Spotify’s Car Thing Is a Cautionary Tale About Connected Automotive Products

Spotify has found itself on the receiving end of consumer backlash after announcing it would no longer continue support of its Car Thing media device. The company discontinued the unit shortly after its release and has since confirmed it will be launching a firmware update at the end of 2024 that will render it inoperable — exposing itself to a class action lawsuit from customers demanding refunds.

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Report: Seattle Terrorized By Lone Dodge Charger

Once in a while we see a story about a young person with a muscle-car terrorizing local residents in a major city. Today, we have another -- this one involves a 20-year-old who appears wealthy, a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and social media. The usual ingredients.

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Japanese Automakers Are in the Midst of a Domestic Scandal

Japanese manufacturers are in the middle of a minor crisis after the nation’s transport ministry noticed irregularities in the certification process of several domestic models before launching a formal investigation. Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha Motor have all been faulted with submitting either incorrect or intentionally misleading information in regard to vehicle certifications.

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Report: Elon Musk Rerouted Nvidia Chips Destined for Tesla to X

Elon Musk has been under scrutiny for the way he handles his duties at Tesla for a while now, and a recently uncovered email won’t help his case. CNBC recently obtained emails that show Musk asking Nvidia to prioritize processor shipments to his social media company, X, over Tesla.

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Listen: This is the 2026 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Though it’s not the bargain it once was, the Chevy Corvette remains one of the best values in performance cars, especially with its move to a mid-engine layout. The Corvette Z06 debuted for the 2023 model year, bringing the car’s performance to a new level with its flat-plane-crank V8, and now, the automaker is nearing the release of an even crazier variant: The ZR1.

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Ford CEO Farley Again Promises Profitable, Affordable EVs for the Masses

Ford loses more than six figures on every EV that it sells, but that hasn’t tempered CEO Jim Farley’s ambitions. Speaking with Yahoo Finance, Farley said his company aims to develop affordable EVs that compete with the rising tide of Chinese models.

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Investigation Opened into Nissan Airbags - Different Ones, This Time

In  further news about older Nissan vehicles getting the stink eye from regulators, the NHTSA is investigating over 74,000 decade-old Rogue Select crossovers for unexpected airbag deployment.

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Auto Lobby Wants Input on Government EV Policy Before Changes Are Made

Despite aggressively pushing for all-electric vehicles to supplant combustion models, the United States government seems to have suddenly realized that such a move could have some rather serious unintended consequences. This is nothing new, as U.S. regulations have shaped vehicle trends in ways the average motorist couldn’t even imagine. With that in mind, the automotive lobby wants to ensure it has the ear of legislators before they do anything that cannot be undone.

But the real question is: What exactly does it want?

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Kia is Suing a Former Dealer for Shady Business Practices and Misrepresenting Sales

Dan O’Brien auto group used to operate three Kia stores in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, but the automaker isn’t happy with how things ended. In early May, it filed a lawsuit against the dealer, claiming racketeering, fraud, and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives.

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Nissan is Done Investing in New Gas Engines

Nissan is bucking the trend of automakers hanging onto combustion engines for as long as possible. Speaking with the Australian magazine Drive, a company executive said its future lies in electrification and noted that it would not invest in new internal combustion powertrain technologies.

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Buick Details the Upcoming 2025 Enclave SUV

Buick refreshed the Enclave in 2022 but has left it alone for the last two model years. That’s changing in 2025, but the automaker’s main change is renaming the SUV’s trim levels.

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It’s a Gas: Fiat Set to Offer 500 Hatchback with Internal Combustion

Whilst the little Fiat 500 is presently only available with an all-electric powertrain, reports have surfaced that the Italian marque will soon offer the scamp with a gasoline-powered engine as well – potentially as early as the 2026 calendar year.

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GM's NACS Transition Still On Track After Tesla Supercharger Turmoil

The future of Tesla’s Supercharger team is anyone’s guess at this point, but that hasn’t slowed GM’s march toward adopting the automaker’s North American Charging Standard (NACS). GM will soon join Ford and Rivian as early adopters of the technology, with an official telling InsideEVs that it plans to “stick to the timeline that we previously announced.”

