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Tesla Tests Lidar, Which Musk Once Scorned

A demonstration of Luminar Technologies' lidar in Portola Valley, Calif. A Luminar Technologies lidar demonstration in Portola Valley, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc., whose boss Elon Musk says he can develop a fully self-driving car without using laser-sensor technology, has a contract to use such lidar sensors from Luminar Technologies Inc. for testing and development, according to people familiar with the matter.

May 24, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

Cummins to Build Hydrogen Equipment Factory in Spain

Cummins Inc. Cummins Inc.

American industrial giant Cummins Inc. plans to build in Spain one of the world’s largest manufacturing facilities for machines that produce hydrogen from electricity.

William Mathis | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Change of Venue Requested in Pilot Flying J Retrial

Pilot headquarters Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., was raided by federal agents April 15, 2013. (RaymondClarkImages/Flickr)

Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood and two former company executives have asked a federal judge for a change of venue in their upcoming retrial early next year on federal charges of cheating truckers out of diesel fuel rebates.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 21, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

Daimler Truck Eyes Pending Independent Status in Electric World

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz GenH2 hopes to offer a range of more than 600 miles. (Daimler Truck AG) Daimler's Mercedes-Benz GenH2, pictured in Germany with its cabover configuration, hopes to offer a range of more than 600 miles. (Daimler Truck AG)

Daimler Truck reported it is on schedule to be listed as a public company on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by the end of this year, and remains committed to replacing internal combustion engines globally with battery-electric and fuel cell electric powertrains and related software.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Ford’s High-Stakes Electric F-150 Will Start Under $40,000

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will look to compete with other electric pickups from Tesla, GM and Rivian.(Ford Motor Company) The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will look to compete with other electric pickups from Tesla, GM and Rivian. (Ford Motor Company)

Linda Zhang, chief engineer of Ford Motor Co.’s new electric F-150 pickup, steers a 3-ton rig onto a test track at the automaker’s suburban Detroit proving grounds and mashes the accelerator.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2021
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Oil That Cooked Fries Is Now Refueling Planes

Plane Engineers work on a passenger aircraft at Ciudad Real International Airport, in Ciudad Real, Spain. (Paul Hanna/Bloomberg News)

The world’s biggest maker of renewable diesel says it’s creating a new market for low-carbon jet fuel as passengers slowly return to the skies.

Kati Pohjanpalo | Bloomberg News
May 19, 2021
Government, Fuel

Industry Rejects Tax Proposal Targeting Trucks

ATA President Chris Spear "If Sen. Cornyn was looking to throw a wrench in our recovery at the worst possible moment, he found the right policy," ATA President Chris Spear says. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

A Senate proposal to impose a vehicle-miles-traveled fee exclusively on commercial vehicles drew a strong rebuke from the leaders in the trucking industry.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 19, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Biden Considering Point-of-Sale Rebates for Electric Car Buyers

Electric Vehicles EVs charge in Seattle. (Seattle Department of Transportation)

The Biden administration wants to give consumers rebates for purchasing electric vehicles to help the U.S. compete against China in manufacturing the next generation of automobiles, White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy said.

May 19, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

At Ford Visit, Biden Says Future of Autos Is Electric

President Joe Biden speaks at the Ford Rouge EV Center in Dearborn, Mich. President Joe Biden speaks at the Ford Rouge EV Center in Dearborn, Mich. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

Without mentioning his predecessor’s name, President Joe Biden criticized former President Donald Trump while visiting a Ford Motor Co. plant in Dearborn, Mich., on May 18, saying Trump’s rollback of fuel standards delayed an inevitable move to electric vehicles.

Todd Spangler and Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
May 18, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Biden Takes Spin in Ford’s Electric F-150

President Biden takes the electric Ford F-150 for a test drive President Biden stops to talk to the media as he drives a Ford F-150 Lightning truck at the Ford Dearborn Development Center in Dearborn, Mich., May 18. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

President Joe Biden made an unscheduled stop at a Ford Motor Co. test track outside Detroit on May 18, where he hopped into the company’s new all-electric F-150 pickup truck and took a spin.

Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2021