Tag: Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

G.M. Has Partner for Battery Making: LG Chem

General Motors, with ambitious plans to produce millions of electric cars, has secured an important partner in that effort. In a securities filing on Thursday in South Korea, LG Chem announced that a subsidiary would invest $916 million over the next four years “to finance the future establishment of a joint venture” in automotive battery […]

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Tesla’s Electric ‘Cybertruck’ Is Unveiled. It’s Pointy.

Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, on Thursday unveiled the “Cybertruck,” an electric pickup truck that the company hopes will rival Ford’s best-selling F-150 line. Its design ensured it would certainly stand out on the road. Looking little like traditional pickup trucks, the Cybertruck, which will start at $39,900, has a stainless steel exterior with a […]

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Tesla to Unveil Plans for an Electric Pickup Truck

Tesla is set to unveil plans for its first pickup truck on Thursday night in Los Angeles, in a splashy play by the electric car company to rival Ford’s best-selling F-150 line. Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, has called the model “the Cybertruck,” and said that it would have “crazy torque.” But it’s unclear when […]

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Tesla’s Winding Road to Berlin

GRÜNHEIDE, Germany — The visitors from Palo Alto, Calif., were shown how Berlin, a hive of tech start-ups that likens itself to Silicon Valley, is just a short commute away. They were promised building permits in four weeks rather than the customary 11 months. And they were taken aloft in a 44-year-old Russian biplane for […]

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Ford Wants to Sell You an Electric S.U.V. It’s Called a Mustang.

Ford Motor’s latest offering seems like an oxymoron twice over: It’s a sport utility vehicle that’s electric … that’s a Mustang. It’s also Detroit’s biggest bet yet on a mass-market future for battery-powered cars. The big automakers have been producing hybrid and fully electric vehicles for years. But almost all have been smaller models that […]

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Elon Musk Announces Tesla Factory for Berlin

BERLIN — Elon Musk announced on Tuesday night that Tesla, the electric carmaker, would open a new plant close to the German capital that would make batteries, powertrains and vehicles, starting with the company’s newest model, a compact sport utility vehicle called the Model Y. Mr. Musk, made the announcement on a Berlin stage after […]

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5 Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid growth in clean energy isn’t yet fast enough to slash humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and […]

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Elon Musk Bids Twitter Farewell — for Now

Elon Musk, who was once fined $20 million by securities regulators for a single tweet about taking Tesla private, is taking a break from Twitter. The billionaire co-founder and chief executive of the electric car company announced Friday to his 29 million Twitter followers that he was “going offline.” An hour earlier, Mr. Musk, 48, […]

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Toyota’s Support of Trump Emissions Rules Shocks Californians

Toyota usually has a soft spot for California. The automaker has promoted its Prius hybrid in ads as “redesigned, CA style,” and shown its sedans weaving through verdant Golden State scenery as a Beach Boys song plays. But the good vibrations between Californians and Toyota may be receding this week after the automaker sided against […]

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Cash for Carbon: Schumer Climate Plan Would Help Consumers Buy Electric Cars

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, is preparing a $450 billion climate change initiative that aims to replace about a fifth of the nation’s traditional gasoline-powered vehicles with hybrid, electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars and […]

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Chuck Schumer: A Bold Plan for Clean Cars

Scientists tell us that to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change, the world needs to be carbon neutral — to have net-zero carbon dioxide emissions — by midcentury. At the moment, we are not remotely on track to meet that target. We need to act urgently and ambitiously, which will require building diverse […]

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Tesla Reports Profit for Quarter, Sending Shares Soaring

Tesla surprised Wall Street on Wednesday by reporting $143 million in net income in the third quarter as cost reductions more than offset a slight decline in revenue. The electric-car maker said it had earnings of $1.86 per share on an adjusted basis. Revenue was $6.3 billion in the quarter. Analysts had expected a loss […]

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Britain, Struggling With Brexit, Eyes Another Retreat. This One’s From Fossil Fuels.

LONDON — In the shadow of a noisy, turbulent Brexit, another epic transformation is underway in Britain. A leading industrial power that built itself on coal and colonialism, Britain is now trying to pivot away from the fossil fuels that powered the industrial age. The government has set a legally binding target to reach net-zero […]

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A Police Tesla Nearly Ran Out of Power During a Chase. It Wasn’t the Car’s Fault.

A California police officer driving a Tesla Model S during a high-speed chase on a Bay Area freeway radioed to his colleagues that he was running low on battery. He needed someone else to take over. “I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla, so I may lose it here in a […]

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Lordstown Plant Is Idle, but It Hovers Over G.M. Strike Talks

In its negotiations with the striking United Auto Workers union, General Motors has put a seemingly tantalizing offer on the table: It has proposed building a new plant in Ohio to produce batteries for some of the one million electric cars it hopes to sell globally by 2026. The plant would be near the Lordstown […]

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Beep. Ding. Vroom. Electric Cars Need to Make Noise for Safety, but What Kind?

Two years ago, Nissan hired the studio Man Made Music for what seemed like a straightforward task: Design a sound that its quiet electric vehicles could play to announce themselves on the road. The automaker wasn’t just splurging on a flashy feature. It was preparing for a federal regulation set to take effect next year […]

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The Concept Cars Gleam, but Executive Dread Clouds the Frankfurt Auto Show

FRANKFURT — Car executives are paid to be optimists, but behind the pomp and salesmanship at the Frankfurt International Motor Show this week lurked an unmistakable sense of angst. The talk among industry insiders at the show, one of the auto industry’s biggest events, reflected the existential threats that carmakers face. The European and global […]

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With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry

ARNSTADT, Germany — Officials in Brussels or Berlin may fret about China’s growing sway over the European economy, about the ports under its control and the high-tech firms that Chinese firms have acquired. But that is not a concern one hears in Arnstadt, a Baroque-era German hamlet where, long ago, Johann Sebastian Bach was the […]

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Cadillac’s Last Stand? Storied Brand Aims (Again) for Revival

DETROIT — Few American brand names have ever achieved the stature of Cadillac, which was once so closely identified with excellence and status that it became shorthand for anything that was top of the line. And few brands have fallen as far. Cadillac rose to prominence a century ago as the pinnacle in General Motors’ […]

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Inside India’s Messy Electric Vehicle Revolution

A million electric rickshaws sprang up out of nowhere and are now being used by 60 million people a day. The government and vehicle makers are struggling to catch up. Credit Photographs and Video by Saumya Khandelwal By Vindu Goel and Karan Deep Singh Aug. 22, 2019 NEW DELHI — It’s the morning rush hour […]

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An Electric Harley Loses the Growl but Still Aims to Turn Heads

Quiet. Sleek. Unintimidating. The LiveWire is the antithesis of everything Harley-Davidson has ever stood for. And yet, it is undeniably a Harley. The LiveWire, the first production electric vehicle from Harley, is looking to redefine an industry that has grown complacent in the face of declining sales. The country’s oldest (116 years) and best-known motorcycle […]

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Ford and VW to Share Costs of Self-Driving, Electric Cars

Ford Motor and Volkswagen said Friday they would team up to develop self-driving cars and share electric-car components, significantly broadening an existing alliance and illustrating how automakers are putting aside rivalries to manage the astronomical cost of new technologies. The agreement calls for Volkswagen to purchase a stake in a Ford-backed start-up that is developing […]

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