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  • Electric car battery with 600 miles of range? This startup claims to have done it

    08/16/2019 12:52:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    www.theverge.com ^ | Apr 4, 2019, 2:00am EDT | By Andrew J. Hawkins
    Switzerland’s Innolith says it has made a major battery breakthrough, but there’s reason to be skeptical Electric carmakers have long been clamoring for a battery breakthrough that will improve the range of their vehicles while also extending their lifespans. Innolith, a Swiss startup, says its new high-density lithium-ion batteries can do just that. The company claims to have made the world’s first 1,000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery. (Watt-hours per kilogram is a unit of measurement commonly used to describe the density of energy in batteries.) By comparison, the batteries that Tesla uses in its Model 3 — the so-called 2170 cells...
  • BMW Keeps Its Title as America's Top Auto Exporter by Value

    03/09/2019 5:35:46 PM PST · by nascarnation · 55 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 3/9/2019 | Patrick George
    BMW announced this week that, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, it again leads America in automotive exports by sales value. This is thanks to the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, BMW’s biggest global plant and the producer of most of its X crossovers and SUVs. BMW said the plant—which makes all the X3, X4, X5, X6, X7 models and their M and hybrid versions sold worldwide—exported 234,689 cars abroad in 2018, a value of more than $8.4 billion. BMW said 356,749 SUVs were made there in total.
  • Blue collar no more: Skilled auto technicians are in high demand

    03/08/2019 7:31:50 AM PST · by nascarnation · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3/9/2019 | Kate Rogers
    Blue collar no more: Skilled auto technicians are in high demand The tight labor market can be a boon for blue-collar workers: They are more likely to find good-paying jobs and experience rapid wage growth. More employers are trying to tackle the aversion to manual labor jobs by offering workers higher salaries, tuition reimbursement and apprenticeship programs. Technology is also transforming blue-collar workplaces, making more advanced skills in demand.... Across the country there are more drivers on the road, and many of them hanging on to their vehicles longer than ever. That means workers like Michael Gerhart are in demand....
  • When did driving become a problem that needs to be solved?

    02/07/2019 12:51:55 PM PST · by ppaul · 67 replies
    TheTribune ^ | 02/06/2019 | Tim Jackson
    A fundamentally American freedom is under attack. The automobile defined the 20th century in the United States. Mass production made cars available to the nation's middle class and helped create the modern suburb, where most Americans now live. Driving became part of coming of age in America...Meanwhile, some cities have put their drivers on forced road diets. They are reducing lanes available to drivers on key arterial streets...The goal is to discourage driving by intentionally reducing capacity and creating traffic congestion by design...The bottom line is they want to force more residents to use alternative transportation by making driving as...
  • GM to start laying off 4,000 salaried workers on Monday

    02/01/2019 1:59:20 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | Friday, February 1, 2019 | Chris Isidore
    New York (CNN Business)Layoffs for about 4,000 salaried staff at General Motors are due to start Monday. The layoffs are part of a 15% reduction in white collar jobs in North America that the automaker first announced back in November. At the same time, it announced plans to close four US plants as well as a fifth in Canada. While those plants, which include about 6,000 hourly jobs, have yet to close, GM is moving ahead with the salaried staff reductions, a GM spokesman confirmed Friday. The timing of the layoffs was first reported by the Detroit News. The company...
  • From Model T to Model 3: How Driving Changed Over a Century Most Important Car Year You Were Born

    09/27/2018 12:01:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | Sep 26, 2018 | By Ben Stewart
    A century of four-wheeled mobility.
  • Woman trying to run across I-35 in high heels dies, hit-and-run suspect charged

