Icons of Italian Automotive Style Struggle to Go Electric

Ferrari and Lamborghini are trying to design battery-powered cars that inspire the same devotion as their costly internal combustion models.

#automobiles, #automobili-lamborghini-spa, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ferrari-spa, #italy, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag

The Unapologetic Heirs of Nazi Fortunes

In a country that is celebrated for its culture of reckoning and remembrance, the richest families are often an exception.

#automobiles, #daimler-benz-ag, #forced-labor, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #mercedes-benz, #names-organizational, #nuremberg-war-crimes-tribunal-1945-49, #philanthropy, #piech-automotive, #volkswagen-ag, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

China’s Covid Lockdowns Set to Further Disrupt Global Supply Chains

A surge in Omicron variant infections has prompted Chinese authorities to lock down residents, close factories and stop truck traffic, snarling already frayed supply chains.

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Porsche Taycan and Audi e-Tron GT: An Electric Family Tree

The two cars share some corporate technology but stand out in different ways. Another trait they share? Price tags mostly in six figures.

#audi-division-of-volkswagen-ag, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #porsche-ag, #volkswagen-ag

How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Reshape Trade, Starting With Cars

The war in Ukraine has highlighted the risks of doing business with authoritarian countries — not just Russia, but also China.

#automobiles, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mercedes-benz, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #supply-chain, #volkswagen-ag

Russia Ties May Hurt Thousands of European Companies

European companies that have operations in Russia are preparing for collateral damage as Western sanctions aim to penalize Russia’s economy.

#avtovaz, #deutsche-bank-ag, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #enel-spa, #europe, #france, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #italy, #mercedes-benz, #renault-sa, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #siemens-ag, #ukraine, #volkswagen-ag

Ship Carrying 1,100 Porsches and Other Luxury Cars Is Burning and Adrift

A fire broke out Wednesday morning in the cargo hold of the ship, which departed from Emden, Germany, on Feb. 10 and was due to arrive in Davisville, R.I., on Wednesday.

#automobiles, #azores-islands, #boxster-spyder-6-speed, #porsche-ag, #portugal, #rescues, #ships-and-shipping, #volkswagen-ag

Why This Could Be a Critical Year for Electric Cars

Booming in a depressed market, battery-powered vehicles are a plus for the climate but pose a big threat to carmakers and parts suppliers that are slow to change.

#automobiles, #batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #casesa-john-a, #center-for-automotive-research, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #keogh-scott, #lithium-metal, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #porsche-ag, #southern-states-us, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states, #volkswagen-ag

Sales of Electric Vehicles Surpass Diesel in Europe, a First

The popularity of battery-powered cars is soaring while the overall auto market stagnates, a worldwide trend.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag

Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers Struggled to Make Cars

The yawning disparity between the performance of the electric car company and established automakers last year reflects the technological change roiling the industry.

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Volkswagen C.E.O. Herbert Diess Sets Sights on Beating Tesla

Herbert Diess, the chief executive, seeks to cast VW as a dynamic, modern company, but his style risks the ire of its powerful works council.

#automobiles, #content-type-personal-profile, #diess-herbert, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag, #wolfsburg-germany

How Leather Seats in Luxury SUVs Fuel Amazon Deforestation

An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-river-basin, #automobiles, #beef, #brazil, #cattle, #ford-motor-co, #forests-and-forestry, #general-motors, #global-warming, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jbs-sa, #land-use-policies, #leather-and-leather-goods, #marfrig-group, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #ranches, #volkswagen-ag

Collectors Who Caught the Bug

Volkswagen’s original Beetle, cute and petite, still thrills aficionados.

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The IAA Mobility Show Tries to Reimagine the Auto Show

Europe’s first big auto industry event in two years is an attempt to reverse declines in attendance and adapt to new technology.

#argo-ai, #automobiles, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #diess-herbert, #europe, #frankfurt-auto-show, #germany, #mercedes-benz, #munich-germany, #polestar-performance-ab, #salesky-bryan, #volkswagen-ag

Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge on Having Enough Chargers

The United States has about 100,000 public chargers, far fewer than Europe and China. It needs 10 times as many, auto experts say, to complete the switch from combustion engine vehicles.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #automobiles, #batteries, #chargepoint-inc, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #electrify-america-llc, #evbox-bv, #evgo-services-llc, #infrastructure-public-works, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #private-equity, #special-purpose-acquisition-companies-spac, #stocks-and-bonds, #tesla-motors-inc, #tpg-capital, #venture-capital, #volkswagen-ag, #volta-industries-inc

How Biden’s E.V. Plan Could Help Tesla and Squeeze Toyota

A push to increase sales of electric vehicles favors companies that already have all-electric cars on the market and could penalize those that don’t.

#automobiles, #batteries, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #global-warming, #lucid-motors-inc, #stellantis-nv, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volkswagen-ag

Volvo, Daimler, Traton invest $593 million to build electric truck charging network

Volvo Group, Daimler Truck and Volkswagon’s AG heavy-truck business the Traton Group announced on Monday a non-binding agreement to build a network of high-performance public charging stations for electric heavy-duty long-haul trucks and buses around Europe. The news was first reported by Reuters.

