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GM, Cruise unveil self-driving car ready for mass production

General Motors’ purchase last year of San Francisco self-driving startup Cruise Automation appears to be bearing fruit. The two companies on Monday unveiled a jointly developed self-driving car that [Read entire story]

Waymo self-driving minivan has different type of accident

Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project, reported its latest minor traffic accident Monday — and for once, it didn’t involve a human driver rear-ending one of the company’s autonomous vehicles [Read entire story]

Waymo’s Matrix-like world for training self-driving cars

Much like student drivers, Waymo’s self-driving minivans regularly stumble upon situations they’ve never seen before. Maybe it’s an unusual object in the roadway, or an intersection with an odd [Read entire story]

Harvey closes Chevron’s Houston offices, but offshore oil platforms still functioning

Chevron Corp. has closed its Houston offices amid the widespread flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Harvey. Although based in San Ramon, Chevron has more employees and contractors in the Houston area — about 8,000 [Read entire story]

California power grid survives solar eclipse unscathed

FOLSOM, Sacramento County — Monday’s partial eclipse statewide took a sharp, sudden bite out of solar power production in California. And the electricity grid survived just fine. [Read entire story]

CA officials: Grid is fine despite loss of solar power

As the sun’s shape dwindled to a slender crescent on Monday, managers of California’s electrical grid assured a not-terribly-nervous public that they had this whole solar eclipse thing well in hand. [Read entire story]

Ford CEO: Self-driving taxis won’t replace the private car

The auto industry is on the cusp of a huge transformation, with self-driving cars and ride-hailing services fundamentally changing the way society moves. Jim Hackett’s job is to find a place in this [Read entire story]

Nest thermostats to save power during Aug. 21 eclipse

California has grown so dependent on solar power that state officials have called on residents to conserve electricity during this month’s eclipse. Nest — a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet — is [Read entire story]

Nest thermostats to save power during Aug. 21 eclipse

California has grown so dependent on solar power that state officials have called on residents to conserve electricity during this month’s eclipse. Nest — a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet — is [Read entire story]

Tesla reports wider losses in second quarter as Model 3 revs up

Tesla filled in some of the blanks Wednesday on its plans for rolling out its latest car — the Model 3 — even as the upstart automaker reported widening losses in the most recent quarter. Since Friday, when CEO [Read entire story]

Elon Musk hands over the 1st Tesla Model 3s, and reveals its secrets

The car Tesla has long promised — a stylish electric sedan priced for the middle class — arrived Friday night when CEO Elon Musk handed over the first 30 Model 3s to their new owners at the company’s Fremont [Read entire story]

PG&E profit nearly doubles

PG&E Corp., the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., reported Thursday that it nearly doubled its profit in the second quarter, the result of rate hikes approved by California regulators. The first decision, [Read entire story]

Electric bus maker Proterra opens California factory

Proterra, the Burlingame builder of electric buses, opened a factory in the Los Angeles area Wednesday, in an effort to move some of its manufacturing closer to its West Coast customers. The company’s new plant, in [Read entire story]

Brown signs cap and trade extension, Schwarzenegger blasts Trump

Two California governors — one a Republican, the other a Democrat — joined together Tuesday to celebrate the extension of one of the state’s key global warming programs and slam the federal government for [Read entire story]

Eclipse plea from regulators: Stay in the dark

During past eclipses in the United States, no one had to wonder how the events would affect electricity supplies. The California Public Utilities Commission has created a website, www.caleclipse.org, that asks state [Read entire story]

Cap-and-trade survives razor-thin votes in California Legislature

Gov. Jerry Brown’s bid to keep California’s cap-and-trade system — a key weapon against global warming — running through 2030 won the approval Monday night of state legislators, by the narrowest of [Read entire story]

Brown threatens ‘intrusive’ climate rules if cap and trade fails

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday threatened to cut greenhouse gas emissions through “massive” new regulations if California legislators fail to extend the state’s cap-and-trade system for fighting global warming. If [Read entire story]

Come March, 250,000 PG&E customers could pay new rates for power

If state regulators approve, a quarter of a million Californians scattered across Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s vast service territory will, in March, begin paying different prices for power at different times of [Read entire story]

Tesla to start Model 3 deliveries on July 28

Electric auto maker Tesla plans to deliver the first of its long-awaited $35,000 Model 3 sedans on July 28th and expects to build 20,000 of the cars per month by the end of the year, CEO Elon Musk revealed late Sunday. [Read entire story]

Uber email: Hiring ex-Google star could save a year on robot cars

Hiring former Google star engineer Anthony Levandowski and his team had the potential to save Uber “at least a year” in the race to develop self-driving cars, according to an internal Uber email unsealed in court [Read entire story]