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Ford study reveals 42% of Americana think electric cars still need gasoline

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A new study revealed that the general public doesn’t know much about electric cars. In fact, the large majority are still trying to figure out what a hybrid even is.

A shockingly high percentage of Americans apparently have wild misconceptions about electric vehicles, according to a study conducted by Ford. The biggest surprise is the 42 percent of surveyed people who think EVs still need gas to run, apparently oblivious to the most basic characteristic of a battery-powered vehicle.

Ford Motor Company is working to address misconceptions ahead of the arrival of electric F-150’s. If people don’t understand EVs they will be considerably less to likely to consider one as their next car. This worries the automaker, especially as it wants upcoming electric models like the battery-powered F-150 to be welcomed.

Ford surveyed people across the world’s biggest car markets about the perceived capabilities and limitations of EVs, and published the results via Medium. Unfortunately, the results were disheartening to both automakers and Americans alike.

Ford found that 42 percent of Americans believe electric cars, in spite of their name, still need to be filled up with gasoline to run outside of the occasional prank.

Ford also found that 65 percent of people in the market for an all-wheel-drive car wouldn’t consider an electric model, and that’s in part because a good 80 percent of Americans think EVs don’t work in extreme heat or cold. Most modern EVs, of course, feature battery conditioning systems that keep them in the right temperature range for maximum range or power, the latter of which is another point of ignorance for consumers.

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Germany plans to double taxes on short-haul flights

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Berlin plans to nearly double taxes on short-haul flights under Germany’s emissions cutting programme, an official at the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.

The bigger than expected tax hikes form part of a climate package in Germany aimed making the country carbon neutral by the year 2050 and are accompanied by measures to promote public transport use.

Climate activists and industry groups had criticized the plans as not going far enough to achieve Germany’s 2050 emissions goal.

The tax on domestic and intra-European flights is likely to rise to 13.03 euros from 7.50 euros, while for medium-haul flights it would rise to 33.01 euros from 23.43 and for long-haul flights to 59.43 from 42.18 euros.

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Government approves financial aid for 170 companies through economic growth plan

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The government endorsed a report on conclusion of contracts awarding financial assistance to 170 companies, including companies from commercial-industrial zones and one from the diaspora, through programs set out in the Economic Development Plan.

Prior to awarding financial assistance, the authorities assessed the investments in 2018 in terms of investments in purchase of new machinery and equipment, and investments in facilities and land.

The financial aid, provided through the Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion, has been granted for completed initial or additional investments. The funds for this purpose are foreseen in the 2019 Budget.

The total value of investments in these 170 companies amounts EUR230 million, adding 4.577 jobs to the labor market, of which, 2.117 jobs were registered in 2018.

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Adria Airways files for bankruptcy, all flights canceled

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Slovenia’s airline Adria Airways has filed for bankruptcy and canceled all flights, it said in a statement on Monday, after financial problems forced it to ground most of its planes over the last week.

“Bankruptcy proceedings were initiated by the management of the company because of the company’s insolvency,” Adria, which is owned by German investment firm 4K Invest, said.

Adria is the latest in a long line of small European airlines to run into financial trouble amid industry overcapacity, cut-throat competition and high fuel prices.

Since last Tuesday Adria has canceled more than 400 flights affecting more than 15,000 passengers.

Slovenia’s Economy Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek said earlier on Monday the government was considering establishing a new airline company to improve the country’s international connections. Adria’s collapse was very damaging to Slovenia’s economy and tourism industry, the minister said.

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