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LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc....
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Average U.S. gasoline usage lowest in 3 decades, study says

2:09 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

With improvements in vehicle fuel economy, U.S. drivers’ average gasoline consumption is the lowest it’s been in at least 30 years, according to research by the University of Michigan released today....
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A123 shifts focus to rebound from bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

A123 CEO Jason Forcier says he is focusing on starter batteries....
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Tesla plans software update for Model S to address range anxiety

6:59 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

Tesla will unveil a software update for the Model S on Thursday that is designed to quell fears that drivers will run out of power, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday....
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Ram expands CNG options

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Ram will offer a less-expensive heavy-duty pickup powered by compressed natural gas. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab model with four-wheel drive and a long bed....
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Oregon prepares nation's first per-mile road tax

3:33 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Some states, worried that rising numbers of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles will crimp their gas-tax revenues, are looking at alternative ways to fund road upkeep. In July, Oregon will implement the first such alternative....
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U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.2 mpg in February, report says

3:47 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. decreased 0.2 mpg last month from January, likely because of severe weather in much of the country, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Ram will expand lineup of CNG-powered trucks

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is expanding the availability of compressed natural gas on its heavy duty Ram pickup. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab, four-wheel-drive and long-bed model. This fall, the truck will be offered in a regular cab two-door body style with two-wheel drive and a long bed....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Old vs. new diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Whether we're talking diesel or gasoline, the issue in Europe is more about old technology and higher emissions....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg....
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Daimler plans years of cost cuts to offset investments to reduce CO2 emissions

Feb. 26, 2015 10:26 CET

Daimler plans to offset higher costs for technology to cut CO2 emissions with material cost savings for at least the next few years, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber said....
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Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the celebration date for a reason. It's the five-year anniversary of when Toyoda was hauled before a congressional panel to answer questions about his company's unintended acceleration recalls....
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EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. The update covers how automakers should calculate road load values in coast down tests, which measure the rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag of vehicles as they glide from 70 mph to a stop on a straight, flat track....
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U.S. consumers expect gas prices to rise again, survey finds

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015

Gas prices in the United States may be down, but consumers don’t expect the lower prices to last....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Has diesel peaked in Europe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. Driving into Paris a few years ago in a Peugeot diesel hatchback, I became lodged in a long line of traffic. I started coughing violently. It was so bad, I nearly couldn't drive. I blamed diesel fumes....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Has diesel had its day in Europe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

When fuel is down, everything else is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

I have found that when fuel prices drop, the economy revives and spending is up, creating jobs, new businesses and greatly increased car sales and sales tax revenue. That is good, not bad, news....
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Vancouver couple leases first fuel cell Hyundai Tucson in Canada

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

At the Toronto auto show Thursday, Hyundai introduced its new Tucson fuel cell vehicle -- and the car's first Canadian buyers. Hyundai bills the crossover as the first fuel cell vehicle available for lease by average consumers in Canada. But there are a number of caveats....
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U.S. fuel economy improves for first time since August, report shows

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US improved last month for the first time since August, increasing 0.3 mpg, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Auto sales forecast calls for a hot January

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015

Forecasters say U.S. auto sales have begun 2015 much stronger than 2014, when a deep freeze kept shoppers away from many dealerships in much of the country. General Motors is expected to post nearly a 20 percent increase, with the other Detroit 3 automakers also on track for double-digit gains....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry....
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Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras to fix fuel-seal flaw

7:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Low gas prices - the good ... and bad for dealers

8:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

A lot of auto people can't seem to make up their minds about whether low gasoline prices are in the long-term best interest of the car industry, given that they may not be in the best interest of the economy at large....
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DOE announces $55 million in funding for green car research

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

More than $55 million in new funding from the Department of Energy will go toward projects that aim to reduce and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel and conventional vehicles....
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Toyota raises ante on hydrogen; Japan to ease fuel cell regulation

6:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

Japan will introduce self-service hydrogen filling stations and ease other regulations related to fuel cells to promote the technology, which carmakers including Toyota are using in vehicles....
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