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A self-driving electric ship will replace thousands of truck trips at Yara, a Norwegian fertilizer firm — Quartz. India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All - Rocky Mountain Institute. This transformation could sharply reduce fossil-fuel costs and import dependency, cut hazardous air and carbon emissions, fuel job creation and homegrown innovation, and support the growth of India’s economy.

India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All - Rocky Mountain Institute

Initial estimates suggest that shifting to a shared, electric, and connected passenger mobility paradigm may avoid as much as 1 gigatonne of carbon dioxide emissions between 2017 and 2030, and $60 billion in annual petrol/diesel costs in 2030. The end of petrol and diesel cars? All vehicles will be electric by 2025, says expert. RethinkingTransportation May FINAL. Wired. Fast Track To The Future.

From every corner, the future is coming at us very fast.

Fast Track To The Future

At rLoop it’s arriving at 700 mph, flying down a nearly airless tube. The designers of the rLoop passenger pod hope that their sleek vehicle is chosen as the carrier for the Hyperloop, a bold plan for a high-speed rail system that would transport travelers at great speeds over long distances. Airbus Says They'll Have A Flying Car By Year's End. It’s interesting to see various major companies zero in on similar ideas.

Airbus Says They'll Have A Flying Car By Year's End

We previously talked about Arconic’s Jetsons plan, which listed the prediction that things would keep heading skyward; larger and larger skyscrapers with the job of not only hosting space, but cleaning our air. Apparently, Airbus, appendage of the multinational aerospace and defense behemoth from Holland, has a similar outlook. However, in anticipation of taller and taller buildings, they are looking at newer forms of transport and Airbus wouldn’t be Airbus if they didn’t first consider something that could fly. That flying something is a flying car. Urban Air Mobility The big initiative from Airbus is Urban Air Mobility, a self-driving flying car for ride-sharing. Retro-electric: making petrol-guzzling cars eco-friendly. Big breakthroughs in battery technology have raised hopes the electric car can transform the auto industry and set us free from fossil fuel dependence.

Retro-electric: making petrol-guzzling cars eco-friendly

Some small businesses are determined to make sure the electric revolution is as environmentally friendly as possible. And their vision of the future relies on repackaging the past. Since manufacturing new cars is energy-intensive and polluting, these specialists believe transforming old, petrol-guzzling cars into clean, green electric vehicles can play an important part in reducing carbon emissions. Retro-electric cars. Climate change: Netherlands on brink of banning sale of petrol-fuelled cars. Europe appears poised to continue its move towards cutting fossil fuel use as the Netherlands joins a host of nations looking to pass innovative green energy laws.

Climate change: Netherlands on brink of banning sale of petrol-fuelled cars

The Dutch government has set a date for parliament to host a roundtable discussion that could see the sale of petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars banned by 2025. If the measures proposed by the Labour Party in March are finally passed, it would join Norway and Denmark in making a concerted move to develop its electric car industry. It comes after Germany saw all of its power supplied by renewable energies such as solar and wind power on one day in May as the economic powerhouse continues to phase out nuclear energy and fossil fuels. Disruptive trends that will transform the auto industry. Technology-driven trends will revolutionize how industry players respond to changing consumer behavior, develop partnerships, and drive transformational change.

Disruptive trends that will transform the auto industry

Today’s economies are dramatically changing, triggered by development in emerging markets, the accelerated rise of new technologies, sustainability policies, and changing consumer preferences around ownership. Digitization, increasing automation, and new business models have revolutionized other industries, and automotive will be no exception. These forces are giving rise to four disruptive technology-driven trends in the automotive sector: diverse mobility, autonomous driving, electrification, and connectivity. The Jeep Hackers Are Back to Prove Car Hacking Can Get Much Worse. Almost exactly a year ago, Chrysler announced a recall for 1.4 million vehicles after a pair of hackers demonstrated to WIRED that they could remotely hijack a Jeep’s digital systems over the Internet.

The Jeep Hackers Are Back to Prove Car Hacking Can Get Much Worse

For Chrysler, the fix was embarrassing and costly. But now those two researchers have returned with work that asks Chrysler and the automotive industry to imagine an alternate reality, one where instead of reporting their research to the automaker so it could be fixed, they had kept working on it in secret—the way malicious hackers would have. In doing so, they’ve developed a new hack that offers a sobering lesson: It could have been—and still could be—much worse. At the Black Hat security conference later this week, automotive cybersecurity researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek will present a new arsenal of attacks against the same 2014 Jeep Cherokee they hacked in 2015.

VW’s $15B Diesel Apology Could Finally Push EVs Mainstream. Volkswagen did a bad, bad thing.

VW’s $15B Diesel Apology Could Finally Push EVs Mainstream

Gizmodo. Why the Tesla boom could actually be very good news for the electric grid. Tesla Motors” Model 3 electric cars.

