EPA says over half of all new cars must be EVs or hybrids by 2032
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by Andrew Paul
3w ago
Transportation pollution is the single largest greenhouse gas contributor in the US. Deposit Photos The Biden administration has announced some of the biggest pollution regulations in US history. On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency revealeded the finalization of new, enforceable standards meant to ensure electric and hybrid vehicles make up at least 56 percent of all passenger car and light truck sales by 2032. To meet this goal, automotive manufacturers will face increasing tailpipe pollution limits over the next few years. This gradual shift essentially means over half of all ..read more
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The Apple Car is dead
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by Andrew Paul
1M ago
Plans for an Apple car date as far back as 2014, but the project is no more. Deposit Photos It turns out that last month’s report on Apple kicking its tortured, multibillion dollar electric vehicle project down the road another few years was a bit conservative. During an internal meeting on Tuesday, company representatives informed employees that all EV plans are officially scrapped. After at least a decade of rumors, research, and arguably unrealistic goals, it would seem that CarPlay is about as much as you’re gonna get from Apple while on the roads. RIP, “iCar.” The major strategic decisio ..read more
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A crowd torched a Waymo robotaxi in San Francisco
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by Andrew Paul
2M ago
The vehicle appeared 'decapitated' by the time first responders arrived, but no one was injured. Credit: San Francisco Fire Dept. Media / Séraphine Hossenlopp Vandals thoroughly obliterated a Waymo autonomous taxi in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Saturday evening to the cheers of onlookers. In an emailed statement provided to PopSci, a Waymo spokesperson confirmed the vehicle was empty when the February 10 incident began just before 9PM, and no injuries were reported. Waymo says they are also “working closely with local safety officials to respond to the situation.” A San Francisco Fire Depart ..read more
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Tesla’s latest Autopilot recall update affects nearly every vehicle in the US
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by Andrew Paul
4M ago
The over-the-air update will apply to all Model X, Model S, Model 3, and Model Y cars manufactured between October 5, 2012, and December 7, 2023. Deposit Photos The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a sweeping recall affecting nearly every Tesla sold in the US due to safety flaws within the vehicles’ Autopilot systems. About two million vehicles will receive over-the-air software updates in the coming days to address the company’s latest setback in its ongoing “Full Self-Driving” project. According to the federal authority’s December 12 announcement, the electr ..read more
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The first Tesla Cybertrucks have arrived
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by Andrew Paul
4M ago
A screenshot from the Tesla Cybertruck launch livestream. Tesla/X, foremely Twitter Tesla’s stainless steel Cybertruck made its limited debut on Thursday afternoon, roughly two years later than its initial estimated release date. To celebrate, Elon Musk hosted a livestreamed delivery event at his company’s Giga Texas factory.  Cybertruck Delivery Event https://t.co/rWd111HvHc — Tesla (@Tesla) November 29, 2023 Before Tesla’s CEO took the stage, pre-taped footage shown during the launch event included the Cybertruck traversing a variety of off-road vistas including a snowscape and sepi ..read more
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Controversial ‘robotaxi’ startup loses CEO
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by Andrew Paul
5M ago
GM suspended all Cruise robotaxi services across the US earlier this month. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt announced his resignation from the controversial robotaxi startup on Sunday evening. The co-founder’s sudden departure arrives after months of public and political backlash relating to the autonomous vehicle fleet’s safety, and hints at future issues for the company purchased by General Motors in 2016 for over $1 billion. Vogt’s resignation follows months of documented hazardous driving behaviors from Cruise’s autonomous vehicle fleet, including injuri ..read more
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Formula One race car cracks a drain cover during Las Vegas Grand Prix practice run
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by Andrew Paul
5M ago
A detailed view of a drain cover on the track as seen from the McLaren VISTA during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Las Vegas at Las Vegas Strip Circuit on November 16, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jared C. Tilton - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images A litany of issues has plagued Formula One’s highly anticipated (and derided) Las Vegas Grand Prix race for months, but the event’s most recent issues are perhaps its most ridiculous yet—the cars on-average 212 mph speeds are too fast for the Vegas Strip. Credit: PitLine / YouTube F1 racers can’t bolt down any standard roadway—they requir ..read more
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Rimac’s electric speed demon tore through a world record in reverse
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by Andrew Paul
5M ago
170 MPH is pretty fast, regardless of direction. Rimac / Dennis Noten To put it very simply: the Rimac Nevera electric hypercar is very, very fast. With 1,194-horsepower, a top speed of 256 MPH, and the ability to accelerate faster than an F1 racer, it’s not just one of the most powerful EVs in the world—it’s one of the most powerful cars, period. The $2.1 million Nevera has dashed past so many world records at this point that its makers are now forced to get creative in setting new ones. And they certainly have, judging from a new video released on November 7. In addition to all its other f ..read more
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This off-roading, solar-powered vehicle just sped across the Sahara
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by Andrew Paul
6M ago
The Stella Terra can travel at least 440 miles on a sunny day. STE / Bart van Overbeeke Despite decades of innovation, solar powered cars remain comparatively expensive and difficult to mass produce—but that doesn’t mean they aren’t starting to pack a serious punch. At least one prototype reportedly handled an off-road sojourn across the world’s largest non-polar desert at speeds as fast as 90 mph. Designed by a team of 21-to-25-year-old  college students at the Netherland’s Eindhoven University of Technology, their Stella Terra recently completed a 620 mile (1,000 km) test drive that be ..read more
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How car-sharing programs could make electric vehicles more accessible
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by Syris Valentine / Grist
6M ago
Los Angeles is among the cities that have brought electric vehicle car sharing to frontline communities. The service provides dozens of cars and a network of chargers throughout the city. Mark Ralston / AFP via Getty Images This story was originally published by Grist. Sign up for Grist’s weekly newsletter here. Gloria Huerta remembers the day she spent hours hopping between Chevy Bolts, messing with SIM cards and software while following instructions sent by a German tech firm. She was trying to fix a glitch that kept members of Miocar, the car-share program she helps lead, from un ..read more
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