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House Energy Panel Debates Licensing Structure For EV Charging Stations

LANSING - Retailers could make a profit through charging stations for electric vehicles with a licensing structure under a bill discussed in the House Energy Committee on Wednesday. HB 4806, which is opposed by most of the stakeholders as bill sponsor Rep. Andrea Schroeder continues to work the issue, would require the Michigan Public Service Commission to

By |2019-10-27T17:12:57-05:00October 23rd, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured|

Tech That Could End Drunk Driving – US May Mandate

WASHINGTON DC - It's an unfortunate reality that plenty of people still operate vehicles while intoxicated, which can lead to disastrous results for the driver and innocent motorists and pedestrians. "Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes," says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite massive public information campaigns

By |2019-10-17T11:17:53-05:00October 17th, 2019|Auto Tech|

Zoom Ride-Sharing Service To Launch In Metro Detroit In January

DEARBORN - Developers of a new ride-share service announced the launch of its first national test in the metropolitan Detroit market.  Zoom Ride is expected to begin providing services in early January 2020.  Detroit will be the first market to test the new ride-share service that will be launched in five U.S. cities in the first

By |2019-10-14T09:08:26-05:00October 13th, 2019|Auto Tech|

BAE Gets Deal For Army Tank Rescue Vehicles

STERLING HEIGHTS—BAE Systems has been awarded a $148.3 million contract by the United States Army to upgrade 43 M88A1 heavy-lift vehicles for added capability to evacuate damaged or stranded combat vehicles from the battlefield. This continues the upgrade of the M88A1 to the M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift System (HERCULES) configuration to increase

By |2019-10-10T19:37:36-05:00October 10th, 2019|Auto Tech|

Car Hauler Rolls Out Mobile Logistics Platform

ROMULUS—United Road, the largest provider of finished vehicle logistics in North America, today announced the launch of Haully, an innovative mobile-based logistics platform designed to make it easier and faster for third party carriers to find and book vehicle loads, including backhauls, in their preferred lanes. The proprietary platform,, was built by United Road to

By |2019-09-22T13:11:25-05:00September 22nd, 2019|Auto Tech|

Amazon Orders 100,000 Electric Delivery Trucks From Rivian

SEATTLE - Amazon  will be stepping up its efforts to reduce its climate impact, CEO Jeff Bezos  announced on Thursday. The company will be ordering 100,000 electric delivery trucks from Rivian as part of this commitment, Bezos said. Rivian has engineering and design operations in Plymouth. Bezos said at a National Press Club event in Washington where

By |2019-09-21T13:14:23-05:00September 19th, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured|

Seven Michigan School Districts to Use Electric Buses to Transport Students

LANSING - The Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation rolled out the MAPT Electric School Bus project Thursday at the Michigan State Capitol. Seven school districts will receive a total of $4.2 million from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)’s Fuel Transformation Program to pay for up to 70 percent of the costs associated

By |2019-09-19T16:38:11-05:00September 19th, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured|

ChargePoint DC Fast-Electric-Vehicle Chargers Now Operational In Downtown Detroit

DETROIT — Four ChargePoint DC fast charger stations went operational last week at Detroit’s Beacon Park that will enable people to fast-charge electric vehicles. The project, led by DTE Energy with support from the City of Detroit, PlanetM, General Motors and Blue Energy, places downtown Detroit on the roadmap for EV technology and infrastructure deployment

By |2019-09-19T15:51:06-05:00September 19th, 2019|Auto Tech|

Calling All Startups: Automobility LA Top Ten Startups Competition

PlanetM, a presenter of the 2019 Top Ten Automotive Startup Competition, encourages startups focused in the areas of automation, connectivity, mobility as a service, clean and sustainable mobility, advanced material and manufacturing to apply for the competition. The competition recognizes technologies with the most potential to positively impact society and change how mobility is perceived

By |2019-09-19T16:37:51-05:00September 19th, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured|

Tesla Battery Researcher Unveils New Cell That Could Last 1 Million Miles In ‘Robot Taxis’

SAN FRANCISCO - Tesla’s battery research partner has released a new paper on a battery cell that could last over 1 million miles, which they say is going to be particularly useful in ‘robot taxis’ — something that Tesla wants to bring to market. When talking about the economics of Tesla’s future fleet of robotaxis

By |2019-09-13T12:37:22-05:00September 11th, 2019|Auto Tech|