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Trump’s EPA Chief To Review Outgoing Agency Head’s Fuel Economy Ruling

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:14:35 +0000

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief will review Friday’s ruling by the agency to confirm fuel economy rules. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who will soon be EPA administrator if approved, responded to inquiries during a contentious Senate confirmation hearing. Legislators were upset by outgoing EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s decision to […]

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Panasonic Aiming To Work With Tesla On Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:05:28 +0000

Panasonic wants to further tap into its strong working relationship with Tesla Motors, this time through autonomous vehicle systems. Self-driving car technology is considered by many to be central in the auto industry’s future, and Panasonic’s relationship with Tesla could be an opportunity the company has been seeking. “We are deeply interested in Tesla’s self-driving […]

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California Supports EPA’s Emissions Ruling And Wants to Carry It Farther

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:00:31 +0000

California’s air quality agency released its own midterm review report Wednesday finding the state hitting vehicle emissions targets and pushing to extend the nationwide rules beyond 2025. The California Air Resource Board published an exhaustive 667-page Midterm Review of Advanced Clean Cars Program report, finding that the state’s original intentions are being met. The technology […]

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Autopilot-Equipped Teslas Won’t Be Recalled As Feds Close Fatal Crash Investigation

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:41:08 +0000

Tesla vehicles equipped with the Autopilot feature will not be recalled, federal safety regulators said today, after closing an investigation into a fatal crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation into a Florida crash last May in which Joshua Brown was killed when his Model S crashed into the side of […]

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Volkswagen Thinking About Introducing An Electric Beetle

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:16:43 +0000

It’s no secret that Beetle sales are less than stellar and that’s led to rumors about the car’s future. Volkswagen doesn’t want to drop the idea of the Beetle altogether, because the nameplate holds such a special place in its history. Klaus Bischoff, head of VW design, called the current Beetle one of his favorite […]

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Amazon Files Patent For Automated Delivery On Managed Roadways

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:05:10 +0000

Amazon is taking autonomous vehicle technology very seriously, being granted a patent for communications between self-driving vehicles and roadway management systems. U.S. Patent 9,547,986 would share trip data from self-driving vehicles on roads that have reversible lanes; these are highway lanes in which vehicles may travel in either direction. Reversible lanes use overhead signals to […]

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Chevrolet To Boast More Biodiesel-Capable Vehicles Than Any Other Brand

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:09 +0000

General Motors is adding to its list of B20-capable vehicles for fleet, commercial and retail customers interested in cleaner, diesel-powered vehicles. During the National Biodiesel Conference, John Schwegman, director of commercial product and medium duty for GM Fleet, announced GM will add the B20-capable cars and crossovers, and offer the industry’s most expansive lineup of […]

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Tesla Hiring More Gigafactory Employees To Build Model 3 Motors and Components

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:04:57 +0000

Tesla Motors will be adding electric motors and gearbox components to its lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Nevada, for an additional $350 million investment that will create 550 more jobs at the plant. That move was announced last night by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval during his State of the State Speech. He praised the automaker for […]

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Automakers and Energy Companies Team Up To Sell The World On Hydrogen

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:00:44 +0000

Sometimes plug-in vehicle advocates are accused of holding to conspiracy theories that deep-pocketed interests and carmakers resisting EVs want to promote hydrogen, but who needs theories when intentions are expressed in plain sight? To wit, yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 13 CEOs and chairpersons from major corporations representing total revenues of […]

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Tesla Offering Model 3 and Ludicrous Perks in Referral Program

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:59:01 +0000

Tesla Motors has beefed up its referral program with a Model 3 delivery event and an annual reward offering a Ludicrous top prize. The new quarterly round of referrals was launched yesterday with a first-time addition of an annual round. The quarterly round goes through March 15. Tesla has confirmed that its previously mentioned referral […]

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