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Lyft has received permission to test its autonomous cars in California. The ride-hailing company has struck a series of partnerships with automakers and technology companies, so it is not clear what the extent of Lyft’s tests in California will be. Lyft is bit late to the game, however, considering that the state started issuing permits in 2014. You can see a full list of vehicles testing self-driving cars in the state here. — THE VERGE

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Uber has been banned in Israel. A judge in Tel Aviv on Monday ruled the company does not have the necessary insurance to operate in the country. The court ordered Uber to shut down service in Israel. The ban goes into effect at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday. The ride-hailing company began tests in Israel in late 2016, but began expanding operations there about a month ago. Israel’s Ministry of Transport filed a suit against the company earlier this year, saying it had violated regulations that banned unauthorized drivers from accepting payment for transportation services. Uber’s app in Israel also allows users to order rides on from registered taxi drivers on the app, which will continue to operate after the shutdown. — FT

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Tesla’s Semi will start at $150,000. The automaker did not provide the prices for its base model semi-trailer truck, that provides 300 miles of range when it unveiled it last week. The model of the truck that offers 500 miles of range will cost $180,000. Tesla is also offering a “Founder’s Series” version of the truck for $200,000. A typical diesel truck costs around $120,000 and costs thousands of dollars to operate each year. Tesla expects the Semi to be in production in 2019. — THE VERGE

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Honda claims that by 2022, it will have EVs that take 15 minutes to charge. Honda’s plan centers around the battery for the car. The company is looking for a partner to collaborate on the project on and sees faster charging times as a key to reduce range anxiety faced by potential EV drivers. This also signals a different approach to electric vehicles by Honda when compared to other automakers. Honda is looking to optimize charge times, as the fastest chargers can only charge a car 80 percent in about 30 minutes. — THE DRIVE

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Tesla and GM are approaching the maximum number of tax credits allowed by the U.S. government. Both companies are near the top when it comes to electric car sales, meaning that the limited supply of 200,000 tax credits for each automaker’s EV sales is drying up. EV adopters in the US can take advantage of a tax credit up to $7,500 when they purchase a car, with the credit depending on the size of the vehicle's battery and other factors. As of October 2017, GM has sold 158,257 EVs and Tesla has sold 148,145 of the vehicles. Once the automaker hits 200,000 vehicles sold, the tax credit will be reduced and then eventually eliminated.  — THE DRIVE

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