Colorado to invest in clean vehicles

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State will use funding from Volkswagen settlement to support clean vehicles Colorado has finalized a plan to cut the amount of pollution that the transportation space produces by bolstering the infrastructure needed to support clean vehicles. The state will be spending some $68 million on building new electric charging and alternative fuel stations. The funding is Colorado’s share of a $2.7 billion settlement that automaker Volkswagen reached with the federal government. The settlement has to do with Volkswagen’s artificially lowering its emissions results, wrongfully presenting its vehicles as more environmentally…

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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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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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Volkswagen aims to bring new electric vehicles to China

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Automaker has a $11.8 billion plan to bring electric vehicles into the Chinese market German automaker Volkswagen has an ambitious plan when it comes to China’s clean transportation market. The company is looking to bring new electric vehicles to China in order to take advantage of the growing demand for such cars. Volkswagen will be investing more than $11.8 billion in this endeavor over the next seven years. China is currently the world’s leading market for electric vehicles. More of these cars are sold in the country than anywhere else.…

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Volkswagen may be moving away from hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker could be ditching fuel cells in favor of batteries German automaker Volkswagen may be starting to distance itself from hydrogen fuel cells. The company has long been ambivalent concerning these energy systems, preferring batteries that can power new vehicles. In recent years, the automaker had shown more interest in fuel cells, particularly through its Audi brand. This is changing, however, as Volkswagen begins to focus more of its attention on clean vehicles. Volkswagen has plans to embrace battery technology The automaker has not been shy with its criticisms regarding…

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Volkswagen to invest $84 billion into electric vehicles

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Automaker is showing greater support for clean vehicles German automaker Volkswagen has announced plans to begin investing heavily in electric vehicles. Earlier this year, the company announced that it will be committing $10 billion to the development of these vehicles. Now, the automaker has plans to increase this investment to approximately $84 billion. With this investment, Volkswagen aims to bring 300 electric vehicle models to the global market by 2030, an ambitious plan that may rely heavily on the advancement of clean technology. Volkswagen will be working to develop advanced…

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Audi issues more purchase orders for hydrogen fuel cells

Automaker seeks to accelerate the adoption of fuel cells German automaker Audi has issued new purchase orders to Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, in order to accelerate key development activities. The purchase orders are part of the Volkswagen Group’s overarching plans to begin incorporating clean technology more aggressively. As the owner of Audi, Volkswagen’s interests in hydrogen fuel cells were expected to trickle down to its other divisions. Audi already has a history with fuel cell technology, showing support for how these energy systems can…

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Volkswagen settlement will support clean vehicles in California

German automaker settles legal issues with $15 billion deal German automaker Volkswagen has settled its legal battles in the United States and California. This settlement could have profound implications for the clean transportation space, especially where clean technology is involved. The automaker has been combating an issue concerning cheating on diesel emissions, claiming that emissions were far lower than they actually were. After contesting the issue for some time, Volkswagen has settled the matter for $15 billion. Funds will be used to help promote clean technology in the transportation space…

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Germany launches new subsidy to support electric vehicles

New subsidy initiative will make clean vehicles more accessible to consumers The German government is showing more support for clean transportation and aims to further encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles of various kinds. The government has launched a new subsidy that aims to ensure that many people gain access to clean vehicles in the coming years. The subsidy is backed by more than $1 billion in funding from the German government and is expected to bring more than 1 million electric vehicles to the roadways by 2020. Funding will…

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Massive Volkswagen scandal: 11 million cars affected

Volkswagen forced to recall over half a million diesel vehicles.  A Volkswagen scandal that erupted late last week, has shocked millions around the globe as the German automaker admitted to falsifying U.S. vehicle emission tests, which the company now says, only days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered the car manufacturer to recall 500,000 vehicles, that the scandal could affect 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide. Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” vehicles pollute more than traditional gasoline engine vehicles. The EPA revealed last Friday that Volkswagen had equipped nearly…

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Volkswagen embraces hydrogen fuel

Volkswagen is becoming more inclusive with its interests in clean transportation Clean transportation has become a divisive issue in the auto industry. Many automakers have been making battery-powered vehicles for some time now, but a growing number of these companies are beginning to embrace hydrogen fuel cells. Automakers that have been developing battery electrics have little faith in fuel cells, believing these energy systems to be too expensive and inefficient. Those that are developing fuel cell vehicles believe that they will one day dominate the transportation market. Automaker adopts an…

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Volkswagen purchases hydrogen fuel cell technology from Ballard

Automaker makes a monumental deal with Ballard Power Systems German automaker Volkswagen has purchased hydrogen fuel cell technology from Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cells. The deal between the two companies is estimated to be worth approximately $122 million and it may advance Volkswagen’s plans concerning fuel cells and clean transportation. The automaker has been working on developing a fuel cell vehicle and forming a better understanding of fuel cell technology. Volkswagen has shown somewhat limited interest in fuel cell technology when compared to other automakers. Deal…

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BMW and Volkswagen form partnership to support electric vehicles

Companies come together to build new charging stations in the United States German automaker BMW has announced that it has formed a partnership with Volkswagen and ChargPoint in order to build a comprehensive infrastructure for electric vehicles. The companies will be building a network of fast-charging stations that will extend from the eastern United States to the west. This network will be comprised of 100 fast-charging stations that will serve as a boon for those with electric vehicles. The network will also add to the 20,000 ChargPoint charging stations that…

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Volkswagen unveils its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Volkswagen has showcased its new fuel cell vehicle at an event in California German automaker Volkswagen has unveiled plans for its new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, called the Golf SportWagen HyMotion. The new fuel cell vehicle was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show and represents the first vehicle developed by Volkswagen to use a fuel cell energy system. Volkswagen has been involved in the clean transportation space for some time, but has expressed a lack of faith in the viability of hydrogen fuel cells. HyMotion to travel 310 miles…

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Volkswagen to launch more than 20 new electric vehicles in China

The launch of green cars will help with China’s serious smog problem. The well known German car brand, Volkswagen AG, is throwing its support behind the country’s go green campaign, an effort to combat the growing air pollution problem in the nation, and will be producing over 20 electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid car models for China. The various EV models are set to be available to Chinese consumers by the end of 2018. By 2020, China’s goal is to put 5 million EVs on the road and Volkswagen’s…

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300-mile range electric vehicles may be on their way

Battery electrics with more than 300 miles of operational range could be seen within the next few years The next two generations of electric vehicles may be significantly more efficient than the current generation. Doctor Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of powertrain development at Volkswagen, believes that electric vehicles with more than 300 miles of operation range will be seen in the near future. Currently, battery electric vehicles are the target of criticism for their relatively low efficiency and operational range. This is one of the reasons some people choose to avoid…

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