The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently took the initiative to fly to the UK to "make prospect calls" with Jaguar-Land Rover executives, in attempt to convince the English luxury maker to build a planned US factory in his state.
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On May 1st, Matt Levatich will take over as the next CEO of Harley-Davidson. He will inherit a brand in solid financial shape, but there are still many tough roads ahead for the American motorcycle manufacturer.
An explosion in Mexico City has caused at least seven deaths and 54 injuries, four of which were children, after a truck carrying natural gas sprung a leak while refilling empty tanks at a maternity hospital. Many more a presumed trapped in the rubble.
Ford is adding two more recalls to its yearly tally, making it onto the 2014 ledger just under the wire. One involves moving the 2015 Lincoln MKC's push-button ignition start switch to a new location because people are pressing it by mistake. The other concerns the 2015 MKC and 2014 Ford Escape for a faulty fuel pump that could cause the crossovers to stall.
Collector car insurance company Hagerty estimates that $1.3 billion in classic vehicles crossed the auction block in 2014 in North America, up slightly from 1.2 billion in 2013. About a third of that was just during the Monterey Car Week.
Connecticut is the latest state to decide that the Polaris Slingshot is not a motorcycle and therefore can't be registered for the road there. It appears that the only solution is for Polaris to go to the legislature to create a separate designation for vehicles like its three-wheeler.
There're a lot of things to worry about concerning your vehicle, like getting the oil changed and keeping the tires at proper pressures, but based on the latest data from the FBI, auto theft doesn't necessarily have to be one of them. According to statistics released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, 2013 showed the lowest number of stolen cars since 1967.
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BYD has debuted a 60-foot electric bus at the American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, TX. The Lancaster bus, as it is called, has a 120-passenger capacity and can drive over 170 miles on a single charge. The articulated bus features low floors and no steps, thanks to in-wheel hub motors. BYD also displayed a 40-foot electric bus that drove the 1,500 miles to the show under its own power (recharging along the way, of course). Read more in the press release below.
BMW Incentives Favor All-Electric i3 Over REx, Honda Revamps R&D After Fit Hybrid Recalls
Volkswagen says EV ranges over 300 miles aren't too far in the future. Plug-in hybrids are merely a bridge to all-electric mobility becoming more practical for people who need to travel longer distances, according to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen's head of powertrain development. Energy density is increasing rapidly in new batteries. Speaking about the e-Golf, Neusser says, "I expect the next generation in 2015-17 will increase to around 300 km [186 miles] and the following step will be ar
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A new electric motor with integrated air-conditioning compressor increases the range of EVs in hot climates, where much of the battery power is used to keep the car cool. Developed by scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the German Aerospace Centre, the "2-in-1" motor uses regenerative braking to help operate the AC compressor, and could increase range by 15 to 20 percent with some modifications. "By integrating the refrigerant compressor directly into the electric mot
BMW has a new, faster version of the Wallbox home EV charger. The Wallbox Pro offers 7.4 kilowatts, and can charge the BMW i3 to 80 percent in under three hours. It features a seven-inch touchscreen and proximity sensor, plus an 11.5-foot cord. The Wallbox Pro can also be used with smart home systems such as lighting and heating. The Wallbox Pro is available in Europe, and will come to the US later in the year. Read more at Hybrid Cars.
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The 2015 Fiat 500e is now available in Oregon. The new 500e features an updated center console, as well as two new exterior colors: Luce Blu (which Fiat describes as light blue with a pearl finish) and Celeste (light blue). The 2015 500e is available for lease in California and Oregon for $199 a month for 36 months, plus $999 down. Fiat offers 500e owners and lessees 12 days of free rental per year through Enterprise in the first three years of ownership for days when the driver needs something
Goldman Sachs Analyst Fires Up Electric Crystal Ball
Telsa Motors has some big plans. The electric car company is building its $5-billion Gigafactory near Reno, NV to guarantee a steady supply of lower-cost batteries, has plans to release two new models and is even talking about providing home energy storage on a large scale. The California automaker is ramping up EV production, and hopes to eventually be producing 500,000 cars per year. To do all this, Tesla is going to need a lot of cash, particularly if any of its cars becomes the "next big thi
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Elon Musk and his cousin, Lyndon Rive, spoke about their ideas for solar power and energy storage at a private conference in New York. Musk, the Tesla CEO and Rive, CEO of SolarCity, said that within 10 years, every solar system SolarCity sells will come with battery storage, and that it will be cheaper than getting energy from a utility company. Tesla, which provides battery packs for SolarCity, will set aside a portion of its Gigafactory's production capacity for grid-scale energy storage. Riv
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See the Tesla Model S with Firmware 6.0 in action in new videos from Teslarati. The large software update includes improved traffic-based navigation, a calendar function, updated power management, "Location-Based Smart Air Suspension" as well as other improvements. Drivers get more route options to save energy, and more control over how the car saves energy. The car can also remember ride height settings when driving in those same locations again. Additionally, you can start and drive the car wi
UD Davis Teams With China On ZEV Research; UC Riverside Tests "Eco-Routing" Navigation
London Mayor Boris Johnson's desired scrapping program for polluting diesel vehicles could cost £300 million (about $488 million). The program would provide incentives of up to £2,000 (about $3,250) to drivers willing to scrap their cars in order to make it easier to afford cleaner vehicle. It is part of Johnson's plan to create an Ultra Low Emission Zone in the center of London, which would charge diesel polluters a fee to enter. Johnson hopes the plan will help bring the city in li
California Funds $13.3M In Clean Car Manufacturing; Proterra Chooses Toshiba Battery
Petroleum and liquid fuel consumption will increase 38 percent globally by 2040, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Developing parts of the Middle East and Asia account for 85 percent of that increase. In 2040, 92 percent of liquid fuel will be consumed by the transportation and industrial sectors. Liquid fuel use by the residential, commercial and electric power sectors is expected to decrease. Fuel consumption in areas with established oil markets, including the US and Euro
Pennsylvania is offering nearly $4 million in grants for alternative fuel vehicles. Governor Tom Corbett has announced the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants, which will go to local governments, organizations, and businesses to switch to cleaner vehicles. The grants will pay for the purchase or conversion of 274 compressed natural gas vehicles, 261 propane-powered cars and 23 electric vehicles (including plug-in hybrids). The grants also provide $1.8 million for four alternative fuel technology p
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Before the Nevada announcement was hinted at, a deal to incentivize a Tesla Gigafactory in California fell through. Tesla was looking for around $500 million in incentives, which the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development was willing to offer in tax breaks along with making the permit and environmental processes easier. According to Senator Ted Gaines, there still remained "a gap between what Tesla wanted and what California was willing to offer," the contents of which