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Scrutiny of Tesla crash a sign that regulation may be coming

Apr. 19, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The fiery crash of a Tesla near Houston with no one behind the wheel is drawing scrutiny from two federal agencies that could bring new regulation of electronic systems that take on some driving tasks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

India's electric vehicles face practical, technical hurdles

Apr. 18, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — H.S. Panno, an independent contractor living in a spacious two-story penthouse in New Delhi, had his doubts when he bought his first electric car in September. So far, he's pleased with his savings on gas and maintenance, which are down by more than...

Bicycle industry still booming a year into the pandemic

Apr. 17, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bicycles continue to spin out of stores in record numbers. Last March, people began purchasing bicycles at the beginning of the pandemic. A year later, the industry continues to see an increase in sales — to the point where...

Union, automakers headed for fight over battery plant wages

Apr. 16, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is calling on General Motors to pay full union wages at electric vehicle battery factories, thrusting what had been a festering conflict into the spotlight. The union, in a statement reacting to GM’s announcement...

Caltrans adds 5 EV fast chargers on US 395, Highway 58

Apr. 15, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) — Drivers of electric vehicles have new fast charge options on U.S. 395 in Inyo County and on State Route 58 in Kern County, the California Department of Transportation said Thursday. “These chargers bring increased mobility for travelers and...

Toyota recalls Venza SUVs to fix air bag wiring problem

Apr. 15, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling about 373,000 Venza SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem can stop the side air bags from inflating in a crash. The recall covers Venzas from the 2009 through 2015 model years, including nearly 280,000 in the U.S. ...

Mercedes rolls out luxury electric car in duel with Tesla

Apr. 15, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG on Thursday unveiled a battery-powered counterpart to its top Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan as German carmakers ramp up their challenge to electric upstart Tesla. The EQS is the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be built on a framework...

Walmart invests in GM's Cruise autonomous vehicle subsidiary

Apr. 15, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Walmart and some institutional investors have joined the latest investment in Cruise, bumping the capital influx into the General Motors autonomous vehicle subsidiary from over $2 billion to $2.75 billion. Walmart and Cruise announced a partnership last...

EU lacking sufficient electric cars charging infrastructure

Apr. 13, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In line with its ambition to make Europe a greener place, the European Union wants to drastically reduce gas emission from transport by 2050 and promote electric cars. But according to a report from the bloc's external auditor, it is lacking the appropriate charging...

Expanded trail access proposed for electric bikes at Tahoe

Apr. 13, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a five-fold increase in the number of miles of trails open to certain electric bikes in the forests surrounding Lake Tahoe. The proposal by the service’s Lake Basin Management Unit covering parts of six counties...