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Volkswagen Plots Major China Push as Tensions Rise at Home

A year into his tenure, Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess is entering critical months as he seeks to expand the carmaker’s sprawling Chinese operations while containing labor friction that’s been rising at home. The Chinese market is leading a global shift toward electric vehicles and will take on a bigger role for the German automaker as both a production hub and a research center, Diess told reporters ahead of the China auto show in Shanghai. The company plans to deliver 22...
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Volkswagen Says This I.D. Roomzz Electric SUV Concept Will Be Out in 2021

The mid-size SUV is the sixth all-electric concept from the German automaker and will be part of a rollout of VW EVs that starts next year.
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Exclusive: SK Innovation in talks to set up EV battery JVs with Volkswagen, China partners

SK Innovation Co Ltd is in talks to set up separate battery-making joint ventures with Volkswagen AG and Chinese partners, as the South Korean petrochemicals producer aggressively expands its involvement in electric vehicles (EVs). The company confirmed talks with Germany's Volkswagen for the first time, telling Reuters the pair were discussing building a factory together. It also said it was on the cusp of agreeing to build a plant in China with undisclosed partners.
Tags: Science, China, Germany, Volkswagen, Reuters, Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen China, SK Innovation Co Ltd, SK Innovation

VW seals 10-year lithium deal for electric cars

German car behemoth Volkswagen said Friday it had secured 10 years' worth of lithium for electric car batteries from Chinese manufacturer Ganfeng, ensuring supply of a key ingredient for the vital components. The two firms "signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on long-term lithium supplies for battery cells," VW said in a statement, although it did not reveal the financial terms of the deal. "Volkswagen is thus already securing a significant share of its lithium requirement," the Wolfsbu...
Tags: Science, Vw, Volkswagen, Wolfsburg, Ganfeng

EU charges German carmakers with blocking emissions cleaning technology

European Union antitrust regulators on Friday charged BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen with colluding to block the rollout of emissions cleaning technology in a move that could lead to hefty fines. In the latest emissions scandal to hit the auto industry, the European Commission said it had sent so-called statements of objections to the companies setting out the charges, nearly two years after carrying out dawn raids at their premises. It said the collusion occurred between 2006 to 2014 and took pl...
Tags: Science, Eu, European Union, European Commission, Volkswagen, BMW Daimler

Volkswagen, Siemens to collaborate on industrial cloud technology

Volkswagen has selected Siemens as its integration partner to help connect its 122 plants to Amazon's cloud in an effort to raise efficiency in production, the two German companies announced on Friday. "Siemens will play a key role in ensuring that machinery and equipment of different manufacturers at the 122 Volkswagen plants are networked efficiently in the cloud," they said in a joint statement, without giving financial terms. Volkswagen on Wednesday said it has teamed up with Amazon Web Se...
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VW to improve production with Amazon cloud to network its factories

Volkswagen on Wednesday said it has teamed up with Amazon Web Services to link up and integrate the data from 122 VW Group plants, machines and systems, as a way to improve its production systems and processes. Amazon will help Volkswagen join up its plants and supply chain with over 30,000 locations and 1,500 suppliers using a data platform known as the "Volkswagen Industrial Cloud", the company said in a joint press release with Amazon. The cloud platform could be made available to other car...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Vw, Volkswagen, Amazon Web Services, VW Group, Volkswagen Industrial Cloud

The Audi R8 V12 TDi Is A Diesel Supercar From A Parallel Universe

After the Volkswagen diesel scandal was unearthed back in 2015, the fuel has been under increasing scrutiny, subject to bans, and additional taxes in some cities. The tide turned very quickly on diesel cars, so quickly that Audi were considering a diesel supercar only a handful of years ago. The forgotten Audi R8 V12 TDi Le Mans concept car was to be the first of its kind.
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SEC sues Volkswagen, ex-CEO over alleged emissions fraud on investors

WASHINGTON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing Volkswagen (VW) and its former chief executive Martin Winterkorn over the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, alleging a "massive fraud" on U.S. investors. Regulators and investors argue VW should have informed them sooner about the scope of the scandal, while VW says it was not clear it would face billions of dollars in fines and penalties as others had paid out much lower sums for similar offe...
Tags: Science, Washington, Vw, SEC, Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen VW, FRANKFURT Reuters, U S Securities and Exchange Commission SEC

Volkswagen may face U.S. SEC lawsuit over failure to disclose emissions cheating

Volkswagen AG said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may sue the German automaker over its failure to disclose its diesel emissions scandal to investors. VW said in its annual report released earlier this week that the SEC probe focuses on the automaker's nondisclosure of "certain Volkswagen diesel vehicles' noncompliance" with U.S. emissions rules. Volkswagen did not have an immediate comment.
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NASA dropped a space exploration robot into Cape Cod’s waters to reach the darkest unknowns

