Autos

Electric Vehicles Poised to Go Mainstream – VOA News – Voice of America

The bumper sticker on the back of Scott Wilson’s car reads, “This is what the end of gasoline looks like.” And what does that car look like? A sleek, sci-fi experimental vehicle? A $100,000 Tesla luxury car? Nope. It’s just a Kia Soul EV, the battery-powered version of the Korean automaker’s boxy hatchback. Once the domain of concept cars and hobbyists, electric vehicles are no longer so exotic. And sales…

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Car markers are revving up electric car production, but one analyst thinks consumers aren’t ready to hit the road – CNBC

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Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Tesla reaffirms effort to build cars in China; mum on deal report – Reuters

(Reuters) – Electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) reaffirmed on Sunday it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year, but declined to comment on a report that a deal has been reached. China levies a 25 percent duty on sales of imported vehicles and has not allowed foreign automakers…

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Crazed driver tries to steal fire truck after plowing into cars – New York Post

New video shows the moment a crazed driver tried to steal a fire truck after plowing his box truck into several cars near Times Square Sunday. Video of the scuffle shows the truck driver, who can be seen wearing a green T-shirt, frantically climbing in the driver’s-side door of a fire engine on 10th Avenue and 43rd Street. He braces himself on the door as he rocks back and forth…

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One. – New York Times

Driverless cars tap deep into the human psyche. We want to be in control, or at least to give control to trained professionals, like doctors. We don’t want computers to be in charge. Researchers at Penn and the University of Chicago have conducted some clever experiments that capture this phenomenon. They asked participants to complete tasks (like predicting which business-school applicants would go on to successful careers) and compare their…

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Why Disney Should Take The Lead On Self-Driving Cars – Forbes

I feel fairly confident that autonomous vehicles are coming eventually, and that the roadblocks critics cite are surmountable. But rather than showing up overnight as fully functioning options at the car dealership, autonomous vehicles will show up gradually as incremental growth of autonomy and flexibility. One of the first places that should go autonomous is pretty clear to me: Disney World. Buses are likely to be among the earliest applications of…

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Car markers are revving up electric car production, but one analyst thinks consumers aren’t ready to hit the road – CNBC

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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Tesla moves closer to deal to build cars in China – Reuters

(Reuters) – Electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) reaffirmed on Sunday it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year, but declined to comment on a report that a deal has been reached. China levies a 25 percent duty on sales of imported vehicles and has not allowed foreign automakers…

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Where Will We Charge All Those Electric Cars We’ll Soon Be Buying? – NBCNews.com

The auto industry is getting ready to plug into battery power in a big way. In recent months, virtually every major automaker has announced some form of “electrification” and, by the middle of the coming decade, conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure battery-electric vehicles could account for nearly one-third of all new vehicle sales — even more if California regulators ban the internal combustion engine entirely, as they’re now considering….

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Last day before motorists with pre-2006 cars pay extra £10 ‘T-charge’ to drive in London – Telegraph.co.uk

From tomorrow, owners of older, dirtier cars will be charged an extra £10 if they want to drive into London. The Mayor, Saddiq Khan, announced the “Toxicity charge” in February as part of a package of measures to clean up the capital’s “filthy air”. The “T-charge” will be introduced on October 23, the start of the autumn half-term, and will be in operation Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 6pm. Why is…

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Top Twenty Cars from the Volkswagen AutoMuseum – Automobile

Most visitors to Wolfsburg, Germany, will see the fantastic car museum at the Autostadt, but relatively few will take the two-minute drive to one of the country’s hidden gems, the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. From the outside, the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen may not look like much, especially compared to the glitz and glamour of the Autostadt, but if you’re a die-hard Volkswagen fan, the museum is a must-see—and at €6 ($7) for…

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Freight train derails in Tennessee, slams into at least 2 buildings – ABC News

A freight train derailed Saturday night in North Knoxville, Tennessee, with some of the cars slamming into at least two buildings, according to police. Norfolk Southern Railway PR director Susan Terpay confirmed to ABC News that the derailed train belongs to the company. Terpay said 20 of the train’s rail cars derailed. According to ABC affiliate WATE, the train was made up of three locomotives and 68 rail cars. Terpay…

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Where Will We Charge All Those Electric Cars We’ll Soon Be Buying? – NBCNews.com

The auto industry is getting ready to plug into battery power in a big way. In recent months, virtually every major automaker has announced some form of “electrification” and, by the middle of the coming decade, conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure battery-electric vehicles could account for nearly one-third of all new vehicle sales — even more if California regulators ban the internal combustion engine entirely, as they’re now considering….

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017

T-charge prompts thousands to ditch their old cars for cleaner vehicles, figures show – Telegraph.co.uk

Thousands of drivers have ditched their diesel cars for cleaner vehicles ahead of London’s new “T-charge”, it has emerged. The Sunday Telegraph has obtained Transport for London data showing the number of older diesel cars entering the the capital has dropped by more than a third in the year since the policy was announced.  From Monday, drivers of the most polluting cars in central London will have to shell out an extra…

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak – Engadget

Volkswagen is partnering with Technical Development in Wolfsburg to build the all-wheel-drive prototype. The automaker hopes it will break the record for electric racers on the course, which was set at eight minutes 57.118 seconds in 2016. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is 12.4 miles long, with a nearly 5,000-foot climb to top out at a maximum elevation of over 14,000 feet above sea level. “The Pikes Peak hill climb…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak – Engadget

Volkswagen is partnering with Technical Development in Wolfsburg to build the all-wheel-drive prototype. The automaker hopes it will break the record for electric racers on the course, which was set at eight minutes 57.118 seconds in 2016. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is 12.4 miles long, with a nearly 5,000-foot climb to top out at a maximum elevation of over 14,000 feet above sea level. “The Pikes Peak hill climb…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Consumer Reports: Toyota tops for reliability — and Cadillac is last – USA TODAY

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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

US auto reliability dented by new technology; electric cars fare better: report – Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – New technology to stream music into dashboards or boost fuel efficiency is making cars less reliable, although electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt should fare better than many conventional models, Consumer Reports magazine said on Thursday. The magazine said its survey of 640,000 vehicles showed that all-new vehicles or models with newly updated technology are more likely than older models to…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Volkswagen Attending Pikes Peak for First Time in 30 Years, This Time with an Electric Car – The Drive

The engineering that went into the car was mesmerizing for the time. Engineers utilized electronic throttle position sensors, despite the motor being fit with mechanical cable-driven throttle bodies, in order to match throttle between both engines. Sadly, by the end of the race, the car suffered a transmission failure. Then, Volkswagen went radio silent for 30 years. Fortunately, fans kept the name alive by building period-correct cars to aide in…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Almost A Third Of All New Cars Don’t Have Spare Tires: Report – Jalopnik

It used to be that if tire grievances happened to you on the road, you simply pulled over, got out the jack and spare tire and changed the the thing yourself. Then you’d be back on the road once more. Easy. But this isn’t the case anymore for an alarming number of people in new cars, a new AAA study finds. The reasoning itself is innocent enough: automakers want to…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017