Volkswagen tripled sales of electric cars last year

FRANKFURT, Germany — Europe’s force into electric powered autos is collecting pace — irrespective of the pandemic.

Automaker Volkswagen tripled profits of battery-only autos in 2020 as its new electric powered compact ID.3 arrived on the industry forward of rough new European Union limitations on vehicle emissions. And Germany, prolonged a laggard in adopting electric powered cars, noticed extra people buy electrics in December than opted for earlier dominant diesel cars.

Those people are early signs of what will probable be an approaching year of expanding industry share for electric powered autos as EU laws drive their adoption, irrespective of

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Performance Extended Range AWD Road Test | Range, photos, performance,

The name and the badge are what everyone wants to talk about. I mean that literally, as every person who stopped me to talk about this Iconic Silver 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD (and there were many) zeroed in on that mid-gallop horse and had some question or opinion about it. It wasn’t all negative, either. Far from it. Ultimately, though, they’d want to know what it was like. The answer was simple: It’s exceptional.

Of course, the Mach-E is hardly a simple thing. There’s a dizzying array of drivetrain and battery combinations available, resulting in numerous ranges, power

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VW recalls 56,000 Golf models for software update

HAMBURG — Volkswagen will recall 56,000 of its bestselling Golf to fix software problems that affect the infotainment system and reversing camera, the German company said on Tuesday.

The fix affects vehicles of the most recent Golf 8 series that were made until July 2020, a spokesman said. He added the recall was not mandatory but was a “voluntary service measure.”

Volkswagen had to postpone the launch of the Golf 8 due to software problems last year.

Its shares were down 1.6% at 1012 GMT, making it the biggest percentage loser in Germany’s blue-chip index DAX.

 

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Renault to form JV with U.S. hydrogen specialist Plug Power for fuel cell vans

PARIS — Renault Group will form a joint venture to develop, build and sell long-range fuel cell electric vans in Europe with Plug Power, a US company that just received a major investment from Korean battery maker SK Group, driving its market capitalization above $25 billion.

The 50-50 joint venture is expected to close in the first half of the year, the companies said Tuesday. It will be based in France, with an as-yet-undetermined number of employees, said Gilles Le Borgne, Renault’s head of engineering. 

The joint venture aims to provide “turn-key fuel cell vehicle solutions,” including supplying hydrogen, fueling

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Lobbying group unveils policy agenda to speed transition to EVs

The Zero Emission Transportation Association is proposing several federal policies to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles in the U.S. and maintain the nation’s global leadership in the technology.

The association, which launched in November to advocate for all vehicles sold by 2030 in the U.S. to be electric models, unveiled the federal recommendations in a policy agenda released Tuesday.

As part of its platform, the group is proposing federal lawmakers:

  • Reform tax credits for EV purchases, such as making those incentives available upfront and creating a tax credit for buyers of used EVs.
  • Introduce a 30 percent investment tax
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NADA, bank group to assess political contributions after U.S. Capitol siege

Industry groups including the National Automobile Dealers Association and American Bankers Association say they are evaluating their political contributions after last week’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol, described by NADA as “shocking, tragic and condemnable.”

The assessments come after a growing list of major corporations such as Ford Motor Co. said they would temporarily suspend donations to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

“As we have said, events over the past year have underscored the need for a broader, ongoing discussion about other relevant considerations when it comes to our employee PAC,” Ford said in a statement. “In order

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