David Welch and Chester Dawson

Business, Technology

GM Prodded to Catch Electric-Car Zeitgeist With Name Change

Charging stations for the SAIC GM internal vehicle sharing service stand in China in July 2019. Charging stations for the SAIC GM internal vehicle sharing service stand in China in July 2019. (Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co. has weathered depressions, wars and pandemics under its century-old name, but the coming shift to battery-powered vehicles may be an opportunity to rethink its generic-sounding corporate moniker in favor of something avant-garde.

July 30, 2020
Business, Technology

Toyota Sees Electric Cars ‘Down the Road,’ but Future is Now for VW

Toyota Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg News

Toyota Motor Corp. may have kicked off the green-car movement with its Prius hybrid more than 20 years ago, but the company is not nearly as bullish as rivals about the American consumer embracing EVs.

April 17, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Amazon Leads $700 Million Investment in Electric Car Maker Rivian

Amazon Model of an electric Rivian truck. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Amazon.com led a $700 million equity investment in Rivian Automotive, the electric pickup and SUV maker preparing to deliver its first vehicles next year.

February 15, 2019