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Tesla reaches lithium deal with Chinese supplier

6:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2018
China's top producer of lithium, a metal used in electric-vehicle batteries, said it reached a deal with Tesla to supply the vehicle maker, highlighting the push for supply pacts.

Panasonic expects Tesla battery production to boost profits this fall

11:43 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2018
Panasonic said it expects its battery business with Tesla to contribute to profit from the second half of its business year, as production of mass-market Model 3 cars picks up pace.

German automakers lean on others for battery cells

July 10, 2018 06:01 CET
Plans by China's CATL to build a battery cell factory in Germany should serve as a wake-up call for the national car industry, industry watchers say, as a lack of its own production capacity risks leaving it exposed in a dawning era of electric mobility.

Adequate lithium production for EVs? Don't bank on it

10:35 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2018
Despite bullish forecasts for global demand -- especially with accelerating production of electric vehicles -- lithium may have a funding problem. Banks are wary.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

CNG car sales set to rise on tougher emissions rules

June 30, 2018 06:01 CET
European demand for cars powered by compressed natural gas has shown signs of life after a half-decade slump. VW Group was the main driver of the 60 percent increase in CNG registrations in Europe in the first quarter.

GREG LAYSON

Ontario green vehicle rebate program ripe for the picking under PC rule

8:45 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2018
If we closely read the tea leaves and review some recent history, it appears the program that provides Ontarians rebates worth up to $14,000 on certain green vehicles could be in jeopardy.

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.

Toyota will build fuel cell stack plant in bid to ramp up sales of hydrogen-powered cars

May 24, 2018 09:22 CET
Toyota plans to build a plant to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks, a key component of fuel cell vehicles, as it seeks to increase global annual sales of the vehicles to at least 30,000 from 3,000 now.

EV batteries present new challenges for firefighters

7:24 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2018
Fires on electric vehicles are rare, but the volatile chemistry of their batteries and the need for special training on how to extinguish them raises new safety questions as automakers are poised to dramatically increase production.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM Super Cruise, Tesla Autopilot square off

3:30 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2018
GM Super Cruise, Tesla Autopilot square off in test; Battery blazes pose challenge for firefighters; EV push in Northeastern U.S.; Apple's growing AV fleet; First for BMW in China.

Anheuser-Busch orders up to 800 hydrogen-fueled big rigs

3:49 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2018
Anheuser-Busch said it reserved up to 800 hydrogen-fueled semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company as part of plans to convert its dedicated long-haul fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025.

Audi joins quest for biofuels that don't challenge food supply

April 17, 2018 11:41 CET
Audi has joined forces with a French biotech company to solve the two big problems that have been holding back biofuels. The aim is to prove large-scale biofuel production is possible without major deforestation or the use of food or animal feeds.

Lithium glut fears tempered by optimism over surging demand for EV batteries

7:13 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2018
Warnings of a lithium glut may be premature.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for April

April 3, 2018 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at the future of diesel. Some believe the diesel engine's time is coming to an end, the European car industry cannot back away from diesels, which are crucial to reaching the EU's CO2 targets.

ANE's April issue goes live next week

March 29, 2018 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live next week. The new edition looks at the future of diesel.

Skoda expects Citigo EV to counter risk of CO2 emissions fines

March 19, 2018 06:01 CET
Skoda will launch a full-electric version of its Citigo minicar after its push into the hot-selling SUV market put the automaker at risk of fines for missing EU CO2 emissions reduction targets.

Hydrogen semi maker Nikola to build assembly plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2018
Nikola Motor Co. intends to build a 1-million-square-foot assembly plant in Buckeye, Ariz. to manufacture zero-emission hydrogen-electric semitrucks by the end of 2019.

2018 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Hyundai sees Germany as key market for Nexo fuel cell car

March 4, 2018 06:01 CET
Hyundai sees Germany as a key market in Europe for its Nexo fuel cell SUV because Europe's largest auto market aims to have 400 refueling stations in operation by 2025.

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 scramble for lithium

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2018
Tesla's talks to invest in a lithium supplier indicate automakers have a long road ahead to secure a steady supply of the metal to support the mass production of electric vehicles.

Q&A: TOM GEBHARDT

Panasonic exec: More EV battery plants are coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2018
Panasonic Corp. is ready to add battery capacity as automakers announce new EVs.

New global player CATL sets EV battery sights on Europe, U.S.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2018
The next global powerhouse in the auto industry comes from a small city in southeast China, where an unheralded EV battery maker is planning a substantial factory with capacity to surpass Tesla.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

GM is the real leader in EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018
When will it ever end? Tesla this, Tesla that ... Tesla, Tesla, Tesla! In fact, it is General Motors that is the leader in electric vehicles.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

EVs fall short of government goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018
I applaud Keith Crain's “Don't invest in steam engines” for pointing out the deficiencies of electric vehicles regarding the inability of the battery to store sufficient energy and long recharging times.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Infrastructure is real hydrogen barrier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018
I agree with Keith Crain’s comments regarding battery-electric vehicles (“Don’t invest in steam engines,” Jan. 15).

 
Rising Star starts new adventure

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2018

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Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari

Nick Gibbs
4:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2018

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Volvo has autonomous vehicle safety covered like a blanket

Douglas A. Bolduc
3:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7 2018

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Tesla readies a surprise in Europe

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Moving out of Sergio's shadow

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Mike Manley took the helm at Fiat Chrysler just four days before the death of former CEO Sergio Marc ...
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ZF invests in future engineers with a U.S. robot competition

Richard Truett
1:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28 2018

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Why domestic automakers will not dominate China's luxury EV market

Yang Jian
7:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24 2018

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Beijing realizes that young domestic automakers can never beat global giants with traditional combus ...
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