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Amazon orders 100,000 electric trucks to fight climate change

A publicity shot shows the truck Rivian plans to build for Amazon. Amazon The Rivian/Amazon truck, viewed from a different angle. Amazon Jeff Bezos Amazon The R1T from behind. Jonathan Gitlin The R1S SUV. If it looks like an R1T with more roof and a hatch, that’s because it is. Jonathan Gitlin Amazon has ordered …

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Trump to eliminate California’s car emission standards waiver

Enlarge Lawrence Berkeley Lab The New York Times reports that the Trump administration will use a meeting at the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to announce the revocation of California’s ability to set its own air pollution standards. The state’s authority was granted by a waiver that allows it to set pollution limits that are …

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The fight over fuel economy rules is getting messy

Enlarge Getty Images Legal wrangling among the federal government, the state of California, and four automakers who—oddly—are asking for more stringent regulations got even more knotty this month, when the Department of Justice reportedly launched an antitrust probe into companies that struck a deal with California climate regulators. Now some members of Congress are urging …

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Volkswagen’s bold plan to create a new car operating system

Enlarge Aurich Lawson Volkswagen provided three nights in a hotel and air travel from Washington, DC, to Frankfurt for this story. FRANKFURT, GERMANY—The cars we drive are increasingly defined as much by the software they run as their engines or chassis. It started slowly. Discrete electronic control units started to appear under the hood, controlling …

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Tesla touts raceway record with 3-motor powertrain prototype

Enlarge / A shot from Tesla’s video at the Laguna Seca racetrack. Tesla Tesla is working on a new three-motor powertrain for the Model S that will accelerate even faster than Tesla’s current “Ludicrous Mode,” the company said on Wednesday. In a nod to Spaceballs, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has dubbed the new system “Plaid.” “Plaid …

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You Can Buy a Dream Car With Bitcoin Cash at Autocoincars.com

</header> <strong>Buying a new car is always a thrill. Purchasing a luxury vehicle, a roadster or a classic even more so. But such an enjoyable acquisition is usually accompanied by time consuming formalities. When all you want is to sit behind the wheel as soon as possible, these additional steps can be a nuisance for …

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Tesla to take on Taycan’s track time at the Nürburgring

Enlarge elyob @ Flickr As part of Porsche’s build-up to Wednesday’s launch of the Taycan electric car, it took a track-prepped prototype to Germany’s famous Nürburgring Nordschleife. This 12.9-mile (20.8km) track, built in the 1920s as a depression-era public works project, is widely considered to be one of (if not the) most challenging race tracks …

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Feds scold Tesla for slow response on driver monitoring

Enlarge / A Tesla Model S. Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images The National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency tasked with investigating transportation crashes, published a preliminary report Tuesday about a January 2018 crash in Culver City, Calif. For the most part, the report confirmed what we already knew about the incident: a Tesla Model S …

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Bugatti found out just how fast the Chiron is, flat-out: 305 mph

Bugatti have lightly modified this Chiron from the standard road car. It features an extra 99hp (74kW), a downforce-neutral bodykit from Dallara, and some special tires from Michelin that could withstand being rotated 4,100 times a minute. Bugatti Bugatti is no stranger to the Ehra-Lessien test track, and nor was driver Andy Wallace. Bugatt After …

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