Inside the Industry

GM to collaborate with EV networks EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots

(January 10, 2019) DETROIT — General Motors will collaborate with EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots, three of the nation’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, to enable access to the largest collective electric vehicle charging network in the United States, including more than 31,000 charging ports. GM plans to aggregate dynamic data from each of the EV charging networks so owners of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV can have a more seamless charging experience with their GM vehicles. 

New Nissan Leaf powertrain option offers expanded range and power

(January 10, 2019) LAS VEGAS — Nissan has unveiled the Nissan Leaf e+, further broadening the appeal of the world's best-selling electric car by offering a new powertrain with additional power and range. The "e+" refers to the increased energy density of the model's 62 kWh battery pack and the higher output of its powertrain.

The new powertrain adds to the car's range by approximately 40 percent, with EPA-estimated range of up to 226 miles, ensuring that there's a Nissan Leaf to meet the driving needs of a wider range of customers.

Toyota, Kenworth collaborate to develop zero emission trucks

(January 9, 2019) LAS VEGAS — Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. This collaboration is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant preliminarily awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with the Port of Los Angeles as the prime applicant.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet debut

(January 9, 2019) ATLANTA — Just weeks after the premiere of the eighth generation of Porsche 911 in Los Angeles, the latest generation of 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet models are celebrating their debut. Featuring a solid glass rear window and integrated magnesium support elements, their automatic fabric top opens or closes in approximately 12 seconds at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour.

Like the recently introduced Coupe models, both the 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet now feature the wider body adopted from the previous generation 911 Carrera 4 and GTS models.

New Mercedes-Benz EQC electric crossover has U.S. premiere

(January 9, 2019) — LAS VEGAS — The first Mercedes-Benz vehicle from the EQ brand is celebrating its U.S. premiere at the Consumer Electronic Show here this week. The EQC symbolizes the beginning of a new mobility era at Daimler.

Daimler says that with its seamless, clear design and color highlights typical of the brand, it is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. With respect to quality, safety and comfort the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, and highly convincing in the sum of its attributes.

Chevrolet launches advertising campaign for new Silverado

(January 8, 2019) DETROIT — Chevrolet debuted its most comprehensive integrated marketing and social campaign to support the launch of the all-new Silverado during the NCAA championship football game Monday night. The campaign elements will reach a wide array of consumers through traditional and digital media, unique integrations and creative content that features real truck owners.

The blitz began during the College Football Playoff National Championship with the debut of the new 60-second TV commercial “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n’ Roll.”

Hyundai walking car concept is future of the first responder

(January 8, 2019) LAS VEGAS — Any first responder will tell you that the first 72 hours following a natural disaster are the most crucial to saving lives. However, often times due to the nature of the disaster (forest fire, earthquake, hurricane, or flood), it can be difficult for search-and-rescue and humanitarian aid missions to reach and get immediate help to those in need.

The need for efficient, rapid, resilient transportation for disaster assistance is what led Hyundai to develop the first-ever vehicle with moveable legs.

BraunAbility launches the Turny Evo car seat

(January 7, 2018) WINAMAC, Ind. — BraunAbility, a U.S. market leader in wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts, is expanding its product offering to now include an additional mobility transportation solution, the BraunAbility Turny Evo seat. BraunAbility says the Turny Evo rotating seat lift creates an easier and safer way to get in and out of tall vehicles.

It is an ideal alternative for anyone with limited mobility, wheelchair users who can transfer into a vehicle seat and caregivers of children, young adults and older parents.

Autonomous truck company TuSimple announces 2019 expansion

(January 7, 2019) SAN DIEGO — TuSimple, a global self-driving truck company, today announced that in response to growing commercial demand from 12 contracted customers, including Fortune 100 and large international companies, the company currently has 11 trucks in the U.S. and will have 40 trucks in fully-autonomous operation by June, making TuSimple the largest self-driving truck solutions company worldwide.

Toyota Research Institute to roll our P4 automated test vehicle

(January 6, 2019) LOS ALTOS, Calif. — This week, the bright lights of Las Vegas will once again shine on the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) when it introduces the TRI-P4 automated driving test vehicle on Monday, Jan. 7, at CES (Consumer Electronics Show).  The P4 is based on the all-new fifth-generation Lexus LS flagship sedan and will be used in TRI’s two-track Guardian and Chauffeur automated driving system development.