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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

Luxury brands go the way of free-trade coffee

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But a new crop of upscale cars may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Clean diesels are perfect for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Today's clean diesel technology does not require a compromise between real-world fuel economy and vehicle size and performance....
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KEITH CRAIN

Want to buy a good, used crystal ball?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The scenario was clear: Constantly rising prices at the gas pump would encourage more and more people to switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles....
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Lutz's VIA Motors gets EPA certification for van

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
VIA Motors, a fledgling retrofitter whose chairman is veteran auto executive Bob Lutz, says it has received EPA certification for a plug-in hybrid van. The company equips vans and trucks with plug-in hybrid powertrains and sells them to fleet buyers....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Tesla, BMW, Nissan help boost EV sales in Europe

Nov. 11, 2014 06:15 CET
Helped by new entries such as the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, the market for electric cars in Europe may rise to 150,000 with a "high scenario" of 250,000 by 2020 in a total global market forecast to be 19.3 million, analysts LMC Automotive predicts....
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Tesla expects 50% jump in deliveries this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc. said last week it expects to deliver 33,000 units of the Model S sedan in 2014, a 50 percent increase over 2013, due to the completion of assembly-line upgrades at its Fremont, Calif., factory this summer....
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Continental considers ending battery partnership amid low EV demand

7:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
Continental said it may end a battery cell joint venture with South Korean partner SK Innovation because of slower-than-expected growth in demand for electric cars....
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Mercedes puts Tesla tech under the hood to chase BMW

6:40 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's first mainstream electric car has Tesla technology under the hood, though it's not flaunting it....
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ANE's November e-magazine goes live Monday

Oct. 31, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Nov. 3. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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VW to launch more than 20 EVs, plug-ins in China

Oct. 28, 2014 15:53 CET
Volkswagen Group said it will launch more than 20 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution....
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No jolt out of normal-looking Focus Electric

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
After two years of paltry Focus Electric sales, the question is: Do customers want their battery-electric vehicles to look just like normal cars?...
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Why Daimler doesn't share investors' love affair with Tesla

9:14 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Are Tesla shares overvalued? If you ask Daimler, investors have gotten ahead of themselves with their exuberant love for Elon Musk's EV carmaker. Daimler sold its 4 percent Tesla stake for $780 million....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Why Daimler doesn't share investors' love affair with Tesla

9:14 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Are Tesla shares overvalued? If you ask Daimler, investors have gotten ahead of themselves with their exuberant love for Elon Musk's EV carmaker. On Tuesday, Daimler decided to cash out on its 4 percent stake for the price of $780 million....
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Daimler's surprise sale of Tesla stake fuels rivalry speculation

Oct. 22, 2014 12:28 CET
Daimler's decision to sell its 4 percent stake in Tesla Motors surprised investors and fueled speculation of a growing rivalry in the increasingly competitive electric car market....
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Daimler earns $780 million windfall from sale of Tesla stake

Oct. 21, 2014 23:42 CET
Daimler said it would book a $780 million windfall from selling its 4 percent stake in electric car maker Tesla. The company said it will continue sourcing powertrain for the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive from Tesla...
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Ford cuts Focus Electric price by $6,000

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Ford slashed the price of the Focus Electric by $6,000 to $29,995, including shipping. The price reduction will remain in effect for all 2014 models and will continue when 2015 models are introduced....
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'Aggressive' EV ambitions will boost aluminum demand in China

Oct. 21, 2014 12:02 CET
China's drive to build electric cars as a way to combat pollution and reduce energy dependence is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of the material to automakers....
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Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours....
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WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

China, UC Davis collaborate on EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
In China and the U.S. alike, the commercialization of EVs is happening through a collaboration of automakers and government policymakers to produce and incentivize their increased adoption by consumers....
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China's BYD beats Renault, Nissan in Brussels electric taxi bid

Oct. 16, 2014 21:43 CET
China's BYD was the winner in Brussel's first tender for emission-free taxis, beating Renault and Nissan. Taxi operators opted for BYD's e6 electric car because of its roominess and long range....
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Toyota tests car-sharing in French city

Oct. 16, 2014 10:08 CET
Toyota has launched its first car-sharing service outside Japan in the French city of Grenobles. Consumers can hire EVs using a smart phone app in a scheme that may be expanded to other cities after a three-year trial....
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Chevy to get another EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Chevrolet will broaden its green-vehicle offerings by adding an electric model to a lineup that includes the Volt plug-in hybrid and the Spark EV minicar....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: PRABHAKAR PATIL

Battery maker shrugs off Tesla competition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
After years of disappointment, the EV market is ready to grow, predicts Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. Parent company LG Chem expects to grab 25 percent of global electric-vehicle battery sales by 2017 as battery prices fall and EV range rises....
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GM to expand Chevy’s green-model lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
GM plans to broaden Chevrolet's green-vehicle offerings by adding an electric model to a lineup that includes the Volt plug-in hybrid and the Spark EV minicar. GM global product chief Mark Reuss confirmed plans for the electric vehicle last week during a presentation to investors. He didn't identify the nameplate or disclose a timeline for its debut....
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