For Today: Daimler facing emissions charges, Lyft delivering a billon electric automated rides

Daimler facing emissions charges: Daimler is facing charges over having more than a million vehicles sold with excessive exhaust emissions. Mercedes-Benz models sold in the U.S. and Europe between 2008 and 2016 may have had emissions defeat devices, according to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. In May, Daimler was subject to a search warrant granted by the District Court of Stuttgart that led to a raid and allegations made about the defeat devices. Engines used in the Mercedes C, E, G, R, ML, S, and CLS class models badged 320 and 350 Bluetec with 3.0-liter V6 engines are being investigated; Mercedes S 250 and E 300 Bluetec models in four-cylinder diesel 1.8 and 2.2 liter models; and diesel-powered Sprinter vans.

Chinese quotas challenged:  Automaker trade groups have asked the Chinese government to delay and soften its proposed mandate for “new energy vehicles” sales quotas to be met. A letter signed by the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) called penalties for non-compliance unnecessarily excessive. The new rule may require that at least a fifth of new vehicle sales will be plug-in electrified vehicles by 2025, with a staggered system of quotas beginning next year. China has been moving away from its generous subsidies paid to vehicle manufacturers and consumers to build and buy PEVs, and is transitioning over to California’s zero emission vehicle model.

Lyft makes emissions reduction commitment:  Ride-hailing firm Lyft plans to deliver at least one billion rides in electric, autonomous vehicles by 2025. That came from President Trump’s recent announcement to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. It’s expected to reduce carbon emissions by at least five million tons by 2025. The electric cars will be powered by 100% renewable energy and it will all start with its nuTonomy vehicles coming out later this year in Boston. Lyft’s efforts will also be supported next year through a large test fleet of self-driving Chevy Bolts with its investor, General Motors. Lyft will be well positioned the three technologies that market analysts expect to shape the auto industry – electric, autonomous, and shared mobility services.

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