Trump Is Right: China Should Stop Stealing the U.S.’s Best Ideas
August 14, 2018

Suppose a Chinese electric carmaker wants to win market share by selling cars with the best cutting-edge battery technology. How does it get that technology? It can hire some engineers, build a lab and try to develop it inhouse. It Continue reading

Trump Wont Kill Off Germanys Trade Surplus
August 11, 2018

Germany’s trade surplus is likely to stay large no matter how hard Donald Trump tries to make it disappear.

The U.S. president has accused his ancestral homeland — his grandfather was a German immigrant — of unfair trade practices and Continue reading

How Batteries Went From Primitive Power to Global Domination
June 17, 2018

For an energy source that's been around for three decades, the lithium-ion battery is only just hitting its stride.

It’s worked its way up from primitive cellular phones to cameras and laptops before entering everyone’s pockets inside smartphones. But only Continue reading

Ford Is About to Abandon American Sedans
May 1, 2018
  • Cars will be just 10% of its North American portfolio by 2020
  • Wall Street cheers CEO Hackett’s ‘bold and decisive action’

The Model T, the ’32 deuce coupe, the Thunderbird, the Mustang: For much of its 115-year history, Ford Motor Continue reading

Tesla Asks for Model 3 Factory Volunteers to Prove Haters Wrong
April 2, 2018
  • Some Model S and X workers may switch to Model 3 line Friday
  • Reaching goal would be ‘incredible victory,’ executive says

Tesla Inc. exhorted its factory workers to prove wrong the “haters” betting against the company and is letting a Continue reading

Volkswagen CEO Predicts Renaissance for Embattled Diesel Cars
March 29, 2018

Volkswagen AG, whose global emissions-cheating scandal has put the future of diesel engines in doubt, expects consumers to return to the embattled technology — and soon.

“Diesel will see a renaissance in the not-too-distant future because people who drove Continue reading

What Model 3 Drivers Are Loving and Hating
March 27, 2018

One thing hasn’t changed as Tesla Inc. has crept from high-priced luxury-car maker toward mass-market manufacturer: Elon Musk’s heavy reliance on media buzz to bring attention to his electric cars.

Nearly eight months have passed since Musk handed over the Continue reading

Musk Probably Won’t Move to Mars After $2.6 Billion Pay Approved
March 24, 2018
  • Award could yield CEO more than $50 billion if all goals met
  • New plan binds him to the electric-car maker for a decade

Here’s what Tesla Inc. shareholders just bought for $2.6 billion: a stronger guarantee that Elon Musk Continue reading

Air-Taxi Startup Has a Working Prototype and a Fresh $100 Million
February 20, 2018

If you want to see JoeBen Bevirt’s flying car, you have to get in a helicopter. The engineer’s private airfield is nestled in a valley on the Northern California coast between Monterey and Santa Barbara, and it’s remote by design, Continue reading