When the Orpheus drone emerged from the waters off of Cape Cod in September 2018, deep sea biologist Tim Shank felt relieved. Four and a half years earlier, Shank, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), had sent a state-of-the-art exploration craft to crushing ocean depths — but the vehicle never returned.   Only shattered pieces of plastic drifted back up to the surface world. This time, the new exploration robot Orpheus passed its first test: The machine dove alone int...
Tags: Science, Australia, Nasa, Earth, Chicago, Volkswagen, Europa, James Cameron, Pacific Ocean, Cape Cod, Atlantic Ocean, University Of Illinois, Shank, Europa Jupiter, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution WHOI

BMW, Daimler pool resources on automated driving technology

Daimler and BMW deepened their alliance on Thursday to share spiraling development costs for highly automated driving technologies, even as each carmaker pursues separate efforts to develop fully self-driving cars. The enormous cost of designing and building computer-powered vehicles has already prompted Honda to pool its efforts with General Motors, while Volkswagen is pursuing talks with Ford about an alliance on autonomous cars. BMW and Daimler deepened their alliance for similar reasons, s...
Tags: Science, General Motors, Ford, Bmw, Volkswagen, Honda, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, Michael Hafner, BMW Daimler

Volkswagen deepens cloud computing partnership with Microsoft

Volkswagen said on Wednesday it had struck a deal with Microsoft to cooperate on cloud computing in China and the United States, as part of its drive to offer connected vehicle services across the globe. Volkswagen will use its Automotive Cloud as the core of its vehicle and service data operations for its new ID electric cars which are due to hit showrooms in 2020, the carmaker said.
Tags: Science, Microsoft, China, United States, Volkswagen

VW praises Ford's autonomous tech as partnership talks continue

Volkswagen on Wednesday praised its cooperation with Ford and took pains to highlight its rival's autonomous vehicles technology, as both carmakers explore deepening their partnership to include self-driving cars. VW and Ford have agreed to develop a range of commercial vehicles together and explored cooperating on electric cars. VW has however so far resisted agreeing to invest in Ford's autonomous vehicle unit.
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Bet everything on electric: Inside Volkswagen's radical strategy shift

If Volkswagen realizes its ambition of becoming the global leader in electric cars, it will be thanks to a radical and risky bet born out of the biggest calamity in its history. The German giant has staked its future, to the tune of 80 billion euros ($91 billion), on being able to profitably mass-produce electric vehicles - a feat no carmaker has come close to achieving. Customers have meanwhile largely shunned electric vehicles because they are too expensive, can be inconvenient to charge and...
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Volkswagen's Electrify America buys Tesla devices for EV charging stations

Electricity users can incur high-demand charges from many U.S. utilities when they draw a lot of energy from the grid in a short time, which can happen charging an electric vehicle or a number of them at once at a single station. "If you pass the demand charge onto the customer in a high-demand charge market" it can cost anywhere from $70 to $110 to charge a vehicle, Electrify America's chief operating officer Brendan Jones told Reuters. "If you did that, obviously nobody would buy an electric...
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Shell open to carmaker partners in EV charging expansion

Shell is open to partnerships with carmakers to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging beyond its petrol stations, one of the oil major's executives said on Friday. As part of efforts to compete with rival BP in the growing EV sector, Shell this week bought U.S. charger provider Greenlots - a supplier for Volvo and Volkswagen's U.S. subsidiary as well as for utilities and residential sites - for an undisclosed sum. "We recognize that the customers are not just necessarily going to go to recharg...
Tags: Science, Bp, Volkswagen, Volvo, Shell, Greenlots, Mark Gainsborough, Shell s New Energies

China's Didi sets up joint ventures with BAIC unit, Volkswagen

China's biggest ride-hailing operator said on Monday the joint venture (JV) with state-owned BAIC, called BAIC-Xiaoju New Energy Auto Technology Co. Ltd, aimed to develop "next-generation connected-car systems." It is the first JV between the two companies and follows another partnership announced by Didi last year with Volkswagen. Chinese company registration records showed that Didi holds a 60 percent share in the JV, called Shanghai Juzhong Smart Mobility Co, while Volkswagen Group China ow...
Tags: Science, China, Volkswagen, Didi, BAIC, Volkswagen Group China, BAIC Xiaoju New Energy Auto Technology Co Ltd, Shanghai Juzhong Smart Mobility Co

Not so fast: Most Germans favor speed limits on the Autobahn

A majority of Germans favor setting maximum speed limits for Germany's famously fast Autobahns to help battle climate change, according to a poll published on Saturday. A government-appointed committee studying the future of transport is looking at ending the "no limits" sections on motorways as part of a broader proposal to help Germany meet European Union emissions targets. Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, a conservative from Bavaria, the home state of carmakers Daimler and Audi, a unit o...
Tags: Science, Germany, European Union, Volkswagen, Bavaria, Audi, Daimler, Andreas Scheuer

Not so fast: Most Germans favor speed limits on the Autobahn

A majority of Germans favor setting maximum speed limits for Germany's famously fast Autobahns to help battle climate change, according to a poll published on Saturday. A government-appointed committee studying the future of transport is looking at ending the "no limits" sections on motorways as part of a broader proposal to help Germany meet European Union emissions targets. Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, a conservative from Bavaria, the home state of carmakers Daimler and Audi, a unit o...
Tags: Science, Germany, European Union, Volkswagen, Bavaria, Audi, Daimler, Andreas Scheuer

