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GM Recalling Nearly 69K Bolt Electric Cars Due to Fire Risk

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars worldwide because the batteries have caught fire in five of them. The company said Friday that it doesn’t know yet what’s causing the fires, but engineers are working …

Hyundai to Expand Kona EV Recall to N. America, Europe

SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Co is set to triple the number of recalled Kona electric cars over battery cell fire risks with plans to recall around 51,000 vehicles in North America, Europe, China and other markets, Yonhap news agency reported …

U.S. Will Look at Sudden Acceleration Complaints Involving 500,000 Tesla Vehicles

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday it will review a petition asking the agency to formally investigate 500,000 Tesla Inc vehicles over sudden unintended acceleration reports. The petition covers 2012 through 2019 model year Tesla …

Hyundai Motor Group Unveils $35 Billion Investment Plan in Self-Driving Cars

SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Group said it plans to invest 41 trillion won ($35 billion) in mobility and other auto technologies by 2025, part of which will be directed to an ambitious effort to become more competitive in self-driving cars …

VW Drivers May Struggle to Win Damages as Court Queries Losses

The 470,000 diesel-car owners who signed up for a case against Volkswagen AG may face an uphill struggle after a German court questioned whether they really lost anything because of the emission-cheating software in their automobiles. Drivers have been able …

Claims Data Points to High-End Electric Car Risks: AXA

DUEBENDORF, Switzerland — Electric luxury cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) may be 40% more likely to cause accidents than their standard engine counterparts, possibly because drivers are still getting used to their quick acceleration, French insurer AXA said. The …

Tesla Says Single Battery Module Caused Car Fire in Shanghai

BEIJING/TOKYO — Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc. said on Friday a single battery module caused a car to catch fire in Shanghai and it had revised its vehicle settings to further protect its batteries following an investigation into the …

Tesla Versus the World: First Musk Takes on Chips, Now Insurers

For the second time in three days, Elon Musk has shed light on how Tesla Inc. plans to take on massive industries outside the automotive and clean-energy realms. Tesla’s chief executive officer said during Tesla’s earnings call Wednesday that the …

Tesla Plant Sees 195% Surge in Time Away Due to Injuries

Tesla Inc.’s manic year of production took its toll on workers. Staff at the automaker’s lone assembly plant in Fremont, California, spent almost three times as many days off the job because of work-related injuries and illness in 2018 as …

Tesla Fire Shows Electrics Face Safety Challenges

When debris on a Seattle-area freeway pierced the battery of a $70,000-plus Tesla Model S and touched off a raging fire, it raised new safety concerns for electric-vehicle owners. It also caused rare jitters among investors, who of late have …