Franchised vehicle dealers have spent millions in campaign efforts to block online sales of vehicles in several states, pushing Tesla Motors Inc. to turn to lobbying methods that include vehicle test drives for lawmakers, Bloomberg reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it will lose $139 million on a loan to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. after selling part of the loan to a private investor that immediately took the company into bankruptcy.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology report said Tesla Motors Model S sedan has a significantly higher chance of catching fire in a collision than gas-powered vehicles, undercutting CEO Elon Musk's assertions that the vehicles are less likely to catch fire, Bloomberg reports.
Consumer Reports said Tesla Motors Inc.'s electric Model S won its highest owner satisfaction ratings in seven years, though the survey was taken before three battery fires prompted a federal safety investigation, Bloomberg reports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is the government's auto safety watchdog, announced this week that it would investigate the Tesla Model S electric car after two of the vehicles struck road debris and caught fire. Tesla is cooperating with the investigation, which may or may not lead to a recall if NHTSA finds a safety defect.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, NHTSA chief David Strickland answered questions about the investigation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A New Jersey energy company required by an unusual legal settlement to build an extensive network of electric car chargers throughout California has delivered just 10 percent of what it promised in the first year.
A draft agreement on tax extenders being negotiated by lawmakers –- which would, among other things, phase out the Production Tax Credit for wind energy -– also would face a veto from President Obama, according to an email from a White House spokeswoman, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency will have to wait on moves to restrict development of Pebble Mine, as Judge H. Russel Holland has issued a preliminary injunction against them, Alaska Public Radio reports.
As representatives from Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Mexico failed to agree on production cuts ahead of the OPEC meeting later this week, oil prices resumed their slide Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate Crude for January delivery plunged 2.2 percent, or $1.69, to $74.09 on the Nymex, while in London Brent tumbled $1.35 to $78.33, Bloomberg reports.
At a national average of $2.81 a gallon, Thanksgiving gasoline prices haven’t been this low since 2009, according to the AAA, which says that could trigger more than a 4 percent increase in people driving over the holiday, FuelFix reports.
On a 3-2 vote, the Florida Public Service Commission has fallen in line with proposals from Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light, agreeing to wrap up solar rebate programs by the end of next year and reduce efficiency goals by more than 90 percent, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for Clean Line Energy Partners’ Rock Island Clean Line, intended to transmit power 500 miles from wind farms in the Plains states, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.
Departing Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., says he’ll draw up rules to govern fracking in the western part of the state which will limit pollution risks, even though his pro-drilling Republican successor would have the power to loosen restrictions once he takes office in January, The Washington Post reports.
Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Bureau of Land Management over the agency’s coal-leasing program, The Hill reports.
At least four small earthquakes have shaken the Dallas area since the weekend, and SMU seismologist Brian Stump told NBCDFW it’s possible they could be linked to fluid accumulating in wastewater injector wells in the region over the past decades.
People’s views about the scientific basis of climate change don’t change even when they’re confronted with extreme weather events, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, the Los Angeles Times reports.