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In America’s Heartland, A Power Company Leads Charge For Electric Cars – NPR

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) is building 1,000 charging stations and helping to turn a Midwestern metropolitan area into one of the fastest-growing electric vehicle markets in the country. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption toggle caption Andrea Hsu/NPR Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) is building 1,000 charging stations and helping to turn a Midwestern metropolitan area into one of the fastest-growing electric vehicle markets in the country. Andrea Hsu/NPR…

In America’s Heartland, A Power Company Leads Charge For Electric Cars – NPR

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) is building 1,000 charging stations and helping to turn a Midwestern metropolitan area into one of the fastest-growing electric vehicle markets in the country. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption toggle caption Andrea Hsu/NPR Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) is building 1,000 charging stations and helping to turn a Midwestern metropolitan area into one of the fastest-growing electric vehicle markets in the country. Andrea Hsu/NPR…

Fire in Disneyland parking structure burns 8 cars, injures 7 people and prompts evacuations – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

At least eight cars caught fire at a Disneyland parking structure Monday night, injuring park staffers, prompting some evacuations and causing nearly $180,000 in damage, authorities said. During the blaze, seven Disney employees suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation, four of whom were taken to the hospital, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department. No foul play is suspected, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The…

Auto executives want Trump to roll back clean-air standards. Can California stand in their way? – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sensing a kindred spirit in the White House, the auto industry is pressuring President Trump to roll back vehicle efficiency standards, which they imply are too stringent and could cost America jobs. That’s the burden of a letter that went out last week to Trump from the heads of 18 auto manufacturers, including General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler. They asked him to reverse a ruling issued by the Environmental…

Senators plot bipartisan bill on self-driving cars – The Hill

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A bipartisan duo in the Senate is planning to craft legislation to advance autonomous vehicle technology as part of a major congressional effort to speed up the deployment of self-driving cars. Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneOvernight Tech: GOP split on net neutrality strategy | Trump’s phone worries Dems | Bill in the works on self-driving cars Senators plot bipartisan bill on self-driving cars A missed opportunity for the aviation community MORE…

Tesla’s Getting More Competition in Self-Driving Cars – Barron’s

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Few areas in technology have as much promise, and as many competitors, as self-driving cars. Although Tesla, Uber, and Alphabet are probably the best-known players, General Motors and Ford made it clear last week that they’ll likely be major competitors in the field. GM has already flexed its self-driving muscles, announcing during its earnings call last week that it is testing more than 40 self-driving Chevy Bolt electric vehicles on…

Multiple cars catch fire at Disneyland parking garage – KABC-TV

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Multiple cars caught fire at the main parking garage for Disneyland guests Monday afternoon, according to officials. The Anaheim Fire Department said five to six cars caught fire at the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Viewers captured smoke billowing from the second floor of the parking garage and shared their images with ABC7 by using #abc7eyewitness on social media. Anaheim police announced the two-alarm fire was knocked down at about…

GM, Toyota says US rules limiting self-driving cars need to be eased – Reuters

Monday, February 13, 2017

WASHINGTON General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Corp officials will tell a U.S. House panel on Tuesday that automakers need changes to automotive safety rules to allow the deployment of self-driving cars on American roads. “Without changes to those regulations, it may be years before the promise of today’s technology can be realized and thousands of preventable deaths that could have been avoided will happen,” said Mike Abelson, vice president…

New AG Steve Marshall says he would recuse himself from Bentley investigation – AL.com

Monday, February 13, 2017

Steve Marshall took the oath of office today as Alabama’s 48th attorney general and said he would recuse himself if his office is investigating Gov. Robert Bentley, who appointed him to the position. Marshall, who had been Marshall County’s district attorney since 2001, was sworn in by Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Liles Burke. Bentley appointed Marshall to replace Luther Strange, whom the governor appointed to the U.S. Senate. Marshall…

