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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 »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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 »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: PRABHAKAR PATIL

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 »

 

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 »

 

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