Biden aims to juice EV sales, but would his plan work?

DETROIT (AP) — Dangling tax credits and rebates in his drive to fight climate change, President Joe Biden wants you to trade your gas-burning car, truck or SUV for a zero-emissions electric vehicle.

Some buyers would find his offer persuasive. Yet Biden’s goal is a daunting one: Even if Congress approves his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, along with its incentives, it would take many years to replace enough internal combustion vehicles with EVs to make a huge dent in tailpipe emissions.

Right now, there are about 279 million vehicles on the road in the United States. The proportion that are

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How the American Jobs Plan aims to shape 4 pillars of city infrastructure

President Joe Biden unveiled the $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, in line with his administration’s “Build Back Better” agenda, on Wednesday at a carpenter’s training facility in Pittsburgh. 

Within the wide-reaching infrastructure and economic recovery package are sweeping investments in transportation, water, housing and digital infrastructure, repeating focuses on equity, sustainability and job creation throughout. Smart Cities Dive has rounded up the key ways those proposed infrastructure investments intend to shape the future of cities:


Public transit: The package includes major spending to address the country’s “inadequate” public transit infrastructure, following a year of devastating blows to transit system

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GM aims to make its electric vehicles go farther and cost less with new battery partnership

General Motors announced a new joint venture with SolidEnergy Systems, a spinoff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that is focused on improving the energy density in lithium-ion batteries. The two companies plan on building a test facility in Woburn, Massachusetts, for a high-capacity preproduction battery by 2023.

The partnership was announced Thursday by GM president Mark Reuss at a Washington Post Live virtual conference. Prior to the announcement, The Verge spoke with Kent Helfrich, executive director of GM’s global electrification and battery systems, about what the joint venture will mean for the automaker’s plans to electrify its entire fleet

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Jaguar Land Rover boss Thierry Bollore aims to create two unique brands

Bollore, in answering a reporter’s question, said Jaguar would be moving away from SUVs. That has dealers wondering about Jaguar’s 2025 EV lineup. Since sedans, wagons and sports cars aren’t selling and Jaguar won’t have SUVs and crossovers, what’s left?

Jaguar Land Rover’s North American boss, Joe Eberhardt, last week held a conference call with dealers who are wondering — and worrying — about Jaguar’s future.

The battery-powered Jaguar I-Pace crossover has been a hit-or-miss vehicle. It does OK in regions such as California and Florida and a few East Coast cities but has virtually no demand at other many

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Radiant aims to ship 2-3 million BLUs for automotive displays in 2021

Radiant aims to ship 2-3 million BLUs for automotive displays in 2021

Rebecca Kuo, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES

Radiant Opto-Electronics aims to ship 2-3 million LED backlight units (BLU) for use in automotive dashboards of about 10 inches in 2021, with Europe-based automakers to be main clients, according to industry sources.

Radiant has cooperated with LCD panel maker Japan Display for automotive display-use BLUs, and shipped one million units for about 1% of consolidated revenues in 2020, the sources said.

Radiant stands a chance of supplying BLUs for Tesla’s automotive displays in 2021, said the sources.

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