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  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by yuriburi
    +32 +7

    EU will force electric cars to emit a noise below 20 km/h on July 1

    Starting July 1, all electric vehicles with four or more wheels in the EU will be required to emit noise of at least 56 decibels if the car is going 20 km/h or slower, the New Atlas reports. This makes a ton of sense as electric cars don’t make any of the engine noises we’ve …

  • Image
    8 days ago
    by MontgomeryLaw
    +12 +3

    Passenger Fatalities per Billion Passenger Miles

    Source: Ian Savage, Comparing the fatality risks in United States transportation across modes and over time, Nortwestern University (Data is for US, 2000-2009).

  • Image
    6 days ago
    by MontgomeryLaw
    +4 +1

    Secure Your Loads, People!

    This lucky driver (a 35-year-old Florida woman) was somehow mostly unscathed after a large piece of plywood impaled the vehicle’s windshield at highway speeds.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +34 +9

    Clean fuel cells could be cheap enough to replace gas engines in vehicles

    Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo. The researchers have developed a new fuel cell that lasts at least 10 times longer than current technology, an improvement that would make them economically practical, if mass-produced, to power vehicles with electricity.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jackthetripper
    +24 +4

    Forget A to B, electric cars can now get you from London to Paris

    In the past, when people thought about electric cars they probably envisaged being stranded at the side of the road, an empty battery and not a charging point in sight. The thought of even getting from home to work and back was worrying enough, and the idea of making it from one country to another was, frankly, absurd.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +11 +3

    Tesla vs Waymo: Why Elon Musk's Design Choice Could Win Autonomous Driving

    Tesla bucked the trend when it unveiled its autonomous driving system back in 2016 by eschewing the type of depth-sensing lidar system used by practically every other automaker. One expert claimed in an interview this week, however, that this bet may deliver Elon Musk’s firm an important advantage in the race to deliver full hands-free driving.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ticktack
    +26 +5

    Tesla Model 3 drivers reach over 1 billion electric miles in record time

    After just over a year since starting deliveries, Tesla Model 3 drivers have already reached over 1 billion electric miles in record time. Tesla’s mission to accelerate the advent of electric transport includes converting mileage that would be normally powered by gasoline to electric mileage. Back in October 2016, we reported on Tesla reaching the 3 billion electric mile milestone and the company’s global fleet managed to add 500 million more miles 3 months later...

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by wetwilly87
    +17 +4

    EU accuses BMW, Daimler, and VW of collusion on emissions tech

    The European Commission has formally accused BMW, VW, and Daimler of colluding to impede the rollout of emissions limiting technology. These companies, whose car brands include Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, and BMW, are said to have limited and delayed the use of tech that would have reduced the emissions of diesel and petrol cars.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jackthetripper
    +15 +3

    Ford invests $500 million in electric car startup Rivian

    On Wednesday morning, Ford announced that it will invest $500 million in the electric vehicle startup Rivian. Assuming regulatory approval, the two will form a strategic partnership, with Ford taking a minority stake in Rivian. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of automotive, will get a seat on Rivian's board, but more importantly, Ford will use Rivian's battery EV platform to build a new Blue Oval-badged BEV. "This strategic partnership marks another key milestone in our drive to accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jasont
    +14 +5

    Elon Musk: Any other car than a Tesla in 3 years will be like 'owning a horse'

    Elon Musk — known for making bold, and by some measures outlandish statements — threw down the gauntlet to other automakers. “The fundamental message that consumers should be taking today is that it’s financially insane to buy anything other than a Tesla, ” the CEO of the electric auto maker said after Monday’s robotaxi announcement. “It would be like owning a horse in three years. I mean, fine if you want to own a horse. But you should go into it with that expectation.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Nelson
    +23 +4

    Daimler says it has no idea how North Korea got hold of limousines

    The parent company of Mercedes-Benz has said it has no idea how the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, got hold of armoured limousines manufactured by the German company and said it had no business dealings with the UN-sanctioned country. Kim has raised eyebrows by using stretch limousines manufactured by Stuttgart-based Daimler AG at high-profile summits, including his meeting this week with Vladimir Putin and both of his earlier summits with Donald Trump.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcard
    +20 +2

