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GM: Design, technology distinguish ELR from Volt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
General Motors believes that the Cadillac ELR luxury coupe will be a brand-building halo car that will drive showroom traffic when the plug-in hybrid goes on sale in January.... Read More »


Honda's new plant takes manufacturing to the next level

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2013
Honda's newest assembly plant was seven years in the making, twice delayed and may be the last greenfield car factory in Japan for a long time.... Read More »


Honda engineer predicts 50,000 U.S. hybrid, EV sales in 2 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
A senior Honda Motor Co. engineer predicted that within two years, the automaker's annual U.S. hybrid and electric vehicle sales will be 50,000, a volume he said was necessary before Honda could begin manufacturing key hybrid components there.... Read More »


New Mazda boss: Rotary is a no-go

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Masa-michi Kogai, the new CEO of Mazda Motor Corp., has set what looks like an impossibly high bar for reintroducing the company's rotary engine.... Read More »


Engineer chases a million, spills BMW's beans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
BMW engineer Nenad Regoje was probably a little nervous while appearing recently as a contestant on "Wer wird Millionaer," German TV's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"... Read More »


Mercedes tech boss: Electric B class will top BMW's new i3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber believes that the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 and other competitors in the fast-growing niche for battery-powered vehicles.... Read More »


BMW i3 app calculates range, finds public charging stations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
The BMW i3 electric four-door comes with a host of special Internet-based services that make it easier to calculate the car's available range and find charging stations.... Read More »


Panasonic to increase its battery capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Panasonic Corp. plans a big increase in lithium ion battery capacity next year, for both hybrid and electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S sedan.... Read More »


Federal-Mogul pushes for 'smaller and lighter'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Rainer Jueckstock, co-CEO of Federal-Mogul Corp., sees exactly where automakers are spending their r&d money as they develop the next generation of fuel-efficient powertrains.... Read More »


Nissan steps closer to self-driving cars with road test model in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Nissan is moving forward on its goal to commercialize self-driving cars by 2020, with an early prototype that has won accolades in Japan and another test variant that has been cleared for trials on public roads.... Read More »


New plant will boost sales, profit margin for Mazda3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Mazda Motor Corp. is betting big on its Mazda3 small car, predicting global sales will jump by nearly a third with the just-released redesign. It also expects a Mexico-built version will help North America capture a bigger chunk of worldwide volume while providing fatter profit margins.... Read More »



JCI works on cheaper EV, hybrid batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Brian Kesseler, newly appointed president of Johnson Controls Inc.'s Power Solutions division, says propulsion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles don't need to last 10 years.... Read More »


Kia plans Soul EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Kia will introduce an electric version of its 2014 Soul next year, the brand's first EV for the United States.... Read More »



Honda has our attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
Honda has taken its share of criticism in recent years for such uninspiring vehicles as the Crosstour and CR-Z and the 2012 Civic. And its powertrains -- the heart and soul of its identity -- have lacked innovation. For example, the company has been slow to adopt six-speed automatic transmissions.... Read More »


California trade group says Tesla's marketing is misleading

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
The California New Car Dealers Association doesn't have a problem with Tesla Motors Inc. selling cars in the state. The problem is how the cars are marketed, the association's president says.... Read More »


Chrysler jump-starts electrification effort

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Chrysler has begun a search for engineers to lead an electrification push in North America for both its domestic lineup and Fiat.... Read More »


Nissan adds Leaf to certified-used program

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Nissan is adding the Leaf electric car to its certified used-vehicle program, a move aimed at reassuring consumers who are considering whether to buy a secondhand battery-powered car.... Read More »


Ford to install 200 charging stations at U.S., Canada facilities

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
Ford is installing electric vehicle charging stations at more than 50 of its facilities in the United States and Canada, making it easier for employees to charge their plug-in vehicles while they're at work.... Read More »



Nissan's bold move is risky but promises rewards

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Carlos Ghosn's pledge that Nissan will have self-driving vehicles ready for sale by 2020 both challenges his employees and galvanizes a young and promising technology.... Read More »


Next Prius: Lower cost, higher mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
The next Toyota Prius hybrid will get "significantly better fuel economy in a more compact package that is lighter-weight and lower-cost," the Prius' chief engineer said last week.... Read More »



Stop EV subsidies for wealthy buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
Most consumers lack the high annual income of those who buy EVs as luxury toys.... Read More »



Now is the time to encourage EV acceptance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Prices of many electrified vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt have fallen rapidly over the past year.... Read More »


Akerson wants more Volt range

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
General Motors, working on the next generation of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, is aiming to improve the electric-only range of the car by at least 20 percent, said CEO Dan Akerson.... Read More »


Must Tesla pay to play in China?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Chinese trademark troubles are making it difficult for Tesla Motors to market its electric cars in China.... Read More »


Errant EV turns out the lights in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Tesla's battery-powered Model S uses a lot of juice, but that's not why one of the high-performance sedans caused an energy crisis in Tennessee last week.... Read More »


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