    09/07/2018 12:54:11 PM PDT · by bgill · 24 replies
    CBS Austin ^ | Sept., 6, 2018 | CBS Austin
    Police have identified a woman killed when she tried to run across an I-35 frontage road in high heels in an alleged hit-and-run crash in Downtown Austin. According to the arrest affidavit, 21-year-old Felipe Hernandez is charged with failure to stop and render aid, a third-degree felony...A responding officer to the collision was told by the victim's sister that they were walking back from the bar Terminal 6 when a man asked if the woman could run fast in heels. The woman said she could, and before her sister could stop her, she ran across the road and almost made...
  • Ford celebrates 10 millionth Mustang while banking on car's draw

    08/08/2018 9:12:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 97 replies
    www.france24.com ^ | 08 August 2018 | Staff
    <p>The Ford Mustang -- an iconic American brand and a symbol of cool -- will reach a major milestone Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle rolls off an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant.</p> <p>The car celebrated in American song and film, and recognized the world over as an iconic American cultural export, will get a big party at Ford's Michigan headquarters.</p>
  • Tesla owners fume about delays for service

    07/30/2018 7:01:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 56 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 27, 2018 | Russ Mitchell
    As Tesla ramps up its Fremont factory to escape what Elon Musk called “production hell” with its new Model 3 electric sedan, some customers are enduring their own state of suffering trying to get Teslas serviced. Parts shortages, long repair delays and problems getting through on customer help lines have led to scenes of strife at Tesla’s service centers.
  • Ford EcoBlue - 2.0L Technical Wonder

    05/08/2018 1:02:17 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 64 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 07 May 2018 | John Lehenbauer
    Major European cities such as Madrid and Paris are discriminating against diesel engines due to officials’ concerns about the types of pollution oil-burners produce...The four-cylinder EcoBlue is the most advanced diesel engine Ford has ever produced. Starting with a clean sheet, engineers focused on developing an engine that has very low internal friction.
  • Ford is basically giving up on US car business, and GM is not far behind

    04/26/2018 2:35:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 129 replies
    CNBC ^ | 04/26/2018 | Robert Ferris
    Ford's plan to reduce its passenger car lineup to just two models, and GM's difficulty selling passenger cars in the U.S. show how much tastes are drifting toward trucks, SUVs and crossovers. Ford will only update the Focus Active crossover and Mustang for the U.S. market, while GM called out a challenging passenger car environment. ====================================================================================================== So is it really the end of the American car on its home turf? From the way Detroit's major executives are talking, it would seem so. Ford said Wednesday it will only offer two new cars in North America over the coming years —...
  • Pain In The Pump: Gas Prices On The Rise

    04/03/2018 1:05:55 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    baltimore.cbslocal.com ^ | 04-03-2018 | Staff
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The cost of gas is up across the country, including in Maryland, and is inching toward the highest price in three years. Gas is going up about a penny every other day — 15 cents in the past month. “We’ll be paying the highest prices for this time of year since 2014,” said Christine Delise with AAA. Gas companies are changing over to a different summer blend. To do so, some refineries shut down, leading to the classic market principal of supply and demand. A tighter supply means they can demand more for your fuel. Demand is...
  • Tesla employees say automaker is churning out a high volume of flawed parts requiring costly rework

    03/14/2018 2:41:33 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03-14-2018 | Lora Kolodny
    Tesla employees say the company is manufacturing a high ratio of flawed parts and vehicles that need rework and repairs. The electrical vehicle maker has had to ship some flawed parts to remanufacturing facilities to avoid scrapping them, rather than fixing them in-line, according to sources; Tesla denies this. CEO Elon Musk is under pressure to ramp up production of the Model 3 sedan, Tesla's first mass-market electric vehicle. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Luxury automaker Tesla is manufacturing a surprisingly high ratio of flawed parts and vehicles, according to several current and former employees, leading to more rework and repairs than can be...
  • Fiat Chrysler is reportedly ditching diesel cars by 2022

