Finally, auto industry starts to admit: electric vehicles are better

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Electric cars are often touted for their financial and environmental benefits, but there's another major perk they offer to consumers. They're very nice to drive. Many drivers have been won over by electric cars' near-silent operation and instant torque delivery. DON'T MISS: Electric Cars' Secret Advantage: They're Just Nicer To Drive (Apr 2012). Advertising sales plug-in cars Car Advertising Car Sales

Big Oil To 'Lose Control Of Auto Industry': Energy Conference

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It's not uncommon for media commenters to look at electric-car sales numbers, only to conclude that the segment is teetering on the brink of death. Electric cars will never become mainstream, they argue, because of fickle consumers who base their-car purchases on what the price of gas happens to be the moment they walk into a dealership. Yet while. oil energy policy plug-in cars energy

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Auto industry split over halting, changing fuel-economy rules

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Just days after the presidential election, automaker lobbyists urged Donald Trump to loosen pending emissions and fuel-economy standards. Shortly after the election, a lobbying group wrote Trump asking him to change or delay an EPA decision that kept planned emissions standards for 2022 to 2025 in place. Last week, executives of 18 automakers sent. emissions government CAFE Fuel Economy transportation policy Corporate Average Fuel Economy

VW Diesel Scandal Erodes Trust In Germany, Auto Industry Too

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The revelation that Volkswagen used "defeat device" software to cheat on U.S. emissions tests shook the public's confidence in one of the world's largest carmakers. Volkswagen hasn't done much to rebuild its reputation since its cheating was first revealed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at a press conference in September. And VW may. TDI VW Germany Volkswagen diesel scandal

Auto Industry Doing Fine In Meeting Gas-Mileage Goals, It Turns Out

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The auto industry came very near to the precipice in 2009, and it agreed to significant new regulations to enable it to step back from the brink. Now, it turns out that it''s not only meeting, but actually beating, the required reductions in emissions. That means that, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, improvements in fleet

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China publishes plan to boost fuel-efficient and new energy vehicles and domestic auto industry; targeting 500K PHEVs and EVs in 2015, rising to 2M by 2020

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China’s State Council has published a plan to develop the domestic energy-saving and new energy vehicle industry, which includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. Natural gas and other alternative fuel vehicle technology is basically mature, the government said, and is headed toward initial industrialization. 2012 Chinese Auto Industry Development Report. Developing the industrial system.

ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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A study by researchers at Iowa State University has determined that the automotive industry has a very large potential to utilize biobased materials. However, they noted, there are also many challenges associated with the use of biobased parts in the auto industry. The above challenges contribute to the complex nature of the automotive industry and its products.

Largest Auto-Industry Employer In California: Electric-Car Maker Tesla Motors

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It''s also, amazingly, become California''s biggest auto-industry employer--edging out even Toyota. Tesla Motors is one of the youngest U.S. automakers, but has made a disproportionately large impact in the automotive media''s headlines over the last few years. When Toyota makes its move to Texas, taking most of its 5,300 jobs to the Lone Star State

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European auto industry proposes further 20% cut in passenger car CO2 by 2030 from 2021; conditional on EV uptake and infrastructure; no ZEV mandate

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At the Frankfurt Motor Show, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) outlined the industry’s proposal for a pathway to future CO 2 reductions: a 20% CO 2 reduction for passenger cars by 2030, compared to 2021. It’s also in line with what is expected of other industry sectors, as well as the EU Climate and Energy Framework and the global Paris agreement.

Mitsubishi Rayon acquires majority of carbon fiber reinforced plastics company Wethje; targeting auto industry

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MRC) recently executed a share sales and purchase agreement by which it will acquire 51% of Wethje Holding GmbH , a German company engaged in manufacturing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) parts for automobile applications, from Wethje parent Cross Industries AG. MRC observed that the European Automotive industry is moving towards a full-scale adoption of CFRP parts. Mitsubishi Rayon Co.

CAFE rules should stay as they are, auto-industry suppliers agree

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The lobbyists for automakers have made their views on Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards through 2025 quite clear. The majority of carmakers would prefer to see those standards relaxed, delayed or altered. Today, they call for a fleet average of 54.5 mpg (or about 38 mpg on window stickers) for vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2025. DON'T. emissions parts suppliers CAFE Fuel Economy Corporate Average Fuel Economy

European Auto Industry Asks For Higher Carbon Emission Limits

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In the interest of reducing carbon emissions to reduce climate change, regulators around the world are forcing carmakers to boost the fuel efficiency of their upcoming products--substantially. This requires investments in new technologies and production of more efficient models at a more rapid pace than some automakers feel is justified--and in

Auto industry survey finds need for materials innovation to meet 2025 CAFE; greatest change seen in powertrain systems

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The auto industry’s current materials portfolio will need to be augmented to meet new 2025 fuel economy standards, according to a WardsAuto and DuPont Automotive survey conducted in late July. This is a defining moment—not just for materials, but for the industry.

