BMW, Siemens, Munich to develop fast-charging infrastructure

The Drive eCharged partners are using electric Minis to test the new charging technology (Photo: Mini)

Premium carmaker BMW has teamed up with power-technology group Siemens and the city of Munich to jointly develop a system to recharge electric vehicles in a much shorter time than is possible today. The system, which will allow the use of the same charging socket with both direct current or alternating current, should become an […]

Peugeot, Deutsche Bahn look into car-sharing

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Peugeot and Germany’s national railway system, Deutsche Bahn, have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop a car-sharing program in the country.  Peugeot is keen to expand its “Mu by Peugeot” car-sharing initiative and the two companies will assess the feasibility of providing cars at around 100 German rail stations. Deutsche Bahn already operates […]

Mitsubishi starts i-MiEV deliveries to Estonian govt

Estonia has placed the biggest order to date for Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric vehicle (Photo: Mitsubishi)

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has started deliveries of a large order of its i-MiEV electric vehicles to the Estonian government. Estonia has ordered 507 i-MiEVs in the Japanese carmaker’s single largest order to date for the electric car. The first vehicles were delivered to Estonia last week. All deliveries will be concluded by the end of […]

Toyota, SNAM in sustainable battery recycling pact

Some 370,000 European hybrid Toyota and Lexus models are equipped with NiMH batteries

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has signed a three-year framework agreement with France’s Societe Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux (SNAM) for the European-wide take back and sustainable recycling of high-voltage industrial nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. Toyota has sold around 370,000 Toyota and Lexus hybrids equipped with NiMH batteries and these will start reaching the end of their […]

Cadillac unveils improved in-vehicle infotainment

Cadillac's CUE infotainment system will have more power and fewer buttons (Photo: Cadillac)

Cadillac unveiled a new in-car infotainment system that offers fewer buttons and a number innovations aimed at making functions easier to use. The luxury-car brand of General Motors will offer its CUE system on the XTS, ATS and SRX models from next year. CUE will have 3D navigation and will be able to communicate with […]

CIO Straub to leave Audi – sources

Audi CIO Klaus Straub is rumored to be joining another automaker (Photo: Audi)

Klaus Straub, recently named CIO of the decade by CIO magazine, is leaving Audi, company sources say. Straub, 47, is leaving the premium car division of Volkswagen Group of his own accord. Sources say he plans to join another, unnamed automaker. The Audi CIO succeeded Klaus Hardy Muehleck when the latter moved to Volkswagen to […]

Point of view: Get IT experts more involved in car development

Hilmar Dunker is editor-in-chief of automotiveIT magazine

Last month’s carIT Congress in Frankfurt made clear once again the IT tasks ahead for the auto industry. Speakers from BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen reviewed some of the innovations that will feature in the next generation of vehicles. Those novelties include access to the Cloud, car-to-car communications and a range of other new […]

Chevrolet to build all-electric Spark

GM will launch the all-electric Chevrolet Spark in 2013 (Photo: GM)

General Motors will build an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark minicar for launch in 2013. The US carmaker confirmed earlier news reports that it would be building a full electric model in addition to the Chevrolet Volt, which has an electric motor coupled with a range-extending gasoline engine. “The Spark EV offers customers living […]

Germany prepares for big car-to-x communication test

Live car-to-X tests will be conducted in and around Frankfurt (Photo: SimTD)

Germany is getting ready for a large field test of car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication. SimTD, which is the German acronym for Safe Intelligent Mobility – Test Area Germany, this week presented a  system that will be tested with a fleet of 120 vehicles on German roads in and around Frankfurt from the spring of 2012. […]

Leviton charging stations for Ford’s Focus Electric on sale in US

Ford's home battery charger for the Focus Electric will cost $1,499 (Photo: Ford)

Ford said specially designed home battery chargers for the Ford Focus Electric are now available at Ford dealers and at retailer Best Buy in the US. The rollout comes around six months before Ford plans to start major deliveries of the its first full electric passenger car model. The chargers, built by electrical device maker […]