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JCI Wants to Divorce Partner

JCI Wants to Divorce Partner

Johnson Controls Inc., a leading vendor in electric car technology, is suing to break up its joint venture with Saft, a French battery maker. “Johnson Controls and Saft have a fundamental disagreement about the future direction and appropriate scope of the joint...
After Slow Start, GM Ramping Up Volt Production

After Slow Start, GM Ramping Up Volt Production

Despite all the breathless headlines and accolades, sales of a new generation of battery cars have gotten off to a slow start – in part due to the consciously slow ramp-up of production by makers like General Motors and Nissan. But more of the vehicles will be rolling...
Ford May Use Sync to Monitor Motorists’ Health

Ford May Use Sync to Monitor Motorists’ Health

Ford Motor Co. is looking at ways to expand the services available through SYNC, its in-car information and communications system, possibly using the onboard technology to deliver up-to-date medical information to the driver or passengers – even monitoring the health...
Buyers Flock to Gas Station Offering $1.10 a Gallon

Buyers Flock to Gas Station Offering $1.10 a Gallon

With fuel prices surging to near-record levels, it’s understandable buyers look for any bargain they can find, especially in California, where motorists typically pay more than almost anywhere else in the country. A number of smartphone apps and Internet services have...
Obama Admin. Wants Battery Car Rebates

Obama Admin. Wants Battery Car Rebates

Despite near-record fuel prices, Americans have yet to make a significant switch from gasoline to electric propulsion, whether in the form of conventional hybrids or battery-electric vehicles. So far this year, in fact, advanced electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf...
USDOT to Host Driver Clinics for Connected Vehicles

USDOT to Host Driver Clinics for Connected Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host six clinics across the country to introduce drivers to vehicle-to-vehicle communications aimed at reducing traffic accidents and saving lives. The first clinic will be at Michigan International Speedway in August. MIS...
GM Claiming Lead in Innovation

GM Claiming Lead in Innovation

The Patent Board has ranked General Motors as the top innovator of 182 companies in its quarterly automotive and transportation industry scorecard. The Board analyzes intellectual property performance across 17 industries and determines the leader in each sector based...
Americans Back 60 MPG Goal

Americans Back 60 MPG Goal

Despite strong opposition from the industry, Americans weary of watching gas prices soar now want a near doubling of automotive fuel economy standards. Nearly two-thirds of those polled by Opinion Research Group favored raising the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or...