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  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

    General Motors didn't have to construct an all-new assembly plant to build its affordable, mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. In fact, it produces the electric car at the existing Orion assembly plant in Michigan, which opened in 1983. That's not the most interesting aspect of Bolt EV production, though: GM actually builds the all-electric Bolt EV and the gasoline-powered Chevrolet Sonic on the same assembly line, interspersing them as needed. DON'T MISS: Why I canceled my Chevy Bolt EV electric-car order: a reader explains There is no deviation or halting to switch from one to the...

  • Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014
    Toyota Fuel-Cell 'Megafactory' Matches Tesla Gigafactory In Impact

    As shown by its roughly half-million references in Google, Tesla’s lithium-ion cell and battery Gigafactory is a big deal. And deservedly so. Producing the same volume of lithium-ion cells in one building in 2020 as were produced by the whole industry during 2013 should allow substantial...

  • 2015 Honda Fit  -  First Drive
    Honda Generates Enough Wind Power In Brazil To Run Its Car Plant

    Honda opens the first carmaker-run wind farm in Brazil.

  • Tesla factory, Fremont, California
    Tesla Factory Retooling Completed Ahead Of Planned Production Boost

    Tesla completes a retooling of its Fremont, California, factory.

  • Ford Rouge Assembly Plant, Michigan, where Ford F-150 pickup trucks are built
    Tour Of Ford's 'Green' Truck Plant To Be Updated

    Back in 2011, we visited 'Rouge'--the Ford plant responsible for churning out F-150 pickup trucks in their tens of thousands each year. Alongside the F-150 itself, now more efficient than ever, Rouge is an example of how automotive facilities are being cleaned up, as well as the products they...

  • Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack
    Why A Gigafactory? Tesla Used 1/3 Of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

    The 210,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold around the world last year used a lot of lithium-ion batteries. But if startup automaker Tesla Motors has its way, it will soon need as many lithium-ion cells (of the 18650 format it uses) as are now built worldwide. That's why the company plans to release...

  • GM Production Facility, Fairfax

    As long as the auto industry has existed, various automated and non-automated processes have been developed to bond two or more pieces of metal together through the art of welding. Normally, how a car is welded together would be of little interest to the average car buyer. However, improvements in the welding process announced by General Motors this week may hold the key to building lighter cars, resulting in lower fuel bills and higher gas mileage. We’ll explain. Traditionally, car chassis and body panels have been made with steel components, which are relatively easy to spot-weld...

  • 2011 Coda Sedan electric car, at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Coda Signs Deal For Electric-Car Plant in Benicia, California

    It’s been just a week since Californian automaker Coda Automotive opened up its first showroom in LA’s Westside in the Westfield Century Mall -- but now Coda bosses have confirmed that it has signed a deal to open a final assembly plant in Benicia, California. The deal, which Coda has...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt outside Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant
    Sun Shines on GM’s New Solar Panels at Chevy Volt Factory

    You hardly need us to tell you that there’s been an ongoing race to become the king of plug-in vehicles between Nissan and General Motors ever since the two firms launched their 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt. But with both cars battling it out on the forecourt both firms can worry...

  • Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
    Why Silicon Valley Won't Be Detroit For Green Carmakers

    We don’t hear “death of Detroit” stories as often now as we did a year ago. When GM and Chrysler plunged into bankruptcy and the entire U.S. industry laid off tens of thousands of workers in one year, the effects on an already battered Detroit region were dire. And they led to a...

  • Think City assembly plant, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Photo Gallery: Think City Assembly Plant Tour, Elkhart, Indiana

    During the Detroit Auto Show in January, we visited the Think electric-car assembly plant in Elkhart, Indiana. It's not necessarily a place you'd expect to find electric cars being put together, but the rows of electric two-seat hatchbacks in blue, red, and black turned out to be surprisingly...

  • Ford Rouge Assembly Plant, Michigan, where Ford F-150 pickup trucks are built
    Greening The Rouge: Ford's More Sustainable Pickup Plant

    A green roof is not at its most photogenic in a Michigan winter. In fact, it's hardly green at all--more like gray and brown--though it still insulates the building below just as well. But while some of the green aspects of Ford's showcase Rouge assembly plant have succumbed to the January weather...

  • Nissan Smyrna Tennessee

    It's one of the most radical cars ever to be built in this country, the first all-electric vehicle to go on sale in many decades. So you'd expect that when the Nissan Leaf enters production in Smyrna, Tennessee, late in 2012, it would have its very own production line, right? Nope. Not at all. Far from it, in fact. It turns out that Nissan plans to build 2013 Leaf models on the same production line it now uses for the Altima and Maxima sedans, both of which come with gasoline engines. (There's also a low-volume Altima Hybrid model.) This intermingling of different models is increasingly...

  • Balqon XE-20 electric tractor
    EVs All The Way Down: EV Tractors At Ford's Michigan Plant

    Car assembly will never be the cleanest of processes, despite the efforts of people like Gordon Murray whose i-Stream production method for his T25 and T27 microcars is said to reduce the energy of car production by as much as 80 percent. Still, some companies do make the effort to bring down the...

  • Brighton Earthship Solar Panels by Flickr user Dominic's Pics
    Solar Array, Lithium Cells To Power Part of Ford Focus Plant

    Many houses, stores, and factories across the U.S. now have arrays of photovoltaic solar cells mounted on their roofs. These days, that's hardly news. But Ford's announcement that it will install half a megawatt of power-generating solar panels at its Wayne, Michigan, assembly plant has a new...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    The 2011 Chevy Volt: Made Alongside GM's Gas-Guzzling V8s

    Think of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and very little seems conventional about it. With a range of 40 miles per charge and a range-extending gasoline engine used to provide extra power when the battery pack is depleted, Chevrolet is keen to push the car’s green credentials. Built at the Hamtramck...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Next Toyota Prius To Be Built in U.S.--But Not Until 2016

    The convoluted twists and turns of possible Prius production in the U.S. have taken another unexpected bend. A Toyota executive has now told Reuters that the company intends to build the quintessential hybrid in the States, but not until its next generation is launched. That would be in 2016, since...

  • General Motors Brownstown Township factory for assembly of Chevrolet Volt battery packs
    2011 Chevrolet Volt Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Goes Into Production

    The lithium-ion battery pack for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles officially went into volume production today. The 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack, containing 220 lithium-ion cells made by Korea's LG Chem, will be assembled in a 160,000-square-foot factory in Brownstown...

  • Flower developed by Toyota to offset emissions from its Prius facility

    You may already associate the 2010 Toyota Prius with flowers, courtesy of its "Harmony Between Man, Nature, and Machine" ad campaign, complete with human flowers in the "Harmony" TV spot. Now Toyota has taken flower power one step further, creating two new species specifically to help reduce the environmental impact of Toyota Prius manufacturing at its Tsutsumi plant in Japan. Absorbing NOx, emitting water vapor One is derived from the cherry sage plant, with leaves that absorb nitrogen oxides. The other, a derivative of the well-known gardenia, releases water vapor into the air, which...