Clean vehicles are finding success in South Korea

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Data shows that sales have been growing strong in South Korea Clean vehicles are finding success in South Korea. According to data from the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association, the sale of clean vehicles has jumped by 41.6% in 2017. Throughout the country, approximately 97,466 of these vehicles were sold last year. The majority of these vehicles were hybrids. Consumers have shown interest in zero emission vehicles in recent years and have begun taking advantage of subsidies provided by the government. Kia is leading the market with its clean…

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Majority of electric vehicles are acquired through leasing programs

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Study shows most consumers lease their clean vehicles The penetration of electric vehicles in the United States is heavily reliant on leasing, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In many cases, leasing allows consumers to avoid potentially high upfront costs. In the case of vehicles equipped with fuel cells, leasing programs also grant consumers guaranteed access to the hydrogen fuel they need to power these vehicles. The study shows that the vast majority of electric vehicles and hybrids in the United States are gained through leasing…

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Kia unveils its new clean car and plans for future electric vehicles

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Kia’s Niro EV has been revealed Automaker Kia has unveiled its new Niro EV concept car. The new model is an all-electric version of Kia’s existing Niro Hybrid. The automaker has become heavily committed to releasing electric vehicles in the coming years and has focused on making these cars as efficient as possible. The Niro EV concept is expected to be able to travel some 238 miles before needing to be recharged. The vehicle is also equipped with new technology that has been developed by Kia and its partners. Kia…

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Partnerships could help Hyundai create new clean vehicles

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Hyundai will continue working with Intel and Nvidia South Korean automaker Hyundai has confirmed that its partnership with both Intel and Nvidia is ongoing. Hyundai vice chairman Chung Eui-sun confirmed the collaboration in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the Consumer Electronics Show will be taking place. The partnerships may highlight Hyundai’s future plans concerning clean vehicles, especially where autonomous cars are concerned. The automaker has been investing in autonomous technology for some time, hoping to eventually develop driverless clean vehicles. Intel and Nvidia have significant experience with autonomous technology Nvidia has…

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Partnership aims to equip clean vehicles with autonomous technology

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Volkswagen and Aurora will be working to improve clean vehicles German automaker Volkswagen has partnered with Aurora, a startup company based in California. Together, the two companies will work to research and develop autonomous vehicles. Volkswagen is one of several automakers that have taken an interest in driverless technology, which may eventually power clean vehicles of the future. Such vehicles are expected to be powered by clean technologies, such as batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. These technologies coupled with driverless systems would make the vehicles significantly more efficient. Automaker plans…

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Company aims to bring hydrogen fuel cells to electric vehicles

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myFC is developing a fuel cell extender for electric vehicles Sweden’s myFC has announced that it will be accelerating its development of a new fuel cell range extender for electric vehicles. The company has been working to develop such a product for some time. The fuel cell system is meant to extend how long battery electric vehicles can operate before they need to recharge. The fuel cell would generate electricity through the consumption of hydrogen fuel and provide this electricity to the vehicle’s battery system. Company plans to showcase prototype…

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China to extend tax rebates for clean vehicles

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Clean cars will continue to receive financial support from the Chinese government China’s finance ministry has announced that it will be extending tax rebates for clean vehicles. This tax rebate was meant to expire at the end of this year, but has been extended until December of 2020. The announcement has been welcomed by automakers, many of whom plan to release new clean vehicles in China within the next year. The tax rebate covers vehicles that are equipped with batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as plug-in hybrids. Government…

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Hyundai and Kia to release new artificial intelligence assistant in 2019

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New AI program will be making its way to vehicles in 2019 Automakers Kia and Hyundai are planning to develop a new artificial intelligence assistant that will be part of their future vehicles. AI has begun making its way into the auto industry, but relatively few companies have begun experimenting with this technology. Kia and Hyundai are working with SoundHound to develop the new AI assistant. The companies believe that the first of its AI programs will be connected to vehicles beginning in 2019. Artificial intelligence system could be installed…

