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Report: Vehicle Complexity, Labor ‘Reshaping’ Auto Insurance and Collision Repair

New technologies and rising labor costs are putting pressure on auto insurance carriers and auto repairers by making repairs more costly and increasing repair times, trends that a new report asserts are “reshaping” the industries. The bottom-line message: Newer vehicles …

Latest Data Show Continued Increase in Electric Vehicle Collision Claims

The frequency of claims submitted for repairable electric vehicles rose to its highest level in 2023, ending the year at 1.97% in the U.S. and 2.86% in Canada, a new report shows. Technology and information provider Mitchell International Inc. issued …

Volkswagen Faces Pair of Lawsuits Over Claim Porsche EV Battery Sparked Ship Fire

Volkswagen AG faces a pair of lawsuits in Germany over claims it was the battery in a Porsche electric vehicle that triggered the 2022 fire onboard a massive cargo ship that eventually sank with thousands of cars on board. One …

3 Emerging Risks: AI-Driven Civil Unrest, Heavy EVs, Solar Panel Safety

Technology is poised to take over traditional markets and is rapidly creating new ones. For example, this trend is evidenced by the adoption of electric vehicles, demand for solar energy, and the blistering pace of generative AI adoption. Yet these …

Crash Tests Indicate Nation’s Guardrail System Can’t Handle Heavy Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles that typically weigh more than gasoline-powered cars can easily crash through steel highway guardrails that are not designed to withstand the extra force, raising concerns about the nation’s roadside safety system, according to crash test data released Wednesday …

Tesla’s Recall of 2 Million Vehicles to Fix its Autopilot System Uses Technology that May Not Work

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla’s recall of more than 2 million of its electric vehicles — an effort to have drivers who use its Autopilot system pay closer attention to the road — relies on technology that research shows may not …

Consumer Reports: Electric Vehicles Less Reliable, on Average, than Conventional Cars and Trucks

DETROIT (AP) — Electric vehicles have proved far less reliable, on average, than gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs, according to the latest survey by Consumer Reports, which found that EVs from the 2021 through 2023 model years encountered nearly 80% …

Tesla Engineer Defends ‘Full Self-Driving’ Name at Crash Trial

A Tesla engineer in court on Wednesday rejected a lawyer’s suggestion that the company named its driver-assistant feature “Full Self-Driving” because it wanted people to believe that its systems had more abilities than was really the case. The electric-vehicle maker …

EV Broken? Finding a Technician to Fix it May Take a While

A global shortage of technicians and independent repair shops qualified to fix electric vehicles (EV) threatens to increase repair and warranty costs for drivers, potentially undermining upcoming deadlines to cut vehicle carbon emissions. From Milan to Melbourne to Malibu, technician …

Burning Car Carrier Towed to Temporary Location off Dutch Coast

AMSTERDAM – A burning car carrier off the Dutch coast has been towed to a new location away from shipping lanes as part of an operation to salvage the ship, the Dutch public works and water management ministry and local …