Automotive News Updates - Dec-1st-week-2017
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The State Government of Tasmania announces $250,000 funding for EVs : As a transformational change, the state government has taken a step towards electric-vehicle future in Tasmania. With funding announced for the working group, the state will see an establishment of EV network and charging stations as part of the zero-net-emission plan by 2050. The move has been welcomed by the Tasmanian branch of Australian Electric Vehicle Association.
Self-driving cars to go public in the UK as part of a £20 million UK Autodrive project : With real-world tests being conducted in Coventry, the Jaguar F-Pace and Range Rover Sport are among the partners of the self-driving car trials. The cars have been pictured with fully-equipped accessories like radar, self-driving sensors, and camera. The on-road tests are seen as a major transformation beyond the earlier closed-track environment tests.
VW Group approves a five-year spending plan to transform itself as a leading force in electric car technology : The automaker is said to spend more than $40 billion on EVs, new mobility services, and autonomous driving by 2022.
Germany’s Daimler AG plans to invest 5 billion yuan ($755 million) in China : Jointly with the Chinese joint-venture partner, the company is set to produce electric cars and batteries as an effort to help the China operations in meeting with the country’s green car production and sales.
Toyota GB to recall about 4,200 Turkish-built C-HR crossovers with the 1.2-litre petrol engine : The recall involves all the vehicles manufactured between July 2016 and October 2017. The involved PHEVs have seen a defect related to an EV fuse which may malfunction if the vehicles are operated under high load driving conditions. The dealers will replace the fuse at no cost, with recall letters to start from January.
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