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California cuts electric-car rebates, drops luxury models

Dec. 4, 2019 4:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's rebate program to entice more drivers to purchase electric vehicles has gotten less generous, especially for residents looking to buy luxury models. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that effective Tuesday, regulators have stopped offering rebates for buyers of...

NYC to replace some delivery trucks with cargo bikes

Dec. 4, 2019 4:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is aiming to cut traffic congestion and pollution by replacing some delivery trucks with electric-powered cargo bikes. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a six-month pilot program Wednesday to bring about 100 pedal-assisted cargo bikes to the city's most crowded Manhattan streets....

Lucid Motors auto plant expected to create 4K Arizona jobs

Dec. 3, 2019 4:31 PM EST

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has welcomed a new electric auto plant expected to create more than 4,000 jobs in Casa Grande over the next decade, officials said. Ducey, local politicians and state economic development officials attended the Lucid Motors groundbreaking...

Purdue to study safety of electric skateboards, scooters

Dec. 3, 2019 1:11 PM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University plans to study the safety of electric skateboards and scooters in response to a rash of serious injuries on campus. Purdue President Mitch Daniels said Monday the study would look at “the extreme safety issues” posed by electric skateboards,...

Minnesota utility is investing in electric vehicle charging

Dec. 1, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A municipal power utility recently announced one of the largest ever investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Greater Minnesota. The nonprofit Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) plans to install 17 DC (direct current) fast chargers and 68 Level 2 chargers...

Minnesota reducing gas emissions with Volkswagen settlement

Nov. 30, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — How big of a cut to greenhouse gas emissions can $47 million buy? It might be less than you think. State regulators recently announced plans to spend a chunk of cash from a national legal settlement with Volkswagen on a host of projects to make more of the transportation sector run on...

German court issues split rulings over VW diesel cheating

Nov. 28, 2019 4:21 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German appeals court has ruled in several lawsuits against automaker Volkswagen, saying consumers who unknowingly bought cars with software installed to cheat diesel emissions tests deserve compensation but those who purchased them later don’t. The Stuttgart appeals court ruled...

Nissan invests in production to prepare for electric age

Nov. 28, 2019 2:47 AM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan is investing 33 billion yen ($303 million) in its flagship auto plant in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture in a first rollout of a production system geared toward electric vehicles. Nissan Motor Co. Executive Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto said Thursday that manufacturing...

Environmental group upset funds spent on diesel vehicles

Nov. 27, 2019 4:09 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An environmental organization is raising concerns about how Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration plans to spend $6 million from a legal settlement with Volkswagen. Lori Brown, executive director of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, questioned Wednesday why...

Musk touts 146,000 orders for Tesla’s electric pickup truck

Nov. 23, 2019 5:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk says Tesla has received nearly 150,000 orders for its new electric pickup truck since the automaker revealed the futuristic vehicle earlier this week to mixed reviews. The Tesla CEO tweeted Saturday that the company received 146,000 orders for the wedge-shaped...