Weekly Green Car


Sparks fly over service's prime parking spaces

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

The BlueIndy electric-vehicle rede-sharing service in Indianaopolis has been embroiled in controversy since its Sept. 2 startup.... Read More »

Nissan increases Leaf range, price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Nissan gives the electric Leaf a larger batter for more driving range in 2016.... Read More »

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 »


JLR chief: Want young customers? Get eco-friendly

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2015

Lowering emissions is an industry “priority” and automakers risk turning off the new generation of customers if they didn't address environmental concerns, Jaguar Land Rover's CEO said. He added that success for electric vehicles will depend on the next generation of batteries.... Read More »

Lights out on EV incentives in some states

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2015

Tight budgets -- worsened by crumbling infrastructure -- are prompting some states to pull the plug on programs and financial incentives designed to boost EV sales. Other programs aimed at jump-starting demand have limited funds, with no plans to offer more when the initial money runs dry.... Read More »

Ford will let rivals use its EV tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is joining Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology in order to accelerate development of electric-drive vehicles. Ford will open up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology. Unlike Tesla and Toyota, it will license its patents for a fee, the company said.... 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 »

Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid decision to come this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche AG is considering whether to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 sports car, and company leaders will make a decision later this year. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says plug-in technology will help save fuel and also boost vehicle performance.... Read More »

Nissan expects Leaf sales to hit 50,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Nissan CEO Ghosn thinks selling 50,000 Leafs should not be a problem -- even with first-quarter sales down 21 percent. The key to EV growth will be more public charging, he says.... Read More »

Nissan may add Rogue hybrid in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Nissan unveiled the X-Trail Hybrid for the Japan market. It is considering a hybrid version of the crossover's sister vehicle, the Rogue, for the U.S.... Read More »

VW calls on government to invest more in EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Joerg Sommer, vice president of product marketing and strategy at Volkswagen of America, says the automaker will invest $10 million in EV charging infrastructure by 2016.... Read More »

Porsche plans EV-only Pajun, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine reported.... Read More »


Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry.... Read More »


Forcing EVs on us is a good idea?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Electric vehicles and hybrids should not be socially engineered into our lives whether people want them or not.... 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 »


Emerging retail tech helps sell EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Dealers should tailor emerging retail technology to customer needs and preferences that change as vehicle technology changes.... Read More »

Ex-CEOs take Honda to task on quality issues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

Nobuhiko Kawamoto and Hiroyuki Yoshino were CEOs in some of the most glorious of Honda's glory days.... Read More »

Tesla expects 50% jump in deliveries this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

Tesla Motors Inc. said last week it expects to deliver 33,000 units of the Model S sedan in 2014, a 50 percent increase over 2013, due to the completion of assembly-line upgrades at its Fremont, Calif., factory this summer.... Read More »

Toyota to pack track-tested tech into next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014

Toyota is testing technology to be used in the Prius in its high-performance TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer.... Read More »

No jolt out of normal-looking Focus Electric

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

After two years of paltry Focus Electric sales, the question is: Do customers want their battery-electric vehicles to look just like normal cars?... Read More »

Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours.... Read More »


Battery maker shrugs off Tesla competition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

After years of disappointment, the EV market is ready to grow, predicts Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. Parent company LG Chem expects to grab 25 percent of global electric-vehicle battery sales by 2017 as battery prices fall and EV range rises.... Read More »

Can Prius set the pace again?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014

The hybrid revolution that the Prius ushered in has put it in an awkward position: So many other brands have followed Toyota's lead into the hybrid market that the Prius no longer stands out. The brand is now it's at a marketing crossroads.... Read More »

Hybrids help supercars cut CO2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Ultraluxury nameplates such as Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley and Porsche are opting for electric powertrains to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their supercars.... Read More »


Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help.... Read More »

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