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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 »


Fisker, new Chinese owner to restart Karma output this year

7:23 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Fisker Automotive, which has been acquired by China's largest auto parts company, plans to restart production of its Karma plug-in hybrid luxury car "within a year" and will also complete the half-finished development of a second model, according to a senior executive.... 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 »


Ford sued over use of company's hybrid vehicle inventions

11:07 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2014
Ford is accused of developing its hybrid vehicles using technology from a Baltimore company that won a patent-infringement case against Toyota. Paice LLC, in a lawsuit, says hybrid and plug-in versions of Ford's C-Max, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ all infringe its patents covering ways to control electric motors and internal combustion engines so they have increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions without any loss of performance.... Read More »



Why Honda's Insight is no longer a good Fit

8:07 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Honda is pulling the plug on the Insight and CR-Z hybrids in Europe. Could a similar kill-off happen Stateside? Dropping them would pare the brand of its biggest deadwood. Each sold fewer than 5,000 units in the United States last year.... 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 »


Ohio dealers launch new front in anti-Tesla battle

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Ohio auto dealers are renewing their bid to block Tesla Motors' factory store model.... Read More »


New car fuel economy in U.S. rose 0.1 mpg in January

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in January in the United States rose 0.1 mpg from December, to 24.9 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... 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 »


Fisker suitor seeks direct appeal of credit-bid cap

7:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2014
Hybrid Tech Holdings is seeking to appeal a bankruptcy judge's ruling that capped its right to “credit bid” for the failed luxury hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive at $25 million.... 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 »


Return of the woodie car? Industry explores eco-friendly lumber body components

7:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Surfers rejoice. Woodie cars like the Ford in the 1960s hit “Surf City” may be making a comeback of sorts.... 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 »


U.S. may expand vehicle loan program to suppliers

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
The federal program to develop more fuel-efficient vehicles may expand to make suppliers eligible for the more than $15 billion in remaining funds, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.... Read More »


DOE chief: Fisker's Chinese buyer must keep work in U.S.

12:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
The winner between two Chinese-backed bidders for assets of bankrupt electric-car maker Fisker Automotive will have to keep manufacturing and research in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.... Read More »


Malaysia eases rules on manufacturing small cars to lure foreign automakers

Jan. 21, 2014 12:11 CET
Malaysia has relaxed restrictions on foreign automakers manufacturing small and eco-friendly passenger vehicles as the market competes with Thailand for investments.... Read More »


U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy rises to 24.8 mpg in 2013, study says

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States last year was nearly 25 mpg, up 1 mpg from 2012 and the highest for a full year since at least 2008, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report.... Read More »



Sexy performance meets 'green' ethic at show

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2014
To look over the roster of racy new and future vehicles at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the initial impression is that American, European and Asian automakers want to turn back the clock to a time when performance and speed trumped concerns about energy and the environment.... Read More »



Will your new Lincoln be made of wood?

4:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2014
In a search for the latest and greatest -- and greenest -- vehicle advancements, companies like Lincoln are looking to substitute traditionally manufactured items with more eco-friendly ones.... Read More »



Heads up, D.C.: Here comes pickup lite

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2014
this week in Detroit, when Washington's dignitaries arrive at Cobo Center, the Detroit 3 should try this: Grab the visitors by the arms and bring them straight to the pickups.... Read More »


U.S. judge clears way for China's Wanxiang to bid for Fisker

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
A federal bankruptcy judge rejected a planned sale of Fisker Automotive to a Hong Kong tycoon, opening the way for China's largest auto parts company to buy the defunct maker of the Karma plug-in hybrid sports car.... 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 »


2014 Nissan Leaf to get $180 price hike

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Nissan said today it will only slightly increase the prices for its electric Leaf for 2014, adding $180 to the sticker price of each of its three trim levels.... Read More »


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