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Waymo is cleared to launch robotaxi service in Los Angeles, sparking new protests

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California regulators have given the green light for Waymo to expand into Los Angeles County, clearing the way for the driverless taxi service to launch into a new massive market in the coming months.

But the move is sparking protests from local leaders, who have safety concerns after a rocky rollout in San Francisco.

Exactly when Waymo ...Read more

Motormouth: How often should I plug in my car?

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Q: We recently purchased a 2023 EV Hybrid Toyota Rav 4 Prime, and we absolutely love it but have different opinions on how best to charge it. My husband believes that we should plug it in every single time we drive, even if we have used only a few miles of the electric capabilities. I prefer to use up most of the electrical capacity, as we can ...Read more

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California approves Waymo's request to expand driverless robotaxis

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California state regulators on Friday approved Waymo’s request to allow driverless taxis to operate on the Peninsula.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) stated in a disposition letter that Waymo’s driverless taxis can begin picking up fared passengers immediately.

Waymo’s updated passenger safety plan and the new features ...Read more

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Ford EV drivers now can reserve adapter to access Tesla Superchargers

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Drivers of all-electric Ford vehicles can now reserve a free adapter to have access to more than 15,000 Tesla Inc. Superchargers, the automaker said on Thursday.

Having the Tesla-developed adapter will give retail customers of Mustang Mach-E SUVs and F-150 Lightning pickups access to Tesla version-three Superchargers in the United States and ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a big buck with a small bang

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In October 2016, Nissan took majority ownership in Mitsubishi North America. With this, the rollout of a new flagship was appropriate and the Mitsubishi Outlander was created. In 2024, a new position exists for Mitsubishi and it’s the Outlander PHEV. With Nissan funding the efforts, the Outlander is not surprisingly a Nissan Rogue in disguise ...Read more

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Auto review: Lexus LC 500 leaves custom touches to you

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How do you improve on a luxury sports cruiser that is jaw-droppingly beautiful, supremely built, with a V-8 growl, athletic performance and exquisite two-tone interior with neck heaters?

Well, that’s your call. Be creative.

The 2024 Lexus LC 500 Convertible for the first time offers the Bespoke Build option, which allows buyers to customize ...Read more

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Larry Printz: Automotive startup Ineos unveils a green-pleasing SUV

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Automotive startup Ineos Automotive has unveiled its third model, the Fusilier, a new SUV scheduled to reach showrooms in 2027. The Fusilier follows the release of the Ineos Grenadier SUV in 2022 and Ineos Quartermaster pickup in 2023. So far, only the full-size Grenadier SUV is currently sold in the United States.

Unveiled in London at The ...Read more

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Group's 'greenest' car is a Toyota hybrid while Hummer EV lands near the bottom

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The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid is the “greenest” car you can buy in the United States, beating out electric-only vehicles, while the GMC Hummer EV is among the least environmentally-friendly on the market, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Of the top 12 greenest cars the research ...Read more

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UAW board removes secretary-treasurer from department roles over alleged violations

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The United Auto Workers' International Executive Board has removed Secretary-Treasurer Margaret Mock from overseeing some departments for allegedly abusing her authority and violating union policies, according to a UAW caucus that supported Mock.

The United All Workers for Democracy Steering Committee, which endorsed Mock in the 2022 IEB ...Read more

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Motormouth: How often should I plug in my car?

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Q: My husband believes that we should plug in our hybrid every single time we drive, even if we have used only a few miles of the electric capabilities. I prefer to use up most of the electrical capacity, as we can usually do a week's worth of errands before the battery consumption goes to zero and the hybrid system kicks in. With a full charge,...Read more

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Majority of workers at Mercedes plant in Alabama sign UAW authorization cards

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A majority of workers at Mercedes-Benz's largest plant in the United States have signed authorization cards for United Auto Workers representation, the union said on Tuesday.

The milestone comes less than seven weeks since the Detroit-based union hit the 30% milestone at the plant in Vance, Alabama, outside Tuscaloosa. Securing a majority of ...Read more

Study: Lower gas prices make ICEs more affordable to fuel up than EVs

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With gasoline prices dropping, a new study suggests gas-powered vehicles may be more economic to fuel up versus an equivalent electric vehicle.

Entry-level gas-powered cars like the Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza had an average fueling cost of $9.46 per 100 purposeful miles, which are defined as those going to a destination, not a gas or ...Read more

Italy reached out to BYD about plans for European car plant

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BYD Co. has been contacted by the Italian government as part of the country’s efforts to attract a second car manufacturer beyond Fiat maker Stellantis NV.

“We have some contacts to discuss about that,” Michael Shu, managing director of BYD Europe, said in an interview at the Geneva International Motor Show. The need for a second ...Read more

Presidential election a fork in the road for automakers' EV plans

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DETROIT — Depending on whom Americans elect to the presidency in November, the U.S. auto industry could be looking at two vastly different product and profitability scenarios.

As a result, the industry is holding its breath. The Biden administration last year proposed stricter emissions regulations into the next decade, suggesting EV ...Read more

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Jeep cuts US pricing as new leaders alter strategy ahead of EV launches

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AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Jeep has cut pricing on its lineup as a part of an altered strategy under new brand leadership after the automaker bled U.S. market share and is set to launch its first all-electric vehicles in North America.

Jeep sales declined 6% in 2023 in the United States. It’s facing increasing competition in niches that for ...Read more

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Ford pauses F-150 Lightning shipments as part of lengthened quality check

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Ford Motor Co. has paused shipments of the 2024 F-150 Lightning pickup truck as part of a longer-than-expected quality check process.

A spokesperson declined to specify why the quality check is taking so long. The stop-shipment went into effect on Feb. 9 after shipments of the '24 Lightnings began last month. Despite the hold, production of the...Read more

Hyundai EV plant needs lots of water. Some fear plans to drill wells

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SOUTH BULLOCH COUNTY, Georgia — On nearly 3,000 acres 20 miles west of Savannah, Hyundai Motor Group is racing to finish its “Metaplant” electric vehicle factory by early 2025, if not sooner.

The plant — Georgia’s largest economic development project, which Hyundai has promised will employ 8,500 — has already begun to transform a ...Read more

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Once the darling of the EV world, the electric truck-maker Rivian is reeling

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Rivian Automotive Inc. emerged as a darling of investors — a brand with promise of bringing the "cool" factor to the once-red-hot market for electric vehicles.

But the Irvine-based company hit the brakes Wednesday, announcing a 10% cut to its workforce and lower production expectations. The news sent its stock plummeting. The 25% drop in ...Read more

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Mercedes US executive warned against unionizing at mandatory meeting, UAW says

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A high-ranking Mercedes-Benz Group AG executive held a mandatory anti-union meeting this week for the workforce of an Alabama plant the United Auto Workers is trying to organize, the union said.

Michael Göbel, who oversees production in North America and is chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc., addressed employees ...Read more

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Ready for an 800-volt jolt? Carmakers are unveiling new fast-charging EVs

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Automakers are rolling out new 800-volt electric vehicle platforms, which promise to cut charging time in half, though BloombergNEF analysis finds a few of the biggest manufacturers are still hesitating to invest in the new technology, leaving them at risk of getting left behind.

Today most EVs are based on 400-volt architectures — and for a...Read more