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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...

Mercedes Accelerates Shift to Electric

Automaker announces series of steps to hurry transition

(Newser) - The parent company of Mercedes-Benz said Thursday it's speeding up the timetable for switching to electric vehicles. Although it added a caveat about assuming market conditions allow it, Daimler AG announced the luxury brand expects to "be ready to go all electric at the end of the decade,...

Electric F-150 Has Unusual Perk: Ability to Power a Home

Ford says it would keep a house going in a blackout for about 3 days

(Newser) - Ford unveiled its electric version of the popular F-150 pickup on Wednesday, and even outlets that don't typically pay much attention to such things have taken notice. The F-150 has long been the bestselling vehicle in America, and the 2022 Lightning is designed to appeal to "everyday truck...

Volkswagen May Be Changing Its Name in the US
Volkswagen May Be Changing
Its Name in the US
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Volkswagen May Be Changing Its Name in the US

Two reports say news release about 'Voltswagen' was accidentally posted early

(Newser) - (Update: Volkswagen has confirmed this was an April Fool's prank. See update here . Original story follows.) Americans who buy a VW in the near future might be buying it from Voltswagen—with a t— instead of Volkswagen. Both USA Today and CNBC report that the automaker accidentally published...

City Is First to Ban New Gas Stations
City's Move on Gas Stations
May Be a Forerunner
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City's Move on Gas Stations May Be a Forerunner

Petaluma, Calif., bans the construction of new stations

(Newser) - The city of Petaluma, Calif., has just done something no other city in the US has done, reports Gizmodo —it banned the construction of new gas stations. And coverage of the decision suggests Petaluma won't be alone for long as a shift continues toward electric cars. Coverage:
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Jaguar Is Going All-Electric by 2025

British firm says it will 'reimagine the benchmark of luxury'

(Newser) - Struggling luxury car brand Jaguar will be fully electric by 2025, the British company said Monday as it outlined a plan to phase out internal combustion engines. Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by Indian conglomerate Tata Motors, hopes the move will help turn around the fortunes of the 86-year-old...

GM Sets a Date for Going All Electric

Company wants to leave fossil fuels in the rearview mirror by 2035

(Newser) - General Motors has put a date on its worldwide change to an all-electric fleet of vehicles: 2035. The automaker had said the switch would be thrown at some point but had not said when. Chief executive Mary Barra announced the goal Thursday on social media, the Wall Street Journal reports....

Tesla Just Turned Its Cars Into Giant Boomboxes

Software update produces such car horn sounds as applause, bleating goats, and, yes, farting

(Newser) - Ever wanted to express your displeasure at fellow drivers by farting at them? If you're the owner of a Tesla, your dream may have just come true. Announced by company CEO Elon Musk on Christmas Day, the newest software update from the electric car manufacturer features "Boombox" mode,...

GM: Don't Fully Charge Your Bolt
GM: Don't
Fully Charge
Your Bolt

GM: Don't Fully Charge Your Bolt

Automaker announces recall over risk of fires in certain batteries

(Newser) - General Motors is recalling nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars worldwide because the batteries have caught fire in five of them. The company says it doesn't know yet what's causing the fires, but engineers are working around-the-clock to figure it out. Two people have suffered smoke inhalation...

Musk: 'This Is the Final Straw'
Musk: 'Tesla Will Now Move'

Musk: 'Tesla Will Now Move'

Tesla's CEO says he's moving the company headquarters 'to Texas/Nevada immediately'

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened Saturday to pull the company’s factory and headquarters out of California in an escalating spat with local officials who have stopped the company from reopening its electric vehicle factory, the AP reports. On Twitter, Musk also threatened to sue over Alameda County Health Department...

Erdogan Has Pined for a 'National' Car. Now, 'a Historic Day'

Check out prototype for electric TOGG, Turkey's first domestically produced car

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday unveiled prototypes of a domestically produced electric car, putting him closer to fulfilling a long-held dream of building Turkey's first "national" automobile. Erdogan showcased the SUV and sedan models of the car, known for now as TOGG after a consortium of...

Elon Musk: Here's Why 'Unbreakable' Windows Shattered

It was all because of that earlier sledgehammer hit, Tesla CEO says

(Newser) - It was the smash seen round the world. Now, Elon Musk is offering new spin on why the "unbreakable" windows on the Cybertruck he unveiled Thursday shattered when metal balls were thrown at it during a live demo. That cringeworthy moment—Musk can be heard saying, "Oh, my...

Elon Musk Pays $770M for Most Expensive Windows Ever

That's how much Tesla CEO lost in one day after his Cybertruck's windows smashed during demo

(Newser) - Elon Musk's disastrous demo of Tesla's newest electric vehicle wasn't just a PR debacle—it hit his wallet big time. When the company's head designer threw a metal ball at the Cybertruck's window Thursday to show how durable it was, the window smashed; a second...

Elon Musk Unveils 'Cybertruck'
Elon Musk Unveils 'Cybertruck'

Elon Musk Unveils 'Cybertruck'

Electric pickup will enter production in 2021

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk is taking on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market with his latest electric vehicle. The "cybertruck," an electric pickup truck, will be in production in 2021, Musk said at the Los Angeles Auto Show Thursday. The pickup, which Musk said will cost $39,900...

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