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What’s Stopping Electric Cars From Expanding

Posted by admin on April 14th, 2016 in Category Auto Parts, Automotive News, Car Insurance, Electric Cars, Green Cars, Junk Cars, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized, Wolrd Auto News (no responses)

The electric car is something many are interested in when it comes to saving the environment and fuel economy, but certain things have blocked the success it should have.

Now many people think that the electric vehicle’s time has finally come, with the roughly 300,000 orders for Tesla’s Model 3 providing a boost to advocates who have been disappointed many times. However, this sector of the blogosphere has a tendency towards uncritical thinking that deserves a lot more attention than it normally gets. History, as always, is informative.

An interesting piece from 2007 came to my attention recently, describing the apparent progress in the electric vehicle industry and suggesting a looming change in the automotive sector. It opened with “Putting the zoom into electric cars: Watch out, Detroit. A new crop of electric-vehicle startups aims to put a dent in the Big Three by applying the latest in high-technology engineering and design.” Granted, this was not a critical analysis of the industry but more of a general-interest story with the aim of cheerleading innovators, but it points to a number of problems with the sector.

Perhaps most informative was the status of the electric vehicles which the author (or an editor) described as the “Next Little Things.” The list seemed puzzling, as I recognized none of the names. Tesla was acknowledged separately, but an executive was quoted as saying they only aimed at a small subset of the market (which plan has since been modified), while others were said to be much more ambitious. Aptera, in particular, received attention for its unusual three-wheel design, described as looking like Batman’s girlfriend’s car, and the sales goals of 10,000 a month.

None of these vehicles is now in production, and most of the companies have disappeared, as have better known rivals like Fisker and A Better Place (a battery switching company), despite consistently positive coverage of them. A brief search suggests that only one of the companies, Zap, encountered significant skepticism, based on its record of unfulfilled promises and sales of a Chinese vehicle that proved to have serious quality problems. The others were typically heralded as revolutionaries who would transform transportation and the automobile industry.

The six companies seemed to have a similar operating concept: electric motors have many advantages over the internal combustion engine, they would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and were particularly appropriate as commuter cars, where short driving distances and stop-and-go traffic is the dominant environment. Styling was often a focus of the manufacturers, who wanted their product to stand out and have a “wow” factor. The vehicles were marketed as commuter cars or second cars rather than primary transportation, unlike more recent designs like the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and Tesla models.

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2 Years Is A Long Time For Tesla To Fight Back

Posted by admin on January 18th, 2016 in Category Auto Parts, Automotive News, Car Insurance, Car Repair, Electric Cars, Green Cars, Junk Cars, Site News, Uncategorized, Wolrd Auto News (no responses)

2015 was a busy year when it came to cars and 2016 and 2017 seem to be no different.

Faraday Future debuted a stunning electric vehicle concept at CES 2016 on Monday night. But Tesla can do a lot between now and 2018 (or thereabouts) when Faraday plans to bring out a real car.

Executives from Faraday Future, the Chinese billionaire-backed startup,were dropping buzzy-sounding ideas like Variable Platform Architecture, battery strings, and “aero-tunnels” Monday night. Jia Yueting, the billionaire founder and chief executive of LeTV — a Chinese media company with a market value of over ten billion dollars — is putting down some serious bucks. He’s one of the principals investing $1 billion in a 3 million square foot manufacturing facility on approximately 900 acres in North Las Vegas. The project would create 4,500 direct jobs on site.

But the first production vehicle won’t be here for “a couple of years,” as Nick Sampson, a senior vice president at Faraday and a former Tesla engineer, said on stage Monday night (to be fair, he used the word “only” when stating a couple of years and also had praise for Tesla: “Tesla and Elon Musk have created something we should all applaud them for”). The challenge is, in a couple of years, the Tesla Motors TSLA -2.38% Model X crossover will be a maturing platform and pouring out of Tesla factories.  And of course that’s when the mass-market $35,000 Model 3 should hit the streets. And, needless to say, Tesla will have new car and technology announcements over the next couple of years.

Faraday claims it’s going to move fast and be able to crank out everything from FFZero1-like cars to SUVs to “even a pickup truck” based on its Variable Platform Architecture (see video at bottom). The VPA includes a battery structure arranged into “strings” — adding or removing strings changes the battery capacity and allows FF to develop new wheelbases. VPA also allows modular motor and power train configurations, including layouts with up to 4 motors and two or all-wheel drive systems.

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Watch Out, Speed Cameras On A Lookout, Resulting In Better and Safer Drivers

Posted by admin on September 8th, 2015 in Category Auto Parts, Automotive News, Car Repair, Electric Cars, Green Cars, Junk Cars, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized, Wolrd Auto News (no responses)

Even going 5 Miles per hour over the speed limit can be dangerous when driving on busy, main roads. Are excellent can occur because you no longer have enough time to stop because you’re going so much faster. So hopefully having speeding cameras placed around cities will finally correct the bad habit of speeding.

Speed cameras can substantially reduce the likelihood of deadly collisions and result in long-term changes in driver behavior. If all U.S. communities had speed-camera programs like the one recently studied, some 21,000 deaths or serious injuries would have been prevented in 2013.

Those are the main findings of a report released earlier this week by theInsurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry.

“We hope this research will help energize the discussion around speed,” Adrian Lund, president of the institute, said in a statement. “We’re all accustomed to seeing posted limits ignored, but it’s a mistake to think nothing can be done about it. Automated enforcement is one of the tools we have at our disposal.”

The study was based in Montgomery County, Md., a large community near Washington, D.C., where speed cameras were introduced in 2007 and used on residential streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less and in school zones. After seven years, cameras reduced the likelihood of a driver exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph by 59 percent, compared with similar roads in two nearby Virginia counties that did not have speed cameras, according to the study.

