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Tesla won't select final gigafactory site until late 2014, Musk says

4:50 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Tesla Motors won't decide until year end where to build a battery “gigafactory” even as it readies multiple plant sites, CEO Elon Musk told investors on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

New Mustang expected to gain 200-300 pounds, modifier says

4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Ford has pledged to reduce the weight of its vehicles with each redesign. The next Mustang may fall short of that goal. Steeda Autosports, a Florida-based Mustang modifier with access to Ford technical information, says the 2015 model will be as much as 300 pounds heavier than the outgoing car when it reaches dealerships this fall.... Read More »

 

States vow to juice ZEV demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Eight states, in a coalition including California and New York, have signaled that they're willing to meet automakers part way in an effort to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on their roads by 2025. The eight states represent about one-quarter of total U.S. vehicle sales and have adopted rules requiring that about 15 percent of new vehicles sold by 2025 be ZEVs.... Read More »

 

Honda Accord Hybrid misses 47 mpg label, Consumer Reports finds

7:25 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Honda's gasoline-electric Accord is the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan in the United States yet doesn't get its window sticker average, Consumer Reports found, making it the latest hybrid to fall short in the magazine's road tests.... Read More »

 

Diesels blamed for London's big increase in harmful nitrogen dioxide

May 28, 2014 11:33 CET
Levels of the harmful air pollutant nitrogen dioxide in London are the highest in Europe as more motorists choose to drive diesels in the UK.... Read More »

 

Toyota moving away from EVs in favor of hydrogen fuel cells

2:47 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
Toyota is walking away from building longer-range battery-electric vehicles in favor of its effort in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, its top North American executive said.... Read More »

 

Regulator request delays Outlander plug-in launch

3:41 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Mitsubishi says a new kink is delaying the launch of its Outlander plug-in hybrid in the United States until late 2015 or early 2016, even as it aims to more than double sales elsewhere this year.... Read More »

 

Musk sees need for many 'gigafactories' for battery demand

1:43 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the need for lower-cost batteries for autos and power storage means there will need to be hundreds of “gigafactories” like the one the carmaker is planning to build.... Read More »

 

GM brings Spark EV batteries in-house to Mich. plant

3:30 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2014
General Motors is moving production of the battery pack for its all-electric model of the Chevrolet Spark minicar in-house at the company’s battery assembly plant in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

MARK RECHTIN

To TDI or not TDI?

10:26 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2014
For the better part of a decade, automotive journalists have been chastising the American public for not making the smart decision and embracing diesel power. But shoppers can’t seem to get the image of those clattering, unreliable diesels from the 1970s out of their heads.... Read More »

 

Chrysler plans new I-4 family, plug-ins, diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, playing catch-up in the U.S. fuel-economy race, will debut a family of advanced four-cylinder gasoline engines in the next five years.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Why not push CNG/LNG vehicles?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
As a retired automotive engineer who has worked with compressed natural gas/liquefied natural gas products, I notice there is one small detail that gets overlooked: the longevity of any production motor that is configured to run on CNG/LNG.... Read More »

 

Tesla says battery-supply deal for Toyota RAV4 EV to end

9:51 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Tesla said its deal to supply Toyota Motor Corp. with battery packs and motors for a rechargeable crossover will conclude this year.... Read More »

 

Sales of green cars down, but great strides in fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Some green-vehicle technologies that looked like sure bets for the second half of this decade are lagging. And some technologies that seemed like long shots seven model years ago have become viable.... Read More »

 

Mini diesels may be on way to U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Mini is considering offering diesels in the United States.... Read More »

 

Ewanick's Calif. startup wins $27.6M grant for hydrogen filling stations

5:28 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
A California startup headed by former Hyundai and GM marketing executive Joel Ewanick plans to install 19 hydrogen fuel filling stations for fuel cell vehicles starting next year in California.... Read More »

 

BorgWarner raises 2014 forecast as Q1 profits rise 12%

10:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
BorgWarner, which makes a variety of fuel efficient components such as dual-clutch transmissions, raised its 2014 earnings forecast after posting a better-than-expected first-quarter profit.... Read More »

 

Texas dealer sells natural gas, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, the nation's largest Chevrolet dealership, has opened its own compressed natural gas fueling station to help sell the brand's new natural-gas-powered vehicles. "If we're going to sell this, we ought to have the fuel that it calls for," says Ken Thompson, the dealership's fleet manager.... 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 »

 

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 »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Hopes dim for VW’s diesel hot hatch in U.S.

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
VW has pulled back on plans to sell a souped-up diesel Golf called the GTD in the United States because importing the GTI sibling’s engine would add too much cost. The high-powered 2-liter TDI engine used in the GTD cannot be produced at VW’s engine plant in Silao, Mexico, so it would be imported from Germany, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn told reporters today.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why the Mustang II should get its due

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
One member of the Mustang family won't have a very high-profile role at this week's 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due.... Read More »

 

Daimler will receive 2.43 billion euros for stake in engine JV from Rolls-Royce

April 16, 2014 12:40 CET
Daimler will receive 2.43 billion euros ($3.36 billion) for its 50 percent stake in an engine joint venture from partner Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Audi to revive A3 hatch in U.S., sans gasoline

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Audi has decided to bring back the five-door version of its A3 compact to the United States -- but without an ordinary gasoline engine. The five-door body style will be available with a 2-liter TDI engine next summer, Audi said today. Audi already announced plans to sell a plug-in hybrid version of the hatchback called the A3 e-tron.... Read More »

 

Detroit 3: High octane has pluses

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automakers could increase fuel economy as much as 5 percent if the United States used the same blend of high-octane gasoline that is sold in Europe, Detroit 3 powertrain chiefs say. Automakers could fine-tune engines to boost fuel economy and reduce engine sizes on future engines without sacrificing power.... Read More »

 

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