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Electric Vehicles Power Past Sales Milestone

They accounted for 10% of new vehicles sales worldwide last year

(Newser) - Electric vehicles powered past a major milestone last year, reaching 10% of market share for the first time amid a broader decline in sales of new vehicles. While sales of new electric vehicles in the US are lagging behind, at just under 6%, the LMC Automotive research group says EVs...

Toyota Wants to Convert Old Cars to Electric

Conversion offers a faster way to zero-emission vehicles, says CEO Akio Toyoda

(Newser) - To accelerate the global move toward sustainable vehicles, Toyota is suggesting simply replacing the inner workings of vehicles already on the roads with cleaner technology like fuel cells and electric motors. "I don't want to leave any car lover behind," Chief Executive Akio Toyoda said Friday, per...

Teslas in the US Just Got Less Expensive

There are sudden big price drops on Model 3, Model Y cars in US, Europe as demand slows

(Newser) - Last week, Tesla announced it was slashing the prices on all of its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in China, in an attempt to keep up with a demand slowdown spurred by a slumping economy. Now, the US and Europe are getting a similar deal: Mashable reports the electric...

As Tesla Stock Tanks, Musk Has a Message for Staff

CEO assures employees that, one day, 'Tesla will be the most valuable company on Earth!'

(Newser) - Short sellers are celebrating Tesla's plummeting stock prices , but investors aren't happy, and they're now begging CEO Elon Musk—who's sold off billions of dollars worth of his shares to help fund his newest company, Twitter—to stop dumping his stock. Tesla employees are also likely...

Tesla Rival's Flying Car Makes Its Maiden Flight

Xpeng's X3 was unveiled late last month, but it's got competition

(Newser) - A Chinese electric-vehicle manufacturer that's considered a Tesla rival has driven its first flying car out of the garage and into the sky, and its unveiling is spurring buzz across the eVToL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) landscape. NPR reports that Xpeng held its annual Tech Day on Oct....

Tesla Considers Lithium Refinery on Gulf Coast
Tesla Considers
Refining Lithium

Tesla Considers Refining Lithium

Price of battery component has shot up, but supply hasn't

(Newser) - Supply chain realities involving batteries have driven Tesla to consider building its own lithium hydroxide refining plant. The maker of electric vehicles has filed a notice with Texas saying that it's considering locations in Texas and Louisiana that have access to the Gulf Coast shipping channel. The company said...

California Takes Huge Step Toward 'Eliminating the Tailpipe'

State plans to ban sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035

(Newser) - California has followed up its move to phase out gas-powered mowers with an even more ambitious goal—phasing out gas-powered cars. The California Air Resources Board voted Thursday in favor of banning the sale of new gas-powered cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs by 2035, the AP reports. After that date,...

South America's Lithium Reserves Are a Boon—Maybe

'Wall Street Journal' looks at the obstacles in extracting one of world's biggest reserves

(Newser) - As the appetite for electric vehicles grows, the Wall Street Journal sees an obstacle in the way of production expanding at a similar clip: South America. The continent is one of three places on Earth—the others being Australia and China—that have substantial reserves of lithium, the metal needed...

Here's How Expensive It Is to Buy, Own a Car

Average price paid for a new vehicle hit the highest on record in July

(Newser) - It's more expensive than ever to purchase a new vehicle, and keeping it on the road is becoming more costly, too. The average cost of owning a new vehicle is currently $10,728 per year, or $894 per month—up 11% from 2021, according to AAA , which considered the...

Does Your Tesla Suddenly Brake for No Reason? You're Not Alone

NHTSA: More than 750 Tesla owners have reported 'phantom braking' phenomenon

(Newser) - More than 750 Tesla owners have complained to US safety regulators that cars operating on the automaker's partially automated driving systems have suddenly stopped on roadways for no apparent reason. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed the number in a detailed information request letter to Tesla that was...

