Russ Mitchell

Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, TCA

Redwood Materials Works With California on Used Battery Collection

mineral mine A miner peers into a rare earth mineral mine in Mountain Pass, Calif. Battery recycling could reduce the growth rate of new mines needed to feed the electric vehicle market. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Redwood Materials announced a used battery collection program for California, with Ford and Volvo as project-launch partners.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, TCA

Electric Vehicle Industry Thriving in Southern California, Report Says

Electric Vehicle Getty Images

California already is a world leader in the embryonic electric vehicle industry but needs more government help to flourish, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Humans Slapped and Shouted at Robot Cars in Two of Six California DMV Crash Reports This Year


The human response to possible takeover by robot overlords is off to a troubling start. Of six crash reports involving robot cars filed in California so far this year, two involved a human approaching the car and attacking it.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Ford and Lyft Team Up to Put Driverless Cars on the Road

Lyft's new Amp glows on the dashboard of a car in San Francisco. Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft

Ford will begin testing self-driving cars on ride-hailing company Lyft’s network with human drivers at the wheel for backup, the companies said Sept. 26.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Ryder Signs Exclusive Deal With Electric-Truck Maker Chanje

Ryder Truck John Sommers II for TT

Ryder is moving into the electric-truck business, an early sign that a market for commercial electric vehicles is beginning to take shape.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

A New All-Electric Delivery Truck Is on the Way, and It’s Not From Tesla

Electric Van Chanje Energy

Chanje’s vision sounds a lot like Tesla’s: electric vehicles recharged via clean rooftop solar power.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
August 10, 2017

Mercedes 'Mothership' Van Will Transport Robot Workers to Deliver Packages

Starship Technologies

Starship Technologies, maker of squat six-wheeled robots that deliver packages to businesses and homes, said Sept. 7 it is working with Mercedes to develop a van to transport eight of the robots and release them onto sidewalks to make deliveries.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2016