Alternative fuels


Fuel cell nearing leap from lab to highway

2:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2013
Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles are moving slowly out of the science project phase and onto the roads of the real world. Now the struggle shifts from making the technology reliable to bringing down the price. And the United States needs nationwide distribution of hydrogen fuel.... Read More »



Honda touts hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle

10:10 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2013
Honda has high hopes for its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and its advanced technology to reduce tailpipe emissions, although the Japanese carmaker concedes consumers may take a few years to warm to the concept.... Read More »



Honda fuel cell concept boasts extended range

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2013
Honda's successor to the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will have a range of 300 miles and its fuel cell stack will be housed in the engine compartment. Honda introduced its styling concept for the 2015 production vehicle today at the Los Angeles Auto Show as the mid-sized FCEV Concept.... Read More »


As spotlight dims on plug-ins, new focus to spur hydrogen, diesel use

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2013
With sales of plug-in electric vehicles on pace to reach half of President Obama's goal, regulators are following customers and automakers to vehicles powered by other fuels, from hydrogen to diesel.... Read More »


Chrysler mimics human lung to broaden CNG use

11:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2013
Chrysler says it has developed a tank to store compressed natural gas that mimics human lungs and will allow the cheaper fuel source to more easily be used in automobiles.... Read More »


Panasonic to increase its battery capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Panasonic Corp. plans a big increase in lithium ion battery capacity next year, for both hybrid and electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S sedan.... Read More »


GM to offer dual-fuel Impala in wager on natural gas

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2013
GM said it will sell a version of the Chevrolet Impala sedan with the ability to switch between gasoline and natural gas, part of the automaker's plan for taking advantage of a drilling boom that has made natural gas a more viable fuel for cars in the United States.... Read More »



Hydrogen fuel cell cars show promise; infrastructure the stumbling block

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
The old joke about electric vehicles is, "How long is your extension cord?" But nearly every home or business has a 110-volt outlet that can charge your EV if it runs out of juice. That's not the case with the 2015 arrival of hydrogen fuel cell cars.... Read More »


Ford, University of Michigan open battery lab

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Ford and the University of Michigan are opening a battery laboratory in Ann Arbor to speed development of electrified vehicles, the automaker said today.... Read More »


Toyota predicts big cuts in fuel cell costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
By the time Toyota's first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle goes from this year's early prototypes to serial production in early 2015, the company expects to cut the cost of producing the powerplant in half -- to about $51,000 -- and to halve it again by 2020, a top executive said.... Read More »


Over a barrel for 40 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2013
On Oct. 17, 1973, the first oil embargo plunged the auto industry into a new world. The Oct. 15 issue of Automotive News will look at the impact of that historic event.... Read More »


EPA: Nothing final on change in fuel blend as ethanol backer cries foul

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2013
The EPA on Friday sought to calm a furor over its apparent proposal to reduce ethanol use in gasoline next year, saying that no final decisions had been made about the contentious mandate.... Read More »


Toyota cuts fuel cell costs by nearly $1 million for new hydrogen car

Oct. 11, 2013 12:54 CET
Toyota reduced the cost of the fuel cell system in its next hydrogen-powered car by almost $1 million. The mid-sized sedan will launch in 2015 in Europe, the U.S. and Japan, with a price below $100,000.... Read More »



JCI works on cheaper EV, hybrid batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Brian Kesseler, newly appointed president of Johnson Controls Inc.'s Power Solutions division, says propulsion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles don't need to last 10 years.... Read More »


Americans eye cheap home refueling for natural gas cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2013
Home refueling units for natural gas cars have been available for years. But even though the fuel is cheap, home refilling is uncommon in the United States, held back by the upfront expense of buying and installing new units, and a lack of natural gas cars.... Read More »


Tesla grapples with PR nightmare after battery fire in U.S.

10:55 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2013
A video that went viral of a burning Tesla electric car has emerged as a public relations nightmare for the company, analysts said today, as the electric car maker lost as much as $3 billion in market value two days after the incident in Washington state.... Read More »


Tesla grapples with PR nightmare after battery fire in U.S.

Oct. 3, 2013 16:55 CET
A video that went viral of a burning Tesla electric car has emerged as a public relations nightmare for the company.... Read More »


CNG filling stations coming to I-79 corridor in W.Va., Pa.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2013
IGS Energy opened its first compressed natural gas fueling station in West Virginia as part of a plan to offer the alternative fuel along the I-79 corridor between west central West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.... Read More »



It will be nice to have a choice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Consumers have a variety of fuels to run their cars and light trucks. It won't be long before we see compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas added to the mix.... Read More »


Honda wants 2 battery suppliers for hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
To drive down costs and ensure steady delivery, Honda is in talks with a potential second supplier of lithium ion batteries for its new line of hybrid vehicles.... Read More »


Nissan adds Leaf to certified-used program

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Nissan is adding the Leaf electric car to its certified used-vehicle program, a move aimed at reassuring consumers who are considering whether to buy a secondhand battery-powered car.... Read More »


Lithium ion batteries on path to mass market, LG Chem Power chief says

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2013
The CEO of battery maker LG Chem Power said today that the lithium ion battery is "on the right slope" to becoming a feasible, mass-marketed option for automakers.... Read More »


Tesla plans a charging network in Europe, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
How hot is Tesla? The California electric-vehicle maker drew a jostling crowd of perhaps 100 journalists for its press conference without having a new car to show.... Read More »



VW pushes to get natural gas into U.S. cars

5:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013
Volkswagen AG wants to join Honda Motor Co. in selling compressed natural gas-fueled cars in the United States, but first it wants the U.S. government to help get more CNG pumps at fueling stations.... Read More »


Mercedes: In a crankcase, biodiesel can become 'gunky, goopy' sludge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
Not all diesel is created equal, and that fact has challenged Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen Group in their quest to popularize the fuel in the United States.... Read More »


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