Category: Automotive News

Ford suspends more F-150 pickup, Explorer production due to microchip shortage

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday informed workers that it is extending downtime at key North American plants — including at one of two sites that build the top-selling F-150 pickup — between one and two weeks because of the ongoing chip shortage.

In a memo to employees obtained by Automotive News and confirmed with the company, Ford said the Chicago and Flat Rock, Mich., plants as well as both the F-150 and Transit van sides of its Kansas City, Mo., plant will be down the weeks of May 3 and 10.

Flat Rock, which builds the Mustang, and

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Ferrari brings forward launch of first EV

MILAN — Ferrari is bringing forward the sales launch of its first full-electric car amid an accelerating industry shift to electrification.

The automaker will unveil the car in 2025, the automaker’s chairman, John Elkann, told shareholders.

Ferrari had previously said the launch would happen “after 2025.”

“We are very excited about our first all-electric Ferrari that we plan to unveil in 2025. We are continuing to execute our electrification strategy in a highly disciplined way,” Elkann said at the company’s annual meeting on Thursday.

Elkann said Ferrari’s interpretation of electrification technologies in motor sport and road cars “is a huge

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Finding the Sweet Spots to Build a Monetization Model for Connected Car

For many OEMs, the first place to look for opportunities to monetize connected car data has been external – targeting insurance companies, fleet managers, fuel merchants, tolling providers, and consumers of parking and traffic data. 

But, while these third-party use cases grow, OEMs should also look closer to home to boost Connected Car returns by focusing on core competencies. Typical high-volume OEMs have millions of dollars of untapped opportunity to use Connectivity to create internal and external cost savings, quality and safety improvements, efficiencies across operations for themselves and dealers, as well as time and cost-saving conveniences for consumers. 


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Location:  Sacramento, Calif.

Education: B.A., Russian literature, Cornell University; J.D., Yale University



What drew you to the auto industry? Its extreme importance for Southern California and, of course, for the nation. But particularly as someone who has been involved in fighting air pollution my whole career, I recognized early on that trying to get a grip on the impact of transportation and to figure out how to make it cleaner was going to be the most important thing that I could do for pollution.

First job relative to automotive: I started work as a lawyer in Los Angeles in 1972.

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Biden plan calls for massive new rebates for EVs, zero emission transit vehicles

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s $174 billion proposal to boost electric vehicles calls for $100 billion in new consumer rebates and $15 billion to build 500,000 new electric vehicle charging stations, according to a U.S. Transportation Department email sent to congressional staff and seen by Reuters.

The EV rebates, part of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal, could be a big boost to U.S. automakers, especially General Motors and Tesla Inc., which no longer qualify for $7,500 tax credits after they sold more than 200,000 zero-emission models.

The White House declined to say how the $100 billion would be

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