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EXPLAINER: Starving for more chips in a tech-hungry world

Apr. 08, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — As the U.S. economy rebounds from its pandemic slump, a vital cog is in short supply: the computer chips that power a wide range of products that connect, transport and entertain us in a world increasingly dependent on technology. The shortage...

Chip shortage forces more production cuts by GM, Ford

Apr. 08, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The global shortage of semiconductors has forced General Motors and Ford to further cut production at their North American factories as chip supplies seem to be growing tighter. The shutdowns likely will crimp dealer inventory of vehicles made at the...

Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric

Apr. 07, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president and auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren’t buying it. They argue that now is the time to...

Edmunds: The most affordable new SUVs for 2021

Apr. 07, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

SUVs top nearly every automaker’s sales charts and they’re not cheap. Any given SUV costs a few thousand more than its closest sedan counterpart. To help ease the sticker shock, Edmunds’ experts have compiled a list of five SUVs that come in a variety of sizes and have unusually low...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Apr. 07, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. April 2, 2021. Editorial: The lead in Illinois’ drinking water U.S. senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin are pushing for the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen safe drinking water protections in...

Electric Chevy pickup to get estimated 400 miles per charge

Apr. 06, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck will get an estimated 400 miles of range per charge, General Motors says. The company announced the range in a webcast on Tuesday and said the truck would be built at a factory straddling the...

SKorea's LG to exit loss-making mobile phone business

Apr. 05, 2021 04:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean electronics maker LG said Monday it is getting out of its loss-making mobile phone business to focus on electric vehicle components, robotics, artificial intelligence and other products and services. LG's board approved the shift...

Alabama auto supply company adding third site

Apr. 04, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A vehicle supply company is expanding its operations in Tuscaloosa County. SMP Automative Systems Alabama plans to build a new plant at the Cedar Cove Technology Park, WBRC-TV reports. It already has two facilities in the county that employ more...

Electric van production planned at former Hummer site

Apr. 03, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana factory that once produced Hummers will be churning out electric vehicles later this year. Electric Last Mile Solutions plans to make light-duty delivery vehicles in Mishawaka in the third quarter, the South Bend Tribune reported. ...

CEO of Google's self-driving car spinoff steps down from job

Apr. 02, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The executive who steered the transformation of Google's self-driving car project into a separate company worth billions of dollars is stepping down after more than five years on the job. John Krafcik announced his departure as CEO of Waymo, a...