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October 9, 2014 - Ben Klayman and Laurence Frost www.reuters.com (Reuters) - Cadillac's new boss plans a blitz of new products by 2020, from a pure battery-electric car to an ultra-luxury sedan, that he hopes will help resurrect General Motors' (GM.N) struggling premium brand and make it a global powerhouse. Johan de Nysschen, a former Audi and Infiniti executive who joined GM in August, shared with Reuters some key elements of his plan to revive Cadillac, in an interview last week at the Paris auto show. The centrepiece of that strategy, confirmed by de Nysschen for the first time, is…
October 8, 2014 - Julia Pyper www.greentechmedia.com Can distributed storage make EV chargers more valuable to hosts?  The energy storage startup Green Charge Networks joined forces with NRG eVgo today to deploy electric-vehicle charging stations with integrated batteries -- a move that could give Green Charge a new market as competition in the distributed energy storage space intensifies. Green Charge has already deployed its customer-sited GreenStation energy storage systems at commercial businesses, cities and schools across the country. Using lithium-ion batteries, the software-driven platform allows end users to reduce consumption and avoid high demand charges during peak times. In California…
October 7, 2014 - Tim Pollard www.carmagazine.co.uk The new 2015 Audi R8 isn’t far away: CAR understands that it’ll arrive next summer, with production slated to start in June 2015. And the R8 Mk2 will aim to electrify the sports car market in more ways than one: two electric versions were confirmed to us by Audi’s tech chief. Speaking to CAR at the Paris motor show, Audi board member for R&D Ulrich Hackenberg said that both a plug-in hybrid R8 and a pure electric R8 E-tron were on the cards. ‘We are able to make the R8 a plug-in hybrid,’…
Sep 29, 2014 - By Viknesh Vijayenthiran www.motorauthority.com Volkswagen’s version of the Passat the rest of the world enjoys has just been redesigned and will appear for the first time at this week’s 2014 Paris Auto Show. The new Passat, which still offers sedan and wagon bodystyles, debuts with new engines, less weight and the latest assistance, infotainment and convenience systems. It also debuts with a new plug-in hybrid variant dubbed the Passat GTE. VW has already shown a version of its Golf with the GTE badge, short for Grand Touring Electric, and now the car is set to be…
September 26, 2014 - By Rachel Dovey www.nextcity.org Last July in San Jose, Don Francis gave a talk about one of the country’s surprising new leaders in electric vehicle sales: Atlanta. Titled “What is driving the fastest-growing market in the U.S.?,” the presentation was for a member meeting of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative. Its location — only miles from Tesla Motors’ HQ — was a likely spot, at the nexus of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area where EV sales have long topped national charts. “They were like ‘What are you guys doing that we’re not?’” Francis, the…
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