Stefan Ogbac

Stefan has been writing about the auto industry since 2014. Even though he owes the Dodge Viper for turning him into an avid car enthusiast, he’s found his niche on Japanese and Korean autos. Based in Los Angeles, you’ll find Stefan in the kitchen whipping up delicious food when not tinkering with cars or cruising on Angeles Crest.
Stefan Ogbac
Volvo Cars and Northvolt to open battery R & D and development center in Gothenburg

Volvo Cars and its partner Northvolt have announced that they will open a research and development center in the former’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. This is part of a SEK 30 billion ($3.3 billion) investment in the manufacturing and development of batteries. The facility will open in 2022, creating a few hundred new jobs in […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/13/2021
European-spec Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid gives us a glimpse of the future U.S. version

The European-spec Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid has been unveiled and it gives us a hint at what the North American version could be. Like the standard internal combustion version already on sale in the U.S., the electrified variant is on the TNGA-C platform shared with the Prius, Corolla sedan and hatchback, C-HR, and Lexus UX. […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/10/2021
Volkswagen Group outlines production plans for upcoming EVs

Volkswagen Group has announced the next step in the electrification of its production facilities and where its new vehicles will be made. As part of Planning Round 70, the company has revealed that it will expand its New Auto strategy to support its goal of becoming the global market leader in electric mobility by 2025. […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/10/2021
Polestar 0 Project team takes shape, launches call to joint action

Earlier this year, Polestar announced an ambitious goal to create a truly climate-neutral car by 2030. Called the Polestar 0 Project, this initiative aims to remove all emissions of making a vehicle throughout the complete supply chain including production and logistics. Polestar will also not offset anything, making the project more difficult. A dedicated team […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/9/2021
Toyota will use solid-state batteries in hybrids first

Toyota has announced more details on its carbon neutrality plans at its Kenshiki event in Europe. In addition to showing the production bZ4X in the region for the first time, the company has revealed that by 2030, it anticipates its sales mix for zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) to make up at least 50 percent in Western […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/8/2021
Acura to go all-in on EVs: Report

The current buzz around the Acura brand revolves around the rebirth of the iconic Integra as a modern hatchback with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder and an available six-speed manual transmission. That also ends the brand’s return to its past as Acura will spearhead Honda’s move toward battery-electric vehicles. Speaking with Automotive News, Emile Korkor, Assistant […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/7/2021
Toyota establishes a battery manufacturing plant in North Carolina

Toyota has announced that it has selected North Carolina for its new battery manufacturing plant in the United States. Scheduled to come online in 2025, Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina (TBMNC), will have four production lines capable of producing lithium-ion batteries for 200,000 vehicles. The automaker intends to expand the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite to six production […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/7/2021
Polestar 2 dual-motor is now available with a power upgrade in certain markets

Polestar has announced a new software upgrade that increases the power output of the already potent dual-motor Polestar 2. This isn’t the first time the company has announced such a feature because it’s been doing this to Volvo’s cars for decades. Vehicles like the Volvo C30, V50, and first-generation XC60 got power increases via software […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/7/2021
Stellantis announces new open-air platforms and software

Stellantis has announced the second part of its electrification strategy, which focuses on leveraging software. The company has mapped out its next-generation technologies by building on existing connected vehicle capabilities and transforming how consumers interact with vehicles. This will see Stellantis move to open-air platforms with new features and services added via over-the-air (OTA) updates […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/7/2021
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge goes slightly farther than the XC40 Recharge

Official EPA range estimates for the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge have been published and it’s slightly better than expected. The XC40 Recharge’s svelte sibling is good for 226 miles on a single charge. That’s 3 miles longer than the more practical family member thanks to its lower roofline, which helps it slip through the air […]

by Stefan Ogbac
12/6/2021