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  • The EV Mandate Push Has Flopped. What's Plan B?

    07/22/2024 7:44:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2024 | Jazz Shaw
    The American consumer's "love affair" with electric vehicles turned out to be more of a figurative one-night stand. That's the conclusion of many economists today, along with the management at automakers including Ford and General Motors. The Biden administration attempted to force its EV mandate and goose the public into supporting it by spiking the punchbowl in the form of generous taxpayer-funded subsidies and rebates. (It's funny how generous they can be with your money, isn't it?) And for a little while it seemed to work, at least to a degree. There was an initial surge in EV sales, leading...
  • Ford Converts Electric Vehicle Factory to Build Gasoline-Powered Pickups

    07/22/2024 12:53:39 PM PDT · by Sam77 · 26 replies
    Western Journal ^ | 22 July 2024 | Jack Davis
    Ford had plans to build a lot of electric SUVs at a plant in Canada. Instead, it decided to make pickup trucks that people want to buy. As a result, the automaker is putting off plans for electric versions of its Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator and will churn out Super Duty pickup trucks at its Oakville, Ontario, plant, The New York Times reported Thursday.
  • Ford to spend $3 billion to expand large truck production to a plant previously set for EVs

    07/18/2024 8:52:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 18, 2024 | By Michael Wayland
    Ford Motor will expand production of its large Super Duty trucks to a Canadian plant that was previously set to be converted into an all-electric vehicle hub. The new plans include investing about $3 billion to expand Super Duty production, including $2.3 billion at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada, Ford said Thursday. Ford said the Canadian plant, which is expected to come online in 2026, will add annual capacity of roughly 100,000 units of the highly profitable pickups. The announcement comes weeks after Farley said full electrification of “big, huge, enormous” vehicles such as Ford’s Super Duty trucks...
  • Labour surrenders in the war on motorists! Humiliated Welsh government SCRAPS blanket 20mph speed limits after less than a year after huge rebellion from drivers across the country

    07/16/2024 11:23:29 PM PDT · by RandFan · 15 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 17 | By DAN WOODLAND
    The Welsh Labour government is set to scrap its blanket 20mph speed limits just a year after they were introduced. Ken Skates, the Welsh transport minister, admitted 'errors have been made' with the scheme, which is set to be reverted in September this year with the introduction of new guidance across the country. This will allow local authorities to raise the speed limit to be back to 30mph on certain roads 'outside urban centres and rural residential roads with no nearby facilities'. They will also be increased on major routes, such as bus corridors, with minimal cyclist and pedestrian traffic...
  • ‘Headed For Obsolescence’: Chinese Automakers Could Be Poised To Wipe Out American Car Titans

    07/15/2024 10:54:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | JULY 15, 2024 | NICK POPE
    American automakers will need to make major changes to their businesses if they want to remain competitive with Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) poised to flood the global market, according to analysis published by auto industry consultants. U.S. manufacturers currently do tens of billions of dollars of business abroad, but Chinese competitors are poised to take over approximately one-third of the global market share by 2030 with particularly strong growth in Europe, South America and Asia driven by EVs and plug-in hybrids, AlixPartners projects in its report. The auto market is evolving to favor EVs thanks in part to the policy...
  • Dealerships Hopeful EVs Will Bring Back That New Car Smell. When autos become obsolete more quickly, dealers see more return customers

    07/14/2024 4:31:48 AM PDT · by karpov · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 12, 2024 | Jinjoo Lee
    People get nostalgic about their first set of wheels, but those fond memories probably miss an important detail—they were often pieces of junk. Auto dealers didn’t mind. Back in 1976, when cars on American roads were just 6.2 years old on average, new car sales accounted for nearly 10% of car registrations. As of 2019, when the average car age had doubled, more consumers were able to hold on to their cars longer or opt for used ones. By then, the share of new vehicle sales had fallen to 6.4% of registrations. Could electric vehicles bring back those glory days...
  • More Bad News on the Electric Vehicle Front

    07/12/2024 2:33:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 11, 2024 | Chris Talgo
    Suffice to say, all is not well for the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry these days. Despite ample subsidies from the federal government, EV sales are slumping. ... there have been numerous reports of people being trapped inside EVs due to dead batteries. In some of these cases, toddlers have been locked inside of sweltering cars. In one example, on June 20, Renee Sanchez was eager to take her two-year-old granddaughter to the Phoenix Zoo. Early that morning, Sanchez strapped the toddler into the backseat of her Model Y Tesla. After closing the rear door, Sanchez attempted to open the front...
  • Biden Admin Announces $1.7 Billion to Modernize Auto Manufacturing Facilities | Eleven plants will receive grants to retrofit and produce electric vehicles.

