Electric

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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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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States vow to juice ZEV demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Eight states, in a coalition including California and New York, have signaled that they're willing to meet automakers part way in an effort to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on their roads by 2025. The eight states represent about one-quarter of total U.S. vehicle sales and have adopted rules requiring that about 15 percent of new vehicles sold by 2025 be ZEVs....
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French company wants to launch U.S. urban EV ride-share system

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2014
Bollore Group, a French electronics manufacturer with nearly $15 billion in sales last year, is entering the United States with a disruptive business plan: It wants to win consumers without selling them any cars....
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8 states push to get 3.3 million ZEVs on road by 2025

8:06 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Eight states, including California and New York, announced today major incentives to place a cumulative 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025....
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BMW projects China will become No. 1 EV market by 2019

8:29 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
BMW Group predicts China will become the world's biggest market for electric vehicles as more charging stations are built there and the national government promotes cleaner light vehicles to reduce chronic pollution....
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BMW sees China as No. 1 EV market by 2019

May 28, 2014 14:29 CET
BMW Group predicts China will become the world's largest market for electric vehicles as more charging infrastructure is built and the government promotes cleaner cars to cut pollution....
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Fiat, BMW, others may miss Europe's 2021 CO2 target, study says

May 27, 2014 21:11 CET
Fiat and BMW may miss the EU's tougher CO2 target that takes effect in 2021, according to a study, which said that Honda, Hyundai, Mazda and Suzuki also could struggle to cut pollution in time to avoid fines....
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Fisker's new owner: 'I'll burn as much cash as it takes'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
The Chinese auto parts magnate who bought Fisker Automotive at a bankruptcy auction in February has nursed a desire to build cars since the 1980s. Now, Lu Guanqiu, the billionaire chairman and founder of Wanxiang Group, China's largest supplier, is getting his chance....
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Marchionne urges U.S. customers not to buy Fiat 500e

May 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne has a request for potential buyers of the automaker's Fiat 500e electric car in the United States: Don't buy it. He's tired of losing money....
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Renault's EV plans hit by weak demand

May 23, 2014 10:04 CET
Renault has been forced to re-think its ambitious electric vehicle plans, a top executive said. "We're not in a situation where the market has followed our forecasts," Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll said....
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Toyota wants to keep r&d ties with Tesla, N.A. engineering chief says

6:47 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Toyota hopes to continue working with Tesla Motors on battery technology even after a battery-supply agreement between the two companies ends this year, Toyota's head of North American engineering and manufacturing said Thursday....
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PSA to review Mitsubishi electric-vehicle partnership

May 21, 2014 12:25 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares said the carmaker will decide in the next 12 months whether to continue working on electric vehicles with Mitsubishi Motors....
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Bollore Group plans EV car-sharing service in U.S.

May 21, 2014 06:01 CET
France's Bollore Group is setting up a car-sharing program for electric vehicles in the United States. The company already offers similar services at home and says it will launch car-sharing in London this year....
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