Electric

Mercedes starts production of electric B class

April 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes has started series production of the B-class Electric Drive, which the automaker developed in partnership with Tesla.... Read More »

 

BMW boosts i3 production to 100 units a day to prepare for U.S. launch

8:16 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
BMW has increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker's initial expectations.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 production boosted 43% in preparation for U.S. launch

April 15, 2014 13:05 CET
BMW has ramped up production of its i3 electric car to 100 vehicles a day, ahead of its launch in the United States this month, board member Harald Krueger said.... Read More »

 

GM planning lower-priced version of 2016 Chevy Volt, report says

12:42 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Hoping to boost demand for its slow-selling Volt hybrid, Chevrolet is planning to sell two versions of the redesigned 2016 Volt, including a lower-priced model with a smaller battery pack and shorter driving range, supplier sources told Reuters on Tuesday. GM's Opel also is planning a smaller version of the next generation Volt, according to another report.... Read More »

 

Opel to add EV as soon as 2016, report says

April 7, 2014 15:00 CET
Opel plans to add an electric car below the Ampera by 2016 or 2017 as part of its effort to meet tougher EU emission targets, a report says.... Read More »

 

Daimler to acquire Evonik's stake in battery cell venture Li-Tec

April 1, 2014 11:48 CET
Daimler will acquire Evonik Industries' 50.1 percent stake in their Li-Tec joint venture, making it the sole owner of the lithium ion battery cell manufacturer.... Read More »

 

Airbag glitch spurs Nissan recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
A software problem that could deactivate airbags has prompted Nissan Motor Corp. to recall 989,701 vehicles in North America, including 2013-14 Altima sedans... Read More »

 

TESLA TENSION

N.J. weighs direct EV sales; states covet gigafactory

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The Tesla vs. dealers clash was already intense. Now the fight has escalated, with the addition of presidential politics and bidding for a battery factory. And in a move that could have far-reaching implications, a New Jersey legislator has introduced a bill that would let any manufacturer of electric vehicles sell them directly to the public, bypassing franchised dealers.... Read More »

 

Panasonic hesitant to commit to Tesla battery factory

11:04 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Panasonic, Tesla's primary supplier of lithium ion cells for its electric Model S sedans, hasn't committed to investing in the massive U.S. battery plant proposed by Tesla's Elon Musk.... Read More »

 

Daimler, Bosch question Tesla's go-it-alone plan for German EV charging network

March 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has joined German supplier Bosch in questioning Tesla's decision to build so-called ''supercharger'' stations in Germany that only cater to the U.S. electric carmaker's vehicles.... Read More »

 

BMW sees annual output of 100,000 units for its 'i' electric range

March 19, 2014 16:03 CET
BMW says it may build more than 100,000 units a year of its 'i' range of battery-powered cars by 2020 to help meet tougher CO2 emissions regulations.... Read More »

 

Audi R8 EV is a go

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Audi will move forward with production of an electric version of the R8 sports car.... Read More »

 

Tesla will expand European outlets

March 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Tesla will open more than 30 new service centers and stores in Europe as it anticipates a jump in sales in the region.... Read More »

 

French billionaire Bollore to expand electric car-sharing scheme to London

March 13, 2014 06:01 CET
French billionaire Vincent Bollore has unveiled plans to launch a car-sharing fleet of 3,000 electric cars in London by 2016 to help cut congestion and reduce pollution in the British capital.... Read More »

 

Kia to start building Soul EV next month

7:30 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
Kia Motors said it will start building a battery-powered version of its Soul compact in Korea next month.... Read More »

 

Kia will start building Soul EV next month

March 11, 2014 13:30 CET
Kia will start building a battery-powered version of its Soul in Korea next month. The car will be Hyundai-Kia's first battery-powered EV export, with destinations including Europe.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Hackenberg's next Audi R8 could rock the EV world

7:27 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
Audi technology boss Ulrich Hackenberg believes the R8 E-tron supercar's 450km range could change the way people think of electric cars.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi tech boss has high expectations for brand's first plug-in hybrid

March 7, 2014 06:15 CET
Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's technology boss, sees alternative powertrains such as plug-in hybrids as the future for his unit.... Read More »

 

Tesla expects Europe, Asia sales to nearly double N.A. by end of the year

6:27 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
Tesla said it will open more than 30 new service centers and stores in Europe as it anticipates a jump in sales in that region and Asia.... Read More »

 

Tesla and its high-flying shares defy odds, still face skeptics

10:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Tesla, propelled by praise from Consumer Reports and plans to build a better battery and expand in Asia, has cemented its place as the highest-flying automobile stock in at least two decades.... Read More »

 

Tesla's $5 billion gigafactory may spark state bidding war

10:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
Tesla's plan to build what co-founder Elon Musk bills as the world's largest battery factory could shake up the power industry and trigger a bidding contest between 4 states eager for the 6,500 jobs the $5 billion investment could create.... Read More »

 

Tesla to invest $2 billion in U.S. gigafactory

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
Tesla said it plans to invest $2 billion in a U.S. car battery plant that will be capable of supplying lithium ion packs for 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020. The factory, which is expected to go online in 2017, is part of Tesla's blueprint for a more affordable electric vehicle and would be the first major, integrated U.S. facility producing battery cells for electric cars.... Read More »

 

Tesla stock soars amid talk that 'gigafactory' could transform power industry

10:25 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc.'s plan to ramp up battery production by building what CEO Elon Musk calls a “gigafactory” may do even more to transform the power industry than it does to advance the electric car.... Read More »

 

BASF targets EV battery market as growth area

Feb. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
BASF says new and safer batteries with a higher capacity will boost the range of electric cars, helping the market for electric-vehicle batteries to be worth $20 billion by 2020.... Read More »

 

BASF undeterred by EV market's setbacks, invests in battery tech

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
BASF is betting customers will flock to electric cars, using its chemical products to create a battery that will enable vehicles to run longer.... Read More »

 

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