Alternative fuels

Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

9:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars....
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JCI boosts production of stop-start batteries

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Johnson Controls is betting that the market for stop-start systems in North America is about to take off. By 2020, the supplier expects 40 percent of light vehicles produced in North America will have stop-start systems, up from 10 to 12 percent this year....
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54.5 mpg isn't a done deal, EPA official says

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A top EPA official today shot down the notion that the agency has already decided to implement the 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average proposed for 2025....
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BLOG: GM's fuel cell ideas take on new relevance

10:11 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When GM decided to own fuel cell technology about 15 years ago, one of the ways the company used to justify the massive investment in the technology was that the stacks could be used to generate electricity in emergencies. That idea has taken on new life....
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Tesla Model S option offers 'Ludicrous' 0-to-60 time of 2.8 seconds

3:04 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Tesla Motors, channeling a moment from the Mel Brooks comedy “Spaceballs,” announced a $10,000 option on its newest Model S variant that runs zero to 60 in a face-stretching 2.8 seconds -- a feature Tesla calls "Ludicrous Mode." That compares with 3.2 seconds for the "Insane Mode" setting on its previous high-end model....
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BEST PRACTICES

With hydrogen, high pressure to get it right

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Mike Sullivan's Santa Monica, Calif., dealership is one of the first eight in the country chosen by Toyota to sell its groundbreaking Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan. Such an important launch means he'll need to do things a little differently....
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Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells....
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Toyota claims top range for hydrogen-powered Mirai

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. said last week that its hydrogen-powered Mirai has a range of 312 miles between fueling stops, the most of any emissions-free car on the market, though finding a location for a fueling stop will be a challenge....
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BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013....
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Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs

6:25 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells....
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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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