GM goal: profitable, affordable electric cars built in big numbers

Green Car Reports

Automotive innovation rolls out over many years, usually decades, and usually only a few companies lead. Others hang back, waiting to see if buyers will accept new features, new powertrains, and new types of vehicles. More than six years after modern electric cars hit the market in volume, many automakers are only now deciding on their strategies. General Motors GM Mark Reuss plug-in cars Profit Mary Barra

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Flow Batteries Could Back An Affordable Tesla Powerwall Rival

Green Car Reports

As renewable-energy use becomes more widespread, energy storage could become a major business. Using stationary battery packs to store energy increases the effectiveness of wind and solar. Tesla Motors hopes to exploit this potential market with packs that use the same lithium-ion cells as its electric cars. DON'T MISS: Are Vanadium Flow Batteries. Batteries research plug-in cars energy storage

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Tesla to begin test building affordable Model 3

Green Cars News

Tesla will briefly pause production at its California-based factory this month to start pilot production of the eagerly-awaited Model 3, it has been r

MIT team proposes ARC fusion reactor: affordable, robust, compact

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Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor that might be realized in as little as a decade: the ARC (affordable, robust, compact) reactor.

Volkswagen Teases Affordable Compact Crossover SUV Concept For Geneva

Green Car Reports

Volkswagen has released some limited shots of a concept-vehicle debut for the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The concept is almost certainly a refined version of the Golf-sized crossover utility vehicle, that was first previewed by the T-Roc Concept from the 2014 Geneva show. The small crossover would be built on the same MQB underpinnings used. Geneva Motor Show

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California providing incentives up to $12K to help low-income families afford the cleanest cars

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Tesla announces price for ‘affordable, family electric car’

Green Cars News

Set to launch in the US from the middle of 2012, the Model S will deliver Tesla’s promise to produce a more affordable, family car, to build on the success of its first car, the $109,000 Roadster. Electric car maker Tesla has finally revealed the pricing for its long-awaited second model; the Model S.

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Advanced ADEPT 48V affordable mild hybrid on path to meet future ultra-low vehicle emissions

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Lotus Mobile: A Portable, Affordable Solar Charging Solution?

Green Car Reports

Given millions of years of adaptation to conditions, it's no surprise that nature is pretty good at doing what it does. Each leaf on a tree, and indeed the shape of a tree's canopy, is the work of refinements over millenia to capture the most sunlight possible to ensure the tree's growth. Why not take some of those lessons and apply them to our

Thumbs-up for Volvo’s “reliable, quiet” hybrid trucks; now they just need to be affordable

Green Cars News

The first batch of hybrid Volvo trucks have proven to be more reliable than their conventional diesel counterparts.

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New catalyst could lead to affordable fuel cell cars

Green Cars News

Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the development of affordable fuel cells. Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars affordable catalyst cheaper cleaner fuel cell hydrogenOne of the biggest hurdles for the use of hydrogen fuel cells in cars is the cost of the platinum used as a catalyst within the fuel cell. Increase in the demand for platinum-based catalysts could drive up the cost of platinum [.].

The Hybrid Supercars You Can't Afford Even If You Want Them

Green Car Reports

Buying a hybrid used to be so simple. You'd go to your local Toyota or Honda dealer, and buy a Prius or a Civic Hybrid/Insight (delete as appropriate). Now, everything is going hybrid--and that includes luxury cars and supercars. You won't find us complaining: if manufacturers are making some of their most exciting cars greener--yet still faster

Fisker: Affordable “Project Nina” Plug-in Hybrids Due By 2013

Green Car Reports

Its first mass-produced car may have won the acrimonious title of being the plug-in car with the worst fuel efficiency to date, but Californian automaker Fisker is trying to remain upbeat about its planned range of plug-in hybrid cars. So much so, the Californian automaker is keen to let everyone know that it will start production of its range of

Maverick Synfuels introduces affordable small-scale methane gas-to-liquid modular methanol plants

Green Car Congress

Maverick Synfuels ( earlier post ) introduced a small-scale, modular methane-to-methanol production plant that can be co-located at the methane source.

Munich university develops ‘affordable electric car’

Green Cars News

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed what they hope could become an affordable electric car. Electric cars affordable electric car Munich Mute Technical UniversityCalled Mute, presumably due to the quiet nature of the vehicle as a battery-powered model, the prototype is just 3.5 metres long and weighs just 400kg. Its lightweight nature is the reason its developers think it [.].

