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Germany Wants to Ban Gasoline, Diesel Cars in EU

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The German government has called for not just German but also the European Union to ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars by 2030.

In an effort to hasten the adoption of electric vehicles by mainstream consumers, Germany’s resolution is improbable, but you can’t help the country for trying. You see, it wants to reduce its CO2 emissions by 95 percent by the year 2030, and it seems the only way to so is to essentially eradicate the internal combustion engine.

Germany offers generous financial incentives for motorists who buy an electric car, but the initiative hasn’t succeeded in providing the boost in EV sales that officials predicted.

According to German outlet , the resolution is still being etched out and hasn’t been signed into a law. Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Green party, two of the main proponents, want to see it passed.

The German government has urged the EU to consider implementing the ban for all member states, but no other government has responded to the request.

Is Germany’s resolution a non-starter? Do you want to see it become law? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Subaru Getting Plugin Hybrid With Toyota Prius Prime Parts

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Not impervious to the electrification of the automotive industry. Subaru will introduce a new plug-in hybrid model that will borrow parts from the Toyota Prius Prime. Subaru is partially tied to Toyota, so tapping into the auto giant’s hybrid know-how is a no-brainier.

The small but growing Japanese automaker hasn’t announced which model(s) will get the plug-in hybrid powertrain, but it’s expected that either the Crosstrek or Forester will be the recipient. If the Crosstrek , it will be the second time that the model will be offered with a hybrid variant, even though the first one didn’t sell well.

We’ll have to wait and see what specifications (electric driving range, fuel economy, etc.) the Subaru plug-in hybrid will bring to market, but considering it will likely be a bigger vehicle than the Prius Prime, one made even heavier by a standard all-wheel drive system, we don’t expect the same 25 mile EV range as the Toyota.

The Subaru hybrid will initially be sold in the 10 U.S. states that have adopted California’s zero-emission vehicle regulations.

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Porsche Plugs Into Electric Future, Doubles Spending On Electrification

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Porsche has announced plans to invest more than $7.5 billion by 2022 to expand its lineup of plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles, further expressing its full commitment to the electric car segment.

The production, Tesla Model S and Model 3-rivaling Mission E is on its way, as is a hybrid gasoline-electric version of the iconic Porsche 911. In fact, a big chunk of that investment ($623 million) will be dedicated to developing other versions of the Mission E and several distinct models based on its platform.

Another $1.24 billion will go towards adding hybrid versions of existing Porsche models, while $872 million will be used for new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.

Some of the investment is also being used to develop a new paint shop, a body shop, a dedicated assembly area, and a conveyor bridge to transport the Mission E’s painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area in Zuffenhausen. The company’s existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drivetrains.

Porsche says the Mission E project has so far created 1,200 new jobs and expects the pure-electric sedan to arrive sometime in 2019 with three available powertrain options.

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Infiniti Diving Into Electric Cars In 2021

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Infiniti has announced plans to add electrified models to its lineup starting in 2021.

Nissan Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa made the announcement at the Automotive News World Congress, stating that Infiniti will offer a mix of fully-electric and hybrid e-Power vehicles. He didn’t reveal the models that will get electric powertrains but expects that a mix of those “electrified vehicles will comprise more than half of Infiniti global sales by 2025.”

The first all-electric vehicle will arrive sometime in 2021, and the hybrid vehicles will utilize Infiniti’s proprietary e-Power technology, which features a small gasoline engine that charges battery without the need of using a plug. Saikawa said:

“Customers can expect beautifully designed vehicles like the Q Inspiration concept shown in Detroit, with a whole new level of electrified driving performance as an evolution of Infiniti’s current powertrains.”

Considering virtually every luxury automaker is planning to launch all-electric vehicles to compete with Tesla by 2020, and many already offer hybrid vehicles, Infiniti’s plan to launch its first EV in 2021 will make the company late to market. However, with the EV segment still in infancy, is that necessarily a bad thing?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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