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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

What Do Electric Vehicles Mean For MLPs? – Seeking Alpha

By Karyl Patredis Will widespread use of electric vehicles decrease oil demand in the near future? Innovation can be a little scary. Do you remember logging onto the internet for the first time? About 30 years ago, the idea that we could order a pizza, do our Christmas shopping, plan a vacation, and take a class via the computer seemed crazy, but technology happens. In a similar way, it might…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nissan halts production of cars sold in Japan – CNNMoney

Nissan has suspended production of cars for its home market over safety concerns. The automaker said Thursday that it had halted production of vehicles for the Japanese market after discovering that inspections were not carried out properly at several factories. “Certain checks were carried out by technicians not properly registered to perform those duties under Nissan’s own processes,” the company said in a statement. The stoppage won’t affect cars produced…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

To Survive the Streets, Robocars Must Learn to Think Like Humans – WIRED

Next time you’re driving down the road or walking down the street, pause to consider how you read your surroundings. How you pay extra attention to the kid kicking a soccer ball around her front lawn and the slightly wobbly, nervous looking cyclist. How you deprioritize the woman striding toward the street, knowing she’s heading for the group of friends waving to her from the sidewalk. You make these calls…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Six Favorite Cars from the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Sale – Automobile

It’s October, and that means the collector car extraordinaires over at Barrett-Jackson are gearing up for one of its largest sales of the year, held at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. The docket isn’t usually filled with vintage Ferraris or Pre-War Bugattis, but Barrett-Jackson has long remained a magnet for top-tier Americana and cutting edge supercars. We shuffled through the extensive list of available cars and picked out…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sacramento auto show rolls into Cal Expo – Sacramento Bee

Many of the latest-model cars consumers will be seeing on dealer lots next year will be on display Friday through Sunday at the Sacramento International Auto Show at Cal Expo. The three-day show at 1600 Exposition Blvd. is sponsored by the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. This…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Correction: Self-Driving Cars Report story – ABC News

In a story Oct. 17 about a Boston self-driving car study, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a computer simulation showed that the advent of self-driving cars would likely add vehicles to the roads. The analysis showed that while vehicles would travel longer distances, there would be fewer of them on roads. A corrected version of the story is below: Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl A new…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017