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Jeep Details the New All-Electric Wagoneer S

We first heard about the all-electric Jeep Wagoneer S a while back, and the automaker recently detailed specs and performance for the sleek SUV. While it will retain some of the brand’s off-road prowess, the S will also sport breathtaking acceleration and more screens than are probably necessary.

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Hyundai Sued by Labor Department for Child Labor

A couple of years ago, reports of child labor began dogging Hyundai, and it appears the government is finally ready to do something about it. The Department of Labor sued the automaker this week, naming three defendants: Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC, SMART Alabama LLC, and Best Practice Service LLC.

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The NHTSA Wants More Information From Tesla On Steering Loss Issues

Tesla, already under the NHTSA’s microscope, is facing more scrutiny over reports that some Model 3 and Model Y vehicles lost power steering. The agency posted a letter to its website earlier this week, asking for Tesla’s record on the vehicles by July 24.

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Please Pick an Actual Color for Your Next Car Purchase

Our roads are becoming more monotone than ever before. iSeeCars recent study found that 80 percent of the cars on our roads are painted grayscale colors, with gray , white, black, and silver being the most popular “colors” in the country.

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VinFast and Mitsubishi to Collab on After-Sales Service (and Recycling Used Cooking Oil)

Perhaps answering at least some of the questions we all have about VinFast and its long-term plans in this country, owner Vingroup announced this morning it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi to explore providing after-sales services in international markets. Mitsu will also establish a working group to collect used cooking oil.


Wait, what?

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2025 Cadillac Optiq Debuts As Compact Luxury Electric For The Whole World

General Motors’ luxury arm has just previewed the Cadillac Optic — which looks to be offering a tad more utility than the brand’s larger Lyriq EV. While it debuted in Paris, the model is to become a global model and suit the taste of luxury-minded consumers the world over.

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VW Commits to a Very Cheap EV – in Europe

It was only a short spell ago that we all learned Volkswagen is hitting the pause button on the ID.7 in this country, deferring to changing market dynamics as a reason for the move. Now, the brand is eagerly posting about the imminent introduction of a cheap-as-chips EV – in Europe.

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Have a Hoopty Nissan? Park It!

In what is surely one of the oddest advisements from a major automaker in recent memory, Nissan has published a do-not-drive order for cars which have likely been recycled into tin cans some spell ago.

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Genesis And Lucid Rumored To Join Forces On EV

South Korean media is reporting that Hyundai Motor Company will be purchasing electric motors from Lucid for future all-electric vehicles. The units are supposedly going to be installed into Genesis products as a way to ensure its EV technology is on the cutting edge.

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Volkswagen Recalling ID.4 Over Software Issues

Volkswagen is recalling over 80,000 ID.4 electric vehicles, from the 2021-2023 model years, over concerns that interior screens may turn off without warning. While not really much of an issue on older cars, this is a colossal problem for newer models that have integrated touchscreen technology as essential for vehicle controls.

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Volkswagen Confirms 2025 GTI Clubsport As Most Powerful Front-Drive Golf Ever

Volkswagen has been teasing the Golf GTI Clubsport all month ahead of the planned reveal during Nürburgring 24 Hours. The endurance race will serve as the premiere of what’s likely to become the most powerful GTI VW has ever fielded. The bad news is that North America isn’t supposed to receive this particular vehicle. But the good news is that some of its equipment is likely to migrate over to the standard GTI that’s still sold in the United States for the 2025 model year.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing Exec: GR SUVs Likely to Come in the Future

I own and love a Toyota GR Corolla, but I’ve never thought that it should be bigger, even though my two kids and 80-pound dog often voice their displeasure with the accommodations. Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s division that handles the GR Corolla, GR Supra, GR 86, and GR Yaris, feels otherwise.

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Scout Motors' South Carolina Factory to Focus on Sustainability

Volkswagen will roll out new Scout-branded EVs in the coming years, and its South Carolina factory is well underway. In addition to the hardware it takes to build thousands of new electric vehicles, the automaker is focused on making the site as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.

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Acura Refines MDX for 2025 Model Year

Despite a few styling tweaks and some tech upgrades for 2025, the three-row Acura MDX continues to hover around the $50,000 price point.

