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Why prices of some EVs are falling

Jul 19, 2023
As companies announce price cuts on their electric vehicles, they hope to encourage more customers to shell out.
EVs still only make up 7% of the U.S. market, and price is a significant factor.
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EVs are supersizing as carmakers roll out more electric SUVs and trucks

Jun 15, 2023
While EV trucks and SUVs are better for the environment than their gas-guzzling counterparts, they come with other problems.
Andy Purdy stands with his Volkswagen ID.4 in front of his house in Benson, Vt. He bought this electric SUV last year to accommodate his family of four.
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How one company is energizing the growing EV charging industry

Jan 3, 2023
Charge Enterprises execs say EV charging infrastructure will require a multidecade, trillion-dollar investment to fully replace gasoline and diesel.
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To convince more drivers to go electric, the Biden administration wants chargers that work for all EVs

Jun 9, 2022
Currently, there is no standard charging infrastructure. Creating a universal charger could be key to getting more people to go electric.
The push toward electrification is on. But what does that mean for the US?
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Why carmakers are pouring billions into new electric vehicle battery factories

May 25, 2022
It's all about controlling the supply chain.
Ford announced 3,000 job cuts Monday as the automaker shifts focus to connected and electric vehicles.
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Biden wants minerals for electric vehicles mined in the U.S.

Apr 4, 2022
The White House invoked the Defense Production Act to foot the bill for mining feasibility studies.
Key parts of electric vehicle batteries utilize nickel and cobalt, which typically come from Russia, China and other countries. Biden now wants to boost domestic supplies of the minerals.
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As electric pickup trucks come to market — slowly — lots of interest and long waits

Feb 9, 2022
“On the supply side, it's very clear that they were not planning for such a high demand,” one expert told us.
Demand for electric trucks, like Ford's F-150 Lightning, is far outpacing supply. Some 200,000 people have already put down deposits for the vehicle.
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The price of lithium is way up. And right now, electric cars depend on it.

Jan 26, 2022
The metal is a key ingredient in the batteries that power all those electric cars.
The price of lithium, used in the batteries of electric vehicles, has increased by more than 40% in the past year.
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Does Tesla actually want competitors to make electric cars?

Aug 27, 2021
There's a disconnect between what CEO Elon Musk says and what he does, according to auto journalist Jamie Kitman.
There's a disconnect between what Tesla CEO Elon Musk says and what he does, according to auto journalist Jamie Kitman.
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How easy is it to find an affordable, energy-efficient car? Depends where you live.

Jun 23, 2021
Amy Harder at Breakthrough Energy describes her car-buying journey.
Amy Harder in her new car: a prius. "I like to joke that it's like going into the grocery store, saying you're going to find the most exciting ice cream flavor ever, and you come out with vanilla," said Harder.
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