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.

Study Finds More than the Meter Ticking on Parking Costs

July 13, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Lost time, wasted fuel and overpaying fees costs motorists billions of dollars a year, according to a report by Inrix Inc. It says drivers waste as much as 44 hours per year searching for parking spots.

McLaren May Supply Carbon Fiber Parts to Other Carmakers

July 12, 2017 at 5:32 PM

McLaren Technology Group hopes to eventually expand output at the carbon fiber plant its constructing in Sheffield, England, to produce components for other carmakers.

Self-Driving Cars May Cut U.S. Insurance Claims 90% by 2050

July 12, 2017 at 12:23 AM

Equipping cars to drive themselves could slash the frequency of crashes by 90% and reduce annual insurance payouts 71% (about $137 billion per year) by 2050, says KPMG LLP.

London "Black Cab" Maker Debuts Electric Taxi

July 11, 2017 at 3:14 PM

London Taxi Co., the maker of iconic British “black cabs,” has formally launched its all-electric TX5 model.

Faraday Future Shelves Nevada EV Factory

July 11, 2017 at 2:20 AM

California-based electric car startup Faraday Future Inc. has again suspended plans to build a $1 billion assembly plant in North Las Vegas, this time indefinitely.

Renault Expands V2X Testing

July 10, 2017 at 12:03 PM

Renault SA is widening a pilot program in France to test vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications (V2X) to help autonomous vehicles navigate roads such as work zones and tool stations that lack clear lane markings.

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.