The three major European automakers will invest €500 million (~$593 million USD) to install and operate 1,700 charging points in strategic locations and close to highways. They intend to finalize the agreement by the end of this year and start operations next year, with the hopes of increasing the number of charge points significantly as the companies seek additional partners for the future joint venture.

The venture is meant to be a catalyst to prepare for the European Union’s goals of carbon-neutral freight transportation by 2050. One of the main deterrents for both individuals and freight companies for switching to EVs has historically been a lack of charging infrastructure. By building that infrastructure, Volvo, Daimler and Traton can also expect to boost their own sales of electric trucks and buses.

“It is the joint aim of Europe’s truck manufacturers to achieve climate neutrality by 2050,” Martin Daum, CEO Daimler Truck, said in a statement.  “However, it is vital that building up the right infrastructure goes hand in hand with putting CO2-neutral trucks on the road. Together with Volvo Group and the TRATON GROUP, we are therefore very excited to take this pioneering step to establish a high-performance charging network across Europe.”

The partnership between Volvo and Daimler isn’t unprecedented. In May, the two competitors teamed up to produce hydrogen fuel cells for long-haul trucks to lower development costs and boost production volumes. This latest venture is another signal that major companies are banding together to solve climate-related issues in the industry.

European car industry association ACEA has called for up to 50,000 high-performance charging points by 2030. Traton CEO Matthias Gruendler told Reuters that roughly 10 billion euros would be needed to build out Europe’s infrastructure to be fully electrified by 2050.

According to a statement released by Volvo, this venture is also a call to action for others with a stake in the industry, like automakers or governments, to work together to ensure the rapid expansion needed to reach climate goals.

The charging stations will be brand-agnostic, and battery electric vehicle fleet operators will be able to use both the fast charging during the European 45 minute mandatory rest period for long-distance transport and also charge overnight.

The joint venture will operate under its own corporate identity out of Amsterdam. Volvo, Daimler and Traton will own equal shares in the venture but will continue to compete in all other areas.

 

#automotive, #charging-network, #daimler-trucks, #electric-buses, #electric-trucks, #electric-vehicles, #transportation, #traton-group, #volkswagen-ag, #volvo-group

E.V. Buying Guide: What to Know About Models, Batteries, Charging and More

Buying an electric car can be exciting and bewildering. Consider what kind of car you want and need and where you will charge.

#automobiles, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #content-type-service, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lucid-holdings-llc, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #nissan-motor-co, #personal-finances, #rivian-automotive-llc, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #volkswagen-ag

Three Electric S.U.V.s With Tesla in Their Sights

Test-driving Volkswagen’s ID.4, Ford’s Mustang Mach-E and Volvo’s XC40 Recharge: The green turf where Tesla has dominated for so long is poised to grow crowded.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag, #volvo-car-corp

Hot Hatchbacks: Party in the Front, Business in the Back

The “hot hatch” concept — sporty but practical, with plenty of horsepower — is being swallowed by (what else?) S.U.V.s.

#automobiles, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #honda-motor-co-ltd, #mazda-motor-corp, #mercedes-benz, #small-cars-compact-subcompact-and-microcars, #toyota-motor-corp, #volkswagen-ag

2 Korean Battery Makers Settle Dispute That Threatened Biden’s Green Agenda

The settlement between LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation ensures that a battery plant in Georgia will go forward without hampering electric vehicle production.

#batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #georgia, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kemp-brian-p, #labor-and-jobs, #ossoff-jon, #tai-katherine-1974, #united-states-international-trade-commission, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volkswagen-ag

Biden’s Push for Electric Cars: $174 Billion, 10 Years and a Bit of Luck

The president is hoping to make electric vehicles more affordable to turn a niche product into one with mass appeal.

#automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #farley-james-d, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #infrastructure-public-works, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-automobile-workers, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #volkswagen-ag

How Volkswagen’s Sins Fueled Its Redemption

In the aftermath of a diesel scandal five years ago, executives made a commitment to electric vehicles that now is paying off.

#automobiles, #chattanooga-tenn, #diess-herbert, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #saxony-germany, #volkswagen-ag, #wolfsburg-germany

Volkswagen Aims to Use Its Size to Head Off Tesla

The German carmaker outlined ambitious goals to build battery factories as it ties its fate to electric cars.

#bp-plc, #diess-herbert, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #germany, #tesla-motors-inc, #ubs-ag, #volkswagen-ag

How To Buy an Electric Car

Even before G.M. announced it would work toward eliminating emissions from its vehicles, more automakers were putting E. V.s in their showrooms. Here’s a roundup.

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The Auto Industry Bets Its Future on Batteries

Carmakers, government agencies and investors are pouring money into battery research in a global race to profit from emission-free electric cars.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #innovation, #lithium-metal, #start-ups, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states, #volkswagen-ag

G.M. Announcement Shakes Up U.S. Automakers’ Transition to Electric Cars

Every carmaker is trying to figure out how to make the leap before governments force it and Tesla and other start-ups lure away drivers.

