Alternative fuels

Toyota Mirai rated at U.S. range of 312 miles

4:00 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Toyota says its high-stakes hydrogen car will have a U.S. rating of 312 miles between refueling stops, farther than the Tesla Model S....
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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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Tesla's gigafactory buzz takes root in Reno

8:36 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Tesla's $5 billion “gigafactory” may be the best thing to happen to northern Nevada since the silver rush of the 1850s and the gaming boom a century later. The company's decision to build the facility in an industrial park east of town is giving the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in the World” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy and transcend Reno's image as a downmarket Las Vegas....
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Honda will drop CNG vehicles to focus on hybrids, EVs

1:39 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Honda is reworking its alternative powertrain strategy to focus on hybrids and EVs, and will phase out efforts to commercialize cars powered by compressed natural gas. A new plug-in vehicle, a new battery-electric car and a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle are all on tap, and Honda is expecting them to combine to generate significant sales volumes....
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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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Chevy's CNG Impala rollout delayed nearly a year to fix quality bug

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

The rollout of Chevrolet's 2015 Impala that runs on natural gas has been delayed by nearly a year as GM works to fix a quality problem. Production and dealer ordering for the 2016 model are on track to start in the third quarter....
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A123 to double lithium-ion battery capacity

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

A123 Systems LLC plans to double the manufacturing capacity at its three lithium-ion battery plants in a $200 million investment....
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Daimler chases Tesla in solar-powered batteries

12:24 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Daimler is chasing Tesla Motors in a push to sell batteries for storing energy generated in daylight hours from rooftop solar panels to homeowners and businesses....
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Apple settles battery maker's scientist-poaching lawsuit

7:06 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Apple agreed to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of poaching a lithium-ion battery maker's scientists to work on its own project for an electronic car....
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'Nutty' demand has Tesla rethinking battery market

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Musk says Tesla's stationary batteries may need twice as many battery cells as its cars, signaling that Tesla may not be a car company forever....
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Toyota picks 8 stores to sell Mirai hydrogen car

4:02 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Toyota, seeking a smooth debut this fall for its Mirai hydrogen car, said it will initially sell the car through just eight dealerships in California....
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Tesla unveils batteries for homes, businesses

6:26 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company's mission to provide pollution-free energy....
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Toyota plans $4.2B share sale to fund fuel cell r&d

6:55 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Toyota plans to replace as much as 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) of common equity with unlisted shares that have transfer restrictions, locking in longer-term funding as the carmaker develops new technology....
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Toyota: Output of fuel cell cars will top out at 3,000 a year

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Japanese customers have a three-year wait for Toyota's new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car, because the automaker can't make more of the cars. Using existing manufacturing technology, Toyota predicts output will top out at 3,000 fuel cell cars a year....
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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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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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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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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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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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