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Toyota makes noise with Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

10:18 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

For all its silence, Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle actually can be pretty noisy. Ironically, that is because the car is propelled by a whispering electric motor that allows the driver to pick up sounds that might otherwise be droned out. And the distinct whirring and intermittent clicking are unique to its hydrogen drivetrain....
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Tesla to unveil home and utility batteries April 30

6:51 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tesla Motors Inc. will announce a home battery and a “very large” utility-scale battery on April 30, according to an e-mail sent to investors and analysts....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Toyota's message to critics who, um, pooh-pooh fuel cells

3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Toyota launched a new campaign today showing how cow pies are a viable source of renewable energy....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Why the auto industry should root for Tesla's battery play

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tesla's plan to sell batteries for homes and businesses could create a new market for automakers' battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology....
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VW says it could cut battery costs with single design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Porsche, Audi and other group electrified vehicles could lead to a two-third reduction in what the automaker currently spends on the technology....
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Toyota engineer doubts electric cars will spread even with rapid chargers

6:50 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Battery-powered electric vehicles don't have a practical future as a long-range alternative to conventional cars even if technological breakthroughs allow them to be charged quickly, a top Toyota engineer said today....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Automakers defend diesels, call them key to meeting CO2 goals

April 13, 2015 06:15 CET

Automakers in Europe are calling for long-term clarity on legislation that affects diesels after some governments, including France, started to discourage buyers from purchasing vehicles that use the fuel because of air pollution concerns....
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EPA strikes deal with trade groups over biofuel targets

2:17 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

The EPA reached a deal with two oil trade groups on setting targets for blending renewable fuels into the nation's fuel supply....
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BASF sues Umicore in U.S. for patent infringements

6:59 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

German chemicals firm BASF said today it has sued Belgian specialty materials group Umicore in the United States for infringing two patents related to components for lithium-ion batteries....
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LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc....
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Average U.S. gasoline usage lowest in 3 decades, study says

2:09 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

With improvements in vehicle fuel economy, U.S. drivers’ average gasoline consumption is the lowest it’s been in at least 30 years, according to research by the University of Michigan released today....
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A123 shifts focus to rebound from bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

A123 CEO Jason Forcier says he is focusing on starter batteries....
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Tesla plans software update for Model S to address range anxiety

6:59 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

Tesla will unveil a software update for the Model S on Thursday that is designed to quell fears that drivers will run out of power, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday....
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Ram expands CNG options

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Ram will offer a less-expensive heavy-duty pickup powered by compressed natural gas. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab model with four-wheel drive and a long bed....
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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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U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.2 mpg in February, report says

3:47 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. decreased 0.2 mpg last month from January, likely because of severe weather in much of the country, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Ram will expand lineup of CNG-powered trucks

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is expanding the availability of compressed natural gas on its heavy duty Ram pickup. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab, four-wheel-drive and long-bed model. This fall, the truck will be offered in a regular cab two-door body style with two-wheel drive and a long bed....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Old vs. new diesel technology

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

Whether we're talking diesel or gasoline, the issue in Europe is more about old technology and higher emissions....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg....
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Daimler plans years of cost cuts to offset investments to reduce CO2 emissions

Feb. 26, 2015 10:26 CET

Daimler plans to offset higher costs for technology to cut CO2 emissions with material cost savings for at least the next few years, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber said....
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Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the celebration date for a reason. It's the five-year anniversary of when Toyoda was hauled before a congressional panel to answer questions about his company's unintended acceleration recalls....
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EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. The update covers how automakers should calculate road load values in coast down tests, which measure the rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag of vehicles as they glide from 70 mph to a stop on a straight, flat track....
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U.S. consumers expect gas prices to rise again, survey finds

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015

Gas prices in the United States may be down, but consumers don’t expect the lower prices to last....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Has diesel peaked in Europe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. Driving into Paris a few years ago in a Peugeot diesel hatchback, I became lodged in a long line of traffic. I started coughing violently. It was so bad, I nearly couldn't drive. I blamed diesel fumes....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Has diesel had its day in Europe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe....
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