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  • $5 Billion Tesla Gigafactory Worth $50 Billion, Analyst Estimates

    06/07/2016 9:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Clean Technica ^ | June 6, 2016 | James Ayre
    An analyst at Global Equities Research by the name of Trip Chowdhry has publicly commented that he considers the market value of the Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory to be $50 billion, according to recent reports. Considering that the projected development costs of the Gigafactory total ďonlyĒ $5 billion, and also that Teslaís current market capitalization is around $32 billion, that figure is quite a notable one. Whether one agrees or not, itís a number that gets oneís attentionÖ. In his denouement on the subject, Chowdhry drew an analogy with Amazon ó noting that the company was originally just viewed as being an...
  • Another sign Apple's electric car is coming

    05/28/2016 5:34:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    ZD Net ^ | May 26, 2016 | Stephanie Condon
    Apple has yet to confirm whether it's investing in its own line of electric vehicles, but Reuters is out with more evidence that Project Titan is underway: The tech giant has reportedly been in talks with charging station companies and has hired at least four electric vehicle charging specialists. Apple has been asking charging station companies about their underlying technology, Reuters reports, for reasons other than providing charging stations for its own employees (which the company already does). Speculation about Apple's electric vehicle project, dubbed Titan, has gone on for months, with reports indicating the company is aiming to ship...
  • Revolutionary steel treatment paves the way for radically lighter, stronger, cheaper cars

    04/18/2016 12:15:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    GizMag ^ | December 10, 2015 | Loz Blain
    Back in 2011, we wrote about a fascinating new way to heat-treat regular, cheap steel to endow it with an almost miraculous blend of characteristics. Radically cheaper, quicker and less energy-intensive to produce, Flash Bainite is stronger than titanium by weight, and ductile enough to be pressed into shape while cold without thinning or cracking. It's now being tested by three of the world's five largest car manufacturers, who are finding they can produce thinner structural car components that are between 30-50 percent lighter and cheaper than the steel they've been using, while maintaining the same performance is crash tests....
  • Dyson developing an electric car, according to government documents

    03/24/2016 2:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 23, 2016 | Adam Vaughan and Damian Carrington
    Dyson is developing an electric car at its headquarters in Wiltshire with help from public money, according to government documents. The company, which makes a range of products that utilise the sort of highly efficient motors needed for an electric car such as vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and bladeless fans, last year refused to rule out rumours it was building one. But on Wednesday, the government appeared to have accidentally disclosed Dyson is working on one, along with other big companies outside of the automotive industry, such as Apple. "The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric...
  • Three Wheels & Two Seats: Will the 3D Printed Urbee 2 Be Your Car of the Future?

    03/15/2016 1:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 14, 2016 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    We've come a long, long way from the Model T. And if you think about it, our cars play a huge part in the journeys of our lives. I can still remember how my grandparents' dark gray Lincoln smelled back in the '70s, and almost feel those deliciously warm seats, heated from warm Florida days with the windows rolled down (with cigarette smoke wafting out, no doubt). I loved being dropped off for a weekend at their house, with my dad flying through their neighborhood (no worries about seat belts, kids!) to deliver me in our family station wagon, seemingly...
  • Pedestrian deaths surged in 2015, early data suggests

    03/07/2016 10:02:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 8, 2016 12:37 AM EST | Joan Lowy
    Pedestrian deaths surged by an estimated 10 percent last year as the economy improved, the price of gas plunged and motorists put more miles behind the wheel than ever before, according to an analysis of preliminary state traffic fatality data. The growing use of cellphones distracting drivers and walkers may also be partially to blame, states a report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents governorsí highway safety offices. Warmer weather and shorter winters along with a greater awareness of health benefits may also be encouraging people to walk more. [Ö] The data analyzed were from the first...
  • Toyota killing its Scion brand

