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Friday, 24 June 2022 14:20

Einride Pod Cab-less Truck Granted NHTSA Approval for U.S. Roads

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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Swedish freight technology company Einride announced it has received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to operate its Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles on U.S. public roads.

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Lucid Group, Inc., on June 24 announced the official opening of its first retail location in the Pacific Northwest at University Village in Seattle, WA.

 

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Many automakers specify that pinch weld and frame clamps are used for securing unitized and full frame vehicles to equipment for measuring and repair operations.

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Getaround on June 24 announced a partnership with the City of Salem, MA, to increase access to reliable transportation through car sharing.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced two new closings June 24---the acquisition of Jones Auto Wrecking Company in Florence, SC, and Gabe’s Collision Center in San Antonio, TX.

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New-vehicle retail sales for June 2022 are expected to decline when compared with June 2021, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.

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The CARSTAR Chicagoland business group hosted its June meeting at sponsor Axalta’s facility.

Thursday, 23 June 2022 15:48

On The Lighter Side: This Road Can Charge Evs And Offers An Unlimited Range

Written by Can Emir, Interesting Engineering

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Say goodbye to range anxiety.

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In 2021, Missouri increased the state gas tax by 2.5 cents per gallon per year for the next five years, to 15 cents per gallon total.

Thursday, 23 June 2022 14:23

RPM Act Co-Sponsors on Ballots in CO, IL, NY, OK, UT

Written by SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma and Utah will hold their 2022 primary elections June 28, and it’s important to know which candidates support racing when going to the polls or voting early.

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Did you know you can read all five regional editions of Autobody News before they appear in print?

Thursday, 23 June 2022 12:51

Elon Musk Confirms Tesla Cybertruck Design Finalized

Written by Andrei Nedelea, InsideEVs

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Even though at first glance the Tesla Cybertruck most recently spotted looks almost identical to the original prototype/concept shown in November 2019, the electric truck has undergone some changes.

Thursday, 23 June 2022 12:39

Toyota Initiates Global Recall for All-Electric bZ4X SUV Because Wheels May Fall Off

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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It’s been less than two months since Toyota launched the bZ4X, its first mass-produced all-electric SUV, but the Japanese automaker has now initiated a global recall for the vehicle.

Thursday, 23 June 2022 12:30

Used Car Prices Dropping, But Not for Electric Cars

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

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The car market has been messy for some time now, to say the least. A lack of parts, reduced new-car inventory and rising prices on both the new and used market have made a big impact on consumers.

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Service King's comprehensive approach to sustainability and emphasis on strategies for environmental and health performance was brought to life through its first Leadership in Energy and EnvironmentalDesign (LEED)-certified facility in San Antonio.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 15:13

Auto Industry CEOs Urge Congress to Quickly Pass Chips Funding

Written by David Shepardson, Reuters

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Major automakers and industry suppliers on June 22 urged Congress to move quickly to pass $52 billion in subsidies for U.S. semiconductor production, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 15:10

Biden Asks Congress to Suspend Gas Tax to 'Bring Families Just a Little Bit of Relief'

Written by Ben Werschkul, Yahoo Finance

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President Joe Biden has moved forward with a full-throated call to suspend the federal gas tax for three months alongside other new actions to attack one of the biggest drivers of inflation.

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EVgo Inc. on June 22 announced it was selected for proposed awards for two new California Energy Commission (CEC) Reliable, Equitable and Accessible Charging for multi-family Housing (REACH) grants totaling $3.6 million.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:28

AAA Predicts 47.9 Million People Will Travel This July 4th

Written by Ellen Edmonds, AAA

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Summer travel is already in full swing and Independence Day will be no exception as AAA predicts 47.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend (June 30–July 4).

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 13:57

Car Catches Fire Inside Florida Repair Shop, Flames Spread to Other Vehicles

Written by Amanda Batchelor, Local 10 News

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Lauderhill, FL, firefighters extinguished a large fire that broke out June 20 at an auto repair shop.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 12:40

Dip in Oil Price and Gas Demand Gives Drivers a Break at the Pump

Written by Andrew Gross, AAA

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The national average for a gallon of gas fell below $5 as of June 21, bringing modest relief at the pump for beleaguered drivers.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 12:02

California Lawmakers Scramble for Answers as Residents Hit with Record Gas Prices

Written by Tom Joyce, The Center Square

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Gas prices have soared across the U.S. over the past several months, and California lawmakers are at odds over the state's highest-in-the-nation prices at the pump.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 11:51

Gas Station Association Prepared to Add ‘Truth’ to Illinois-Mandated Gas Tax Sticker

Written by Greg Bishop, The Center Square

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Part of the Illinois state budget that begins July 1 includes a delay in the annual motor fuel tax increase.

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More than 20 first responders from Myrtle Beach, SC, fire departments and surrounding areas gathered recently for a hands-on demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication, preparing them to provide the best response for car accident victims, thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC)® F.R.E.E.™ program, CARSTAR Myrtle Beach, USAA Insurance and Genesis Rescue Systems.

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On June 21, three deserving Dallas residents, including a veteran, were presented vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families, thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program along with car donors and local representatives from Farmers Insurance®, Allstate and GEICO and repair partners DFW Collision, Crest Cadillac and On the Road Garage, all based in the Dallas area.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 10:58

Tesla’s Original Cybertruck Prototype Stuns at CVPR 2022 Conference

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla has been showcasing the Cybertruck quite frequently as of late, with the all-electric pickup truck appearing at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR) in New Orleans recently.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 09:13

Tesla Ex-Employee Rejects $15M Award in Racial Abuse Lawsuit

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Former Tesla elevator operator Owen Diaz rejected a $15 million award in his lawsuit claiming racial abuse from his coworkers at the Fremont Factory in California. 

