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The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many defects in our society, but chief among them may be the fragility of our supply chains. From toilet paper to bicycles to lumber, the virus has shown that even relatively minor disruptions to the chain can cause long-term shortages of important goods.

In Los Angeles, a San Francisco-based autonomous trucking company is carrying out a new pilot program with computer hardware giant HP Inc. In the next couple of years, the startup wants to reduce emissions and transit times in HP's supply chains. And if it's successful, expand the model to other companies.

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After two years away from the spotlight, the Los Angeles Auto Show is plotting a comeback — and a reinvention with the changing climate.

In the aftermath of pandemic restrictions that started 18 months ago, the upcoming Auto Show — one of Los Angeles' largest events and a major draw for international visitors —will focus not only more on electric vehicles, but on an education on rapidly changing automotive technology.

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Electric vehicles have the potential to cut carbon emissions and clear the way for significant progress in meeting California and the U.S.'s climate goals. And now that California will require all new cars sold to be zero-emission by 2035, interest is growing and EV companies jockey for dominance. But a number of obstacles, particularly charging, may impact how quickly these vehicles are adopted by consumers.

In this installment of our "dot.LA Explains" series, host Kelly O'Grady dives into some key challenges facing EV charging, including infrastructure, grid capacity, charging length and pricing.

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