    02/03/2016 8:46:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Staff
    Toyota is committing corporate filicide. The automaker has announced that it is killing its youth-oriented Scion brand and transitioning the models currently sold by the division to Toyota in August. Scion was launched in 2002 in an effort to attract younger car buyers to the Toyota fray, and was successful at that. Its average customer age of 36 is the lowest in the automotive industry, but its overall sales peaked at 173,034 in 2006 and were just 56,167 last year.
  • Amid probe, car companyís plans havenít panned out

    08/11/2013 11:19:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2013 6:01 PM EDT | Holbrook Mohr and Mitch Weiss
    Four years ago, a startup car company announced with great fanfare big plans for the Mississippi Delta: Using money from foreign investors and other sources, it would build a massive auto plant to churn out a new line of energy-efficient cars and bring thousands of jobs to the area. It seemed like a win for everyone involved. Ö Today, the place where the plant was to be remains mostly vacant except for a temporary construction trailer. The companyóGreenTech Automotive Inc.óis under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the probe is reverberating well beyond Mississippiís borders, bringing scrutiny to...
  • Ties of Hillary Clintonís Brother Invite Scrutiny (Tony Rodham)

    05/11/2015 1:48:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 5/10/15 | STEVE EDER
    **SNIP** ďI deal through the Clinton Foundation. That gets me in touch with the Haitian officials,Ē Mr. Rodham said, according to a transcript of his testimony. ďI hound my brother-in-law, because itís his fund that weíre going to get our money from. And he canít do it until the Haitian government does it. ďAnd he keeps telling me, ĎOh, itís going to happen tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow.í Well, tomorrow hasnít come yet.Ē Mr. Rodhamís Haiti project never did happen. The Clinton Foundation said in a statement that it was not aware of Mr. Rodhamís Haiti project and had no involvement...
  • Volvo Plans ‚ÄúDeath Proof‚ÄĚ Cars By 2020

    01/27/2016 4:41:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Gas 2 ^ | January 26, 2016 | Steve Hanley
    Volvo has made a pretty bold statement this week. It says it wants to make things so that no one dies in a Volvo or because of a collision with one by the year 2020. "If you meet Swedish engineers, they're pretty genuine," said Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Cars North America. "They don't say things when they don't believe in it." A pretty serious lot it seems. People who say what the mean and mean what they say. "With the development of full autonomy we are going to push the limits of automotive safety," says Volvo safety engineer Erik...
  • $3 Million Rare Ferrari Gathering Dust at Dubai Police Compound for 6 Years

    01/25/2016 2:38:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, January 25, 2016
    Fine for racing now Dh100,000 for cars, Dh50,000 for motorbikes; Also seized by Dubai Police: Porsche and Hayabusa A rare Enzo Ferrari, one of just a few hundred expensive cars made by the Italian auto giant, has been slumbering at the police impounded cars compound for nearly six years. The red luxurious vehicle, one of the most expensive cars in the world, appears to be covered with dust as it lies at the massive compound along with thousands of other cars. The Arabic language daily Emarat Al Youm said the Enzo trades at nearly $3 million (Dh3.67 million) and...
  • Study: Letting car warm up in cold weather contributes to climate change

    01/06/2016 2:43:16 PM PST · by presidio9 · 104 replies
    KSL Broadcasting Salt Lake City ^ | Jan 6th, 2016 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    If you must drive, get on with it. Don't just sit there and let your car warm up ‚ÄĒ it is a machine that is designed to move after all ‚ÄĒ and all you're doing is adding to the state's notorious wintertime pollution problems. Results from a 14-month collaborative study show that 75 percent of a vehicle's combined emissions occur within the first three minutes after it has sat for 12 hours for more. It's called a "cold start," and if drivers want to help clean up Utah's dirty air, they should avoid it if possible. "Cold starts are a...
  • Nanoparticle-enhanced metals could radically change cars

