Can Anyone Satisfy Amazon’s Craving for Electric Vans?

The company has big plans to turn its delivery fleet green. But very few of the vehicles are made right now.

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Sales of Electric Vehicles Surpass Diesel in Europe, a First

The popularity of battery-powered cars is soaring while the overall auto market stagnates, a worldwide trend.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag

For the Climate, Biden Must Be More Aggressive in Ending New Truck and Bus Emissions

To meet his climate goals, the president must clean up these carbon-spewing vehicles. 

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Is Norway the Future of Cars?

The speed by which electric vehicles have taken over Norway has stunned even the cars’ enthusiasts.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #norway, #politics-and-government

Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers Struggled to Make Cars

The yawning disparity between the performance of the electric car company and established automakers last year reflects the technological change roiling the industry.

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Toyota Topped G.M. in U.S. Car Sales in 2021

After struggling to produce cars because of a global computer chip shortage, automakers are trying to move quickly to making electric vehicles.

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Here Are 10 of the Worst Predictions About 2021

Bitcoin, Tesla, the Suez Canal, the Mars helicopter — people got a lot wrong.

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Tesla Reports 87% Increase in 2021 Deliveries

The electric-car maker managed substantial growth as Europe and China increasingly propelled sales.

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Tesla Recalls More Than 475,000 Cars Over Two Safety Defects

The recalls, which Tesla initiated on Dec. 21, affect about 350,000 Model 3s and 120,000 Model S cars.

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Can a Tiny Territory in the South Pacific Power Tesla’s Ambitions?

Nickel is vital to electric car batteries, but extracting it is dirty and destructive. A plant with a turbulent history in New Caledonia is about to become an experiment in sustainable mining.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining, #new-caledonia, #nickel, #tesla-motors-inc, #vale-sa

Chile’s Constitutional Rewrite Confronts Climate Change Head On

Chile has lots of lithium, which is essential to the world’s transition to green energy. But anger over powerful mining interests, a water crisis and inequality has driven Chile to rethink how it defines itself.

#chile, #constitutions, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #global-warming, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining, #sociedad-quimica-y-minera-de-chile-sa

U.S. Regulator Investigating Tesla Over a Video Game Feature

Drivers can be distracted playing games while the vehicle is in motion, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said, following a New York Times report earlier this month.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #tesla-motors-inc

Supply Chain Problems Mean Buying a Car Sometimes Takes a Plane Ride

The limited supply of new and used vehicles is forcing some Americans to go to great lengths to find and buy them, including traveling to dealers hundreds of miles away.

#automobiles, #computer-chips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #group-1-automotive-inc, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #used-cars

How China’s CATL Became the Top Electric Car Battery Maker

Beijing gave CATL lavish subsidies, a captive market of buyers and soft regulatory treatment, helping it to control a crucial technology of the future.

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Behind Manchin’s Opposition, a Long History of Fighting Climate Measures

Senator Joe Manchin III noted climate policy when he said he would vote against the Build Back Better Act. In his life and career, West Virginia coal has loomed large.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #democratic-party, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manchin-joe-iii, #mines-and-mining, #natural-gas, #politics-and-government, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

E.P.A. Announces Tighter Auto Pollution Rules

Under the new plan, designed to reduce planet-warming tailpipe emissions, new vehicles would be required to average 55 miles per gallon starting in 2026.

#automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environmental-protection-agency, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Battling for Bolivia’s Lithium That’s Vital to Electric Cars

Chinese and Russian industrial giants seek to tap mineral deposits vital to electric cars. A Texas entrepreneur has his own strategy: the long game.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #bolivia, #egan-teague, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energyx, #entrepreneurship, #foreign-investments, #international-relations, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining

Looking for a Way to Soup Up Your Car? Go Electric.

It may not be cheap, but swapping the combustion engine in your car for an electric one is getting easier.

#automobile-racing, #automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #engines, #future-of-transportation

GM’s EV Efforts Reportedly Include a Bigger Michigan Presence

The company will make electric pickups at an existing plant and batteries at a factory built with a partner, a person with knowledge of the plan said.

#automobiles, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #general-motors, #labor-and-jobs, #lg-electronics, #production

Climate Progress Depends on U.S.-China Competition

Competition between American and Chinese companies will be the real driver of decreased greenhouse gas emissions around the globe.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #global-warming, #united-states, #xi-jinping

On the Banks of the Furious Congo River, a 5-Star Emporium of Ambition

As the clean energy revolution upends the centuries-long lock of fossil fuels on the global economy, dealmakers and hustlers converge on the Fleuve Congo Hotel.

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Tesla Drivers Can Now Play Video Games Even With Car Moving

The feature raises fresh questions about whether Tesla is compromising safety as it rushes to add new technologies.

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Inside Tesla: How Elon Musk Pushed His Vision for Autopilot

The automaker may have undermined safety in designing its Autopilot driver-assistance system to fit its chief executive’s vision, former employees say.

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Cars Keep Getting Smarter. Do They Have to Look So Boring?

New cars are packed with technology, but they lack style and personality.

#cruise-llc, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fisker-automotive, #ford-motor-co, #honda-motor-co-ltd, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks

How Tesla Helps China’s Firms Compete With the U.S.

The electric car company is helping Chinese companies become global players in the emerging industry, posing a competitive threat to traditional rivals.

#automobiles, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #liu-siong-song, #lk-group, #machinery-and-equipment, #musk-elon, #outsourcing, #tesla-motors-inc

Could Roads Recharge Electric Cars? The Technology May Be Close.

