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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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BMW revives wireless charging to cut electric-car hassles

7:14 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
BMW AG is trying to make charging cables optional as it plans plug-in hybrid versions of top models from the 3 series to the X5 SUV....
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BMW quickly moves top 'i' tech to mainstream models

Jan. 6, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW's mainstream models could soon benefit from technology offered in the i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance low-CO2 powertrains, BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe....
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GM offers sneak peek of the next-gen Volt in Vegas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
General Motors provided a sneak peek at the next-generation Chevrolet Volt -- which will be quicker, quieter and have a longer range than its predecessor -- Sunday night at International CES here....
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Industry 'can't give up on EVs'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
With gasoline selling for less than $2 a gallon in some states, it's fair to ask whether the industry's investment in electric vehicles has been an expensive blunder....
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Tesla offers Roadster upgrade package to reach a 400-mile range

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors is offering a suite of upgrades to its sporty two-seat roadster, which it no longer sells, giving owners as much as a 400-mile range, enough to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles....
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Nissan sees record 2015 for Leaf EV in Europe

Dec. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan expects to increase European sales of the Leaf electric car by "double-digit" percentage points in 2015 following record sales this year....
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BMW i3 test in Berlin lead to 'range panic'

Dec. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's i3 is still rare enough to turn heads in Berlin, one of four cities chosen by the German government to promote electric cars, but finding a place to recharge the battery powered hatchback can be a challenge, meaning that range anxiety can turn to panic....
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Convert traditional vehicles to EVs? Ford, GM and others are brainstorming

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Tony Earley, CEO of utility Pacific Gas and Electric in California and a member of Ford Motor Co.'s board, said today that he and his colleagues, along with Ford and General Motors employees, have discussed ways to convert gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles....
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Tesla stock drops with oil prices, but will it bounce back?

7:12 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Tesla Motors customers are rich enough to keep buying luxury cars whatever the cost of a tank of gasoline. So the oil rout probably won't hammer the stock for long -- the shares plunged 14 percent since Thanksgiving....
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Audi plans EV crossover to challenge Tesla in '17

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Audi will challenge Tesla in 2017 with an electric-powered crossover, CEO Rupert Stadler told Bloomberg. The new model will be Audi's first mainstream all-electric vehicle, and marks a change of course by the company....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Emerging retail tech helps sell EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Dealers should tailor emerging retail technology to customer needs and preferences that change as vehicle technology changes....
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Germany's Merkel backs incentives to reach EV goal

Dec. 2, 2014 12:45 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will need to provide more incentives to meet a goal of having 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020. About 7,600 EVs were sold in Germany last year....
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Daimler will expand German battery output

Dec. 1, 2014 16:15 CET
Daimler will spend about 100 million euros ($125 million) to boost production of lithium ion batteries in Germany as it expects "high and steadily growing demand" for electric-car batteries....
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SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts

Nov. 23, 2014 20:25 CET
SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said....
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

Luxury brands go the way of free-trade coffee

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But a new crop of upscale cars may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Clean diesels are perfect for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Today's clean diesel technology does not require a compromise between real-world fuel economy and vehicle size and performance....
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KEITH CRAIN

Want to buy a good, used crystal ball?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The scenario was clear: Constantly rising prices at the gas pump would encourage more and more people to switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles....
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Lutz's VIA Motors gets EPA certification for van

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
VIA Motors, a fledgling retrofitter whose chairman is veteran auto executive Bob Lutz, says it has received EPA certification for a plug-in hybrid van. The company equips vans and trucks with plug-in hybrid powertrains and sells them to fleet buyers....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Tesla, BMW, Nissan help boost EV sales in Europe

Nov. 11, 2014 06:15 CET
Helped by new entries such as the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, the market for electric cars in Europe may rise to 150,000 with a "high scenario" of 250,000 by 2020 in a total global market forecast to be 19.3 million, analysts LMC Automotive predicts....
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Tesla expects 50% jump in deliveries this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc. said last week it expects to deliver 33,000 units of the Model S sedan in 2014, a 50 percent increase over 2013, due to the completion of assembly-line upgrades at its Fremont, Calif., factory this summer....
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Continental considers ending battery partnership amid low EV demand

7:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
Continental said it may end a battery cell joint venture with South Korean partner SK Innovation because of slower-than-expected growth in demand for electric cars....
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Mercedes puts Tesla tech under the hood to chase BMW

6:40 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's first mainstream electric car has Tesla technology under the hood, though it's not flaunting it....
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ANE's November e-magazine goes live Monday

Oct. 31, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Nov. 3. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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VW to launch more than 20 EVs, plug-ins in China

Oct. 28, 2014 15:53 CET
Volkswagen Group said it will launch more than 20 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution....
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