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JEFFREY BARKER, CNN SPECIAL COLUMNIST: Hi, everybody.
Welcome to CNN’s Special Report, which will begin at 11:00 a.m.
It’s a special edition of the “CNN Tonight.”
This is the show that’s here.
In the coming days, I want to go in depth about the most interesting and significant changes that are happening to the auto industry in the United States.
We’ll begin with a story about the next generation of electric cars.
This is what’s happening right now, with electric vehicles becoming more common.
In some states, electric vehicles are already on the roads.
But they’re not being sold everywhere.
In North Carolina, electric vehicle sales are down 20 percent since 2015.
In California, they’re down 20 to 30 percent.
In New York, they’ve been dropping for years.
So it’s not just electric vehicles that are being phased out.
It is also the cars that are still being made in America.
Some automakers have been quietly abandoning them.
For example, GM and Ford have stopped making the Chevrolet Bolt and the Chevrolet Suburban.
They said they would be producing electric vehicles in North Carolina and Ohio.
And in 2016, they stopped making those vehicles in California.
We’re told they’ve decided to move to the other side of the country.
So they’ve cut back on production in those states, as well.
The big automakers are still making cars.
But we’re seeing a lot of automakers are going down the road of putting the plug in.
You know, it’s a big change for them.
It means they’re going to be making electric vehicles even more common in the future.
And it also means we have to look at a new set of rules that will help them.
And we have a brand new set now that will be coming up that will include some new standards that will make it much easier for automakers to sell electric vehicles and make sure that they’re competitive and have the safety record that they need to be able to sell them in the country they’re in.
In addition to that, there will be some rules that you’re going have to be aware of as well that will allow automakers to continue to be competitive with each other.
In 2018, we will have a new rule that will require that all new cars sold in the U.S. be sold with electric or hybrid engines.
That will help the industry compete in the long term.
And the rule that comes out in 2019 will also require automakers to buy plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on a case-by-case basis.
And, you know, that’s going to help the companies make sure they have the right kind of vehicles in the right kinds of places.
We also have some new rules that are going to give us a way to enforce these rules.
There are a lot more regulations coming out in the coming months.
And you’ll hear a lot about them as well, including some things that are coming down the pike in the next year or so.
We have a lot coming out that will bring these automakers closer together.
But this is the big story that is taking place right now.
The most important thing to know about electric vehicles is they can be good for the environment.
And there are already hundreds of electric vehicles being built all over the world.
But the U of A has the biggest market share.
The Ford Electric Drive will be on the road in 2019.
They will have over 300,000 electric vehicles to go around.
And Toyota has the most EVs in the world at the moment.
And Ford will have more than 1.2 million electric vehicles by 2020.
And Volkswagen, which is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, has about 1.5 million electric cars on the market, the largest in the entire world.
In fact, we are the only major auto company in the developed world that is completely electric.
So there is a lot to be excited about in this new year and a half.
And this is what we’re doing with our special report.
We are going in depth on the electric car boom in the US.
We will begin with the big car makers.
We won’t go into detail about their production numbers.
But you can expect to hear some very exciting announcements on electric vehicles from the Ford Motor Company.
Ford has announced that it will have an electric vehicle on the ground by 2019.
Toyota is in talks with Tesla to build a $3,000,000 prototype that’s powered by a lithium-ion battery.
And they are also working on an electric truck that could have the same size and range as a Tesla.
And a big auto company has a big role to play in helping America achieve a cleaner energy future.
That’s what our special reporter will be doing as well this coming week.
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