Ford Motor Co., the second-biggest U.S. automaker, is accused of developing its hybrid vehicles using technology from a Baltimore company that won a patent- infringement case against Toyota Motor Corp., maker of the Prius.
Toyota Motor Corp. will produce 740,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide in fiscal 2011, an increase of 7 percent from this fiscal year, the Nikkan Kogyo newspaper reported, without saying where it obtained the information.
Nissan Motor Co. plans to better utilize a Tennessee battery plant making components for the slow-selling Leaf electric car by having it also supply parts for the company’s hybrid vehicles, an executive said.
Last June, three men squeezed inside a wind turbine in China’s Gobi Desert. They were employees of American Superconductor Corp., a maker of computer systems that serve as the electronic brains of the device. From time to time, AMSC workers are required to head out to a wind farm in some desolate location -- that’s where the wind usually is -- to check on the equipment, do maintenance, make repairs, and keep the customers happy.
China, failing to convince motorists to buy electric cars, is considering widening state subsidies for gasoline-electric automobiles and other fuel-efficient vehicles, according to the industry minister.