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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. doesn’t yet have a long-range electric vehicle on the market, but it’s working to woo on-the-fence consumers by rolling out plans for a robust charging infrastructure. The automaker last week announced details about its charging strategy for the first time. It will offer free mobile charge cords so customers can
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New paint plant projects are keeping Giffin Inc. busy these days. The U.S. turnkey paint shop supplier has multiple projects underway in Michigan, Ohio and Texas, and a line of other customers reviewing a proprietary technology that captures paint emissions using less water and energy. It’s not always good times in the automotive paint sector.
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Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans. The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking. The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target
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The turbocharger is the latest item under the hood to be electrified. Turbo supplier Garrett Motion has developed a system using a high-powered electric motor inside the turbo that delivers near instant response when a driver floors the accelerator pedal. The E-Turbo, as Garrett calls it, doubles as a generator that puts electricity into the
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DETROIT — With plans to reshape its vehicle lineup, cut its work force, shut down several plants and invest heavily in electric-vehicle production, General Motors is transforming its business model for the future, CFO Dhivya Suryadevara said. That transformation includes cultural shifts within the company. “We will be taking deliberate, tough decisions that we need
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DETROIT — The industry’s push into electrification is bringing innovations out of some of its key suppliers in the growing field of battery technology. New solutions are emerging in battery safety, performance and thermal management. In some cases, suppliers are reaching beyond their traditional expertise to carve out roles in the realm of battery components.
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Southeastern states have been a key region for the auto industry for decades now, with one notable exception: Florida. The Sunshine State is a leading center for vehicle retailing, finance and shipping. But it is perceived as too far from the country’s geographical center to be a logical location for manufacturers. But state leaders are
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Tesla has been given the green light to start manufacturing its cars in China. The electric carmaker, which is run by billionaire Elon Musk, is building a $2bn (£1.5bn) factory in the eastern city of Shanghai. Tesla plans to build at least 1,000 of its Model 3s each week in the Chinese factory, which could
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People don’t want to feel like they’re being stalked. We’ve all been surfing the web at one point in the day, only to have tailored advertisements appear to us later on. It can be a bit unsettling. On the other hand, most people in an Amazon-shopping world want their buying experience to be as convenient
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Most companies in the automotive industry are working to develop some element of autonomous driving or support for such a capability. However, we have a bit of a conundrum about our migration to an autonomous future. At this point it is fair to say that we are investing billions of dollars in myriad solutions that
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Auto lenders using standard vehicle identification data could be misvaluing their used-vehicle portfolios by as much as $35 million, J.D. Power says. Enhanced VIN data, which auto manufacturers are increasingly sharing with third-party valuation services, could not only rectify that gap for lenders, but also create powerful profit ripples across the auto retail industry. Enhanced
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DETROIT — Damage from the UAW’s nearly monthlong strike against General Motors goes far beyond the plants that have been surrounded by picket lines, and recovery after it ends could take significant time for the dealerships, suppliers and other employers that depend on GM. Some small businesses have warned they’re in danger of failing from
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There is a great deal of talk these days about electric cars and gasoline cars, including questions about range and ease of refueling. There are skeptics as always about how the real world will be able to handle recharging challenges as the push for electric vehicles increases daily. But there is a very small blip
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Japanese carmaker Nissan has warned that a no-deal Brexit would make its European business model unsustainable. The firm’s chairman, Gianluca de Ficchy, said if a 10% export tariff was introduced after the UK left the EU it would put its operations “in jeopardy”. This would be case if the UK moved to World Trade Organization
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TOKYO — Carlos Ghosn, still barred from leaving Japan as he awaits trial on financial misconduct charges, spends his days convening not only with lawyers but also his personal trainer. It is no coincidence the indicted former Nissan chairman is working out, walking and bicycling to regain weight he lost during his 129 days of
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A gas station in Maryland has become the first in the country to replace its pumps with electric vehicle chargers. The owner, Depeswar Doley, made the change with the help of a $786,000 grant from the Electric Vehicle Institute and Maryland Energy Administration. The 200-kilowatt system has four chargers capable of getting vehicles to an
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DETROIT — The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel had a high bar to reach to contend with the fuel economy ratings of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s diesel model. Ram’s pickup has nearly matched the Chevy, falling just short in some aspects, but the small gaps likely aren’t enough to swing the sales race in the diesel
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High-voltage components can make collisions involving electric vehicles particularly dangerous, not just for the victims, but also for first responders. Some suppliers and automakers are looking to make EVs less likely to cause injuries. And they’re using what might seem like an unlikely tool — tiny explosions. German supplier giant Bosch says microchips it developed
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DETROIT — It’s Truck Month at Chevrolet dealerships, yet General Motors isn’t able to build any trucks. The last GM pickup plant in North America that was still running during the UAW’s strike had to shut down last week because of parts shortages, raising worries that some dealerships soon will start running low on the
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NISSHIN, Japan — Toyota’s e-Palette, which takes to Tokyo’s streets next year for the Summer Olympics, might perfectly epitomize a faceless future of boring pod vehicles. The nondescript monolithic boxcar can carry everything from people to cargo. But Toyota’s global design chief, Simon Humphries, says the advent of vehicles such as the e-Palette will actually
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Ferrari is in the midst of a product offensive that includes serious high- performance supercars. In 2019 alone, Ferrari has unveiled the F8 Tributo coupe and convertible, the 812 GTS and the SF90 Stradale, the most powerful road Ferrari to date, with 986 hp. But the most anticipated Ferrari product isn’t its supercar — it’s
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The Lamborghini Urus is taking the Italian exotic brand to new sales heights, but the brand hasn’t abandoned its supercars. As evidence, Lamborghini showed the Sian FKP 37 at the Frankfurt auto show in September. The small-batch supercar with advanced mild-hybrid technology represents the first step in Lamborghini’s route to electrification. The automaker intends to
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Volkswagen of America’s hiring of longtime luxury executive Johan de Nysschen as the brand’s new North American COO is part of a broader reorganization of the brand’s operations on the continent, and part of the ongoing effort to rebuild its tarnished image. Volkswagen didn’t have a COO in North America before de Nysschen, 59, was
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