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C40 Recharge

Volvo Makes Strong Electric Play With C40, XC60 Recharge BEVs

March 30, 2022 | Gary Witzenburg

A half-dozen of Volvo’s 60- and 90-Series plug-in hybrid models with improved powertrains and larger batteries for significantly longer EV range will be available mid-2022. Read More >>

Meritor Plant Assembly

Meritor Deal Raises Cummins’ Electrification Profile

March 23, 2022 | Joseph Szczesny

The acquisition will give Columbus, IN-based Cummins control of Meritor’s drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicles and industrial applications. Read More >>

Nissan Assembly Line

Nissan to Build Two All-New BEVs at Mississippi Plant

February 18, 2022 | Joseph Szczesny

The Canton plant employs approximately 5,000 people and has built nearly 5 million vehicles since opening in 2003. It currently builds four models: the Altima midsize sedan and Frontier, Titan and Titan XD pickups. Read More >>

Taycan BEV

Analyst Sees Continued Momentum for Vehicle Electrification

February 14, 2022 | Roger Schreffler

Global sales of electrified vehicles more than doubled to 6.6 million units in 2021, up from 3.2 million in 2020. EVs accounted for 10% of new-car sales in the third quarter, with Europe’s share reaching 17%. Read More >>

Alfa Romeo '23 Tonale

First-Ever Electrified Alfa Romeo Arrives in ’23 Tonale

February 8, 2022 | Bob Gritzinger

From a PHEV powertrain to NFT tracking, the ’23 Tonale starts Alfa Romeo’s headlong plunge into a high-tech future that goes all-electric in 2027. Read More >>

Ford Mustang Mach-E

America’s BEV Charging Network a Long Way From Prime Time

January, 7, 2022 | Mark Rechtin

Joe Biden envisions an electrified utopia. But it’s going to take more than installing 500,000 charging outlets to make BEVs successful. Read More >>

VW EV Efforts

VW Invests $20 Million in Car Dealers’ EV Efforts

December 22, 2021 | Steve Finlay

VW is turning to dealers to bring “their communities into electric vehicles,” says Scott Keogh, who heads Volkswagen Group of America. Read More >>
Ford BEV Charging

Ford Banks on Revenue from Commercial BEV Charging

December 17, 2021 | Joseph Szczesny

Ford Pro Charging is the automaker’s new arm tasked with helping convert commercial customers to all-electric trucks. Ford expects to capture over $1 billion of revenue from the charging business by 2030. Read More >>
Suppliers Realign Capacity for BEVs

Suppliers Need to Realign Capacity for BEVS, Ford Says

December 14, 2021 | Sebastian Blanco

“Many suppliers can actually use their existing capabilities and know-how to operate in the BEV space,” says Ford’s Frank Abkenar. ZF is in the middle of making just this change, says Michael Ebenhoch, who heads electrified powertrain tech for the supplier. Read More >>
Volkswagen Ups EV Tech Spend

Volkswagen Group Ups EV Tech Spending to $100 Billion

December 13, 2021 | Greg Kable

The Volkswagen Group says it will reduce spending on hybridization and internal-combustion-engine development and concentrate on stepping on development and production of BEVs. Read More >>
Alfa Romeo All-Electric

Alfa Gets Amped, Readies to Go All-Electric

December 13, 2021 | Steve Finlay

Larry Dominique, head of Alfa Romeo in North America, says he tells dealers, “Let’s take this great, historic brand and allow it to shine.” In a WardsAuto Q&A, he talks about how to do that Read More >>
Charge Enterprises Alliance with Smart Charge America

Charge Enterprises Forms Alliance With Smart Charge America

December 8, 2021 | Gary Witzenburg

The new partnership aims to be a dominant player in nationwide EV charging infrastructure development. “Something like 53% of private vehicles are not garaged,” former auto executive Mark LaNeve says in citing challenges ahead. Read More >>
Stellantis Supply Deal for Lithium for BEvs

Stellantis Signs Supply Deal for ‘Green’ Lithium for BEVs

December 7, 2021 | Paul Myles

Vulcan Energy Resources’ Zero Carbon Lithium Project in Germany’s Upper Rhine Valley uses geothermal energy to product battery-quality lithium hydroxide from brine without the use of fossil fuels and minimal water usage. Read More >>
Toyota BEV

Toyota’s Chief Scientist: Avoid ‘Mono-Culture’ of EVs

December 7, 2021 | Steve Finlay

Toyota has been criticized for moving too slowly toward battery-electric vehicles. In an interview, Toyota’s Gill Pratt defends the automaer’s approach and explains why it will have a bigger environmental impact. Read More >>
Toyota Prius Prime

BEVs Not Only Weapon in Toyota’s Climate Change Arsenal

November 18, 2021 | Paul Myles

Toyota believes ICE-augmented hybrid and PHEV powertrains can plot a much quicker path to reducing overall industry CO2 output for many users than a blind plunge into BEVs for all, says Gill Pratt, the automaker’s chief scientist. Read More >>

Ford BEvs

Shared Tech Helps Make Ford BEVs Price-Competitive

November 17, 2021 | Paul Myles

All three of Ford’s early-adopter models, the Mustang Mach-E, E-Transit and F-150  Lightning, share common powertrain features that allow the automaker to bring product to market at a price point well below rivals’ equivalent models. Read More >>

Volvo’s 2nd BEV, C40 Recharge, Launches in Belgium

October 14, 2021 | Paul Myles

The Ghent plant, one of Volvo’s largest, also produces the XC40 Recharge, the BEV version of its award-winning compact CUV. The automaker plans to produce up to 135,000 BEVs annually at the Belgian facility. Read More >>

Lexus Redesigns ’22 NX for Young, Diverse, Affluent Consumers

October 13, 2021 | Christian Wardlaw

Significant technology upgrades join design, dynamism and electrification in the all-new NX. Read More >>

Nissan Adds Safety Testing Lab to Technical Center

October 11, 2021 | Joseph Szczesny

The Safety Advancement Lab for vehicle safety testing will help the company reach its goal of zero fatalities, Nissan says. The lab also will be used to test the integrity of the battery packs used in electric vehicles. Read More >>

GM Eyes Higher Profits As Electrification Advances

October 7, 2021 | Joseph Szczesny

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra says GM’s plans call for doubling revenue by decade’s end by launching new products, software and services. Read More >>

GM Opening Lab for Next-Gen Battery Development

October 5, 2021 | Tom Murphy

GM says it currently lacks R&D capability for large battery cells up to 3.3 ft. wide and needs that expertise inhouse. Relative to batteries in its current Chevrolet Bolt BEV, GM is pushing to cut by at least 60% the cost of its second-generation Ultium batteries. Read More >>

Ford Investing in EV Training for Workers at New Plants

October 4, 2021 | Joseph Szczesny

Ford says it is setting up a pilot program in Texas, one of the largest markets for the company’s iconic pickup trucks, to train technicians to service battery-electric vehicles such the new F-150 Lightning. Read More >>

Wards 10 Best List Jolted By Electrification

September 24, 2021 | Tom Murphy

For the first time ever, four battery-electrics, a hydrogen-powered battery-electric fuel cell, two plug-in hybrids and a full hybrid make the list, along with two turbocharged internal-combustion engines. Read More >>

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