French, US firms ally for electric car batteries
French industrial group Dassault and US joint venture Dow Kokam on Tuesday announced a preliminary agreement on a partnership to create batteries for electric and hybrid cars.
House passes funding for green vehicle research
(AP) -- Targeting more federal money to support the auto industry, the House on Wednesday approved an expansion of government-led research into making cars and trucks more fuel-efficient.
China tries to calm unease over rare earths curbs
(AP) -- A Chinese official tried to calm unease about curbs on exports of rare earths used in clean energy products and superconductors, saying Thursday that sales will continue but must be limited to reduce damage to China's ...
Germany wants a million electric cars by 2020
The German government unveiled plans Wednesday to get one million electric cars zipping around the country by 2020, offering sweeteners to jump-start national giants like BMW and Volkswagen into action.
Nissan's 'Leaf' to challenge Toyota's Prius (Update)
Nissan's upcoming all-electric car could outsell hybrids like Toyota's Prius even though it can't drive more than about 100 miles (160 kilometers) without stopping to recharge, a senior executive said.
Finnish firms announce electric car plans
Finnish engineering company Metso's unit Valmet Automotive and utility Fortum said Thursday they will jointly develop an electric concept car to be shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010.
Hybrid vehicle rebates produce scant environmental benefits, high cost: study
Despite major costs to taxpayers in the U.S. and Canada, government programs that offer rebates to hybrid vehicle buyers are failing to produce environmental benefits, a new UBC study says.
Nissan rolls out electric car at new headquarters
(AP) -- Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn drove quietly out of the Japanese automaker's soon-to-open headquarters Sunday in the first public viewing of its new zero-emission vehicle.
Volkswagen plans electric car in 2013: head
German auto maker Volkswagen hopes to turn out its first all-electric car in 2013, VW head Martin Winterkorn said Friday.
Japan may add noise to quiet hybrid cars for safety
Japan's near-silent hybrid cars have been called dangerous by the vision-impaired and some users, prompting a government review on whether to add a noise-making device, according to an official.
Daimler launches first German hybrid car
German luxury car maker Daimler launched its first hybrid model last week, almost 10 years after the market leader, Toyota.
Toyota plans fuel-cell car by 2015
Toyota Motor, the world's top automaker, plans to roll out a fuel-cell car by 2015 in its push to stay ahead in the global race for green autos, vice president Masatami Takimoto said.
Bringing the Biodiesel
For some people, "biodiesel" might seem like a novelty product for which only hybrid car-driving tree huggers wouldn't mind paying a premium.
Defying recession, Japan's green cars surge in popularity
Defying the worst recession in decades, green cars in Japan are gaining ground against conventional gas-guzzlers, offering automakers hope of re-energising a flagging domestic market.