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BP's Effort to Save Supercharger Stations, Trump's Support for Traditional Oil, and Large Batteries in Fuel-Cell Vehicles: Today’s Automotive Updates

Trump is said to propose the elimination of EPA emission regulations that favor electric vehicles. BP is stepping in to aid Supercharger stations left adrift as Tesla's expansion strategies stall. And is it practical to use a large battery without a charging port in fuel-cell trucks and pickups? Toyota believes it is feasible. This and additional stories, today on Green Car Reports.

Large batteries and hydrogen fuel cells are typically viewed as competing methods for powering emission-free trucks, but Toyota is blending these technologies in its hydrogen fuel-cell semi-truck by incorporating a large battery that cannot be plugged in. This approach enhances the use of their fuel-cell technology. This dual-system strategy may also be applied to upcoming pickup models.

Former President and current Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is said to have sought $1 billion in contributions from leading oil executives at Mar-a-Lago, offering in return to eliminate tighter EPA emissions regulations expected to boost electric vehicle sales. However, as many of these firms have rebranded themselves as more environmentally friendly "energy companies," the additional pollution could conflict with their desired public persona.

In an unexpected development, the petroleum behemoth BP might step in to save Tesla Supercharger locations that were left hanging following Tesla's baffling move to scale back its Supercharger initiative. BP plans to allocate $1 billion by 2030 for this purpose, with around half of this amount being spent in the next two to three years. This includes the installation of 3,000 chargers across the U.S., some of which will be at major hubs featuring 12 or more charging stations, dubbed Gigahubs.

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Toyota proposes that by increasing battery capacity, hydrogen fuel-cell technology can be enhanced for better range and towing capabilities, as demonstrated with their updated semi truck.

It's understandable that oil corporations were hesitant to embrace Trump's proposal right away, given that they have evolved into diversified international "energy companies," with gasoline now considered a traditional segment of their operations.

According to sources, BP intends to invest $1 billion by the year 2030, with around $500 million of that total expected to be allocated in the coming two to three years, to set up more than 3,000 charging stations across the United States.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 emerges as a formidable competitor to the Tesla Model 3. California demonstrates ways to reduce the cost of home EV charging. Additionally, there's a question of whether the interiors of EVs, and cars in general, are detrimental to our health. All this and more on Green Car Reports. During a subsequent test drive of the Hyundai Ioniq 6, Green Car…

The Ioniq 6 electric sedan distinguishes itself and offers considerable range at a highly competitive price.

Research has indicated that car seats, particularly in less expensive models, may have dangerous chemicals, some of which are recognized as carcinogens.

California is contemplating implementing a standard fee on electric bills from its major utility companies as a trade-off for lowering the expenses associated with charging electric vehicles.

Kia has officially announced that the EV3 will go into production. Rivian is overhauling its Illinois facility to start manufacturing the R2 model. Electric vehicles are significantly impacting the demand for gasoline. Additionally, the question arises: How tiny can an electric vehicle be and still be sufficient? All this and more can be found here at Green Car Reports. Rivian is adjusting the production capabilities at its Normal plant…

Rivian's sole manufacturing facility is being revamped to potentially support the production of as many as 215,000 vehicles annually.

While electric vehicles (EVs) might see only slight increases in sales this year, the growing total of EVs in use is believed to be sufficient to affect the demand for gasoline, though this isn't expected to reduce gas prices in the foreseeable future.

The compact neighborhood electric vehicle is set to launch in the U.S. later this year, featuring a speed cap of 25 mph and an upgraded battery pack.

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