Electric

Tesla to invest $2 billion in U.S. gigafactory

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
Tesla said it plans to invest $2 billion in a U.S. car battery plant that will be capable of supplying lithium ion packs for 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020. The factory, which is expected to go online in 2017, is part of Tesla's blueprint for a more affordable electric vehicle and would be the first major, integrated U.S. facility producing battery cells for electric cars.... Read More »

 

Tesla stock soars amid talk that 'gigafactory' could transform power industry

10:25 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc.'s plan to ramp up battery production by building what CEO Elon Musk calls a “gigafactory” may do even more to transform the power industry than it does to advance the electric car.... Read More »

 

BASF targets EV battery market as growth area

Feb. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
BASF says new and safer batteries with a higher capacity will boost the range of electric cars, helping the market for electric-vehicle batteries to be worth $20 billion by 2020.... Read More »

 

BASF undeterred by EV market's setbacks, invests in battery tech

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
BASF is betting customers will flock to electric cars, using its chemical products to create a battery that will enable vehicles to run longer.... Read More »

 

Nissan's Ghosn goes to edge of world for EV showcase

9:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of zero emissions pioneer Nissan, is going to the ends of the world -- quite literally -- to gain traction for his Leaf electric vehicle. Today he gave two Leafs to the Kingdom of Bhutan in honor of the king's birthday and pledged more EVs to help electrify the government fleet and taxi pool.... Read More »

 

Tesla probing cause of Toronto garage fire with Model S

7:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Tesla Motors, awaiting results of a federal probe into crash-related battery fires and which updated software to prevent overheating when recharging, said it's looking into a fire involving a Model S in Canada.... Read More »

 

Fisker assets spur Chinese duel with patents as top prize

Feb. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Two Chinese-backed companies are locked in a bidding war, culminating next week, to take over bankrupt carmaker Fisker Automotive. The prize is 18 patents and a possible toehold in the U.S. and Chinese markets.... Read More »

 

2014 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Kia Soul EV to launch in 3rd quarter

8:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
The Soul EV will be Kia's first zero-emission vehicle sold in the United States when it arrives in select markets in the third quarter.... Read More »

 

Nissan management move underscores EV sales, marketing priorities

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
Nissan North America said today it has switched managers for marketing the company's multibillion dollar initiative to sell electric vehicles. Moving to zero-emissions electric-drive vehicles is an often-stated goal of top Nissan executives, including CEO Carlos Ghosn.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 buyers face six-month wait for their cars

Jan. 31, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW i3 buyers face a six-month wait to receive the electric car because of high demand.... Read More »

 

BMW will weigh demand before extending i range

Jan. 28, 2014 15:51 CET
BMW has no plans to add a third model to its i-brand range until it has a better idea of demand, Harald Krueger, the carmaker's production chief, said.... Read More »

 

BMW will weigh demand before extending i range

9:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
BMW has no plans to add a third model to its i-brand range until it has a better idea of demand, Harald Krueger, the carmaker's production chief, said.... Read More »

 

Tesla completes L.A.-to-New York Model S charging network

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
Tesla said it expanded its U.S. network of rapid chargers to allow owners of the battery-powered Model S sedan to drive their cars from coast to coast for the first time.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

For BMW, a Tesla makes a 'nice snowplow'

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America, pooh-poohs the notion that the company's new i series is particularly aimed at Tesla.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Self-driving shuttle shows way to autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.... Read More »

 

Tesla to sell Model S car in China for 50 percent more than U.S. price

7:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2014
Tesla plans to sell its battery-powered Model S sedan in China from 734,000 yuan ($121,280), as billionaire founder Elon Musk prepares to test demand for electric vehicles in the world’s largest auto market.... Read More »

 

Tesla, Deutsche Bahn team up on electric car charging stations

Jan. 21, 2014 21:00 CET
Electric carmaker Tesla Motors and German rail operator Deutsche Bahn opened four new charging stations along key autobahn routes to help make electric cars viable for long-distance commuting.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

A new way for self-driving vehicles to win the public's trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.... Read More »

 

Tesla, Deutsche Bahn team up on electric car charging stations

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Electric carmaker Tesla Motors and rail operator Deutsche Bahn opened four new charging stations along key autobahn routes today to help make electric cars viable for long-distance commuting in Germany.... Read More »

 

2014 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Supplier sees a path to 54.5 mpg without EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
The secret to achieving strict new federal fuel economy standards may turn out to be the internal combustion engine.... Read More »

 

BMW takes a chance with i3's ultrathin seats

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2014
The BMW i3 has gotten considerable attention for its electric powertrain and carbon fiber body structure. But more groundbreaking innovations -- BMW's vision of eco-friendly urban transportation -- can be found in the cockpit. Check out those thin-profile front seats, which weigh only half as much as those of a 1-series sedan. Next, check out the i3's door panels, which are made of kenaf, a hemp-like natural fiber.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

At BMW, a careful eye on the EV market

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
BMW of North America has 100,000 hand-raisers for the new i3 compact electric car, CEO Ludwig Willisch says. Of course, not all of the prospects will turn into orders or sales, but BMW figures it will take “a few years” to satisfy demand for the i3, Willisch said.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Electric cars pose different risks, not more, U.S. regulator says

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Electric cars including Tesla's Model S pose different risks than gasoline-powered models while being as safe overall, the top U.S. auto-safety regulator said Tuesday. "We believe they don't pose any greater risks than gasoline-fueled vehicles," David Friedman, deputy administrator of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in an interview today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.... Read More »

 

BYD says Chinese cars headed to U.S. in late 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
BYD Co., the Chinese automaker backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., plans to introduce about four models for its U.S. debut at the end of 2015, Stella Li, the senior vice president in charge of the company's U.S. business, told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Tesla to upgrade wall adapters after reports of garage fires

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Tesla Motors, which is under investigation by federal regulators over fires in its Model S sedan after battery punctures, will upgrade wall charger adapters following reports of overheating in garages.... Read More »

 

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