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  • Thefts of charging cables pose yet another obstacle to appeal of electric vehicles

    06/12/2024 12:12:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2024 | Tom Krisher
    Just before 2 a.m. on a chilly April night in Seattle, a Chevrolet Silverado pickup stopped at an electric vehicle charging station on the edge of a shopping center parking lot. Two men, one with a light strapped to his head, got out. A security camera recorded them pulling out bolt cutters. One man snipped several charging cables; the other loaded them into the truck. In under 2½ minutes, they were gone. The scene that night has become part of a troubling pattern across the country: Thieves have been targeting EV charging stations, intent on stealing the cables, which contain...
  • Nissan Turns To Gigacasting To Slash Costs And Complexity Of Future EVs

    05/28/2024 1:06:33 PM PDT · by Jonty30 · 32 replies
    https://www.msn.com/ ^ | 05/28/24 | Suvrat Kothari
    High purchase prices are a major barrier to the wider adoption of electric vehicles. A significant portion of this cost comes from expensive batteries. However, in recent years, automakers have been employing an advanced manufacturing technique known as gigacasting. This method helps offset the high cost of batteries, simplifies production, and reduces the weight of EVs. Nissan will follow Tesla, and several other carmakers like Toyota, Hyundai, and Ford, in adopting this technology. The brand aims to reduce the costs of EV parts by 10% and slash weight by 20%, Automotive News reported. Nissan's EVs using gigacasting are expected to...
  • European Car Makers Hitting the Brakes on Electric Vehicles

    05/16/2024 11:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    InfoWars ^ | May 16th 2024, 6:11 am | Bridget Ryder | The European Conservative
    Car manufacturers are slowing their transition to producing electric vehicles (EVs), because of low customer demand and production problems. Mercedes-Benz announced to investors in March of this year that it is going back on its pledge to sell only fully electric cars by 2030. Instead, investors were told that the company plans to continue to make gasoline-powered cars well into the next decade. Fully electric cars and hybrids will account for only up to half of its sales by 2030. It appears that carmakers are suffering after committing wholeheartedly to the ideological fad of EVs, rather than introducing them as...
  • Middle-Class Californians Set To Pay Electricity Premium As State Makes Electric Car Push

    05/10/2024 4:58:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 10, 2024 | Susannah Luthi
    Millions of middle-class California households are poised to pay an extra $24 per month for electricity, regardless of how much electricity they use. Regulators are hoping this utility billing policy will rescue their agenda to move everyone to electric cars and appliances by redistributing the massive costs of the state’s electric grid so utilities can lower their usage rates. But critics say the income-based premium will likely further hike utility costs for millions of Californians—nearly one-fifth of whom are already behind in paying their bills after household electricity rates almost doubled in the last decade—and likely won’t do much to...
  • Belgium's ports drowning under glut of Chinese electric cars: 'Some are parked here for a year, sometimes more'

    05/06/2024 10:55:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Le Monde ^ | May 4, 2024 | Jean-Pierre Stroobants
    Due to China's overcapacity in production – as it aims to capture a quarter of the European electric vehicle market – the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are inundated. You can share an article by clicking on the share icons at the top right of it. The total or partial reproduction of an article, without the prior written authorization of Le Monde, is strictly forbidden. For more information, see our Terms and Conditions. For all authorization requests, contact syndication@lemonde.fr. https://www.lemonde.fr/en/economy/article/2024/05/04/belgium-s-ports-drowning-under-glut-of-chinese-electric-cars-some-are-parked-here-for-a-year-sometimes-a-year-and-a-half_6670373_19.html A large number of Chinese-made cars are being gathered at Yantai Port for shipment for export in Yantai, Shandong Province,...
  • Hertz Increases The Number Of Electric Cars It Wants To Get Rid Off To 30,000 From 20,000

    04/25/2024 10:33:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 04/25/2024 | Charles Kennedy
    Hertz raised the number of electric vehicles it plans to sell this year as it is cutting its EV fleet to reduce losses that have weighed on the car rental giant’s earnings. In the first quarter, Hertz upsized its EV disposition plan by 10,000 vehicles, for a total of 30,000 EVs intended for sale in 2024. Most of these EVs will be Teslas. The company incurred a $195 million charge to vehicle depreciation to write down the EVs held for sale which were remaining in inventory at quarter-end to fair value and recognize the disposition losses on EVs sold in...
  • The Future of Electric Vehicles Looks Bleaker Than Ever

