Wireless EV Charging Goes Mainstream

Wireless charging will debut as an option in some electric cars in 2018, says Chris Borroni-Bird, vice president of strategic development at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a company that has helped pioneer the technology.

VW Warns of Global Shortage of EV Batteries by 2025

July 10, 2017 at 2:47 AM

Volkswagen AG says carmakers will face a massive shortage of batteries for electrified vehicles unless the annual capacity to make them surges by 1,500 gigawatt-hours in eight years.

Tesla to Supply Australia with World’s Largest Lithium Storage Battery

July 07, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Tesla Inc. has won a contract to build a 100-megawatt lithium-ion storage battery in the state of South Australia.

France to Ban Sale of Piston-Powered Vehicles by 2040

July 06, 2017 at 12:20 PM

The French government says that by 2040 it will prohibit the sale of vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel engines.

Baidu Alliance to Vie with Waymo’s Self-Driving Car System

July 05, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc. has formed an alliance with 50 partners to tout its Apollo self-driving-car platform as a rival to the autonomous-car system being developed by Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit.

BAIC, Daimler Invest $735 Million in EV Capacity

July 05, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Daimler AG and Chinese partner BAIC Motor Corp. have agreed to spend 5 billion yuan ($735 million) to add capacity to make Mercedes-Benz branded all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars and batteries to power them.

Volvo to Phase Out Piston-Only Powertrains

July 05, 2017 at 2:43 AM

Volvo Car Corp. plans to abandon exclusively internal combustion powertrains for its cars and replace them with piston-electric hybrids or all-electric propulsion systems.

Alpine Launches Wireless CarPlay Aftermarket Receiver

July 03, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Alpine Electronics Inc. has begun selling what it claims is the first wireless aftermarket dashboard receiver for Apple Inc.’s CarPlay technology.

Accelerating Toward an Electric Future

July 01, 2017 at 10:43 AM

The launch of Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 electric sedan this month is a milestone of sorts, marking the pioneering EV company’s first foray into mass-market cars. It also is the start of a wave of new hybrid and all-electric cars, trucks and crossover/SUVs from virtually every global automaker that could finally result in a major shift away from vehicles powered by standalone internal combustion engines.

Uber Autonomous Test Truck Adds Lidar

June 30, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Ride-share provider Uber Technologies Inc. has begun testing an updated version of the autonomous commercial vehicle technology it acquired last year with the purchase of Otto, a San Francisco-based startup.

Daimler Buses Add Pedestrian Recognition to Emergency Braking System

June 30, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Daimler AG’s commercial bus unit is introducing an enhanced version of its automated emergency braking (AEB) technology that will include pedestrian recognition.

2018 Nissan Leaf EV to Get Semi-Autonomous Tech

June 30, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Nissan Motor Co.’s next-generation Leaf electric car will include the carmaker’s ProPilot automated driver assist technology.

Designing a Better Future

By: Dan Sturges - June 30, 2017 at 9:54 AM