Alternative fuels

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).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

What bet? EV demand is clear

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018
Huge auto companies aren’t just betting on customer demand for electric vehicles, they are watching it happen.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Distance before recharge worrisome

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018
I am apprehensive about the fact that electric cars may soon be mandated by politicians or their regulatory counterparts.

Lithium makers for EV batteries get a dedicated hedge fund

9:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2018
Will Smith, a former partner at Michael Hintze's investment firm CQS UK, is starting a hedge fund that will bet on companies that could gain from the expected boom in electric cars.

Q&A: MARTIN EBERHARD

Ex-Tesla CEO's focus: Battery integration

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2018
Former Tesla CEO Martin Eberhard is still fully engaged in electric vehicle technology. The CIO of startup Inevit, working on EV battery systems, is also advising Chinese EV startup SF Motors.

Bracing for EV shift, NGK Spark Plug ignites all solid-state battery quest

6:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2017
Facing the eventual demise of gasoline engines, the world's biggest maker of spark plugs is turning its focus to a component it believes will be just as vital in the coming era of electric vehicles -- next-generation all solid state batteries.

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.

 
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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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Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words ...
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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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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2018

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BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size S ...
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Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?

Dave Guilford
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14 2018

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It's easy to become enamoured of the accident-free future with autonomous cars, but before that time ...
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