Ford, BASF partner to deliver auto industrys first castor oil-based foam in the 2012 Focus

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Ford and BASF have teamed up to develop a sustainable, plant-sourced castor oil-based foam product for the 2012 Ford Focus instrument panel. The new castor oil-based foam is significantly more durable than the previously used material, with a 36% better tensile strength (a measure of the foam’s ability to hold its shape over time and use). Tear strength also is improved by 5% while elongation (stretch under temperature or impact stress) is reduced by almost 12%. .

Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer PYCO in long-term co-operation agreement; fiber-reinforced synthetics for the auto industry

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Both organizations will collaborate on developing sustainable solutions for the automotive industry. An area of collaboration includes fiber-reinforced synthetics for the automotive industry. Johnson Controls has entered a long-term cooperation agreement with the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Polymeric Materials and Composites PYCO. PYCO is a developer of highly cross-linked polymers for all applications.

Center for Automotive Research calls long-run economic risk to auto industry of mandating permanent fuel economy standards very serious; recommends periodic reviews

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The CAR report, the US Automotive Market and Industry in 2025 , relies on technology and market forecast data from the National Research Council (NRC) and J.D. employment in the US motor vehicle manufacturing industry in 2025. Industry in 2025” Recommendations.

Caring Auto Industry Won't Let You Be Bullied By Nasty Old EPA

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Reading the news in our automotive world never fails to surprise and delight. Take, for example, our discovery of the soliticitousness exhibited by automakers who care deeply about the delicate and fragile feelings of car buyers. Yes, those same car buyers from whom an independent dealer's job is extract maximum profits on the sale of a vehicle

Germans are coming for Tesla, German paper says, so now it's 'interesting'

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At times, those of us who cover the auto industry fall prey to stereotypes of the German auto industry. It can seem to observers that the collective belief of BMW, Daimler, and VW Group is that nothing happens in the industry until it's been done by one of their three companies—preferably all three.

Who's going all-electrified? Volvo, then Jaguar Land Rover, now Lincoln: report

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As the auto industry intensifies its embrace of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, announcements of "all-electrified" product lines continue to roll in. First, Volvo made a splash with its announcement saying that all models launched from 2019 onwards would be electrified in some manner. The Sino-Swedish maker was followed by Jaguar Land Rover. mild hybrid plug-in cars

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Ford fires CEO Fields, in part, for lagging on electric cars

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It's all the buzz of the auto industry this morning: Ford has fired its CEO Mark Fields and will replace him with Jim Hackett, former CEO of Michigan furniture maker Steelcase. Hackett presently oversees the Ford unit working on autonomous vehicles. The company is expected to make the announcement this morning, according to numerous media reports. plug-in cars

Here's how to comment on EPA proposal to loosen emission limits on cars

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The auto industry and its lobbyists had complained that the agency had moved too quickly, despite its issuance last summer of a voluminous Technical. On August 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would reopen the Comment Period for the vehicle-emission standards for model years 2022 through 2025 it had finalized in January.

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Germany To Spend Billions Supporting Electric Car Expansion

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Even as the country's powerful auto industry has turned more attention to plug-in cars, government support for them has been largely limited to political speeches. Among European nations, Germany is one of the least active when it comes to policies promoting electric cars. But now German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel apparently wants to put the. Germany incentives plug-in cars transportation policy

China developing timetable to end sales, production of gasoline cars

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The auto industry has now grudgingly accepted that battery-electric cars will make up some portion of the world's new vehicles in years to come. But a milestone in that trend may have come today, in news from China. Policy makers in the world's most populous country, and largest car market, are developing a timetable to end production and sales of. emissions China government climate change plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) transportation policy

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Less Likely Than Electric Cars: Daimler CEO Zetsche

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Within the auto industry, each powertrain has its strong advocates. There's an emerging rivalry between two different technologies for zero-emission transportation: battery-electric cars and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Some carmakers are focusing on either fuel cells or batteries, to the exclusion of the other. Hydrogen fuel cells are backed most. hydrogen Germany Daimler Dieter Zetsche plug-in cars hydrogen fuel cell

Study looks at challenges facing auto industry

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If anyone in the auto industry thought that the coast was clear after the recent economic troubles, a new industry review by AlixPartners, the global business advisory firm, suggests something different. Green cars Latest news AlixPartners auto industry challenges automotive industry study

What Tesla hath wrought: bumper crop of luxury electric cars

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It may have taken some time, but the auto industry is now reacting to Tesla in full force. More than four years after the first Tesla Model S was delivered, we are on the verge of a bumper crop of luxury electric cars. A mix of established automakers and startups looking to emulate Tesla's success are planning a growing array of new models, the. Mercedes-Benz Faraday Future Lucid Motors

Apple Electric Car Is "Committed Project," To Ship In 2019: Report

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News stories point to the hiring of employees with auto-industry experience, and discussions between Apple and car-related entities. Rumors continue to swirl around the existence of an Apple-branded electric car, even in the absence of any official confirmation of the project by the tech company. Now, there's at least an indication of when the. Green Apple Silicon Valley plug-in cars

2015 Volkswagen Golf: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2015

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Those are cars that radically redefined what green transportation could be, changing the auto industry forever. Our Best Car To Buy award can go one of several ways here on Green Car Reports.