    01/02/2016 10:09:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    MSN ^ | January 1, 2016 | Autoblog
    UCLA scientists inject silicon carbide nanoparticles into a magnesium zinc alloy. The result is a metal with 'record breaking' strength and stiffness-to-weight.Scientists at UCLA have found a new way to inject silicon carbide nanoparticles into a molten alloy of magnesium and zinc, resulting a metal nanocomposite that demonstrates "record levels" of stiffness-to-weight and specific strength, and "superior stability" at high temperatures. Magnesium is already the lightest structural metal, this lab creation maintains its light weight but makes it much stronger. The researchers said they also developed a scalable manufacturing process, opening up a door to lighter and stronger cars, planes,...
  • Chinese-backed electric carmaker picks Nevada for $1B plant

    12/09/2015 10:24:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2015 | Michelle Rindels and Justin Pritchard
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) ‚ÄĒ A Chinese-backed electric car company with visions of revolutionizing transportation ‚ÄĒ but no product to show yet ‚ÄĒ announced plans Wednesday to build a $1 billion plant near Las Vegas, marking the second time in just over a year that Nevada has landed a coveted project from the budding industry. California-based automaker Faraday Future's choice of Nevada over three other states is contingent on state lawmakers' approval of tax incentives that haven't been publicly described. The company's announcement, in a letter to Nevada legislators that was obtained by The Associated Press, also came with the...
  • Jeremy Clarkson: 10 things we know about new Amazon show [son of Top Gear]

    11/22/2015 7:49:06 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Week (UK) ^ | 11/22/15
    Motoring presenter Jeremy Clarkson is working on a new show for Amazon Prime, eagerly awaited by his many fans. He's also being sued by the BBC producer he punched earlier this year.The blow Clarkson struck in March led the BBC not to renew his Top Gear contract. Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans will take over the BBC show, while Clarkson works for his new online employer.So what do we know so far about Clarkson's new TV show?The presenters will be the same Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will provide their signature banter as a trio for the new show...
  • What If The Best Cars To Drive Have Already Been Made

    11/03/2015 11:23:56 PM PST · by Cowman · 71 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 11/03/15 5:58pm | Freddy "Tavarish" Hernandez
    Not only are cars becoming more safe, feature-rich and efficient, but engines have never had more output, whether it‚Äôs an econobox Hyundai Sonata churning out a torque curve that would literally twist the swiss-cheese frame of a Mk. I Golf GTI, or the more insane Dodge Charger Hellcat, with its ticket-to-the-pearly-gates 707 HP supercharged V8. *** However, as with anything in the known universe, there‚Äôs no such thing as a free lunch, no matter what ‚Äė80s John Travolta will tell you. With legislation putting forth mandates for increased complexity in cars over the last three decades, automobiles have become, on...
  • Who Needs a New Car When You Have Uber?

    10/04/2015 10:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Michael Newberg
    Auto sales in the U.S. for September came in at their highest monthly level since 2005 according to Autodata, displaying strength in a major consumer category. Yet according to new survey, the rise in popularity of ride-sharing app Uber is already having a significant impact on customer attitudes towards the purchase of new cars. The survey, conducted by research-based consulting firm Magid Advisors and shared exclusively with CNBC, found that among 2,400 respondents, Uber usage has grown from 4 percent in 2014 to 17 percent in 2015. The car sharing service was the third most commonly used "new company" on...
  • Volkswagen Accused Of Hacking 482,000 Diesels To Fake U.S. Emissions Tests

    09/18/2015 11:14:17 AM PDT · by Reaganez · 51 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | September 18, 2015 | Justin Hyde
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California officials say some 482,000 Volkswagen and Audi diesels were engineered to falsify their emissions for federal testsóa violation that opens the German automaker to a theoretical fine totaling $18 billion. The EPA and California Air Resources Board say the affected models had software in its computer engine controls that could sense exactly when it was being tested for emissions quality. At all other times, it would run the diesels in a different mode with illegal levels of pollution; for example, spewing up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide, a key component of smog,...
  • Keyless Ignitions Led to Carbon Monoxide Deaths and Should Have Been Recalled, Suit Says

