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Consumer Reports finds vehicle redesigns come with glitches

Nov. 14, 2019 1:11 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable. In its annual auto reliability survey this year, Consumer Reports found that while newly redesigned models have the latest infotainment, safety and fuel-economy technology, they also come with glitches...

Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US

Nov. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s...

Tesla to build factory in Germany after subsidies announced

Nov. 13, 2019 12:35 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Wednesday hailed Tesla’s decision to build its first European factory in the country, days after the government said it would boost subsidies for buyers of electric cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during an awards ceremony in the German capital Tuesday evening that...

Salt Lake City police officers criticize new hybrid vehicle

Nov. 12, 2019 12:05 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some officers from the Salt Lake City Police Department have warned city leaders that new hybrid sedans are too small. The Ford Fusion Responder hybrid sedan was "not designed for police work," and "a danger to anyone that may need a police response," several officers who tested out...

Uber fights LA's suspension of scooter, bike rental permit

Nov. 12, 2019 10:11 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Uber subsidiary Jump is fighting the suspension of its permit to rent electric scooters and bikes in Los Angeles. The city suspended Jump's operating permit in October for not complying with a rule requiring such companies to transmit data on the start and end point of each trip in...

China's auto sales fall 5.8% in October

Nov. 11, 2019 5:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales fell 5.8% from a year earlier in October as demand for electric cars plunged, an industry group reported Monday, extending a painful squeeze in the global industry's biggest market. The Chinese auto market is on track to contract for second year, dragged down by weak...

Minnesota governor pursuing more electric cars for the state

Nov. 9, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is on a crusade. He wants to lower carbon emissions from Minnesota's transportation sector, and says his latest plan to adopt California rules for tailpipe emissions could help make a dent, in part by invigorating a lagging market for electric vehicles. "If we had more...

70-year-old man on electric scooter dies in car crash

Nov. 8, 2019 10:43 PM EST

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police say a 70-year-old man was killed when his electric scooter collided with a car. The Boston Globe reports the Falmouth man, who police did not identify, was struck and killed at an intersection on Wednesday while riding the scooter. Falmouth police say officers...

Report on Uber crash questions testing of self-driving cars

Nov. 7, 2019 6:43 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Documents released this week by a federal agency raise questions about whether a self-driving Uber SUV that ran down a pedestrian last year should have been allowed on public roads for test purposes. A National Transportation Safety Board report on the March 18, 2018 crash in Tempe, Arizona,...

Kentucky man riding electric scooter hit, killed in crash

Nov. 6, 2019 5:02 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man was fatally struck by a car while riding an electric scooter, less than a month after they were introduced to the city of Lexington. News outlets report 35-year-old Timothy Ryan Freeman was hit by several cars Monday after he lost control of a Lime scooter and fell into...