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Local authority to build hydrogen infrastructure?

As car companies start to ramp up low volume production of fuel cell vehicles the major stumbling block globally is a hydrogen refuelling in...

COMMENT - Make or break ahead for Tesla

Tesla unveiled its Model 3 last week and it’s already clear that the model is going to be of great significance to both Tesla Motors and the...

Briefing: Geneva Show preview

Europe's first big motor show of 2016 is about to get underway. Small crossovers from Toyota and the Volkswagen Group, plus Renault's attemp...

Environment drives growth in EV sales in Asia

Rising air pollution in major cities across Asia has forced local governments to impose restrictions on the sale and circulation of vehicles...

Latest Interviews

GKN on maintaining AWD leadership and GenII eAxles 7 Dec 2015

Calum MacRae

GKN Driveline’s new CEO, Phil Swash, talked with just-auto’s Calum MacRae to discuss the challenges of maintaining leadership in the AWD business and the potential opportunities the VW scandal presents to the automotive industry. Here’s the second part of that interview.

GKN Driveline CEO on maintaining AWD leadership 30 Nov 2015

Calum MacRae

GKN Driveline’s new CEO, Phil Swash, talked with just-auto’s Calum MacRae to discuss the challenges of maintaining leadership in the AWD business and the potential opportunities the VW scandal presents to the automotive industry. Here’s the first part of that interview.

Latest News

GKN wins plug-in AWD axle deal 24 May 16

Graeme Roberts

A series of new C-segment vehicles will offer the option of adding plug-in electric all-wheel drive using GKN Driveline’s latest electric axle drive (eAxle) technology. The eAxle is an evolution of systems developed for hybrid supercars that use electric all-wheel drive to boost performance and efficiency.

PSA to expand petrol line in Europe, spend on PHEV 24 May 16

Graeme Roberts

As part of the energy transition process and in line with the technological offensive spelled out in its Push to Pass strategic plan, PSA Group said it was firmly focused on diversifying its technological offering with plug-in hybrid petrol engines and next-generation electric powertrains, which will be used in particular to equip e-CMP, its future electric platform developed in partnership with Dongfeng Motors.

Geely raises US$400m for zero-emission London taxi 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has raised US$400m through a 'green' bond issue to fund the development of a hybrid successor to the black cab at its London Taxi Company (LTC) subsidiary.

Geely raises capital for electric London cabs 20 May 16

Dave Leggett

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has raised US$400m to support the development of zero-emission capable vehicles by its UK subsidiary, the London Taxi Company (LTC), maker or the iconic London Black Cab.

Toyota sells 9.014m hybrid vehicles globally 20 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor said cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles reached 9.014m units on 30 April 2016, surpassing the 9m unit mark. This latest million-unit milestone was achieved in just nine months.

Protean teams with Tianjin for in-wheel motors 20 May 16

Simon Warburton

Protean Electric and the Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area (THT), have announced their plan to start manufacturing in-wheel motors in Tianjin during the second half of 2016 and to construct a factory on a permanent site within THT by the end of next year.

Proterra shows Catalyst XR new battery design 18 May 16

Simon Warburton

Proterra has unveiled a new battery design for the Catalyst XR transit vehicle at the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference (APTA).

NEVS appoints Fredrik Ahlström as VP Purchasing 17 May 16

Simon Warburton

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has appointed Fredrik Ahlström as vice president Purchasing from 1 June and will take over from Per Svantesson, who will be responsible for Strategy and Business Development as well as lead the Project Management Office.

NEVS acquires 50% of New Long Ma facility 13 May 16

Simon Warburton

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formally signed the contract to acquire a stake in the New Long Ma manufacturing company in Fujian.

Nissan UK plant makes 50,000th Leaf and batteries 11 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan's UK plant in Sunderland has built its 50,000th Leaf EV.

No EV pollution at point of use? Think again 9 May 16

Chris Wright

Electric, hybrid and other eco-friendly cars kick out as many toxins as diesel vehicles, according to scientists who say greener vehicles produce more tiny particles from tyre and brake wear because their batteries make them heavier.

Tesla advances build plan by 2 years 5 May 16

Dave Leggett

Tesla has said it is bringing its build program forward by two years to accommodate higher orders for the Model 3 and raise overall volume to 500,000 units a year.

NextEV and Nanjing ink US$462m China plant deal 4 May 16

Tony Lewis

NextEV and the Nanjing Municipal Government have signed a partnership agreement to build a RMB3bn (US$462m) plant for the development and production of high-performance motors, as well as electronic modules in the Nanjing Economic and Technological Development Zone.

BMW launches 'big battery' i3 EV 3 May 16

Graeme Roberts

BMW has revamped its i3 with the introduction of a more powerful, 94Ah battery for both the i3 and the i3 Range Extender versions.

Hyperdrive wins GBP3m for battery improvements 3 May 16

Simon Warburton

Lithium-ion technology developer, Hyperdrive Innovation has secured a cash injection of GBP3.2m (US$4.7m) from venture capital firms Hamilton Capital Partners and Rivers Capital, alongside R&D grant funding from Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

PARC teams with Ford for EV battery project 3 May 16

Simon Warburton

Xerox company, PARC, has unveiled its ‘Co-Extrusion (CoEx) for Cost Reduction of Advanced High-Energy-and-Power Battery Electrode Manufacturing’ project funded by the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

ZF forms e-mobility unit with China focus 29 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

ZF says it is bundling activities which will shape the future of e-mobility into its new ‘E-Mobility Division’ which will be focused on market opportunities in China.

German government incentivises electric car sales 28 Apr 16

Chris Wright

The German government has reached a deal with carmakers to jointly spend EUR1.2bn (US$1.4bn) on incentives to boost electric car sales.

Honda to expand Clarity line to BEV, PHEV 21 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda has announced it will expand its next Clarity model line to three variants from a single fuel cell model. The Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid will both launch in the US in 2017.

Volvo Cars aims to sell 1m electrified cars by 202 21 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars has announced that it aims to sell a total of up to one million electrified cars by 2025. It says the planned cumulative total can be met by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and releasing the first all-electric car in 2019.

Latest blogs

Tesla's Gigafactory - world's biggest building 9 May 16

Glenn Brooks

The hype over Tesla's so-called 'Gigafactory' is reaching new levels with the release of drone footage showing its sheer size.

Servicing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle 19 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

According to Toyota GB, the first Mirai in the UK to be booked in for a routine service gave technicians at a north west London dealership the opportunity to put their specialist hydrogen fuel cell training into practice.

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