National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Chinese company developing an electric version of the Saab after buying the bankrupt Swedish automaker, blames the shutdown on a lack of cash to pay outstanding debt....More
Once enacted, the region's new noise-reduction regulation states, “The reduction of the number of highly annoyed people will be 25%.” I’ve met more than a few highly annoyed people in Europe, many of them waiting tables in Paris, and traffic noise had nothing to do with it....More
European cars’ efficiency in emitting less CO2 has been driven mainly by technological improvements and higher sales of diesel-fueled cars, which typically have lower emissions levels than their gasoline-powered equivalents....More
Henkel demonstrates optical adhesives for vehicle-display applications; Spanish researchers focus on automotive night vision; United Arab Emirates counting on sunny skies for solar-car competition....More
Half the budget is reserved for fleet customers and business use. Another 35% is to support individual sales of cars with carbon-dioxide emissions of 95 g/km or less. The final 15% is pegged for vehicles with CO2 ratings of 50 g/km or less....More
For years, Taiwan has been a reliable source of auto parts. Now, the region, and three companies in particular, are gearing up production of motors, batteries, controls, chargers, connectors and other necessary components....More
Even if BMW is denied government help in lowering the i3’s price, the automaker believes the car will succeed because it will be available both as an all-electric vehicle and as an EV with a range extender....More
The Taiwanese government is pushing scooters with cleaner-burning engines that sell for as little as NT$50,000 ($1,659), and a small number of electric scooters can be had for similar money after government subsidies are factored in....More
Without homegrown automakers that compete on a world stage, how can a nation barely larger than Rhode Island become a world leader in a sector that is struggling to gain a foothold in other mature vehicle markets, such as the U.S.?...More
The EV Taiwan show is being held this week in Taipei, along with three other automotive conferences. Taiwan has 150 companies dedicated to the EV sector manufacturing components such as electric motors, batteries and controls.
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, hosted its fifth annual Maker Faire Detroit this past weekend in highlighting the importance of grassroots innovation and problem-solving. Some 400 creators participated in this year’s event, including 100 for the first time.
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw....More
In October 2013, trade between NAFTA partners totaled $103.1 billion, up 4.5% from a year earlier, marking the first month in the pact’s history in which trade exceeded $100 billion in a single month....More
Economic recovery is weak and gradual, unemployment remains stubbornly high and Europe faces a growing and acute economic challenge from other global regions. We will only deliver the full potential benefits of the Single Market if we set a genuinely new course for Europe....More