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Davos 2017: Auto, Energy Giants Pledge $1.5 bn Hydrogen Investment, Multinationals Partner on Supply Chain Traceability, TerraCycle Recycles Cigarettes

Davos 2017: Auto, Energy Giants Pledge $1.5 bn Hydrogen Investment, Multinationals Partner on Supply Chain Traceability, TerraCycle Recycles Cigarettes

Environmental management is taking center stage at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

VW Isn’t the Only Car Maker Facing Billions in Emissions Fees

VW Isn’t the Only Car Maker Facing Billions in Emissions Fees

Volkswagen went to court last week over the emissions scandal. The US government is suing the automaker for cheating air pollution tests and VW faces fines that could total as much as $46 billion. But Volkswagen may not be the only automaker on the hook for emissions failings. A report … Read more »

Daimler Leads Autonomous Vehicle Technology Market

Daimler Leads Autonomous Vehicle Technology Market

Daimler, Audi, BMW and General Motors are the best equipped to develop the autonomous vehicle market, according to a new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research. The report, Autonomous Vehicle OEMs, examines the strategy and execution of 18 original equipment manufacturers, including company profiles and rankings, to identify the companies’ relative strengths … Read more »

Which Carmakers Lead the Autonomous Vehicle Market?

Which Carmakers Lead the Autonomous Vehicle Market?

The no. 1 global vehicle manufacturers involved in the autonomous vehicle market, is Daimler, according to a leaderboard report by Navigant Research. Other OEMs classified as “leaders” in the grid are Audi, BMW and General Motors, respectively. Volvo, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen and Nissan round out the top 10, and … Read more »

Google

The Best CSR Reputations in the World Ranked

Google has the best corporate social responsibility reputation, topping the Reputation Institute’s annual Global CSR RepTrak 100 ranking for the second year in a row. BMW took the no. 2 spot, with the Walt Disney Company coming in third, Microsoft ranking fourth and Daimler in fifth. Rounding out the top … Read more »

Panasonic Leads EV Batteries Market, LG Chem Guns for the Crown

Panasonic Leads EV Batteries Market, LG Chem Guns for the Crown

Panasonic is currently the runaway leader in the nascent battery market for electric vehicles, but LG Chem has the potential to overtake it in what will be a $30 billion market in 2020, according to Lux Research. Panasonic’s 39 percent share of the battery market for plug-in vehicles makes it … Read more »

Freightliner Inspiration

First Autonomous Big Rig Licensed to Drive

Nevada has licensed the first autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the US. Developed by engineers at Daimler Trucks North America, the Freightliner Inspiration Truck will help the trucking industry reduce accidents, improve fuel consumption, cut highway congestion, and safeguard the environment, the automaker says. … Read more »

Mercedes

Cost of Cutting CO2 Emissions Plagues Automakers

Daimler says it will offset expensive emissions-reducing technology with material cost savings, Reuters reports. “Already in 2014, we could offset the burdens in variable cost for all these CO2-related measures with material cost efficiencies,” chief financial officer Bodo Uebber said. “I think it will be the same in ’15 and … Read more »

Google

Companies with the Best CSR Reputations Named

Google has the best corporate social responsibility reputation, beating out Microsoft who held the top spot in 2012 and 2013, according to Reputation Institute’s annual CSR RepTrak. Microsoft, Walt Disney and BMW are the no. 2, 3 and 4 companies, respectively, with the best CSR reputations globally. Apple, Lego, Volkswagen, … Read more »

Mercedes

Daimler Must Use Low-Global-Warming Coolant

Germany must force Daimler — which makes Mercedes-Benz — to use a newer low-global-warming air conditioning coolant, according to the European Union. Industry Week reports the EC said Germany has “infringed EU law” and faces court action by allowing Daimler to use an older refrigerant that emits potent greenhouse gases. Since … Read more »

BMW Unveils Fast, Light EV Charger

BMW of North America has announced the launch of the BMW i DC Fast Charger, which is compatible with multiple electric vehicles and can specifically charge the BMW i3 all-electric’s vehicle battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The charger was a joint development between BMW and Bosch Automotive … Read more »