    04/09/2024 8:22:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Red State ^ | 04/09/2024 | Ben Kew
    The future for electric vehicles is looking bleaker than ever.According to a Gallup poll published this week, the number of Americans who own an electric vehicle has indeed increased in the last year. However, the number of those interested in buying one is on the decline despite efforts from the federal government to transition the entire automobile market within the next decade. Seven percent of Americans, up from 4% a year ago, report that they own an electric vehicle. That increase is matched by an equal decline in the percentage saying they are seriously considering buying one, from 12% to...
  • Buttigieg: Opposing Electric Cars Is Like Wanting ‘Landline Phones Forever’

    04/03/2024 8:01:43 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 126 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/03/2024 | Pam Key
    Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “America Reports” that people who do not want electric cars were like those who wanted “landline phones forever.” Buttigieg said, “Let’s be clear consumers have wanted and purchased more EVs every single year than the year before. Tesla is facing more competition as GM and Ford and Stellantis and other competitive players make sure they get a piece of the EV market. Let’s be clear, the automotive sector is moving toward EVs and we can’t pretend otherwise. Sometimes, when these debates happen, I feel like it’s the early 2000s...
  • Biden Admin Threw Billions At EV Charging Stations — But Only A Handful Have Been Built

    04/02/2024 9:12:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/1/2024 | Nick Pope
    The Biden administration’s well-funded push to build out a national network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers has so far resulted in only a handful of installations, according to The Washington Post. The bipartisan infrastructure bill of 2021 allotted $7.5 billion to subsidize thousands of EV chargers to help the administration’s goal of having EVs constitute 50% of all new cars sold in 2030, but only seven stations in total have been built in four states to date, according to the Post. The slow rollout of the EV charger funding is unfolding as the Biden administration has recently issued stringent emissions...
  • Eight States Plan to Ban the Sale of Gas-Powered Vehicles as Joe Biden Issues New Rules to Begin Killing Them Off

    03/28/2024 6:01:48 PM PDT · by Macho MAGA Man · 49 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 28, 2024 | Cullen Linebargar
    The Gateway Pundit reported last week that Joe Biden sued the most radical environmental rules in American history to phase out gasoline-powered vehicles and force customers to drive ineffective electric cars. Now, a new report has revealed the effort to finish off the gas-powered car is well-underway in eight states. As The Daily Mail reported Tuesday, the rules being adopted in these states specify that only zero-emission vehicles, which include electric vehicles and certain plug-in hybrids, can be sold beginning with the 2035 model year. This is known as the Advanced Clean Cars II rule. The eight states that have...
  • EV Startup Fisker Halts Production To Raise Emergency Funds Amid Cash Crunch From Low Demand

    03/21/2024 6:28:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | Mar 20, 2024 | Ryan Saavedra
    The startup electric car company Fisker said this week that it is halting the production of its vehicles to raise $150 million in emergency funds as it grapples with a cash crunch spurred by a low demand for electric vehicles. The California-based company, which says its mission is to “create the world’s most emotional and sustainable electric vehicles,” has barely produced over a thousand electric vehicles worldwide for the year. “The company has approximately 4,700 vehicles in its currently inventory, carried over from 2023 and including 2024 production,” the company said. “While it has not completed an NRV analysis for...
  • Wicket picked up for NFL-wide biometric scanning this year

    03/01/2024 9:14:51 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Biometrics Research Group ^ | Feb 23, 2024, | Jim Nash
    Satisfied with IAM systems after a six-team trial last season, the U.S. National Football League appears ready to go league-wide with biometric ID verification. The pilot came at the end of 3.5 years of digital IAM testing by the NFL. No sports leagues like to lose money when people get unpaid-for stadium access, but NFL owners are particularly upset by it compared to others. League owners are expected to set up a centralized facial recognition IAM service based on its Express Access authentication platform in the 2024 season. That would be for all 30 stadiums for the 32 teams, beginning...
  • Electric buses are sitting unused in cities across the US; here's why

    01/29/2024 10:42:10 AM PST · by george76 · 52 replies
    FOX Business ^ | January 29, 2024 | Breck Dumas
    Cities coast-to-coast grappling with broken-down e-buses that cannot be fixed .. Between the federal government, states and municipalities, untold billions in taxpayer dollars have been spent adding electric buses to transit fleets across the U.S. in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. However, cities from coast-to-coast are grappling with broken-down e-buses that cannot be fixed, are too expensive to fix, or they have scrapped their electric fleets altogether. Officials in Asheville, North Carolina, recently expressed frustration that three of the five e-buses the city purchased for millions in 2018 are now sitting idle due to a combination of software issues,...
  • New tires every 7,000 miles? Electric cars save gas but tire wear shocks some Florida drivers