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Teens Caught Texting Blame Over-Protective Parents

Posted by admin on August 5th, 2015 in Category Auto Parts, Automotive News, Car Insurance, Electric Cars, Green Cars, Junk Cars, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized, Wolrd Auto News (no responses)

Texting and driving is serious due to the amount of deaths caused by not paying attention.

 

Teenagers calling themselves safe motorists overwhelmingly admit to checking phones when behind the wheel, and those who text while driving say they are often distracted by parents who expect immediate responses, a survey found.

 

More than half of the teens confessed to texting while driving to update their parents, and 19 per cent said moms and dads expected a response within one minute, according to a study issued Tuesday by Boston-based Liberty Mutual Holding Co. and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

 

“We have a generation of parents that are used to being very connected with their children,” Stephen Wallace, chief executive officer of SADD, said in an interview. “They’re looking for that constant communication.”

Of the almost 3,000 fatal crashes in 2013 caused by distracted drivers, 10 per cent of those deaths were teens, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Auto insurers including Allstate Corp. and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. have publicized the risks of distracted motorists.

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US Citizens Now Keep Their Cars Longer Than Ever

Posted by admin on July 30th, 2015 in Category Auto Parts, Auto Shows & Events, Automotive News, Car Fun and Humor, Car Insurance, Car Repair, Electric Cars, Green Cars, Junk Cars, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized, Wolrd Auto News (no responses)

How often do you look outside your car as you drive to work and see an older version of the model you drive? Older cars are staying on the road and in the market through different avenues of car sales.

The average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. is rising, even as consumers snap up more new ones — a paradox attributable to substantial increases in reliability.

The typical car on the road in the U.S. is a record-high 11.5 years old, according to a new IHS Automotive survey.

Yet Americans are buying cars at an annualized rate of more than 17 million vehicles, marking a high not seen since before the Great Recession. In fact, U.S. vehicle owners bought 42% more cars than they scrapped in 2014, according to IHS. The number of light vehicles registered in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 257.9 million units.

How are vehicles getting older, while Americans are buying newer cars, too?

Simple: They’re either keeping the old ones along with the new ones — know anyone who bought a new car and kept their old one in the driveway? — or the vehicle made its way into the used-car market, where someone else bought it..

“Vehicles are simply lasting longer than ever before,” Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader at IHS Automotive, told USA TODAY. “The consumer is hanging onto their vehicle longer than ever before.”

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Buy a New Car Just To Rent It Out

Posted by admin on June 20th, 2015 in Category Auto Parts, Auto Shows & Events, Automotive News, Car Fun and Humor, Car Insurance, Car Repair, Electric Cars, Green Cars, Junk Cars, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized, Wolrd Auto News (no responses)

Manufacturers have proposed a new concept, which hasn’t been highly accepted yet. Automotive shops now recommend purchasing a new car and renting it out to other people to create another way to invest in property.

News this week that BMW’s Mini will offer buyers of its cars the chance to offset the purchase price by renting out their vehicles surely won’t find any takers. BMW itself has a similar scheme called DriveNow, which board member Peter Schwarzenbauer has said is based on the idea from accommodation sharing web site Airbnb. Ford and GM have also joined in.

Schemes that allow people who don’t own cars to rent by the hour make much sense. This allows the young, who either can’t afford to own a new car, or don’t need one very often, to get wheels for specific jobs. It also allows makers of electric cars which nobody wants to buy, to get them off dealer lots and earn some money.

If it was a scheme that allowed, say, students to rent out their old clunkers to generate enough cash to pay for running costs and then some, it might make some sense. But is there anyone in the history of the world who bought a brand new car – whether it’s a little runabout or an expensive limousine, that would ever let a stranger drive off in it? The fact that they could afford a new car in the first place means the financial incentive just isn’t there.

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Predictions for the 2015 Classic Collection

Posted by admin on March 6th, 2015 in Category Auto Parts, Auto Shows & Events, Automotive News, Car Fun and Humor, Car Insurance, Car Repair, Electric Cars, Green Cars, Junk Cars, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized, Wolrd Auto News (no responses)

These cars will take you to a point where they will one day become classic, but you will be having to much fun to notice.

Hagerty Hot List is what car enthusiasts everywhere looks forward to seeing each year. It doesn’t matter why you love cars or what you do, the cars on this list are made for you, and there is one available for every type of person.

This list does not guarantee that the predictions will come true, that is something you have to wait to see in the 2040’s. But what it can guarantee is that you will enjoy these cars more than the possible monetary value with the amazing variety available throughout the market. There is truly a car for everyone.

Want a taut Italian sports car? Try the Alfa Romeo 4C. Supercar performance straight out of Detroit (er, Bowling Green)?Corvette Z06. The perfect balance of practicality and hot-hatch fun? VW Golf R.

None of these are economy-car-cheap, but they all sticker at well below $100,000 (what you do with the options catalog is up to you). Park any one of these 10 cars in your garage, and we think you’ll be a happy customer.

And if it’s worth something in a quarter-century? Consider that a bonus. 

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Toyota Looks to Magnesium Batteries

Posted by admin on April 4th, 2013 in Category Auto Parts, Automotive News, Electric Cars (no responses)

If you kept pace with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, you would think that the future pinnacle of hybrid and electric cars is already upon us. But as Toyota continues to develop its green machines, it is looking to take the electric car to the next level. Here’s how.

It’s all in the battery
Hybrid electric and full electric cars both rely on one thing to transform them from gas-guzzling demons of the 20th century into the eco-friendly vehicles that will make our planet healthier for centuries to come: electricity. With that electricity comes the need for storage. After all, you can’t just pull electricity out of thin air (unless you’re in a lightning storm), right?

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