8th Research Framework Program Make Sustainable Mobility a Priority

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Ecological and efficient manufacturing. EUCAR was established on 27 May 1994, evolving from the previous Joint Research Committee (JRC) of the European motor vehicle manufacturers. The European automobile manufacturers are the largest private investors in R&D in Europe with over €26 billion investments per annum, or 5% of turnover.

Volkswagen Group to invest €51.6B over next five years; seeking to make itself future-proof

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The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group is trying to complete a complex merger with Porsche. Tags: Engines Hybrids Market Background Motors Vehicle Manufacturers The Volkswagen Group will invest around €51.6 billion (US$76.5 billion (US$14.1

NHTSA Sets MY 2011 CAFE Standards; Estimates Industry-Wide 27.3 mpg

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Each vehicle manufacturer’s required level of CAFE is based on target levels of average fuel economy set for vehicles of different sizes (as defined by footprint) and on the distribution of that manufacturer’s vehicles among those sizes. million metric tons during that period. Earlier post.). Estimated Industry-wide MY 2011 CAFE.  .

European Auto Manufacturers Agree on First Phase of Specifications to Connect Plug-ins to the Grid

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The European automobile manufacturers have agreed to a first phase of joint specifications to connect electrically chargeable vehicles to the electricity grid in a safe and user-friendly way. Manufactures will provide at least one cable with Type 2 plug (Mode 3) or standard domestic plug (Mode 2) to connect to infrastructure.