VW will transform its cars into 'smartphones on wheels,' Winterkorn says

Sept. 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen plans to enable its cars to send and receive data as well as drive on their own. "By 2020, we will have transformed all of our new cars into smartphones on wheels," CEO Martin Winterkorn said....
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Porsche, Audi EVs zero in on Tesla

5:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

The high-performance electric car market is shaping up to be a high-profile battleground featuring some of the world's most glamorous brands after Porsche and Audi unveiled models to challenge pioneer Tesla Motors....
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Nissan increases Leaf range, price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Nissan gives the electric Leaf a larger batter for more driving range in 2016....
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Nissan boosts 2016 Leaf's range to 107 miles

7:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Amid flagging consumer interest in electric vehicles and hybrids, Nissan will introduce an enhanced 2016 Leaf EV with a 27 percent gain in battery range to 107 miles....
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State-owned China automaker teams with U.S. electric-car startup Atieva

1:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

One of China's largest state-owned automakers said it has opened a technology research center in California's Silicon Valley and is teaming with U.S. electric-car startup Atieva to develop EVs for China and global markets....
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German luxury brands take aim at Model S and Model X

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

German premium-car makers are taking Tesla very seriously. Four have vehicles in the works or under consideration that take dead aim at the upstart U.S. electric vehicle maker. The latest to join the chase: Mercedes-Benz....
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Mercedes is working on Tesla Model S fighter, r&d chief tells paper

Sept. 3, 2015 12:08 CET

Mercedes is working on an electric car to compete with the Tesla Model S and the vehicle will be launched "soon," the automaker's development chief, Thomas Weber, told a German auto magazine....
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Tesla will begin deliveries of Model X on Sept. 29

Sept. 3, 2015 11:17 CET

Tesla will begin delivering its Model X electric crossover at the end of the month. The Model X will launch with a premium-priced special version called the Signature series that will cost between $132,000 and $144,000....
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First Tesla Model X buyers now picking colors, 'Ludicrous Mode'

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The first customers who reserved Tesla's Model X all-electric SUV have been alerted that, at long last, they can choose their paint color, wheel size and whether they want to drive ludicrously fast....
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Tesla names new Germany chief amid slow sales

Sept. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

Tesla named a new top executive in Germany, where the U.S. electric car maker is struggling to gain a foothold....
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Internet entrepreneurs back Chinese electric vehicle startup, NextEV

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A group of deep-pocketed China-based internet entrepreneurs and financial investors, including Tencent and Hillhouse Capital, is backing an effort to create NextEV, a new rival to U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors....
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PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for the production of electric and high-performance cars....
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Tesla Model S breaks Consumer Reports' test scale

6:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Tesla's high-performance Model S P85D scored a 103 on Consumer Reports' ratings scale meant to top out at 100, forcing the magazine to recalibrate its ratings. “It blew away everything else we've ever tested,” said Jake Fisher, the magazine's automotive testing director....
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Tesla strikes again at Pebble Beach

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

If there is one constant as of late at the 65-year-old Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance it is this: Everyone wants to talk about Tesla....
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Former Ford Europe COO tapped to recruit for U.S.-Chinese EV startup

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Martin Leach, former COO at Ford of Europe, is recruiting staff for a new electric car manufacturer based mainly in China and California. Leach declined to say which company is backing the new venture, but said, "It is not a company with a background in the car industry."...
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Audi teases Tesla Model X fighter, says launch planned for 2018

Aug. 19, 2015 11:06 CET

Audi issued a teaser picture and some details of an all-electric SUV that it will launch to rival the upcoming Tesla Model X. The SUV will have a range of more than 500km (310 miles) and will go into production in 2018 as the brand's first volume electric car, Audi said....
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Saab owner will develop green cars with China's Dongfeng

Aug. 17, 2015 12:50 CET

China's Dongfeng and National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought Saab Automobile in 2012, have signed an agreement to jointly develop green cars. NEVS will also help Dongfeng to develop its own brand cars to meet regulations and technical specifications of overseas markets including Europe and North America....
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Tesla note irks some Model S owners

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Tesla Motors annoyed some owners of its Model S cars with an e-mail requesting that they stop hogging the free fast-charging stations the electric-vehicle maker provides to ease long-distance travel....
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June's EV leader? Guess again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Battery maker-turned-automaker BYD of China says it led the industry in global electric-vehicle sales in June....
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Tesla sets Q2 sales record, but losses grow

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

With the first deliveries of its Model X less than two months away, Tesla's net loss nearly tripled to $184 million in the second quarter, underscoring how crucial the rollout of the crossover is for the electric-vehicle maker....
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EVs boom in China, but some hesitate to ramp up

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Given China's lack of public re-charging stations -- and the lack of garages -- it seems implausible for the world's largest car market to spawn significant demand for electric cars. And yet, it's happening....
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Tesla executive challenges rivals to make better EVs

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A Tesla Motors executive called on rival automakers to put more compelling electric vehicles on the road and said fuel-efficiency standards should be far more stringent....
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BLOG: Why standard batteries are a tough sell for automakers

11:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

There's a simple way to reduce EV battery costs without using any exotic new technologies, but it’s a tough sell for automakers....
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How GM makes a business case for its electrified vehicles

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM uses modular parts to dramatically reduce costs for batteries, motors and other components in its fleet of six electrified cars, its chief engineer for electrified vehicles said today. The gasoline-electric powertrain in the upcoming Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, for example, is nearly identical to that of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, even though both operate differently....
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BMW drivers collect $1,000 to delay charging i3 in Calif. pilot

10:19 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

In a new pilot program, a California utility is paying drivers of BMW electric cars to delay charging their vehicles when the power grid is under pressure....
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