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The federal lawsuit Illinois joined charges the Postal Service with botching its review of a plan to buy as many as 165,000 new delivery trucks in an effort to modernize its fleet. The contract calls for just 10% of those trucks to be electric vehicles.

A United States Postal Service employee works outside a post office in Wheeling, Ill., Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

Three separate lawsuits, filed by the states and environmental groups Thursday ask judges to order a more thorough environmental review before the Postal Service moves forward with the next-generation delivery vehicle program.

This Nov. 14, 2018, file photo shows a Rivian R1T at Rivian headquarters in Plymouth, Mich.  (AP Photo / Paul Sancya, File)

The opening trade of $106.75 gave Rivian a market value of about $91 billion, greater than that of Ford and General Motors. That’s noteworthy because Rivian has so far delivered about 150 of its electric pickup trucks to customers, mostly employees, whereas Ford and GM sell millions of cars globally each year.

The R1T from Rivian. (Courtesy of brand)

There is a winner in the race to build the first consumer ready electric pickup truck, and it isn’t Tesla, Ford or General Motors. It’s Rivian. Who?

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro. (Credit: Ford Motor Company)

One of the show-stopping entries at this year’s event? The Ford F-150 Lightning. That truck and other electric cars that were on display have electric vehicle advocates eager to accelerate the shift from gas to electric.

A CTA bus picks up passengers in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Last August, Gov. J.B. Pritzker released an eight-point plan that boldly declared “we will become the best state in the country for electric vehicle producers and consumers,” including by increasing the adoption of electric vehicles in the state to 750,000 by 2030.


Could battery-powered electric vehicles soon cost the same as gasoline-powered cars? A senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory explains what could be an energy revolution.

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State Sen. Martin Sandoval’s legislation would hike the electric vehicle registration fees from $17.50 to $1,000. It would also include tax and fee increases on gas, license plates and driver’s licenses.

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Scientists around the world are working to develop the next generation of batteries. We speak with one who is leading the charge at Argonne National Laboratory.

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You won’t find driverless cars whizzing through the streets of Chicago today. But behind the scenes, companies are testing and implementing technology for cars to navigate sans human input.

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Chicago is offering grant funding to cover up to 30 percent of equipment and installation costs for new direct current fast-charging stations, which can charge electric vehicles in 20 to 30 minutes. 

The car of the future, the all-electric Think car was supposed to bring Elkhart, Indiana's battered economy back. Instead, it's the old-fashioned RV that has turned the economy around. Elizabeth Brackett reports.

The electric vehicle industry has been touted as a way to reduce dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, and save the environment. But an Indiana company that promised a plug-in hybrid van with 100 miles to the gallon just closed its doors. Elizabeth Brackett tells us why.

Chevy Volt

We take a look -- and go for a ride -- in what could be the future of transportation: hybrid electric and completely electric cars.