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Colorado to use Volkswagen settlement to purchase new buses

Apr. 18, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will use part of an emissions scandal settlement to replace 28 diesel buses with electric or cleaner-burning vehicles. The Denver Post reports the state will provide around $14 million in grants to six transit agencies from the $68.7 million the state received from Volkswagen of...

Electric scooters have zipped by docked bikes in popularity

Apr. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Love them or hate them, electric scooters are everywhere — zipping along city streets and littered on sidewalks, to the dismay of pedestrians and drivers who must share the road. And now they have overtaken station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation...

Solar car startup Sono to build in Sweden, starting in 2020

Apr. 17, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Munich-based startup Sono Motors plans to build the first mass produced solar electric vehicle in Sweden, starting next year. Sono Motors and National Electric Vehicle Sweden announced Wednesday they've signed a deal to manufacture the self-charging Sion at a former Saab plant in Trollhattan....

Electric car makers woo Chinese buyers with range, features

Apr. 16, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Automakers showcased electric SUVs and sedans with longer range and luxury features Tuesday at the Shanghai auto show, wooing Chinese buyers as Beijing slashes subsidies that helped to launch the industry. Two of China's biggest state-owned automakers unveiled models they said can travel...

Lyft pulls electric bikes off the road after brake problems

Apr. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Buijs had logged more than 750 Citi Bike rides before he took out an electric bike for the first time. He was riding it in Manhattan when a minivan swerved into his path. Buijs hit the brakes and immediately flew through the air, taking the brunt of the fall with his nose and lip. He...

Former Volkswagen CEO charged with fraud in Germany

Apr. 15, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors charged former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four others with fraud in the emissions cheating scandal that has helped turn many Europeans against diesel engines and accelerated the push toward electric cars. Prosecutors said Monday that Winterkorn knew...

Volkswagen unveils fully-electric SUV for China market

Apr. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Volkswagen is planning to release a fully-electric SUV in China which could compete with Tesla's Model X. The German automaker said Sunday the ID. ROOMZZ will be unveiled at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show and will be available in 2021. Volkswagen says the zero-emission vehicle can go approximately 450 kilometers...

China's auto show highlights electric ambitions

Apr. 14, 2019 1:18 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — This year's Shanghai auto show highlights the global industry's race to make electric cars Chinese drivers want to buy as Beijing winds down subsidies that promoted sales. Communist leaders are shifting the burden to automakers by imposing mandatory sales targets for electrics, adding to...

Electrifying city fleets isn't as improbable as some think

Apr. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — For a suburban Minnesota police department, the idea of an electric police car is so far-fetched it was the punchline of an April Fools' Day prank on social media. In a tweet, a Coon Rapids police officer proudly showed off his department's new Tesla before confessing it was all a...

Group asks gov't to probe Nissan automatic emergency braking

Apr. 13, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. auto safety group wants the government to investigate automatic emergency braking on some Nissan Rogue SUVs, alleging that the safety feature makes the vehicles brake even when there's no emergency. The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety filed a petition with the National Highway...