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Ford reopens F-150 Lightning order bank, raises prices

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Ford Motor Co. on Thursday will reopen order banks for the next round of reservation holders of the all-electric F-150 Lightning — and customers will see both improvements in range and a higher price for model year 2023.

Citing "significant material cost increases and other factors," the Dearborn automaker said it would increase the ...Read more

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California DMV accuses Tesla of false advertising. At issue: Autopilot and Full Self-Driving

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles has accused Tesla of false advertising in its promotion of the company’s signature Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technologies.

The agency alleges the electric carmaker misled customers with advertising language on its website describing Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technologies as more capable ...Read more

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Rivian likely excluded from new federal EV tax credits

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ATLANTA — Rivian may be getting lots of tax incentives from state and local leaders in Georgia to build a massive new factory, but the company's leaders are feeling snubbed by Congress.

The U.S. Senate recently reached an agreement to reform federal electric vehicle tax credits, expanding the program overall while placing new caps on vehicle ...Read more

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Auto review: Toyota Sequoia benefits from Tundra's best assets

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It’s been 14 years since Toyota offered a new Toyota Sequoia. Given its long life with little change, you can be forgiven if you forgot the model even existed. But with the Land Cruiser leaving the American market, the Sequoia now takes on its role as Toyota’s largest and most capable SUV in its U.S. lineup.

Thankfully, it’s been ...Read more

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$300 million EV plan includes 730 high-speed chargers in Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS — Anchored with a huge buildout of fast charging stations, Xcel Energy this week unveiled a plan to spend $300 million to greatly expand its electric vehicle presence in Minnesota.

Minneapolis-based Xcel, in a filing with Minnesota utility regulators, proposed building 730 new fast-charging stations across Minnesota during the ...Read more

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Illinois joins 3 other states to create EV charging circuit along Lake Michigan shoreline route

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CHICAGO — Illinois has joined with three other states to build a 1,100-mile EV charging circuit along Lake Michigan, creating a scenic tourism route with enough juice to get electric vehicles from fish boils in Green Bay to cherry picking in Traverse City.

The Lake Michigan EV Circuit Tour will incorporate existing charging infrastructure ...Read more

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How bonkers is demand for rugged SUVs? Even sporty Mazda is making a CX-50 Meridian dirt-kicker

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DETROIT — The American consumer has gone wild for SUVs, especially rugged SUVs. In addition to dedicated dirt-kickers like Ford Broncos, Jeep Wranglers and Toyota 4Runners, brands are now equipping mainstream SUVs with off-road packages like Ford Explorer Timberline, Subaru Outback Wilderness, and Toyota RAV4 TRD.

How bonkers is off-road ...Read more

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Auto review: Kia EV6 spins heads with high style, tech -- and price

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CHARLEVOIX, Mich. — My friend Jamie wants an electric car — in particular, one with a hatchback so he can stow his bicycle for ride excursions. There are plenty of roomy EV hatches available, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Tesla Model Y and Cadillac Lyriq. And the Kia EV6 that I just used to haul a bike here.

Electric ...Read more

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Motormouth: Open the window, then start the car?

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Q: Periodically, my 2014 Buick Regal will not crank when I turn the ignition key to start but displays the following message on the instrument panel "Open and close driver window." After I open and close the driver window, the message changes to "Open and close the passenger window." After opening and closing the passenger window, the engine ...Read more

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FCA sentenced to pay $300M in diesel emissions cheating case

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DETROIT — A federal judge on Monday sentenced the U.S. division of Stellantis NV to pay $300 million in penalties and forfeitures for cheating on government emissions testing on "clean EcoDiesel" for Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 pickup trucks.

FCA U.S. LLC pleaded guilty to the criminal conspiracy charge in June. It was the second ...Read more

UAW convention ends on dramatic note, even as some hail 'democratic' progress

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DETROIT — The United Auto Workers' 38th Constitutional Convention ended on a dramatic note Thursday, reflecting internal fissures — as well as some signs of progress — in a union attempting to move beyond a years-long corruption scandal and position itself for an uncertain future.

In an unexpected move, UAW President Ray Curry skipped the...Read more

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Ford introduces police version of electric F-150 Lightning

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Ford Motor Co. will introduce a version of the all-electric F-150 Lightning for police use.

The Detroit automaker on Thursday announced the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle, a model that will be purpose-built for police departments. Ford noted in a press release that it has been supplying vehicles to police departments for ...Read more

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Charge by night, discharge by day: These electric school buses will send power to the grid

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A fleet of electric-powered school buses in El Cajon, California, can send electricity back to the state's grid, thanks to first-of-its kind technology developed by a local company and a partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric.

And soon other school districts in the area will be able to do the same.

"These buses are like storage on wheels," ...Read more

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EVs weigh more than gas-powered models. Here's what that means for roads, owners and pedestrians

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Electric vehicles weigh more than their internal combustion engine counterparts, and that has implications for maintenance, safety and even pollution.

The additional weight of EVs is a challenge for automakers today looking to increase at least half of their sales to be all-electric by the end of the decade. They see the prices increase on raw ...Read more

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Electric cars start covering more ground than combustion counterparts

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While gasoline prices have come down from their highs earlier this summer, drivers are still feeling plenty of pain at the pump. Unless, of course, you’re an electric vehicle owner, and thus feeling very smug while gliding past fueling stations to charge at home.

Using an EV more in times of high gasoline prices is to be expected, but one of ...Read more

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Auto review: Dancin' in the rain with the nimble Subaru BRZ

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LAKEVILLE, Connecticut — The last time I drove the Subaru BRZ was at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, one of America’s great race tracks. I flogged the rear-wheel-drive skateboard mercilessly around the 1.5-mile circuit (and accompanying infield autocross track), rowing the gears to 100-plus mph on the front straight, pushing the envelope ...Read more

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Henry Payne: All-new 2023 Chevy Colorado pickup boasts major interior, engine updates

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The Chevrolet Colorado is getting an extreme makeover.

General Motors’ mainstream brand unveiled an all-new, 2023 model of its mid-size pickup truck that expands in length, interior tech, and model trims even as it shrinks its engine and bed options. Responding to America’s thirst for all things off-road, the Colorado lineup will add a ...Read more

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Auto review: Believe it or not, the BMW i4 M50 is fast, fun, yet environmentally conscious

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With the quirky, goofy i3 city car and the cartoony but fast i8 sports car, BMW played at the margins with its first electric vehicles. Although intended to demonstrate BMW's innovative spirit, you have to wonder how many BMW enthusiasts were turned off by their eccentricity. In contrast, BMW's newest electric vehicle vehicles seem closer to the...Read more

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Ford crushes profit estimates ahead of cuts to fund EV shift

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Ford Motor Co., preparing to slash thousands of staffers to help fund its electric-vehicle future, reported second-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street estimates, as sales grew and car prices increased. Its shares rose 3.8% in early trading Thursday.

Adjusted earnings rose to 68 cents a share, more than the 45 cents analysts predicted on ...Read more

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Elon Musk crafts new master plan before Tesla pulls off the old one

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At some point, Elon Musk is going to blog again.

Four months have passed since the chief executive officer of Tesla tweeted he was working on a third “master plan” for the electric-car maker. Parts one and two were playful, endearing and hugely effective in burnishing Musk’s reputation as a visionary, ginning up excitement among investors...Read more