    Some of the worldís biggest automakers should have recalled millions of vehicles with keyless ignitions because the cars, which donít shut off automatically if the driver fails to press the start/stop button, could be a deadly carbon monoxide risk, according to a new lawsuit. According to the suit, filed in Los Angeles Federal Court on behalf of keyless car drivers Wednesday, there have been at least 13 deaths -- and a number of close calls -- from carbon monoxide poisoning after consumers failed to manually shut off their engines. The suit claims, ďReasonable drivers mistakenly believe that removing the Keyless...
  • Eco-friendly 3D printed supercar

    08/04/2015 8:18:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 4, 2015 | Ben Gruber
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) A California automotive start-up is hoping their prototype supercar will redefine car manufacturing. The sleek race car dubbed 'Blade' didn't come off an assembly line - but out of a 3D printer. Kevin Czinger of Divergent Microfactories has spent most of his career in the automotive industry. One day he realized that no matter how fuel-efficient or how few tailpipe emissions the modern car has, the business of car manufacturing is destroying the environment. "3D printing of metal radically changes that. By looking at 3D printing not for that overall structure but to create individual modular structures that can...
  • SB 350 ó proposes 50-percent fuel cuts for Californians!

    08/04/2015 5:44:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Contra Costa Bee ^ | July 27, 2015
    Take notice if you drive to and from work each day in California. SB 350, known as the California Gas Restriction Act of 2015, (de Leůn) requires a 50% reduction in petroleum, 50% increase in renewables for electricity generation, and a 50% increase in the energy efficiency of buildings by 2030. SB 350 will also grant the Air Resources Board significant authority to adopt regulations that will result in a 50% reduction in petroleum use in cars and trucks by 2030. In short, unelected regulators will be able to limit how far you can drive, ration gas, increase costs, and...
  • Hacker remotely crashes Jeep from 10 miles away

    07/21/2015 9:51:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    Hackers took control of a car and crashed it into a ditch by remotely breaking into its systems from 10 miles away whilst sitting on their sofa. In the first such breach of its kind security experts cut out the engine and applied the brakes on the Jeep Cherokee, sending it into a spin. The US hackers said they used just a laptop and mobile phone to access the Jeepís on-board systems via its wireless Internet connection. They claim that more than 470,000 cars made by Fiat Chrysler could be at risk of being attacked by similar means - including...
  • Lyft Co-Founder: ĎMost Millennials Wonít Own a Car in Five YearsíÖAnd Data Supports This!

    07/12/2015 12:09:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    *If youíve never heard of ride-sharing, app-based taxi services like Uber and Lyft, you probably donít get out much. They are pretty much taking over the world. And John Zimmer, who co-founded Lyft, even goes as far as saying that in five years, most millennials wonít own a car. They will see no need for it. ďYou could actually start seeing the majority of millennials in the next five years or so saying thereís no reason I should get a car,Ē Zimmer told Mashable recently. ďThe car used to be the symbol of American freedom. Now itís like Öowning a...
  • Some Ford lines may be heading to Mexico

    07/11/2015 2:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We havenít checked in on the state of affairs in the auto industry recently, but it may soon be back in the news in a big way. Ford is making noises about the fact that they are losing money on the smaller, high efficiency cars which they must produce to stay on top of the eco-minded consumer market, such as the Ford Focus. So whatís a business to do? One suggestion being floated is that they just give up on turning a profit in Detroit and head down south of the border. Ford Motor Co.ís decision to end production of...
  • Chrysler just beat Ford in dealership sales for the first time ever

    07/01/2015 10:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    Fortune ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ben Geier
    It was a milestone month for FCA. For the first time ever, Chrysler has outsold Ford in US retail sales, reports Reuters. Retail sales refers to only cars sold directly to consumers, not counting sales of fleet vehicles to corporate customers. Including fleet sales, Ford moved 223,666 cars and Fiat Chrysler group sold 186,864. General Motors, meanwhile, saw sales slip slightly year over year and sold 265,825 cars. For the industry as a whole, it was another good month as car sales continue to go up. 2015 is expected to see even more growth in car sales, as the market...
  • 3D Printing And The New Economics Of Manufacturing