    07/11/2024 7:57:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 90 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | July 11, 2024 | Andrew Moran
    The federal government is spending $1.7 billion to modernize automobile manufacturing facilities, helping the industry compete with foreign subsidies and create and protect jobs.As part of the Automotive Community Benefits Plan, the current administration will extend grants to 11 selected manufacturing plants in eight states, including in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, that have temporarily closed or were at risk of closing.Federal funding, which will come from the Inflation Reduction Act, will be dedicated to retrofitting factories, installing equipment, and bolstering annual production.Grant capital will also allow these at-risk facilities to convert to manufacturing electric vehicles and related components and a...
  • The Nationwide 500,000 EV Charger Charade

    07/10/2024 5:31:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 07/10/2024 | Geoffrey Pohanka
    The word charade has several meanings, and including an act or event that is clearly false (Cambridge Dictionary), something done just for show (, or a situation in which people pretend that something is true when it clearly is not (Oxford Leaner’s Dictionary).The charade I refers to is President Biden’s $7.5 billion dollar investment to install 500,000 electric charging stations along America’s highways by 2030. A reliable and convenient public EV charging infrastructure is critical to achieve the President’s goal of meeting the recent EPA CO2 emission regulation that require nearly 72% of U.S. new light vehicle sales to be...
  • Porsche Is Putting Its Most Attainable Models To Bed Earlier Than Expected

    07/09/2024 7:11:49 AM PDT · by central_va · 30 replies
    msn ^ | 7/9/24 | Jarryd Neves
    Porsche has confirmed its timeline to kill off its entry-level models, revealing that its most attainable combustion-powered cars will end production earlier than previously anticiapated. The company's Head of Production confirmed that the ICE-powered Macan will be killed off in non-European markets in 2026. Albrecht Reimold told the German publication Automobilwoche that the platform had reached its end.
  • Chinese self-driving cars have quietly traveled 1.8 million miles on U.S. roads, collecting detailed data with cameras and lasers

    07/09/2024 8:53:06 AM PDT · by algore · 40 replies
    Since 2017, self-driving cars owned by Chinese companies have traversed 1.8 million miles of California alone, according to a Fortune analysis of the state's Department of Motor Vehicles data. As part of their basic functionality, these cars capture video of their surroundings and map the state's roads to within two centimeters of precision. Companies transfer that information from the cars to data centers, where they use it to train their self-driving systems. The cars are part of a state program that allows companies developing self-driving technology -- including Google-spinoff Waymo and Amazon-owned Zoox -- to test autonomous vehicles on public...
  • Electric Vehicle Batteries Surprising New Source of 'Forever Chemical' Pollution

    07/09/2024 11:52:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Science Alert ^ | JULY 9, 2024 | CATHERINE BOUDREAU
    Scientists have uncovered a new source of hazardous "forever chemical" pollution: the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries found in most electric vehicles. Some lithium-ion battery technologies use a class of PFAS chemicals, or per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, that helps make batteries less flammable and conduct electricity. Scientists found high levels of these PFAS in air, water, snow, soil, and sediment samples near plants that make those chemicals in the US, Belgium, and France, according to a peer-reviewed study in the journal Nature Communications. PFAS are known as "forever chemicals" because they build up quickly in the environment, people, and animals and don't break...
  • Americans Aren’t Buying EVs: Electric Vehicle Adoption Continues to Stall Out

    07/07/2024 9:05:29 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/07/2024 | Lucas Nolan
    The electric vehicle revolution is encountering significant hurdles as consumers grapple with high costs, infrastructure challenges, and geopolitical tensions, potentially slowing the transition from traditional gas-powered cars, according to a report by Fast Company. Fast Company reports the automotive industry has undergone a significant transformation with the push towards electric vehicles in recent years. However, the road to widespread EV adoption is proving to be bumpy, with several obstacles threatening to stall progress.
  • Handles like a go-kart, flies like a heli: Flying car coming to the USA

