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Gas Prices in U.S. Trend Upward After Declining for Almost 20 Weeks

Gas Prices in U.S. Trend Upward After Declining for Almost 20 Weeks

After months of price declines, drivers are once again paying more at the pump.
The cost of a gallon of fuel is up largely due to refinery outages – both planned and unplanned – along with global trends and this week’s OPEC production cutbacks.
The average price for a gallon of regular …

BMW Manufactures its Sixth Millionth Car in the U.S.

BMW Manufactures its Sixth Millionth Car in the U.S.

South Carolina isn’t necessarily the first thing people associate with BMW, but the Bavarian automaker’s plant in the Palmetto State is in fact its largest
The Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant, which opened in 1994 on a 1,150-acre (470 ha) site, is BMW’s major production site for all X3, X4, X5, X6, …

New York State to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

New York State to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

New York is the latest state that plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The move, officials say, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and getting more electric vehicles on the road.
The state’s governor, Kathy Hochul, had announced plans to take this step in 2021 …

Buick to Offer Buyouts to Dealers Who Don’t Want to Sell Electric Vehicles

Buick to Offer Buyouts to Dealers Who Don’t Want to Sell Electric Vehicles

General Motors announced plans on Friday to offer all of its Buick dealers buyouts as the storied division moves to make its vehicles all-electric by 2030 in the United States.
The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Buick was founded in 1899 by the automotive pioneer David Duncan Buick, …

Gas Prices Retreat from Record Highs as Drivers Hit the Road for the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

Gas Prices Retreat from Record Highs as Drivers Hit the Road for the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

The price drivers will pay at the pump for a gallon of gasoline will be lower than what they have paid in recent weeks but near record high prices continue.
The average price per gallon in the United States for regular gasoline was $4.87 according to figures from the U.S. Energy …

U.S. to Require New Vehicles to Average 49 MPG by 2026

U.S. to Require New Vehicles to Average 49 MPG by 2026

The U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled new requirements for fuel economy that mandate a 49 mpg (4.8 l/100 km) fleet-wide average by 2026.
The action in the so-called CAFE or Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and  Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on …

Gas Prices in U.S. Ease Back From Record Highs

Gas Prices in U.S. Ease Back From Record Highs

After what seemed like non-stop increases for the past three weeks, gas prices in the United States are easing back somewhat.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the United States was $4.25 on Sunday, down from a peak of $4.33 on March 11.  While this  is more …

U.S. Bans Russian Gas and Oil Imports, Targets ‘Main Artery’ of Russia’s Economy

U.S. Bans Russian Gas and Oil Imports, Targets ‘Main Artery’ of Russia’s Economy

President Joseph Biden on Tuesday announced a ban on Russian oil, gas, and coal imports, taking aim at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Such exports are a main source of revenue for the Russian economy.
“Today, I am announcing the United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy,” Biden said. “We’re …

The 3G Network Shutdown is a Problem for Millions of Vehicles on the Road from Acura to Cadillac to Tesla to Volvo

The 3G Network Shutdown is a Problem for Millions of Vehicles on the Road from Acura to Cadillac to Tesla to Volvo

If telecommunications companies merely said they were sunsetting their 3G networks, many people might reply “How interesting “and then would have gone about their business, unaware of the consequences to come.
But what is actually happening is that older mobile networks, namely those using 3G technology – something commercially introduced in …

Gas Prices Hover at Eight-Year High at Start of Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Week

Gas Prices Hover at Eight-Year High at Start of Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Week

If you think you’re paying more at the pump, you’re not wrong: Gasoline prices have spiked over the past 12 months.
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.38 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, compared to $2.24 one year earlier, when fuel prices hit record lows …

Ford, GM, Mercedes Among 6 Automakers and 30 Countries in Glasgow Pledging a Zero-Emissions Future

Ford, GM, Mercedes Among 6 Automakers and 30 Countries in Glasgow Pledging a Zero-Emissions Future

Six automakers and 30 countries pledged, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, to move to eliminate the production of new gasoline- and diesel-powered automobiles by 2040. While the list includes such major automakers as Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, as well as countries such as Britain, …

Hertz Orders 100,000 Cars from Tesla, Will Rent 50,000 to Uber Drivers

Hertz Orders 100,000 Cars from Tesla, Will Rent 50,000 to Uber Drivers

Hertz Global Holdings announced plans to purchase 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles and later said it will rent 50,000 of them to Uber drivers.
The rental giant, which declared bankruptcy at the start of the pandemic in 2020, said it is making a substantial investment in an electric-vehicle fleet as well as …