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Navya Charts Newest Course on Campus

Only this course runs on self-driving technology, not a syllabus. Two self-driving, electric shuttle buses are expected to join University of Michigan's bus service fleet this spring. The 15-seat, Navya-designed shuttles will run on a short course on the university's North Campus with safety drivers on board and are open for use by anyone with a university bus pass. Read the full Detroit Free Press article.

California Dreaming: Another EV Startup Makes Its Debut

Good luck, you’re gonna need it. SF Motors is the newest kid on the EV block, but they may already have an edge over other startups. SF Motors has already procured two manufacturing plants in the US and china, and packs some serious financial backing from an established auto parts and vehicle maker in China. Not to mention, the backer is family friendly- it’s run by the SF Motors founder’s father. Its batteries are also backed by an auto legacy with technology developed by Martin Eberhard, Tesla’s founder.

Two’s Company for Ride-Sharing’s Realities

Shared competition is double competition against the likes of Uber and Didi. Two of Germany’s leading automakers, Daimler and BMW, have teamed up to bring the heat in the competitive ride-hailing, car-sharing, and electric vehicle segments of automotive technology. The joint venture includes car-sharing brands Car2Go and Drive Now, ride-hailing, parking, and charging services in a 50-50 percent stake split.

Tesla Hits the Long and Winding Road with Electric Truck

Trucking is seriously getting trendy. We recently covered Chanje’s bid in the industry, and now Tesla looks to be heading for the commercial freight market with a prototype of an electric big-rig truck expected next month.  The long-range truck is expected to run 200-300 miles on a single charge, which may fit well with the approximately 30 percent of US trucking jobs that cover regional trips of 100-200 miles. Good to know that long range has a short end.

The Biggest Auto Market You’ve Never Heard Of

The competition is packed in the electric personal vehicle market, but one company, Chanje is heading into the “medium-duty electric truck” market. Not too heavy, not too light, just right. Anyway, medium-duty trucks are a rare breed, but Chanje’s trucks are not a concept- they’re ready for sale and leasing is expected to begin in the next weeks. Chanje has already struck a deal with Ryder, one of the largest medium-duty truck fleet management companies in the US.

The Most Eligible Electric Car Market? China

If the auto market were a dating reality show, China would definitely get a rose and a one-on-one date. With China surpassing the US as the biggest market for electric vehicles last year, the global auto industry has zeroed in on the opportunities in the country’s 40% share of the global market. Ford’s new joint venture with Chinese Anhui Zotye Automobile  Co. follows market entries by Volvo, General Motors, Volkswagen, Nissan, and other companies.