Who Will Control Electric Car Technology?

Dave Guilford, the enterprise editor of Automotive News, looks at the furor stirred up by Chinese firm taking controlling interest in A123 Technologies after receiving nearly $250 million in federal grant.

Published: 14-Aug-2012

No doubt, the near-term future of electrified vehicles in this country is dicey.

But my guess is that -- however bumpy the next few years are -- within a decade or two, electric-drive vehicles will have a noticeable share of the U.S. fleet. They might be electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, or various hybrid drive permutations.

That would be a good thing for reducing our dependency on Middle East oil. But we might wind up dependent on a technology for which China is the global leader.


Tokyo Car Show model demonstrates how to fast charge Subaru electric concept car.

Dr. Steve Harvey's tongue-n-cheek guide to people who think electric cars suck. They do... amps, that is.

NRG operated evGo fast charging station in Dallas, Texas.

The answer is, lots of places, especially if you live where the first electric cars are being sold.

2012 Chevy Volt is now $1,000 less than 2011 model

Kiplinger Money Power's Jessica Anderson explains that while the purchase price of Volts and Leaf's are high, 'both have super-low five-year ownership costs.'


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