Archive for the ‘EVs’ Category

Honda Topping Charts as Best Buy for 2018

U.S. News & World Report releases 2018 list of best new vehicle choices.

by on Feb.06, 2018

The Honda CR-V captured the Best Compact SUV category in the annual U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Cars for the Money honors.

It’s the start of tax season and for many, that long-awaited tax return check that will be the down payment is the only thing between them and a new vehicle in the driveway.

However, what to buy may be a much more difficult choice than imagined. Yes, trucks and sport-utility vehicles are still rolling off dealership lots in big numbers, but is a new Ford Explorer or Chevrolet Traverse the right vehicle for you?

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Fortunately, there are plenty of reference materials to access when looking for the new ride, including the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Cars for the Money, which covers 14 automotive categories and highlights vehicles that provide consumers with the best combination of quality and value. (more…)

Nissan Spending $9.5B to Grow China Sales

New plan designed to leap in front of Ford, Toyota and Honda.

by on Feb.05, 2018

Nissan and Dongfeng are counting on growing sales of its low-cost Venucia brand in China to push Nissan past 2.5 million units by 2022.

Through its alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi, Nissan may be the best-selling vehicle company in the world, but it still lags General Motors and Volkswagen in China. However, it’s got a $9.5 billion plan to change that.

Nissan executives want to raise its sales by more than 1 million vehicles by 2022 through a mix of new entries, including EVs, and growth of its luxury and low-cost indigenous brands, Infiniti and Venucia, respectively.

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The move comes in what can be considered a weak sales market in China right now. The country’s auto sales stalled in December and ended 2017 up a meager 1.4% compared with a year ago results, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Sales in 2016 were up 15% compared to 2015. (more…)

Ferrari Will Ride Hybrid, SUV Sales to Debt-Free Status

Marchionne says new vehicle sales will make company debt-free a year early.

by on Feb.02, 2018

Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne said the company will be debt-free sooner than expected.

What Oprah Winfrey is the giving away free cars, Sergio Marchionne is to promising to make automakers debt-free!

Marchionne told investors in a conference call today that the Italian sportscar maker will be debt-free a year earlier than he predicted, while pushing earnings to $2.5 billion by 2022. The sweater-wearing leader told FCA investors that the company would be debt-free by the end of the year.

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He believed that the increased production levels and coming products, especially hybrids, EVs and the sport-utility vehicle will drive the increase in earnings. (more…)

Green or Mean? Study Helps Shoppers Decide

Latest ACEEE guide helps car buyers pick green vehicles.

by on Feb.01, 2018

The BEV, plug-in and hydrogen versions of the Honda Clarity - named Green Car of the Year last November.

In recent months, it seems just about every automaker – from mainstream brands like General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen to high-line marques such as Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley – have announced plans to roll out what will be hundreds of new hybrids, plug-ins, pure battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

We can expect to see a wave of these green machines starting to flood the market by the beginning of the coming decade. But what if you’re in the market today and looking for something environmentally friendly? What are the market’s greenest – and meanest – models you can buy right now?

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The good news is that you have plenty of options, and some of them might come as a surprise, such as the Hyundai Ioniq which tops this year’s annual GreenerCars report. (more…)

Ford China CEO Luo Resigns

Sudden departure leaves automaker with big hole to fill in important market.

by on Jan.30, 2018

Ford China Chief Jason Luo resigned suddenly just five months after taking the job.

After a poor year in China last year, Ford Motor Co.’s 2018 isn’t getting off to a better start with the resignation of Jason Luo, chairman and CEO of Ford China. The resignation takes effect immediately.

Luo joined Ford just five months ago from Key Safety Systems, and was expected to help the automaker find sustainable growth in the country. Ford came to China late and has been playing catch up. After a strong year in 2016, Luo was expected to help turnaround a difficult 2017 and 2018.

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“Jason made valuable contributions in accelerating our electric vehicle strategy, exploring opportunities to provide future smart mobility solutions for customers in China, and identifying ways to become more operationally fit,” said Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “We are grateful for Jason’s service to the company and wish him all the best in the future.” (more…)

Study Sees California Hitting 1.5 Mil ZEV Target by 2025

EVs could be “as ubiquitous as smartphones” by 2040.

by on Jan.30, 2018

Lower costs, longer range and improved charging should all boost EV demand, says study.

Despite a slow start, California should be able to hit its ambitious goal of putting 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles, or ZEVs, on the road by 2025, according to a new study.