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Elon Musk's Proposed Pay Package is At the Center of an Intensifying Game of Chicken

Tesla has seen its ups and downs in recent times, though it has felt like more downs. Layoffs, temporary plant closures, and government investigations be damned, however, as CEO Elon Musk is determined to land his proposed record compensation package.

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EV Registrations Sit around 7 Percent in March

Stats nerds at S&P Global Mobility have detailed some registration data for electric vehicles in this country through the first three months of this year – and the market share continues to sit at around 7 percent.

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NHTSA Expands Probe Into Waymo's Self-Driving Vehicles

No matter what you think of them, autonomous vehicles will bring a range of opportunities for drivers and public infrastructure. That said, one of the most critical aspects of AVs becoming a part of everyday life is public trust, and the major players in today’s AV development race have struggled to earn and keep people’s confidence. Last year, GM’s Cruise operations shut down after high-profile accidents raised serious questions, and now, it’s Waymo’s turn under the microscope.

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Ford is Offering a Zero-Percent Interest Rate for Mach-E Loans

Ford cut Mustang Mach-E pricing earlier this year, achieving its intended result of boosting demand for the electric SUV. Now, the automaker is offering a zero-percent APR for qualified customers, making the vehicle even more affordable.

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Kia Launches All-Electric EV3

Drawing much in terms of style from the excellent EV9, the new EV3 will be Kia’s foray into the all-electric compact crossover segment. Shown today in its home market, the EV3 is likely to be popular with EV shoppers when it goes on sale in this country.

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Report: Mitsubishi Planning Dealer Expansion, More Models for U.S.

Mitsubishi has said it plans to revive the brand in the United States. The stated strategy involves expanding its lineup and retail locations. While this is probably very exciting to those who recall driving any model equipped with the 4G63 engine, it might be wise to temper expectations. The changes being floated are relatively modest, with this being the first step in what could eventually become something bigger for the brand.

That said, the company appears to be serious about setting things right inside America and may actually be in a unique position to pull this off.

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AutoPacific: Younger Buyers More Willing to Look At Chinese Brands

The U.S. is set to implement harsh tariffs on Chinese vehicles, and many lawmakers have expressed grave privacy concerns, but those issues haven’t squashed younger buyers’ curiosity. AutoPacific’s recent study found that 35 percent of respondents between 18 and 80 years old said they would consider a Chinese car, and a whopping 76 percent of people under 40 responded that way.

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Natural Gas is Behind the Nation's Largest Heavy-Duty Electric Truck Charging Station

A new heavy-duty electric truck charging station is opening near the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in southern California, but the electricity powering it isn’t as new-age as the vehicles it charges. Though capable of charging up to 96 trucks at a time, the station is backed by natural gas, which is cleaner than dozens of trucks burning diesel but not the green solution many had probably hoped for.

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Gas War: Biden Administration Releasing One Million Barrels of Gasoline from Northeast Reserves

On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced plans to release one million barrels of gasoline from Northeastern reserves in an effort to stabilize rising fuel costs. The stated intent is to lower fuel costs for Americans as demand spikes over the next several months.

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VW Says ‘Nein’ to ID.7 in America – For Now

Not even two months after detailing powertrain, battery size, and trim walk for the all-electric ID.7 sedan, Volkswagen has announced they are delaying its introduction.

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Alpine Says A110 Successor Will Come to United States, Outlines Expansion Plan

Alpine, the French performance brand tied to Renault Group, has frequently shared plans to break into the U.S. market. This has included rumors that the initial lineup would include a successor to the fabled A110. The brand is now fleshing out plans to expand into our market, stating that it hopes to begin U.S. operations by 2026.

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The 2025 Honda Civic Hybrid is the Most Powerful Non-Type R Model Yet

Honda is refreshing the Civic for 2025, reviving the hybrid option and introducing a new Sport Touring Hybrid trim as the top option in the lineup. The automaker said its updates make the new car the most potent non-Type R Civic yet.

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Report: Rivian Plans Big Changes for the R1 in 2025

The Rivian R1S and R1T have been on sale for a while now, and the automaker reportedly has significant changes planned to keep them relevant. Electrek found a document posted to Rivianforums.com that shows the automaker will introduce new battery configurations and offer a more affordable entry-level trim for the often very expensive EVs.

