Green Car

Bosch positions for electrification growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are “on a good path” toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has twice the energy density, a top Bosch executive said.... Read More »

Lexus builds functional hoverboard prototype

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota is heading back to the future. The Lexus brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. It's real, but not for sale. Yet.... Read More »

Tesla's gigafactory buzz takes root in Reno

8:36 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Tesla's $5 billion “gigafactory” may be the best thing to happen to northern Nevada since the silver rush of the 1850s and the gaming boom a century later. The company's decision to build the facility in an industrial park east of town is giving the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in the World” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy and transcend Reno's image as a downmarket Las Vegas.... Read More »

China's Wanxiang plans to build Fisker Karma in S. Calif.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group plans to revive production of the Fisker hybrid sports car in a new plant to be built in Southern California.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC to get coupe version

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will offer a coupe version of its up-sized second-generation compact crossover, with plug-in hybrid and performance variants coming, as well. The 2016 GLC unveiled this week goes on sale in mid-November. It replaces the GLK.... Read More »

Subaru adds Impreza Sport Hybrid, its second hybrid, for Japan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Subaru is adding a second hybrid vehicle to its lineup, a gasoline-electric version of the Impreza hatchback it hopes will tap booming demand for the fuel-efficient technology in Japan.... Read More »

AAA finds 8 in 10 drivers report their mpg tops EPA ratings

9:51 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Eight in 10 drivers report getting better fuel economy than the EPA ratings posted on their vehicles' window stickers, AAA says in a new study.... Read More »

Honda will drop CNG vehicles to focus on hybrids, EVs

1:39 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Honda is reworking its alternative powertrain strategy to focus on hybrids and EVs, and will phase out efforts to commercialize cars powered by compressed natural gas. A new plug-in vehicle, a new battery-electric car and a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle are all on tap, and Honda is expecting them to combine to generate significant sales volumes.... Read More »

London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers.... Read More »

Porsche defeats Audi at 83rd Le Mans endurance race

June 15, 2015 12:32 CET

Porsche won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time since 1998, defeating Audi, which triumphed in 10 of the 11 prior contests. Porsche's 919 Hybrid car took first and second places, while Audi's R18 e-tron came in third.... Read More »

Tesla lines up $500 million line of credit

8:06 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Friday it had entered into a $500 million senior secured line of credit.... Read More »

UK niche carmaker Bristol to use BMW power for new model

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET

UK niche automaker Bristol Cars said its first new car since it was bought out of bankruptcy in 2011 will be a grand tourer that uses a BMW hybrid engine. The model will launch in the autumn, Bristol said.... Read More »

GM to announce secondary use for EV batteries

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors said it plans to announce a development in the secondary use for electric vehicle batteries next week, bringing more attention to the growing stationary energy storage market.... Read More »

Chevy's CNG Impala rollout delayed nearly a year to fix quality bug

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

The rollout of Chevrolet's 2015 Impala that runs on natural gas has been delayed by nearly a year as GM works to fix a quality problem. Production and dealer ordering for the 2016 model are on track to start in the third quarter.... Read More »

Ford GT maker will build new London black cab

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET

Canada's Multimatic, which specializes in building niche cars such as the Ford GT and Aston Martin One-77, will start production in the UK next year of the Metrocab plug-in hybrid taxi to meet growing demand for low-emission cabs.... Read More »

Average U.S. mpg edges up to 25.5 in May

10:55 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was up 0.3 mpg in May, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

VW, SAIC sign deal to build EVs, plug-in hybrids in China

June 4, 2015 12:02 CET

Volkswagen Group says it has signed a cooperation agreement with partner SAIC Motor Corp. to ensure the production and research and development of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China. VW said over the next four years it plans to localize more than 15 different green models in China, that will include plug-ins and EVs.... Read More »

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BLOG: Mitsubishi should focus on SUVs to boost Europe sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

Mitsubishi should become an SUV-only brand in Europe positioned below Land Rover to boost its profitability and sales volume, the brand's UK boss believes.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

How will automakers respond to megatrends?

2:01 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

Potential disruptions may make the most headlines, but the majority of future megatrends emphasize the auto industry's continuity. Here are four points demonstrating that automakers may not be nimble, but their ability to co-opt and adapt to new challenges should not be underestimated.... Read More »

A123 to double lithium-ion battery capacity

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

A123 Systems LLC plans to double the manufacturing capacity at its three lithium-ion battery plants in a $200 million investment.... Read More »

California bends but doesn't yield on ZEVs

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

Jaguar, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo may be small, but California won't spare them from putting electrified vehicles on the market.... Read More »

Daimler chases Tesla in solar-powered batteries

12:24 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Daimler is chasing Tesla Motors in a push to sell batteries for storing energy generated in daylight hours from rooftop solar panels to homeowners and businesses.... Read More »

Ford to make EV technology patents available to rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Ford is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehicles.... Read More »

Renault cautious on plug-in hybrids

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is ready to launch its first plug-in hybrid but will wait for costs to drop before launching the model, a senior executive said.... Read More »

BMW, Nissan will build charging network in S. Africa to boost EV sales

May 25, 2015 13:44 CET

The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid of charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to help expand sales of greener vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market.... Read More »

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