Nissan to sell cheaper quick charger for EV batteries

Nissan's new quick charger isn't faster, but it is cheaper and smaller (Photo: Nissan)

Nissan plans to start selling a new lower cost quick charger for electric-vehicles starting in November. The new charger will need about 30 minutes to recharge the battery of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle to 80 percent capacity. That is similar to the existing chargers. But the Japanese carmaker said the new device, which initially […]

Onstar opens 2nd call center in China

An adviser takes a call in OnStar's first Shanghai call center (Photo: GM)

Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co., Ltd., opened a second call center in China, citing increased demand in the world’s fastest growing major car market. The telematics unit of General Motors said the new call center in Xiamen has 200 advisers. It can expand to add 750 more staff as demand increases. Shanghai OnStar, a joint venture […]

German IT departments struggle with iPad use

iPad sales are expected to grow by 650% in the next two years (Photo:Apple)

German corporate IT departments are struggling with increasing demands that they allow iPads and iPhones for company business. A study conducted by analysts at Experton on behalf of IT services company Computacenter, found that the use of Apple’s iPhones and iPads within companies  is growing 38 pc and 42 pc, respectively, this year. But they […]

Deutsche Telekom ready for eCall

eCall emergency calls need to reach call centers without delay (Photo: EU, ADAC)

Deutsche Telekom is ready for eCall, executives of the German telecommunications group say. ECall, an automatic in-car emergency calling system, is likely to become mandatory on new cars in Europe by 2015. The EU Commission has stepped up pressure on the EU’s 27 member states to take the necessary measures to implement the required technology. […]

Parrot joins GENIVI

Paris-based Parrot provides automakers with a range of connectivity solutions (Photo: Parrot)

Parrot is joining the GENIVI alliance as the global industry association steps up its efforts to establish an open-source development platform for in-vehicle infotainment. Parrot, a provider of multimedia solutions for the car industry, will, in particular, contribute to the alliance with its expertise in Bluetooth, wireless LAN technology, mobile telephony and mobile access in […]

IAA 2011: TomTom, Renault launch in-dash EV navigation


TomTom and Renault unveiled an in-dash navigation system specifically designed for electric vehicles. The Carminat TomTom Z.E. LIVE will be fitted on Renault’s Fluence Z.E electric vehicle. The two companies, which showed the system at the Frankfurt auto show (IAA) this week, said the navigation system receives battery information that lets it display the available […]

Kroes to industry, member states: eCall is coming, so get to work!

EU Commissioner Kroes says eCall is a high priority (Photo: EU Commission)

The European Commission is stepping up the pressure on member countries to introduce eCall, an in-car emergency calling system that it wants to make mandatory by 2015. Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner in charge of the 27-nation bloc’s digital agenda said she has recommended to the countries that they tell their mobile operators to put the […]

BMW looking for IT experts

The i3 is the first of a new generation of BMW electric vehicles (Photo: BMW)

BMW said it is recruiting people to fill 3,500 jobs this year, more than half of them in Germany. The German premium car maker said it is in particular looking for IT skills as it plans to expand its offering of electric vehicles and further develops its connected car vision. BMW Human Resources Chief Harald […]

Daimler’s Zetsche to give keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, Daimler CEO Zetsche will talk about automotive innovation and the digital realm (Photo: Daimler)

Dieter Zetsche will be a keynote speaker at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The Daimler and Mercedes-Benz CEO will follow in the footsteps of Audi CEO Rupert Stadler and Ford Chief Alan Mulally, who were both keynote speakers at the electronics fair last year. Within the automotive community, interest is growing […]

IAA 2011: Mazda CX-5 video preview

The new Mazda CX-5 (Photo: Mazda)

Mazda will unveil a new CX-5 compact crossover it says will be the first of a new generation of vehicles from the Japanese carmaker.   At next week’s Frankfurt auto show (IAA), Mazda will show a CX-5 with a new chassis, body, engine and transmission built around the company’s new “Skyactiv” technology. Mazda is targeting […]