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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....

Legislators aim for common ground on Minnesota energy future

Aug. 14, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislators have been talking about how to address the state's energy future after adjourning earlier this year without passing any major energy initiatives. Officials from both parties are trying to find ways to further cut emissions that contribute to climate change,...

China's auto sales sink in July, extending yearlong decline

Aug. 13, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales sank again in July, extending a yearlong contraction in the industry's biggest global market. Sales of sedans, SUVs and minivans declined 3.9% from a year earlier to 1.5 million, according to an industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Sales of...

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...

Toyota profits up, Honda's down, both lower annual forecasts

Aug. 2, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota reported a nearly 4% increase in fiscal first quarter profit on improved sales, while rival Honda reported a 29% decline in fiscal first quarter profit. Both Japanese automakers on Friday lowered their profit forecasts for the fiscal year, blaming an unfavorable foreign exchange rate....

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...

West Virginia observatory to continue operations

Jul. 30, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

GREEN BANK, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Green Bank Observatory will continue operating under the National Science Foundation. Green Bank Observatory Director Karen O'Neil announced the foundation's decision in a statement Tuesday. The foundation had been evaluating options for the observatory, ranging...

Electric vehicles gain slow momentum in North Dakota

Jul. 27, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Step on the accelerator in Capital Electric Cooperative's new Chevrolet Bolt and it, literally, bolts forward. "They're really snappy, quick and fun to drive," said Energy Services Supervisor Josh Schaffner as he demonstrated on the road next to his office. The car is one of 141...

$3m grant for electric buses and car charging stations

Jul. 25, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont congressional delegation says the state Agency of Transportation will receive a $3 million federal grant to buy electric buses and install vehicle charging stations in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, independent Sen. Bernie...