Panasonic to provide battery cells for Tesla’s Model S

Tesla will start sales of its new Model S next year (Photo: Tesla)

Japan’s Panasonic will provide lithium-ion battery cells for Tesla’s new premium electric sedan, the Model S. The Japanese electronics group said it would supply enough cells so Tesla can build more than 80,000 cars in the next four years. It also guaranteed that there would be enough cells for Tesla to build 6,000 Model S […]

Ford Europe study: Handheld in-car mobile phone use stays high

Ford visited 28 cities in 11 countries this summer to demonstrate new safety systems (Photo: Ford)

A poll conducted by Ford in major European markets found that drivers continue to use handheld mobile phones, despite increased legislation aimed at curbing driver distraction. The survey of more than 4,300 drivers in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Britain also showed that many European car drivers eat, drink, apply make-up, send text messages or […]

SAP Automotive Symposium – Mainz


SAP will host its Automotive Symposium in Mainz, Germany, Nov 16 and 17. The business software maker has drafted a program that focuses on how to speed up development and operations, improve intra-company cooperation, and streamline supply chain management. In addition, the two-day conference will look at the new opportunities that come from the growing […]

Los Angeles Auto Show

The LA Auto Show organizers expect more than 50 global and North American product debuts

The Los Angeles Auto Show will open its doors Nov. 18 amid continued optimism that the car industry is heading for continued global growth in coming years. “The automotive industry is gaining momentum,” said Andy Fuzesi, general manager of the LA show.  He said in a press release that he wants the event to be […]

Renault, Nissan, PSA and Mitsubishi develop joint battery recharging standard

Carmakers would like to standardize battery recharging stations for electric vehicles (Photo: Schneider Electric)

Four major carmakers have decided to coordinate development of a technical standard for the recharging of electric-vehicle batteries in Europe. The group, which consists of Renault and its alliance partner Nissan, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi Motors, will develop a technical reference based on the “EV Ready” standard originally developed by Renault and Schneider Electric, a French […]

Hofmann to become new VW CIO; Brunken, Schulte will be deputies

Martin Hofmann will take over from Klaus Hardy Muehleck Dec. 1 (Photo: VW)

Martin Hofmann will take over from Klaus Hardy Muehleck as CIO of Volkswagen Group Dec. 1. As reported earlier, Hofmann will have two deputies: Ralf Brunken, who currently is the CIO of supplier Continental’s automotive operations, and Uwe Schulte, who is in charge of integration and services within VW’s IT organization. Brunken will become responsible […]

With RelayRides, GM joins the car sharers

GM is using the RelayRides marketplace to make its first major foray into carsharing (Photo: GM)

General Motors is making its first major foray into car sharing through an agreement with RelayRides, a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace. The US-based automaker said the two companies would use GM’s OnStar onboard telematics system to let GM vehicle owners in the US rent out their cars when they are not using them. The program will […]

Nissan, GE collaborate to speed up EV adoption

Nissan will coordinate joint research from its technical center in Farmington Hills, Mich (Photo: Nissan)

Nissan and GE signed a two-year research collaboration pact to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles. The Japanese carmaker, whose Nissan LEAF is one of the first EVs to be available to customers worldwide, is teaming up with GE to more quickly roll out a refueling infrastructure for the new vehicles. Access to battery […]

Japan’s HI Corp joins Genivi

HI Corp aims to improve the automotive HMI with the help of 3D rendering technology (Photo: HI)

HI CORPORATION has joined the Genivi alliance, adding another HMI specialist to the development group. The Japanese maker of mobile 3D graphics is joining an expanding group of carmakers and IT solutions providers who – within Genivi – are developing an open-source in-vehicle infotainment reference platform. Such an architecture is seen as important for the […]

Enersys to build lithium-ion batteries in Germany

The Duracar Quicc! electric minicar uses lithium-ion batteries with cells from LTC (Photo: GAIA)

EnerSys has formalized a joint-venture agreement to produce large-format lithium-ion battery cells in Germany. The US based energy-solutions group said it will have a majority interest in a new joint venture it has formed with GAIA Akkumulatorenwerke GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC). The venture, which is scheduled to start operations […]