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Apple buys more self-driving car technology in latest deal

Jun. 26, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple has bought a struggling self-driving car startup as the iPhone maker continues to explore the potential market for robotic vehicles, despite recently curtailing its work on the technology. The Cupertino, California, company confirmed its acquisition of Drive.ai Wednesday...

Wisconsin passes budget after Tesla proviso woos key senator

Jun. 26, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans passed a state budget Wednesday after winning a key legislator's support with a provision to allow Tesla to open dealerships in the state — a goal long pursued by the lawmaker, who sells rebuilt Tesla vehicles and parts. Sen. Chris Kapenga, a self-described...

The Latest: Wisconsin Senate passes state budget on to Evers

Jun. 26, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Wisconsin Senate's state budget vote (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate have narrowly approved the state budget. The $81 billion two-year spending plan now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign the budget into law,...

Tesla: Sales record within reach but deliveries are problem

Jun. 26, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is close to setting a quarterly record for deliveries, but the company is having trouble shipping vehicles to the right places as the second quarter comes to a close, CEO Elon Musk told workers in an internal memo. Musk wrote that the company could break the record of 90,700 deliveries...

Car manufacturer donates cars to college auto program

Jun. 26, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Toyota Mississippi has donated 10 new model Corollas to Itawamba Community College's automotive technology program to be used for hands-on training. The company donated the 2020 model-year cars last week. In 2013, the school received seven cars. The auto program's head, Brad...

E-bikes encounter rocky road to approval despite popularity

Jun. 25, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Gordon Goodwin and his wife are rediscovering their passion for bicycling in their senior years thanks to new electric-assist bikes. The electric motors provide a gentle kick, making it easier for them to pedal up hilly roads around Maine's Acadia National Park. "We're getting...

Tesla budget provision targeted at senator who sells parts

Jun. 25, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A late addition to the Wisconsin state budget that makes it easier to sell Tesla vehicles in Wisconsin was targeted to win over the vote of a Republican state senator who sells Tesla parts and salvaged electric vehicles. Sen. Chris Kapenga is a longtime supporter of the Tesla...

GM to upgrade assembly plants ahead of new pickup, SUV lines

Jun. 25, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — General Motors Co. has announced it's investing more than $4.2 billion in assembly plants in Indiana, Michigan and Texas to prepare for the launch of its next generation of pickups and SUVs. The company said Tuesday that it's increasing capacity, improving operating efficiencies and...

Georgia city drives electric cars to global sustainability

Jun. 25, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia city is trying to reduce its contribution to global warming by outfitting city workers with electric cars. News outlets report the city of Savannah added two electric vehicles on Monday, with plans to grow the fleet as vehicles retire each year. Sustainability Director Nick...

Nebraska utility helps reduce cost of car charging stations

Jun. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest utility offers several programs to help reduce the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle and installing a charging station. Customers of Nebraska Public Power District and the utilities it serves are eligible for the aid, which could include as much as $4,500 in...