Green Car

First Tesla Model X buyers now picking colors, 'Ludicrous Mode'

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The first customers who reserved Tesla's Model X all-electric SUV have been alerted that, at long last, they can choose their paint color, wheel size and whether they want to drive ludicrously fast.... Read More »

Internet entrepreneurs back Chinese electric vehicle startup, NextEV

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A group of deep-pocketed China-based internet entrepreneurs and financial investors, including Tencent and Hillhouse Capital, is backing an effort to create NextEV, a new rival to U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors.... Read More »

Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

9:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars.... Read More »

Honda offers face-lift of slow-selling CR-Z sports hybrid

7:12 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Honda hopes a facelift will give a sales lift to one of its weakest entries: the CR-Z sporty hybrid. A revamped version goes on sale in Japan in October and is expected to hit U.S. showrooms sometime the following month.... Read More »

Tesla Model S breaks Consumer Reports' test scale

6:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Tesla's high-performance Model S P85D scored a 103 on Consumer Reports' ratings scale meant to top out at 100, forcing the magazine to recalibrate its ratings. “It blew away everything else we've ever tested,” said Jake Fisher, the magazine's automotive testing director.... Read More »

Toyota's redesigned 2016 Prius hybrid exposed during photo shoot

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota's redesigned Prius is still weeks away from its global debut, but new spy photos captured this week give the clearest look yet at the fourth-generation hybrid. Caught during a photo shoot in Malibu, Calif., the latest shots reveal the dramatic front and rear design of the 2016 Prius, set to debut in Las Vegas on Sept. 8.... Read More »

Tesla to install charging stations at 30 high-end Airbnb properties

9:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Tesla is providing charging stations to Airbnb hosts on the West Coast as part of a partnership with the home-sharing startup.... Read More »

Toyota to reveal first Prius redesign since '09 in Las Vegas

6:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Toyota will reveal the first redesign of the Prius in almost seven years in Las Vegas next month, wagering that new looks can revive demand for its top-selling hybrid.... Read More »

Aston aims to launch 800-hp, all-electric Rapide in 2 years

7:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Aston Martin is betting that even James Bond won't mind an 800-hp electric car. The longtime builder of British sports cars will bring an all-electric version of its four-door Rapide to market in two years, CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to Automotive News.... Read More »

Saab owner will develop green cars with China's Dongfeng

Aug. 17, 2015 12:50 CET

China's Dongfeng and National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought Saab Automobile in 2012, have signed an agreement to jointly develop green cars. NEVS will also help Dongfeng to develop its own brand cars to meet regulations and technical specifications of overseas markets including Europe and North America.... Read More »

Tesla note irks some Model S owners

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Tesla Motors annoyed some owners of its Model S cars with an e-mail requesting that they stop hogging the free fast-charging stations the electric-vehicle maker provides to ease long-distance travel.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: CTS-V sticker reflects shift in Cadillac pricing

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

If you squint hard at the label on the Cadillac CTS-V high-performance sedan that hits showrooms soon, you will see a subtle but telling shift in Cadillac's pricing strategy.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia spread their hybrid bets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Toyota bet on hybrids like the Prius. Nissan bet on electric vehicles like the Leaf. And General Motors bet, initially at least, on plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt. Hyundai Motor Co., it seems, is betting on everything.... Read More »

Q&A

GM, Honda cut cost of fuel cell stack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Since General Motors and Honda teamed to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles two years ago, the partners have slashed the size, weight and cost of the fuel cell stack, the chemical processor that combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity that powers the vehicle.... Read More »

Audi prices A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid from $38,825

6:56 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Audi’s first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, will start at $38,825 including shipping when it arrives at U.S. dealerships in October. The A3 e-tron is the first in a coming wave of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from Audi to wear the e-tron badge.... Read More »

JCI boosts production of stop-start batteries

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Johnson Controls is betting that the market for stop-start systems in North America is about to take off. By 2020, the supplier expects 40 percent of light vehicles produced in North America will have stop-start systems, up from 10 to 12 percent this year.... Read More »

54.5 mpg isn't a done deal, EPA official says

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A top EPA official today shot down the notion that the agency has already decided to implement the 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average proposed for 2025.... Read More »

Tesla critics still don't get it, executive says

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Tesla Motors continues to be misunderstood and erroneously portrayed, the company's vice president of business development told an audience at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars Tuesday.... Read More »

Supplier to the 2016 Tesla Model X

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The 2016 Model X is Tesla's first truck. The compact crossover, program code Model X, is assembled in Fremont, Calif., on Tesla's Model S platform. Suppliers include Kiekert, Magna, Modine and ThyssenKrupp. Tesla produces several parts in-house for the Model X, including the motor and battery pack. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Tesla executive challenges rivals to make better EVs

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A Tesla Motors executive called on rival automakers to put more compelling electric vehicles on the road and said fuel-efficiency standards should be far more stringent.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Why standard batteries are a tough sell for automakers

11:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

There's a simple way to reduce EV battery costs without using any exotic new technologies, but it’s a tough sell for automakers.... Read More »

Q&A

GM, Honda join forces for one fuel cell design

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Nearly two years have passed since General Motors and Honda announced their partnership to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. Charlie Freese, GM's general director of global fuel cell engineering, spoke recently about the partnership with Staff Reporter Richard Truett.... Read More »

Chevy Volt's electric range hits 53-mile EPA rating for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will have an EPA-rated electric range of 53 miles when it goes on sale this fall, a 39 percent boost from the outgoing model.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's fuel cell ideas take on new relevance

10:11 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When GM decided to own fuel cell technology about 15 years ago, one of the ways the company used to justify the massive investment in the technology was that the stacks could be used to generate electricity in emergencies. That idea has taken on new life.... Read More »

 
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