Tag: Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Britain, Struggling With Brexit, Eyes Another Retreat. This One’s From Fossil Fuels.

LONDON — In the shadow of a noisy, turbulent Brexit, another epic transformation is underway in Britain. A leading industrial power that built itself on coal and colonialism, Britain is now trying to pivot away from the fossil fuels that powered the industrial age. The government has set a legally binding target to reach net-zero […]

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A Police Tesla Nearly Ran Out of Power During a Chase. It Wasn’t the Car’s Fault.

A California police officer driving a Tesla Model S during a high-speed chase on a Bay Area freeway radioed to his colleagues that he was running low on battery. He needed someone else to take over. “I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla, so I may lose it here in a […]

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Lordstown Plant Is Idle, but It Hovers Over G.M. Strike Talks

In its negotiations with the striking United Auto Workers union, General Motors has put a seemingly tantalizing offer on the table: It has proposed building a new plant in Ohio to produce batteries for some of the one million electric cars it hopes to sell globally by 2026. The plant would be near the Lordstown […]

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Beep. Ding. Vroom. Electric Cars Need to Make Noise for Safety, but What Kind?

Two years ago, Nissan hired the studio Man Made Music for what seemed like a straightforward task: Design a sound that its quiet electric vehicles could play to announce themselves on the road. The automaker wasn’t just splurging on a flashy feature. It was preparing for a federal regulation set to take effect next year […]

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The Concept Cars Gleam, but Executive Dread Clouds the Frankfurt Auto Show

FRANKFURT — Car executives are paid to be optimists, but behind the pomp and salesmanship at the Frankfurt International Motor Show this week lurked an unmistakable sense of angst. The talk among industry insiders at the show, one of the auto industry’s biggest events, reflected the existential threats that carmakers face. The European and global […]

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With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry

ARNSTADT, Germany — Officials in Brussels or Berlin may fret about China’s growing sway over the European economy, about the ports under its control and the high-tech firms that Chinese firms have acquired. But that is not a concern one hears in Arnstadt, a Baroque-era German hamlet where, long ago, Johann Sebastian Bach was the […]

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Cadillac’s Last Stand? Storied Brand Aims (Again) for Revival

DETROIT — Few American brand names have ever achieved the stature of Cadillac, which was once so closely identified with excellence and status that it became shorthand for anything that was top of the line. And few brands have fallen as far. Cadillac rose to prominence a century ago as the pinnacle in General Motors’ […]

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Inside India’s Messy Electric Vehicle Revolution

A million electric rickshaws sprang up out of nowhere and are now being used by 60 million people a day. The government and vehicle makers are struggling to catch up. Credit Photographs and Video by Saumya Khandelwal By Vindu Goel and Karan Deep Singh Aug. 22, 2019 NEW DELHI — It’s the morning rush hour […]

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An Electric Harley Loses the Growl but Still Aims to Turn Heads

Quiet. Sleek. Unintimidating. The LiveWire is the antithesis of everything Harley-Davidson has ever stood for. And yet, it is undeniably a Harley. The LiveWire, the first production electric vehicle from Harley, is looking to redefine an industry that has grown complacent in the face of declining sales. The country’s oldest (116 years) and best-known motorcycle […]

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Ford and VW to Share Costs of Self-Driving, Electric Cars

Ford Motor and Volkswagen said Friday they would team up to develop self-driving cars and share electric-car components, significantly broadening an existing alliance and illustrating how automakers are putting aside rivalries to manage the astronomical cost of new technologies. The agreement calls for Volkswagen to purchase a stake in a Ford-backed start-up that is developing […]

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Ford and VW Are Set to Cooperate on Self-Driving and Electric Cars

FRANKFURT — Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen are expected to sign an agreement as soon as next week to share the cost of developing autonomous vehicles and producing electric cars, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. The agreement, likely to be approved by Volkswagen’s supervisory board on Thursday, would deepen an existing […]

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Tesla Says Deliveries in Quarter Set a Record

Tesla delivered a record number of vehicles in the most recent quarter, the company said Tuesday. The electric-car maker said it delivered 95,200 autos, bettering the mark it had set in last year’s final quarter. Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, said in an email to employees last week that the company would deliver 90,000 to […]

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Meet the Man Quietly Building the Tesla of Trucks, With Jeff Bezos Aboard

NORMAL, Ill. — By definition, the time of the world’s richest man is pretty valuable. But early last fall, Jeff Bezos sought out a 36-year old entrepreneur named R.J. Scaringe and spent the better part of a day in Plymouth, Mich., at the company he founded, Rivian. Mr. Bezos got a preview of Rivian’s electric […]

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Ford to Cut 12,000 Jobs in Europe

LONDON — Ford Motor Company said on Thursday it would cut about a fifth of its European work force and shut down five plants as the company deals with weak demand for its cars. The automaker, which has struggled to turn a profit in Europe, said that about 12,000 of its 65,000 workers across Europe […]

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L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In

LOS ANGELES — You’ve heard it many times, from automakers, the energy industry and government officials: Electric vehicles are the cars of the future, essential to the fight against climate change. Yet that grand vision may founder on something most drivers take for granted: the pit stop. Most electric cars need to be plugged in […]

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Demise of Gasoline Cars? What We Know About N.Y.’s Ambitious Climate Goals

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The sweeping climate plan that New York lawmakers have agreed to pass sets the country’s most ambitious goals for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions: getting planet-warming carbon emissions almost down to zero by 2050. The law would transform the way […]

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Marijuana Legalization Isn’t Dead Yet in New York

Lawmakers in New York are mounting a renewed and frantic push to legalize marijuana before the legislative session ends on Wednesday, even as debates about revenue and political blowback that doomed an earlier attempt have threatened to derail the effort again. Staff members from the State Senate, Assembly and governor’s office met throughout the weekend, […]

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Marijuana, E-Scooters, Driver’s Licenses: Last-Minute Deals in Albany

Weather: The forecast for the last days of spring is looking dreary. Today, expect thunderstorms, heavy rain and wind gusts, with a high in the low 70s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageCreditBryan Anselm for The New York Times Imagine riding an electric scooter to your rent-stabilized apartment, where you enjoy legal marijuana. […]

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Tesla, Facing Setbacks and Skeptics, Tries to Get Back on Course

Tesla’s Model 3 electric sedan was heralded this year by Consumer Reports as the most satisfying car on the market. Then owners started to complain that cars had arrived with cracked windows, leaks or unreliable video screens. In some places, Tesla turned to outside body shops to repair scratches and other paint defects before cars […]

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