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It’s Tesla Model 3 Day! Join In The Fun With Our Wall-to-Wall LiveBlog Coverage

You asked for it — and we’ve listened.

Our previous Tesla event liveblog coverage has proven so popular that we’re going one step further this time with a whole day’s worth of 24LiveBlog coverage for you to enjoy, covering everything there is to know about Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] latest production electric car — the Tesla Model 3.

We know you want it -- so here it is. Wall-to-Wall Model 3 Coverage.

We know you want it — so here it is. Wall-to-Wall Model 3 Coverage.

Later on today, we’ll get to see the car for the first time — and we’ll cover the big reveal live in our very own  Transport Evolved special with guests including Robert Llewellyn and Chelsea Sexton. But for now, join us and our friends at 24liveblog as we bring you the latest from the queues, the reservation process, and of course, the fans eager to buy Tesla’s first ‘affordable’ electric car.

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Toyota e-Pallette, Hyundai NEXO, Kia Niro EV – CES 2018 Media Day 2 Roundup Feat Alex From E for Electric

Kate, Alex and Nikki talk Toyota: https://youtu.be/ijd1-pzHPpI&t=0m21s

Hyundai NEXO Fuel Cell Car: https://youtu.be/ijd1-pzHPpI&t=10m16s

Kia Niro EV Concept: https://youtu.be/ijd1-pzHPpI&t=17m04s

Please note: Due to the noisy environment of CES, the audio quality does vary during this video.

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Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and Kate Walton-Elliott at CES 2018 as they attend the second of two Media Days, hear what Toyota has planned for the future of mobility, see Hyundai’s next-generation FCV, and wonder why Kia’s Niro EV Concept wasn’t the car they were expecting. Featuring Alex Guberman from E for Electric!

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China Dominates EV World, Model 3 Voice Control, Autopilot Stupidity – TEN Episode 193

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Byton EV, Nvidia Autonomous Cars – CES 2018 Media Day 1 Roundup

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Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and Kate Walton-Elliott at CES 2018 as they attend the first of two Media Days, witness the Byton EV unveiling, and learn about the future of autonomous cars from NVidia.

Stay tuned for more CES coverage later this week and for the rest of January (normal shows will resume presently).

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BMW i3 Sport, Solid-State Batteries at CES, Model X Tows Semi- TEN Episode 192

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The BMW i3 Sport safricies range for performance, the Fisker Emotion is set to debut solid state battery tech at CES next week, and what happens when a Tesla Model X goes all Ice Road Truckers…

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Charged Up: Tesla Model X 100D Review

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It’s been a while since our last Charged Up! Episode, where we take a car, drive it for a week, and then give our thoughts on what it’s like to have as a daily driver.

And this time, we’ve got a cracker for you, courtesy of the Tesla Model X 100D, which the wonderful Mark Chatterley was lucky enough to get his hands on for a week earlier this year!

Thanks to Tesla UK for providing us with a car for the week — and thanks to SansPants Radio for helping Mark test the Model X 100D to its limits!

Transport Evolved retains all editorial control of its videos, and does not take part in paid reviews to ensure editorial impartiality. 

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Tesla Customer Satisfaction, Virgin Hyperloop Record, Musk’s Phone Number – TEN Episode 191

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Tesla tops Consumer Reports Customer Satisfaction Survey for a second year running, Richard Branson becomes chairman of Hyperloop One, and Elon Musk accidentally tweets his personal phone number for all to see…

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Model 3 Production Up, Battery Breakthrough, A Dying Man’s Wish – TEN Future Transportation News

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When Will Fully Autonomous Cars Be With Us — And Be Usable On The Roads?

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Autonomous vehicles have been promised us for years — and while electric vehicles are accelerating the move toward full autonomy, it’s becoming clear that just like electric vehicle rollout predictions, autonomous vehicle predictions have been a little… well.. enthusiastic, especially when there are still many legislative hurdles that lie ahead for autonomous vehicles.

Part of the problem lies in the nomenclature used for current generation advanced driver assistance features like Tesla’s Autopilot, Cadillac’s SuperCruise and Nissan’s ProPilot, all of which are often confused as offering full autonomy when in fact they are at best, Level 3 (at least at the time of writing this).