But challenges await, including technical issues, regulatory barriers and many miles of highway.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #future-of-transportation, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic

Rivian’s Electric Truck Is a Cutie and a Beast

The R1T can haul five tons, conquer brutal off-road trails and sprint to 60 miles an hour in a blink. And about that Camp Kitchen tucked inside …

#camps-and-camping, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-efficiency, #rivian-automotive-llc, #roads-and-traffic, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks

Volkswagen C.E.O. Herbert Diess Sets Sights on Beating Tesla

Herbert Diess, the chief executive, seeks to cast VW as a dynamic, modern company, but his style risks the ire of its powerful works council.

#automobiles, #content-type-personal-profile, #diess-herbert, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag, #wolfsburg-germany

Taxi! To the Airport — by Air, Please.

Several companies are betting they can bring electric urban air travel to the masses — perhaps within the next few years.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #flying-cars, #future-of-transportation, #joby-aero-inc-joby-aviation, #lilium-aviation-gmbh

Can Hydrogen Save The Airline Industry’s Fuel Challenges? It’s Got a Way to Go.

Small, experimental hydrogen-powered planes are paving the way for net-zero carbon aviation by 2050. But the route is rocky.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #future-of-transportation, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrogen

How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

Americans failed to safeguard decades of diplomatic and financial investments in Congo, where the world’s largest supply of cobalt is controlled by Chinese companies backed by Beijing.

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What to Know About the Frantic Quest for Cobalt

A New York Times investigation examines the global demand for raw materials as the clean energy revolution takes off. This is what we found.

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Race to the Future: What to Know About the Frantic Quest for Cobalt

A New York Times investigation examines the global demand for raw materials as the clean energy revolution takes off. This is what we found.

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Global Rivalries Are Miring the Clean Energy Revolution

The quest for Congo’s cobalt, which is vital for electric vehicles and the worldwide push against climate change, is caught in a cycle of exploitation, greed and gamesmanship.

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How Hunter Biden’s Firm Helped Secure Cobalt for the Chinese

The president’s son was part owner of a venture involved in the $3.8 billion purchase by a Chinese conglomerate of one of the world’s largest cobalt deposits. The metal is a key ingredient in batteries for electric vehicles.

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He Helped Build Tesla. Now He Hopes to Do the Same at Lucid.

Peter Rawlinson designed the Tesla S. His new Lucid Air sedan is a direct challenge to Tesla’s dominance.

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From Electric Bikes to ‘Tree Equity,’ Biden’s Social Policy Bill Funds Niche Items

The Build Back Better Act’s marquee provisions have been the focus, but Democrats have swept dozens of obscure measures and special interest breaks into the $1.85 trillion bill.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #democratic-party, #earmarks-finance, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #midwives-and-doulas, #senate, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government

How the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Could New York

The bill, which President Biden is expected to sign Monday, is likely to fund road and bridge repairs, water infrastructure upgrades and airport expansions.

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Rivian, the Electric-Truck Maker, Closes with a Big Gain After Its I.P.O.

The electric-vehicle maker, backed by Amazon and Ford, ended its first day of trading valued at $86 billion, though its deliveries so far total 156.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #initial-public-offerings, #rivian-automotive-llc, #scaringe-r-j, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #stocks-and-bonds

America Isn’t Ready for the Electric-Vehicle Revolution

Its battery supply chain runs through China, and that’s not changing any time soon.

#batteries, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #politics-and-government, #united-states

6 Automakers and 30 Countries Say They’ll Phase Out Gasoline Car Sales

Ford, G.M. and Mercedes agreed to work toward selling only zero-emissions vehicles by 2040. But Toyota, Volkswagen and Nissan-Renault did not join the pledge.

#air-pollution, #automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations

In France, the People COP26 Forgot Seethe Over Rising Energy Prices

In one area of France, worries about rising energy prices trump anxiety about rising temperatures, raising fears of a resurgence of the Yellow Vest social uprising.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #france, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #wind-power, #yellow-vests-movement

Rivian prices its I.P.O., valuing the electric-vehicle maker at nearly $70 billion.

The company, backed by Amazon and Ford, has delivered only 156 trucks so far, but its market worth approaches that of Ford.

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6 Automakers and 31 Countries Say They’ll Phase Out Gasoline Car Sales

Ford, G.M. and Mercedes agreed to work toward selling only zero-emissions vehicles by 2040. But Toyota, Volkswagen and Nissan-Renault did join the pledge.

#air-pollution, #automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations

How to Turn a Red State Green

Ford’s plans for multi-billion dollar manufacturing sites for electric vehicles has Tennessee and Kentucky singing a different tune on cleaner energy.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #tennessee, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Popularity of E-Bikes Isn’t Slowing Down

Motorized bicycles are outselling all-electric cars and have the potential to transform urban transit.

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This Is Where the States Want Billions in Infrastructure Funding Spent

The plan finally approved on Friday will address transportation, water, broadband, energy and public safety needs that have been building for years, sometimes decades.

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China’s Popular Electric Vehicles Have Put Europe’s Automakers on Notice

By selling battery-powered S.U.V.s and luxury sedans in places like Germany and Norway, China is striving to become a force in the global auto industry.

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Old Power Gear Is Slowing Use of Clean Energy and Electric Cars

Some people and businesses seeking to use solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles find they can’t because utility equipment needs an upgrade.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy

Hertz Places Order for 100,000 Tesla Vehicles

The order, which is expected to be delivered by the end of next year, is a sign of the growing momentum in the shift toward electric cars.

#automobile-renting-and-leasing, #automobiles, #brady-tom, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #hertz-global-holdings-inc, #tesla-motors-inc