Electric

China said to mull $16 billion funding for EV chargers

Aug. 27, 2014 12:08 CET
China may provide as much as $16 billion for electric-vehicle charging facilities. Increased state funding would be a tailwind for carmakers coping with consumer concerns over the price, reliability and convenience of electric vehicles....
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Kia brings back hamsters for Soul EV ad campaign

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Kia rolled out the new “fully charged” ad campaign for the Soul EV today, featuring Adam Levine's falsetto on the new Maroon 5 track “Animals” and, of course, the Kia hamsters....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Saleen, bullish on EVs, reinvents Tesla Model S

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
Saleen Automotive pushed in a new direction with the unveiling of its first electric car, the 4Sixteen, based on the Tesla Model S. And the company's founder and CEO, Steve Saleen, says it has him sold on electric cars....
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ZF plans big expansion of Shanghai r&d center

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is investing 50 million euros (412 million yuan) in a fivefold expansion of its Shanghai headquarters and research hub....
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Chinese EV, plug-in hybrid output soars tenfold in July

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Automakers, aided by government subsidies, produced 5,799 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China in July, 10 times more than in the same month last year....
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Startup Renovo unveils $529,000 EV supercar after years of secrecy

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
When they started their company four years ago, the founders of the Silicon Valley startup Renovo Motors saw a hole in the market for a pure electric supercar. Today they revealed their first product: the $529,000 Renovo Coupe, scheduled to launch in the United States next year....
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German gov't wants e-bikes to replace trucks for local deliveries

Aug. 11, 2014 14:49 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany. BMW and Daimler's subsidiary, Smart, already offer e-bikes....
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New survey shows emerging habits of EV, hybrid drivers

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Public charging stations, though useful for some electric- and hybrid-vehicle drivers, come with a new set of strategic considerations, a new industry study concludes....
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How Tesla-Toyota EV project lost its spark

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Once lauded by Tesla and Toyota as a springboard for a deeper partnership, a joint project between the two companies that produced Toyota's electric RAV4 has slowly unraveled. The tie-up was marred by clashes between engineers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, and highlights how quickly marriages of convenience can turn sour in the auto industry....
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BMW unveils cheaper, suitcase-sized EV charger

10:02 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
BMW Group, which sees rapid recharging as key to the success of its new BMW i3 electric vehicle, said today that it has helped develop a less expensive charger the size of a small suitcase that could help create a nationwide charging network....
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Nissan to add L.A. to 'No Charge to Charge' Leaf promotion

4:01 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Nissan said today it will add Los Angeles to its “No Charge to Charge” promotion for the Leaf electric vehicle on Aug. 15....
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Opel plans 'electric' successor to Ampera plug-in hybrid

3:53 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Opel said it plans an "electric" successor to the Ampera. The plug-in hybrid was introduced across Europe in 2011 but will be discontinued....
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Opel plans 'electric' successor to Ampera plug-in hybrid

July 23, 2014 21:53 CET
Opel said it is working on an "electric" successor to the Ampera, a plug-in hybrid based on the Chevrolet Volt which hit European showrooms in 2011 but will be discontinued....
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Volvo, ABB to develop fast-charging buses

7:22 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Swiss engineering group ABB and Volvo said they were setting up a global partnership to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with fast-charging systems....
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Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." That is exactly why he wants to hit the technology hard and fast right now....
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Smart: New ForTwo gets EV, drop-top

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned two-seater it unveiled here last week....
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E-Golf marks VW's flexible product path

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
Volkswagen's e-Golf has all the makings of a "compliance car" -- a vehicle whose sole purpose is to satisfy clean-air regulations in California and other states mandating the sale of zero-emission vehicles....
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LG Chem targets EV batteries with range of more than 200 miles in 2016

1:19 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
South Korean supplier LG Chem plans to supply batteries for electric vehicles that can travel more than 200 miles, or 321 kilometers, per charge in 2016, its CFO said on Friday....
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Tesla Model III to start at $35,000, compete with BMW 3 series

6:37 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Tesla Motors said Tuesday that its lower-priced successor to the Model S sedan and upcoming Model X crossover, expected to go on sale in 2017, will be named the Model III....
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BMW open to sharing battery technology with rivals

July 15, 2014 09:52 CET
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the EV battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. Sharing the technology would reduce the cost of the battery cells -- the most expensive part of an electric vehicle....
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Toyota r&d boss: EVs in need of a Nobel idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The technology needed to make electric vehicles viable hasn't even been invented yet, says Mitsuhisa Kato, Toyota's global r&d chief....
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Chevy Volt vet now gets to plug Harley's EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Harley-Davidson's revelation that it is developing an electric motorcycle gave the company's bearded, tattooed hog-riding faithful a 220-volt jolt....
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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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