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New investment helps Nikola advance development of hydrogen fuel truck

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WABCO invests $10 million in Nikola WABCO Holdings, a commercial vehicle technology and service provider, has announced that it will be investing in the Nikola Motor Company. Nikola is a relatively new startup that is focused on the development of clean commercial vehicles. The company has plans to compete with other automakers that intend to launch electric semi-trucks. Unlike others, however, Nikola will be powering its new trucks with hydrogen fuel cells. WABCO has invested some $10 million to support this endeavor. Companies will work to create better safety technologies…

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Hyundai sees new trends emerging with driverless technology and clean vehicles

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Hyundai believes driverless vehicles will become much more common in 2018 The auto industry is beginning to experience a significant shift, with new trends emerging for 2018. According to Mike Song, head of operations at Hyundai, driverless technology will become much more prominent next year. Song also predicts that clean technology will also become more of a priority for automakers. Hyundai has already been working to develop driverless technology, with autonomous systems to be part of new launch models. The automaker is also investing heavily in hydrogen fuel cells, which…

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Clean vehicles may kill internal combustion engines by 2050

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Toyota believes that conventional engines will soon be extinct Toyota believes that internal combustion engines will become extinct by 2050. The company’s head of its research and development division, Seigo Kuzumaki, suggests that this will happen due to changing emissions regulations and the growing adoption of clean vehicles. Toyota is poising itself to be prepared for this apparent inevitability by focusing more heavily on clean technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells. The automaker already offers a fuel cell vehicle in its Mirai and intends to launch many new clean vehicles…

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Hyundai to showcase new clean vehicles at the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Automaker will be putting autonomous clean vehicles to use in its native South Korea Automaker Hyundai will be showcasing its new vehicles at the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games that are being hosted in South Korea. The company is the largest automaker in South Korea and has grown more focused on developing clean vehicles in recent years. Now, the company plans to bring 4,100 new vehicles to the Winter Olympics. The automaker will also be providing funding to help operate and maintain these vehicles throughout the course of the…

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Volkswagen to help build new charging stations for clean vehicles

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Automaker plans to install 2,800 charging stations throughout the US by 2019 Volkswagen is preparing to help develop an infrastructure capable of supporting clean vehicles in the United States. The company recently launched its Electrify America program, through which it is investing some $2 billion to build new electric charging stations. The program was formed as part of a settlement agreement regarding the company’s emissions cheating. Volkswagen expects to help build some 2,800 electric charging stations throughout the United States by June of 2019. Most of these new charging stations…

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Hyundai has big plans for new electric vehicles

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Automaker is beginning to place more focus on electric vehicles South Korean automaker Hyundai has plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles. The automaker has already established a position in the clean transportation market, but believes it has been late in doing so. Hyundai senior vice president Lee Ki-sang suggests that the company could have been the first to bring electric vehicles to the market. Instead, the company has focused on more conventional cars, only recently investing more heavily in clean technology. Hyundai plans to launch a new…

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EcoCar plans to develop its own fuel cell system

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Engineering team will be producing its own fuel cell for its clean vehicle The University of Alberta’s EcoCar team has plans to develop its own hydrogen fuel cell. EcoCar is an engineering group that produces hydrogen-powered vehicles every year for the Shell Eco-Marathon. The event pits various clean vehicles against one another to showcase the efficiency and capabilities of zero-emission cars. Thus far, EcoCar has developed three clean vehicles that have competed in international events. The team has purchased the fuel cells that power its vehicles but is now prepared…

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Toyota and Panasonic team to aid electric vehicles

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New partnership seeks to establish standards for battery technology Toyota and Panasonic have formed a new partnership in order to establish new standards for the batteries used in electric vehicles. The two companies are currently working on the final details concerning these standards. The partnership could help Japanese automakers compete more effectively with foreign companies. Automakers outside of Japan have established a significant lead when it comes to using advanced battery technology to power new vehicles. Better batteries could help make electric vehicles more affordable Both Toyota and Panasonic are…

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