Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

Eric D. Lawrence

Detroit Free Press

Troy, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Eric:

Stellantis to partner with Samsung SDI on second EV battery plant for North America

Stellantis, maker of Jeep, Ram, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, also plans an EV battery plant joint venture for North America with LG Energy Solution. → Read More

Jeep, Ram parent Stellantis, LG Energy plan joint venture on battery production for EVs

Stellantis plans to open two battery plants in North America. The automaker says it will invest $35 billion on electrification through 2025. → Read More

Biden caregiving plan: Unions touted as solution to wage gap, but organizers face hurdles

Unionization could help home care workers improve their lives, experts say, but unions face significant challenges to organizing them in most states. → Read More

Wayne County judge rejects GM case against FCA, now Stellantis; federal case remains alive

GM sued its Detroit Three competitor over allegations related to the corruption scandal involving the UAW. GM said it's considering its options. → Read More

Stellantis hires firm to check Mack factory odor complaints, says equipment worked properly

Stellantis said an odor investigation at the plant that produces new versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee should wrap up within 90 days. → Read More

Stellantis to offer domestic partner benefits for 14K salaried employees

Stellantis will bring back domestic partner benefits for some employees, and expects it to be an "area of consideration" during UAW contract talks. → Read More

Stellantis: New transmission to offer Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler electrification options

Stellantis says it will retool three Indiana plants for a new transmission that will work with internal combustion engines and electrified systems. → Read More

Stellantis sales drop in 3rd quarter: Which brands were hit hardest

New models from Jeep, including a three-row Grand Cherokee and the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, helped make a tough quarter not as bad for Stellantis. → Read More

Report: Stellantis manager charged in diesel emissions case arrested in Italy

Sergio Pasini is one of three Stellantis managers charged in an alleged diesel emissions cheating case involving Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees. → Read More

Jeep Grand Cherokee to offer electrified version beginning next year

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is built in Detroit. The new two-row version follows the introduction of the three-row Grand Cherokee L. → Read More

Jeep, Ram, Fiat join U2's lead singer Bono in global COVID-19 fight

Jeep, Ram and Fiat, part of Stellantis, are the first auto brands to partner with Bono's (RED) organization in the fight against pandemics. → Read More

Whitmer wants EV charging circuit around Lake Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is pushing for a charging network around Lake Michigan to promote tourism. The effort would aim to reduce range anxiety. → Read More

Michigan to have nation's first electrified road to wirelessly charge EVs, Whitmer says

Wireless charging road for EVs would be in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties. Whitmer makes announcement at opening of Motor Bella. → Read More

Detroit to Ann Arbor bus ready to resume after COVID-19 hiatus

The Detroit to Ann Arbor Express Bus shut down about two weeks after it launched last year because of the pandemic. → Read More

QLINE, buses get transit-only lane in front of Little Caesars Arena

As the QLINE prepares to resume streetcar service in Detroit next month, a new transit-only lane on a key portion of the route could be a boost. → Read More

Dodge ties Porsche as most appealing brand

Dodge is the most appealing mass market brand in a new study, giving Stellantis bragging rights. But both GM and Ford won more model segments. → Read More

Former Ford, Honeywell executive Christine Feuell to become CEO of Chrysler brand

Christine Feuell will take the reins of the Chrysler brand at Stellantis. Chrysler has been overshadowed by sister brands Jeep, Ram and Dodge. → Read More

Workers at GM plant in Mexico reject contract after US uses trade deal challenge

General Motors makes its profitable Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups at the Silao plant, where workers rejected their contract. → Read More

Michigan-based classic car insurer Hagerty announces merger: What it means

Michigan-based Hagerty, which specializes in insuring classic cars, is going public and the CEO says the change will be a boost for car events. → Read More

Prosecutor: Corruption case involving FCA might be unmatched in U.S. history

FCA must pay $30 million in corruption scandal, which led to convictions of former auto executives and UAW officials. → Read More