BMW will expand on its features-as-a-service options, enabling drivers to order vehicle upgrades from within the cars on a subscription basis for periods of a few months or a few years. The upgrades, which can be activated immediately with an app or on the dashboard touchscreen, include heated seats and advanced cruise control.
Nikola's Badger fuel cell truck will take just five minutes to fill with hydrogen, and its byproduct will be potable ice water. Nikola CEO Trevor Milton says the 906-horsepower vehicle will be "the only electric pickup truck that comes both a battery-electric version and a hydrogen fuel cell version."
The $90 million designated for Florida's Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance, or M-CORES, is locked into the state transportation trust fund through 2021 and cannot be diverted to the general budget, as a coalition of 80 businesses and organizations had sought. "The governor can't re-appropriate [M-CORES funding] for a different purpose," said David Cullen of the Sierra Club of Florida.
A second delay in construction of the busy Interstate 285 interchange at Georgia State Route 400, north of Atlanta, pushes the target date for completion back by one year to late 2021. The initial delay resulted from the addition of two bridges to the project, and the latest delay occurred after the state found unmarked utilities and added further elements to the project.
Work is ongoing on improvements to the 93-year-old Centre Bridge-Stockton Toll-Supported Bridge, which crosses the Delaware River north of Philadelphia. The seven-week project includes upgrades to roadways, sidewalks and curbs.
The yearly July 1 toll increase for the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge in Chesapeake, Va., has been implemented. The new toll rates are $1.22 for passenger vehicles using an E-ZPass transponder and $3.22 for vehicles lacking an E-ZPass.
Passenger tolls have risen by five cents, to $2.15, for motorists with RiverLink accounts for crossing the bridges over the Ohio River between Louisville, Ky., and southern Indiana. The annual toll increase applies to the Lincoln, Kennedy, and Lewis and Clark bridges.
A Florida appeals court has rejected state lawmakers' request to dismiss a 2019 lawsuit by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, which a lower court previously ruled can continue operating. The authority's 33.6-mile expressway system links Miami International Airport to downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
HyperloopTT turned to German manufacturer Leybold for 13-foot diameter transport tubes that could be evacuated to extremely low pressure for a hyperloop -- a project that presented significant engineering challenges. The fuselage of the prototype system uses a material HyperloopTT invented, a sensor-embedded carbon fiber it calls Vibranium, and the system's "energy-positive" design calls for solar panels atop the tube.
Amazon expects to reach its 100% renewable energy goal by 2025 instead of its original deadline of 2030, according to executives. The company has also cut outbound packaging weight by 33% in the past five years and plans to have 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vehicles on the road over the next decade.
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