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BMW, VW will build fast-charging stations for EVs in U.S.

Jan. 23, 2015 12:18 CET
BMW and Volkswagen are joining with ChargePoint, a company that provides EV charging facilities, to build nearly 100 fast-charging stations in the U.S. Both automakers seek to boost interest in their electric or plug-in vehicles, including the BMW i3 and the VW e-Golf.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

About 100 EV stations planned for high-traffic east- and west-coast locations

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Around 100 new electric vehicle quick-charging stations will be installed along high-traffic highway corridors on the east and west coasts by year-end under a new deal announced today by BMW, Volkswagen and EV-charging network operator ChargePoint.... Read More »

 

Chevy to expand Spark EV sales to Maryland

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Chevrolet will begin selling the Spark EV in Maryland this spring, its first East Coast entry and third state overall since the electric minicar was launched in California and Oregon in 2013.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Honda in talks to put 6,000 fuel cell cars on road in Tokyo by 2020 Olympics

6:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Japan's capital will build 35 stations to fuel hydrogen-based fuel cell vehicles and is in negotiations with Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. to put 6,000 hydrogen cars on its roads by 2020.... Read More »

 

BMW's Robertson sees cheap gas making electric cars a harder sell

10:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Cheap gas may make electric cars an even harder sell, said a top executive at BMW, the German luxury automaker that’s aiming for plug-in versions of all its top models.... Read More »

 

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McLaren will unveil P1 GTR hybrid supercar

Jan. 19, 2015 12:53 CET
McLaren will unveil a production-ready version of the P1 GTR hybrid supercar, its fastest and most powerful vehicle to date, at the Geneva auto show in March.... Read More »

 

BMW to pitch i3 electric in Super Bowl

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
BMW and Lexus will return to the Super Bowl after sitting on the bench for several years. BMW said today that it will pitch the i3 electric in a 60-second spot during the game’s first quarter. Meanwhile, Lexus will run its second Super Bowl commercial ever.... Read More »

 

For 4th straight year, mpg is top reason a shopper buys a vehicle

1:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
For the fourth straight year, new-vehicles buyers ranked fuel economy as the most influential factor in selecting a vehicle, JD Power and Associates said in a new report.... Read More »

 

Via Motors targets annual sales of 50,000 plug-in hybrid trucks

9:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
VIA Motors, the closely held assembler of plug-in hybrid pickups, expects to sell 50,000 vehicles per year by 2018. The company is also preparing to offer an optional solar panel, stretched across the top of the pickup bed, for recharging the batteries. VIA will start selling the pickups to fleet customers in February and to individuals by the end of the year... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

Honda invests $340 million in Ohio for fuel-efficient cars

8:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Honda will invest $340 million to build fuel-efficient, gasoline engines in Ohio, as it plans a slate of new electric cars in a push for more vehicles with lower emissions.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Musk urges automakers to move faster on EVs

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Established car companies must accelerate the development and sale of electric vehicles, despite a drastic decline in oil prices, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said today during a speech to auto executives at the Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

VIA Motors delivering hybrid fleet trucks, Lutz says

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
For former GM product czar Bob Lutz, his latest project is hitting the startup sweet spot, shipping retrofitted hybrid pickups to fleet customers.... Read More »

 

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GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Looking way the road, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has another mission entirely.... Read More »

 

Nissan still counts on Leaf for global marketing

10:28 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
The electric Leaf will continue to represent Nissan globally for branding purposes, even as the automaker turns out flashier and more elegant new models.... Read More »

 

Hyundai gets into EV game with Sonata plug-in

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The next Chevrolet Volt will have Korean competition. Today at the Detroit auto show, Hyundai revealed its first battery-powered vehicle: a plug-in hybrid version of the Sonata midsize sedan that will go on sale this year.... Read More »

 

Chevy Bolt EV production expected in 2017

9:09 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
General Motors today revealed the concept Bolt electric vehicle, a hatchback with a 200-mile range that is headed for production as GM seeks to cement its leadership position in vehicles with plugs.... Read More »

 

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Why falling fuel prices are bad, bad news

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Cheap gasoline usually brings higher incentives on hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars -- making it harder for automakers and suppliers to sell them at a profit.... Read More »

 

JCI battery powers vehicle stop-start systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Johnson Controls Inc. has developed a small lithium ion battery that boosts the efficiency of vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz to sell C350 plug-in hybrid in U.S. in fall

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Mercedes-Benz will begin US sales of the C350 plug-in hybrid this fall. The new car is one of 10 plug-in hybrids Mercedes will be launching through 2017, said Thomas Weber, Daimler AG board member for group research and Mercedes-Benz car development.... Read More »

 

Chinese automaker Guangzhou will tout autonomous hybrid, SUV

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group will show an autonomous hybrid concept and an SUV at the Detroit auto show Monday afternoon. The autonomous concept, called the Witstar, is powered by a battery and a gasoline engine.... Read More »

 

JCI to unveil battery just for vehicle stop-start systems

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Johnson Controls has developed a small lithium ion battery for use only by vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds.... Read More »

 

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Porsche's sales boss bullish on plug-in hybrids

Jan. 8, 2015 06:15 CET
Porsche is joining other carmakers in embracing plug-in hybrids, so much so that the company's sales boss, Bernhard Maier, uses one for his daily commute. Maier shared his views on the future of plug-ins at Porsche.... Read More »

 

Average fuel economy in U.S. dips to 25.1 mpg in Dec.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
With gasoline prices plunging, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US in December was down slightly from November, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.... Read More »

 

 
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