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Drivers in California May Soon Pay By the Mile

Drivers in California May Soon Pay By the Mile

States have long relied on gas taxes to cover the cost of building and maintaining their highway infrastructure. That approach falls apart as more and more EVs take to the road. California is exploring another option: tracking the mileage motorists log and charging them according to how far they drive. That could help prevent a gas tax shortfall of more than $4 billion over the next decade.

Here’s How Much You’ll Spend on Gas in Your Lifetime

Here’s How Much You’ll Spend on Gas in Your Lifetime

The typical American driver spends plenty of time behind the wheel – and plenty of money at the gas pump. Just how much money depends, of course, on a variety of factors, but it all adds up to a lot more than you might expect. And, over the course of a lifetime, you might shell out nearly as much as you’d spend on a new home – motorists in some states expected to spend around $200,000 on fuel.

Alpine Alpenglow Hy4: From Concept to Rolling Hydrogen-Powered Testbed

Alpine Alpenglow Hy4: From Concept to Rolling Hydrogen-Powered Testbed

Originally introduced in pure concept form at the 2022 Paris Motor Show, French automaker Alpine apparently has some serious plans for the Alpenglow hypercar. A running version, dubbed the Alpine Alpenglow Hy4 is set to take to the track for the 6-hour Spa-Francochamps endurance race this weekend. What stands out is not just the exotic design and impressive performance but the fact that the Hy4 uses a hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine.

Trump Vows to Reverse Biden EV, Auto Emissions Rules – for $1 Billion

Trump Vows to Reverse Biden EV, Auto Emissions Rules – for $1 Billion

President Donald Trump outlined a series of changes he’ll make to the Biden administration’s policies on EVs and other environmental rules if he wins reelection next November. But the changes he promised during a meeting with oil industry CEOs carries a $1 billion quid pro quo in campaign funds.

Angered by Tesla Supercharger Cuts – Competitors Look to Rival Ionna Network

Angered by Tesla Supercharger Cuts – Competitors Look to Rival Ionna Network

Tesla delivered a shock this week when word leaked out CEO Elon Musk was effectively closing down several departments, including the one overseeing its Supercharger network. Set up in 2012, when the automaker launched its original Model S sedan, the charging system was meant to assure buyers they’d have a place to plug in. But with the Supercharger network now open to most competing EV manufacturers, the news has triggered concerns across the auto industry — and is leading Tesla rivals to put emphasis on the competing new Ionna charging network.

Breathe Easy, San Francisco: Study Finds EVs are Cleaning the City’s Air

Breathe Easy, San Francisco: Study Finds EVs are Cleaning the City’s Air

When the EPA locked down new vehicle emissions standards last month regulators promised it would yield significant improvements in air quality by requiring a significant increase in sales of battery-electric vehicles. That’s been a matter of debate – but a new study shows that, at least in San Francisco, with some of the highest EV adoption rates in the U.S., air quality already is improving.

Q&A: Toyota Brand Boss David Christ Talks the Future of Hybrids, Plug-Ins and BEVs

Q&A: Toyota Brand Boss David Christ Talks the Future of Hybrids, Plug-Ins and BEVs

A quarter-century after launching the first Prius, Toyota Tuesday introduced its 19th hybrid, the 2025 4Runner. The automaker’s “portfolio approach,” offering a mix of hybrids, PHEVs, EVs and fuel-cell vehicles has become controversial — but may be vindicated by slowing growth in the EV market. In this Q&A, Toyota’s U.S. brand boss David Christ talks about why giving customers a choice makes sense — while also laying out plans for even more electrified models in the near future.

Mercedes-Benz Expands Plug-in Hybrid Line-up with 2025 GLC 350e 4Matic

Mercedes-Benz Expands Plug-in Hybrid Line-up with 2025 GLC 350e 4Matic

With millions of American motorists still skeptical about going all-electric, many industry planners are betting plug-in hybrids can serve as a “bridge” technology for those worried about range and a lack of a widespread public charging network. Mercedes-Benz is expanding its own line-up of PHEVs with the addition of the new GLC 350e 4Matic based on its compact crossover line.