    06/28/2015 4:26:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Forbes Leadership ^ | June 22, 2015 | Rick Smith
    3D printing production is just scratching the surface of the multi-trillion dollar global manufacturing industry. But its dominance is already inevitable.ÔĄŅÔĄŅ This is because modern manufacturing, despite numerous technological and process advances over the last century, is still a very inefficient global system. Today¬ís world of mass production is based on one simple rule: the more things you make, the lower the cost of each of those things. We have literally pushed this equation to its extreme limits. This approach was dramatically accelerated by Henry Ford, arguably the most impactful character in the industrial revolution. For starters, Ford proved out...
  • Worldís 1st 3D-Printed Supercar UnveiledĖ 0-60 in 2.2 Seconds, 700 HP, Built from Unique Node System

    06/28/2015 4:11:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print ^ | June 24, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    The automobile industry has been relatively stagnant for the past several decades. While new car designs are released annually, and computer technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, the manufacturing processes and the effects that these processes have on our environment have remain relatively unchanged. Over the past decade or so, 3D printing has shown some promise in the manufacturing of automobiles, yet it has not quite lived up to its potential, at least according to Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of a company called Divergent Microfactories (DM). Today, at the O’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco, Kevin Czinger...
  • Tesla Leases Former Solyndra Manufacturing Site

    06/22/2015 7:54:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Gas2 ^ | June 22, 2015 | Steve Hanley
    Electrek is reporting that Tesla has signed a lease for the former Solyndra manufacturing site just a few miles away from its assembly plant in Freemont, California. Its current production facility can build up to to 500,000 cars a year, but Elon Musk says Tesla will be building ďmillionsĒ of cars by 2020. What will it do with the new space? In an e-mail to Business Journal, it said ď901 Page, located conveniently down the road from the Tesla Factory, gives us the space to expand our manufacturing and build more engineering labs as we build up production.Ē There is...
  • Volvo will build its first US factory in South Carolina

    05/11/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2015 | Edward Taylor
    Sweden's Volvo has chosen a site in South Carolina for a $500 million investment in its first U.S. plant, it said on Monday, targeting a bigger share of the increasingly competitive North American premium market. Work will begin this year on the factory in Berkeley County, with production due to start in 2018 and quickly reach 100,000 vehicles a year.
  • Bureaucracies: Dinosaurs Run Amok in Technological Civilization

    05/10/2015 10:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 10, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    ĎFinally, neural networks that actually work.Ē So reads the headline in Wired, and, really, havenít we all been waiting? (Yes, we have, even if we do not know it.) The article concerns artificial-intelligence innovator Jeff Dean, who as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota 25 years ago created a rudimentary ďneural networkĒ ó a computer system sophisticated enough to learn ó but was hobbled by the available computing power of the time. Now working at Google, heís helping to create vastly powerful and subtle networks that recognize faces and spoken language. A few pages over, thereís a wonderful if...
  • Man Arrested in Murder of Ill. Student Selling Car on Craigslist

    05/07/2015 10:42:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 7, 2015
    Investigators have arrested a St. Louis- area truck driving school employee in the murder of an Illinois student who was found slain after posting his car for sale on Craigslist, reports CBS St. Louis. The body of 19-year-old Taylor Clark was found at the M.T.C. Truck Center in Hazelwood, Mo. Tuesday, about 400 feet from the red 2007 Nissan 350ZX he had posted for sale and 25 miles west of where he was last seen by his girlfriend Monday in Glen Carbon, Ill. gordon2.jpg Michael Gordon CBS ST. LOUIS Police say the employee, 24-year-old Michael Gordon, fatally shot the Southern...
  • The Thorium Powered Car

