Ford, GM to halt production at two Michigan plants due to parts shortage

March 31 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (FN) and General Motors (GM.N) will each halt production next week at a Michigan plant due to parts shortages, the two companies said separately on Thursday. No. 2 US automaker Ford said it would suspend production at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant next week, where it builds the … Read more

Inside China’s electric drive for swappable car batteries

DETROIT/BEIJING, March 25 (Reuters) – A year ago Tesla dismissed the alternative path of electric car battery swapping as “riddled with problems and not suitable for widescale use”. It seems Beijing disagrees. In fact, China is pushing hard for swappable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) as a supplement to regular vehicle charging, with the government … Read more

Tesla rolls out first vehicles as German gigafactory goes live

BERLIN, March 22 (Reuters) – Tesla will on Tuesday deliver to customers the first 30 Model Y cars made at its 5 billion euro ($5.5 billion) Gruenheide plant, launching its first European production hub that is the biggest investment in a German car factory in recent history. Chief Executive Elon Musk arrived in Berlin on … Read more

Mercedes to continue EV investments despite Ukraine war disruptions

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., March 15 (Reuters) – Mercedes-Benz AG (MBGn.DE) won’t cut spending on future electric vehicles even as it copes with supply-chain cost pressures exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the German automaker’s chief executive said on Tuesday. Ola Kaellenius, speaking during the company’s opening of its first US electric vehicle (EV) battery factory, also affirmed … Read more

China’s COVID curbs hit Toyota, Volkswagen and Apple supplier Foxconn

A medical worker in a protective suit collects a swab from a worker for nucleic acid testing at a Foxconn factory, following new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China August 5, 2021. Picture taken August 5 , 2021. China Daily via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com … Read more

Musk says Tesla, SpaceX see significant inflation risks

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, US, June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register March 13 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk … Read more

US eliminates human controls requirement for fully automated vehicles

An attendee takes a selfie inside a Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle, a Honda and General Motors self-driving car partnership, during its unveiling in San Francisco, California, US January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen Lam Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) – US regulators on Thursday issued final rules eliminating the … Read more

Carmakers face soaring metal costs with Russian supplies at risk

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Saving up for a new ride? Better start putting more cash aside. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is ramping up the price of metals used in cars, from aluminum in the bodywork to palladium in catalytic converters to the high-grade nickel in electric vehicle batteries, and drivers are likely to foot … Read more

Tesla’s long-delayed German gigafactory gets conditional green light

Tesla’s Gruenheide plant is first European gigafactory Objections against approval can be filed over next month Tesla wants to show it meets conditions in next two weeks POTSDAM, Germany, March 4 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) received a conditional go-ahead for its German gigafactory near Berlin on Friday, the state of Brandenburg said, ending months … Read more

Nike, IKEA close Russian stores as sanctions, trade restrictions bite

March 3 (Reuters) – Sneaker maker Nike and home furnishings firm IKEA shut down stores in Russia on Thursday, as trade restrictions and supply constraints added to political pressure for companies to stop business in Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine. French bank Societe Generale (SOGN.PA) said it was working to cut its risks … Read more