Electric

BMW CEO sees EV initiatives helping i3 sales in key markets

March 24, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer sees political initiatives in a number of the carmaker's key markets as important in helping to boost sales of the i3 electric car....
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KEITH CRAIN

Is cheap fuel permanent or a blip?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Lots of smart folks in the automobile industry are betting huge amounts of money that alternative-fuel vehicles will capture an important part of the market. But it is going to be difficult to displace gasoline for mainstream vehicles in the U.S....
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Honda Fit EV lease price lowered to $199 per month

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Honda lowered the two-year lease price for its Fit EV electric hatchback to $199 per month, from $259, for current customers....
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Tesla reprograms Model S to plan charging stops, ease range anxiety

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Tesla plans a software upgrade that adds two features -- Range Assurance and Trip Planner -- that automatically plan charging stops and warn a Model S driver if a road trip is likely to leave him stranded....
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Is Richard Branson's Virgin empire gearing up to take on Tesla?

1:54 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Richard Branson has slapped his Virgin brand on trains, planes, spacecraft, and (soon) cruise ships. Are cars next? The Virgin Racing team competed in the all-electric Formula E race this week in Miami, where Branson disclosed the company has teams of people working on EVs....
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A French billionaire's anti-Tesla dream costs 20 cents a minute

7:12 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

The Tesla Model S, a sumptuous, four-door electric sedan with a sticker price of $71,000, has a waiting list that stretches to months. Vincent Bollore can get you behind the wheel of an electric with “far superior” technology this afternoon. For just 20 cents a minute....
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Germany holds off on tax breaks to boost sales of electric company cars

March 16, 2015 21:45 CET

Germany's federal government has shelved a plan to boost electric car sales via corporate tax breaks because it could not secure the consent of state governments whose coffers stood to lose revenue....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Automakers, greens disagree on the true cost of meeting EU's CO2 regulations

March 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers say the cost to meet tough European CO2 emissions limits that take effect in 2021 is rising rapidly, according to an analyst report, a view not shared by environmentalists....
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Oregon prepares nation's first per-mile road tax

3:33 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Some states, worried that rising numbers of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles will crimp their gas-tax revenues, are looking at alternative ways to fund road upkeep. In July, Oregon will implement the first such alternative....
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Continental 'interested' in being partner on possible Apple car

March 5, 2015 11:50 CET

Continental would be interested in acting as partner for technology giant Apple if the tech company decides to build a car, CEO Elmar Degenhart said....
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BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing i3-based car

March 5, 2015 15:23 CET

BMW said its talks with Apple do not involve developing or building a car for Apple based on the BMW i3, denying a German magazine report....
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Audi R8 e-tron signals shift by German automakers to high-end EVs

March 4, 2015 16:12 CET

German carmakers are shifting their focus towards high-end electric vehicles such as the Audi R8 e-tron and away from cheaper city cars in an effort to revive environmentally-friendly but unpopular zero-emission vehicles....
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Chevy Bolt EV variant may be sold as an Opel in Europe, sources say

March 4, 2015 19:08 CET

General Motors may sell a version of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car in Europe as an Opel/Vauxhall model, company sources said....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: BYD heralds its vehicle sales in Japan

1:04 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Can the Chinese succeed where the Koreans and Americans largely have failed: penetrating Japan's auto market?...
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Aston Martin SUV may deepen Daimler partnership

March 3, 2015 10:39 CET

Aston Martin announced plans for an SUV that may draw more heavily on its partnership with Daimler, as the UK supercar maker confirmed moves to raise more capital and expand into new vehicle categories....
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ElringKlinger may cancel EV contract

March 2, 2015 15:14 CET

German supplier ElringKlinger says it may terminate a contract to supply a major customer with components for electric cars to halt continued losses at its E-Mobility business....
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Apple said to be targeting EV car production as soon as 2020

Feb. 20, 2015 09:26 CET

Apple, which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020, sources told Bloomberg. The time frame underscores the project's aggressive goals and could set the stage for a battle for customers with Tesla and GM....
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Delphi's thermal unit is bought by Mahle for $727 million

4:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015

German auto supplier Mahle has agreed to buy rival Delphi's air conditioning business for $727 million, expanding its thermal management expertise as cars make greater use of electric motors and batteries that need special cooling....
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Apple is poaching auto engineers to build battery division, lawsuit claims

Feb. 19, 2015 12:48 CET

Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple for allegedly poaching engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that could offer further evidence that Apple is developing a car....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Apple's electric car dreams may bring auto industry nightmares

6:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Before Apple decides to move ahead with its Project Titan project and build an electric car, the company may want to look at the menu of challenges that come with being in the automobile business these days....
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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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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: More black eyes for the diesel engine

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

The diesel engine is in trouble in Europe. Diesel's reputation is being blackened because air quality in many European cities is poor, and that is causing health problems. Fingers are pointing at diesel engines....
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Bollore wins backing for EV charging network

Feb. 6, 2015 13:45 CET

Bollore will invest 150 million euros ($172 million) to roll out a charging network across France after winning government approval for the plan. The company said it will install 16,000 new semi-fast chargers in the next four years....
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Porsche plans EV-only Pajun, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine reported....
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Bollore eyes Los Angeles in car-sharing expansion

Jan. 29, 2015 11:45 CET

Vincent Bollore is targeting Los Angeles and Singapore as the next markets for his electric-car sharing service after its debuts later this year in London and Indianapolis.The French car-sharing service currently has about 70,000 subscribers in Paris....
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