California

Tesla sheds more light on 500 job cuts at California HQ, plant

9:58 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
Tesla filed notices with its home state that shed light on which workers are being dismissed from several key California operations as part of CEO Elon Musk's profit-motivated reorganization.

3 states receive high scores for policies promoting EV purchases

4:37 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2018
California, Connecticut and Maryland have demonstrated the greatest commitment toward developing an electric vehicle market among states that mandate automakers hit sales targets for zero-emission vehicles, according to a stakeholder group.

Automakers push 9 states to follow Calif. commitment to ZEVs

3:04 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has written nine governors whose states follow California's ZEV program asking for tangible steps to help increase sales, including more investments in EV charging infrastructure, expanded consumer incentives such as tax credits, and a commitment to buy more ZEVs for state and local government vehicle fleets.

Tesla Model X in California crash sped up seconds before impact

10:44 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2018
The Tesla Model X that crashed in California while being guided by its semiautonomous driving system sped up to 71 mph in the seconds before the vehicle slammed into a highway barrier, federal investigators said.

California, carmakers 'in agreement' on emissions standards

6:39 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2018
California and the auto industry mostly agree that the state should maintain a role in setting emissions standards despite Trump administration efforts to curb its authority, according to the head of the California Air Resources Board.

California seeks White House meeting on auto mileage revamp

12:53 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2018
California air regulators want to meet with the Trump administration over plans to ease federal auto efficiency standards, saying that efforts to undermine the state's authority would be illegal.

EVs get charged up in three states -- in a single day

11:04 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2018
In a single day, the electric car boom may have scored hundreds of millions of dollars of additional investments in three states.

EPA seeks end of California's authority over auto emissions, report says

7:16 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2018
A draft Trump administration proposal to ease automobile efficiency standards calls for revoking California's unique authority to set its own limits, a move that would set off an explosive battle with the nation's most populous state, Bloomberg reported.

In Trump vs. California, Mary Nichols unlike any other negotiator

7:18 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2018
As the head of CARB, Mary Nichols is arguably California's most powerful weapon in its war with President Donald Trump over the state's plan to combat climate change and have automakers toe the California line.

Trump officials set to meet California air regulators next week

7:37 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2018
The leader of California's air-quality regulator plans to meet with senior Trump administration officials to discuss automobile emissions standards that federal regulators say need to be weakened.

Tesla plans 6-day stoppage at factory for assembly line fixes, report says

2:55 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2018
Tesla will pause production at its California factory for six days at the end of the May to work on fixes to its assembly line for its new Model 3 sedan, sources inside the company told Reuters.

Trump reiterates desire for more U.S. car exports before CAFE meeting

1:48 pm U.S. ET | May 11, 2018
President Trump pressed automakers to build more vehicles in America and launched a fresh attack on NAFTA, which has benefited the companies, while auto executives urged him to work with California to keep nationwide vehicle emissions standards.

Automakers seek to use Trump summit to avert war with California

6:38 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2018
American automakers faced a tough mission when they visited the White House Friday. They sought to persuade President Trump to cooperate with Calif. governor Jerry Brown over emissions levels.

Marchionne: FCA may 'redirect' Mexican auto exports

10:58 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2018
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said proposed changes to automotive rules by the U.S. government may prompt the Italian-American automaker to shift exports of the company's Mexican-made vehicles.

Trump eyes twice-failed legal strategy to fight California regulations

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2018
The Trump administration is preparing to battle California's tough car pollution regulations using an approach that federal courts have already rejected -- twice.

U.S. lawmakers seek details from EPA on mpg rule changes

6:28 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2018
Two Democratic lawmakers asked EPA chief Scott Pruitt for documents related to proposed changes to vehicle fuel emission standards and California's authority to set its own measures, and accused him of misleading Congress of the agency's plans.

Ex-Opel CEO Neumann will join California-based EV startup

April 30, 2018 10:14 CET
Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann will join California-based EV startup Evelozcity, which is run by ex-BMW executives.

U.S. likely to back freezing fuel economy standards from 2020 through 2026, report says

4:11 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2018
The Trump administration is likely to propose freezing fuel economy standards from 2020 through 2026, three people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

Calif. pension plan urged to divest automakers that skirt emissions rules

6:51 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2018
A group of congressional Democrats representing California urged the state's pension system to divest stock from any automaker that follows the Trump administration's plan to relax light-vehicle emissions standards.

Calif. bill would add some muscle to franchise laws

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2018
A wide-ranging California bill that aims to strengthen the state's existing new-car dealer franchise laws is scheduled to have its first committee hearing today.

Tesla faces workplace safety probe at Calif. plant

2:49 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2018
California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health opened a new investigation into Tesla following a report about worker protections at the company's plant in Fremont, Calif.

CARB's Nichols isn't going to stop for Trump

1:15 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2018
Mary Nichols, California's top air regulator, is gearing up for a battle with the Trump administration over the future of auto pollution standards in the United States.

California: Emissions deal with EPA could be doable

7:19 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2018
California's top air-quality regulator sees hope for a deal with the Trump administration over fuel economy and emissions standards -- so long as Washington doesn't try to steamroll the state.

California becomes an emissions battleground

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2018
How well the California waiver withstands federal fire could have big implications for the auto industry and for the administration's effort to relax emissions and fuel economy rules.

Stoking ZEV sales beyond California

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2018
Nine states have adopted California's clear-air rules mandating the sales of zero-emission vehicles, but they haven't come close to matching California's appetite for green cars.

 
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

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3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

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11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

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12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

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12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2018

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BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size S ...
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