Why Self-Driving Cars Have to Watch Their Human Passengers … – WIRED

Monday, February 13, 2017

It’s Monday morning, you’re late for work, and as you merge onto the freeway you see it: the sea of red brake lights. It’s going to be a slow, frustrating trip—for all the suckers who have to drive their own cars. You click yours into autonomous mode and spend the slog getting ahead on work emails, or even catching up on sleep. Yes, the day you become a co-driver is fast…

Vattenfall To Switch Its Entire 3500 Vehicle Fleet To Electric Vehicles – CleanTechnica

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cars Published on February 13th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley 0 February 13th, 2017 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Gas2. Vattenfall is one of the largest utility companies in Europe, with operations in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of…

Unite workers at BMW threaten action over plans to shut UK pension … – The Guardian

Monday, February 13, 2017

More than 7,000 BMW workers are threatening industrial action over the German carmaker’s plans to shut the final salary pension scheme. A warning that “serious industrial action will occur” if the company presses ahead with the plans is carried in a letter sent by Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite union. He is due to hold talks with senior management at the car giant’s Mini plant in Cowley, Oxfordshire, next…

Self-Driving Cars Won’t Just Watch the World—They’ll Watch You – WIRED

Monday, February 13, 2017

It’s Monday morning, you’re late for work, and as you merge onto the freeway you see it: the sea of red brake lights. It’s going to be a slow, frustrating trip—for all the suckers who have to drive their own cars. You click yours into autonomous mode and spend the slog getting ahead on work emails, or even catching up on sleep. Yes, the day you become a co-driver is fast…

Ford CEO reveals a major fear about self-driving cars – Business Insider

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ford CEO Mark FieldsReuters Ford is moving full speed ahead with its self-driving cars.  The company aims to have its fully autonomous cars on the road in a commercial setting, such as a ride-sharing program, by 2021. Ford, though, isn’t the only company trying to bring self-driving cars to market during the next five years. There’s a number of automakers and tech companies developing autonomous vehicles working within the same timeline,…

Cars Damaged By ‘Suspicious’ Fire At Lawrence Dealership – CBS Local

Monday, February 13, 2017

LAWRENCE (CBS) — Five vehicles were damaged by fire Sunday night at the Commonwealth Motors dealership in Lawrence. Lawrence Fire responded to the initial call around 7 p.m. on Marston Street. Officials said a fire that started in one vehicle spread to four others. The cars belonged to owners who had left the vehicles at the dealership for repairs. Authorities said this is a suspicious fire and is under investigation…

Auto CEOs want Trump to order review of 2025 fuel rules – Reuters

Sunday, February 12, 2017

WASHINGTON The chief executives of 18 major automakers and their U.S. units urged President Donald Trump to revisit a decision by the Obama administration to lock in vehicle fuel efficiency rules through 2025. In a letter sent late Friday and viewed by Reuters, the chief executives of General Motors Co (GM.N), Ford Motor Co, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, along with the top North American executives at Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T),…

Big energy hugely underestimates electric cars, renewable power – Green Car Reports

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2016 BMW i3 Enlarge Photo Mass adoption of electric cars and renewable energy could significantly decrease global consumption of fossil fuels. But does the established energy industry view these new developments as a threat? In a recent report, ExxonMobil said coal could continue to provide the majority of the world’s electricity-generation capacity in 2040, and that electric cars would only make up around 10 percent of the U.S. new-car market…

Sadiq Khan: government must pay drivers £3500 to scrap diesel cars – The Guardian

Sunday, February 12, 2017

London’s air is so polluted that motorists should be given up to £3,500 to persuade them to scrap their old diesel cars and vans and replace them with cleaner vehicles, according to the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. The nitrogen dioxide emitted by diesel cars is a key contributor to London’s poor air quality, which is so bad that City Hall now advises the public to avoid going out unnecessarily on…

US News: These cars are the best bang for the buck – Business Insider

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2018 Ford F-150.Ford Everyone is looking for a great deal when stepping into the shiny halls of a car dealership. But getting a car that is a great value extends past the price you pay at the showroom. You have to consider the quality of the car, how much you’ll pay, and how much it costs to operate the vehicle in the long run. This is exactly what US News…