Paul A. Eisenstein
Paul A. Eisenstein
Paul A. Eisenstein is an NBC News contributor who covers the auto industry.Source
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Trump axes California's right to set own auto emissions standards

Trump axes California's right to set own auto emissions standards

President Donald Trump on Wednesday barred California from setting its own vehicle emissions standards, kicking off a battle that is likely to last well beyond the 2020 presidential election. "The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER," Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, noting that the move will lead to "older, highly polluting cars" being replaced by "new, extremely environmentally friendly cars." The widely anticipated move comes as...

September 18, 2019
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Uber has offloaded its Elevate unit, but flying taxis are still taking off

Uber has offloaded its Elevate unit, but flying taxis are still taking off

Dec. 15, 2020, 11:56 PM UTCBy Paul A. EisensteinHammered by a huge falloff in ridership during the pandemic, Uber has sharply scaled back some of its most ambitious high-tech programs, pulling back on its dream of becoming a leader in the emerging air mobility business. But interest in flying cars and taxicabs has only grown as the country's highways have become more crowded.Uber, which last week, announced that it has also offloaded Uber Elevate, the to much fanfare 2½ years ago. While it typically takes more than two hours to drive the 74 miles from San Francisco to San Jose, Uber...

Dec 15
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GM cuts production at two plants as pandemic squeezes supply chain

GM cuts production at two plants as pandemic squeezes supply chain

Nov. 13, 2020, 8:44 PM UTCUpdated Nov. 13, 2020, 8:53 PM UTCBy Paul A. EisensteinGeneral Motors was forced to curb production at two of its key assembly plants on Thursday and Friday due to parts shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic — and industry observers fear that more disruptions could follow as the rate of Covid-19 infections surges to record levels.Overtime work scheduled for Saturday at GM’s big SUV plant in Arlington, Texas, has been canceled, the automaker announced, while the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was forced to temporarily shut down on Thursday and...

November 13, 2020
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GM launches $113,000 electric Hummer — which sells out in 10 minutes

GM launches $113,000 electric Hummer — which sells out in 10 minutes

Oct. 21, 2020, 4:44 PM UTCBy Paul A. EisensteinA battle royale is in the offing, with General Motors firing its biggest shot to date at upstart rival Tesla with the debut of its first-ever all-electric pickup, the GMC Hummer EV.Directly aimed at Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck, the 2022 GMC Hummer will have “no limits” and “no equals,” the automaker declared in a five-minute webcast reveal. Pushing past the hype, the new Hummer will offer more muscle than any conventional pickup, a whopping 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque. But it also will carry the highest price...

October 21, 2020
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GM CEO Mary Barra to meet with Black media group that charged automaker with 'racism'

GM CEO Mary Barra to meet with Black media group that charged automaker with 'racism'

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Mar 31
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California wants to ban gas-powered cars, but is the auto industry ready to go all electric?

California wants to ban gas-powered cars, but is the auto industry ready to go all electric?

Sept. 25, 2020, 9:37 PM UTCBy Paul A. EisensteinCalifornia could join France, Norway and the United Kingdom in banning cars with traditional combustion engines, after Gov. Gavin Newsom's But there are plenty of obstacles, including the technical challenges of sourcing raw materials and producing enough batteries and fuel-cells, as well as the need to deliver vehicles consumers will want to buy.“If the government tells you that you can’t build anything other than electric vehicles, consumers will have no other products to choose from,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal automotive analyst with...

September 25, 2020
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Ford, VW to announce new partnership to invest billions in autonomous and electric vehicles

Ford, VW to announce new partnership to invest billions in autonomous and electric vehicles

Ford and Volkswagen plan to announce Friday new joint ventures on autonomous and electric vehicles, two technologies considered critical to the future of the auto industry. The deal calls for “billions of dollars” in investments and will allow the companies to share both intellectual property and hardware, according to company executives with first-hand knowledge of the negotiations. The companies have scheduled a joint press conference at 8 a.m. ET in New York Friday, saying they will “provide an update on their global alliance” and “share details of new collaborations also aimed at...

July 12, 2019
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Fraud claims, DOJ probe and sexual abuse allegations cloud $2B deal between GM and Nikola truck startup

Fraud claims, DOJ probe and sexual abuse allegations cloud $2B deal between GM and Nikola truck startup

The deal started falling apart just two days after it was announced, when claims surfaced that Nikola was based on an “intricate fraud built on dozens of lies.” What seemed like a simple matter of crossing the t's and dotting the i's has turned into a protracted challenge for General Motors and Nikola, after negotiations to pair up and produce new zero-emissions trucks have been extended. The $2 billion deal, announced Sept. 9, was billed as a “partnership made in heaven,” according to Nikola founder and then-chairman Trevor Milton, during a media call with GM CEO Mary Barra. But the...

September 30, 2020
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