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California needs a million EV charging stations — but that’s ‘unlikely’ and ‘unrealistic’

Jul. 16, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

California will have to build public charging stations at an unprecedented — and some experts say unrealistic — pace to meet the needs of the 7 million electric cars expected on its roads in less than seven years. The sheer scale of the buildout has alarmed many experts and...

World's first hydrogen-powered commercial ferry to run on San Francisco Bay, and it's free to ride

Jul. 12, 2024 23:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial passenger ferry will start operating on San Francisco Bay as part of plans to phase out diesel-powered vessels and reduce planet-warming carbon emissions, California officials said Friday, demonstrating the ship. ...

Biden awards $1.7 billion to boost electric vehicle manufacturing and assembly in 8 states

Jul. 11, 2024 17:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is awarding nearly $2 billion in grants to General Motors, Stellantis and other carmakers to help restart or expand electric vehicle manufacturing and assembly sites in eight states, including the presidential battlegrounds of Michigan, Pennsylvania and...

Toyota investing in EV charging network Ionna

Jul. 10, 2024 08:40 AM EDT

Toyota says it's investing in Ionna, teaming with seven other automakers to support the company's implementation of its charging network for battery electric vehicles across North America. The investment announced Wednesday gives Toyota and Lexus customers access to the public...

A green flag for clean power: NASCAR unveils its first electric racecar

Jul. 06, 2024 13:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Part of the experience of a NASCAR race is hearing the engine roar, the rumble of each car’s approach and the zip when it whizzes past at more than 150 mph. NASCAR unveiled its first electric racecar Saturday in downtown Chicago, but it doesn’t thunder when the...

US new-vehicle sales barely rose in the second quarter as buyers balked at still-high prices

Jul. 02, 2024 20:01 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. new-vehicle sales rose only slightly in the second quarter, despite larger discounts and slightly lower prices. But brisker sales could be on the horizon: Auto industry analysts say they expect prices to drop further and there's a possibility of interest-rate...

GM brings in new CEO to steer troubled Cruise robotaxi service while Waymo ramps up in San Francisco

Jun. 25, 2024 16:54 PM EDT

General Motors on Tuesday named a veteran technology executive with roots in the video game industry to steer its troubled robotaxi service Cruise as it tries to recover from a gruesome collision that triggered the suspension of its California license. Marc Whitten, one of the key...

China targets Europe's farmers, and not its automakers, in response to EU tariffs on electric cars

Jun. 18, 2024 08:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government is taking aim at European farmers instead of German automakers by launching an investigation into European Union pork imports, just days after the EU said it plans to impose provisional tariffs on China-made electric vehicles. The Commerce...

Thefts of charging cables pose yet another obstacle to appeal of electric vehicles

Jun. 12, 2024 19:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Just before 2 a.m. on a chilly April night in Seattle, a Chevrolet Silverado pickup stopped at an electric vehicle charging station on the edge of a shopping center parking lot. Two men, one with a light strapped to his head, got out. A security camera recorded them...

Real-world mileage standard for new vehicles rising to 38 mpg in 2031 under new Biden rule

Jun. 07, 2024 17:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New vehicles sold in the U.S. will have to average about 38 miles per gallon of gasoline in 2031 in real-world driving, up from about 29 mpg this year, under new federal rules unveiled Friday by the Biden administration. The final rule will increase fuel economy...