Renault Zoe becomes most affordable EV yet

Green Cars News

As expected the Renault Zoe made its production-ready debut but with a surprise twist-it will cost from just £13,650 after a £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant is deducted-making it the most affordable and practical electric car we’ve seen yet. Designed from the ground-up as an electric car, Renault filed more than 60 patents during its development, [.]. Renault electric car Geneva Motor Show Renault Zoe

Mitsubishi Motors offering i-MiEV in two trim levels: more affordable and more capable

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The more affordable entry-level “M” will be available at the price of ¥1,880,000 (US$23,200) after receipt of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s eco-car subsidy. The new i-MiEV M. Click to enlarge. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will offer the i-MiEV electric vehicle in two trim levels in Japan.

Project to develop affordable fuel cell vehicle gets underway

Green Cars News

dubbed ‘greenest car in the world’ (see story), Gordon Murray Design is hitting the headlines again this week as it partners with ACAL Energy to takes the first steps towards designing an affordable fuel cell vehicle. Developer of the T.27 Part of a 12 month feasibility study, supported by the Technology Strategy Board, Gordon Murray [.]. Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars fuel cell Gordon Murray Design hydrogen partnership Technology Strategy Board

Car Dealers Fight Higher MPG Rules, Again, Over Affordability

Green Car Reports

You'd think that if President Obama, two government agencies, and 13 of the world's largest carmakers supported a set of new regulations to improve gas mileage, they might be popular with auto dealers too. Not so. At a Tuesday public hearing on the proposed joint NHTSA-EPA standards for fuel economy in 2017-2025 vehicles, the National Auto Dealers

Toyota reveals ‘most affordable’ hybrid car

Green Cars News

Toyota has released the first pictures of its Yaris hybrid model, ahead of the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Yaris will be Toyota’s compact model hybrid for the European market, while in the US, a compact version of the best-selling Prius, called the Prius C, will be the small car [.]. Toyota B-Segment geneva hybrid Yaris

GKN has produced more than 300,000 eAxles; affordable eAWD

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Automakers typically use GKN eAxles on the rear axle of front wheel drive platforms to offer an efficient, dynamic and affordable hybrid eAWD model. GKN Driveline has produced more than 300,000 units of its eAxle range at its eDrive centers of excellence in Italy and Japan. GKN introduced the eAxle technology in 2002, acquiring systems integration and production experience to transfer the technology from niche vehicles to high-volume mass-market applications.

Russia’s affordable hybrid launched put on hold

Green Cars News

Russian car firm Yo-Auto has delayed its launch of its hybrid model to early 2015, according to The Moscow Times. Due to start production this year, the Yo-Mobile hybrid supermini is being delayed because of problems with a US subcontractor manufacturing the body of the vehicle, Yo-Auto’s chief executive Andrei Biryukov is reported to have [.]. Hybrid cars hybrid car production Russia

IMI calls on UK Government to invest £30M in hybrid and electric vehicle training; affordability issue

Green Car Congress

In the UK, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is calling on the UK Government to make a £30-million (US$37-million) investment in specialist electric and hybrid vehicle training for thousands of maintenance and repair technicians in the independent retail sector. IMI asserts that the investment is crucial to support the public switch to ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV).

Renault launches cheapest sub-100g/km CO2 car

Green Cars News

Renault affordable CO2 Eco emissions Expression lowAlready in the news this week for its progress in launching electric cars, Renault is taking the spotlight again for launching what looks to be the cheapest sub 100g/km CO2 car. And no it is not some sort of glorified buggy either-it’s the familiar Clio in new Expression Eco form which will be priced from [.].

2018 Nissan Leaf spy shots: our question on electric car update

Green Car Reports

It's the long-missing member of the trio, the last of three affordable electric cars with 200-plus miles of range expected to go into production this year.

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Subaru plans for all-electric versions of existing model lines

Green Car Reports

Companies like GM and Volkswagen, which each make 10 million cars a year, can afford the breathtaking costs of developing expertise and engineering cars with entirely different powertrains. It's now clear that every automaker, no matter how large or small, will have to develop and sell battery-electric vehicles by 2020 to 2025.

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Tesla Supercharger electric-car charging sites in CA surge (photos)

Green Car Reports

Then the potential of 400,000-plus reservations for the more affordable Model 3 pushed Tesla to promise it would double those charging locations by the end of. In January 2016, before the public introduction for pre-orders of the Model 3, Tesla had 585 Supercharger locations around the world. By the end of June 2016, that number had climbed to 655.

