Green Car

Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way.... Read More »


Acrimony lingers as Ford, Toyota go solo in race for hybrid pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Long after a Toyota-Ford hybrid pickup partnership unraveled, the rivals are racing to roll out their own products. It's a battle between two champions - one in hybrids, the other in pickups - for what will be a niche but growing segment.... Read More »

Mitsubishi CEO promises an electrified U.S. rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Mitsubishi will fortify its fragile U.S. rebound with three electrified crossovers in five years, a bolstered listening post in Washington D.C. and an advanced technology office in Silicon Valley. CEO Osamu Masuko wants to channel limited resources into areas where the carmaker is strongest.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC will get a fuel-cell variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Yet another powertrain variant is in the works for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the recently renamed and redesigned compact crossover.... Read More »


Finally, China charges its EV drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Five years after China launched its drive to make itself the world leader in electrified vehicles, it is finally starting to build an EV charging infrastructure.... Read More »

Five U.S. states, D.C. seek joint plan to cut auto sector emissions

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Five states and the District of Columbia plan to develop a joint market-based approach to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles across a large area of the Northeastern United States, their governors and mayor announced today.... Read More »

Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Cadillac plans to equip most of its vehicles in coming years with plug-in hybrid versions to meet tightening regulations, especially in China, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said.... Read More »

Kia aims Niro 'hybrid utility vehicle' at U.S. consumers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Last week, Kia released the first design sketches of the Niro, which shares a name with a concept Kia unveiled in 2013 at the Frankfurt auto show. It is part of Kia's plan to spend $10 billion through 2020 to build a full eco-friendly lineup, including electric vehicles and a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.... Read More »

Why Toyota offers 2 battery choices in next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons. It's one way to ensure equal performance and fuel economy.... Read More »


Fat margins can fund greener cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research.... Read More »

GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. The grueling 12-month test will help GM engineers and army officials evaluate the fuel cell's performance under strenuous use.... Read More »

Toyota Prius gets big fuel efficiency boost

Nov. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota expects to improve fuel economy in its latest Prius hybrid car by 20 percent. The fourth-generation Prius will go on sale in Europe and the U.S. early next year following its December launch in Japan.... Read More »

Geely plans hybrid, electric versions for 90% of models by 2020

8:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Geely said it will equip more than 90 percent of its models with alternative-energy powertrains in the next five years, the most ambitious plan by a Chinese carmaker so far to improve fuel efficiency ahead of a government-mandated deadline.... Read More »


BLOG: Toyota delivers on promise of meaner, greener Prius

3:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The minute you grab the wheel of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid, you feel the difference. The steering is heavy, precise, deliberate -- not light, loose and dead like the steering in the outgoing version.... Read More »

Kia greenlights Niro in green-car rush

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Kia, shedding light on its longstanding plans for a dedicated hybrid family, plans to take on the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt with a “hybrid utility vehicle” called the Niro.... Read More »

Hyundai prices 2016 Sonata plug-in hybrid from $35,435

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid, the first car of its kind for the automaker, will hit select U.S. showrooms this week beginning at $35,435, including shipping.... Read More »

Karma Automotive links with BMW for electric drive technology

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2015

Karma Automotive, the Chinese-owned company once known as Fisker, is working with BMW to access some of the German automaker's electric drive and charging technology.... Read More »

GM to provide fuel cell vehicle to Army for testing

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Another GM powertrain is headed to an Army vehicle, and additional details about the fuel-cell project could be released as early as next week.... Read More »


TALK FROM THE TOP: Hachigo steers back-to-basics strategy at Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Takahiro Hachigo took over as Honda Motor Co. CEO last June as the company was recovering from several body blows.... Read More »

Secretive EV startup plans $1 billion factory in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

The secretive electric vehicle startup Faraday Future says it is considering several states for a $1 billion U.S. assembly plant.... Read More »


Toyota rolls out fuel cell cars, but Europe is not ready yet

Nov. 6, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota's European rollout of the fuel cell Mirai this month will be limited to the few countries in the region with a sufficient infrastructure of hydrogen fueling stations. This means the first 50 to 100 units of the Mirai designated for the region in 2016 will be available only in Germany, the UK, Denmark and Belgium.... Read More »

Average U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy slips in Oct., study finds

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Thanks to lower gasoline prices and the continued strength of pickup and SUV sales, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in October was down slightly from September, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said on Thursday.... Read More »

Chinese-backed startup targets Tesla with $1 billion U.S. plant

11:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Faraday Future, the startup backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, has big dreams of taking on Tesla Motors, starting with a $1 billion investment in a new U.S. factory that will build electric cars starting in 2017.... Read More »


Toyota Europe's new boss tackles trouble spots

Nov. 5, 2015 06:01 CET

New Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl has the big task of reviving the automaker's slumping sales in Germany, the region's biggest market. He shared his plans on tackling this and other issues with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

EV advocate Ghosn eyes fuel cell entry around 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn, after prioritizing electric vehicles for years, now says the automaker will enter the hydrogen fuel cell race with a vehicle around 2020.... Read More »

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