    07/05/2024 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    New Atlas ^ | July 5, 2024 | Loz Blain
    A road-going helicopter that handles like a go-kart and drives at highway speeds - Pegasus ==================================================================== It drives at highway speeds, handles like a go-kart, transforms from drive to fly mode in three seconds, takes off vertically, and can fly for up to three hours on a hybrid powertrain. This remarkable road-going rotorcraft is now headed to the USA. Based in Melbourne, Australia – but clearly also with a presence in China – Pegasus is now moving its head office and production facilities to Las Vegas. The company says it's been working on its flying car design since 2009. Indeed,...
  • Michigan: Stellantis Temporarily Laying Off 1,600 Auto Workers Amid Production Cuts

    07/03/2024 2:20:35 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/03/2024 | JOHN BINDER
    Multinational automaker Stellantis is temporarily laying off about 1,600 auto workers at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant outside Detroit, Michigan, as executives cut production. Stellantis executives announced the temporary layoffs as they cut production at the Warren plant from two daily shifts down to just one for this month. Though sales of the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have increased, executives said the temporary layoffs are meant “to align production with sales. Auto workers at the Warren plant also produce the Ram 1500 Classic pickup truck.
  • How does one go about buying a used car?

    07/02/2024 10:48:30 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 115 replies
    7/2/24 | Me, Myself, and I
    My friend's truck sustained a lot of damage from an exploding tire. She can't afford to fix it. I thought she should look for a hatchback car instead of a truck, as it would be cheaper. What would be some decent hatchbacks which would carry plenty of cargo and give her several years, at least, of service? How should she further research cars? I was lucky, inheriting all my father's used cars until I finally bought my present car, which I bought new. So I don't have much experience in buying used cars or where to find a good one.
  • Arizona woman trapped in Tesla when battery dies

    06/27/2024 7:14:33 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 50 replies
    AZ Family ^ | 6/18/2024 | Colin Stanton and Gary Harper
    PHOENIX (AZFamily) — A Valley woman has a warning for her fellow Tesla drivers after getting trapped in her car. When its power went out, she had no idea how to get out of her car, and she was far from alone. Diane has owned her Model Y for about three years without serious complaints. “Pretty happy,” she said. “It’s a fun car to drive.” But that changed last month when she tried to go for a drive. “It was fully charged,” she said. “I unplugged the car, went to get in my car, shut the door, and everything just...
  • It Was Never Apple. Rivian Goes With Volkswagen Partnership To Ease Cash Burn But Will It Work?

    06/26/2024 1:04:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 26, 2024 | KIT NORTON
    Speculation has been swirling for months that Rivian (RIVN) needed a partner and a much needed cash infusion to keep operations alive. The EV startup put the rumors to bed late Tuesday, announcing a joint venture with Volkswagen (VWAGY), with plans for the global auto giant to invest $5 billion in Rivian. Investors greeted the Rivian-Volkswagen partnership with excitement as RIVN shares skyrocketed more than 20% Wednesday morning, though off overnight gains of 50% or more. However, questions remain about Rivian's cash burn as attention turns to how Rivian and Volkswagen will execute its joint venture. "We believe the opportunity...
  • Nearly half of American EV owners want to switch back to gas-powered vehicle, McKinsey data shows Major share of US EV owners have buyer's remorse

    06/26/2024 6:56:24 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 50 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 26, 2024 6:00am EDT | Breck Dumas
    A significant share of Americans who own an electric vehicle have buyer's remorse, according to new data. McKinsey & Co.'s Mobility Consumer Pulse for 2024, released this month, found that 46% of EV owners in the U.S. said they were "very" likely to switch back to owning a gas-powered vehicle in their next purchase. The high percentage of Americans who want to make a switch even surprised the consulting firm. "I didn't expect that," the head of McKinsey's Center for Future Mobility, Philipp Kampshoff, told Automotive News. "I thought, 'Once an EV buyer, always an EV buyer.'" In the poll...
  • Nolte: Almost Half of U.S. Electric Car Owners Regret Purchase

    06/24/2024 9:25:09 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/24/2024 | JOHN NOLTE
    A consumer research group surveyed electric vehicle (EV) owners all around the world and found 46 percent of American EV owners regret their purchase and are “very likely” to switch back to the internal combustion engine (ICE). Around the world, 29 percent of EV owners said they will go back to the ICE. The top concerns are the lack of a reliable charging infrastructure, the costs involved in owning an EV, and anxiety about long-distance trips. Philipp Kampshoff, leader of the consulting firm Center for Future Mobility, told Automotive News he was surprised by the 49 percent number in the...