GM’s national electric car plan may not be all that, scientist argues

Image from 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric-car ad by Ourisman Chevrolet, Rockville, Maryland

Just as General Motors prepared to release record profits on Wednesday, the respected Union of Concerned Scientists took issue with the company’s plan last week to develop a plan to require electric car sales nationwide. 

GM is a leader in electric cars and is expected to be the second automaker to reach the 200,000-vehicle limit on tax credits for its buyers.

The plan was widely praised among Continue reading “GM’s national electric car plan may not be all that, scientist argues”

New report shows oceans warming much faster than anticipated

Rich Rebuilds flooded Tesla Model S, via YouTube

A new study published Wednesday in the journal “Nature” shows global warming has already accelerated far beyond what scientists anticipated.

The study uses new methods to measure global ocean temperatures, which showed the oceans have retained 60 percent more heat than earlier estimates showed. Scientists measured the volume of oxygen and carbon dioxide gases evaporating from the oceans’ surface, rather than inexact direct measurements that Continue reading “New report shows oceans warming much faster than anticipated”

Jeep pickup confirmed for 2018 LA auto show

2019 Jeep Wrangler pickup (Scrambler) spy shots

Jeep is finally ready to reveal a pickup truck, which we can safely assume will be based on the Wrangler. The wait is over apparently, as Jeep is bringing its truck to the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show on later this month.

The show starts November 26 and more than 60 vehicle debuts are being prepared for the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the show is held.

One of those is the Jeep truck, likely to be called the Wrangler Scrambler. Continue reading “Jeep pickup confirmed for 2018 LA auto show”

Volvo, Baidu to co-develop EVs with Level 4 autonomy for China

November 1, 2018 09:00 CET

Volvo Cars and Chinese Internet giant Baidu have agreed to jointly develop electric cars capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, with the aim of mass producing them for China to serve the robotaxi market.

The companies announced the deal at an event in China on Thursday without releasing any financial details.

It’s the latest move by Volvo to become a leading player in the robotaxi sector. Last year Volvo signed an agreement with Uber to sell it up to Continue reading “Volvo, Baidu to co-develop EVs with Level 4 autonomy for China”

Suzuki quarterly profit slides nearly 7% on sluggish sales

November 1, 2018 11:17 CET

TOKYO — Suzuki reported a 6.6 percent slide in operating profit in the latest quarter as vehicle sales eased in China, Europe and India, its biggest market.

The automaker said it was also affected by weakness in emerging market currencies.

Suzuki posted an 82 billion yen ($726 million) operating profit in the July-September period, down from 87.81 billion yen a year ago, and undershooting a mean estimate of 93.77 billion yen in a poll of 10 analysts, Continue reading “Suzuki quarterly profit slides nearly 7% on sluggish sales”

VW, Ford in talks on autonomous, electric vehicles, report says

November 1, 2018 02:31 CET

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. are in “exploratory talks” to jointly develop self-driving and electric vehicles in a far-reaching strategic alliance meant to save the companies billions of dollars, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The German and U.S. automakers are expected to provide an update on the progress of the talks before year end, said the person, who asked not to be identified.

Spokesmen for both automakers would only Continue reading “VW, Ford in talks on autonomous, electric vehicles, report says”

Morgan to step into modern times with groundbreaking sports car

Sketch for potential Morgan sports car due in mid-2020s

Morgan is staring down the 110th anniversary of the company’s founding. Next year marks a major milestone for the British automaker rooted in past motoring glory, but Morgan wants to change that and there’s a new model in development that should lead the way for the future.

Autocar reported Tuesday that Morgan is seeking to reinvent itself and the path to do this is forged by a new model built from scratch. This will be a Continue reading “Morgan to step into modern times with groundbreaking sports car”