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There is something of a perception of BMW having to play catch-up as it opens its new battery competence centre, just a few kilometres down the road from its Munich headquarters. Even then, the very title – battery competence centre – will have the critics circling

It all started out so well. A decade ago, BMW seemed to steal a major march on its rivals by breaking early into the electric car sphere. First off, i(...)

Ireland’s Darren Randolph makes a save against Switzerland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Switzerland 2 Republic of Ireland 0 No famous victory in the end then, nor even the draw that would have left the Danes with a day off to look forwar(...)

A view of the pitch ahead of the game between Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Aaron Connolly gets his first start for the Irish senior team in Geneva where Mick McCarthy has made three changes for the potentially decisive Europe(...)

Angela Merkel tours the Frankfurt motor show on Thursday. Photograph: Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said the German car industry faces a “Herculean task” in its transition to e-mobility, hours after fresh claims th(...)

Ferdinand Piëch died on Sunday  at the age of 82. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

Germany – and Austria – are in shock over the sudden death at 82 of Ferdinand Piëch, the autocratic Porsche heir who rescued Volkswagen and – with exa(...)

Best in class: Peugeot 5008 There’s a bit of crossover (pardon the pun) between the family crossover and family SUV markets - in some cases one is ju(...)

The USA players celebrate their victory over Japan in the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2015 at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

United States World ranking: 1 World Cup record: They’ve appeared in all seven World Cup finals and have never finished outside the medals, winning (...)

“Producing cars in a Co2-neutral manner is only half the battle. Cars must be used in a Co2-neutral manner as well” said Herbert Diess, VW’s chief executive.

2026 is just eight years away - think of it as just two world cups. By that stage the Germans aim to have the lead in electric car development, potent(...)

A worker holds a chunk of raw cobalt after a first transformation at a plant in Lubumbashi  before being exported, mainly to China, to be refined.  Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Cobalt is a niche commodity that seemed to have finally found its place in the batteries powering the electric car revolution. But, despite rising sal(...)

Polish head coach Jerzy Brzeczek  talks to his players at a  training session in Wroclaw, Poland before the international friendly against the Republic of Ireland.  Photograph: Jan Karwowski/EPA

If Martin O’Neill feels slightly aggrieved, and it is seems pretty safe to say he does right now, over the speed at which people have started to specu(...)

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