Tesla safety claims, Mercedes battery factory, and Canadian plug-in sales: Today’s Car News

Tesla Model 3 NHTSA test

Tesla overstates its safety rating—again. Mercedes-Benz breaks ground on its U.S. battery factory. Canadian plug-in and electric car sales take a dip. And the results are in from last week’s Twitter poll. All of this and more on Green Car Reports.

Tesla has essentially claimed a higher safety rating for the Model 3 than what the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration allows. The company called the Model 3 the safest car NHTSA has tested, but the agency disputed the claim.

Mercedes-Benz has begun construction in its battery manufacturing facility in the United States. The plant will reside next to its SUV factory in Alabama.

Canadian sales of plug-in hybrids and electric cars dipped as tax credits expired in Canada’s most populous province, Ontario. The credit was worth up to $10,000.

We asked how fast is fast enough for fast chargers in last week’s Twitter poll and our Twitter followers let us know.

Daimler and China’s Geely could join forces to capitalize on China’s growing market for ride-hailing services.

Finally, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado’s new turbocharged inline-4 engine will return 21 mpg combined. The figure isn’t for more popular 4×4 models, however, only for two-wheel-drive trucks.

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