Gabrielle Coppola

Business, Technology, Fuel

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz to Start Electric Van Production in US in 2023

Mercedes-Benz logo. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press) David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Mercedes-Benz is bringing production of its new electric delivery van to the U.S. in the second half of 2023, joining a herd of automakers seeking to capitalize on the greening of e-commerce.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
March 30, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

LG to Invest $4.5 Billion to Expand Battery Capacity in US

LG lithium-ion batteries LG lithium-ion batteries at the LS Power Group Gateway Energy Storage project in Otay Mesa, Calif. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

LG Chem Ltd. plans to invest $4.5 billion in the U.S. by 2025 and hire 10,000 workers to expand battery capacity.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
March 11, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Lidar Startup Aeva Adds $200 Million to SPAC Deal

A Lidar sensor is seen on top of a Byton K-Byte electric sedan during AutoMobility LA in November 2018. A Lidar sensor is seen on top of a Byton K-Byte electric sedan during AutoMobility LA in November 2018. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Aeva, a laser-sensor startup founded by two ex-Apple Inc. engineers, is poised to increase its war chest by $200 million with an investment by a Hong Kong-based hedge fund ahead of its public listing via a reverse merger.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
January 4, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Hyundai-Aptiv Venture Wins Driverless Test Approval in Nevada

A BMW vehicle outfitted with Motional technology drives in Las Vegas, where the venture is partnered with Lyft. A BMW vehicle outfitted with Motional technology drives in Las Vegas, where the venture is partnered with Lyft. (Motional)

Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv Plc’s $4 billion self-driving venture received permission from the state of Nevada to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, the company said.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
November 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Daimler to Take Stake in Luminar, Diversifying Autonomous Efforts

Austin Russell, founder and CEO of Luminar Technologies, holds a lidar box for a photograph. Austin Russell, founder and CEO of Luminar Technologies, holds a lidar box at the company's headquarters in Portola Valley, Calif., in July 2017. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Daimler AG’s truck unit is investing in a laser-sensor startup to bolster its development of self-driving trucks in the U.S. less than a week after striking a deal to use driverless technology from a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
October 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

With Fully Autonomous Driving Distant, Lidar Finds Its Place

A Mercedes-Benz Urbanetic Vision autonomous electric concept van, manufactured by Daimler AG. A Mercedes-Benz Urbanetic Vision autonomous electric concept van, manufactured by Daimler AG, drives on stage at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Germany in September 2018. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

The promise of self-driving cars and robotaxi fleets once seemed just around the corner, but reality is setting in. Makers of the underlying technology are pivoting to more realistic ways of making money in the here and now.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
October 26, 2020
Business, Logistics

Top US Dealer Warns Automakers Are Missing Resupply Deadlines

Pickup truck frames sit on the assembly line at the GM plant in Flint, Mich. Pickup truck frames sit on the assembly line at the GM plant in Flint, Mich. (Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News)

AutoNation Inc., the largest U.S. car retailer, is warning new-vehicle inventories remain thin as automakers miss resupply deadlines, which may mean fewer choices and higher prices for buyers.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
October 21, 2020
Business

US Automakers Dig Out of Pandemic Hole as Prices Soar

A line of 2020 Hyundai models sits in a storage lot in Colorado on Sept. 3. A line of 2020 Hyundai models sits in a storage lot in Colorado on Sept. 3. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Automakers are climbing out of the ditch they fell into this spring, with U.S. auto sales expected to rebound strongly in the third quarter thanks to cheap borrowing costs and a shift toward private transportation amid the pandemic.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
September 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

VW Aims to Turn Legions of SUV Buyers Into Electric Converts

A VW ID.4 stands in a street during a presentation in Germany on July 29. A VW ID.4 stands in a street during a presentation in Germany on July 29. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)

Volkswagen AG is setting a high bar for the first electric vehicle it will build around the globe.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
September 23, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Rivian Faces Ban From Michigan Car Dealers in Direct-Sales Fight

The Rivian R1T electric pickup truck. The Rivian R1T electric pickup truck. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Michigan auto dealers are trying to block startup electric carmakers including Rivian Automotive Inc. and Lucid Motors Inc. from following in Tesla Inc.’s footsteps by selling vehicles directly to consumers and servicing them in the state.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2020

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