Fully networked car workshop

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For the seventh consecutive year the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) is organizing the “Fully Networked Car” workshop during the Geneva auto show. The workshop, which will take place in Geneva March 7 and 8, 2012, provides a venue for car companies and standards makers to meet and discuss the car of the future. The WSC […]

Daimler, BYD to show concept EV at 2012 Beijing auto show

In March, 2010, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche (left) and BYD Chairman Wang Chuan-fu signed their partnership for electric vehicles in China (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler and Chinese car and battery maker BYD said they plan to show a concept version of their planned electric vehicle at next year’s Beijing auto show. The German premium car maker said the joint venture between the two companies, Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. (BDNT), plans to have its own presence at […]

Daimler’s car2go reaches 1 million rentals

Hamburg was one of the first car2go cities (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler said its car2go car-sharing scheme has achieved a first milestone: 1 million car rentals. The program has been running for two-and-a-half years, gradually expanding globally from its first location in Ulm. In that southern Germany city car2go now has 21,000 registered users sharing 300 smart fortwo models. Presently car2go operates in a range of […]

Honda’s electric Fit to charge faster with Toshiba battery module

Honda's electric Fit was unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show this week (Photo: Honda)

The new electric version of the Honda Fit, which will be for sale from the summer of 2012,¬† will be powered by Toshiba battery modules that the company says will charge quicker and provide less heat than more conventional EV batteries. The Japanese electronics group said the Japanese carmaker has evaluated the systems since December, […]

EV Battery Tech, London

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The annual EV Battery Tech conference will take place in London Feb 28 and 29, 2012. The two-day gathering will focus on¬† progress made in reducing the costs of electric-vehicle battery systems. A series of industry speakers will look at the latest developments. Key automaker speakers include Kazuo Yajima, head of Nissan‚Äôs global battery business, […]

Ford’s 2012 Escape offers range of new IT features

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Ford’s new Escape SUV, which is unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show this week, offers a range of IT features designed to show that the US carmaker is committed to spreading electronic innovation throughout its new models. The Escape is an important car for Ford for two reasons. The SUV segment is crucial to […]

US Mazda CX-5 to feature TomTom embedded navigation

The Mazda CX-5 will be shown in Los Angeles this month (Photo: Mazda)

When Mazda shows its new CX-5 at the Los Angeles auto show later this month, the compact crossover SUV will feature a line-fitted navigation system from TomTom, the Dutch navigation systems group said. TomTom said the integration marks the beginning of a new cooperation in North America with the Japanese carmaker. The CX-5 will be […]

Seat to roll out 2 electric cars for testing

The Seat Leon hybrid will be an "all-purpose car" (Photo: Seat)

Seat is getting ready to test two electric prototypes in advance of a full market introduction in 2015. The Spanish carmaker, a member of Germany’s Volkswagen Group, said it will make available for evaluation to government institutions in Catalonia and Madrid early versions of the Seat Altea XL Electric Ecomotive and the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive. […]

German testers find cold weather shortens EV range

The Citroen C-Zero has a shortened electric range in winter, Dekra says (Photo: Citroen)

Electric vehicles have a much shorter driving range when the weather turns cold, according to tests conducted by Dekra, a German testing and certification company. Dekra conducted simulated summer and winter tests on a Citroen C-Zero EV. It found the car had an electric range of 138 km at 22 degrees centigrade. At minus 5, […]

Thai floods drive up hard disk prices

A shortage of hard disks is not expected to increase computer prices (Photo: Samsung)

Flooding in Thailand and resulting plant closures in the country have led to massive price increases for computer hard disks. According to BITKOM, Germany’s high-tech industry association, hard disk prices have risen 80 pc since September alone. BITKOM looked at the prices of 300 hard disks sold in German online shops between September 2 and […]