Green cars

Some fired Tesla workers still love Elon Musk

6:45 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2018
Some of the 3,000 Tesla employees who are losing their jobs have had surprisingly positive parting words to share with Elon Musk, the chief executive who let them go.

MORRY MARKOWITZ

Fuel-cell revolution is already happening

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
Fuel cells are powering our commercial transportation space today in a range of applications, and all these burgeoning vehicle markets are leading to growth in the hydrogen infrastructure needed to support them.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How to be green shouldn't be forced

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2018
The electric vehicle movement has a place in the scheme of things, but so do other options.

EVs get charged up in three states -- in a single day

11:04 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2018
In a single day, the electric car boom may have scored hundreds of millions of dollars of additional investments in three states.

SF Motors plans to open EV operations at Indiana plant by end of 2020

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 30, 2018
Chinese-owned electric vehicle developer SF Motors is planning to open a $160 million plant in northern Indiana by the end of 2020.

Fiat Chrysler investors want electric road map in Marchionne's swan song

3:35 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2018
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is expected to outline plans for electric and hybrid cars in a strategy presentation Friday, aiming to ensure the carmaker remains in the race in the absence of a merger.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

EVs have makings 
of a failed product

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2018
I've been reading with fascination Keith Crain's recent columns about the rush to electric vehicles by just about every manufacturer on the planet.

'The two extremes' of Porsche

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2018
Thousands of Porsche enthusiasts gathering in California this fall give the automaker the perfect chance to sell the brand's most loyal consumers on its new EV offerings.

2018 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Japan brands' EVs for China appear strikingly familiar

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2018
If the first wave of Japan-brand electric vehicles for China looks familiar, it should. Toyota, Nissan and Honda are simply rolling out EV versions of existing nameplates.

KEITH CRAIN

Have they gone crazy on EVs?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2018
Except in China, where government rules and objectives are easier to implement and enforce, electric vehicles seem to be headed for a disastrous conclusion.

Didi alliance eyes 10 million EVs by 2028

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2018
Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-hailing giant, is partnering with 31 auto industry companies to develop models for shared mobility and new standards for electrified vehicles.

Can Nio entice Americans to use phones to buy cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2018
Nio, the Chinese electric vehicle startup that uses swappable batteries and puts a bobblehead digital assistant on the dashboard, wants to launch a global model in the U.S. by 2020.

Alibaba-backed China car startup to raise $1.6 billion this year

12:41 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2018
Xiaopeng Motors, which counts Alibaba among its investors, plans to raise billions of dollars in funds this year as the Chinese startup jumps into the world's biggest market for electric vehicles.

Nissan enters former radioactive zone for battery recycling venture

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2018
Nissan has opened a first-of-its-kind processing center in a plant that was abandoned by the previous owner when the region became a radioactive no-go zone following Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster.

China's WM Motor open to U.S. IPO, shrugging off trade tensions

11:01 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2018
WM Motor, a Chinese company with plans to sell an electric SUV this year, is open to holding an initial public stock offering in the United States as its founder shrugs off a potential trade war.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Battery-swapping for urban dwellers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2018
I agree with Keith Crain that the electric vehicle industry “will need something that is not yet developed or commercialized.”

Tesla's China dream threatened by standoff over Shanghai factory

10:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2018
Tesla is in danger of being relegated to an expensive niche in China because Elon Musk can't clinch a deal to open a factory there.

Porsche doubles green car investment to $7B

Feb. 7, 2018 06:01 CET
Porsche will double spending on greener vehicles to $7.4 billion as competition in the electrified-vehicle space grows.

Six EVs headed to Nissan, Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2018
The Nissan brand will get four full electric vehicles and Infiniti will receive two over the next five years, a top Nissan executive says. The six vehicles include only full EVs, not hybrids.

Global carmakers to invest at least $90 billion in electric vehicles

5:56 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2018
Ford's plan to double its electrified vehicle spending is part of an investment tsunami in batteries and electric cars by global automakers that now totals $90 billion and is still growing.

Why early EV adopters prefer leasing — by far

6:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2018
U.S. drivers now lease almost 80 percent of battery electric vehicles and 55 percent of plug-in hybrids.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The EV shift is not up to consumers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2017
The auto industry is at a crossroads as it shifts away from internal combustion engines to electric-powered vehicles.

Many EVs on the way, but few buyers await

8:58 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2017
Automakers with ambitious plans to roll out more than a hundred new battery-powered models in the next five years appear to be forgetting one thing: Drivers aren't yet buzzed about the technology.

VIDEO: First Shift: 2018 U.S. market's greenest year ever?

8:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2017
2018 U.S. market's greenest year ever?; Experience Centers offer taste of Lincoln; Detroit debuts for BMW i8 coupe, new X2; What has BMW glowing; Subaru vows to improve inspections.

Hyundai bolsters electric car lineup to narrow gap with rivals

9:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2017
Hyundai Motor Group, lagging behind rivals in the introduction of electric vehicles, is stepping up plans for battery-powered cars as world governments crack down on polluting fossil fuels.

 
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VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis


5:30 am U.S. ET | June 20 2018

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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design featu ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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