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Six new electric cars coming for 2018 and 2019

Green Car Reports

The list includes two affordable 200-mile electric cars: the second-generation Nissan. The next couple of years promise to be quite interesting for electric cars. A minimum of six new models are expected in that time period, all promising ranges of 200 miles or more—which until a few months ago had been the exclusive province of Tesla Motors. Mercedes-Benz Future Cars Audi e-tron plug-in cars Tesla Model 3 Porsche Mission E BMW i5

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Tesla Model 3: 215-mile, $35,000 electric car revealed

Green Car Reports

Yet at a far more affordable $35,000 starting price, it should. At a launch event held in Hawthorne, California, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk introduced the Model 3 sedan, the company's highest-volume, lowest-priced effort yet. The Model 3 quite closely follows the style of the Model S sedan and Model X crossover, and it’s unmistakably a Tesla. Elon Musk EV

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To Be Successful, Electric Cars Need Intercity Fast Charging: Opinion

Green Car Reports

The industry desperately needs a reliable and affordable network of intercity DC fast-charging We are on the cusp of a revolution in the electric car industry. But it is not at all clear that the revolution will or even can happen, because the charging infrastructure is just not there--and it is not clear that there are any plans to develop one.

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The top five compact executive saloons

Green Cars News

However, thanks to ever-more affordable finance deals, compact. Once upon a time executive saloons were the reserve of their namesake – the executive. Alfa Romeo Audi BMW Mercedes-Benz A4 3 Series C Class Top 5 Giulia

Is 2013 the year of the affordable electric car? The Green Piece

Green Cars News

Could 2013 be the year when electric cars become much more affordable? Electric cars The Green Piece affordable electric car priceTuesday, 29 January, 2013. The Green Piece Column.

Much faster electric-car charging: on a fast track

Green Car Reports

To address the range issue, automakers are expected to launch a batch of more-affordable long-range electric cars over the next few years, a shift heralded by the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the upcoming Tesla Model 3. Relatively short ranges and long charging times are two of the main factors restraining more widespread electric-car adoption.

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Nissan not afraid of GM's 200+ mile range Chevy Bolt electric car

National Green Transportation

Last week General Motors unveiled the production version of the Chevy Bolt, claiming it will be the first affordable electric car with 200+ miles electric range.

Startup Vukee Hopes To Crowd-Fund Tesla Car Sharing Service

Green Car Reports

Not everyone can afford a Tesla Model S, but if you had the opportunity to drive one whenever you wanted, that might be a pleasing alternative to ownership.

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Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Green Car Reports

And how fast their costs will fall remains the defining factor in making those cars affordable for the mass market. Lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them are the single most costly part of modern electric cars. GM made waves last fall when product chief Mark Reuss said the company will pay $145 per kilowatt-hour for the cells in. Batteries lithium-ion GM battery pack costs Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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Driving a Chevy Bolt EV electric car halfway across the U.S.: what it takes

Green Car Reports

How badly do you want a new, affordable, long-range electric car? Badly enough to drive it more than 800 miles without a unified fast-charging infrastructure? That's exactly what Bill Massmann, a professional land surveyor in St. Louis, Missouri, did to become the proud owner of a new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. DON'T MISS: Chevy Bolt EV. road trips Chevy plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Tesla Model 3 Will Benefit From Lowest Battery Costs Of Any Maker: Jefferies

Green Car Reports

Tesla is aiming for a 200-mile range and $35,000 base price, in the hope that it can significantly increase volume with a more-affordable product. The Tesla Model 3 electric sedan will start production in 2017, if the carmaker can keep to its schedule. Whether Tesla can actually achieve those two targets has been the subject of much speculation. Batteries plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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Nissan To Have Longer-Range Electric Cars 'Relatively Quickly,' Exec Says

Green Car Reports

"Range anxiety" has always been one of the main concerns for buyers of affordable electric cars, and that issue is now receiving significant attention from automakers. This week''s Detroit Auto Show included the introduction of the Chevrolet Bolt concept--which promises 200 miles of range at a price around $37,500. CHECK OUT: 2018 Chevrolet Bolt

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Can Tesla learn from its past, and make Model 3 easy to build?

Green Car Reports

With its upcoming $35,000, 215-mile Model 3 sedan, though, Tesla can't afford to be late. To date, Tesla Motors has never met one of its own deadlines for launching a new car. The Roadster, Model S, and Model X were all delayed for a variety of reasons. DON'T MISS: Tesla now building 2,000 electric cars a week, it says The company already has. Manufacturing Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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