So when will we see fully autonomous (Level 5) vehicles on our roads? Watch the video above to find out more, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and support Transport Evolved via Patreon.

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What Would Happen In The U.S. If Electric Car Incentives End?

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Over the past few weeks, there’s been a fair amount of confusion over the upcoming U.S. GOP tax reform bill and its impact on electric cars. While the tax reform bill passed both houses, one version of the bill was passed with provisions for continued green car incentives (for electric, plug-in hybrid and some other ‘zero’ emission vehicles) — and one was passed without those provisions, ending current federal tax credits for cleaner vehicles.

In order for the two bills to be merged and passed to the President to become signed into law, they must first be reconciled, a difficult process considering some of the ways in which amendments were scrawled into the margins during the bill’s final few hours in the legislature before being passed.  Until the reconciliation process is completed, the bill cannot be sent to the President — and there’s still hope for continued incentives for green vehicles.

But what would happen if attempts to keep those tax incentives fail? What would it mean for U.S. plug-in car buyers?  And what would it mean for the same around the world?

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i-Pace Range Tests, Daimler Dismantles Model X, Tesla Semi Claims – TEN Future Transportation News

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about:

    1. Serious Testing  – Jaguar details its 200 i-Pace Prototypes, and the road-tests they’re undergoing – https://electrek.co/2017/12/06/jaguar-ipace-all-electric-prototype-fleet/
    2. Taking It Apart – Daimler gets into trouble by hiring Model X on peer-to-peer platform, then dismantling it reverse-engineer Tesla’s flagship SUV – https://jalopnik.com/mercedes-parent-company-daimler-dismantled-a-rented-tes-1820961392
    3. On Their Way! – Model 3 deliveries due to start to mainstream customers next week – https://electrek.co/2017/12/07/tesla-model-3-customer-deliveries-starting-next-week/
    4. Higher-Speed – BMW, Porsche look to make 450 kW rapid charging possible in near future. https://electrek.co/2017/12/05/bmw-porsche-electric-car-charging-450-kw-charge-rate/
    5. X-marks the spot  – BMW confirms iX crossovers will launch from 2020, with iX3 being the first – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114150_bmw-i-electric-car-sub-brand-to-expand-into-suvs-utility-vehicles-with-ix-models
    6. Made in Mexico – Ford shifts plans to produce its electric vehicles to Mexico – http://www.autonews.com/article/20171206/OEM01/171209833/ford-ev-moving-to-mexico-to-make-room-for-autonomous-vehicles-in
    7. Sales Report – Waiting for New LEAF, many plug-ins suffer worst sales in November. – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114103_plug-in-electric-car-sales-for-nov-volt-vs-prime-neck-and-neck-bolt-ev-just-misses-3k
    8. Production begins –  2018 Nissan LEAF begins production in Smyrna, Tennessee for the U.S. market – http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/u-s-production-for-all-new-2018-nissan-leaf-begins-in-tennessee-today http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/u-s-production-for-all-new-2018-nissan-leaf-begins-in-tennessee-today
    9. Time Volkswagen Executive gets seven years for his part in Dieselgate scandal, fined $400,000 – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114204_vw-dieselgate-exec-schmidt-gets-maximum-jail-sentence-7-years
    10. Chasing Charging  – Honda promises to roll-out 15-minute rapid charging in 2022 for its electric cars, as well as bidirectional charging for V2G, Emergency use. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Honda-to-halve-electric-cars-charging-time-to-15-minutes
    11. Name Change  – Delphi Automotive become Aptiv, pledges to focus on autonomous vehicle technology – http://www.aptiv.com/media/article/2017/12/05/aptiv-plc-to-transform-future-mobility
    12. Fueling Woes –  How Compressed Natural Gas cars are starting to experience issues with refueling – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1113995_when-fueling-stations-shut-down-for-your-natural-gas-car-one-readers-experience 
    13. Tesla Mathematics? – Outlets begin to question Tesla’s claims about the Semi – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114154_tesla-semi-roadster-battery-claims-prove-puzzling-beyond-current-knowledge
    14. 100-Weeks  – Volkswagen says the ID is 100 weeks away from production, putting launch date some time after November 2019 https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114150_bmw-i-electric-car-sub-brand-to-expand-into-suvs-utility-vehicles-with-ix-models

