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  • In an aerial view, the Juno Horizon, a Japanese bulk vessel, sails though the cleared Fort McHenry Channel in the Patapsco River on June 11 in Baltimore, Maryland. The federal shipping channel has fully reopened more than two months after the cargo ship Dali hit the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to collapse and cutting off vessel access to the port.
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    The Port of Baltimore is reopened from the bridge collapse. How much cargo will return?

    With wreckage from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse removed, leaders are bullish on the port’s ability to retain customers.

    Colin Campbell • June 13, 2024
  • A woman engineer uses a digital tablet to work on car design and improvements.
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    Why aren’t more women joining automotive manufacturing?

    As gender diversity remains an industry challenge, experts say companies can help tackle the problem by expanding childcare options and prioritizing career development and mentorship.

    Megan Ruggles • April 17, 2024
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    The UAW won big for future EV battery plants

    The United Auto Workers agreements with GM, Ford and Stellantis will likely increase labor costs for the Big Three as more EV battery plants open.

    Kalena Thomhave • Jan. 16, 2024
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    Automotive consumer trends in 2024

    Buyers remain concerned about the price of EVs and a lack of a national charging infrastructure, hampering EV adoption.

    Michael Brady and Eric Walz • Jan. 10, 2024
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    3 EV trends shaping the auto industry in 2024

    GM, Ford and others are retooling production plans amid slowing EV demand, while also working to move more suppliers and production to the U.S.

    Michael Brady and Eric Walz • Jan. 9, 2024
  • A drone view of a train passing alongside Puerto de Anapra town at the border between USA and Mexico.
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    Mexico’s nearshoring wave is years in the making

    Whether through foreign direct investments or internationally purchased goods, the automotive sector has an outsized share of Mexico's trade.

    Alejandra Salgado and Edwin Lopez • Dec. 21, 2023
  • A person plugs an electric F-150 Lighting for charging in a garage.
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    How will the adoption of Tesla’s NACS port affect automakers’ EV charging businesses?

    Adopting Tesla’s North American Charging Standard may slow sales of automakers’ residential chargers. So could cheaper alternatives available from retailers like Amazon.

    Eric Walz • Dec. 11, 2023
  • Hyundai vehicles displayed for sale at a new car dealership.
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    EV sales are rising. So why are automakers nervous?

    Slower sales growth, lower prices and growing inventories have spooked carmakers, leading some to reconsider their electric vehicle plans to bolster their finances.

    Michael Brady • Nov. 9, 2023
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    How utilities are partnering with GM, BMW, Lyft and others in the auto sector to accelerate EV adoption

    Automakers and utilities “are now partners until the end of time, whether they like it or not,” said Joel Levin, executive director of Plug In America.

    Robert Walton • Sept. 11, 2023
  • Two EV cars getting charged up with icons representing WiFi and connected systems
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    Photo illustration: Shaun Lucas/9da; Getty Images; Chevrolet; Ford

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    7 trends transforming the automotive industry

    Technology is reshaping how car makers design, build, sell and service vehicles as they shift to electrification, boost domestic manufacturing and develop new hardware and software partnerships.

    Eric Walz • June 12, 2023
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    Biden ‘EV revolution’ delayed as utilities, carmakers await critical IRS guidance on Inflation Reduction Act

    A domestic EV industry and a national charging network buildout await federal agency interpretations of complex IRA tax credit and supply chain requirements.

    Herman K. Trabish • March 17, 2023