EPA deadline, BMW electric reality check, Mustang hybrid tease: Today’s Car News

Mystery Ford Mustang teaser

If you have a strong position regarding the EPA’s proposal to freeze fuel economy standards at 2020 levels through 2026, speak out. Tomorrow is the deadline for making public comments that are part of the legal record. 

A zinc-air battery project is backed by a big name and claims to have achieved the $100/kwh cost barrier and plans to find its way into vehicles soon. But so far it’s short on details regarding how it has achieved that.

BMW, one of the Continue reading “EPA deadline, BMW electric reality check, Mustang hybrid tease: Today’s Car News”

How soon can all new-car sales realistically be electric? Take our Twitter poll

BMW and Nissan electric car fast-charging station

Israel and Britain recently joined a growing list of countries that plan to phase out sales of gas and diesel cars and trucks.

Most of the countries have set a target date between 2030 and 2050 to convert all new-vehicle sales to electric power. A few, such as China, have announced plans to set such a date in the future but have not yet determined when it will be.

That led us to wonder how soon our Twitter followers think such a thing Continue reading “How soon can all new-car sales realistically be electric? Take our Twitter poll”

BMW says 85 percent of cars will still have engines in 2030

BMW iX3 Concept front 3/4

Once a leader in electric cars, BMW now says it expects 85 percent of its cars still to have internal combustion engines by 2030.

Speaking to Australian reporters for GoAuto at the Paris auto show earlier in October, BMW board member for development Klaus Froehlich said, “A very optimistic scenario says 30 per cent of BMWs will be pure electric or plug-in hybrids and 70 per cent will be combustion. If you assume that, from this 30 percent, half of them are Continue reading “BMW says 85 percent of cars will still have engines in 2030”

Zinc air battery project claims $100/kwh cost, could be headed to vehicles

NantEnergy batteries with solar array

Until now, solid-state lithium-ion cells have been the likely path forward for battery technology, potentially finding their way into some production vehicles by 2025.

But one other battery possibility is increasingly looking viable for the near future: zinc-air. The firm NantEnergy has made some new and exceptional claims about its latest zinc air batteries: that they can be reliably recharged thousands of times, that the tech can be extended to cars Continue reading “Zinc air battery project claims $100/kwh cost, could be headed to vehicles”

Deadline for comments on EPA fuel-economy rollback is Tuesday

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

Readers who want to make their voices heard in objection to (or support of) the EPA proposal to freeze fuel economy standards have until tomorrow to get their comments in. 

The EPA proposed in early August to undo Obama-era rules requiring cars to reach increasingly stringent fuel-economy targets through 2025. Called the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule, the proposal would freeze the standards at 2020 levels through 2026.

Although Continue reading “Deadline for comments on EPA fuel-economy rollback is Tuesday”

Chevrolet testing waters for two Camaro hybrids, including V-8

2019 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro could be in for hybrid power. How do we know? The brand has been caught testing the waters for future hybrid powertrains with Camaro owners. 

In August, screenshots of a customer survey were posted to the Camaro6 forum, in which Chevrolet explicitly asked a current Camaro owner for feedback on a hybrid turbocharged inline-4 engine and a hybrid V-8 engine. The brand also threw in the 2019 Chevy Silverado’s 2.7-liter turbo-4 for consideration. Continue reading “Chevrolet testing waters for two Camaro hybrids, including V-8”

Ford Mustang hybrid, McLaren’s next hypercar, Ford’s “miracle” material: Car News Headlines

Mystery Ford Mustang teaser

Ford teased what appears to be the upcoming Mustang hybrid in an advertisement. Buried in the ad is a quick shot of a Mustang that’s never been seen. The front end features a smooth, rounded shape with a glowing pony badge. Under the hood appears to sit an electrified V-8 engine. Expect to hear more on the Mustang hybrid in the coming year.

McLaren’s MSO team is working on a new bespoke hypercar that reportedly uses the Ultimate Vision GT virtual concept car as Continue reading “Ford Mustang hybrid, McLaren’s next hypercar, Ford’s “miracle” material: Car News Headlines”

Dealers sue Mazda over multi-tier bonus plan

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A Florida dealership and New Jersey’s state dealer association are suing Mazda Motor of America Inc. alleging that the automaker’s revamped dealership bonus program illegally gives some stores a vehicle pricing advantage at the expense of others.

The two federal court lawsuits — one filed this month and the other in August — claim price Continue reading “Dealers sue Mazda over multi-tier bonus plan”

Amid unease, dealers get clearest look yet at Ford’s restructuring plan

In Las Vegas, dealers got a look at the new “Built Ford Proud” ad campaign, above, and heard directly from Ford CEO Jim Hackett.

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In with the new (but keep the old)

Lincoln will sell the MKTas a fleet vehicle even after its successor, the Aviator, goes on sale next year.

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Automakers are usually all about what’s new — new product, new technology, new brand image.

But they’re also pragmatic businesses willing to milk profits out of what’s old.

Which is why, for instance, Lincoln will keep building its Continue reading “In with the new (but keep the old)”