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.

Shipments of Electrified Vehicles Leap 48% in China

August 17, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Wholesales of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles in China zoomed 48% to 84,000 units in July, according to the China Assn. of Automobile Manufacturers.

London Launches “Green” Parking Scheme

August 17, 2018 at 9:29 AM

London is introducing a tiered parking fee program based on a vehicle’s tailpipe emissions.

Kroger Tests Self-Driving Grocery Delivery Service

August 16, 2018 at 5:02 PM

The Kroger Co. and Silicon Valley startup Nuro launched a pilot program for autonomous grocery delivery this week in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Study: Consumers More Aware—and More Leery—of Autonomous Cars

August 16, 2018 at 12:18 PM

As consumers become more aware of self-driving car technologies they are less likely to want to buy or ride in a fully autonomous vehicle, according to a survey by Cox Automotive Inc.

Switzerland Bans Certain Diesel Mercedes, Porsche Diesels

August 15, 2018 at 6:14 PM

Swiss authorities have halted the sale of diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz Vito vans and Porsche Cayenne and Macan SUVs, claiming their engines were rigged to evade emission laws.

Bosch Invests in DeepMap Startup

August 15, 2018 at 11:48 AM

Robert Bosch GmbH has made an unspecified investment in DeepMap Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup specializing in mapping technologies for autonomous vehicles.

Japanese EV Startup to Rent Components to Developers

August 14, 2018 at 11:43 AM

Japanese electric car startup GLM Co. Ltd. is offering to rent out its major components to help would-be parts suppliers develop products for the EV market.

Report: Car-Sharing Will Drive Up EV Mileage

August 14, 2018 at 9:08 AM

Electric vehicles will account for more than 20% of vehicle miles driven worldwide by 2030 compared with less than 1% today, predicts a report by London-based ABI Research.

Hyundai Eyes Fuel Cell-Powered Commercial Trucks

August 13, 2018 at 4:54 PM

Hyundai Motor Co. tells the Korea Herald it is developing a hydrogen-powered, 5-ton garbage truck and pondering mass production of various commercial trucks.

Lyft, CDK Partner on Dealership Rides

August 13, 2018 at 11:02 AM

Ride-hailing giant Lyft Inc. is partnering with Hoffman Estates, Ill-based CDK Global Inc. to help improve customer transportation to and from dealership service centers.  

Kia Touts Personalized Sound Systems

August 13, 2018 at 9:39 AM

Kia Motors Corp. is developing a zoned audio system that allow each vehicle occupant to listen to different music or conduct separate hands-free phone conversations.

Report Predicts Limited Impact of Autonomous Tech on Professional Drivers

August 10, 2018 at 2:52 PM

A new study says autonomous vehicles will displace some taxi drivers but have only a modest impact on the number of truck driver jobs over the next 10 years.