States Pressure EPA to Adopt Stricter Vehicle Emissions Standards

States Pressure EPA to Adopt Stricter Vehicle Emissions Standards

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and a number of US cities, including Washington DC, put pressure on the Biden Administration to implement stricter vehicle emissions standards.    In August, the EPA announced a 10% increase in efficiency standards for 2023, and proposed a light vehicle fuel economy […]

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Ford and GM Scale Up EV Ambitions

Ford and GM Scale Up EV Ambitions

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Two major American automakers are further ramping up their electric vehicle goals. General Motors plans to increase its spending on electric and autonomous vehicles to $35 billion through 2025, a 30% jump over its most recent forecast. Similarly, Ford Motor Company’s luxury Lincoln brand predicts that about half of […]

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One Cool Thing: Electric Motor City Is Here

One Cool Thing: Electric Motor City Is Here

President Biden test driving the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck set the country buzzing about electric vehicles. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow even said on her show that the “most important leap forward for our country becoming an electric car country” is the introduction of the EV version of this specific vehicle–the best-selling car in the […]

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Biden Burns Rubber In Ford’s EV F-150 Lightning click button

Biden Burns Rubber In Ford’s EV F-150 Lightning

Yesterday, Joe Biden visited a Ford Motor electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plant in Michigan, where he tested the new 2023 F-150 Lightning. The car will be built by United Auto Workers members. Mr. Biden has aligned himself with unions and is working to pick up votes for his multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan

Why this Matters:  The Ford manufacturing plant represents a sustainable future of good-paying union jobs in America, which represents the heart of Biden’s American Jobs Plan.

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Ford to Reveal New Electric F-150

Ford to Reveal New Electric F-150

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This week, Ford Motor Company released plans for an electric version of their classic F-150 pickup truck called Lightning. The electric version of America’s best-selling vehicle will be unveiled on May 19th at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford CEO Jim Farling emphasized that this vehicle will “disrupt […]

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Ford and BMW Invest $130 Million in Solid-State EV Battery Development

Ford and BMW Invest $130 Million in Solid-State EV Battery Development

Ford and BMW are leading a $130 million investment in EV battery start-up Solid Power, the companies announced Monday. Solid Power makes solid-state batteries, which don’t use the liquid electrolyte found in the lithium-ion batteries used to power most electric vehicles. 

Why This Matters:  Car companies have long been allies of the fossil fuel industry. Now they are pivoting and expanding into EVs, not only pledging to reduce emissions but to go fully electric in coming decades.

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