Electric

Renault-Nissan reports record EV sales in 2015 despite drop in Leaf demand

Feb. 5, 2016 11:37 CET

Renault-Nissan said global sales of battery-powered vehicles rose 2.5 percent to a record 84,754 last year even though there was a slowdown in demand for the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric vehicle....
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German gov't, automakers aim for deal by March to boost EV sales

Feb. 3, 2016 11:56 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is pushing for an agreement within the next month together with German automakers to boost electric car sales in the country as demand for EVs fails to take off in the market....
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Renault-Nissan plan cheap EV for China

Feb. 3, 2016 06:01 CET

Renault-Nissan will develop an affordable electric car for China because the alliance's current offering, the Nissan Leaf, is too expensive for the local market....
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1st generation will be the last for Cadillac ELR

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

The flashy - and pricey - Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid coupe won't stick around for a second generation, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen confirms....
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Saab name won't be revived under Chinese owners

Jan. 30, 2016 06:01 CET

Saab AB, the Swedish aerospace company that owns the Saab brand, will not allow its name or logo to be used on future models produced by National Electric Vehicle Sweden....
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Cheap gas hits hybrid, EV residuals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2016

Beware! Falling gasoline prices are hitting the residual values of used hybrids, electrics and plug-ins - hard. The influx of used small cars set to return to the market is just going to make matters worse....
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Germany considers $5,500 incentive for electric cars

Jan. 29, 2016 16:07 CET

German politicians will discuss creating incentives worth up to $5,500 to boost sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, and may consider whether automakers could co-finance the new subsidies....
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Fiat's loss selling EVs in 2015? $84 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Among the 25,084 Fiat 500s sold in the United States in 2015 were at least 6,000 battery-electric 500e cars sold in California and parts of Oregon. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in 2014 that the company loses about $14,000 on each 500e it sells. If that's right it means Fiat lost about $84 million in 2015 selling the 500e....
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Apple's Zadesky, head of electric car project, to leave company, report says

10:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Apple's Steve Zadesky, who has been overseeing the company's electric car project for the last two years, has said he is leaving the company, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter....
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Nissan will produce Leaf's new advanced batteries in UK

Jan. 21, 2016 11:03 CET

Nissan will build a new generation of the Leaf's lithium ion battery at its UK factory, ending speculation that the automaker would outsource production to an external supplier to reduce costs....
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Audi will build electric SUV in Belgium, shift A1 output to Spain and Q3 to Hungary

Jan. 20, 2016 14:15 CET

Audi will build its new electric SUV at its plant in Belgium in a move criticized by the brand's labor boss. The production reshuffle will see A1 output go to Spain and Q3 production shift to Hungary....
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Electric vehicle sales fall far short of Obama goal

7:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Back in 2008, with gas prices averaging nearly $4 a gallon, President Barack Obama set a goal of getting one million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015. Yet today -- with gas prices near $2 a gallon -- only about 400,000 electric cars have been sold....
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BMW will boost i3's range

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

BMW will boost the range of its i3 electric car by about half for the 2017 model year. This summer, the lithium ion battery pack of the compact EV will be improved, "which puts it into a much more usable range," Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing, told Automotive News at the Detroit auto show....
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Hyundai: Expect Ioniq hybrid in Q3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2016

Hyundai will launch hybrid and all-electric versions of its Ioniq five-door hatchback in the third quarter, said Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America....
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Germany may offer 2 billion euros in EV subsidies, report says

Jan. 14, 2016 10:56 CET

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to commit two billion euros ($2.17 billion) to encourage more people to buy electric cars by providing government subsidies to consumers, a German newspaper reported....
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Saab owner NEVS signs deal with China's Volinco

Jan. 12, 2016 15:39 CET

National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the company that bought Saab, signed a deal with China Volant Industry for 20,000 electric cars based on Saab's 9-3 sedan model. The deal will allow NEVS to access Volinco's high-tech component suppliers....
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THE EVERYDAY EV

Electrification powers automakers' broader plans for future mobility

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Electrification is fast becoming just one piece of a broader showcase of connectivity and convenience, as automakers try to find the right recipe for the future of urban mobility....
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1,000-hp electric FFZERO1 concept isn't just for show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Though its goal was to highlight the Faraday brand, the FFZERO1 uses the same platform and battery system as the company's planned production models....
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Faraday exits shadows, remains an enigma

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

The 1,000-hp race car concept that Faraday Future unveiled at last week's Consumer Electronics Show may have swept away some of the mystery surrounding the Chinese-backed electric car startup. But it's still unclear who's in the driver's seat, or what's coming next....
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Exec: Infiniti pulls plug on luxury EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Infiniti has shelved plans to produce a pure electric car, a senior executive said, three years after introducing the Nissan Leaf-based LE electric sedan concept and promised it would be built two years later....
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Chevrolet Bolt: An EV designed for ride-sharing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Chevrolet's Bolt electric vehicle will feature connectivity galore and an airy interior that belies its modest size, which is slightly smaller than a Chevy Trax subcompact....
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GM sees Bolt as proof of its forward thinking

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

General Motors says the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle -- designed for a ride-sharing world -- shows the automaker has been thinking for a long time about how changes in personal mobility will affect its future business model....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Rebranded Saab at the center of China's green car push

Jan. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

The Swedish automaker once known as Saab has emerged as part of China's push to make electric vehicles a mass-market alternative to gasoline cars, after getting a $12 billion order for EVs....
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Mired in crisis, VW shows innovative side

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

Volkswagen's Herbert Diess used his platform at last week's Consumer Electronics Show to present a vision of a post-crisis VW....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Is CHAdeMO headed for CHAde-NO?

11:03 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover drops the CHAdeMO charging port for the U.S. That can't be good news for the Japanese backers of the high-speed charging protocol....
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