    01/24/2024 7:50:36 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 134 replies
    It was love at first sight when Neil Semel saw the electric Mercedes EQS 450+ at a Pompano Beach dealership. The sedan was the perfect sleek black color his wife wanted, had only 2,200 miles and they both liked the idea of getting away from gasoline. “I’ve always driven combustion engines and I thought it was time to try to save the planet,” Semel said. But after less than 5,000 miles of driving around his Boca Raton neighborhood, Semel was shocked to find some essential — and very expensive — parts were already wearing out. The tires. “If somebody looked...
  • Freezing temperatures cause EV problems in Illinois

    01/16/2024 3:44:47 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Just the News ^ | January 16, 2024
    Several cars had to be towed from a charging line in Evergreen Park on Monday as temperatures struggled to rise above freezing. Tests found that electric vehicles lose between 20% and 30% of their range when temperatures dip below freezing... Ice causing flooding concerns The frigid temperatures in Illinois are causing flooding concerns. Chunks of ice have built up along the Kankakee River near Wilmington, causing the water to rise in some areas. A flood warning was issued for the area for the remainder of the week. Flood waters have surrounded homes as river waters continue to flow beneath the...
  • Golden Globes Pre-Show Host Marc Malkin Rescued By Sean Penn After Electric Vehicle Dies In Desert

    01/08/2024 8:17:37 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 07, 2024 | Leena Nasir
    Actor and director Sean Penn rescued Variety’s Marc Malkin, the pre-show host of the Golden Globes, after he was left stranded with an electric car that wouldn’t charge .. Penn ran into Malkin when he was left stranded on the way to Los Angeles from the Palm Springs Film Festival... Malkin’s electric car ran out of juice and needed a recharge, so he called a tow truck to get him to a charging station in Cabazon, California... Unfortunately, he ran into even more trouble when it failed to charge properly and he was officially stranded. That’s when Penn swooped in...
  • Electric Cars Expected to Cause Christmas Chaos on Roads

    12/22/2023 11:59:41 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/22/2023 | ALANA MASTRANGELO
    Christmas road trips this weekend might be challenging for those who are driving an electric vehicle (EV) an extended distance for the first time. While EVs are popular with certain groups even as they’ve been largely panned by the general population, inexperienced EV drivers could face some unwanted travel surprises this holiday season if they hit the road unprepared, Axios notes in a recent report. Nearly 104 million people are expected to drive at least 50 miles from their homes between December 23 and January 1, which is a little more than last year’s holiday season, according to the American...
  • Hertz's embrace of Teslas isn't going so well

    12/05/2023 1:45:10 PM PST · by chuckee · 45 replies
    Hertz is slowing down plans to include more electric cars in its fleet. The firm said EVs have higher repair costs and have depreciated significantly. Hertz said it would buy 100,000 Teslas in 2021. Embracing electric cars is proving much more complicated than Hertz anticipated. The car-rental giant is hitting the brakes on a wide-ranging plan to integrate more electric vehicles into its fleet as it runs into challenges, such as high repair costs and depreciation. Hertz isn't giving up on EVs entirely, but it's starting to take a more measured approach. "Our in-fleeting of EVs will be slower than...
  • Nearly 4,000 Car Dealers Beg Biden to Stop as EVs Kill Profits

    12/01/2023 11:20:19 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | November 30, 2023 | By M Dowling -
    Nearly 4,000 car dealerships are begging Joe Biden to pull back on the “unrealistic” EV mandates. The EVs are piling up on lots and carmakers are losing billions of dollars. A group of 3,882 dealers sent President Biden a letter begging him to lighten future EV sales requirements. EVs are not ready for the average buyer and may not be for some time. It’s amazing that Biden’s advisors didn’t see that before demanding the regulations. In the letter dated November 28th, 2023, dealers say that while BEVs are ideal for many people, “demand today is not keeping up with the...
  • ‘I'm a mechanic - insurers are scrapping electric cars with minor damage due to battery'

    11/22/2023 11:36:38 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 79 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/21/2023 | Jack Mortimer
    he veteran mechanic Scotty Kilmer has warned motorists thinking of buying an electric car to be careful not to damage the battery or face expensive repair bills. The popular YouTuber has worked on cars for over 55 years, and regularly posts videos helping viewers buy the right car for them and avoid issues. In one of his latest videos, Scotty warns that a lot of car insurance companies are scrapping electric vehicles with damaged batteries. He advised: "Here's yet another reason not to buy an electric car, because many insurance companies are now totalling electric cars with even minor damage...