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Ford Dealers Asked to Pause Further EV Investments While It Reviews Model e Program

Ford’s EV transition hasn’t been the easiest, but the automaker isn’t the only one in its orbit feeling the heat. The Blue Oval recently asked its suppliers to help it cut costs and announced early on that its dealers would need to make significant investments to continue selling its electric models. Now, the company is telling dealers to pause further investments while it reviews the requirements of its EV certification program.

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Toyota Might Consider GR Variants of Crossover Models

While it would be incredibly simple to write such musings off as a cynical marketing exercise, it doesn’t seem that Toyota is eager to sully the measures of performance cred enjoyed by the GR name.

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Report: Some Automakers Continued Using Parts Tied to Chinese Forced Labor After 2021 Ban

A few years ago, Congress passed legislation banning imported goods from Chinese companies that were believed to use forced labor, but some automakers have been accused of skirting those rules. BMW, Jaguar-Land Rover, and Volkswagen used parts from a sanctioned company, according to a new report from lawmakers.

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Leave It to Beaver: Mercedes Opens More Fast Chargers at Texas Buc-ee’s Stores

Buc-ee’s, beacon of the most American of all driving traditions, is going electric – sort of. Some Texas locations of the kitschy, massive stores are getting Mercedes-Benz’s DC fast charging stations, and many more are expected by the end of 2024.

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Report: Lamborghini's Details Wild New Hybrid V8

With literally every automaker currently in operation still hunting for ways to electrify their lineup, many have embraced hybridization as purely electric vehicles continue to polarize shoppers. But some were already heading this route, including performance brands that see the setup as a win in terms of both dynamic performance emissions compliance.

Among them is Lamborghini, which recently previewed the motor that’s assumed to be slotted into the production-coded “Lamborghini 634” that’s slated to supplant the Huracán. However, the hybrid powertrain is obviously more Porsche 918 Spyder than Toyota Prius.

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Rivian Offers Deep Discounts on R1T Leases

Rivian’s vehicles might be popular and offer cool features, but they’re far from affordable. That will change, at least for lessees, for a little while, as the automaker is offering deep discounts on some models.

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Tesla is Doing Damage Control With Euro Fleet Buyers After Price Cuts Shave Residual Values

Fleet buyers usually get a better price than individuals because of the large volumes they purchase, but Tesla is offering deeper discounts to some European leasing companies after previous price cuts caused a significant decrease in the values of their vehicles. That, plus expensive repairs, have driven a wedge between the American automaker and its partners on the old continent.

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Workers at Mercedes-Benz's Alabama Plant Shut Down UAW Efforts - For Now

The United Autoworkers Union (UAW) scored a big win with the Tennessee-based VW plant’s vote to organize, but it’s not infallible. Last week, workers at Mercedes-Benz’s facility in Alabama voted against unionizing, with 56 percent saying they were against it. While the situation isn’t a total defeat for the UAW, it will have to wait a year to try again, and America’s political climate could have shifted dramatically by then.

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Automotive Execs Speculate About Hypothetical EV Camaro and Mustang Sedan

General Motors president Mark Reuss threw some shade at the all-electric Ford “Mustang” Mach-E by suggesting an electrified Chevrolet Camaro would not go the crossover route if he had his druthers. However, he still said such a vehicle would ideally seek to broaden the model’s appeal beyond the hardcore enthusiast base. In related news, Ford CEO Jim Farley recently hinted that there’s a Mustang sedan under consideration — noting that the nameplate would hopefully play host to a V8 powertrain for as long as possible.

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Acura ZDX Type S first EV to pace Pikes Peak

Next month will see the 102nd running of Pikes Peak, officially known as – ahem – The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought to you by Gran Turismo. Organizers are going to need bigger business cards this year, apparently.

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Dodge and Ram CEO Tim Kuniskis is Retiring

Tim Kuniskis, Dodge and Ram’s CEO, is leaving the house that Hellcat built. His tenure at Stellantis and its previous iterations spans 32 years, with his stint at the helms of Dodge starting in 2021 and Ram in 2023.