    05/02/2015 10:21:16 AM PDT · by all the best · 80 replies
    Eric Peters Autos ^ | May 1, 2015 | Eric Peters
    Hereís another, more recent one: The thorium-turbine powered car. Heat energy from the thorium Ė a weakly radioactive element (named after the Norse god Thor) that is estimated to be 3-4 times more naturally abundant than uranium and which contains 20 million times the energy as an equivalent lump of coal Ė is used to generate steam, which is then used to power a small turbine, which provides the motive force. The beauty of the system is that Ė like a nuclear submarine Ė the fuel lasts almost forever. Well, longer than you will last, probably. Howís 100 years sound?...
  • Elon Musk: The Cars Youíre Driving Today Will Eventually Be Outlawed

    03/18/2015 6:41:09 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 147 replies
    The Daily Caller via Yahoo! News ^ | 17 March 2015 | The Daily Caller
    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk thinks every car on the road today ó and many more in the future ó will eventually be outlawed. The reason? They require humans to drive. ďIn the distant future, [legislators] may outlaw driven cars because theyíre too dangerous,Ē Musk told NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at companyís annual developers conference Tuesday. ĒYou canít have a person driving a two-ton death machine.Ē
  • Elio Motors Engine Prototype-First Start-Up to Build All-New Internal-Combustion Engine in 60 Years

    03/08/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | March 6, 2015
    Elio Motors today announced it has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype, completing one of the company's most important stages of development. With a goal of up to 84 MPG and a projected top speed of more than 100 MPH, the enclosed, three-wheeled Elio requires an engine with a unique blend of power and efficiency that simply doesn't exist on the market today. Elio Motors, which plans to sell the vehicle for $6,800 when it launches in the first half of 2016, turned to world-class engine developer IAV to create a new technology that would meet the company's...
  • Rep. Blumenauer: 'We Need More Research on the Health Effects of Gunsí

    02/13/2015 7:31:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D- Ore.) has released a plan calling for ďmore research on the health effects of guns.Ē Blumenauerís ďEnough is EnoughĒ plan looks back to how the U.S. government addressed tobacco use and automobile safety in years past and calls for a similar approach to guns. ďThe Surgeon General's report on tobacco was a major catalyst for the efforts to reduce tobacco use. Ralph Naderís research captured headlines and focused public attention on automobile safety. Similarly, we need more research on the health effects of guns. We can start by improving the ability of researchers and...
  • Driverless Cars Get Approval For UK Roads

    02/13/2015 1:49:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Geeky Gadgets ^ | February 11, 2015 | Roland Hutchinson
    Earlier today we heard that the new Lutz Pathfinder driverless car would be launching in the UK later in the year, trials will begin on footpath routes in the UK at first and are then expected to be rolled out to roads. Now the UK government has approved the use of driverless cars in the UK, and legislation to allow the technology to we widely used in the UK will be brought in some time in 2017. UK Transport minister Claire Perry said the following about driverless cars in the UK:- "Driverless cars are the future. I want Britain to...
  • What is more likely to kill you -- a gun or a car?

    02/12/2015 8:16:06 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 12, 2015 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Which is more likely to kill you: a car or a gun? Various publications, from The Economist to Forbes, and many others have been reporting that gun deaths are set to overtake road deaths before the year is up. But not only isnít that going to happen. Car deaths have indeed fallen more than gun deaths, but thatís not because of comparatively stringent safety regulations. Gun control advocates brag that they have ďa statistic that really resonates with people.Ē The latest data we have are from 2013. In that year, 35,598 people died from motor vehicle deaths. 32,888 died from...
  • Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is the Wagon America Needs

    12/29/2014 3:05:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! Auto's Bold Ride Blog ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jonathon Klein
    The new Mercedes-Benz CLA has absolutely killed its sales since it debuted earlier in the year. Mercedes wanted a new entry-level model that would bring in a younger generation of buyer, and the CLA and GLA have absolutely knocked it out of the park. Now Mercedes wants to expand the lineup for the carsí platform. Weíve already seen the CLA 45 AMG, and the GLA, but according to Mercedes, what the CLA needs is a shooting brake. Or what us Americans call ďa wagon.Ē Gone are the days of dorky wood-lined station wagons. Todayís modern iterations are some of the...
  • Elon Musk: The new Tesla Roadster can travel some 400 miles on a single charge

