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  • Volkswagen's electric microbus: Much virtue-signaling, little virtue; How do woke environmentalists think these electric vehicles get made, anyway?

    10/02/2020 8:17:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/02/2020 | Henry Pierson
    Electric vehicles are coming from Volkswagen.  Hate to disappoint, but if you love the environment, this is a step backward. Recently, an amendment to a green energy bill in the House was defeated.  It would have required the secretary of commerce to certify that federally funded buses and charging stations do not contain minerals mined or processed by children.  The Democrat majority said such an amendment was not necessary since the U.S. already has trade agreements prohibiting child labor.  Ah, but not with the Congo or Zimbabwe.  Clever. Why is this important?  The U.S. has produced zero cobalt in the past 40 years.  Without cobalt, there...
  • As Tesla Battery Day approaches, Elon Musk hints at major capacity increases

    08/28/2020 11:03:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    CNET ^ | Aug. 25, 2020 8:29 a.m. PT | Sean Szymkowski
    Something's stirring over at Tesla. The company's highly anticipated Battery Day is just on the horizon, and ahead of the event, CEO Elon Musk shared some insight into energy density via Twitter. Replying to a Twitter thread surrounding the possibility of an electric airplane, Musk said batteries with 400 watt hours per kilogram are highly likely in the next three to four years. And not just one-off units, either, but mass produced batteries with long lifecycles, too. This type of energy density could provide 50% more energy density compared to today's batteries, noting today's batteries used in the Tesla Model...
  • Tesla boss Elon Musk test-drives Volkswagen ID.3 electric with rival CEO Diess

    09/09/2020 7:17:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | September 5, 2020 | Bloomberg
    Elon Musk test-drove the ID.3 when he made a final stopover to meet with one of his biggest competitors, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. Musk also inspected the ID.4 electric SUV that Volkswagen will launch later this month. Before Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk returned to the US after a three-day visit to Germany, he made a final stopover to meet with one of his biggest competitors - Volkswagen AG CEO Herbert Diess. The two auto executives met at a small airport in Braunschweig for about two hours on Thursday evening and Musk test-drove VW’s ID.3 electric-car, according to...
  • Volkswagen ID.3: First-Drive Review By Jonny Smith

    08/28/2020 8:59:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Inside EVs ^ | August 23, 2020 | Steven Loveday
    CarPervert Jonny Smith reminds us that the Volkswagen ID.3 is just the beginning of a brand-new era for Volkswagen... The ID.3 is arguably not incredible to look at, but neither is the Golf. These cars are designed for a global audience of mass-market buyers. It banks on compact, practical, and affordable, which are all keys to adoption. Smith wrote: "The exterior is pleasant, with its side profile being a grower. The space inside is phenomenal, given its dimensions. The layout of the interior is pleasing, however there are more hard plastic surfaces than the equivalent Golfs. An e-Golf probably feels...
  • VW Polo Driver Flips Car Seconds After Taking Delivery

    06/20/2020 9:31:50 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 73 replies
    Motor1 ^ | 20 June 2020 | Nico Ylanan
    Which pedal does what again? Driving off the dealer lot after all the papers are signed and the keys are handed over is a momentous occasion. This is it, you're key to independence (or monthly payments) and even more memories to be had. Just don't screw this up, okay? Don't be like this guy in the video. The story appeared on Motoroids, an Indian based automotive website, where some background is given on how easy it is to get a license thanks to what appears to be a total lack of proper training and actual enforcement. Basically the system sucks...
  • Top German court grants buybacks for VW diesel car owners

    05/25/2020 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5/25/2020 | Carsten HAUPTMEIER ,
    Karlsruhe (Germany) (AFP) - A top German court ruled Monday that Volkswagen must buy back a diesel car it modified to appear less polluting, a decision that could influence the outcome of tens of thousands of other "dieselgate" cases. Judges at the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe "effectively upheld" a lower court's ruling that plaintiff Herbert Gilbert can return his car to VW for reimbursement, but he must also accept a discount from the original purchase price for the time he used it. Almost five years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on emissions tests involving millions of diesel...
  • German car giant Volkswagen pulls 'racist' ad after outcry

    05/20/2020 3:41:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies ^ | 20 May 2020 14:53 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Germany’s Volkswagen (VW) has pulled an Instagram ad that showed a giant white hand pushing around a black person, saying it was “surprised and shocked” that viewers decried it as racist. The 10-second clip appeared on the firm’s Instagram story on Tuesday to advertise the new Golf car. It has since been removed, but was still circulating on Twitter on Wednesday. The ad shows an oversized white woman’s hand picking up a black man in a suit and moving him around before flicking him into a building and away from the yellow Golf car parked nearby. Viewers were quick to...
  • (Germany)..With Masks and Distancing, Volkswagen Restarts Production....