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Not Dead Yet: Mitsubishi Shows Exciting Signs of Life With New Product Road Map

Mitsubishi has felt like a fading brand for years, but the automaker recently announced a new product roadmap that gives us all a good reason to be hopeful. Among promising one new or completely refreshed vehicle every year between 2026 and 2030, Mitsubishi teased a van that looks an awful lot like a futuristic Delica.

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Headaches for Red Bull: Adrian Newey Isn't Retiring Yet

Formula 1 design guru Adrian Newey left Red Bull a couple of weeks ago, and the racing world has been on fire with speculation about his next move since. Though many believed he would ride off into the sunset on the strength of his multiple successful car designs, Newey recently told the BBC that he was giving serious thought to changing teams and spending another four or five years in the sport.

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Aston Martin Considers Rugged 4x4

The current trend to ‘Safari all the things’ has ensnared numerous luxury automotive brands, birthing machines like the Porsche 911 Dakar and the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato. Now, it seems like Aston Martin wants in on the theme – though it sadly isn’t considering anything like a lifted V12 Vanquish.

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Apple Introducing New Features to Combat Motion Sickness, Improves CarPlay

On Wednesday, Apple announced it would be making changes to iOS that would benefit iPhone and iPad owners prone toward motion sickness. While the company is actually introducing a handful of new features, the one we’re interested in is called “Vehicle Motion Cues” which tweaks the user interface to help keep one’s cookies un-tossed whilst playing passenger.

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Ford Asks Suppliers to Help it Cut Costs

Ford has reported significant losses on its EV business, and a letter obtained by Crain’s Detroit Business/Automotive News shows that the automaker is looking to cut costs with its suppliers. The Blue Oval asked its partners to help lower materials costs, saying “we have all invested heavily in the success of the EV business, and we will all win or lose together.”

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Porsche Declares 911 Hybrid Development Successful

The Porsche 911 has been the company’s most-iconic model since the 1960s and fans have historically been adamantly against the manufacturer tampering with the recipe. As you might imagine, news that a hybrid version was under consideration resulted in some mixed opinions. However, Porsche says development has completed and that the resulting product is a complete success.

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Ford Issues Recall for ‘Forced Neutral Condition’

An oddball situation has prompted the Blue Oval to recall a number of its hybrid vehicles, lest the machines suddenly pop themselves into neutral whilst at speed.

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Driving Dystopia: Eight Automakers Accused of Lying About Customer Data Protections

Legislators have accused several automakers of betraying their customers by going back on an earlier pledge to protect their data. The brands stated during a congressional inquiry that they would provide information to government officials upon their request, despite having previously signed onto the Consumer Privacy Protection Principles in 2014 where they vowed only to hand over customer data when given a formal court order or search warrant.

This has resulted in Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Edward Markey (D-MA) asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to launch a formal investigation on the grounds that the companies have engaged in deceptive tactics that misrepresent what they’re actually doing.

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The Chevrolet Silverado EV RST is Now in Production

We’ve been hearing about the Chevy Silverado EV for what seems like forever, but the first mainstream models have finally entered production. The automaker is building the top RST version of the truck at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where it also makes the basic Work Truck (WT) configuration.

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  • Kars This article was about Ford not Tesla - you are clearly confused.
  • Ollicat Those are individual charging stations vs entire gas stations that have 8 - 16 pumps. And gas stations take 3 minutes to fill vs 30 min to hours for a charging station. And gas pumps are much more likely to be working vs charging statins. Nice try with more propaganda though.
  • Richard Poore Sure, as the article itself notes (hence my ire) California has mandated that all new vehicles sold in state be EV by 2035. They require EV or hybrid by 2026. Since the author admits to this mandate it seems that the article title is clickbait... was really hoping that there was some sort of changes in the CA position since the state is sorely behind on where they need to be with charging stations for this sort of requirement.
  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys PRESIDENT HARRISS, THE YOUNGEST FEMALE OF COLOR PRESIDENT WILL SCALE BACK EV REQUIREMENTS. FAT ORANGE WILL BE DOING TIME
  • VoGhost When will Audi eliminate the fake, oversized grills that impede aerodynamics?