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A new bill, AB 1633, will add electric vehicle charging station icons to freeway service signs - in addition to the icons for gas, food, and lodging.
This is great news for California EV drivers!
Here's a bit more on the Frazier Bill - from East County Today
Source: The European Honda Civic Gets an Awesome New Diesel Engine - Motor Trend
Honda announced today that Civics in Europe will now be available with an updated diesel engine. And it won’t be some teeny-tiny one that only makes a couple dozen horsepower. The new engine is a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that makes 118 hp and a healthy 221 lb-ft of torque. Still, it’s not quick. Hitting 62 mph takes a leisurely 10.4 seconds.
But while the diesel Civic definitely won’t beat the Type R in a drag race, Honda does say it’s good for 76 mpg based on European testing standards. That’s quite impressive on its own, but Honda also promises those results will be easier to achieve in the real world thanks to a series of engine and exhaust system upgrades.
Sadly, there’s no indication that Honda has any intention of offering its new diesel engine in U.S. Civics. It could always change...
Source: Chevrolet's 2018 Equinox Diesel boasts segment-topping fuel economy
Chevrolet has revealed its 2018 Equinox will be offered with three engine options, including a new 1.6-liter diesel. That diesel option will have a cruising range of up to 577 mi (928 km) per tank and be EPA rated at up to 39 mpg (6 L/100km) on the highway, which GM boasts will top the compact SUV segment – even when compared to gasoline-electric hybrids such as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (30 mpg) or the Nissan Rogue Hybrid (35 mpg)..
As a general rule, when only highway mileage is mentioned, someone is trying to hide a truth: Compare Side-by-Side
model City Highway ...
Source: Dyson’s Aston Martin Hire Fuels Speculation on Electric-Car Push - Bloomberg
Home appliances maker Dyson Ltd. has recruited its second Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. executive in a year, making it the latest hire to fuel speculation that the company is building an electric vehicle.
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“We have historically recruited from a wide range of backgrounds, as we are a broad church and are developing a multitude of technologies,” the company said in a statement. “We plan to recruit an extra 3,000 engineers and scientists by 2020 and are working with more than 40 universities globally.”
The move comes after a government document referenced funding for Dyson to develop “a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in...
Source: Gas stations aren't a model for electric-car charging: ChargePoint CEO
Most of his insight stems from the fact electric-car charging stations can be built into more convenient places, rather than dedicated stand-alone structures.
An EV charging station can attract repeat customers, those hugely wealthy and not so bright EV owners. We'll then buy whatever is near the charger ... like Whole Foods stuff.
Davis, senior vice president in charge of special assignments for North America, remains critical of the way the industry has introduced EVs for emission compliance purposes.
“Take the $7,500 EV credit off the table? At the same time, you take the EV mandate off the table,” Davis said dismissively. “Let the government keep the $7,500 and let the industry find the best way to meet the clean air standard. Make it CO2, make it grams per mile, fuel economy — whatever feels best.
“But don’t mandate the particular powertrain.”
Mazda has been on the sidelines as competitors brought electric models to market. But Mazda is a relatively small global automaker, without the resources to develop a wide range of powertrains.
Mazda has made fuel efficiency a priority with its Skyactiv technologies. But it is focusing...
Source: Federal Register :: Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Model Year 2022-2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), NHTSA intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for model year (MY) 2022-2025 passenger automobiles (referred to herein as “passenger cars”) and non-passenger automobiles (referred to herein as “light trucks”) that NHTSA will be proposing pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). This notice initiates the process for determining the scope of...
GS Yuasa's new battery to double electric car range- Nikkei Asian Review
"Japan's GS Yuasa will begin mass producing as early as 2020 lithium-ion batteries that double the driving range of small electric vehicles.
Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture with trading house Mitsubishi Corp. and carmaker Mitsubishi Motors, will develop the cells, which will be produced at its plant in Shiga Prefecture and supplied to automakers in Japan and Europe."
No mention of cost for these new batteries, but Nissan controls Mitisubishi, and they are selling off their in house battery production.
Nissan Gives Up Its In-House Battery Production Capability... Sort Of |...
As one commenter pointed out, it's most likely a 3-row SUV as the 2nd photo shows a drawing of what appears to be a 3rd row seat (#72) with what is possibly a battery underneath (#70) with the ladder frame (#14) and cross members (#28) in the foreground and the spare tire (#74) at a diagonal.
If it's a "current" product, it looks to be a 4Runner Hybrid, otherwise, Toyota is thinking of a new body-on-frame 3-row SUV (unlikely) or at least thinking about how to package a hybrid/PHEV system on a body-on-frame. My money is on a 4Runner Hybrid...
Honda’s All-new 10th Gen 2018 Accord Reveal and Preview | CleanMPG
2018 Honda Accord drops mass, adds turbos and 10-speed - SAE International
Honda cut at least 110 pounds while making the next Accord a true full size car.
On the hybrid side, details are still minimal.
- The ICE is 40%+ thermally efficient
- They are aiming to best the new Camry's fuel economy figures
- No rare earth magnets in the motors
- battery under the rear seats
Source: Average new-vehicle fuel economy the best it's been in years - Roadshow
Considering that the market has not stopped its shift toward larger crossovers, which can be thirstier than comparable sedans, the rising fuel economy average is a good sign. Cars are getting more efficient, and as electrified offerings increase and are included alongside gas-powered versions of the same vehicle, this number will likely continue to rise in the coming years, unless Ford starts offering free pickup trucks to literally anyone with a pulse.There is another hypothesis, a grim one, that claims the automotive product mix is changing with a reduction of light trucks. Over the past months, Autoline Daily has reported...
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