Shenzhen accelerates China’s driverless car dreams

SHENZHEN, China, Aug 1 (Reuters) – On a busy downtown street three delivery bikes suddenly dart over the pedestrian crossing ahead of the car. On the car’s dashboard they look like small 3D blue blocks from a 1990s video game. The steering wheel turns itself a notch and the vehicle slows to a gentle halt, … Read more

For EV battery makers, it’s go small or go home

CAMBRIDGE, England, July 11 (Reuters) – In the race to go electric, carmakers have focused on range to ease consumer anxiety over charging infrastructure, but battery makers are already working on the smaller, longer-lasting and cheaper batteries of the future, which also charge more quickly. While carmakers today chase market leader Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), seeking … Read more

Exclusive: After pressure from Toyota chief, Japan emphasized support for hybrids

TOKYO, June 24 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp’s (7203.T) chief lobbied the Japanese government to make clear it supported hybrid vehicles as much as battery electrics or face losing the auto industry’s support, a senior lawmaker told a ruling party meeting. The lobbying by Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota and chairman of the Japan Automobile … Read more

Biden administration leans on Tesla for guidance in renewable fuel policy reform

June 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden rarely mentions electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) in public. But privately his administration has leaned on the company to help craft a new policy to allow electric vehicles (EVs) to benefit from the nation’s lucrative renewable fuel subsidies, according to emails reviewed by Reuters. The Biden … Read more

How free-wheeling Texas became the self-driving trucking industry’s promised land

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 17 (Reuters) – For companies working to make self-driving trucks a near-term reality, all roads lead to Texas. Vast highways, a booming freight market and, crucially, the least restrictive laws governing autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the United States have turned Texas into the industry’s most desired location. Several companies, including Aurora … Read more