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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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Car buffs want to turn classic rides into EVs. These Southern California businesses are making it happen.

May 19, 2022
Electrifying classic cars could cut exhaust emissions and reduce the number of cars that end up landfills.
A gas-powered Ford Bronco is being converted to an electric vehicle at Zero Labs in Los Angeles.
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What will it take for yellow buses to go green?

Apr 5, 2022
Electric school buses cost about three times as much as diesel ones. The White House is putting $5 billion toward the zero-emission models.
The Biden administration is putting $5 billion toward replacing existing school buses with zero-emission models.
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High gas prices haven't prompted a spike in EV sales. Besides, there's still an EV shortage.

Mar 15, 2022
Analysts expect drivers to switch sooner or later. But pump prices alone won't drive them to.
While automakers are investing in alternative-fuel vehicles, they’re likely betting that the demand shift to electric vehicles will be more gradual.
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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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Sales of electric vehicles doubled in 2021

Feb 3, 2022
Sales of gas-powered SUVs also set a record.
The sales of electric cars tripled over the past two years.
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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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Apparent death of Build Back Better has climate scientists searching for a solution

Dec 20, 2021
"We don't really have a plan without the Build Back Better Act to stop the warming," a UC Santa Barbara professor says.
The Build Back Better bill includes more than $550 billion in environmental initiatives, like tax credits for companies and consumers that install solar panels.
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What's the best way to make sure EV chargers meet drivers' needs?

Dec 14, 2021
The Biden administration is starting to look at the best way to manage a rollout of electric vehicle chargers, with accessibility in mind.
The Biden administration is pushing for greater adoption of electric vehicles.
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Rivian nabs MotorTrend award in positive sign for electric truck segment

Dec 13, 2021
Electric vehicles have been known more for eco-consciousness and finesse than ruggedness and power.
The Rivian R1T, which won MotorTrend's 2022 truck of the year award, is seen on stage at the LA Auto Show on Nov. 17.
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