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U.S. automakers seek advantage at Shanghai Auto Show

by Jennifer Pak Apr 18, 2019
American manufacturers are eager to win Chinese customers.
Ford Lincoln unveils a luxury SUV with seven seats at the Shanghai auto show. Other carmakers have pushed new SUVs and electric models to drive sales amid a slowdown in the industry.
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Electric vehicles in the spotlight at Shanghai Auto Show

by Jennifer Pak Apr 18, 2019
Electric cars are drawing attention and Chinese automakers are to the fore.
Chinese automaker BYD, a firm backed by Warren Buffet, unveiled an electric sports car at the Shanghai auto show. It’s not available for sale yet but many live streamers and car bloggers were surprised that this sleek design came from a Chinese automaker.
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Tesla wants to make its cars cheaper by cutting costs

by Marielle Segarra Jan 18, 2019
But how will the innovative, and controversial, company deal with a backlog on deliveries while at the same time shrinking its workforce? Click the audio player above to hear the full story.
A Tesla vehicle at a dealership on January 03, 2019 in Miami, Florida.
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General Motors looks to an electric car future

by Ben Bradford Oct 31, 2018
The largest U.S. automaker has one all-electric vehicle, but plans to develop 20.
A crowd gathers around a 2016 Chevrolet Volt after it was named 2016 Green Car of the Year, at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, November 19, 2015. 
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General Motors looks to an electric car future

by Ben Bradford Oct 31, 2018
The largest U.S. automaker has one all-electric vehicle, but plans to develop 20.
A crowd gathers around a 2016 Chevrolet Volt after it was named 2016 Green Car of the Year, at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, November 19, 2015. 
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Tesla faces turmoil at the top ... and stiff competition

by Molly Wood Oct 1, 2018
The company made electric cars exciting, but can it make them ubiquitous?
Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.
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A new ride hailing startup bets on Teslas to differentiate itself

by Dan Boyce Jul 6, 2018
Teslyne, a new startup in Denver, is banking on customers paying more than they would for Uber or Lyft for the chance to ride in an electric Tesla. Unlike with Uber or Lyft, the company owns the Teslas and though…

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Investors are anxious about Tesla fairy tale

by Andy Uhler May 2, 2018
Cache, yes, and, lots of questions for electric carmaker Tesla. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 
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Why Western tech companies want more control over minerals in Africa

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Shaheen Ainpour Mar 2, 2018
Modern electronics rely heavily on one thing: lithium ion batteries. With carmakers gearing up to increase electric vehicle production, the demand for lithium ion batteries doesn’t appear to be slowing down. These batteries rely on an increasingly important supply of…

Can Elon Musk deliver on Tesla's Model 3s?

by Kai Ryssdal and Paulina Velasco Feb 20, 2018
One reporter took it upon himself to determine how many cars the company is making