 

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BMW i8 Roadster, Tesla Model 3 Range, Lucid’s New HQ – TEN Future Transportation News

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about:

  1. Top Off, More Buzz – BMW i8 Coupe and Roadster break ground in Los Angeles – https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0276225EN/the-new-bmw-i8-roadster-the-new-bmw-i8-coupe
  2. Cheaper to Drive – USC proves that driving an electric car can save you $770 of fuel per year — wherever you are in the U.S – http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/11/cv-report-ev-savings.pdf
  3. Megawatts – Toyota announces Tri-Gen project – http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+build+worlds+first+megawatt+scale+100+percent+renewable+power+hydrogen+generation+station.htm
  4. Deep Bid  – Boring Company to bid for downtown Chicago to O-Hare transport link – https://www.autoblog.com/2017/11/30/elon-musk-boring-company-bid-chicago-downtown-ohare/
  5. Taking on Tesla  – GEM Says All Autonomous Vehicles Must Be Electric – https://electrek.co/2017/11/30/gm-electric-vehicle-autonomous-driving-tesla/ 
  6. Niro Plug-in  – Kia reveals Niro Plug-in Hybrid with 26 miles of electric range https://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/13279/kia-motors-america-introduces-2018-niro-plug-in-hybrid-crossover-at-los-angeles-auto-show 
  7. Wrangling Electricity  – Jeep promises all-electric model for 2020 – https://electrek.co/2017/11/30/jeep-electric-wrangler-2020/
  8. Cross Talk  – Volkswagen confirms ID Crozz Electric SUV for U.S. by 2020 – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114037_volkswagen-id-crozz-electric-suv-to-launch-in-us-in-2020
  9. Partnership  – BMW looking to make MINI all-electric, wants to collaborate with other automakers – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-la-bmw/bmw-looking-for-partners-to-develop-electric-small-cars-idUSKBN1DT0ZW
  10. Rated  – Tesla Model 3 gets official EPA rating for longer-range battery pack https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-epa-rating-310-miles-322-city/
  11. Production Concerns Tesla fights poor quality off the production line – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-quality-insight/build-fast-fix-later-speed-hurts-quality-at-tesla-some-workers-say-idUSKBN1DT0N3
  12. Death Watch – Faraday Future running out of time to pay back Convertible Note http://www.businessinsider.com/faraday-future-fundraising-deadline-debt-2017-11
  13. Moving Up  – Lucid moves into new HQ –https://lucidmotors.com/stories/lucid-motors-new-california-headquarters?utm_medium=email&utm_source=mailchimp&utm_campaign=blog-lucid-motors-new-california-headquarters-27nov2017&utm_term=media
  14. Ethically Sourced  – Automakers pledge to source raw battery materials from ethical sources – https://www.autoblog.com/2017/11/29/automakers-ethical-minerals-sourcing-electric-cars-drive-sustainability/  
  15. Electric Future  – Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens team up on Electric airplane projects – http://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2017/11/airbus–rolls-royce–and-siemens-team-up-for-electric-future-par.html

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Why The Tesla Semi Is Revolutionary — And Not In The Way You Think

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With the Tesla Semi launch event now a week and a half behind us, I figured it would be a great time to examine what it is that makes the Tesla Semi such a revolutionary truck — at least, what will make it a revolutionary truck if all of the promises made of it are followed through on when it launches in 2019.

Of course, there’s lots to get excited about even at face value, from the central seating position through to the massive quad-motor drivetrain, long-range capabilities and Megachargers that Tesla says will make longer-distance travel possible.

But for me, the biggest revolutionary thing about the Tesla Semi isn’t any of those features — nor the platooning or the autonomous capabilities. It’s the cost of the battery packs that will power the Tesla Semi.

