Electric

Delphi's thermal unit is bought by Mahle for $727 million

4:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015

German auto supplier Mahle has agreed to buy rival Delphi's air conditioning business for $727 million, expanding its thermal management expertise as cars make greater use of electric motors and batteries that need special cooling....
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Apple is poaching auto engineers to build battery division, lawsuit claims

Feb. 19, 2015 12:48 CET

Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple for allegedly poaching engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that could offer further evidence that Apple is developing a car....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Apple's electric car dreams may bring auto industry nightmares

6:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Before Apple decides to move ahead with its Project Titan project and build an electric car, the company may want to look at the menu of challenges that come with being in the automobile business these days....
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VW calls on government to invest more in EVs

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

Volkswagen of America's top product executive called on federal and state governments to do more to spur electric vehicle sales and EV infrastructure development at an event here today....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: More black eyes for the diesel engine

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

The diesel engine is in trouble in Europe. Diesel's reputation is being blackened because air quality in many European cities is poor, and that is causing health problems. Fingers are pointing at diesel engines....
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Bollore wins backing for EV charging network

Feb. 6, 2015 13:45 CET

Bollore will invest 150 million euros ($172 million) to roll out a charging network across France after winning government approval for the plan. The company said it will install 16,000 new semi-fast chargers in the next four years....
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Porsche plans EV-only Pajun, report says

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

Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine reported....
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Bollore eyes Los Angeles in car-sharing expansion

Jan. 29, 2015 11:45 CET

Vincent Bollore is targeting Los Angeles and Singapore as the next markets for his electric-car sharing service after its debuts later this year in London and Indianapolis.The French car-sharing service currently has about 70,000 subscribers in Paris....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Forcing EVs on us is a good idea?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Electric vehicles and hybrids should not be socially engineered into our lives whether people want them or not....
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Porsche plans EV-only Pajun to fight Tesla, report says

Jan. 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said....
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Opel plans EV version of its Karl minicar, report says

Jan. 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel plans an electric version of its new Karl minicar, a German magazine reported. The Karl EV could go on sale by the end of 2018, the report said....
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BMW, VW will build fast-charging stations for EVs in U.S.

Jan. 23, 2015 12:18 CET

BMW and Volkswagen are joining with ChargePoint, a company that provides EV charging facilities, to build nearly 100 fast-charging stations in the U.S. Both automakers seek to boost interest in their electric or plug-in vehicles, including the BMW i3 and the VW e-Golf....
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DOE announces $55 million in funding for green car research

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

More than $55 million in new funding from the Department of Energy will go toward projects that aim to reduce and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel and conventional vehicles....
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About 100 EV stations planned for high-traffic east- and west-coast locations

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

Around 100 new electric vehicle quick-charging stations will be installed along high-traffic highway corridors on the east and west coasts by year-end under a new deal announced today by BMW, Volkswagen and EV-charging network operator ChargePoint....
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Chevy to expand Spark EV sales to Maryland

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

Chevrolet will begin selling the Spark EV in Maryland this spring, its first East Coast entry and third state overall since the electric minicar was launched in California and Oregon in 2013....
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MISSION TO DETROIT

Tesla's Musk focused on turning EV skeptics into believers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

In an hourlong discussion at the Automotive News World Congress, Tesla's Elon Musk offered several pearls of Elonthink and a few prized revelations about his personal life. But the real reason Musk came to Detroit was to deliver an urgent message to the industry establishment: Believe in EVs now, or regret it later....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Musk: 'Keep driving our volume' to hit targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. should be able to sell "a few million" cars per year by 2025, after the company has broadened its lineup beyond the Model S sedan and opened a "gigafactory" to double the world's supply of lithium ion battery cells, CEO Elon Musk said last week at the Automotive News World Congress....
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Want a BMW i8? Get in a long, long line

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015

BMW will get 50 percent more i8 plug-in hybrids -- 1,000-plus cars -- in the US this year than in 2014, but that still won't be enough to fill the order bank. The wait for an i8, with a list price of $137,450, including shipping, is about a year, said Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America....
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Nissan close to eliminating EV range anxiety with longer range, exec says

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015

Nissan is very close to eliminating range anxiety with its next-generation electric vehicle battery. The company's chief planning officer declined to give a timeline for expanding the electric car's driving range, but suggested the breakthrough could come around the debut of the next-generation Leaf electric vehicle. That car may arrive around 2017 or 2018....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

Looking way the road, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has another mission entirely....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why falling fuel prices are bad, bad news

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Cheap gasoline usually brings higher incentives on hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars -- making it harder for automakers and suppliers to sell them at a profit....
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Vandalized Toyotas stall car-sharing program in France

Jan. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota's electric car-sharing experiment in Grenoble, France, hit problems after several of the carmaker's i-Road vehicles were vandalized. The difficult start illustrates some of the challenges automakers face as they enter the electric-car market, where local support for infrastructure is key....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Tesla seeks solutions in 'fragmented' Europe

Jan. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Tesla expects Europe to play a big part in its bid to hit production targets by the end of 2015, but the region presents unique challenges, as the electric carmaker's global sales boss, Jerome Guillen, explained to Automotive News Europe....
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Detroit Electric’s sports car takes shape

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

It’s been slow in coming, but the Detroit Electric sports car is taking shape....
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