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Here’s The Pitch To Woo Elon Musk’s Next Big Factory To France

In January, Elon Musk joked that Alsace may be the best location for Tesla Motors’ planned factory in Europe. By choosing such a culturally blended region — a place that’s alternately been controlled by France and Germany — the electric automaker could please everyone. “This is idle speculation, but maybe we can put a factory in […]

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Even Tesla Fanatics Are Shocked By Model 3 Preorders

Elon Musk reveled this weekend in the tidal wave of preorders Tesla Motors received for the company’s first affordable car, the Model 3, which debuted March 31. By Saturday night, the electric automaker pulled in an eye-popping 276,000 orders for the $35,000 vehicle, each with a $1,000 deposit, the billionaire chief executive said on Twitter. […]

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Twin-track product cycles speed up automotive technology.

With every new model that mobile phone manufacturers release there’s a quantum leap forward in technology. Automakers do the same, but with the development and production costs of bringing a car to market often running into the hundreds of billions of USD model life cycles tend to be much longer (Typically 7 years), but with […]

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Is there an alternative to Diesel Exhaust Fluid in SRCs?

To date smaller diesel engines have managed to meet Eu emissions regulations, and in some cases US Tier II Bin 5 standards, without resorting to Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) NOx aftertreatment. This has been accomplished through improved fuel injection and boosting systems, together with the adoption of low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation and Lean NOx traps. […]

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Do Catalytic Converters still need Platinum?

  Ever since the work carried out by people such as Robert C. Stempel in the 1970’s, automotive catalytic convertors have used precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium to promote the reaction of exhaust gases; by so doing converting nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons into nitrogen gas, carbon dioxide and water. […]

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Congratulations on the birth of little Foogle!

It’s no secret that Ford Motor Corporation are serious about self-driving cars; not only have they made huge investments in their own autonomous vehicle (And ADAS) development program, but recently announced an additional investment of $4.5 billion to bring 13 new electric cars to market by 2020 along with expanding research into batteries: Electrification is […]

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2015 an “Annus Horribilis” for the automotive industry?

If vehicle sales were to be the measure of industry success, then 2015’s performance would probably receive a BBB rating (medium class companies, which are satisfactory at the moment) from rating agency Fitch. Globally the auto industry was faced with and had to adjust to very large and widespread exchange rate movements, commodity and raw […]

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