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Ford started shipping its first electric passenger car to dealers the weekend of May 19, according to Reuters. About 350 Focus Electric cars will be sent to 67 dealers in California, New Jersey and New York over the next couple weeks. Manufacturing executives signed off on the decision on May 18. Each dealer will get about six cars, one of which will be a demonstration model, the reports said. Ford declined to comment on the news. The people asked not to be named because the plans are confidential.

‘Brown energy’ is subsidized much more heavily than ‘green energy.’ Many consumers and business owners, especially those skeptical of the green energy movement, are not aware that the fossil fuel industry gets far more in subsidies than does the renewable energy industry.

The Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA) recently launched a national Legislator Education and Awareness program meant to increase recognition among state policymakers about the positive economic and consumer benefits generated by the automotive aftermarket parts and service industry.

The ASAAA said it is becoming critical for new and returning lawmakers to be educated about the benefits of alternative aftermarket replacement parts and services as policymakers in U.S. states are addressing aftermarket parts issues on many legislative fronts.

Mitt Romney argued against the bailout of the U.S. auto industry in 2008, in an article entitled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” notes Chris Isidore, writing for CNN.

Now three years after the Bush, then Obama administration, bailed out General Motors and Chrysler Group, and with U.S. auto industry sales, profits and hiring all rising, Romney believes he deserves credit for that turnaround.

State Farm’s forced implementation of its PartsTrader e-bidding process within its Select Service Program shops has ignited a firestorm of criticism from the industry, not just from its own DRPs.

Blink, blink. A new study suggests failure to properly use turn signals causes 2 million accidents annually, a more serious problem than distracted driving.

When’s the last time you used your own turn signals? According to research by the Society of Automotive Engineers, drivers either neglect to use their signals when changing lanes,  or fail to turn the signals off  48% of the time.  And when making a turn, the failure rate is around 25%. That works out to 2 billion times a day drivers fail to use signals, or 750 billion times annually.