Why the Tesla boom could actually be very good news for the electric grid

(Tesla Motors via Reuters) Earlier this year, breathtaking numbers of pre-orders for the Tesla Model 3 not only shocked the auto industry but suggested that a transition of the U.S. and world auto fleet toward electric vehicles could happen faster than expected. There are still only a little more than 400,000 electric vehicles on the road in the United States, or just 0.16 percent of all cars. But predicted growth rates could have them at more than one-third of new car sales globally by 2040, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. And the growth won’t just be in personal vehicles — services such as Uber and Lyft, and makers of self-driving cars such as Google and Tesla, could also drive fast growth of the electric vehicle, or EV, fleet. Norway reportedly agrees on banning new sales of gas-powered cars by 2025.

Norway’s four main political parties have been discussing a possible ban on new gasoline-powered car sales (diesel or petrol) for quite some time, but they were not able to come to an understanding until now, according to a new report from Dagens Næringsliv (Paywall), an important newspaper in Norway.

Norway reportedly agrees on banning new sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

The four main political parties, both from the right and the left, have agreed on a new energy policy that will include a ban on new gasoline-powered car sales as soon as 2025 – making it one of the most aggressive timeline of its kind for such a policy. VW Cheating Code Words Said to Complicate Emissions Probe. (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen AG investigators are struggling to make headway through data secured from more than 1,500 laptops and probably won't have a complete report on the carmaker's emissions cheating by the end of the month, according to people familiar with the status of the investigation. The probe has been slowed by the use of dozens of code words, including “acoustic software,” for the illicit technology Volkswagen used to turn off pollution controls when cars were on the road, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is confidential.

The obfuscation along with partly insufficient and outdated computer systems made it difficult to find evidence concrete enough to hold individual employees accountable, they said. Automotive revolution perspective towards 2030. The marquee Volkswagen brand sales saw its biggest sales contraction in January since the German carmaker was engulfed in its diesel emissions scandal. Elon Musk on the twin revolutions of electrification and autonomous driving cars. In a BBC interview Elon Musk said [at about 5:20], “Every year, [Tesla Automotive] is doubling our total cumulative production. At the beginning of last year, we had 50,000 cars in total on the roads worldwide. And then last year we produced another 50,000 cars, so the total fleet of Tesla vehicles doubled last year, and will approximately double again this year.” Elon is guiding ~100,000 Tesla sales in 2016. * Sustainable energy production with electric cars will be sustainable transport future. * Telsa could accelerate that transition by a decade or more * the model 3 is on track for production by the end of 2017 * Elon sees an S curve adoption rate for electric cars * Telsa Model S was the best selling car in its luxury sedan segment.

Automakers still have a lot to learn from Tesla. First, let's get this out of the way: arguing that big automakers need to learn anything from Tesla is bold, I admit, considering Tesla's often dire financials — and the fact that when you compare it to an automotive giant like Toyota or Volkswagen, its production output is still a rounding error away from zero.

Tesla has yet to prove it can survive at scale, and that won't happen until the company is taking orders for a large number of Model 3s, producing them, and meeting demand. That's two years away at a bare minimum; likely more. But did Tesla prod the legacy auto industry to move faster on practical, mass-market electric vehicles than it may have otherwise? Perhaps. This is Faraday Future’s ridiculous 1,000-horsepower electric concept car. Toyota aims to nearly eliminate gasoline cars by 2050 - LA Times. Toyota, under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrids and fuel cells, to radically reduce emissions. The automaker promised to involve governments, affiliated companies and other "stakeholders" in its push to reduce average emissions from Toyota cars by 90 percent by about 2050, compared with 2010 levels. Elon Musk Is Innovating a Whole New Kind of Transport.

VW Emissions Issues Spread to Gasoline Cars. Toyota vs. Tesla - Can Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Compete with Electric Vehicles? - Tony Seba. Toyota bets the future car will be fuelled by hydrogen. Tesla Loses Consumer Reports Recommendation Amid Rise in Sales. VW developed 4 separate defeat devices over 7 years. Corporate Social Responsibility has become a racket - and a dangerous one.


Tesla's Model X And The Mainstreaming Of The Electric Car. Tesla's Model X Is Finally Here: The Stuff We Didn't Already Know (UPDATED) Volkswagen owners want payback as emissions-cheating scandal explodes. Volkswagen admits 11 million diesel cars worldwide have pollution test cheating 'defeat device' If VW deceived consumers about its diesel cars, then it has a huge problem. VW chief Martin Winterkorn defiant over emissions cheating scandal. VW emissions cheating affects 11 million cars worldwide. Volkswagen scandal widens: $7.3 billion cost, 11 million cars - Sep. 22, 2015. The UK is testing out roads that charge electric cars as they go. Graphene with strontium titanium oxide able to convert 5% of waste heat of car engines into electricity. Britain Launches First Driverless Car—And It’s Precious.

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