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How Elon Musk Controls Tesla Motors While Owning Only 27 Percent

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Tesla Motors commands outsize attention within the world of electric cars--and the auto industry in general. Its CEO, Elon Musk, has a huge personal following that eagerly hangs on his every word. Or perhaps "his every tweet" would be more appropriate, Twitter often being his preferred mode for communicating and, seemingly, thinking out loud. management Elon Musk Tesla Motors Executives plug-in cars

Two-Thirds Of 2030 Hondas Will Be Electrified Or Zero Emission: CEO

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Fifteen years is a short time in the life of the auto industry, just two complete product cycles for the average high-volume vehicle.

Tesla Model 3 demand startled everyone, even Musk; now what?

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To say that the auto industry has been startled by the volume of deposits on the Tesla Model 3 would be an understatement. The number of potential buyers worldwide who have sent Tesla Motors $1,000 to reserve a place in line to buy the car is now approaching 400,000, said longtime executive Diarmuid O'Connell. And at least one financial. Elon Musk Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

Automakers 'not even trying' to sell electric cars, Tesla says

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While the federal government and California Air Resources Board (CARB) are evaluating auto-industry. When it comes to regulatory measures, it's customary for automakers to present a united front to government agencies setting new rules and policies. But as it has in so many other areas, electric-car maker Tesla Motors is bucking tradition. Advertising Marketing sales CAFE Tesla Motors plug-in cars legislation

Even top German minister for environment prefers Tesla

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Indeed, given Germany's considerable investment in its auto industry, using a German car. Government officials in Germany seeking to express national pride in their choice of vehicle have no shortage of options. The established German luxury brands offer many models that frequently serve in the capacity of official vehicle for an elected official. Europe Germany Tesla Motors plug-in cars

China has a plan for all its electric-car startups; they may not like it

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They are intended not only to help fight the choking air pollution in many parts of the country, but also give China's auto industry an edge in future decades. It has been an official goal of the Chinese government to encourage the development and sale of plug-in electric cars for several years now. And because the country makes more lithium-ion. China plug-in cars regulation New Energy Vehicle

New Leaf battery, Tesla Autopilot, BMW electric-car strategy, Pacific Hybrid recall: Today's Car News

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Today, we've got some auto-industry analysis on BMW's electric cars, two updates on recent stories, a look at Tesla's latest Autopilot, and a takedown of a bizarre Swedish study of the environmental impact of electric cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. With the BMW i5 dedicated electric crossover now apparently dead, and an all-electric. Today in Car News

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Tesla 'Will Prevail In All States' Against Dealer Lawsuits: Dealership Commentator

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Have we just seen the first crack in the facade of auto-dealer opposition to Tesla Motors selling cars directly to retail buyers? An opinion piece in auto-industry trade journal Ward''s Auto concludes with the following remarkable sentences: We can keep Tesla busy defending what are basically nuisance suits.

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Former GM Exec Bob Lutz: Years Ago, VW Emissions Left Automaker Baffled

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Before its use of illegal "defeat device" software was discovered, many auto industry executives were baffled by Volkswagen's ability to make diesel cars meet U.S. One of them was former General Motors car czar and outspoken industry figure Bob Lutz. emissions standards. During his tenure at GM, Lutz was puzzled by the ability of Volkswagen diesel. TDI VW Bob Lutz Volkswagen diesel scandal

2019 Mazda 3 to feature world-first HCCI engine for efficiency: report

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It's a technology that's been a sort of Holy Grail in the auto industry for at least a couple of decades. Now Mazda, one of the smallest global automakers, plans to introduce it in a radical new engine to be used in a future Mazda vehicle in 2019. It's called homogeneous charge compression ignition, or HCCI: in essence it lets a gasoline engine. HCCI Engines Fuel Economy SKYACTIV

Ford May Show A 200-Mile Electric Car This Year To Counter Chevy Bolt

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The announcement that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car will go into production within 18 months seemingly sent shockwaves through the auto industry. GM''s crosstown rival Ford, which has sold hybrids for more than 10 years but shown little love for battery-electric cars, now seems to feel the need to respond. According to reports, Ford will now

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Hyundai-Kia: eight electric cars by 2022, dedicated EV platform

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It's long been said in the auto industry that Hyundai-Kia is the only competitor that truly scares industry colossus Toyota. Thirty years ago, the Korean company was a bit player, producing designs adapted from obsolete Mitsubishi technology. Today it's a major global player, reacting fast to market swings—and its goal is to be second only. South Korea Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV