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When the last Chevy Cruze rolled off the line at the General Motors Lordstown assembly plant in March 2019, Bill Janik was there.

"If you saw the sign that said 'the last Cruze,' I made it and I hung it on the car," he said.

Janik worked at the plant for 17 years before it shut down. His wife had been there for 25 years.

Over the course of a few years, GM Lordstown went from employing 4,500 people to essentially none.

Nikola founder Trevor Milton has stepped away from his startup, which is working on making tractor trailers powered by hydrogen fuel cells, after he was accused of fraudulently exaggerating the viability of some of his company's technology.

Milton, who denies the allegations, says he resigned his position as executive chairman of Nikola's Board of Directors because "the focus should be on the Company ... not me." He said he intends to defend himself against "false accusations."

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The company that purchased the former General Motors plant in Lordstown has announced a merger.  

As the federal government takes a back seat in promoting electric vehicles some states, such as New Jersey, are taking the wheel.

There are nearly 1.5 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads today, according to the Edison Electric Institute. EV boosters concerned about climate change want even more and they say governments should help speed the transition away from internal combustion cars.

Ohio lawmakers are proposing a discount on a new all-electric vehicle that will be produced in-state.  

General Motors has agreed to loan 40 million dollars to a newly formed company that wants to make electric pickup trucks at the Lordstown plant GM shut down earlier this year. 

General Motors and LG Chemical plan to make battery cells for electric-powered vehicles, unveiling a joint venture that they expect to create more than 1,100 jobs in northeast Ohio. The companies say they'll invest up to $2.3 billion in the venture.

The project is centered around Lordstown, Ohio, where GM shuttered a plant last March that had produced the Chevrolet Cruze. The new plant in the Lordstown area will make battery cells for GM's upcoming all-electric vehicles, from a Cadillac sedan to a new electric truck that's slated for release in late 2021.

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A new company led by the founder of an upstart electric truck maker is buying the former General Motors plant in Lordstown that shut down last March amid criticism from President Trump. 

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Members of Ohio's congressional delegation came away with few answers after meeting Wednesday in Washington with the head of General Motors about the future of its shuttered Lordstown assembly plant. 

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It appears the United Auto Workers Union will not sign off on plans to sell the closed General Motors plant in Lordstown to Cincinnati-based eletric truck maker Workhorse Group. 

Plans are in the works to sell the closed General Motors plant in Lordstown to a company that intends to build electric trucks there.

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A state lawmaker says in August, Honda will stop production on one second-shift assembly line at its plant in Marysville. 

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Columbus based American Electric Power says it plans to invest nearly 10 million dollars to help build electric vehicle charging stations. 

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The Columbus Division of Power is offering 200 thousand dollars in rebates to residents who install an electric vehicle (EV) charger at their homes.  

Ohio will spend more than half of its 75 million dollar share of the national legal settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal on technology to reduce air pollution. 

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Smart Columbus is offering taxi cab companies 30 thousand dollars in rebates to add electric vehicles to their fleets. 

Columbus City Council tonight is expected to approve new regulations governing the operation of microtransit vehicles. 

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The Smart Columbus initiative on Wednesday announced an incentive for developers and property owners to install electric vehicle charging stations.

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Columbus residents will have a chance to test-drive electric cars without cost or obligation in October.

West Chester-based AK Steel Holding Corporation will receive up to 1.8 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an advanced electrical steel that could be used in hybrid electric vehicles. 

Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea says it will install three electric-vehicle charging stations at its Polaris store, which is currently under construction.

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More electric vehicle charging stations are coming to the Columbus area. Jim Letizia reports.  

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Ohio Governor John Kasich say an automotive testing facility near Columbus will get a 45 million dollar grant to expand as the state attempts to become a  leader in autonomous vehicle research and smart road technology. 

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Carbon emitting vehicles are among the primary sources of the greenhouse gases that fuel global climate change.