    02/28/2018 8:58:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.theverge.com ^ | Feb 26, 2018, 10:58am EST | By Andrew J. Hawkins
    The automaker recently settled a lawsuit over emissions cheating Fiat Chrysler has become the latest automaker to turn its back on diesel-powered engines as more of the industry pivots to battery-electric vehicles. According to the Financial Times, the Italian-American carmaker will end production of its diesel passenger vehicles by 2022. FCA, which manufacturers Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Fiat, will unveil its four-year plan to phase out diesel vehicles on June 1st, the Times says. A spokesperson declined to comment. "Diesel has been falling out of favor" Diesel has long been promoted by governments and carmakers as...
  • A new polymer raises the bar for lithium-sulfur batteries

    01/18/2018 11:29:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 3 replies
    phys.org ^ | 01/18/2018 | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    This illustration shows the formation of complex ion clusters during the cycling of a lithium-sulfur battery cell. The clusters consist of cationic polymer binders, battery electrolyte, and anionic sulfur-active materials. Credit: Berkeley Lab _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lithium-sulfur batteries are promising candidates for replacing common lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles since they are cheaper, weigh less, and can store nearly double the energy for the same mass. However, lithium-sulfur batteries become unstable over time, and their electrodes deteriorate, limiting widespread adoption. Now, a team of researchers led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have reported...
  • New Honda Accord a major step backwards - and that's a good thing!

    12/08/2017 6:14:07 AM PST · by gymbeau · 68 replies
    TechnoFile ^ | December 7, 2017 | Jim Bray
    New Honda Accord a major step backwards - and that's a good thing!By Jim BrayTechnoFile.comIt may not be back completely but, as evidenced by the newly redesigned 2018 Honda Accord, it looks as if the honoured Japanese carmaker is back on track. Or at least well on the way.I've been particularly vociferous about my Honda angst in recent years. The company makes terrific cars - and they still do, for the most part - but somewhere along the way between adding all the new drivers' aids and pursuing ever more strict fuel economy mandates the company seemed to lose its...
  • Study shows the car you drive may reveal who you voted for

    11/29/2017 4:22:23 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 116 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 29, 2017 | By Michael McLaughlin
    Stanford University researcher used a computer algorithm to determined whether a neighborhood leaned to the left or right by looking at vehicles in 50 millions of images from Google Street View in 200 American cities. When sedans outnumbered pickup trucks, there was an 88 percent chance the city would vote Democratic. In areas with more pickup trucks, the odds switched to 82 percent in favor of Republicans, the researchers concluded.
  • Lamborghini creates world's first 'self-healing' sports car

    11/11/2017 2:49:30 PM PST · by mairdie · 47 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 November 2017 | Nicola Harley
    Lamborghini has created the world's first self-healing sports car. The Terzo Millennio, which translates as third millennium in Italian, has the ability to detect and repair cracks in its body work. Using sensors the car can conduct its own health check to detect any damages and self-repair itself by filling the crack with nanotubes to prevent it spreading. The super car was created in collaboration with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. ... The all-electric car is powered by supercapacitors rather than conventional batteries. ... Each of the car's wheels includes its own integrated electric engine...
  • In Self-Driving Race, Waymo Sets Its Own Terms

    11/02/2017 12:33:27 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/31/17 | Kevin Roose
    A self-driving car is not a self-driving car is not a self-driving car. That is the message Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, tried to send on Monday, when it invited a group of reporters to visit Castle, a facility in California’s Central Valley that it has been using as a training course for its self-driving vehicles. Castle, which is built on a decommissioned Air Force base roughly 120 miles from San Francisco, resembles a miniature city, with many of the realistic elements a self-driving car might encounter on the road — like cul-de-sacs, traffic signals...
  • Jaguar cars set to go electric from 2020

    09/07/2017 1:45:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 88 replies
    phys.org ^ | September 7, 2017 | Staff - AFP
    Jaguar Land Rover will make all its new vehicles available in electric or hybrid models from 2020, it said on Thursday, two months after a similar announcement from Volvo. The JLR group is the latest carmaker to embrace the move away from internal combustion engines in the wake of stricter government proposals after the Paris climate accord. "We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles," JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said. Sweden's Volvo is also moving away from internal combustion engines, announcing in July that it plans...