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Hydrogen-fuel cell technology has been touted as a best-of-both-worlds mobility solution, combining the short fill-up time and longer range of an internal-combustion engine with zero CO2 emissions.  But it’s been slow to catch on, and the cost of the components is a significant barrier. Plastic Omnium, which is pursuing a comprehensive fuel-cell strategy that it hopes
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Renault will convert its factory in Flins, France, into a facility for recycling, retrofitting and research by 2024, as the money-losing automaker moves to trim its global production by 20 percent. The automaker said Wednesday in a news release that it aims to employ 3,000 people at the revamped site by 2030, including staff from its nearby Choisy-le-Roi reconditioning
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Elon Musk briefed a European battery conference on Tesla’s efforts to bring longer-range electric cars to market in the coming years, though he broke little new ground with regard to timing or other specifics. The factory Tesla is building near Berlin will make cars tailored for European buyers, including smaller models that can park in
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Mercedes-Benz is ratcheting up the competition in the niche segment that is ultraluxury sedans. The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will begin sales in a “number” of markets this year. It will launch in Germany in the spring and in the United States in the middle of 2021. Pricing has not been disclosed. The Maybach S 580
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China’s SVolt Energy Technology plans to invest about 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in Germany to build its first factory in Europe as the battery maker seeks to benefit from surging electric-car demand in the region. The plant will have the capacity to make as much as 24 gigawatt-hours of batteries to power between 300,000
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TOKYO — Jeep boss Christian Meunier says his mission is to further globalize the iconic off-road company and transform its image into that of the “greenest SUV brand” in the world. The strategy will involve leveraging synergies with PSA Group and promoting Jeep’s upcoming range of electrified vehicles, partly through a new marketing campaign. Speaking
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Nissan has revealed the unveiling date for its delayed new-generation Qashqai compact SUV, the automaker’s best-selling model in Europe. Final preparations are well underway for the introduction of the third-generation Qashqai next spring, ahead of its sales launch later in 2021, Nissan said in a statement on Friday. The replacement for the current Qashqai, which
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SGL Carbon SE, the lightweight-materials maker backed by BMW, will book a writedown and cut 500 jobs as the slumping auto and aerospace sectors rely less on carbon fiber. Structural changes in some markets combined with COVID-19 mean SGL Carbon’s mid-term prospects are lagging behind expectations, the German company said in a statement Thursday. The
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FRANKFURT — German auto supplier and tire maker Continental named the head of its core automotive division, Nikolai Setzer, as its new CEO. Setzer, 49, will replace Elmar Degenhart, 61, who is stepping down on Nov. 30 for health reasons, the company said in a statement on Thursday. Setzer had been seen as Degenhart’s successor,
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MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot maker PSA have won a green light from Brazil’s competition watchdog for their planned $38 billion merger. Brazil’s CADE regulator said in a document on its website that it had approved the operation without restrictions. The two companies are set to win European Union’s approval for their merger,
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Bentley will drop internal combustion engines from its cars by 2030 and switch its entire model range to full-electric vehicles. The Volkswagen Group ultraluxury brand also confirmed it will add two plug-in hybrids next year and its first full-electric car in 2025. The full-electric car will be the first of a family of EVs, Bentley’s
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New-car sales in Italy declined 0.2 percent in October as gains from a government incentive program introduced in August slowed because of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. Suzuki, Honda, Skoda, Subaru and Fiat registered the strongest gains for the month. There were 156,978 vehicles registered in the month, according to data from Italy’s transport ministry,
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Honda has joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in pooling its fleet with Tesla’s to comply with Europe’s tougher emissions standards for passenger cars this year. Honda was newly added as of last week to a European Commission filing in which manufacturers declare their intent to join together in meeting greenhouse-gas emissions standards. Fiat Chrysler had already
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Every fourth or fifth Aston Martin sold in 2024 will be electrified, with a plug-in hybrid version of the DBX ultraluxury SUV arriving in 2023, CEO Tobias Moers said. The struggling British supercar maker can more rapidly electrify its lineup after securing access to advanced Mercedes-Benz technologies, including next-generation hybrid and electric powertrains. In exchange,
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MILAN — Fiat Chrysler expects the costs of launching full-electric and plug-in hybrid cars to negatively affect its money-losing European business even more in the fourth quarter than in the third quarter. That is because the industrial costs associated with the automaker’s electrification program will increase, FCA Chief Financial Officer Richard Palmer told analysts during
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Ford will replace the battery pack in the Kuga plug-in hybrid to fix a problem that caused a number of the compact SUVs to catch fire. “The root cause has been identified as a battery cell contamination issue in our supplier’s production process,” Ford said in a statement. “We have determined that the best course
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