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A common talking point I've seen in favor of electric vehicles is they are inherently more reliable and will have fewer repairs than gasoline-powered cars since they lack many of the parts required in gas-powered cars, such as a traditional transmission, muffler, catalytic converter, etc.
But thus far, True Delta data suggests some electric vehicles are significantly worse in reliability than most gasoline-powered cars, notably the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, and BMW i3. There have also been reports of car insurance companies raising rates on Tesla owners due to unreasonably expensive repairs. Insuring A Tesla Just Got More Expensive – Insider Car News
Meanwhile, the Nissan Leaf has great reliability according to True Delta, but also has a history of rapid battery wear which leaves the car only useful on very short trips.
The Chevy Bolt is not yet on True Delta, so we don't know about...
First off, I hate the term 'Green Cars' because they are actually 'Efficient Cars'. But many traditional car reviewers bought the 'green car is a style' hook-line-and-sinker. Regardless, here is the link:
Source: AD #2134 – New Camry Interior Sizzles, Activist Investors Should Back Off, Green Cars the Fastest Growing Segment – Autoline Daily
GREEN CARS THE FASTEST GROWING SEGMENT
Looks like sales of green cars have hit a tipping point in the U.S. market. For each of the last four years, the green car segment has been shrinking, dropping by a total of 95,000 units. This includes hybrids, plug-ins and electric cars. While sales of EVs and plug-ins were growing strongly, sales of hybrids were falling, which brought the entire segment down. But so far this year the trend is in the other direction. Sales of green cars are up a strong 22%, thanks to growing sales of hybrids, which are up 12% for the...
Source: Magna to build new hybrid BMW 5-Series at Austrian contract manufacturing plant - Canadian Manufacturing
SAILAUF, Germany—German luxury carmaker BMW has contracted Canadian auto parts company Magna International Inc. to build its new 5-Series plug-in hybrid.
The Aurora, Ont.-based company will assemble the new BMW 530e at its plant in Graz, Austria—a contract manufacturing facility where it’s previously built a number of vehicles, including the BMW X3 and Mini Paceman.
The 5-Series will become the Graz plant’s second electrified car program after Magna won a contract to produce Jaguar’s new I-Pace at the site last year.
Interesting approach, contracting out the manufacturing. Almost sounds like Apple but in this case:
- German engineering
- Canadian administration
- Austrian manufacture...
Source: Toyota Leaves Nothing to Chance with New Camry Launch | TheDetroitBureau.com
“We’re almost doubling the size of the outgoing model’s marketing effort,” said Jack Hollis, who was promoted to group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division is early March.
His ascension to the top spot came as Toyota was preparing for the launch of the eighth generation Camry, which is played a dominant role in the mid-sized passenger car segment for three decades.
In fact, it’s hard to overestimate the Camry’s importance to Toyota. It’s very much the heart of the Toyota line-up and it has been the best-selling passenger car in the United States for the past 15 years. It also has been the best-selling passenger car for 19 of the past 20 years, losing out barely to the Honda Accord for only one year in the past two decades.
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This result just in. For 2017 the top SUV safety honors go to .... (drum roll . . . ) AND, it's a plug-in. Sorry Volvo - suck it up - it's not you [emoji33]
Tesla Model X is the Safest SUV Ever Tested by NHTSA » AutoGuide.com News
NHTSA seemed to take their sweet time in getting these results out - but there you have it. Undoubtedly Consumer Reports will have to find something (bad) to say about this.
Go plugins !!
“Leading the way for cleaner fleets in California, the City of Sacramento will soon be home to the State’s first all-electric automated left-side loader garbage truck. The fundamental technology powering the Electric Refuse Vehicle (ERV) is Motiv Power Systems‘ scalable and modular All-Electric Powertrain. The Class-8 vehicle will be built on a Crane Carrier chassis, and the body will be built by Loadmaster. The City of Sacramento aims to run the ERV on residential and recycling routes and expects to save as much as 6,000 gallons of fuel per year.”
“Sacramento specified that this ERV must meet the demanding requirements placed on all of its garbage trucks. This includes three routes per day to remove trash, recycling and green waste in a downtown Sacramento neighborhood. To supply enough electricity to move the truck and power the hydraulics all day, the ERV...
Might be ready by 2021. Impressive. I'd probably get the next version of the Prius if it's also autonomous. Would you?
Hyundai Ioniq hybrid autonomous – first ride | Autocar
Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
Read 2 different articles today about an hour apart that really highlight the differences in EV's today. When you buy an EV (just like when you buy a phone or computer), you aren't only buying the car itself, but you are buying into an ecosystem/charging system.
The first article was about a guy that had to drive his Bolt back from where he bought it to his home in St. Louis 800 miles away. The main gist was how he had to do a ton of planning, sometimes driving out of his way, to find charging stations.
The other article was about a couple journalists that took a Model X on a cross country trip. It seemed like they weren't necessarily EV people, so they seemed a little annoyed at waiting for the car to charge. But there was nothing in the article about needing to plan ahead or having any trouble finding stations.
2 completely different experiences. Here in the midwest and a lot of places down south, the Bolt doesn't make much sense if you need it for long distance travel.
ORION TWP., MI – General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra says the automaker makes history today by becoming the first company to apply mass-production techniques to autonomous vehicles with the rollout of 130 self-driving next-generation Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles.
However, the Bolt EVs will not being going into the hands of everyday Americans. That day remains far into...
Have we gone too far?
Family loses irreplaceable keys on holiday, forced to abandon van in Victoria - British Columbia - CBC News
One thing we've done: attached a small luggage tag with email and phone number to the fobs.
Source: Green Car Congress: Honda launches 2017 Accord Hybrid; 2nd generation two-motor hybrid powertrain
Engine block, crankshaft and pistons. The engine has a displacement of 1993cc. Cast-in iron cylinder liners provide long-lasting durability.
Cylinder head and valvetrain. The Accord Hybrid 4-cylinder engine has a lightweight cylinder head that is made of pressure-cast aluminum alloy. A silent chain drives dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. The cam drive is maintenance free throughout the life of the engine.
i-VTEC valve control system. The Accord Hybrid’s 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve i-VTEC engine uses an advanced valve-control system to combine high power output with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.
High-efficiency dual bed catalytic converter. A key contributor to the Accord Hybrid’s excellent emissions performance is a single dual bed catalytic...
Federal tax credits for EVs are a part of broader set of EPA policies, which require congressional approval to adjust. So the Trump administration may not eliminate them prematurely but is unlikely to extend these credits. Without these credits, this market is likely to crash. While President Trump did not address federal EV tax credits speci cally in his 2018 budget blueprint released last month, he proposed the elimination of funding for the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program, which would have assisted future EV production.
Without these credits, this market is likely to crash.
Georgia case study
What happens when subsidies go away
The state of Georgia witnessed tremendous success with EV sales...
More Fleets Choose XL Hybrids' Plug-In Hybrid F-150
June 05, 2017
More Fleets Choose XL Hybrids' Plug-In Hybrid F-150 - Top News - Green Fleet - Top News - Automotive Fleet
Photo of XL Hybrid Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
XL Hybrids, Inc., a provider of connected fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced new fleet customers that intend to purchase its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution for Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The Fleet-Ready technology is the industry’s first ship-thru upfit...
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