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BMW i3 Stop Sale: What You Need To Know — And Why Seat Belt Law Is To Blame

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Last week, BMW issued a stop sale of all new BMW i3 electric cars and BMW i3 range-extended electric cars after it became clear that the vehicle was not consistently passing a certain NHTSA crash-test procedure involving edge-case use.

While the BMW i3 did originally pass the crash test, subsequent testing in the U.S. has shown variable results, forcing BMW to issue the stop sale until a remedy has been designed, approved and rolled out.

But while the i3 has now effectively failed one of the mandatory NHTSA crash tests, it’s worth understanding that the crash test concerned covers a scenario in which a female driver of around five foot in height and weighing between one hundred and one hundred and ten pounds is involved in a low-speed frontal collision while not wearing a seat belt.

And while that’s still technically a fail, the BMW i3 is failing because of Seat Belt Law… or rather, the fact that it’s not mandatory across the U.S.

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Here’s How Much the Tesla Model 3 Will Cost To Buy

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Last week, just before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday (and a day after I published a vlog asking if you should continue with your Model 3 reservation or consider a different car) Tesla officially opened up the Model 3 order process to non-Tesla employees.

For now at least, those lucky enough to be invited to configure their car are those who live within easy reach of Tesla’s Fremont facility — and those who want their car within the four weeks promised by Tesla will have to opt for a high-end Model 3 that will cost significantly more than the $35,000 headline price tag.

But how much will a Model 3 cost you? And what options are available? With ordering now open to non-Tesla employees we can finally find out.

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Could Geely Make Flying Cars a Commercial Reality At Last?

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For as long as we’ve had cars, we’ve wanted them to fly. But while the history books are dotted with the names of companies eager to try and bring commercial personal transportation to market in the form of a flying car, nobody has succeeded to date.

One recent hopeful, Terrafugia, has been working on creating its own autonomous and human-piloted autonomous vehicles for some time. But to date, we’ve seen nothing hit the market, making it little more than those companies which went before.

Yet last week, Chinese manufacturing company Geely (which also owns Volvo and the London Taxi Company) completed its acquisition of Terrafugia. Given how successfully the company has helped Volvo and the London Taxi Company to turn their fortunes around, could the same be true for Terrifugia. And if so, are we about to see the first fully commercial personal flying car?

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Should You Keep Your Model 3 Reservation — Or Look At Alternatives?

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With Tesla Model 3 production not quite at the level Tesla had originally hoped it would be, I’ve had a lot of people ask me if they should keep their Model 3 reservation and wait it out until their car is made (sometimes months or maybe even years from now if they’re in certain markets)… or look at alternatives, either as a direct replacement for their reservation or as a stop-gap measure until their car arrives.

Today, I’m trying to answer if, based on the longer-than expected wait times for Model 3, you should keep your reservation or not. While Tesla fans eager to be a part of history (many of whom already have an electric car) may find the wait less of an issue, those who are looking to buy their first electric car and saw Model 3 as the only viable solution at the time should perhaps do some shopping around before committing to the wait.

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Tesla Semi, Tesla Roadster 2, Faraday Future’s Future, – TEN Future Transportation News

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What’s Tesla’s New Chill Mode? And Why Does Every New EV Need It?

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Just about ten days ago, Tesla began pushing a new OTA (Over The Air) software update to Model S, Model X, and Model 3 electric cars that included a new software option called “Chill Mode”. Designed to tame the throttle response on high-performance electric cars, Chill Mode is a feature that some Tesla owners have been requesting for some time.

But what is Chill Mode? How does it work? And why should every new electric car have a similar function?

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Electric Lambo, Tesla Chill Mode, All-Electric School Bus – TEN Future Transportation News

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Fast Five: Five Passenger Drones To Look Out For

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Not so long ago, the dream of owning a flying car seemed impossible — unless that is, you happened to be someone who had a very large bank account, a private pilot’s license, and somewhere to fly one of the handful of fully road-legal, fully air-legal flying cars produced over the past sixty years.

