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Didi Chuxing forms strategic partnership with BAIC Group to advance EV operations

BEIJING – Didi Chuxing (DiDi), the world’s leading mobile transportation platform, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with BAIC Group on March 7 to enhance the operation of new energy car-sharing programs. With the support of the Beijing Municipal CCP Committee and the municipal government, BAIC Group and DiDi will expand in-depth

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BYD releases plans for sustainable development of batteries using less rare earth materials

TOKYO – BYD has announced plans to gradually increase the production of electric vehicle power and energy storage batteries and reduce the proportion of rare earth materials in the batteries, as a supply crunch caused by increased market demand for new energy vehicles and batteries poses challenges for the renewable

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SAIC and NIO receive China’s first intelligent connected vehicle testing permits

SHANGHAI – SAIC Motor and smart EV startup NIO received China’s first ever intelligent connected vehicle (ICV) testing permits on open roads on March 1. They were awarded the permits after tests by third parties, evaluation of expert panel and the approval of Shanghai intelligent connected vehicle road test working group. At

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Pony.ai launches autonomous vehicle fleet in China, announces strategic partnership with GAC Group

GUANGZHOU – Pony.ai, a California-based self-driving car startup founded in late 2016 in Silicon Valley with operations in Beijing and Guangzhou, launched its autonomous ride-sharing fleet in Nansha, Guangzhou, becoming the first company to offer self-driving car rides on city roads to the general public in China. The company also

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The autonomous driving “China speed”

In earlier January, I traveled with ZF to CES 2018 in Las Vegas and 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. As different as they were – one showcased advanced technologies or technology concepts and the other showcased, well, simply new concepts and cars – the two events gave me

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The Byton bet and the challenge to deliver that different interior experience

Interviewing Dr. Daniel Kirchert and listening to him respond in Chinese is as a strange experience as test riding the Byton Concept with that huge rectangle screen running across the front windshield and interacting with it not by touching but by hand gesture in the air or through a “pad”

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