Tom Krisher

Business

GM Reverses Course, Says Strikers Will Keep Health Coverage

United Auto Workers strike sign A sign is posted during a demonstration outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa., on Sept. 23, 2019. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

DETROIT — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after telling the union that coverage would be cut off.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
September 26, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Ford Extends Transmission Warranty for 560,000 Fiestas, Focuses

Ford Focus vehicles on storage lot Ford Focus vehicles on a storage lot in Ypsilanti, Mich., by Carlos Osorio/AP

DETROIT — Ford is extending the warranties on about 560,000 small cars in the United States and Canada to cover a litany of problems with a troubled 6-speed automatic transmission.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 14, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

CARB, Four Automakers Reach Deal That Circumvents White House, Sources Say

California Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

Four major automakers have reached a secret deal with California to increase gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards, bypassing the Trump administration’s plan to freeze standards at 2021 levels, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
July 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB: Autopilot Was in Use Before Tesla Hit Semitrailer

Tesla A Tesla Model 3. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

DETROIT — A Tesla Model 3 involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida on March 1 was operating on the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 17, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Automakers Recall 1.7 Million Vehicles With Potentially Lethal Air Bags

Takata Paul Sancya/Associated Press

DETROIT — Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 8, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Polar Vortex Exposed Range Limitations of Electric Car Batteries, AAA Says

Cars Shannon VanRaes/Bloomberg News

DETROIT — Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40% when interior heaters are used, a new study found.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 7, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Driver-Assist Systems Don’t Always Work, AAA Tests Show

Tesla crash Emergency personnel work at the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif., on March 23, 2018. (KTVU via AP)

DETROIT — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver-assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
November 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Tesla CEO Musk Tells Newspaper He’s Cracking Under Stress

Elon Musk Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (Jack Plunkett/AP)

What do you do when your CEO confesses that he’s cracking under the stress of his job? That’s the question that the nine board members of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. must answer after Elon Musk, the company’s impulsive leader, admitted to The New York Times that work is rattling his nerves in what he described as the most “difficult and painful year of my career.”

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Tesla Burns $739.5 Million in Cash on Way to Record 2Q Loss

Tesla closeup (David Zalubowski/AP)

Electric car maker Tesla Inc. burned through $739.5 million in cash last quarter, paving the way to a company record $717.5 million net loss as it cranked out more electric cars.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 3, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Lyft, Auto Parts Maker Magna Partner on Autonomous Vehicles

Aptiv

Ride-hailing company Lyft is joining with large Canadian auto parts supplier Magna to develop self-driving vehicles, sharing expenses on a multi-year project that could vault them onto the leader board in autonomous technology.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 16, 2018

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