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Grants go to electric vehicle chargers in 7 Alabama counties

Jun. 12, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Money from a legal settlement will be used to provide funding to add charging stations for electric vehicles at 18 sites in seven Alabama counties. The governor's office says grants totaling $4.1 million will help fund installing of chargers at...

SCDOT: Road money drops without higher electric car fees

Jun. 12, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The woman in charge of South Carolina roads is warning lawmakers that the growth in electric vehicles will mean a drop in how much the state has to spend on roads unless they make some changes. Electric cars don't pay the gas tax because they don't...

US to seek automated braking requirement for heavy trucks

Jun. 11, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — In a reversal from Trump administration policies, U.S. auto safety regulators say they will move to require or set standards for automatic emergency braking systems on new heavy trucks. The Department of Transportation, which includes the National...

Energy Secretary says US wants 'responsible' lithium mining

Jun. 10, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) — Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said the Biden administration wants to see lithium needed for electric cars to be mined “in a responsible way" that respects the environment and Native American tribes. Granholm said during a visit to...

Yellowstone National Park unveils automated electric cars

Jun. 10, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Park officials have launched the first tests of electric vehicles in Yellowstone National Park that are capable of operating without drivers. The park on Wednesday launched a $360,000 public experiment into the potential future of visitor...

Hydrogen fuel company sets $84M plant for southeast Georgia

Jun. 10, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A company that produces hydrogen to fuel vehicles and electric generators says it will invest $84 million to build a hydrogen refinery in southeast Georgia, hiring 24 people. Plug Power, based in Latham, New York, said the Kingsland plant is one of a...

Eying deal, GM softens on tough standards for car pollution

Jun. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The nation's largest automaker said Wednesday it can support greenhouse gas emissions limits that other car manufacturers negotiated with California — if they are achieved mostly by promoting sales of fully electric vehicles. It is a new stance for...

Startup Lordstown Motors warns it may not stay in business

Jun. 08, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Startup commercial electric vehicle maker Lordstown Motors says it may not be in business a year from now as it tries to secure funding to start full production of an electric pickup truck. In a quarterly regulatory filing Tuesday, Lordstown said the $587...

Automakers face a threat to EV sales: Slow charging times

Jun. 07, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — If the auto industry is to succeed in its bet that electric vehicles will soon dominate the roads, it will need to overcome a big reason why many people are still avoiding them: fear of running out of juice between Point A and Point B. Automakers have...

Federal agency: Nevada flower near mine should be protected

Jun. 03, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An extremely rare wildflower that grows only in Nevada’s high desert where an Australian mining company wants to dig for lithium should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. The agency...