Spawned From 'Rebellious DNA,' the DeLorean Is Back

Nearly 40 years after original DeLorean appeared in 'Back to the Future,' the Alpha5 electric version

(Newser) - There's no Marty McFly behind the wheel, but the DeLorean is back—this time in electric form. Images and specs have been released for the Alpha5 , a concept electric vehicle that features the same signature gull-winged doors as seen in 1985's Back to the Future, though with "...

Top-Selling Automaker in US Unveils New Electric Entry

The bZ4X small SUV is Toyota's first since 2014

(Newser) - Toyota, the top-selling automaker in the US, is rolling out its first fully electric vehicle in eight years. The company on Tuesday unveiled the battery-powered bZ4X small SUV, which starts at $42,000 and can go up to 252 miles per charge. The bZ4X, which will be sold globally, adds...

Ford Is Breaking Up
Ford Is Breaking Up

Ford Is Breaking Up

CEO says restructuring will help company beat the competition in electric vehicles

(Newser) - Ford will split its electric vehicle and internal combustion operations into two distinct but strategically interdependent businesses as part of a major restructuring to accelerate its adaptation of new technology, the Detroit automaker said Wednesday, adding its transformation into an EV company is accelerating. Ford Model e—to be led...

Tesla Users Find Out What Happens When App Doesn't Work

Drivers worldwide were stranded when apparent outage made them unable to unlock, start their cars

(Newser) - There's something to be said for a physical key to unlock and start your car. Tesla drivers around the globe found that out last week when the app they use to perform such functions was apparently affected by an outage, leaving them stranded. The BBC reports that just after...

Tesla's 'Tumultuous Year' Just Got Worse

Automaker ranked almost last for reliability in new Consumer Reports ranking

(Newser) - Lexus will be pleased with the latest Consumer Reports new-car reliability rankings , but one big name won't be. After surveying owners of more than 300,000 vehicles that were 2020 or 2021 models, the consumer group placed Tesla second to last (ahead of only the Lincoln brand owned by...

Elon Musk, Hertz Seem to Disagree on Their Deal

Musk says there's no contract, while Hertz says the first of 100K Teslas are being delivered

(Newser) - Last month, Hertz made big headlines by announcing it had a huge deal with Tesla to buy 100,000 electric cars. The news sent shares of Tesla soaring. Now comes this twist courtesy of Elon Musk: "I’d like to emphasize that no contract has been signed yet,"...

Ford to Make Its Most 'Dramatic' Investment Ever

Automaker to build assembly plant, 3 factories for EV batteries in South, with hopes of 10.8K jobs

(Newser) - Ford and a partner company say they plan to build three major electric-vehicle battery factories and an auto assembly plant by 2025—a dramatic investment in the future of EV technology that will create an estimated 10,800 jobs and shift the automaker's future manufacturing footprint toward the South....

Biden Sets Ambitious Goal for Electric Cars
Biden Makes His Biggest
Move Yet on Greener Cars
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Biden Makes His Biggest Move Yet on Greener Cars

He wants half of all new vehicles sold by 2030 to be zero-emission models

(Newser) - President Biden is making one of his biggest moves yet toward his pledge to fight climate change, one that involves transportation, the single biggest source of US greenhouse gas emissions, reports Axios . "The future of the auto industry is electric—and made in America," Biden tweeted . Details:
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Electric Vehicle Sales Rise Faster Than Overall Market

Tesla's jump helps push US market share up, though it remains small overall

(Newser) - With Tesla out front, electric car sales have jumped in 2021, to more than twice that of the first half of last year. At the same time, Wards Intelligence data show total vehicle sales in the US up 29%, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Model Y crossover SUV, which...

Battery Fires Spark Electric Car Recall

GM issues second recall of its Chevrolet Bolt

(Newser) - General Motors is recalling some older Chevrolet Bolts for a second time to fix persistent battery problems that can set the electric cars ablaze. Until repairs are done, GM says owners should park the cars outdoors, limit charging to 90% of battery capacity, and not deplete batteries below 70 miles...

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