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GM, Ford outdo each other with electric vehicle investments

Jun. 16, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will raise spending on electric and autonomous vehicles and add two U.S. battery factories as it gambles that consumers will eagerly switch from gasoline to the new technology. The announcements Wednesday came as crosstown rival Ford said...

Self-driving car pioneer Waymo gets $2.5B to fuel ambitions

Jun. 16, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Waymo, the self-driving car pioneer spun off from Google, isn't allowing a recent wave of executive departures to detour its plans to expand its robotic taxi service. The Mountain View, California, company made that clear Wednesday by...

Spain hopes to jumpstart electric car industry with EU funds

Jun. 16, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Daniel Sánchez is one of the luckier electric car owners in Spain. With a free recharging station less than a kilometer from his home just north of Barcelona, he can keep his Tesla ready to roll. “I cannot imagine stopping at a gas station...

Volvo to boost electric vehicle production in South Carolina

Jun. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Volvo Cars will invest $118 million into its plant in Ridgeville to build Polestar 3 electric vehicles with its affiliate, Polestar Cars, company officials announced Wednesday. The Ridgefield plant now produces the Volvo S60 luxury sedan for U.S....

Battery recycling firm to expand operations in Nevada

Jun. 15, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A battery recycling company founded by a former executive at Tesla Inc. broke ground on 100 acres (40 hectares) of land at an industrial park near Reno as part of its expansion plan. Redwood Materials, which was founded in Nevada in 2017, is expecting...

Startup Lordstown Motors says production still on track

Jun. 15, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Startup electric truck maker Lordstown Motors said Tuesday that it's still on track to begin production this fall despite a management shakeup this week and a warning just days earlier that it may not be in business a year from now. Angela Strand,...

GM, Wabtec to develop hydrogen powered locomotives

Jun. 15, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has signed a deal to develop railroad locomotives powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and battery system. Under a nonbinding agreement with locomotive maker Wabtec Corp., GM batteries and hydrogen technology will be used in locomotives to help...

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...