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EV Battery Costs May Approach Tesla's Levels By 2020

GM says li-ion battery-pack costs could fall to $100/kWh by the end of the decade.


A proposed contract averts a strike between FCA US and the UAW at least temporarily. The details are not published yet, and workers still must vote on the offer.


Maserati is likely to halt production of the Ghibli and Quattroporte at its plant near Turin, Italy, for a week due to slow sales. Fortunately, there's a plan in place to fix the brand's faltering fortunes.


Some UAW members at FCA US could go on strike as soon as Wednesday night if a deal or contract extension isn't in place to avert it. Both sides are still negotiating, though.


Volkswagen will be forced to make painful cuts to cope with the impact of its diesel emissions scandal, ranging from cancellations and delays to budget cuts.


Extended-Range Plug-In Maker Plans Return To Action

Newly renamed automaker ready to bring in more people for its Southern California factory.


Ford and the UAW have reached a tentative deal at the Kansas City, MO, factory to keep production of the F-150 going there. Without the agreement, a strike would have started October 4.


Mitsubishi's UAW contract is reportedly making it very difficult to find a buyer for the automaker's factory in Normal, IL. Production of the Outlander Sport ends there in November.


Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant, which builds the F-150, is threatening to strike in the coming days if the UAW workers there don't get a new agreement with the Blue Oval soon.


Things are not looking good for the UAW's preliminary contract with Fiat Chrysler, as workers are projected to overwhelmingly reject the a deal.


Volvo is headed to South Carolina, where it will build a factory capable of producing 100,000 vehicles, including the world's supply of S60s.


Tesla Begins Powerwall Installations; Tesla Batteries Could Drop Below $100 Per kWh

Carsharing revenue is expected grow to $6.5B in 2024. Tesla in installing the Powerwall in "pilot" homes. Could Tesla batteries drop to $88 per kWh? The Tesla World Conference is underway in Antwerp.


Corporate Environmental Strategy Sounds Good, Even In This Odd Week

Honda announces updates to Green Path, its big project to reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2050.


Automakers Recently Teamed Up On Nokia Here Purchase

Daimler CEO says another partnership with his German competitors is possible, this time on electric vehicle batteries.


The UAW's pending deal with FCA US retains the two-tier worker system but gives raises to them both. The agreement also creates a healthcare co-op to fight rising costs.


Mercedes-Benz is making a big investment in its Tuscaloosa, AL, factory to expand SUV production.


The production homes of the Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, and Jeep Cherokee could be moving as part of the new labor contract between FCA and the UAW.


Governor Rick Snyder announces a deal that will see Daimler relocate its North American headquarters from New Jersey to Michigan, while its Mercedes-Benz unit moves its HQ to Georgia.


Johnson Controls Expands Stop-Start Battery Capacity

Tesla factory tour includes a finalized Model X sighting. Johnson Controls is spending $555 million to make more stop-start batteries. Smart borrows the Renault Zoe's electric motor.


Zap/Jonway Gets $10M In Funding; USDA Funds Renewable Fuel Infrastructure

USDA grants help states install pumps for higher ethanol blends. Volkswagen reports "Think Blue. Factory." progress. Chinese EVs will be developed in Silicon Valley. Zap/Jonway announces EV funding.


The latest drone flyover of the Tesla Gigafactory shows the rapid rate of construction in just the past few months.

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