A US-French joint venture plans to build North America's first lithium-ion battery cell plant as part of a belated drive by the US public and private sectors to close the competitive gap with Asian electric-car technology.

Japan's Nissan Motor Co and France's Renault said on Friday they will supply electric cars to China, the world's largest auto market.

The Franco-Japanese alliance will provide the Chinese government with a comprehensive plan for marketing and for a battery-charging network, with the aim of selling electric vehicles to China in early 2011.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) on Tuesday approved loans to European-based carmakers, including Tata Motorsowned Jaguar Land Rover, worth a total of 866 million euros to help design and build cleaner cars with lower carbon-dioxide emissions.

Jaguar Land Rover has been granted

S Kalyana Ramanathan / London April 8, 2009, 0:12 IST

The board of the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) today approved a

The Japanese government may start offering subsidies of up to 300,000 yen (US$3,000) on hybrid cars and other environmentally friendly vehicles to cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost sagging auto sales at the same time, the financial daily Nikkei said in its Saturday edition.

Washington: In what is claimed to be the first potential applications of synthetic biology, researchers have now shown that viruses, otherwise harmful to humans, can power cars and electronic gadgets.

This report examines the applicable German transportation policies that could ultimately lead to a more sustainable U.S. transportation system. It starts with an overview of the similarities between the two nations. Next, it contrasts their degrees of transportation sustainability and explains how certain transportation and land use policies influence travel behavior.


M. Balaganessin

New initiative: The solar energy operated car designed by students of Sudharsan College of Pudukottai.

PUDUKOTTAI: A group of four students of Sudharsan Engineering College near here have designed a solar-powered car. The maximum speed of the car is 30 km an hour and, when fully charged, it can cover 100 km.

Company defers Phase II of Rajasthan plant.

Sandeep Joshi

NEW DELHI: Honda Siel Cars India on Thursday launched the advanced version of its premium sedan Accord. Powered by 3.5-liter i-VTEC engine, the eighth-generation Accord V6 will come in two variants priced at Rs. 24.80 lakh and Rs. 25.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).