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Biden administration moves to cut smog-forming pollution from trucks

By Dino Grandoni Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency proposes curbing nitrogen oxide and carbon pollution amid an online shopping boom, but some environmentalists call for stricter limits


This California startup wants to be the Pony Express of electric trucking

By Jeff St. John

Here’s the pitch: First, build enormous electric truck-charging hubs in three major freight transport centers in Southern California. Procure electric trucks from major manufacturers such as Volvo and Tesla, and establish partnerships with companies that want to move their freight on those trucks.


Where to encounter some of the first self-driving vehicles

By Joann Muller Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

More driverless trucks and taxis are going to be on the roads in the near future — if you know where to look. (Primarily San Francisco and Phoenix.) Why it matters: Years of simulations and supervised, real-world testing with backup safety drivers are now giving way to fully driverless practice runs on some well-tested routes, which means we could finally be on the cusp of the autonomous revolution.


EPA: New mail-delivery fleet needs more electric vehicles

By Matthew Daly Photo: Charles Krupa, File

A U.S. Postal Service plan to replace its huge fleet of mail-delivery trucks has too few electric vehicles and falls short of President Joe Biden’s goals to address climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.


EPA presses USPS to halt purchase of up to 165K gas-powered vehicles

By Zack Budryk Photo: Greg Nash

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Wednesday asked the U.S. Postal Service to reconsider plans to purchase a predominantly gas-powered fleet of up to 165,000 trucks.


These EVs are cheaper to own than their gas-powered counterparts

By Adele Peters Photos: Ford, pagadesign/Getty Images

Ford’s new F-150 Lightning—the electric pickup that can double as backup power for your house in a blackout—is 17% more affordable to own than the gas-powered version of the vehicle. That’s according to a new analysis that looks at some of the most popular cars and trucks in the U.S., and then compares the cost to the closest electric equivalent.By By Adele Peters


America’s Favorite Pickup Truck Goes Electric

By John Seabrook Photo: Daniel Shepard

When I was twelve, in 1971, the walls of my bedroom in southern New Jersey were covered with full-page photographs of rail dragsters and “funny cars” with swollen engines which I carefully razor-bladed from hot-rod magazines. My older cousin Charlie Seabrook and his car, the Jersey Jimmy, were well known on the East Coast drag-racing circuit.


Coal and trucks pushed US ‘further off track’ for climate targets in 2021

By Josh Gabbatiss

US emissions surged by 6.2% last year, boosted by a renewed reliance on coal power amid soaring natural gas prices, according to the Rhodium Group. After falling sharply in 2020 due to the economic impact of Covid-19, transport emissions also saw a significant uptick in 2021, buoyed by the return of freight trucks to the nation’s highways.


How Six States Could Transform the U.S. Trucking Industry

By Laura Bliss Photo: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

California, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts are requiring a growing percentage of all medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission starting in 2025.


1 big thing: Why electric pickups are so hot

By Ben German and Andrew Freedman Photo: Sarah Grillo , Axios

Ford’s stock jumped 12% Tuesday after it revealed plans to boost production of the electric F-150 pickup, and today rival General Motors will unveil the electric version of the Chevy Silverado pickup, Ben writes.