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Not even Elon Musk can doom the EV charger network

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Elon Musk may not like to talk about this, but Tesla Inc. probably wouldn’t be one of the world’s biggest automakers today if not for a $465 million U.S. government loan at a make-or-break phase in the company’s development. Tesla went on to repay the loan nine years early on the way to briefly having a market value of more than $1 ...Read more

Waymo to begin testing driverless cars in the San Francisco Peninsula, South Bay in coming weeks

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Drivers navigating traffic on El Camino Real in the Bay Area could soon have new cars to contend with, but no one to direct their road rage at: Driverless cars are coming to the Peninsula.

Autonomous vehicle company Waymo is set to begin testing its robotaxis along the Peninsula in the next few weeks, the first step in the company’s plans to ...Read more

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Are Tesla Superchargers really open to other EVs in California? It's complicated

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If you visited Elon Musk’s X last Saturday and clicked on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s press office account, you could watch him pull up to a Tesla charging station, step out of an electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, and announce that Tesla Superchargers were now open to non-Tesla EVs.

It’s a questionable assertion. Owners of electric Fords, Chevys, ...Read more

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Automakers are revved up over condominium towers

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MIAMI — It’s the hottest trend in the automotive industry, and it’s not electric vehicles or autonomous driving. It’s something far more prosaic and unlikely: the automotive-branded high-rise condominium tower.

It started with the Porsche Design Tower, which opened in 2017. The Bentley Residences followed in 2022, a 749-foot high, 60-...Read more

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Auto review: Reborn Chevy Traverse offers a multiverse of goodness

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ATLANTA — It’s time for another edition of Design Your Perfect Car. Today’s feature: Chevrolet. OK. The perfect Chevy would be:

1) A bargain like a Chevy Trax.

2) Engaging performance like a Corvette.

3) Off-road capable like a Colorado Z71/Trail Boss/ZR2.

4) Tough like a Silverado pickup, dude.

5) Capable of seating six ...Read more

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2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce hits all marks

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As Stellantis is known for delivering exceptional vehicles and options for consumers to enjoy, Alfa Romeo brings its Italian jive to the table with the ever-popular Stelvio Veloce (pronounced vel-oh-chay) AWD.

In Alfa Rosso Red, the Stelvio five-passenger SUV is a real beauty. At Grasso’s Garage, we place a high value on sight-lines, curves ...Read more

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Auto review: More for Less: A new entry-level for the Audi's sporty S6

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The new Audi S6 premium sport sedan offers one of those rare treats in life — getting more for less. In this case, more kicks, less money.

The formula is simple, really. Audi took the more sedate A6 and lit a fire under it with a twin-turbo 444-hp engine, added extra boost with an electric supercharger and gave it cheetah-like agility by ...Read more

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Automatic braking on US cars will save lives. Biden is right to require it

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By the end of the decade, new cars and trucks in the United States will be required to have automatic emergency braking systems that can save hundreds of lives each year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which announced the requirement Monday, called it the most significant safety rule in two decades. This is an important ...Read more

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Backed by state incentives, Rivian to invest $1.5 billion to build new R2 EV at Illinois plant

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Rivian’s decision to launch production of its second-generation electric vehicles in Normal, Illinois, rather than Georgia, will bring $1.5 billion in capital investment and hundreds of jobs to its central Illinois factory, the automaker and Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday.

Backed by $827 million in state incentives, Rivian plans to ...Read more

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Ford April sales decline, while hybrid sales peak

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Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales declined 2.4% in April, though hybrid deliveries hit a new all-time monthly sales peak, the automaker said Thursday.

The drop from 184,002 vehicles to 179,588 came from declines for F-Series trucks, Broncos and other SUVs. Auto prices are declining, and automakers, including Ford, said they are increasing incentives,...Read more

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Millions of semi-trucks on US roads still rely on fossil fuels. Cutting-edge EV tech in California could change that

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On a recent cloudless spring day on the outskirts of Gilroy, California, Christian Martorella accelerated an 18-wheeler past budding orchards. But instead of the roar of a diesel engine, the cab filled with the gentle hum of an electric motor.

After driving diesel trucks for 10 years, Martorella initially eyed electric trucks skeptically. Now, ...Read more

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Tesla axes most of Supercharger team in blow to other automakers

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Tesla Inc. eliminated almost its entire Supercharger organization, which has built a vast network of public charging stations that virtually every major automaker is in the process of tapping into in the US.

The decision to cut the nearly 500-person group, including its senior director, Rebecca Tinucci, was made by Chief Executive Officer Elon ...Read more

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Michigan EV fast-charging infrastructure increased 52% in 2023

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Michigan’s electric-vehicle fast-charging infrastructure grew slightly faster than the nation overall last year, according to a new report by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group.

In 2023, the state's number of public DC fast-charging stations increased about 52%. Nationwide, the number of public DC fast charging stations increased by ...Read more

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Stellantis first-quarter revenues, shipments fall amid transition to new vehicles

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Stellantis NV on Tuesday said its first-quarter revenue fell 12% to $44.7 billion (41.7 billion euro) compared to last year as the company transitions to a number of next-generation vehicles that will be built on new platforms.

Vehicle shipments worldwide were down 10%, to 1.3 million, compared to the same three-month period a year ago.

For ...Read more

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Big rigs in California are getting cleaner -- but can long-range targets for trucks be met?

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California policymakers want to clean up the emissions spewed by the trucking industry — and they've passed mandates and established targets to get there.

The federal government recently followed up, creating its own set of national guidelines that are staggered by year and truck classification.

With California at the forefront, adoption is ...Read more

Stellantis first-quarter revenues, shipments fall amid transition to new vehicles

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Stellantis NV on Tuesday said its first-quarter revenue decreased 12% to $44.7 billion (41.7 billion euro) compared to last year as the company transitions to making a number of next-generation vehicles to be built on new platforms.

Vehicle shipments reached about 1.3 million vehicles in the first quarter, down 10% compared to the same three-...Read more

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Tesla soars on tentative China approval for driving system

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Elon Musk’s quick visit to China paid immediate dividends, with Tesla Inc. receiving in-principle approval from government officials to deploy its driver-assistance system in the world’s biggest auto market.

The U.S. carmaker was granted the approval under certain conditions, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not...Read more

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Rivian: 'We are not abandoning Georgia'

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Executives for electric vehicle maker Rivian said Saturday the company remains committed to building a massive manufacturing plant 60 miles east of Atlanta despite a recent pause on construction.

The company recently pivoted its plans and is ramping up production of its new R2 SUV at its plant in Normal, Illinois. This caused some state ...Read more

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Motormouth: Can I use flex fuel?

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Q: What's with this new eco-friendly gas blend with the yellow handle? Will it harm a non-flex fuel engine? It's 50 cents cheaper.

R.M., Elbert, Colorado

A: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division, E85 (or flex fuel) is a term that refers to high-level ethanol-gasoline blends containing 51% ...Read more