Gabrielle Coppola

Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Ford-Backed Startup Targets EV Alternatives to Lithium-Ion Batteries

Solid State Solid Power CEO Doug Campbell at an industry event. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg News)

Solid Power Inc., the battery startup that went public in a reverse merger last year, has begun operating a new pilot line, putting it on pace to deliver sample cells to automotive partners by year-end.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
June 6, 2022

Soaring Lithium Prices May Affect Vehicle Production

lithium-ion battery A cross section of a lithium battery pack at the Tianneng Battery Group Co. facility in Huzhou, Zhejiang province, China. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Batteries, and more precisely battery metals, are poised to replace chips as the new bottleneck for the auto industry.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
April 22, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Why Nearly Empty Auto Lots Make This Pump-Price Shock Different

Ford Vehicles in a nearly empty lot at a car dealership in Richmond, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Gasoline soaring above $4 a gallon this month has inspired comparisons to 2008, when pump prices sapped demand for fuel-guzzling SUVs and helped push Detroit’s automotive behemoths into bankruptcy.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
March 11, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

May Mobility Raises $83 Million for AV Shuttle

May Mobility AV shuttle A May Mobility self-driving shuttle. (Matt O'Brien/Associated Press)

May Mobility Inc., a self-driving shuttle startup backed by the venture arms of Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW AG, raised $83 million in its largest funding round to date.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
January 26, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Mercedes Taps Luminar for Lidar

Mercedes logo David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Mercedes-Benz plans to use laser sensors from Luminar Technologies Inc. in a next-generation vehicle platform to enable semi-autonomous driving features on highways.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
January 20, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Silicon Valley’s Push Into Cars Is Testing Aptiv

Aptive Aptiv

The auto industry is being upended anew in ways that could challenge Aptiv.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
December 27, 2021
Business, Technology

Ford Explores Buying Chips Direct to Offset Shortage

Ford Explores Buying Chips Direct to Offset Shortage A Ford F-550 Super Duty. (Ford)

Ford Motor Co., responding to a global semiconductor shortage that has crimped profits and production, will explore buying chips directly from GlobalFoundries Inc.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
November 18, 2021
Business, Logistics

Car Sales Drop as Chip Shortages Stymie Buyers

Car Sales Drop as Chip Shortages Stymie Buyers The Huntington Ford dealership on Rochester Road in Rochester Hills, Mich. (iStock/RiverNorthPhotography)

After sounding an optimistic note in the first half of the year as soaring car prices padded their profits, auto executives have become more resigned to supply chain headaches after recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Malaysia hampered semiconductor production.

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

GM Debuts Midsize Electric Delivery Van

GM The BrightDrop EV410. (BrightDrop)

General Motors Co.’s electric van unit plans to build a new midsized cargo hauler called the EV410, and has signed up Verizon Communications Inc. as the first buyer, the company said Sept. 28.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
September 28, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

GM Sues Ford in Fight Over Branding of Self-Driving Cars

Cruise Origin shuttle logo A logo of the GM Cruise Origin electric driverless shuttle is displayed on the vehicle's door. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

General Motors Co. is suing its competitor Ford Motor Co. for violating a trademarked driver-assist technology that’s used for hands-free features, according to a lawsuit.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
July 26, 2021