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Gigafactory Will Lead the Way as Battery Pack Prices Drop By 35%
Automotive News 
5/28/2015  28 comments
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Concept EV Transforms to Solve Urban Parking Problems
Automotive News 
5/26/2015  17 comments
For city dwellers, finding a parking space can be a time-consuming and downright exasperating task. Now, however, engineers may have found a solution to that old urban problem.
Ford Aims to Boost Fuel Efficiency With Lightweighting
Automotive News 
5/15/2015  18 comments
If Ford Motor Co.’s recent efforts in lightweighting are any indication, the auto industry is about to go on a diet.
Partial Autonomy Coming, Full Autonomy a Long Way Off
Automotive News 
5/13/2015  1 comment
Advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) are poised to become a $102 billion market by 2030, but just a sliver of that technology will be applied to cars that can be fully autonomous in all conditions, according to a new study.
Video: See How Ford Used Virtual Reality to Design the GT Supercar
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5/7/2015  Post a comment
Using a headset and a giant ultra-high definition display, Ford Motor Co. last week provided a glimpse of how virtual reality enabled its engineers to collaborate across continents on the design of its new GT supercar.
Freescale's Pressure Monitors Can Save Lives … and Tires
Automotive News 
4/28/2015  7 comments
If you’ve ever seen a retread fly off a speeding 18-wheeler, then you’ll understand the value in Freescale Semiconductor’s latest tire pressure monitoring effort.
The Best and Greenest Cars of 2015
Automotive News 
4/22/2015  7 comments
If there’s a single theme to Kelley Blue Book’s list of the best green cars -- published just in time for Earth Day -- it’s that fuel efficiency alone isn’t enough.
Is the Volkswagen Microbus Poised for an Electric Comeback?
Automotive News 
4/17/2015  6 comments
Get your Allman Brothers albums ready. The iconic Volkswagen Microbus may be poised for a comeback, and this time it could be electric.
Nissan's Position Sensor Provides Wake-Up Call
Automotive News 
4/16/2015  3 comments
Using a steering angle sensor instead of a camera, Nissan Motor Co. engineers have introduced a simpler way to monitor driver drowsiness.
Audi's New Controller Will Pave the Way for Autonomous Driving
Automotive News 
4/3/2015  24 comments
Audi AG took a big step forward in autonomous driving technology this week, announcing that it will go to production with a “piloted” driving controller about the size of a tablet computer.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
Automotive News 
3/26/2015  8 comments
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
Slideshow: The Best and Worst of Automotive Reliability
Automotive News 
3/24/2015  13 comments
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
Supercars Roll at Geneva Motor Show
Automotive News 
3/11/2015  2 comments
Every year, ultra-luxury automakers roll out their best and brightest at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This year was no different.
New Ford Focus Predicts Spin-Outs
Automotive News 
3/3/2015  14 comments
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
What Will it Take for Apple's Next Big Thing to be a Car?
Automotive News 
2/25/2015  22 comments
If any big company can make a sudden and successful leap into the business of building cars, Apple Inc. would have to be considered the most likely candidate.
Smartphone App Opens Your Car Doors
Automotive News 
2/20/2015  5 comments
The smartphone may be on the verge of its next great automotive conquest -- the inside of your car door.
Chevy Bolt Announcement Signals Battery Improvement
Automotive News 
2/17/2015  24 comments
Last week’s news that Chevrolet will take its all-electric Bolt concept car to production could be a sign that there's a step-change in EV battery technology on the horizon.
BMW i3: The 'Most Significant Vehicle Since the Model T'
Automotive News 
2/10/2015  22 comments
A well-known automotive consultant who did an extensive teardown of BMW’s i3 all-electric car said its design is groundbreaking in multiple ways. “We’ve torn down about 450 cars, and we’ve never analyzed anything like this before.”
Start-Stop Gaining Momentum in Cars, Trucks
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2/4/2015  23 comments
With 54.5 mile-per-gallon fuel efficiency standards now just a decade away, automakers and suppliers have begun ratcheting up their efforts to apply start-stop technology to automobiles.
Tech Highlights From the Detroit Auto Show
Automotive News 
1/23/2015  19 comments
The 2015 North American International Auto Show serves as a perfect snapshot of today’s auto industry.
$30K Chevy Bolt Looms as Challenge for GM
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1/15/2015  20 comments
General Motors’ glitzy public unveiling of the Bolt concept car this week shows commitment to the future of electric vehicle technology, but it also heaps pressure on its engineers to meet a challenging set of technical goals.
At CES 2015, Toyota Announces it's Giving Away its Fuel Cell Patents
Automotive News 
1/7/2015  5 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen future this week, rolling out the hydrogen-powered Mirai and saying that it will grant royalty-free use of thousands of fuel cell patents to competitors.
Supercars Go Hybrid
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1/5/2015  8 comments
Consumers like hybrid powertrains because they burn less fuel and cost less to operate. But the hybrid’s growing popularity is taking it into a relatively new realm.
Lexus' New Concept Car Provides Bold Glimpse of the Future
Automotive News 
12/23/2014  52 comments
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
Taking a Look Back at the Studebaker Assembly Line
Automotive News 
12/17/2014  8 comments
A half century ago, cars were still built by people, not robots. Even on some of the country’s longest assembly lines, human workers installed windows, doors, hoods, engines, windshields, and batteries, with no robotic aid.
Lamborghini Busts Out a Plug-In Hybrid, the Asterion LPI 910-4
Automotive News 
12/16/2014  18 comments
Automobili Lamborghini is joining the ranks of supercar makers who are moving to greener powertrains.
