Companies acting now to prepare for the inevitable need.
China beat the US and Europe in plug-in vehicle sales last year, and is only going to lengthen its lead.
It may seem out of the blue, but it makes more sense than you might think.
Elon Musk and Warren Buffett are fighting over market share in Nevada's utilities market.
As BYD expands its manufacturing capacity, it wants to show us why its EVs are so great.
BYD expects 150,000 sales in China in 2016, just launched two new all-electric sedans and has partnered with other companies to create an "EV ecosystem."
China-based BYD more than doubles its global plug-in vehicle sales and leapfrogs Tesla. When its cars will be sold in the US remains a big question mark.
BYD led the pack in China's electric vehicle sales in 2015, and will likely repeat this year as the country is on track to sell over 300,000 EVs in 2016.
BYD is likely to be the world's biggest seller of plug-in vehicles this year.
China-based bus maker wins 10 out of the state's 12 categories for plug-in bus service.
BYD intends to add six gigawatt hours of battery production capacity each year. If demand keeps up, it could potentially be building enough to challenge the Tesla Gigafactory by 2020.
Chinese automaker BYD starts pre-orders for its Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, which will sell for the equivalent of about $48,000 before government incentives are factored in.
BYD has debuted a 60-foot electric bus at the American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, TX. The Lancaster bus, as it is called, has a 120-passenger capacity and can drive over 170 miles on a single charge. The articulated bus features low floors and no steps, thanks to in-wheel hub motors. BYD also displayed a 40-foot electric bus that drove the 1,500 miles to the show under its own power (recharging along the way, of course). Read more in the press release below.
The US auto dealer industry recently saw a huge shakeup when Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway investment company bought Van Tuyl Group, the country's largest privately owned network of showrooms, for an undisclosed sum. Assuming the deal's regulatory success, it immediately made Buffet one of the nation's largest car retailers. But could the acquisition have come as part of a larger plan to launch a Chinese automaker in the US?
A decision on whether or not to build the Mini Superleggera has been pushed back. Earlier this year, Mini's Peter Schwarzenbauer hinted that the electric roadster concept could eventually make its way to production. Now, Schwarzenbauer is saying that a possible call is still at least six months away. "To really investigate seriously," Schwarzenbauer says, "you look into several different options, you come to the question: do we produce it ourselves, do we give it to somebody else?" Mini is consi
The US and Chilean navies have agreed to work together to develop alternative fuels for ships and aircraft. As a move toward better energy security, the two countries want to develop "drop-in alternative fuels," namely biofuels, to reduce dependence on foreign oil and ensure a reliable supply and cost. The US Navy wants to have 50 percent of "organizational consumption" come from alternative energy sources by 2020. The US is moving toward primarily using a biofuel and petroleum blend, and wants