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Many Americans will qualify for a 2023 tax credit of up to $7,500 for buying an electric vehicle

From January 1, many Americans will qualify for a tax credit of up to $7,500 for buying an electric vehicle. The credit, part of changes enacted in the Inflation Reduction Act, is designed to spur EV sales and reduce greenhouse emissions. But a complex web of requirements, including where vehicles and batteries must be manufactured to qualify, is casting doubt on whether anyone can receive the full $7,500 credit next year. For at least the first two months of 2023, though, a delay in the Treasury Department’s rules for the new benefit will likely make the full credit temporarily...

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Highway safety study finds more than half of car crash victims had drugs or alcohol in their system

A large study by U.S. highway safety regulators found that more than half the people injured or killed in traffic crashes had one or more drugs, or alcohol, in their bloodstreams. Also, just over 54% of injured drivers had drugs or alcohol in their systems, with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient in marijuana, the most prevalent, followed by alcohol, the study published on December 13 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found. Although the study authors say the results can’t be used to gauge drug use on the roads nationwide, they say the high number of drivers, passengers...

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Lingering health impact from COVID pandemic prompts Federal extension of Real ID deadline

The deadline for obtaining the Real ID needed to board a domestic flight has been pushed back again, with the Department of Homeland Security citing the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for the slower-than-expected rollout. The deadline to have a Real ID had been May 3, 2023, but DHS announced Monday that it was pushed back two years, to May 7, 2025. “This extension will give states needed time to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in a news release. “DHS will also use this...

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Commercial freight routes face new restrictions as EPA tightens nitrogen oxide limits on heavy trucks

In a little over four years, new heavy truck makers will have to cut harmful nitrogen oxide pollution more than 80% under new standards released in late December by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Some environmental and health advocates praised the standards but others said they do not go far enough to curb nitrogen oxide, which can cause issues including respiratory illness, cardiovascular problems and even death. Problems are more acute in industrial and port areas, causing health problems for low-income residents who live there. The EPA says 72 million people live near freight routes in the U.S. The...

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U.S. Postal Service pledges transition to a nationwide all-electric delivery fleet beginning in 2026

In a major boost for President Joe Biden’s pledge to eliminate gas-powered vehicles from the sprawling federal fleet, the Postal Service said it will sharply increase the number of electric-powered delivery trucks, and will go all-electric for new purchases starting in 2026. In a statement by scandal-plagued Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, the post office said it is spending nearly $10 billion to electrify its aging fleet, including installing a modern charging infrastructure at hundreds of postal facilities nationwide and purchasing at least 66,000 electric delivery trucks in the next five years. The spending includes $3 billion in funding approved...

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Most small SUVs flunked the insurance industry’s updated frontal crash tests

Most small SUVs flunked the latest frontal crash tests done by the insurance industry, but oddly enough, they are just as safe as they were before. That is because the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety updated the test so it places more emphasis on keeping back-seat passengers safe. Only the Ford Escape and Volvo XC40 got the top “good” rating in this year’s testing released on December 13. The Toyota RAV4 was rated “acceptable,” while Audi’s Q3, the Nissan Rogue and the Subaru Forester were “marginal.” The remainder, the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and HR-V, Hyundai Tucson,...

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