    04/24/2020 4:42:57 PM PDT · by caww · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 4/23/2020 | AP
    German automaker Volkswagen restarted production on Thursday ZWICKAU, Germany—German automaker Volkswagen restarted production on Thursday at its plant in Zwickau, where its crucial mass-market electric vehicle is being made ahead of its launch later this year. The company said the plan was “health before production numbers” as the assembly line started up after a five-week closure under new health rules agreed with worker representatives that include... wearing face protection where a 6-foot distance can’t always be observed. Other measures include.. regular cleanings. Distancing is required in washrooms, changing rooms, and lunchrooms. At restart the plan was to make 50 cars...
  • Fiat Chrysler in talks with Foxconn to develop electric cars

    01/17/2020 8:29:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 17, 2020
    Fiat Chrysler is in talks with the Chinese company Foxconn to develop and manufacture battery-powered vehicles, the U.S.-Italian automaker said Friday. Fiat Chrysler is in the process of merging with France’s PSA Peugeot, which is 12% owned by Chinese company Dongfeng Motor Co. Both Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot have lagged in developing electric powertrains and also have been struggling to increase sales in China, the world’s biggest auto market. It was unclear what impact Fiat Chrysler’s proposed joint venture with Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd., would have on the wider merger, which is expected to...
  • Brussels reacts in FURY as Germany's Volkswagen shuns Europe and opts for 'cheaper' Turkey

    10/15/2019 9:07:09 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 12 replies
    Express ^ | Oct 3, 2019 | Rachel Russell
    Brussels is concerned by the constraints on freedom of expression and demonstration rights under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is despite the German carmaker arguing the country is a candidate for EU membership. German Green Party politician Reinhard Bütikofer, revealed the decision “caused dismay” within the European Parliament. He said: “In view of the increasingly deteriorating situation of the rule of law, media freedom and democracy under President Erdogan, the decision of the VW Group head is causing dismay.” The location decision is also said be a breach of EU competition rules. While Turkey has committed to complying with...
  • California to stop buying GM, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler vehicles over emissions fight

    11/18/2019 12:41:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 110 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | November 18, 2019 | David Shepardson (editing by Tom Brown)
    California said on Monday it will halt all purchases of new vehicles for state government fleets from GM, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler and other automakers backing President Donald Trump in a battle to strip the state of authority to regulate tailpipe emissions. Between 2016 and 2018, California purchased $58.6 million in vehicles from General Motors Corp, $55.8 million from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles $10.6 million from Toyota Motor Corp and $9 million from Nissan Motor Co. Last month, GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and members of the Global Automakers trade association backed the Trump administration's effort to bar California from setting tailpipe...
  • California rules set lower emissions for state vehicle fleet

    11/15/2019 8:09:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2019 | Don Thompson
    California announced new rules Friday for its state vehicle fleet to reduce pollution and reward automakers that are siding with it against the Trump administration. Officials immediately barred state agencies from buying any sedans that only run on internal combustion engines, with exemptions for certain public safety vehicles. The state has about 40,000 vehicles, about 8,400 of which are sedans. Starting next year, it will require state agencies to buy only from companies that recognize California’s authority to set greenhouse gas and zero emission vehicle standards. Only BMW, Ford, Volkswagen and Honda have decided to back California and endorse stricter...
  • Will The Crash in Autos Drive The End Of This Cycle?

