Biden would be better for US electric-car future, VW CEO says

Herbert DiessA winner hasn’t yet been declared in this week’s U.S. Presidential election, but at least one auto-industry CEO has already spoken out about the anticipated outcome. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess suggested to Bloomberg on Thursday in a webcast—reported via Reuters—that a Biden win would be preferable for the company’s...

Study: US could save up to $70 billion annually if EVs were widespread

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-EElectric cars don't just save the environment, they also save lots of money, according to a new Northwestern University study. The United States could save up to $70 billion annually if electric cars replaced 75% of current internal-combustion cars, and were paired with increased renewable-energy electricity generation, the study found. Even if...

15 states want all heavy-duty trucks electric by 2050

Freightliner eCascadia electric semi-truckA contingent of 15 states and the District of Columbia have signed a memorandum of understating (MOU) to draft regulations requiring all new new medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks sold in their jurisdictions to be electric by 2050. The states signing the MOU include: California, Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New...

Former Smart plant was headed all-electric, now might make diesel SUVs

Daimler Hambach factoryHere's a textbook case of taking two steps forward, and one step back. The former Smart factory in Hambach, France, became all-electric when the brand dropped its gasoline models, and was initially planned to continue making electric cars for fellow Daimler division Mercedes-Benz. Instead, the factory may build gasoline and diesel SUVs. That's...

GM pitches all-electric future, with lackluster support from Washington

GM CEO Mary BarraGeneral Motors CEO Mary Barra announced an accelerated sustainability push for the automaker Wednesday during a presentation for investors, and showed no sign of backing down from the company’s plan for an all-electric future that's out of sync with the talking points from either California or the Trump administration. “We believe...