#automobiles, #barra-mary-t, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #dingell-deborah, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environmental-protection-agency, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #tesla-motors-inc, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volkswagen-ag

Tesla Might Finally Have Some Competition. From Ford.

Traditional automakers have struggled to sell electric cars. That could change as Ford, Volkswagen and others introduce new models.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #rivian-automotive-llc, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #volkswagen-ag

Lack of Tiny Parts Disrupts Auto Factories Worldwide

Carmakers can’t buy the semiconductors they need because home electronics are taking all the supply.

#austria, #automobiles, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #bosch-robert-gmbh, #china, #computer-chips, #continental-ag, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #honda-motor-co-ltd, #mexico, #nxp-semiconductors-nv, #playstation-video-game-system, #renesas-electronics-corp, #semiconductor-manufacturing-international-corporation, #shortages, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #volkswagen-ag

German Automakers Are Charged Up and Ready to Take on Tesla

As Tesla completes a factory in Berlin, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are introducing electric cars in bids to defend their dominance of the luxury market.

#audi-division-of-volkswagen-ag, #batteries, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #berlin-germany, #daimler-ag, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #renault-sa, #springer-axel-verlag-ag, #tesla-motors-inc, #tuscaloosa-ala, #volkswagen-ag

How VW’s Diesel Settlement Is Changing Fleets, From Schools to Seaports

A scandal led to a $2.9 billion trust fund for states to put cleaner vehicles on their roads. A lot of the money has gone to more diesel vehicles.

#air-pollution, #automobiles, #buses, #diesel-power, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trucks-and-trucking, #volkswagen-ag

Prosecutors Target Ex-Audi Chief in First VW Emissions Trial

Rupert Stadler is accused of continuing to sell cars with illegal software even after Volkswagen’s cheating scandal came to light.

#audi-division-of-volkswagen-ag, #automobiles, #diesel-power, #engines, #frauds-and-swindling, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #hatz-wolfgang, #liang-james, #pamio-zaccheo-giovanni, #schmidt-oliver, #stadler-rupert-1963, #volkswagen-ag, #winterkorn-martin

The Age of Electric Cars Is Dawning Ahead of Schedule

Battery prices are dropping faster than expected. Analysts are moving up projections of when an electric vehicle won’t need government incentives to be cheaper than a gasoline model.

#automobiles, #baden-wurttemberg-germany, #batteries, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #carnegie-mellon-university, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-department, #environmental-protection-agency, #european-union, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-henry, #frankfurt-germany, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hyundai-motor-co, #karlsruhe-institute-of-technology, #kelley-blue-book-co, #lucid-motors-inc, #musk-elon, #renault-sa, #sweden, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag, #wood-mackenzie-ltd

Daimler to Settle U.S. Emissions Charges for $2.2 Billion

The agreement is a small fraction of the sum that Volkswagen paid after admitting to emissions cheating in 2015.

#automobiles, #daimler-ag, #fines-penalties, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #germany, #mercedes-benz, #stuttgart-germany, #volkswagen-ag

In Electric Car Market, It’s Tesla and a Jumbled Field of Also-Rans

Most traditional carmakers are struggling to produce and market electric vehicles even as Tesla sells hundreds of thousands of its luxury models.

#ab-volvo, #audi-division-of-volkswagen-ag, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #innovation, #musk-elon, #polestar, #rivian-automotive-llc, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag, #zhejiang-geely-holding-group

My Other Car is a…Mercedes Camper Van?

The bustling R.V. business gets a jolt from a ritzy new Mercedes-Benz rig.

#camps-and-camping, #mercedes-benz, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restoration-and-renovation, #vans, #volkswagen-ag

U.S. Ruling Could Mean a Flood of New Claims Against Volkswagen

Judges on Monday cleared the way for counties to pursue the automaker, which has already paid more than $20 billion in federal penalties for cheating on pollution tests, under local laws.

#audi-division-of-volkswagen-ag, #environment, #frauds-and-swindling, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #volkswagen-ag

‘Horrified’ and ‘Ashamed’: Volkswagen Apologizes for Ad

The German car company withdrew an online ad that attracted criticism for its racist images.

#automobiles, #discrimination, #online-advertising, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media, #volkswagen-ag

Volkswagen Settles Emissions Charges Against Two Managers

The German carmaker will pay a relatively modest fine to resolve criminal cases involving the chairman and chief executive. They were accused of not warning shareholders about a looming scandal.

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European Car Sales Fall the Most in Decades, Signaling Slump

Some automakers plan to restart factories on Monday, but are likely to face a dearth of buyers.

#bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #china, #citroen, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daimler-ag, #europe, #european-automobile-manufacturersassn, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fiat-chrysler-automobiles-nv, #hyundai-motor-co, #mercedes-benz, #quarantines, #volkswagen-ag