Massachusetts vehicle inspection system down another week

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts motor vehicle inspection system is expected to remain down for another week, prompting state officials to give drivers with expired March stickers a grace period to obtain an up-to-date sticker, officials said.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles announced late Friday that a malware attack March 30 on the vendor for the system, Applus Technologies, isn’t expected to be fixed until April 17.

“The RMV will hold the vendor accountable for this disruption and is working with Applus to restore services as soon as possible,” the registry said in a statement. “Applus has indicated that their

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Electric vehicle battery firms settle trade spat

WASHINGTON – Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one of them to move ahead with plans to make batteries in Georgia, a person briefed on the matter says.

LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation reached the settlement, ending the need for President Joe Biden to intervene in the dispute, the person said Saturday. The person asked not to be identified because the companies have not yet announced the settlement. No details were available.

The U.S. International Trade Commission decided in February that SK stole 22 trade secrets from LG

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Why BorgWarner Stock Is a Cheap Way to Bet on the Shift to Electric Vehicles

BorgWarner’s P2 hybrid module on display at the Automotive World 2018 forum in Tokyo, Japan.

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For all the hard-charging talk about electric cars, you might think that they were taking over the U.S. market. In fact, they’re expected to hit only about a 3.5% market share this year, up from 2.5% last year, according to researcher IHS Markit. So why do auto stocks seem to be rising in proportion to companies’ plug-in announcements?

Look to Europe for clues. Electric cars there are suddenly 14% of the market, or 23% if we count plug-in hybrids that

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Is your vehicle registration expired? Texas DMV officials say you have until April 14 to renew

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding Texans that they have until April 14 to ensure their vehicles are registered.

According to the department, the temporary waiver granting the suspension of on-time registration renewal ends on April 14, 2021, which means you must renew your vehicle’s registration on or before April 14.

According to the department, law enforcement may begin issuing citations to motorists operating a vehicle without a current registration sticker or current registration receipt and there is no grace period after the deadline.

You can take care of your vehicle’s registration online, by mail and in-person:


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Tesla Raises Vehicle Prices (Again)

Tesla has yet again raised prices on their vehicle lineup in the United States for the third time in the last month.

Here’s a recap of the changes:

Model 3

Model 3 Standard Range + increased $500 ($37,990 to $38,490)

Model 3 Long Range non-performance increased $500 ($46,990 to $47,490)

Model 3 Performance increased $1,000 ($55,990 to $56,990)

Model Y

Model Y Long Range non-performance increased $500 ($49,990 to $50,490)

Model Y Performance did not change (held at $60,990)

Model S / Model X

Model S and Model X pricing did not change (see table)

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GM shuts additional plants due to chip shortage, as vehicle inventory tightens

The company announced it would shut production at two US plants — in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Lansing Delta Township, Michigan, in the coming weeks. GM also extended shutdowns at the Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas, and the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, which have both been idled since February 8. And it will continue the shutdown at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant, which has been down since March 15.

In addition, GM is halting Chevrolet Blazer production at the Ramos Assembly plant in Ramos, Mexico, during the week of April 19, although that plant will continue

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