Automotive technology

November 14, 2019 - 12:57 pm
DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable. In its annual auto reliability survey this year, Consumer Reports found that while newly redesigned models have the latest infotainment, safety and fuel-economy technology, they also come with...
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FILE- In this March 14, 2019, file photo Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model Y at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car pioneer plans to build a new factory near Berlin. News agency dpa reported that Musk made the announcement during a prizegiving ceremony in the German capital Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
November 13, 2019 - 7:14 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Wednesday hailed Tesla's decision to build its first European factory in the country, days after the government said it would boost subsidies for buyers of electrics cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during an award ceremony in the German capital Tuesday evening that "we've...
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FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2019, file photo worker Omar Glover pickets outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa. A tentative four year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 17, 2019 - 6:40 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for at least another week until they vote on a tentative contract with the company. Factory-level officials from the United Auto Workers union voted to recommend the agreement to members at a daylong meeting in Detroit...
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Ryan Piper with the United Auto Workers continues to picket after news of a tentative contract agreement with General Motors, in Langhorne, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company's U.S. factories to a standstill. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 16, 2019 - 11:17 pm
DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days and demonstrated the muscle the United...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 file photo, Inventor James Dyson launches the Dyson DC41 Ball vacuum and the Dyson Hot heater fan on in New York. Dyson, the British company best known for groundbreaking vacuum cleaners, is scrapping its electric car project because it doesn’t make business sense. Billionaire founder James Dyson said in an email to employees on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 that it was shut down because the company “simply can no longer see a way to make it commercially viable.” (AP Photo/Rob Bennett, file)
October 10, 2019 - 1:00 pm
LONDON (AP) — Dyson, the British company best known for groundbreaking vacuum cleaners, is scrapping its electric car project because it doesn't make business sense. Billionaire founder James Dyson said in an email to employees Thursday that the project was shut down because the company "simply can...
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Nobel chemistry winner John B. Goodenough poses for the media at the Royal Society in London, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
October 09, 2019 - 1:40 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — If you're reading this on a cellphone or laptop computer, you might thank this year's three winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. The batteries developed by the British, American and Japanese winners are far more revolutionary than just...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown, front right, and China's National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua, front left, sign an agreement to boost bilateral cooperation on climate change during a news conference at the Bay Area Council, in San Francisco. As tensions between China and the United States ratchet up, former California Gov. Jerry Brown sees a way to bring together the world's largest carbon emitter and a U.S. state that's leading the way in energy standards: climate change. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach,file)
September 23, 2019 - 3:57 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As tensions between China and the United States ratchet up, former California Gov. Jerry Brown sees a way to bring together the world's largest carbon emitter and a U.S. state that's leading the way in energy standards: climate change. Brown and Xie Zhenhua, China's top...
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FILE- In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, a Chevrolet Bolt EV battery pack is removed for testing after undergoing charging and discharging cycles at General Motors Warren Technical Center's Advanced Energy Center in Warren, Mich. If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at squeaky-clean mostly automated factories that mix up chemicals to make batteries. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
September 21, 2019 - 10:08 am
DETROIT (AP) — If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at mostly automated factories that mix up...
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Members of United Auto Workers Local 1590 picket near the GM Martinsburg Parts Distribution Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.,, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, during the fourth day of a nationwide work stoppage involving about 49,000 union workers. (Matthew Umstead/The Herald-Mail via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 8:50 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors offer to invest $7 billion in U.S. facilities includes $2 billion from joint ventures and suppliers for new plants that would pay workers less than the top union wage, a person briefed on the matter said. The offer is a major issue that could get in the way of a deal...
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In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 photo, Assemblyman Phil Ting addresses the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. Ting has a bill that would only allow people to get rebates for electric cars from manufacturers who have agreed to the state's emission standards, which are tougher than those of the federal government. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 19, 2019 - 12:34 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker wants the state to stop helping people buy electric cars from companies that refuse to follow the state's emission standards. California residents who buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle can get up to $7,000 from the state. A bill by Democratic...
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