Volkswagen to build new electric vehicle in U.S.: Tennessee governor

Volkswagen AG is announcing on Monday it will build a new electric vehicle at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee as it shifts toward zero emission vehicles, the state’s governor told Reuters. The German automaker is making the announcement at the Detroit auto show and will make an unspecified additional investment and add jobs, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said, declining to disclose details ahead of the formal announcement. "We obviously think electric vehicles are going to play a more a...
Tags: Science, Tennessee, Volkswagen, Detroit, Reuters, CHATTANOOGA Tennessee, Volkswagen AG, Bill Haslam, Haslam

The Fascinating Engineering Behind VW's Electric Car Platform of the Future

Volkswagen, the company that brought us Dieselgate, wants us forget its last eco-disaster by promising to bring affordable electric cars to the masses starting in 2020. Those cars will ride on an all-new electric platform called MEB. The automaker calls it “one of the most important projects in the history of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Vw, Volkswagen, Electric Cars, Dieselgate, Meb, Volkswagen Meb, Vw Me

Volkswagen's Mobile Charging Stations Sound Like a Great Idea

One of the hurdles of widespread EV ownership is the lack of charging infrastructure. Charging station just aren’t numerous or readily accessible enough in some regions for people to feel secure about buying an electric car. Which is why I very much like Volkswagen’s idea of mobile charging stations.
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Volkswagen presents a mobile electric vehicle charging station

German carmaker Volkswagen has revealed a first glimpse of its mobile quick charging station for electric vehicles (EVs), which will go into production in 2020. With this first glimpse, Volkswagen has demonstrated that it's possible to provide temporary charging facilities, which will open up new avenues for the future expansion of recharging networks. The goal is to be able, for example, to set up charging points at large-scale events, or on company premises.
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EU court rejects 'excessively high' diesel emissions limits

An EU court on Thursday rejected the "excessively high" diesel emissions limits Brussels set just after the scandal in which German carmaker Volkswagen cheated on emissions tests. The General Court "annuls in part the (European) Commission's regulation setting excessively high oxides of nitrogen emission limits for the tests for new light passenger and commercial vehicles," it said. The Commission, the EU's executive arm, aimed to set new norms to what existed already for emissions tests condu...
Tags: Science, Eu, European Commission, Brussels, Volkswagen, General Court

Volkswagen to spend 44 bn euros on 'electric offensive'

German auto giant Volkswagen said Friday it will invest 44 billion euros by 2023 in the smarter, greener cars of the future as it ramps up efforts to shake off the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal. Over the coming five years, VW said it aims to spend "almost 44 billion euros" ($50 billion) on electric, self-driving and connected cars as well as mobility services like car sharing. The figure represents roughly a third of the group's planned expenditure between now and 2023, and the bulk ...
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Germans to vent VW fury in mass 'dieselgate' suit

Volkswagen will on Thursday get a taste of the anger felt by duped German diesel drivers when consumer groups file the country's first class-action suit over an emissions cheating scandal. "Volkswagen will remember this day as the moment the kid gloves of the politicians were replaced by the boxing gloves of consumer advocates," Klaus Mueller of Germany's VZBV consumer federation told DPA news agency. Justice Minister Katarina Barley said "an estimated two million" VW owners could benefit from...
Tags: Science, Justice, Germany, Vw, Volkswagen, DPA, Katarina Barley, Klaus Mueller

Court orders top VW shareholder to pay 'dieselgate' damages

German judges on Wednesday ordered Volkswagen's largest shareholder, holding company Porsche SE, to pay damages to some of its own investors over its handling of VW's "dieselgate" emissions scandal. A Stuttgart court awarded shareholders in two cases a total of 47 million euros ($54 million), saying that Porsche SE failed to inform investors in a timely way about software to cheat emissions tests built into millions of Volkswagen cars. The 2015 revelation sent the value of the manufacturer's ...
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Audi to pay mega fine in VW's latest dieselgate fallout

Auto giant Volkswagen cleared a new hurdle in its "dieselgate" scandal Tuesday, paying a hefty fine to close a German investigation into subsidiary Audi, but the group is not yet in the clear over its years of emissions cheating. In a statement, Volkswagen said high-end manufacturer Audi had agreed to pay an 800-million-euro ($927 million) fine issued by Munich prosecutors. "Audi AG has accepted the fine" for "deviations from regulatory requirements in certain V6 and V8 diesel aggregates (moto...
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Tough CO2 targets 'could cost 100,000 jobs': VW chief

Setting European Union targets for reducing cars' greenhouse gas output that are too ambitious could backfire with the loss of 100,000 jobs, Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess said Thursday. If ministers aimed to slash carbon dioxide (CO2) output by 40 percent between 2020 and 2030, "around a quarter of the jobs in our factories would have to go in the space of 10 years -- a total of 100,000 posts," Diess told daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. EU governments agreed Tuesday to aim for a 35-perc...
Tags: Science, Berlin, European Union, Vw, Volkswagen, Herbert Diess, Diess, Sueddeutsche Zeitung EU

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