Nissan luxury automotive brand reveals new tech, Infiniti gas-engine

Nissan luxury brand Infiniti is claiming a breakthrough in engine technology that will allow for variable compression for the first time in a production vehicle. The technology provides more power and better fuel efficiency by raising and lowering pistons depending on driving conditions. Currently, engine pistons move at a constant distance as they go up […]

Volvo in deal to supply Uber with self-driving taxis by 2019

Volvo Cars disclosed Monday a deal with Uber Technologies Inc. to supply the cab hailing company with a fleet of 24,000 self-driving taxis beginning in 2019, one of the first and biggest commercial orders for such vehicles. The deal between Volvo, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., and Uber is a framework agreement […]

Coffee wastes to help power London buses

Waste coffee grounds would be used to help fuel some of London’s buses, Royal Dutch Shell and clean Technology company, Bio-Bean said on Monday. A new biofuel, which contains part coffee oil, is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain where it can be used without the need for modification, the companies said […]

Electric car boom drives rush to mining’s $90 billion hub

A scramble by the lithium market’s biggest players to tie up a supply of the high-tech metal is gathering pace in the 170-year-old heartland of Australia’s $90 billion mining industry. Rising Chinese demand for lithium-ion batteries needed for electric vehicles and energy storage is driving significant price gains and an asset boom in Australia, already the world’s largest lithium producer. The fast-developing hub is […]

Toyota’s game plan features robots, M&A, self-driving cars

Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to buy a stake in Mazda Motor Corp. and jointly build a $1.6 billion plant in the U.S. Asia’s largest automaker will also invest more in areas like self-driving cars to stay relevant in an industry upended by technological changes. As new rivals emerge and cars become autonomous and connected, Toyota will […]