    12/26/2014 7:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    The Washington Post's The Switch Blog ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brian Fung
    Car nerds, you just got an extra present under the tree. Tesla announced Friday an upgrade for its Roadster, the electric car companyís convertible model, and said that the new features significantly boost its range -- beyond what many traditional cars can get on a tank of gasoline. The company is installing three retrofits for the vehicle. First up is a battery upgrade that marks a 31 percent increase in capacity. Next is an ďaero kitĒ thatíll alter the carís profile slightly, producing a 15 percent reduction in wind drag. Finally, the Roadster will be getting new, more efficient tires....
  • Driverless cars set to be tested in four English cities

    12/04/2014 7:51:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    BBC News Technology Blog ^ | December 3, 2014
    Milton Keynes is set to begin tests of the Lutz self-driving pods next year.The four English locations picked to test driverless cars have been named.Greenwich, in south-east London, and Bristol will each host a project of their own, while Coventry and Milton Keynes will share a third. The decision was announced by the quango Innovate UK, after George Osborne's Autumn Statement. The chancellor also announced an additional £9m in funding for the work, adding to the £10m that had been announced in July. The businesses involved will add further funds. Bristol will host the Venturer consortium, which aims to investigate...
  • How Electric Superchargers Went from Fantasy to Feasibility

    10/30/2014 10:30:32 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 13 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | October 30, 2014 at 11:30:00 AM | David Gluckman
    How Electric Superchargers Went from Fantasy to Feasibility October 30, 2014 at 11:30:00 AM by David Gluckman | 0 Comments   Comments 0 Share   (Photo Credit: Chris Philpot) Until recently, electric superchargers might as well have been perpetual motion machines, for sale at the same places as gasoline magnet ionizers and other snake-oil. Power for an electric compressor has to come from somewhere, and e-turbos were a kind of get-power-quick scheme that ultimately left you poorer. That’s starting to change. Step one, as it usually does, involved motorsports. The current crop of Formula 1 cars and Audi’s latest R18 use...
  • I LOVE CARS ó The Greatest Invention of Mankind: Julius Caesar never had anything this good.

    10/03/2014 11:01:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The American Spectator's Ben Stein's Diary ^ | October 1, 2014 | Ben Stein
    Tuesday SoÖ It is a beautiful, spectacular day here in Los Angeles. I am sitting at my desk and looking out at the swimming pool and I am thinking a DEEP THOUGHT: I LOVE CARS. I donít just like cars. I donít just think itís good to have a car. I LOVE CARS. And I include trucks there, too, of course. I LOVE CARS!!!! The car is the greatest invention of mankind. The car is what makes all of the difference in life. Before the car, man was pretty much just an insect. He burrowed and crept along the ground....
  • Used BMW i8 Sells For 50% More Than MSRP

    09/29/2014 12:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Inside EVs ^ | September 28, 2014 | Mark Kane
    The BMW i8 is a rather unusual car, not only because of its look and drivetrain, but also because it can apparently earn money for its owner. According to Motoring Research, one of the early BMW i8 owners was able to sell his car used for £140,000, or almost 50% over £95,000 post-grant price! He earned £45,000 ($73,000) in just over a month. The reason, which makes used i8s so expensive, lies in high demand limited by the low production target set by BMW. ďSpecialist finance house Magnitude Finance arranged the deal. One of its customers was reportedly desperate to...
  • Lincoln Motor Co., Black Greeks cement their partnership