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James Song has skills---as he demonstrated at the North Carolina State SkillsUSA competition, where he won first place in post-secondary automotive refinishing technology.

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CARSTAR announced the opening of CARSTAR Apple Valley Collision Center, located at 6904 145th W., Apple Valley, MN 55124.

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Although women make up 50% of the workforce, only 2% work as automotive service technicians.

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ProColor Collision Rialto is the latest to join ProColor Collision’s growing footprint in the U.S. as the iconic collision repair brand reinforces its market presence across the country.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 14:11

Changes to SEMA Garage Emissions Program, Effective July 1

Written by Della Domingo, SEMA

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As demand for emissions testing and related services increases, the SEMA Garage has added new staff to help members process and obtain CARB EOs.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 14:05

Caliber Reaches Landmark 1,500 Centers

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On June 20, Caliber Collision opened a new center at 1233 East Butler Road in Greenville, SC, marking 1,500 centers nationwide.

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Dedicated to helping expand the automotive refinish workforce, Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) is proud to collaborate with Lincoln Tech to train the next wave of collision repair technicians.

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The San Francisco Bay Area’s Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, an annual gathering of incredible cars spanning every era of automotive excellence, returns for its 66th edition June 26.

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Toyota on June 21 announced the team that will launch its newest plant in North America, Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina (TBMNC).

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 11:09

Auto Care Association Applauds Passage of Ocean Shipping Reform Act

Written by Aaron Lowe, Auto Care Association

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The Auto Care Association applauded the enactment of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA), which was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed June 16 by President Joe Biden.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 11:02

Masks to Be Optional Again at Detroit Three Auto Plants in Michigan

Written by Eric D. Lawrence, The Detroit Free Press

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Masks will once again be optional at Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Chrysler-parent Stellantis facilities.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 10:55

Biden Considers Gas Tax Holiday Amid Nearly $5 National Average

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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President Joe Biden said June 20 he would decide on a potential gas tax holiday by the end of the week.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 10:42

Electric Automakers Make Last-Ditch Plea for More Tax Credits Before U.S. Election

Written by David Shepardson and Tina Bellon, Reuters

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Shifting political winds during the U.S. November mid-term elections could spell trouble for automakers' hopes of getting billions of dollars in consumer tax credits that would help the U.S. compete with Chinese and European rivals.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 10:33

Ford Heritage Vault Opens Up Automotive History

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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On June 16, the day of its 119th anniversary, Ford Motor Company decided to give a gift to enthusiasts, releasing archival materials from over the past century.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 09:19

NTSB Says EV Emergency Response Guides Improving

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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First responders to electric vehicle crashes and fires will have more assistance from eight companies that followed a safety recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 09:10

Tesla Ex-Employees File Lawsuit Over Mass Layoffs Without Prior Notice

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Former Tesla employees are suing the EV manufacturer, claiming the recent mass layoffs violated federal law.

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FedEx Corp. announced June 21 it has received its first 150 electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop, the technology startup from General Motors decarbonizing last-mile delivery.

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Colors on Parade is expanding into the North Louisiana market.

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Car-O-Liner® has added an online events calendar to its website as a helpful resource for customers looking to register for upcoming training events.

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Crash Champions announced June 21 it has entered into an agreement with Mike’s Auto Body, a leading family-owned collision repair MSO in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Monday, 20 June 2022 15:34

Father and Son Join Forces

Written by Leonard L. Hayhurst, Coshocton Tribune

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Brillhart's Body Shop in Coshocton, OH, didn't start out as a family-owned business and it wasn't Tom Babcock's intentions to make it so when he took over in 2014. 

Monday, 20 June 2022 15:30

Rhode Island House Votes to Accelerate Phase-Out of Car Taxes in East Providence

Written by Miranda Nazzaro, WJAR News

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The Rhode Island House approved an accelerated phase out of car taxes for East Providence residents on June 17.

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Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announced the next installment of its popular free Elite Webinar Series: “How to Compete with Giants (without spending the big money they do!)”

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Stellantis North America announced I-CAR® will provide and manage a portfolio of new Vehicle and Technology Specific Training courses (VTST), six of which will be required for all FCA Certified Collision Care shops, along with two recommended optional courses.

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In recognition of National Safety Month, I-CAR® on June 14 announced a special 15% discount throughout June on a package of eight, online electric vehicle (EV) courses.

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Driven Brands, the largest automotive services company in North America, celebrated the one-year anniversary of the monthly podcast for its network of collision owners, "Collision Buzz."

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A South Florida federal grand jury has charged a Coral Springs, FL, police officer with fraudulently applying to the U.S. Small Business Administration for a COVID-19 relief advance grant and low-interest loan.

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The California Autobody Association (CAA) updated the status of several bills currently in the California State Legislature.

Monday, 20 June 2022 10:19

Man Dies After Fire Rips Through Orange County, FL, Auto Repair Shop

Written by Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com and Gene Saladna, WFTV.com

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Orange County, FL, firefighters responded to a fire that ripped through an auto repair shop the morning of June 17.

Monday, 20 June 2022 09:49

Are 10,000 Tesla Jobs Facing the Axe? Musk's Firm Begins Layoffs

Written by Ameya Paleja, Interesting Engineering

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Electric car maker Tesla has moved quickly on its announcement to reduce its total staff strength by 10%. 

Monday, 20 June 2022 09:37

Study: Illinois Has 6th-Highest Rate of Distracted Driving Deaths per Licensed Driver

Written by Scot Bertram, The Center Square

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A new report on distracted driving crashes in the U.S. brings bad news for Illinois.