Weekly Green Car

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 »

 

POWER PLAYERS

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 »

 

Mitsubishi retools flagship Japan plant before hybrid push

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Mitsubishi is overhauling its flagship assembly plant in Japan to slash production costs and boost capacity as it readies for increased output of plug-in hybrid vehicles. The renovations at Mitsubishi's Okazaki plant in central Japan aim to cut the cost of body assembly 30 percent.... Read More »

 

GM won't offer version of next Volt in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
GM's Opel division will discontinue the Ampera, a rebadged Volt, after the redesign of the 2016 Volt, according to two people familiar with the company's plans.... Read More »

 

BMW open to sharing battery technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI.... Read More »

 

Audi draws up EV plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Audi has drawn up blueprints for a range of high-performance electric cars to help it take on its German rivals and Tesla Motors if the market picks up, sources at the carmaker told Reuters.... Read More »

 

N.J. Assembly OKs bill to allow direct EV sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
The New Jersey General Assembly approved a bill last week to allow consumers to buy electric cars directly from a manufacturer. The bill now heads to the state Senate.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

2 truths about hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Sales of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles may be leveling out at or below 4 percent of U.S. market volume. That's less than a million units a year, currently split among 47 hybrids.... Read More »

 

Luxury may lead wireless EV recharging

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Luxury automakers will lead a migration to a new wireless technology for charging electric vehicle batteries, a forecast by the global market analysis firm Frost & Sullivan says.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Robertson: BMW's i subbrand will lift margins

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2014
There's a nice pricing advantage to be had for early entrants in new segments, says Ian Robertson, BMW Group board member in charge of BMW brand sales and marketing and group retail operations.... Read More »

 

U.S. push for battery monitor delays Outlander plug-in hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. says a new kink is delaying the U.S. launch of its Outlander plug-in hybrid until late 2015 or early 2016, even as it aims to more than double sales elsewhere this year. The delay is to meet a new U.S. request that Mitsubishi equip the car with a battery-monitoring unit.... Read More »

 

More hybrids to help Chrysler hit mpg target

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Only two new electrified vehicles were listed on the five-year product plan that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles presented to analysts this month. But last week, CEO Sergio Marchionne said to expect more. The only electrified vehicle the company sells now is a battery version of the Fiat 500 minicar, which is sold only in California and will be sold in Portland, Ore., by late summer.... Read More »

 

Kia Soul EV's top market will be U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2014
Kia Motors aims to sell 5,000 electric units of its boxy Soul subcompact a year worldwide. Kia expects the United States to be the Soul EV's biggest market. The Soul EV, which went on sale April 14 in South Korea, will hit U.S. showrooms in the second half of the year.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2014 Cadillac ELR

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Suppliers to the 2014 Cadillac ELR include Plastomer, Burgess-Norton, Behr-Hella Thermocontrol, YH America, TRW, Coastal Automotive, Martinrea, Eagle Ottawa, Haartz, Grupo Antolin, HellermannTyton, Eberspaecher, Fisher Dynamics, ElringKlinger, GKN Driveline, General Bearing, Filtran, American Axle, ZF Lenksysteme and ContiTech.... Read More »

 

Airbag glitch spurs Nissan recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
A software problem that could deactivate airbags has prompted Nissan Motor Corp. to recall 989,701 vehicles in North America, including 2013-14 Altima sedans... Read More »

 

Audi R8 EV is a go

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Audi will move forward with production of an electric version of the R8 sports car.... Read More »

 

Caddy pinpoints ELR prospects

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2014
Cadillac will pump out plenty of commercials for its redesigned 2014 CTS sedan during the Winter Olympics this month.... Read More »

 

3rd i? BMW will weigh demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
BMW Group will not add a third model to its
i subbrand range of electrified cars until it has a better idea of demand, said Harald Krueger, BMW production chief.
BMW has trademarked the series through to number i9, hinting at the extent of its ambition, but Krueger said it currently has no plans to add to the i3 subcompact and the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, which will go on sale this spring.... Read More »

 

Honda leans toward 2 motors for next Civic Hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Honda Motor Co. has a new and greatly improved one-motor hybrid system for small cars. But engineers for the next Civic are leaning toward the more powerful and fuel-efficient two-motor system that debuted in the mid-sized Accord Hybrid that went on sale last fall.... Read More »

 

Saleen plans to develop EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Saleen Automotive, a venture of sports car tuner Steve Saleen, is developing an electric car.... Read More »

 

Fisker sale may come by Jan. 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
Fisker Automotive Inc., the hybrid-car maker that failed after losing a U.S. government loan, may be sold by Jan. 3 under a schedule approved by the judge overseeing its bankruptcy case.... Read More »

 

Toyota exec: Next-gen Prius needs revolutionary design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
The Toyota brand's global design chief says the fourth-generation Prius needs a massive restyling.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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