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The road ahead needs electricity.
The shift away from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles is not a normal retooling of auto plants, but a full-scale recreation of the auto sector that will reshape the modern economy. Will Canada’s auto sector be left in the wilderness?
A look back at how Canada secured auto investment in the past shows how a peripheral economy gained a major auto sector — and how it might hold onto it even in the face of U.S. protectionism on EVs.
Xpeng’s G3 electric is leading the way in top-end Chinese engineering.
China used to only make Soviet cars under licence. Now it’s taking on Tesla.
A worker inspects new cars ready to be exported in Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta
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Indonesia’s car sales tax cut could damage the environment as more cars on the streets will increase carbon emissions.
The U.S. is still a leader in designing and selling computer chips, but the vast majority of the world’s chips are fabricated in Taiwan and South Korea.
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The high cost and long lead times for building computer chip factories makes it difficult for the U.S. to reverse the steady decline of its domestic semiconductor manufacturing capacity.
Millennials are less likely to drive than older generations.
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Research shows that millennials don’t drive as much as previous generations, largely because of their beliefs.
Driverless cars create an opportunity for more inclusive design – so why aren’t more companies using it?
The Canada-U.S. border will be closed to most people because of the coronavirus, but trucks will still be able to make the trip over crossings like the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont.
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Canada and the United States have opted to keep its border open to commercial trucking during the coronavirus pandemic. The decision is important to the economies of both countries.
Volkswagen started production on its electric ID.3 cars in November 2019.
After ‘Dieselgate’, Volkswagen appears keen to rescue its public image. Now it’s looking to hire its own ‘Greta Thunberg’.
The automobile sector has grown most strongly since 1994 behind tariff protection.
South Africa’s economic reforms of the 1990s were overdone, destroying some industries and thus impacting economic growth and job creation. A re-balancing of industrial policy is called for.
This isn’t goodbye.
To become an attractive prospect for electric car manufacturers, the UK needs to sort out its supplies of rare earths – Brexit, or no Brexit.
A Chinese hybrid-electric SUV made by BYD.
Chinese electric vehicle sales already amount to more than half of the world’s total – and car makers and battery manufacturers are working hard to grow even faster.
The race to get rid of transportation emissions is getting off to a slow start.
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Only a small share of the vehicles Americans buy are electric. Even if all of them were, it would take until 2040 to phase out the fossil fuels used to power personal travel and road-bound freight.
A ‘hard Brexit’ appears increasingly likely.
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American companies still face enormous uncertainty about how they’ll be doing business in the UK and EU in the coming years, particularly as the April 12 Brexit deadline draws closer.
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Globally, the car industry is struggling. But Brexit is pushing manufacturers out of the UK.
Les gilets jaunes Joan Mora.
What do the Carlos Ghosn scandal, the rising power of algorithms and the “gilets jaunes” have in common? The need to extend the spatial and temporal definitions of responsibility.
Charging six cars at once is fine. Charging 60 million might be a bit tougher.
Ensuring that everyone doesn’t charge their cars simultaneously will make a big difference.
Laurie Nickel and her daughter Stephanie hold a protest sign during a union meeting after General Motors announced it would be closing its plant in Oshawa, Ont., that employs 2,500 people.
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General Motors has announced it’s closing plants in Canada and the U.S. Many of the towns have built cars for decades or longer. A plant closing shatters people’s sense of belonging and identity.
A fan of fuel blends that contain as much as 85 percent ethanol.
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Vehicles made before 2001 could suffer fuel system or engine damage if they’re run on E15.
Le Pont-Neuf et la Pompe de la Samaritaine, vue du quai de la Mégisserie, painting by Nicolas Raguenet (circa 1750-1760).
The debate over the place of cars in cities may seem recent, but pamphlets published during the French Revolution show that the battle was raging before the first automobile even saw the light of day.