    09/15/2014 3:18:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Howard University's The District Chronicles ^ | September 15, 2014 | Shawn Thompson
    Lincoln Motors marketing manager Thompson hopes the campaign with the Black Greeks will boost sales, help communities.To continue in its efforts to give back to local communities, the Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), a group of nine African-American Greek-letter organizations. The program, ďThe Divine Nine Driven to Give Program,Ē is an extension of Lincolnís national Driven To Give program that kicked off in August. ďBeing able to engage with influencers on initiatives that matter most to them is key in our efforts to introduce some of our newest products, like the first-ever Lincoln...
  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/14/2014 11:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | The October 2014 Issue | Frank Markus | Photos By Julia LaPalme
    Where is the automobile headed in our gradually warming world? Fully electric like the Chevy Spark, Nissan Leaf, or Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive? Plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt, Ford Energi models, or Porsche 918? Flying cars like the Terrafugia Transition? Something else entirely? One thing's for sure: Wherever it's headed, folks buying at the pointy end of the price pyramid will get there first and help field-test the tech for the rest of us. If you have both the means and the inclination to live your automotive life on the green-tech bleeding edge -- or if you need...
  • Congress Approves Bill That Will Offer Free Automobiles To Welfare Recipients

    09/04/2014 11:14:19 AM PDT · by A Voice · 58 replies
    Empire News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Raoul Stockton
    Yesterday the White House announced its plan to offer free motor vehicles to welfare recipients, after congress passed the bill in a narrow vote. The program, initiated by President Barrack Obama, is very similar to what is now widely known to the public as ďThe Obama Phone,Ē where welfare recipients can get free cell phone service through a subsidized program. Some are even already referring to the free vehicle program as ďThe Obama Car.Ē
  • General Motors Issues Six New Recalls Affecting 823,000 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC Vehicles

    07/24/2014 9:11:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Richard Read
    For much of the spring, it seemed as if General Motors issued a new round of recalls every other day, but the automaker has been largely quiet on that front for over three weeks. Could the recall party be coming to an end? Based on a new press release from GM, the answer is probably "no". The release outlines six new recalls, some big, some small. They cover a range of recent models from GM's surviving four nameplates and affect roughly 823,000 vehicles. This brings the total number of vehicles recalled by GM since January 1, 2014 to 28,767,143. Here's...
  • Why Tesla Motors can't sell cars in most of the United States

    07/20/2014 8:07:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Engadget ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ben Gilbert
    Tesla Motors makes beautiful, quality electric automobiles. Don't just take it from us; Consumer Reports rated the Tesla Model S the "best overall" car in its 2014 Top Picks report (which includes all non-electric cars as well). Yet, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's ongoing effort to expand his EV empire, state after state in the United States is pushing back. Not because those states are against electronic vehicles, Musk or even Tesla; it's about the way Tesla wants to sell its cars. Specifically, it's about money. WHAT TESLA WANTS You know how Apple has stores where it sells its computers,...
  • Subprime woes are back: This time in used cars

    07/20/2014 7:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNBC / The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery
    Rodney Durham stopped working in 1991, declared bankruptcy and lives on Social Security. Nonetheless, Wells Fargo lent him $15,197 to buy a used Mitsubishi sedan. ''I am not sure how I got the loan,'' Mr. Durham, age 60, said. Mr. Durham's application said that he made $35,000 as a technician at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., according to a copy of the loan document. But he says he told the dealer he hadn't worked at the hospital for more than three decades. Now, after months of Wells Fargo pressing him over missed payments, the bank has repossessed his car. This...
  • Democrat Congressman: Tax Drivers for Every Mile They Drive

    07/12/2014 12:35:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 11, 2014 | Penny Starr
    While the House and the Senate this week issued measures intended to temporarily replenish the Highway Trust Fund before it runs out of money next month, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) ended the week by proposing to hike - then abolish - the federal fuel tax and replace it with a per-mile ďfee.Ē ďThe policy development that Iím most excited about and that will reinforce the right practices for the future: After we raise the gas tax, we should abolish it,Ē Blumenauer said on Friday at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. ďThe time is right to replace...