Green Car

Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda.... Read More »

 

Plug Power, Hyundai steel supplier teaming up to make fuel cells

12:21 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Fuel cell maker Plug Power said today it had agreed to form a joint venture with South Korea's Hyundai Hysco, a steel supplier to Hyundai Motor, to develop and sell hydrogen fuel cells in Asia.... Read More »

 

NHTSA opens probe of Bosch EV chargers

11:43 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation of electric-vehicle chargers made by German supplier Robert Bosch LLC after a driver of a 2013 Nissan Leaf reported one emitted smoke while charging.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Lots of buzz in New York

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
As always, we all caught our breath after the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

Next big thing for A123 may be shift to small batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Now that battery-maker A123 Systems has the same corporate parent as Fisker, the supplier's strategy might seem clear: make lithium ion battery packs for electric vehicles. Not so fast. CEO Jason Forcier is eyeing a bigger target.... Read More »

 

Suzuki joins fuel-efficiency race with simplified hybrid system

April 16, 2014 11:34 CET
Suzuki says it will introduce affordable, simplified gasoline-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency.... Read More »

 

VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

6:12 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO.... Read More »

 

VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

April 15, 2014 12:12 CET
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Peugeot unveils 340-hp plug-in hybrid

April 14, 2014 13:29 CET
Peugeot will unveil a plug-in hybrid concept car called the Exalt at the Beijing auto show that hints at a future upmarket design direction for the brand.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Bentley to highlight hybrid technology on a Mulsanne concept

April 11, 2014 09:55 CET
Bentley is using the Beijing auto show to reveal a hybrid concept based on its flagship Mulsanne sedan. The brand's first plug-in powertrain is expected in a Bentley SUV debuting in 2017.... Read More »

 

GM to invest $449 million in plants for next-generation Volt, 2 future products

12:25 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $449 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and a battery assembly facility in suburban Detroit to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two future vehicles that weren't disclosed.... Read More »

 

GM to upgrade Detroit plant to build next generation Volt, paper says

12:30 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $450 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and battery assembly facility to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt, a Detroit newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

Toyota’s North America chief seeks fuel cell sedan supply boost

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Toyota's North American boss Jim Lentz, preparing to sell Camry-sized hydrogen sedans next year, said he’s “bullish” about advances in the company’s fuel cell system and wants more supply of the Japan-built cars in the United States.... Read More »

 

VW to build plug-in hybrids with partner FAW in China, sources say

April 4, 2014 09:33 CET
VW Group plans to make plug-in hybrids with local partner FAW in China, company sources say. VW sees a big potential market as the country's leaders race to reduce hazardous levels of air pollution.... Read More »

 

Average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles rises to 25.4 mpg

2:24 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since the researchers began collecting data in October 2007.... Read More »

 

Energy Dept. dangles low-interest financing for suppliers

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The department of energy wants auto suppliers to know that it still has $16 billion in low-interest financing available to support efficient-vehicle programs, and it wants them to step forward for a share of those funds.... Read More »

 

Daimler to acquire Evonik's stake in battery cell venture Li-Tec

April 1, 2014 11:48 CET
Daimler will acquire Evonik Industries' 50.1 percent stake in their Li-Tec joint venture, making it the sole owner of the lithium ion battery cell manufacturer.... Read More »

 

Ballard CEO says fuel cell resurgence no repeat of past bubble

March 31, 2014 11:44 CET
Ballard Power Systems Inc. is poised to report the first profit in its 21-year history as a public company, evidence the fuel cell maker isn't heading for a repeat of the 2000 technology bust.... Read More »

 

Panasonic hesitant to commit to Tesla battery factory

11:04 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Panasonic, Tesla's primary supplier of lithium ion cells for its electric Model S sedans, hasn't committed to investing in the massive U.S. battery plant proposed by Tesla's Elon Musk.... Read More »

 

Honda, Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in 2015

6:20 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
Honda and Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in the consumer market in 2015, with each producing about 1,000 units a year, the Nikkei newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

Honda, Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in 2015

March 26, 2014 12:20 CET
Honda and Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in the consumer market in 2015, with each producing about 1,000 units a year, a report said.... Read More »

 

The boss breaks the rules on product secrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Sergio Marchionne sometimes bends the rules a little.... Read More »

 

GM preps more fuel-efficient engine family for small cars

March 19, 2014 15:19 CET
GM is creating a suite of 11 new small powerplants that the automaker says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models.... Read More »

 

GM preps more fuel efficient engine family for small cars

9:19 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
General Motors is creating a family of more fuel efficient small engines that it says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models. The suite of engines will consist of 11 powerplants ranging from a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder to a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four, the company said today.... Read More »

 

BMW sees annual output of 100,000 units for its 'i' electric range

March 19, 2014 16:03 CET
BMW says it may build more than 100,000 units a year of its 'i' range of battery-powered cars by 2020 to help meet tougher CO2 emissions regulations.... Read More »

 

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