Xcel works to electrify vehicle-sharing and government fleets

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An electric car-sharing program under development in the Twin Cities is being hailed as possibly a national model for increasing access to low-emissions transportation. Minnesota regulators previously this month authorized an almost $25 million electric vehicle pilot program from Xcel Energy that, including other provisions, forms a network of 70 “community mobility hubs” in the […]

Trump pressed Japan to have their automakers build more vehicles in the U.S.

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Donald Trump pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to have Japanese automakers produce more automobiles in the United States, according to a readout of their latest meeting provided by the U.S. ambassador to Japan on Saturday. The two discussed latest public announcements by Japanese automakers, including Toyota Motor’s decision to invest more in U.S. plants. […]

Singapore in talks with other electric car companies after Dyson

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After Dyson Ltd.’s plans from 2018 to manufacture its first electric car in Singapore, the country is now in talks with other producers of green vehicles to set up shop on the island. Singapore is hurling its connectivity to international markets through free-trade agreements, its high-skilled workforce and strict protection of intellectual property, which is […]

U.S. trade agency sees 76,000 new auto jobs following North American trade deal

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The Trump administration on Thursday estimated that its recent North American trade deal will generate 76,000 automotive sector jobs under five years as automakers invest some $34 billion in new plants to adhere to the pact’s new regional content regulations. The forecasts from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office were released before an independent trade panel’s […]

Apple in talks with potential providers of sensors for self-driving cars

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Apple Inc has held discussions with about four companies as possible providers for next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars, reviewing the companies’ technology while also still contributing on its own lidar unit, three people familiar with the talks stated. The moves provide fresh proof of Apple’s renewed ambitions to get into the autonomous vehicle derby, […]