Recharging in retail parking lots while shopping, a scenario proposed by some charge-station providers, is “inconsequential,” says Larry Nitz, GM’s executive director-hybrid and electic powertrain....More
DOE Assistant Secretary David Sandalow warns a new national budget trimming spending by $38.5 billion will affect the government’s ability to fund certain energy-efficient and renewable-energy programs....More
When it comes to diesels, biofuels and hydrogen-powered fuel cells, there is clear disagreement among engineers. The issue of making engines capable of burning E85 ethanol is especially contentious....More
In the initial aluminum-to-steel production program, GM will be moving cautiously, replacing only a couple of the rivets currently used to test the manufacturing process and prove part durability before moving on to more extensive applications....More
Each vehicle nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors is scored based on aesthetics and design harmony as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Editors also test the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface.
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
New-car sales in China are expected to grow at least 5% this year. But margins on those sales, already small, have vanished for many dealers. Retailers now are looking to look to areas such as finance and insurance and used-car sales for profits....More