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Hybrids to lose special access to Utah carpool lanes

Aug. 16, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is kicking hybrid vehicles out of the express lanes on Interstate 15 at the end of September. The move comes after Congress declined to extend permission for hybrids to get special access to restricted lanes on federally funded highways. The Salt Lake Tribune reports about 5,000...

Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Aug. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers....

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 16, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

CONNECTICUT Conn. already eclipsed on shared solar New Haven Register Aug. 16 The movement of light is the fixed definition for speed. The movement of Connecticut is pretty much the opposite. In recent years, about the only way Connecticut lands before New York and Massachusetts is alphabetically. There may be no...

Montana man dies after scooter crash in Denver

Aug. 13, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Police say a Montana man has died after he collided with a car while riding an electric scooter in Denver last week. The Denver Post reported Monday that 26-year-old Cameron Hagan of Billings crashed the Lyft scooter on Aug. 4. Denver police say Hagan was riding "carelessly" when the...

Correction: Minivan-Not Dead Yet story

Aug. 8, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — In a story Aug. 2 about minivan sales slowing down, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of minivan sales last year based on a miscalculation by CarGurus.com. Minivan sales sank to 482,185, or about one-third of the 1.33 million sold in 2000, not 364,000, or about one-quarter...

New Michael Moore-backed doc tackles alternative energy

Aug. 8, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — What if alternative energy isn't all it's cracked up to be? That's the provocative question explored in the documentary "Planet of the Humans," which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by one of his longtime collaborators. It premiered last week at his...

NYC industrial park debuts self-driving car shuttle service

Aug. 6, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Self-driving cars are set to start picking up passengers in a New York City industrial park. Starting Wednesday, six autonomous shuttles operated by Boston-based startup Optimus Ride will take riders on a loop to a ferry dock in Brooklyn Navy Yard. The free service is expected to transport...

Officials say misuse of electric bike share causing problems

Aug. 2, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials in Rhode Island's capital say misuse of its first bike share program is causing problems. The Providence Journal reports that the popular electric Jump bikes are being found on Providence sidewalks, in parking spaces and tossed on lawns. Police Chief Hugh Clements says...

Police: Electric scooter rider fatally hit by car in Atlanta

Aug. 2, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Another electric scooter rider has been fatally hit by a vehicle in Atlanta, the third such death since the e-scooters arrived in the city last year. News outlets report Atlanta police say 34-year-old Amber Ford died Thursday after being hit by a car over the weekend. A witness told police...

IndyCar to use hybrid technology to boost horsepower, safety

Aug. 1, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar plans to use hybrid technology to increase horsepower and improve safety. The racing series announced Thursday it will integrate a hybrid powertrain into its cars beginning in 2022. The technology will use braking systems to create energy recovery and will include multi-phase...