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JCI to unveil battery just for vehicle stop-start systems

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Johnson Controls has developed a small lithium ion battery for use only by vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds.... Read More »

 

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Porsche's sales boss bullish on plug-in hybrids

Jan. 8, 2015 06:15 CET
Porsche is joining other carmakers in embracing plug-in hybrids, so much so that the company's sales boss, Bernhard Maier, uses one for his daily commute. Maier shared his views on the future of plug-ins at Porsche.... Read More »

 

Average fuel economy in U.S. dips to 25.1 mpg in Dec.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
With gasoline prices plunging, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US in December was down slightly from November, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.... Read More »

 

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BMW quickly moves top 'i' tech to mainstream models

Jan. 6, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW's mainstream models could soon benefit from technology offered in the i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance low-CO2 powertrains, BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Toyota opens hydrogen patents to advance fuel cells

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Toyota said today it won’t enforce more than 5,600 patents it owns on hydrogen fuel-cell technology through 2020, allowing rivals to reap the fruits of its research royalty-free. The move mirrors a step last year by Tesla Motors.... Read More »

 

Industry 'can't give up on EVs'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
With gasoline selling for less than $2 a gallon in some states, it's fair to ask whether the industry's investment in electric vehicles has been an expensive blunder.... Read More »

 

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A thin crossover lineup; restless dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
A thin crossover lineup has kept Hyundai from capitalizing on the segment's boom.... Read More »

 

Tesla offers Roadster upgrade package to reach a 400-mile range

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors is offering a suite of upgrades to its sporty two-seat roadster, which it no longer sells, giving owners as much as a 400-mile range, enough to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles.... Read More »

 

Tesla to help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars for Model S

8:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors will help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars if they buy a Model S, part of the automaker’s latest efforts to spur sales of its all-electric sedan in the world’s biggest vehicle market.... Read More »

 

New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR.... Read More »

 

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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV

Dec. 18, 2014 17:03 CET
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving.” He says that because 80 percent of daily roundtrip commutes in Europe are less than 50km, which is the A3 e-tron's electric-only range.... Read More »

 

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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more.... Read More »

 

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Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival

Dec. 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large crossovers. But unlike rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M class, there will be no diesel- or gasoline-powered versions of the NX.... Read More »

 

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VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds'

Dec. 15, 2014 06:30 CET
Volkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the “best of both worlds” -- a compact hatchback that can be driven up to 50km using electric power or up to 940km with additional power from its gasoline engine.... Read More »

 

Convert traditional vehicles to EVs? Ford, GM and others are brainstorming

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Tony Earley, CEO of utility Pacific Gas and Electric in California and a member of Ford Motor Co.'s board, said today that he and his colleagues, along with Ford and General Motors employees, have discussed ways to convert gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

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Why Honda is touting its new 'Green Dealer' guide

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Honda is releasing its internal “Green Dealer” guide today to help automakers and other franchised businesses reduce their carbon footprints.... Read More »

 

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VW, Fiat, Mercedes will benefit from CNG market growth

Dec. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
European sales of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas could grow tenfold by 2020, benefiting Fiat, VW and Mercedes. CNG sales are forecast to grow as automakers add more low-CO2 emission vehicles to their lineups.... Read More »

 

White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes.... Read More »

 

Tesla stock drops with oil prices, but will it bounce back?

7:12 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Tesla Motors customers are rich enough to keep buying luxury cars whatever the cost of a tank of gasoline. So the oil rout probably won't hammer the stock for long -- the shares plunged 14 percent since Thanksgiving.... Read More »

 

VW buys stake in startup U.S. battery company, report says

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Volkswagen AG bought a stake in battery startup QuantumScape with the aim of developing technology that can more than triple the range of its electric cars, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st plug-in diesel

Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's Q7 will be the first model from VW Group to offer a plug-in hybrid diesel powertrain, an Audi source told Automotive News Europe. The variant gives Audi a technology edge over BMW and Mercedes, which currently offer gasoline plug-ins.... Read More »

 

October fuel economy static as gas prices drop toward $2 per gallon

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the United States last month remained unchanged from October and likely will remain unchanged in the near term as gasoline prices drop toward $2 per gallon, according to research posted this week.... Read More »

 

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Ghosn expects Europe sales to rise in 2015

Dec. 4, 2014 06:15 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn expects growth in Europe, China and the U.S. next year and is bullish about plans to diversify beyond electric cars into plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.... Read More »

 

Ferrari unleashes 1,050-horsepower hybrid for test-drive customers

7:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Ferrari is giving a group of its test-drive customers the chance to try out a 1,050-horsepower hybrid prototype car being unveiled at its annual event celebrating the end of the global auto-racing season this week.... Read More »

 

Germany's Merkel backs incentives to reach EV goal

Dec. 2, 2014 12:45 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will need to provide more incentives to meet a goal of having 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020. About 7,600 EVs were sold in Germany last year.... Read More »

 

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