Electric

Audi plans plug-in hybrid offensive

June 27, 2014 10:46 CET
Audi plans to launch at least four plug-in hybrid cars as it bets on the technology to counter rival BMW's electric car offensive. The first of these, the A3 Sportback E-tron, will be rolled out this month....
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Audi draws up EV plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Audi has drawn up blueprints for a range of high-performance electric cars to help it take on its German rivals and Tesla Motors if the market picks up, sources at the carmaker told Reuters....
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N.J. Assembly OKs bill to allow direct EV sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
The New Jersey General Assembly approved a bill last week to allow consumers to buy electric cars directly from a manufacturer. The bill now heads to the state Senate....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Toyota, Nissan green-car divide widens

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
While other automakers hedge their bets on alternative powertrains, Toyota and Nissan are placing risky wagers that each knows exactly which will dominate among next-generation green vehicles....
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Nissan wants e-NV200 to win sales from diesels

June 20, 2014 09:57 CET
Nissan wants fleet managers in Europe to turn away from diesel-powered delivery vans in favor of its new battery-powered e-NV200....
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Premium automakers will lead shift to wireless EV charging

June 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Premium carmakers will lead a move toward new wireless technology for charging electric vehicle batteries, a global market analysis report said....
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Tesla expands charging network across Europe

June 20, 2014 12:38 CET
Tesla plans to expand its network of fast-charging stations to allow its customers to drive across Europe. Tesla opened three stations along German highways to facilitate travel from Germany to Switzerland and Austria....
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BMW introduces charging app for i3 owners in U.S.

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has introduced a smart charging app in the United States that helps i3 owners save money on charging their cars at home by identifying the hours during which electricity is cheapest....
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Audi draws up plans for range of electric cars, report says

12:23 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
Audi has drawn up blueprints for a range of high-performance electric cars to help it take on its German rivals and Tesla Motors if the market picks up, sources at the carmaker told Reuters....
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SAIC chairman pledges to boost brand in China, invest in Silicon Valley

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
SAIC, the Chinese manufacturing partner of GM and VW, plans to to increase spending to build up its own car brands while it contemplates investing in a venture capital unit in Silicon Valley....
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A123 buys Leyden battery tech, which may be used in Chinese parent's EVs

6:48 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2014
A123 Systems, the battery maker bought by Wanxiang Group after it sought bankruptcy protection in 2012, purchased technology from Leyden Energy that the Chinese parent may use to make electric cars....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Europe's automakers face new CO2 emissions headache

June 16, 2014 06:01 CET
European automakers, already battered by the region's economic downturn, face a fresh financial headache if the European Union implements, as planned, a new way of testing CO2 emissions from cars starting in 2017....
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Luxury may lead wireless EV recharging

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Luxury automakers will lead a migration to a new wireless technology for charging electric vehicle batteries, a forecast by the global market analysis firm Frost & Sullivan says....
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Can Nissan's e-van go the distance?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Nissan has launched the second electric vehicle in a promised four-EV lineup, but North America may not get the e-NV200 compact commercial van because of concerns about the vehicle's range and the charging network....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Tesla bets its patents on a vision of a battery-powered future

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2014
Tesla Motors says its decision to make hundreds of its electric-vehicle patents openly available to competitors will help accelerate the fight against climate change. How other automakers respond to the offer could determine the future of Tesla and the entire EV market....
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BMW and Tesla executives meet to discuss electric cars

June 13, 2014 10:48 CET
BMW said its managers have met with executives from Tesla to discuss ways to promote the use of electric cars....
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Musk says Tesla's patents are open to all automakers

1:13 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Tesla Motors will relinquish its legal right to defend its electric vehicle patents “against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology," CEO Elon Musk said today....
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Tesla could open factory in Europe, CEO Musk says

June 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Tesla will build a factory in Europe once sales of its cars reach 160,000 a year in the region, CEO Elon Musk said. The electric-car maker also plans to open a European r&d center "next year or the year after," Musk said....
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Nissan to roll out electric van as it stands by zero-emission technology

June 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan will launch the all-electric e-NV200 van this month, persisting with the technology despite a much slower market acceptance than it expected....
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GABE NELSON

How electric vehicles could get cleaner without doing a thing

3:45 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
If the EPA’s proposed emissions rules withstand legal challenges, electric utilities will need to accelerate a switch from coal to natural gas, nuclear power and renewable energy sources. As a result, the average EV on roads in the United States will get significantly cleaner -- without any extra effort by the auto industry....
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Nissan e-NV200 van debuts in Japan, but is it a good fit for N.A?

10:29 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Nissan has launched its second electric vehicle, but a North American debut of the e-NV200 compact commercial van is under review because of vehicle range and charging network concerns....
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BMW launches i8 plug-in hybrid as Tesla shakes up green supercar segment

June 7, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has begun rolling out the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar as Tesla shakes up the market for luxury cars with alternative powertrains....
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Q&A

Robertson: BMW's i subbrand will lift margins

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2014
There's a nice pricing advantage to be had for early entrants in new segments, says Ian Robertson, BMW Group board member in charge of BMW brand sales and marketing and group retail operations....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW sales boss bullish on 'born electric' range

June 6, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW aims to leverage improved margins with the i subbrand at a time when it believes the global premium sector price war is easing everywhere except in Europe. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson spoke about the strategy....
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Tesla won't select final gigafactory site until late 2014, Musk says

4:50 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Tesla Motors won't decide until year end where to build a battery “gigafactory” even as it readies multiple plant sites, CEO Elon Musk told investors on Tuesday....
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