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Nobel chemistry winner John B. Goodenough poses for the media at the Royal Society in London, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
October 09, 2019 - 12:40 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — If you're reading this on a cellphone or laptop computer, you might thank this year's three winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. The batteries developed by the British, American and Japanese winners are far more revolutionary than just...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown, front right, and China's National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua, front left, sign an agreement to boost bilateral cooperation on climate change during a news conference at the Bay Area Council, in San Francisco. As tensions between China and the United States ratchet up, former California Gov. Jerry Brown sees a way to bring together the world's largest carbon emitter and a U.S. state that's leading the way in energy standards: climate change. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach,file)
September 23, 2019 - 2:57 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As tensions between China and the United States ratchet up, former California Gov. Jerry Brown sees a way to bring together the world's largest carbon emitter and a U.S. state that's leading the way in energy standards: climate change. Brown and Xie Zhenhua, China's top...
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FILE- In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, a Chevrolet Bolt EV battery pack is removed for testing after undergoing charging and discharging cycles at General Motors Warren Technical Center's Advanced Energy Center in Warren, Mich. If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at squeaky-clean mostly automated factories that mix up chemicals to make batteries. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
September 21, 2019 - 9:08 am
DETROIT (AP) — If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at mostly automated factories that mix up...
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General Motors employees chant in unison "No contract! No work!" as they circle at one of the Flint Assembly Plant entrance, blocking through traffic during the fourth day of the national UAW strike against GM on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 in Flint. The United Auto Workers union and its roughly 49,000 members at GM plants in the U.S. have been on strike since Monday, Sept. 16 because contract negotiations with the automaker had broken down. It's the first national UAW strike since 2007, when GM workers were out for two days. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 7:50 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors offer to invest $7 billion in U.S. facilities includes $2 billion from joint ventures and suppliers for new plants that would pay workers less than the top union wage, a person briefed on the matter said. The offer is a major issue that could get in the way of a deal...
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In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 photo, Assemblyman Phil Ting addresses the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. Ting has a bill that would only allow people to get rebates for electric cars from manufacturers who have agreed to the state's emission standards, which are tougher than those of the federal government. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 18, 2019 - 11:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker wants the state to stop helping people buy electric cars from companies that refuse to follow the state's emission standards. California residents who buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle can get up to $7,000 from the state. A bill by Democratic...
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Terry Dittes, director of the UAW GM department, announces that GM workers will go on a national strike at midnight on Sunday Sept. 15, 2019 in the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, in Detroit, Mi. (Clarence Tabb, Jr./Detroit News via AP)
September 15, 2019 - 7:09 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Roughly 49,000 workers at General Motors plants in the U.S. plan to go on strike just before midnight Sunday, but talks between the United Auto Workers and the automaker will resume. About 200 plant-level union leaders voted unanimously in favor of a walkout during a meeting Sunday...
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September 11, 2019 - 5:16 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese auto sales sank 7.7% in August from a year earlier, extending a painful slump in the industry's biggest global market. An industry group, the Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers, said Wednesday that sales of sedans, SUVs and minivans declined to 1.6 million...
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Activists of the environment protection organization 'Greenpeace' pump up a giant ballon to protest against climate-damaging cars displayed at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
September 10, 2019 - 1:58 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The headwinds buffeting the auto industry are making themselves felt at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with companies confronting a slowdown in sales due to global trade uncertainty and pressure from governments to lower emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases. Signs...
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FILE - This Jan. 22, 2018, file still frame from video provided by KCBS-TV shows a Tesla Model S electric car that has crashed into a fire engine on Interstate 405 in Culver City, Calif. A government report says the driver of the Tesla that slammed into a firetruck was using the car’s Autopilot system when a vehicle in front of him suddenly changed lanes and he didn’t have time to react. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, that the driver never saw the parked firetruck and didn’t brake. (KCBS-TV via AP, File)
September 04, 2019 - 6:56 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A design flaw in Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and driver inattention combined to cause a Model S electric car to slam into a firetruck parked along a California freeway, a government investigation has found. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that...
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FILE-In this June 8, 2019 file photo, Janice Goodwin stands by her electric-assist bicycle at a gate near the start of the carriage path system where bikes such as her are banned inside Acadia National Park, in this photo June 8, 2018, in Bar Harbor, Maine. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed the order on Thursday allowing motorized electric bicycles into national parks and other public lands.(AP Photo/David Sharp, files)
August 30, 2019 - 3:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorized electric bicycles may soon be humming along serene trails in national parks and other public lands nationwide. It's part of a new Trump administration order — hotly opposed by many outdoors groups — that will allow e-bikes on every federal trail where a regular bike can...
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