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  • More than 70 cars stolen from San Leandro (CA) Dodge dealership during looting spree

    06/03/2020 10:53:30 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 59 replies
    Fox KTVU, Oakland, CA ^ | June 2, 2020 | Rob Roth
    San Leandro Chrysler Dodge is open for business after one of the largest auto theft sprees in memory. "Pisses you off man. You walk in it's like a war zone," said dealership owner Carlos Hidalgo. Cell phone video reveals some of what happened Sunday night at the dealership on Marina Boulevard. It shows new dodge cars and trucks screeching out of the lot and onto the street. By the time it was over 74 vehicles were gone. Hidalgo said as a precaution against thefts he had parked cars at all the lot exits. It didn't matter. "They started ramming, ramming...
  • Former Seahawk Tarvaris Jackson dies in car accident at age 36

    04/13/2020 8:36:18 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    Yakima Herald ^ | 4/13/20 | Bob Condotta
    Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has died in a one-car crash outside Montgomery, Ala., authorities said Monday, April 13, 2020. He was 36. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro that Jackson was driving went off the road, struck a tree and overturned at 8:50 p.m. Sunday, Trooper Benjamin “Michael” Carswell, an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman, said in a news release. Jackson was pronounced dead at a hospital. Former Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, whose toughness as a starter to play through injury in 2011 and willingness to adapt to a backup role when the team won the Super Bowl in the 2013...
  • This Was Once the Most Preposterous Vehicle Known to Man

    03/25/2020 7:23:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies ^ | Mar 24, 2020 | Lynne Peskoe-Yang
    For one fleeting moment, the Hélica—a plane without wings and an “unsteerable murder machine”—looked like the future of transportation. Good thing it wasn’t. ______________________________________________________________________________________ In 1909, Marcel Leyat, an engineer from the tiny mountain town of Die in southeastern France, designed and built his first airplane. Not long after, he ran out of money. The young engineer had trained in aeronautics, only to find his skillset obsolete in a market controlled by the military; bespoke airplanes were a dying business. Undaunted, Leyat turned his attention to the pursuit of his real dream: building what he called a “plane without wings.”...
  • Researchers develop high-capacity EV battery materials that double driving range

    03/20/2020 7:55:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | February 21, 2020 | by National Research Council of Science & Technology
    KIST researchers developed cathode material of carbon-silicon complex by simply mixing and heating silicon mixed with oil with green ingredients corn and sweet potato starch. If batteries made of this material are installed in electric vehicles, the driving range will more than double. Credit: Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) _______________________________________________________________________________________ Dr. Hun-Gi Jung and his research team at the Center for Energy Storage Research of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, President Lee Byung Gwon) have announced the development of silicon anode materials that can increase battery capacity four-fold in comparison to graphite anode materials and...
  • BigRep 3D prints Loci autonomous electric pod car

    12/04/2019 1:53:13 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    New Atlas ^ | December 04, 2019 | By Paul Ridden
    BigRep's Loci prototype was 3D-printed using the company's Pro, Studio G2 and One machines. BigRep =================================================================== Last year, Polymaker and XEV teamed up to launch what was claimed to be the first mass-producible 3D-printed electric car, the LSEV. Now Germany's BigRep has unveiled a design prototype of a sporty little number made up of 14 3D-printed parts, plus an electric powertrain and self-driving tech. Named Loci, the curvy four-wheeler has been designed by the company's NowLab consultancy – the same design studio responsible for the futuristic Nera motorcycle – as a last mile transport solution for urban areas, airports, for...
  • Superfast Charging High-Capacity Potassium Batteries Based on Organic Polymers

    12/04/2019 1:13:19 PM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | November 30, 2019 | By Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)
    Skoltech researchers in collaboration with scientists from the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS and the Ural Federal University have shown that high-capacity high-power batteries can be made from organic materials without using lithium or other rare elements. In addition, they demonstrated the impressive stability of cathode materials and record high energy density in fast charge/discharge potassium-based batteries. The results of their studies were published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, and Chemical Communications. ============================================================= Lithium-ion batteries are indispensable in our daily life: they are widely used for energy storage, in particular,...
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E Starts at $44,995, First Deliveries a Long Way Off

    11/21/2019 7:03:02 AM PST · by Red Badger · 200 replies ^ | Nov 18, 2019 | By Joey Capparella
    Reservations are open, but the first Mach-E models won't reach customers' hands until around a year from now. ============================================================== The new Ford Mustang Mach-E will start at $44,995 and range up to over $60,000. Several different configurations will be available including Select, Premium, California Route 1, GT, and GT Performance Edition. Reservations are open now for a $500 deposit. The first vehicles will start arriving in late 2020, with other models reaching customers throughout 2021. ===================================================================== Ford has already released pricing information for the 2021 Mustang Mach-E electric crossover, which starts at $44,995. The newest member of the Mustang family...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...