Toyota Preps for Launch of Hydrogen-Powered Sedan
Automotive News 
12/4/2014  26 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. will take another small step on the long road to fuel cell viability next year, rolling out a hydrogen-powered production sedan called the Mirai.
'Extreme' Battery Aims to Shock EV Market
Automotive News 
11/10/2014  38 comments
An MIT spin-off says it’s on track to do the near-impossible task of making an electric car battery that offers three times as much energy for a fraction of the cost.
What's Wrong With Marchionne's EV Comments?
Automotive News 
10/10/2014  50 comments
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has again committed the colossal sin of speaking plainly, and electric vehicle advocates aren’t happy about it.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation
Automotive News 
9/25/2014  47 comments
Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said at The Battery Show in Detroit last week.
All-Electric 'Buckeye Bullet' Shoots for 400 MPH
Automotive News 
9/10/2014  13 comments
An engineering team from Ohio State University has set its sights on the unimaginable -- driving 400 mph in an electric vehicle.
High-Performance Electrics Hit the Blacktop
Automotive News 
9/4/2014  19 comments
We’ve collected photos of electric cars, designed for both the neighborhood blacktop and the commercial dragstrip. From the Crazyhorse Pinto and the Killacycle motorcycle to the Tesla Roadster and the 500-HP Renovo Coupe, we offer a peek at the blistering performance of the electric powertrain.
A 400-Mile Range for the Tesla Roadster?
Automotive News 
9/2/2014  12 comments
Tesla Motors might be planning to boost the driving range of its two-seat Roadster to 400 miles.
Renovo Hypes Electric Supercar
Automotive News 
8/28/2014  40 comments
A Silicon Valley company has made the biggest splash yet in the high-performance end of the electric car market, announcing an EV that zips from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and costs $529,000.
BMW Pushes for Broader EV Adoption With New Charger
Automotive News 
8/5/2014  35 comments
Working with engineers at Bosch Automotive, BMW AG is rolling out a fast-charge system that could replenish the battery of its i3 electric car in just 30 minutes.
Battery-Electric Vehicles: It's a Question of Trickle-Down
Automotive News 
7/21/2014  14 comments
If you’ve charted the course of the electric car market over many years, then you know that we’ve always been two years away from a metamorphosis … or five years … or more.
Tesla's 'Affordable EV' Will Cost $35K
Automotive News 
7/18/2014  28 comments
Tesla's "affordable electric car" now has a name and a price. The Model 3 will sell for $35,000.
Slideshow: 2014 Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Automotive News 
7/8/2014  24 comments
From plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles to CNG trucks and hydrogen-powered cars, we offer a peek at the growing category of alternative fuel vehicles.
Toyota's FCV Fuel Cell Sedan -- First Look
Automotive News 
6/30/2014  27 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen-powered future last week by revealing the exterior of a fuel cell sedan that will go on sale in 2015.
Can Automakers Meet the Growing Number of EV Mandates?
Automotive News 
6/20/2014  29 comments
At least eight states have launched EV mandates. Auto industry analysts wonder whether automakers can meet their requirements.
Nissan Rolls Out Its 2nd Electric Vehicle
Automotive News 
6/19/2014  42 comments
Taking aim at a market long believed to be well-suited for electric powertrains, Nissan Motor Co. has rolled out a battery-powered cargo van that it plans to sell in Europe and Japan.
Hyundai Hits the Road With Fuel Cell Car
Automotive News 
6/18/2014  11 comments
Hyundai Motor America took a small step into the futuristic world of fuel cells last week, handing over the keys to the first customer of its hydrogen-powered car.
Video: EV Battery Maker Aims for 1,000 Miles per Charge
Automotive News 
6/6/2014  22 comments
An Israel-based battery company has demonstrated an aluminum-air chemistry that it claims can deliver as much as 1,000 miles per charge to electric cars.
Battery Sales Show Tesla Has a Long Way to Go
Automotive News 
5/15/2014  33 comments
If recent sales numbers are any indication, Tesla Motors' goal of 50,000 battery packs a year could be a long way off.
Would You Pay $30K for an Electric Car?
Automotive News 
5/12/2014  101 comments
Even if automakers cut the cost of the electric vehicle battery and reach the $30,000 target, big sales are hardly a foregone conclusion. There's still no guarantee that large percentages of mainstream buyers will bite.
Lithium Chemistries Head List of Next-Gen EV Batteries
Automotive News 
5/9/2014  4 comments
New battery chemistries will reach the electric-car market over the next decade, but to be successful the new generation of products will need to have drop-in manufacturing capability.
Can Tesla's $5 Billion Bet Pay Off?
Automotive News 
5/7/2014  37 comments
Whether or not the much-publicized “Gigafactory” is successful, Elon Musk’s grand vision of a gargantuan battery plant may turn out to be one of the most ambitious manufacturing efforts in American business history.
Electric Vehicles Get Good Grades for Reliability
Automotive News 
4/29/2014  50 comments
When it comes to designing for reliability, electric cars are proving that simpler is better, a recent Consumer Reports owner survey has concluded.
Tiny Sensor Monitors Batteries on Start-Stop Cars
Automotive News 
4/28/2014  17 comments
With automakers scaling up for a sales boom, Freescale Semiconductor has rolled out a low-power, low-cost sensor that promises to monitor the batteries used on start-stop or micro-hybrid cars.
Temperature Swings Really Do Affect EV Batteries
Automotive News 
4/1/2014  27 comments
A pure electric car with a lithium-ion battery can lose as much as 57% of its range when the temperature dips and 33% when the mercury rises, a new AAA study says.
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