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Nissan gets new U.S. sales boss; Meunier takes Infiniti role

Nissan has promoted former Saturn executive Dan Mohnke to lead sales and marketing for the brand in the United States; he succeeds Christian Meunier, who becomes a global vice president for Infiniti.

Sonic issues earnings warning because of hurricanes

Sonic Automotive lowered its estimated third-quarter results because of devastating storm damage, but kept its full-year forecast unchanged.


Tesla's former battery director joins farming startup Plenty

Tesla's former director of battery technology has joined Plenty to lead the vertical farming startup's plan to build indoor growing rooms around the world.

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COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Are they betting the farm?

Despite the red flags -- and there are more than a few -- car companies are pursuing electrification. This even without a market to support their efforts and investments.

UPDATED: 10/9/17 4:21 pm ET - adds stock close
Tesla in 'production hell' to meet Model 3 deadline, Musk says

Tesla pushed back the reveal of its semi truck by three weeks as CEO Elon Musk focuses on boosting production of the Model 3 that the EV maker is counting on to dramatically increase sales. Resources are being diverted to address "production hell" that is holding back Model 3 output, Musk tweeted.

UPDATED: 10/2/17 4:15 pm ET - adds details, GM stock close
GM plans at least 20 new electric, fuel cell vehicles globally by 2023

GM said it plans to launch a mix of at least 20 new all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles globally by 2023, including two in the next 18 months. The all-electric and fuel cell vehicles represent a "two-pronged" approach to the automaker's vision of an autonomous, zero-emission future.

Ford to expand EV offerings

Ford said it will increase the number of battery electric vehicles it offers, and is forming a dedicated internal team to study and develop the technology.

EV momentum has been building for decades

In an era of stable gasoline prices and booming SUV sales, even dramatic advances in EV development don't often make big headlines. But they haven't escaped the notice of the industry's big players, which have been waiting for this moment to arrive.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Let consumers decide on EVs

For EVs to be successful, the public is going to have to want to buy them in much larger quantities than today. Governments can't make that happen by fiat.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Just where will we get this electricity?

TO THE EDITOR: I would like some help understanding where the electricity for electric vehicles will come from. My bet is most people think it is like milk in the grocery store, where there is an endless supply from jugs.

Audi on fuel cells: Maybe later

The tepid outlook from one of the world's largest automakers could ripple across the industry by slowing or discouraging the adoption of fuel cell technology, which will require increased global scale and infrastructure investments to catch on.

UPDATED: 9/19/17 4:24 pm ET - adds comment, corrected
NRDC calls for investments leading to 100 mpg fleet

The Natural Resources Defense Council's clean-energy plan says climate-change goals can be met through energy efficiency and renewable fuels at much lower cost than predicted.

Ghosn plans 12 new EVs, more platform sharing

Ghosn's new six-year business plan for the Renault-Nissan Alliance will develop more EVs and autonomous vehicles. It also will accelerate the pace of platform-sharing between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Frankfurt photo booth

A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
What good is an EV in a disaster?

As I witnessed the mass evacuation in Florida this month, it crossed my mind that commonsense, true-life circumstances trump current mindsets and technology advances.

Mentally preparing for an 'armada of EVs'

While electrified vehicles account for a tiny fraction of global auto sales today, few industry leaders are concerned about whether consumers will ever truly want to own battery electrics and plug-in hybrids.

UPDATED: 9/14/17 12:19 pm ET - adds details
'The game has started': Daimler delivers first electric trucks

UPS will be the first U.S. commercial customer for Daimler's new battery-powered eCanter truck, and the company will expand electric truck output as lower cost, longer-range batteries become available within two to three years.

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