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California enacts $52 billion fuel tax hike for road, bridge repairs

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a bill to raise gasoline taxes and other transportation-related fees for the first time in decades in an ambitious $52 billion plan to repair the state's long-neglected roads and bridges. The measure will increase excise taxes on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon, from the current rate of 28 cents, and on diesel fuel by 20 cents per gallon over the next 10 years. It will go into effect in November. The…
The average California motorist will see transportation costs rise by about $10 a month.
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Musk just teased an image of Tesla's electric semi truck at a TED talk

Last September, Tesla poached some employees from Daimler's SuperTruck semi truck program. Unsurprisingly, they were hired on to work on a Tesla EV semi, something that generally has taken a back seat to Model 3 development but hasn't been dormant. With Model 3 progress further along, it seems Tesla is ready to start spilling more details, although the actual truck and its capabilities are still a little vague. Earlier this month, Musk announced the semi would be revealed in September 2017,…
He said you can drive it around like a sports car, whatever that means.
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Elon Musk's Boring Company shares vision of futuristic underground travel

Elon Musk hates traffic. That's why he's started digging a tunnel under Los Angeles, and even started The Boring Company to pursue his underground dreams. He's taken delivery of a tunnel boring machine that's been spotted at SpaceX. Now, we get to see inside Musk's head, as The Boring Company has posted a video – simply called "Tunnels" – of what a world of below-ground traffic could look like. In the video, we see cars driving on surface streets. The camera follows a Tesla that…
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Demon, be gone! Watch - and listen - as Exorcist makes 959 hp at the wheels

Just before the Dodge Demon was unveiled, Hennessey revealed its Chevy-powered counterpoint, the Exorcist. It's a Camaro ZL1 with a new supercharger and tuning, among other things, and Hennessey rated it at 1,000 horsepower. Now the company has put it on the dyno to find out exactly how much power is being made. As it turns out, the car makes a whopping 959 horsepower at the wheels, which means at the crank, it's making more than the estimated 1,000 ponies. This also confirms that it makes…
Hennessey has the video to prove it.
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Ferrari 488 GTO would be fastest V8 car ever from Maranello

It should surprise absolutely no one to learn that Ferrari may be cooking up an even hotter variant of the 488 GTB. If a report from Autocar is true, the new car will resurrect the hallowed GTO moniker and pack more than 700 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged mid-mounted V8. It would be the successor to the wild and wonderful Ferrari 458 Speciale, the swan song for the naturally aspirated V8 in Maranello. This will be the fourth time Ferrari has used the name GTO. The first was in the 1960s…
This is the follow-up to the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

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