But now with the advent of high density lithium-ion batteries, we’re starting to see zero emission, fully (or partially) autonomous passenger drones enter the market. Offering short flight times, most are designed for quick hops in busy cities or for getting people (or things) to their destination quickly when surface streets are completely gridlocked.

And while you’ll unlikely own one for some time (they’re still out of the price range for most people), autonomous passenger drones could be in our cities soon, operating passenger taxi services,  aiding emergency services, being the ultimate commuter vehicle, or just helping tourists get a cool view of the city that would have previously only been possible in a full-size helicopter.

So today, we’re giving you five passenger drones you should look out for in the future.

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Is GM Trying To Kill The Opel Ampera-E Electric Car in Europe? The Signs Aren’t Good

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Next month, the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car officially turns one year old. And in its first year of sales, the Bolt EV has gone from a slow-seller to becoming the second-most popular plug-in car in North America, second only to the Tesla Model S.

But in Europe, where the Bolt EV was launched as the Opel Ampera-E, things couldn’t be more different. While European buyers in left-hand drive markets like Norway are more than eager to get their hands on the affordable long-range hatchback CUV, they’ve had to go through a series of hoops to get one.

First, the Opel Ampera-E had its numbers cut for its first year, with GM sending only a few hundred examples over. Then it suffered not one but two price hikes, with the latest price increase putting the entry-level Ampera-E at more than $44,000 equivalent.

So what’s going on with the Ampera-E? Who’s to blame for the slow rollout? And is GM really trying to kill the twin of the Bolt EV as a consequence of its recent divorce from Opel?

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Hell Has Frozen Over: Meet Lamborghini’s All-Electric Terzo Millennio Concept

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While we’ve seen mainstream automakers slowly make the transition from internal combustion engined vehicles to electric vehicles in recent years, high performance and prestige brands have been a little slower to adopt plug-in drivetrain technology.

But yesterday in Massachusetts, Italian supercar maker Lamborghini unveiled its first all-electric concept car in the form of the Terzo Millenio (Third Millenium). As concept cars go, this vehicle is a flight of fancy that’s unlikely to make it to market in its current form. But, says Lamborghini, it’s a vehicle that gives us a glimpse of where the brand hopes to go in the future, thanks to a partnership with MIT that is funding research into high-power Supercapacitors for electric cars, as well as structural battery packs and self-healing body work.

Yet despite this, the Terzo Millennio is a beautiful ‘what if’ car for a brand that has until recently, stuck with the V-12 engine. Is this the car to change the future for the iconic Italian brand, or will it just be a concept car that we’ll forget in a few months time?

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This Electric Car Is Ten Years Older Than The Oldest Production Tesla Model S — And Still Driving Today!

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Here at Transport Evolved, we’re used to covering cleaner, greener, safer and smarter vehicles. And usually that means new cars — or at least ones that are only a year or so old.

But what you might not know is that we’re also total classic car nuts. In fact, Kate and I first became best friends through our love of the Morris Minor. These days, Kate’s caught the EV bug and, as part of her helping out at Transport Evolved, recorded this excellent update on her 2002 RAV4 EV!

This is a car that existed ten years before the Tesla Model S launched — and it’s still going strong today!

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Should TaxPayers Pay For Electric Car Rebates? And Is There an Alternative?

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While not every country even has electric car rebates — and in some places those rebates are paid for via non tax-payer sources, the current U.S. administration is considering a new tax reform bill which would immediately gut the existing $7,500 federal tax rebate for plug-in cars in exchange for offering income tax breaks to individuals and corporations.

It’s a controversial move which has already caused a great deal of anguish from plug-in car advocates (including myself). And if you’re interested in having your voice heard, please write to your Congress Critter today (thanks, Plug-in America!) https://pluginamerica.org/policy/calls-to-action/ – to let them know about how you feel about the proposed cuts.

But putting the critical status of tax credits for electric vehicles aside for one second (and sidestepping the political arguments which normally get us into trouble) I’ve chosen to ask a little more of a broader question today: should we even have tax credits for electric cars? Who should pay for them? And are there better alternatives (such as incentivizing automakers for electric vehicle manufacture but penalizing them for making gas-guzzlers?)

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