SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some officers from the Salt Lake City Police Department have warned city leaders that new hybrid sedans are too small.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico was poised to add plug-in electric cars to its core fleet of government vehicles for the first time after announcing a price agreement with dealerships, moving...
SEATTLE (AP) — Beginning this month, hybrid-vehicle owners in Washington state will start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations they'll never use.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state policymakers have announced hybrid and electric car owners would have to start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol will buy three 2020 Ford Interceptor hybrid SUVs - the first purchase of hybrid vehicles for the agency.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is kicking hybrid vehicles out of the express lanes on Interstate 15 at the end of September.
The move comes after Congress declined to extend permission for...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia city is trying to reduce its contribution to global warming by outfitting city workers with electric cars.
News outlets report the city of Savannah added two...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah would charge electric and hybrid vehicle owners for miles driven under a voluntary program intended to compensate for diminishing gas tax returns.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate committee has proposed changes to the state transportation budget bill including reducing fees on electric and hybrid vehicles, while leaving the House's...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House has endorsed legislation that would charge owners of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles an annual fee.
NEW YORK (AP) — Lyft passengers will soon be able to request a ride in an electric or hybrid vehicle when they're planning a trip.
The ride-hailing company is launching the feature first in Seattle and then in other cities. The option will show up when passengers are choosing between available Lyft vehicles and it will not cost more for riders than traveling in a car with an internal combustion engine.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People who own electric vehicles would need to pay more for not using gasoline under a bill making its way through the Wyoming House.
The House gave initial approval to the bill Wednesday.
Wyoming requires plug-in electric cars to have a decal that costs $50 a year. The measure would increase that fee to $200 a year.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has endorsed legislation that would charge owners of electric and hybrid vehicles an annual fee.
The Senate approved the bill 26-19 on Tuesday. It now goes to the House for consideration.
Grand Forks Republican Sen. Curt Kreun sponsored the measure. He says all vehicles contribute to wear and tear on the state's roads and drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles should pay their fair share.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker wants to charge owners of electric and hybrid vehicles an annual fee to help offset lost motor fuel taxes that fund road improvements.
Grand Forks Republican Sen. Curt Kreun said drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles should pay their fair share toward road construction and repairs, just as drivers of gasoline-powered cars do. All vehicles contribute to wear and tear on the state's roads, he said.
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TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. says it has issued a recall for 2.43 million hybrid vehicles in Japan and elsewhere for potential problems with stalling.
The company said Friday that in rare cases the vehicles might fail to enter a "failsafe" driving mode, lose power and stall. Power steering and braking would still work but a stall at a fast speed could increase risks of a crash.
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 7.9 percent in May from a year earlier as purchases of electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles more than doubled to 102,000, an industry group reported Tuesday.
Sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans rose to 1.9 million, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Total vehicle sales, including trucks and buses, rose 9.6 percent to 2.3 million.
HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese passenger car sales expanded at a faster pace last month as growth in the world's biggest auto market picked up steam, an industry group said Friday.
Monthly figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show that passenger cars sales in April rose 11 percent over a year earlier to 1.9 million vehicles, outpacing a 3.5 percent growth rate in March.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The 7,500th environmentally friendly vehicle has been purchased in Washington state, ending the state's tax exemption program for clean-alternative fuel, electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The Olympian reported Tuesday that a resident purchased the vehicle in March.
The Washington Department of Revenue said buyers can take advantage of the tax exemptions through May 31. Exemptions expire June 1.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to penalize people who illegally park at a public electric vehicle charging station.
The General Assembly's Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on Monday to hear testimony on a bill that would make it an infraction, typically punishable by a fine, for parking a vehicle that's not a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or battery electric vehicle at a charging station.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved a bill to boost the registration fees in Hawaii for electric and hybrid vehicles.
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says its pretax earnings will likely fall in 2018 as U.S. sales soften, commodity costs increase and it invests heavily in new electric and hybrid vehicles.
Ford expects to earn between $1.45 and $1.70 per share this year. That would be down from 2017's preliminary adjusted earnings of $1.78 a share.
Ford's 2017 profit fell short of the $1.82 per share expected on average by analysts polled by FactSet. They expect a profit of $1.59 per share this year.
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Ford Motor Co. says it's doubling its investment in electric and hybrid vehicles and plans to introduce 40 by 2022.
Among them: A hybrid version of the F-150 pickup truck that is due out in 2020.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Campers and hikers might have to dig a little deeper to get into their favorite state parks in 2018. And if they're packing their tents and boots into a hybrid vehicle they'll have to pay even more.
Provisions in the Republican state budget that go into effect Monday allow Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dan Meyer to raise vehicle entry fees at state parks of his choosing by as much as $5 per day for both Wisconsin residents and non-residents.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. announced a $374 million investment Tuesday at five U.S. plants to support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A team led by an engineering professor at Oregon State University-Cascades has developed a prototype hybrid engine for small, unmanned aerial vehicles, in what could be a significant development in drone technology.
Unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones, and particularly small drones, are often limited by the amount of battery power. A hybrid engine, using a gasoline-powered engine to re-charge an onboard battery, allows the vehicle to stay aloft longer.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's budget-writing committee Tuesday night approved a road-funding plan that would borrow about $400 million, raise fees on electric and hybrid vehicles, further study toll roads for interstates in Wisconsin but not increase the gas tax.
The Joint Finance Committee deal, reached between Senate and Assembly Republicans but without Democratic support, came as the panel moves to complete its work on the $76 million budget that's two months late.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin state budget (all times local):
The Legislature's budget-writing committee has approved a road-funding plan that would borrow about $400 million, raise fees on electric and hybrid vehicles but not increase the gas tax.
The Joint Finance Committee approved the plan late Tuesday night as it moves to complete its work on the $76 million budget that's two months late.
HELSINKI (AP) — Volvo plans to build only electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2019, making it the first major automaker to abandon cars and SUVs powered solely by the internal combustion engine.
CEO Hakan Samuelsson said the move was dictated by customer demand. It means that in two years, all new Volvo vehicles will have some form of electric propulsion.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans unveiled a complex and far-reaching road-funding proposal Thursday that would cut gas taxes in Wisconsin, apply the sales tax to fuel purchases, put a new fee on hybrid vehicles and lower income taxes with the goal of moving to a flat tax.
SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020, an executive said Friday, as automakers speed up the rollout of alternative vehicles under pressure from Beijing to promote the industry.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear research facility in eastern Idaho has added equipment that will allow it to test next-generation batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles.
The Idaho National Laboratory now has a pair of fireproof chemical storage units, which enable researchers to test fast-charging lithium-ion batteries in extreme temperature conditions, The Post Register reported (http://bit.ly/2o02Jym) on Monday.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has revamped its plug-in hybrid with a longer cruising range and quicker charging, including from a regular home plug, hoping it will sell better than the first model from five years ago that officials acknowledged had flopped.
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius PHV plug-in went on sale in Japan on Wednesday. Sales in the U.S., where it's called Prius Prime, started late last year. It is set to launch in Europe and other countries in March.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's much ballyhooed plug-in hybrid Prius Prime is being pushed back by several months, with the new sales date set for late this year or early next year.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday the launch dates were being delayed for Japan, but not for the U.S. and Europe because they were set to follow Japan from the start. It was unclear what the dates were for any of the regions.
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