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In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

While Not ‘A Chicken in Every Pot,” The Program Will Propel U.S. Towards an EV in Every Garage
In his first address to Congress, President Joseph Biden proposed spending $15 billion to fund the creation of a national network of electric-vehicle charging stations as part of the administration’s American Jobs First plan …

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Peak on Earliest Date in 1,200 Years in Sign of Climate Change

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Peak on Earliest Date in 1,200 Years in Sign of Climate Change

Japan’s cherry blossoms season, the country’s traditional sign of the start of spring, peaked last Friday, the earliest date on record according to Osaka University.
Records go back to the year 812.
The previous record in the former imperial capital was set in 1409, when the season reached its peak on March …

Voltswagen is Dead. ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

Voltswagen is Dead.  ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

In a move reminiscent of when the International House of Pancakes said it was changing its name to IHOb, the International House of Burgers, a PR stunt that brought that brand great attention, Volkswagen of America said Monday it would change its name henceforth to Voltswagen.
The move, the automaker said, …

Apple to Make Airport Coronavirus Guidelines Available in Maps App

Apple to Make Airport Coronavirus Guidelines Available in Maps App

Apple announced an update to its Maps app that adds current Covid-19 guidelines for airports across the globe.
The update, available to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users, provides an overview of a specific airport’s coronavirus-related requirements for arriving and departing travelers, such as mask mandates and information about quarantines for arriving …

Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

Automaker to Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines in Passenger Cars by 2030
The Ford Motor Company announced Wednesday that all of its passenger cars and light trucks in Europe would be electric vehicles by 2030 and, as an intermediate step, either zero-emissions capable, all electric, or plug-in hybrid by 2026.
In addition, …

CDC to Require Masks on All Public Transportation

CDC to Require Masks on All Public Transportation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday that masks will be required on nearly all forms of public transportation.
The rule goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and effectively reverses a Trump administration policy.  It applies any and all forms of public transportation, including buses, trains, …

Get Ready for a Brighter Future: On Cars, It’s No Longer ‘Any Color So Long As It’s Black’

Get Ready for a Brighter Future:  On Cars, It’s No Longer ‘Any Color So Long As It’s Black’

If you drive a bright red automobile, you’re in the minority, something that is clearly in evidence in a sea of black and white and grey vehicles that line American streets.
Indeed, buyers overwhelmingly choose black or white vehicles over other more lively choices, even though the choice of paint color …

GM to Phase Out Gasoline- and Diesel-Powered Vehicles Globally By 2035 in Favor of EVs

GM to Phase Out Gasoline- and Diesel-Powered Vehicles Globally By 2035 in Favor of EVs

General Motors said it would phase out gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles on a global basis by the year 2035.
The move, disclosed in a social-media post on Twitter Thursday morning by its CEO Mary Barra, would eliminate vehicles that run on fossil fuels.
“We are all in on electrification, and our commitment …

Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

The interior of a passenger car represents an elevated risk of coronavirus transmission and drivers and passengers have long since been told to roll down the windows to keep aerosols and droplets at bay.
But which windows should one lower, especially if one doesn’t wish to have all four down?
A new …

Winter Storm Threatens 45 Million People on East Coast

Winter Storm Threatens 45 Million People on East Coast

Although the start of astronomical winter is over a week away Mother Nature has plans to make it look a lot Christmas in the coming days: A powerful Nor’easter is threatening bring significant snow fall to the East Coast starting Wednesday.
Over 45 million people are under a winter storm watch …

Apple CarPlay Gains Enhanced EV Charger Info with ChargePoint Integration

Apple CarPlay Gains Enhanced EV Charger Info with ChargePoint Integration

ChargePoint, which operates a network of electrical vehicle chargers, announced integration with Apple CarPlay.
“This new integration brings essential EV charging data inside the vehicle,“ ChargePoint said in a statement, calling it a “pivotal step” in the shift to electric mobility.
The action adds new EV charging data to Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment …

BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

BMW announced Wednesday that it plans to retool all of its German factories to build electric cars, rather than just gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The Bavarian automaker said that it will invest €400 million to retool its Munich factory to produce electric vehicles and components while shifting the manufacture …