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Feds Looks To Make Up Highway Shortfall From Lower Gas Taxes

US government considers adding fees especially for electric-vehicle drivers.

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Senators Corker (R) And Murphy (D) Want To Tie It To Inflation

It would be the first federal hike in gas taxes since 1993.

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Long Beach, California, has long been known as the Queen City because of the Queen Mary ocean liner that's docked there. A much less elegant situation is happening to Chinese vehicle maker BYD, which had a $12.1-million contract nullified over what BYD says is a technicality.

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Like the stop-an-go nature of the municipal routes its electric buses will be serving, the progression of China-based BYD and its goal to get cities to adopt its vehicles has not been a smooth one. This time, the news is about the city of Long Beach, CA. And it's not all good.

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It's one thing to try to cozy up to the federal government. It's another to mess with Texas. Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk is pondering the former after attempting to do the latter in an attempt to overturn the age-old laws banning automakers from operating their own car dealerships, Automotive News reports.

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In the "it may be broke, but we ain't fixing it" department, the US government has decided not to shutter the $25 billion Department of Energy loan program geared to accelerate advanced-powertrain technology development, the Detroit News reports. Given the opportunity to cut a mere $6 million in funding earmarked specifically to oversee the $25 billion Advanced Vehicle Technology Manufacturing program, the US House declined and the Obama Administration said that there remains more than $15 billi

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According to the 2012 U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index by Booz & Co., alternative vehicle powertrains may take up as much as 10 percent of the total market by 2020, but only if the federal government continues to support development.

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Who needs the federal government when you have a big Chinese company behind you?

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In this case, the federal government sneezes, and central Ohio catches a cold.

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If you're not sure why today's announcement from the Obama Administration about the first-ever fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses is important, read this.

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The Detroit News reports that Ford is close to wrapping up a lawsuit that's been in the works for the past seven years. Ford originally sued the federal government by claiming that the feds should share a portion of the costs tied to cleaning up the company's Rogue manufacturing complex. The site opened in 1917 and helped construct wartime engines, tanks and boats during World War I and II. The report says that Ford and the site's current co-owner, Severstal Dearborn, LLC, have conditionally agr

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The Detroit News reports that Ford is close to wrapping up a lawsuit that's been in the works for the past seven years. Ford originally sued the federal government by claiming that the feds should share a portion of the costs tied to cleaning up the company's Rouge manufacturing complex. The site opened in 1917 and helped construct wartime engines, tanks and boats during World War I and II. The report says that Ford and the site's current co-owner, Severstal Dearborn, LLC, have conditionally agr

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General Motors is probably more glad than most companies that 2009 is in the past. After all, the Detroit, MI-based automaker saw sales drop by over 30 percent while suffering through the pain and humiliation of bailouts and bankruptcy. With billions in debt erased, retiree health care costs on their way out, fewer plants and dealers and thousands fewer employees, 2010 is looking a hell of a lot better than 2009. Those facts are hard to argue, but it hasn't dissuaded thousands of Americans polle

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Fuel misers like the Civic Hybrid have caught buyers' eyes in Australia.

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