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A GMC Hummer EV exits a General Motors factory in Michigan. Photo courtesy of GM

General Motors has begun deliveries of two new electric models to customers: the GMC Hummer, and the EV600 van, the first offering from its BrightDrop commercial delivery vehicles business.

Driving the news: GM said Friday that FedEx, which has ordered 500 electric delivery vehicles from the recently created BrightDrop unit, received the first five.

Go deeper: The WSJ has more on the vans while the Detroit News has detailed on the first deliveries of the roughly $113,000 Hummer.

Go deeper

Nathan Bomey, author of Closer
Jan 5, 2022 - Economy & Business

Toyota ascends to No. 1 automaker in U.S.

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Data: Kelley Blue Book; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

GM and Ford may be making progress on electric vehicles, but Toyota became the best-selling automaker in the U.S. in 2021, usurping GM for the first time with strong sales of hybrid vehicles and SUVs.

The big picture: GM held the title since the Great Depression but has been losing market share for decades. GM's slide is partly by design. The automaker has discontinued a slew of passenger car models to focus on more-profitable SUVs and pickups.

Nathan Bomey, author of Closer
Jan 5, 2022 - Economy & Business

Ford announces plans to ramp up production on all-electric truck

The Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 18, 2021. Frederick J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The most popular American pickups are poised to test whether the nation's obsession with trucks can go electric.

Driving the news: Ford on Tuesday announced plans to nearly double production capacity of its forthcoming F-150 Lightning amid what it called “soaring customer demand.”

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  2. Vaccines: Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific vaccine — The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: Biden admin withdraws temporary vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers — New York Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Hochul's mask mandate for public areas — Sarah Palin tests positive, delaying defamation trial — Virginia school boards sue Gov. Youngkin for lifting mask mandate.
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