Green cars

Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the celebration date for a reason. It's the five-year anniversary of when Toyoda was hauled before a congressional panel to answer questions about his company's unintended acceleration recalls....
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China's Wanxiang to rebrand Fisker as Elux, report says

9:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang Group will push back its planned relaunch of the defunct Fisker Karma hybrid sports car until mid-2016 and rebrand Fisker Automotive as Elux, two sources familiar with the plan told Reuters on Sunday....
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Apple hiring patterns, patents signal automotive r&d plans

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
A year and a half ago, Apple had applied for just eight patents related to auto batteries. Recently, it has hired a bevy of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
The hydrogen fuel cell debate is no longer a chicken-and-egg conundrum. The fuel cell vehicle has arrived first. It works....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Thanks, but no thanks, to an Apple car

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
I know some of you will accuse me of heresy against a Higher Power for saying it, but I don’t like Apple. Never have....
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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....
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BorgWarner Q4 revenue rises as net income declines slightly

11:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
BorgWarner, the turbocharger and emissions systems supplier, reported today fourth-quarter gains in revenues and a slight decline in net income....
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Audi buys Ballard fuel-cell tech to boost clean-car push

Feb. 11, 2015 16:27 CET
VW Group's Audi unit bought fuel-cell technology from Ballard Power Systems in a deal worth as much as $112 million to advance development of clean-running vehicles at the automaker. Audi bought about 700 patents from Ballard....
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VW calls on government to invest more in EVs

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Volkswagen of America's top product executive called on federal and state governments to do more to spur electric vehicle sales and EV infrastructure development at an event here today....
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GM will build Chevy Bolt in Michigan starting in late 2016, report says

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
GM plans to begin building the Chevrolet Bolt, its all-new $30,000 electric car, in October 2016 at an underused small-car plant north of Detroit, two supplier sources told Reuters....
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U.S. fuel economy improves for first time since August, report shows

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US improved last month for the first time since August, increasing 0.3 mpg, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

One vehicle that deserved a Super Bowl ad

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Back in January 2009, GM didn't have money for a Super Bowl commercial, but if it could have scraped together the funds, it had a golden opportunity to introduce the masses to the Chevy Volt....
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DOE announces $55 million in funding for green car research

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
More than $55 million in new funding from the Department of Energy will go toward projects that aim to reduce and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel and conventional vehicles....
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About 100 EV stations planned for high-traffic east- and west-coast locations

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Around 100 new electric vehicle quick-charging stations will be installed along high-traffic highway corridors on the east and west coasts by year-end under a new deal announced today by BMW, Volkswagen and EV-charging network operator ChargePoint....
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Chevy to expand Spark EV sales to Maryland

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Chevrolet will begin selling the Spark EV in Maryland this spring, its first East Coast entry and third state overall since the electric minicar was launched in California and Oregon in 2013....
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BMW's Robertson sees cheap gas making electric cars a harder sell

10:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Cheap gas may make electric cars an even harder sell, said a top executive at BMW, the German luxury automaker that’s aiming for plug-in versions of all its top models....
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BMW to pitch i3 electric in Super Bowl

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
BMW and Lexus will return to the Super Bowl after sitting on the bench for several years. BMW said today that it will pitch the i3 electric in a 60-second spot during the game’s first quarter. Meanwhile, Lexus will run its second Super Bowl commercial ever....
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For 4th straight year, mpg is top reason a shopper buys a vehicle

1:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
For the fourth straight year, new-vehicles buyers ranked fuel economy as the most influential factor in selecting a vehicle, JD Power and Associates said in a new report....
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Toyota raises ante on hydrogen; Japan to ease fuel cell regulation

6:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Japan will introduce self-service hydrogen filling stations and ease other regulations related to fuel cells to promote the technology, which carmakers including Toyota are using in vehicles....
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Honda invests $340 million in Ohio for fuel-efficient cars

8:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Honda will invest $340 million to build fuel-efficient, gasoline engines in Ohio, as it plans a slate of new electric cars in a push for more vehicles with lower emissions....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Musk urges automakers to move faster on EVs

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Established car companies must accelerate the development and sale of electric vehicles, despite a drastic decline in oil prices, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said today during a speech to auto executives at the Automotive News World Congress....
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VIA Motors delivering hybrid fleet trucks, Lutz says

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
For former GM product czar Bob Lutz, his latest project is hitting the startup sweet spot, shipping retrofitted hybrid pickups to fleet customers....
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RICHARD TRUETT

GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Looking way the road, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has another mission entirely....
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Nissan still counts on Leaf for global marketing

10:28 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
The electric Leaf will continue to represent Nissan globally for branding purposes, even as the automaker turns out flashier and more elegant new models....
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Chevy Bolt EV production expected in 2017

9:09 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
General Motors today revealed the concept Bolt electric vehicle, a hatchback with a 200-mile range that is headed for production as GM seeks to cement its leadership position in vehicles with plugs....
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