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Electric Vehicle Sales Rise Sharply, Signaling Changes for Auto Claims

US consumers are rapidly adapting to electric vehicles, a shift away from the internal combustion engine that may change auto insurance claim characteristics. CCC Intelligent Solutions said in a new report that electric vehicles made up 4.6% of new light-vehicle …

NHTSA Reviews LG Energy Solution Batteries to Ensure Adequate Recalls

WASHINGTON/SEOUL –– The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday said it is opening a review to ensure all defective batteries produced by LG Energy Solution have been recalled by automakers. The auto safety agency noted Mercedes-Benz MBGn.DE, …

GM: Software, New Battery Parts Will Solve Bolt Fire Issues

DETROIT (AP) — Engineers at General Motors have figured out how to fix a battery problem with the Chevrolet Bolt electric hatchback that caused five of them to catch fire. The company says they developed diagnostic software to look for …

To Go Electric, America Needs More Mines. Can it Build Them?

Last September, in the arid hills of northern Nevada, a cluster of flowers found nowhere else on earth died mysteriously overnight. Conservationists were quick to suspect Ioneer Ltd, an Australian firm that wants to mine the lithium that lies beneath …

CEO of Top Battery Maker LG Chem Discloses JV Talks, Defends Split-Off

SEOUL — LG Chem, the world’s top electric vehicle (EV) battery maker, is in talks with a “couple” of automakers to create joint ventures to produce automotive batteries, Chief Executive Officer Hak Cheol Shin told Reuters on Friday. LG Chem …

Arizona Leads Multi-State Probe Into Older iPhones Slowing, Shutting Down

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona is leading a multi-U.S. state investigation into whether Apple Inc’s deliberate slowing of older iPhones violated deceptive trade practice laws, documents reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday showed. In the ongoing probe since at least October 2018, …

Apple to Pay Up to $500 Million to Settle U.S. Lawsuit Over Slow iPhones

Apple Inc. has agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle litigation accusing it of quietly slowing down older iPhones as it launched new models, to induce owners to buy replacement phones or batteries. The preliminary proposed class-action settlement …

Everyone’s Favorite Climate Solution Has a Fire Problem

The explosion ruptured the dusk settling over the desert in Surprise, Arizona. For hours, smoke had poured from a metal shed packed with lithium-ion batteries at a small electric substation. The batteries were tied to the electric grid, and somehow …

Residents Seek Backup Power as Storms, Fires Cause Blackouts

NEW YORK — Climate change has led to deadlier wildfire seasons in the American West and more severe hurricanes and storms barreling up the Southern and Eastern coasts. The dramatic weather frequently knocks out power, leading some residents of storm-ridden …

Tesla and NIO Fires in China Spur Electric-Car Safety Checkups

China is ordering carmakers to conduct checks on electric vehicles after cars made by Tesla Inc. and NIO Inc. caught on fire, spurring anxiety over the safety of battery-powered automobiles. Companies need to check for potential safety hazards with battery …