Governor Jerry Brown last week announced plans to step that up a notch, with a goal of having 5 million ZEVs in use in California by 2025. That would likely cement the state’s position as the greenest in the U.S., though the study also noted that the country is losing ground to China which it predicted will be adding as many as 7 million so-called New Energy Vehicles to its national fleet by the middle of the coming decade.

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“2017 marked a turning point for electric vehicles,” said F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of California-based think tank Next 10, pointing to decline costs and increasing range, among other factors. “The growth we’re seeing in California’s ZEV market shows that the state is standing alongside leading countries in the transition to a cleaner transportation future.”

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California Wants 5 Mil Zero-Emissions Vehicles on Road by 2030

Governor outlines $2.5 bil ZEV plan.

by on Jan.29, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to see 5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2030.

California wants to see at least 5 million zero-emissions vehicles on state roads by 2030 and Governor Jerry Brown has outlined a $2.5 billion plan to hit that target.

The program would echo steps being put in place by several other countries that either already have or are, at least, considering moves to entirely ban use of the internal combustion engine. And it would run counter to steps being considered by the Trump Administration that may roll back the current Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.

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On Friday, Brown signed an executive order “to curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks and boost the number of zero-emission vehicles driven in California.” (more…)

Cadillac, Kia and Karma Take Green Car Honors

Expanding the options for environmentally friendly buyers.

by on Jan.26, 2018

Kia will have three versions of the Niro in production with the addition of an all-electric model.

It’s not always easy being green, as Kermit the Frog was fond of saying. Sales of environmentally friendly vehicles have lagged in an SUV-focused market. But at least three automakers are hoping they can gain a little momentum thanks to the green car trophies they’re taking home this week.

Kia nabbed honors as the Green SUV of the Year during a ceremony at the Washington, D.C. Auto Show with its new Niro crossover vehicle. Two other awards were presented by Green Car Journal, the sponsor of the awards, including Green Luxury Car of the Year, which went to the Karma Revero, and Connected Green Car of the Year, which was presented to the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid.

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Despite slow sales for battery-based and other environmentally friendly vehicles, “Efficiency and improved environmental performance are being integrated in new models from virtually every vehicle class, with this gaining real momentum in the luxury, connected, and crossover/SUV arenas,” said Ron Cogan, the publisher of Green Car Journal.

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GM Sued After Accident with Autonomous Chevy Bolt

Motorcyclist blamed for minor collision with the Bolt.

by on Jan.25, 2018

GM is being sued after an autonomous Chevy Bolt was involved in an accident with a motorcycle in San Francisco.

General Motors Co. is facing a lawsuit by a motorcyclist, who says he was hit by a Chevrolet Bolt, which was operating in autonomous mode with a backup driver behind the steering wheel.

The motorcyclist claims the Chevrolet Bolt operated by Cruise, GM’s self-driving car subsidiary, “suddenly veered back into motorcycle’s lane, knocking the bike to the ground.”

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The accident happened on Dec. 7, in heavy traffic in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco, with the GM vehicle reportedly travelling at 12 mph and the motorcycle 17 mph. The accident report filed after the accident contradicts the claim made in the lawsuit. (more…)

More Americans Willing to Trust Self-Driving Vehicles, Finds AAA Study

But “deep divides” still exist.

by on Jan.24, 2018

General Motors petitioned NHTSA to begin testing as many as 2,500 autonomous Chevy Bolts annually on public roads.

Waymo, Uber and Lyft have all begun testing autonomous ride-sharing vehicles and the Google spinoff plans to field a small number of completely driverless models this year. General Motors, meanwhile, plans to start building a version of its Chevrolet Bolt EV, sans steering wheel and pedals, next year that could be used by Maven, its own sharing service.

While the development of self-driving technology is moving faster than many proponents predicted just a few years ago, the auto and ride-sharing industries face several potential roadblocks, including state and federal restrictions as well as the uncertainty of how consumers will respond. But a new survey by AAA released Wednesday finds that Americans are rapidly becoming more comfortable with the ideas of not only taking their hands off the wheel, but also having no wheel in the car at all.

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“Americans are starting to feel more comfortable with the idea of self-driving vehicles,” said AAA Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations Director Greg Brannon. “Compared to just a year ago, AAA found that 20 million more U.S. drivers would trust a self-driving vehicle to take them for a ride.” (more…)