Electric

Saab owner to build EV plant in China

July 3, 2015 11:06 CET

China's National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which owns the assets of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab, broke ground on a plant in China to produce electric vehicles. The company did not release any details about the EVs and it's not clear whether they will be marketed as Saabs....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs....
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Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said....
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Bosch positions for electrification growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are “on a good path” toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has twice the energy density, a top Bosch executive said....
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In CASE you missed it, here's the future of the car business in a word

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Consulting firm AlixPartners has taken a shot at creating some shorthand to describe the coming investment crunch faced by automakers. In a report released last week, AlixPartners came up with CASE - short for “connected, autonomous, shared and electric” - to refer to the bundle of technologies and business models that car companies may need to embrace to remain at the forefront of the industry....
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Chevy pulls ahead timetable for Bolt EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors has accelerated development of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle as the automaker tries to have the first mainstream brand with a long-range EV on the market....
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Renault says new motor will cut EV losses

June 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault's losses on EV sales will be reduced after the automaker introduced a version of its Zoe electric car powered by a motor built in-house, a company executive said. The new motor and its optimized battery increase the Zoe's range to 240km (149 miles)....
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Ford enters car-sharing, electric bike markets in mobility push

10:30 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford is getting into the car-sharing and electric bike businesses as part of CEO Mark Fields' effort to transform the automaker into a more holistic provider of transportation options....
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Jaguar Land Rover CEO foresees continued struggles for EVs

June 19, 2015 06:01 CET

Car buyers continue to shun full-electric cars but that could change with the next generation of battery technology, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said. “Customers are not impressed with it currently,” he said....
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PSA seeks EV boost from new business unit

June 18, 2015 11:42 CET

PSA has established a business unit to develop an EV strategy for the automaker's Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands. The automaker plans to launch a new generation of EVs based on its small-car platform in 2020....
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PSA will build Bollore electric car in France

June 17, 2015 10:43 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will build the Bollore Bluesummer electric car at its factory in Rennes, western France. The boxy convertible, which has a basic design similar to Citroen's iconic Mehari, will be sold through Citroen dealerships....
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Audi engine chief leaving amid EV push, pressure from Mercedes

2:25 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Audi's engine development chief is leaving the company just as the luxury brand is pushing into electric vehicles and faces growing competition from its German peer Mercedes-Benz....
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Germany may increase support for electric cars

June 16, 2015 10:56 CET

The German government is examining increased support to help bring 1 million electric cars onto the country's roads by the end of the decade. Unlike other European countries, Germany has so far refused to provide generous EV sales incentives....
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JLR chief: Want young customers? Get eco-friendly

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2015

Lowering emissions is an industry “priority” and automakers risk turning off the new generation of customers if they didn't address environmental concerns, Jaguar Land Rover's CEO said. He added that success for electric vehicles will depend on the next generation of batteries....
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GM to announce secondary use for EV batteries

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors said it plans to announce a development in the secondary use for electric vehicle batteries next week, bringing more attention to the growing stationary energy storage market....
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Tesla Model X deliveries will start in 3-4 months, CEO says

June 10, 2015 09:34 CET

Tesla will begin deliveries of the Model X SUV in three to four months, keeping close to the timeline the electric carmaker laid out earlier this year, CEO Elon Musk said....
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BMW plans to build an electric SUV in the U.S., report says

June 9, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW plans to build a battery-powered SUV in the U.S. as a rival to the upcoming Tesla Model X, a German business magazine said....
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Audi to show EV crossover concept at Frankfurt show

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Audi will preview a sporty, electric-powered crossover as a concept vehicle at the Frankfurt auto show in September....
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Japanese launch plan for cars to help power electric grid

8:11 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Japanese automakers aim to solidify their global leadership in electric-vehicle charging standards by extending the technology to vehicle-to-infrastructure energy transfers....
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Tesla gigafactory to get hundreds of Panasonic workers

6:56 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Panasonic will dispatch hundreds of employees to Tesla's Nevada gigafactory from this fall to get ready to make lithium ion batteries for electric cars at the plant from next year....
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Nissan braces for falling Leaf sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Nissan sees a tough road ahead for its electric Leaf. The end of Georgia's $5,000 EV tax credit threatens the Leaf's hottest market....
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Lights out on EV incentives in some states

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2015

Tight budgets -- worsened by crumbling infrastructure -- are prompting some states to pull the plug on programs and financial incentives designed to boost EV sales. Other programs aimed at jump-starting demand have limited funds, with no plans to offer more when the initial money runs dry....
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VW, SAIC sign deal to build EVs, plug-in hybrids in China

June 4, 2015 12:02 CET

Volkswagen Group says it has signed a cooperation agreement with partner SAIC Motor Corp. to ensure the production and research and development of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China. VW said over the next four years it plans to localize more than 15 different green models in China, that will include plug-ins and EVs....
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No EV talk no problem at all

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The annual Vienna Motor Symposium always attracts big thinkers and lots of provocative talk, and this year was no exception. We sat down with Fritz Indra, former head of powertrain development at General Motors and Audi and now an adviser to AVL List, the Austrian engineering powerhouse. He is no great fan of electric vehicles....
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Ford will let rivals use its EV tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is joining Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology in order to accelerate development of electric-drive vehicles. Ford will open up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology. Unlike Tesla and Toyota, it will license its patents for a fee, the company said....
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