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Panasonic Scraps Solar Panels Partnership With Tesla

Men silhouetted against Panasonic sign Jae C. Hong/AP

TOKYO — Panasonic is pulling out of its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York state, the Japanese electronics maker said Feb. 26.

February 26, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Michigan Governor Signs Orders to Advance Mobility

Gretchen Whitmer Whitmer via Al Goldis/Associated Press

DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders Feb. 25 to create a council on future mobility and electrification, establish the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and to appoint a chief mobility officer.

Kalea Hall | The Detroit News
February 26, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NTSB Critical of Tesla, Apple in Probe of 2018 Crash

NTSB Board hearing to investigate a 2018 fatal Tesla crash NTSB board hearing on Feb. 25, 2020 via

The 2018 fatal crash of a Tesla Inc. SUV, in which an Apple Inc. employee was playing a game on his company-issued phone and the car veered into a divider, highlights the “misuses of technology,” a U.S. investigator said Feb. 25.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Automated and Electric Concerns at 2020 TMC

Transport Topics Features Editor Seth Clevenger recaps a three-part 2020 TMC work session on automated and electric vehicles, as well as platooning strategies.

February 24, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla to Face Fresh Autopilot Scrutiny After Company Snubs NTSB

Tesla dashboard Tesla dashboard by Christopher Godney/Bloomberg News

The National Transportation Safety Board on Feb. 25 will convene its second hearing on a fatal crash involving Tesla Inc.’s automated driver-assist technology, even though the pioneering automaker hasn’t filed formal responses to recommendations stemming from the first one more than two years ago.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
February 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Kenworth, Meritor Partner on Electric Heavy-Duty Trucks

 Kenworth T680E Kenworth T680E by TruckPR via flickr

Kenworth Truck Co., a unit of Paccar Inc., announced it will collaborate with Meritor Inc. on electric powertrain development for its T680E model Class 8 battery-electric vehicles.

February 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Outrider Gets $53 Million to Automate Truck Yards

Outrider av Outrider

Technology company Outrider closed out an early stage of financing with $53 million to automate truck yards, the company announced Feb. 19.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 19, 2020
Business, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Poised to Begin Electric Transformation

GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly. (Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News)

The last Chevrolet Impala will roll down the line next week at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, making way for the plant’s next phase: electric vehicles.

Kalea Hall | The Detroit News
February 19, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Electric Trucks Must Reap Financial and Environmental Benefits, Execs Say

VNR trucks Dependable Supply Chain Services and NFI Industries are piloting Volvo's VNR battery-electric heavy-duty trucks. (Volvo LIGHTS Project)

FONTANA, Calif. — The financial case must be just as sound as the environmental argument if electric trucks are to succeed in the marketplace, stakeholders said.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
February 19, 2020
Government, Business, Autonomous

Tesla Offers $2B in Added Shares, Stock Goes Up Despite Dilution

The Tesla logo on a 2020 Model X. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Shares of Tesla rose about 1.5% in trading the morning of Feb. 13 after the electric vehicle and solar panel maker said it would sell over $2 billion worth of additional shares.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 13, 2020