EV battery stocks to buy as competition heats up, Bernstein says

Automakers are increasingly piling into EV battery production, but Bernstein thinks these pure-play battery stocks will continue to dominate. “Vertical integration by auto OEMs’ [original equipment manufacturer] upstream into battery production is a risk to pure play battery makers and under increased discussion given some of the investments being made by industry players,” Bernstein’s analysts, … Read more

Why China will likely recover more slowly from the latest Covid shock

As Shanghai tries to reopen businesses, one downtown district over the weekend banned residents from leaving their apartment complexes again for mass virus testing. Pictured here, in another district on May 21, 2022, is a line outside a shopping mall. Xu Kaikia | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — China’s economy won’t be … Read more

Renault says electric-hydrogen concept will have 497-mile range

Details of Renault’s Scénic Vision concept car were presented to the public on May 19, 2022. The firm’s idea of developing a passenger vehicle that uses hydrogen technology is not unique. Benjamin Girette | Bloomberg | Getty Images Renault has released details of an electric-hydrogen hybrid concept car, with the French automaker describing hydrogen technology … Read more

Argo AI robotaxis ditch human safety drivers in Miami and Austin

Argo AI begins driverless operations in Miami and Austin. Courtesy: Argo AI Robotaxi startup Argo AI said Tuesday it has begun operating its autonomous test vehicles without human safety drivers in two U.S. cities — Miami and Austin — a major milestone for the Ford- and Volkswagen-backed company. For now, those driverless vehicles won’t be … Read more

After the ‘hippie’ bus and Beetle, VW makes eyes at America once again

As Volkswagen looks to resurrect the Scout brand in the United States, CEO Herbert Diess has shed light on the decision, saying it represents an opportunity for the German auto giant to “become much more American.”  VW announced plans to re-launch the Scout as a fully-electric pick-up and “rugged” SUV last Wednesday, with prototypes due … Read more