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Rick Ricart, president of Ricart Automotive Group in Columbus, Ohio, knows about selling electric vehicles. He’s been doing so for a decade. His dealership group has been designated an official Electrified Dealer by Smart Columbus, a smart-city initiative. Ricart, 42, discussed the program, selling EVs and the digital retailing trend with Contributor Sebastian Blanco. Here
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LOS ANGELES — Honda is late to the EV push, without an electric vehicle on sale now in the U.S. and not much success with its cute-but-pricey “e” model in Europe. But that’s not stopping the brand from predicting ambitious sales of future EV products. Honda said last week that its initial target is 70,000
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Hundreds of miles away from a major city brimming with urbanites and potential early adopters, Stefan Johnson devotes his time to generating interest in electric vehicles on Colorado’s rugged Western Slope. This is oil-and-gas country. Not all that long ago, Johnson’s attempts may have only stirred derision. But today, a rise in EV-curious consumers, a
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COVID-related dealership shutdowns last year greatly sped up the previously slow and uneven development and implementation of online sales at dealerships. As a result, “end-to-end” retail selling and financing, performed entirely online, are now available at hundreds of dealerships and climbing. Before last year, what most dealerships considered “online selling” was mostly collecting leads on
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The recently completed IAA Mobility show in Munich will be remembered perhaps as the first major automotive show to take place amid the pandemic. It may also be remembered for something else: bikes. Two halls were devoted to vehicles of the two-wheeled variety. Approximately 70 bike and e-bike companies showcased their latest models, and there
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Rather than usher in an era of low-pollution travel, future fleets of all-electric robotaxis could instead deliver unintended environmental consequences. Despite the emissions problems they might solve, new research suggests electrified self-driving fleets could, at least in some cases, exacerbate pollution problems. The counterintuitive findings were published in Environmental Research Letters this month, and come
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WASHINGTON — Electric vehicle company Workhorse Group voluntarily dismissed on Tuesday its legal challenge against a U.S. Postal Service move to award a multibillion-dollar contract to Oshkosh Defense for delivery vehicles. The 10-year contract announced in February could be worth more than $6 billion and allows for delivery of between 50,000 and 165,000 vehicles. Workhorse
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The Biden administration has an ambitious, $7.5 billion plan to expand electric vehicle charging to underserved areas, but it must first overcome a host of obstacles that have discouraged private investment in more equitable charging networks. The experience of California — the state with the largest number of EVs and the most advanced charging infrastructure
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MUNICH — German supplier giant Continental is counting on the launch of a new business unit dedicated to autonomous mobility to help it become more nimble and more attractive to tech startups it wants to partner with. The creation will also help make Continental’s push deeper into emerging technologies more visible to outsiders and investors,
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Short of Apple’s secretive foray into automated and electric vehicles, perhaps the most interesting ongoing mystery in the automotive industry revolves around Sony Group Corp. and its Vision-S prototype. The Japanese entertainment and consumer electronics behemoth dropped the surprise of CES in January 2020, unveiling an all- electric sedan that made public its ambitions in
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TOKYO — Asia’s two auto superpowers, Hyundai Motor Group of South Korea and Toyota Motor Corp. of Japan, may be competitors, but they also have something in common when it comes to their visions of the future: They both believe that hydrogen power is a promising and commercially viable alternative for a coming generation of
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The auto industry’s first uses for connected-car technology have revolved around high-definition entertainment and, in a few cases, software updates that enhance vehicle performance. Next up: a full embrace of 5G technology, which will likely upend business, enable automated vehicles, and perhaps save lives. Over the past five years, the 5G Automotive Association has worked
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Getty Images This week marks the beginning of Germany’s biennial Internationale Automobil Austellung – or International Motor Show. Traditionally, it is a chance for the country to parade the enduring strength of its own car industry, while welcoming the biggest brands from around the world. But this year’s event, held in the Bavarian city of
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