The country’s stance would seem to put it on the wrong side of market trends. But with its huge investment in gasoline-electric hybrids, it has big reasons to proceed slowly.
Power outages, natural gas shortages and icy conditions made it hard for automakers, retailers and delivery carriers to operate across much of the South and Midwest.
Carmakers, government agencies and investors are pouring money into battery research in a global race to profit from emission-free electric cars.
Toyota’s $180 million settlement with the federal government follows a series of emissions-related scandals in the auto industry.
Carmakers can’t buy the semiconductors they need because home electronics are taking all the supply.
They look as if they could strain spaghetti: Grilles are making a design statement.
Carmakers say new models should also help lift the industry in 2021, after a 15 percent decline in its slowest year since it recovered from the Great Recession.
The fuel could play an important role in fighting climate change, but it has been slow to gain traction because of high costs.
Some workers are calling on the industry to shut down plants in states where virus cases have increased sharply in recent weeks.