    10/30/2019 10:03:12 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 123 replies
    Schwab resources ^ | 28 October 2019 | Jeffrey Kleintop
    Key Points •The last global economic cycle ended with a housing bust; will the bust in auto sales end this cycle? •Auto sales have crashed, the unsold inventory and delinquent debt may worsen well into 2020. •This auto-led downturn may be less damaging to the global economy than the housing bust was 10 years ago, but automobile manufacturing still accounts for a sizable amount of production, debt, and jobs. In 2009, the world economy was starting to climb out of a housing-led downturn. Ten years later, a downturn in auto production following tumbling car sales is driving a bust in...
  • VW Bets Future on Electric People’s Car

    08/22/2019 11:52:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 97 replies
    WSJ ^ | 22 Aug 2019 | William Boston
    The self-parking ID.3 shows how big-volume car makers are unleashing a new generation of technologically advanced vehicles that will allow them to wrestle back leadership of their industry from upstarts like Tesla Inc. But in order for the industry’s huge bet on electrification to pay off, car makers will have to sell millions of the vehicles to mass-market consumers, not just an elite group of wealthy, environmentally conscious consumers. Ultimately, it expects to build one million electric cars with this technology by 2025 and a total of 15 million before upgrading the vehicle’s core technology. Bumper to bumper, the ID.3...
  • VW, Ford team up to make autonomous, electric vehicles

    07/12/2019 6:33:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 12, 2019 | Cathy Bussewitz and Tom Krisher
    Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as the automakers who were once rivals deepen their partnership to develop driverless and electric vehicles in an ultra-competitive landscape. The two automakers will become equal owners of Argo AI, and they plan to put autonomous vehicles on the roads in the U.S. and Europe as early as 2021, the companies said Friday. The deal also includes a plan for Ford to use VW’s electric vehicle platform to build zero-emissions cars for the European market starting in 2023. Auto companies have been teaming up...
  • From Nazis to hippies: End of the road for Volkswagen Beetle

    07/09/2019 5:48:56 AM PDT · by McGruff · 59 replies
    AP ^ | 7/9/2019 | DAVID McHUGH
    Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning the eight decades since 1938. It has been: a part of Germany’s darkest hours as a never-realized Nazi prestige project. A symbol of Germany’s postwar economic renaissance and rising middle-class prosperity. An example of globalization, sold and recognized all over the world. An emblem of the 1960s counterculture in the United States. Above all, the car remains a landmark in design, as...
  • Genesis, Kia, and Hyundai top 2019 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

    06/22/2019 8:06:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | June 21, 2019 | Stephen Edelstein
    For many buyers whose top priority is a car that won’t break down, the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study is gospel. J.D. Power just released the results of its 2019 Initial Quality Study, and the Korean trio of Genesis, Kia, and Hyundai took the top three spots. Luxury brand Genesis ranked highest, followed by sibling brands Kia and Hyundai. It’s a big win for Genesis which, as a relative newcomer to the luxury segment, needs to build credibility with buyers. The high scores achieved by Kia and Hyundai show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to...
  • Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

    06/14/2019 9:05:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2019
    Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and concluded Friday. Preliminary results show 833 employees voted against representation and 776 voted for it, the German automaker said in a statement. VW said about 93% of the roughly 1,700 eligible employees voted. “Our employees have spoken,” Frank Fischer, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said in the company statement. He said results are pending certification by...
  • Electric cars DO have a smaller carbon footprint overall, says Volkswagen

    04/29/2019 12:05:19 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 147 replies
    Motoring Research ^ | 4/25/19 | John Redfern
    Volkswagen has crunched the numbers to show electric cars produce lower CO2 emissions than petrol- or diesel-engined models, for the entire lifespan of the vehicle. While it may be clear that an electric car produces no direct CO2 emissions when driving, Volkswagen has demonstrated the wider savings through use of a ‘certified life cycle assessment’ process. The company has taken the all-electric e-Golf, and the traditional diesel-engined Golf TDI, to demonstrate just how substantial the differences can be over the whole life of a car.
  • Here's How Lucid Motors Will Neutralize Tesla's Supercharger Advantage

    03/03/2019 5:13:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | September 27, 2018 | John Rosevear
    Lucid Motors, a Silicon Valley start-up that is gearing up to launch an advanced electric luxury car, said that it has struck a preliminary deal with Electrify America to provide its future customers with a nationwide recharging plan. This is an important deal. Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Supercharger network has given it a big advantage in winning buyers away from internal-combustion alternatives. Any company looking to challenge Tesla will be at a disadvantage unless it can also provide its buyers with assurance that they'll be able to access high-speed chargers on road trips. Lucid isn't yet public, but it just won a...