    Hacker Finds They Can Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps

    A hacker broke into thousands of accounts belonging to users of two GPS tracker apps, giving him the ability to monitor the locations of tens of thousands of vehicles and even turn off the engines for some of them while they were in motion, Motherboard has learned. The hacker, who goes by the name L&M, told Motherboard he hacked into more than 7,000 iTrack accounts and more than 20,000 ProTrack accounts, two apps that companies use to monitor and manage fleets of vehicles through GPS tracking devices.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by weekendhobo
    +12 +3

    Ford Is Under Criminal Investigation for Emissions-Testing Program

    The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into concerns about Ford’s emissions certification process. The automaker announced that the investigation involves anomalies in Ford’s emissions testing process that the company disclosed earlier this year. “Our investigation continues into how Ford estimates road load as part of the U.S. fuel economy and emissions certification process,” Kim Pittel, Ford group vice president for sustainability, environment, and safety engineering, said in a statement in response to written questions from CR submitted by email Friday morning.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +16 +2

    Island to ban sale of petrol cars by 2040

    The sale of new petrol and diesel fuelled cars will be banned on the Isle of Man by 2040, the Chief Minister has said. Howard Quayle said a new Climate Change Bill would be brought forward "before the end of the next legislative year". The proposed laws would also impose a ban on the use of gas and oil boilers in new houses by 2025. The Isle of Man Green Party's chairman Andrew Bentley said the pledge was a "good step in the right direction".

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Pfennig88
    +16 +1

    This Futuristic 1966 Ford Ranger II Concept Truck

    1966 Ford Ranger II concept truck with a futuristic look created with a streamlined windshield, high-intensity head lights of rectangular design and Clearwater Aqua finish. Syd Mead created a design for a convertible Ford pickup, similar to the modern Chevrolet SSR.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by iamsanchez
    +38 +8

    Mercedes Unveils First Tesla Rival in $12 Billion Attack

    Mercedes-Benz, the world’s largest maker of luxury cars, is rolling out its first in a series of battery-powered models, adding to a growing array of high-end brands targeting Tesla Inc.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by sasky
    +14 +6

    All Porsche 911s Will Go Widebody Next Year: Report

    If you’ve long been a fan of the wider rear ends of the all-wheel drive and GTS Porsche 911s, you’re in luck when the all-new 992 generation drops next year. According to a report from Car and Driver, Porsche’s going to keep things simple on the next 911 by making them all widebody.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by messi
    +19 +4

    Ford just confirmed that there will be no Ranger Raptor for the United States

    Ford has decided not to bring the Raptor variant of the new Ranger pickup to the United States. Hermann Salenbauch, who is the new vehicle line director for Ford Performance, spoke to journalists about Ford Performance today in Las Vegas. Among the topics that came up was the Ford Ranger Raptor, and he had bad news for American fans of the off road Ranger: despite America’s love of Raptor pickups, Ford has no plans to bring it to the United States.

  • Expression
    7 months ago
    by bradd
    +13 +4

    The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Gets More Luxurious and More Powerful

    Mazda is raising the bar for its popular CX-5 crossover, although it's already a 10Best winner in our book. For 2019, the CX-5 is adding a new, more luxurious trim level and an optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine, along with several new convenience features and a revised chassis that now includes Mazda's G-Vectoring Control.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by TNY
    +25 +5

    All-New 2020 Toyota Corolla Ready to Rock the Sedan World

    With more than 46 million Toyota Corollas sold globally since its introduction in 1966, it would be difficult to find a driver who did not recognize the name. Everyone, it seems, has a Corolla story. Many, though are going to be doing double takes when they see the re-imagined and reconfigured 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan. And that’s exactly the point.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by Petrox
    +21 +5

    Ford's future includes self-driving deliveries and taxi services

    Ford CEO Sherif Marakby has posted a detailed overview of the automaker's self-driving strategy, perhaps in an effort to show that the company will push through with its plans under his leadership. Marakby, who took over as CEO in July 2018, talks about how Ford is tackling each of the elements needed to launch a self-driving service by 2021, as well as its recents partnerships.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by roxxy
    +19 +5

    General Motors to close Detroit, Ohio, Canada plants

    General Motors will close three assembly plants by the end of 2019, it said Monday, including Detroit-Hamtramck, Lordstown in Ohio and Oshawa in Ontario. Approximately 5,600 jobs are at stake: roughly 1,500 in Hamtramck; 1,600 in Lordstown; and about 2,500 in Oshawa. The Hamtramck plant makes the Chevrolet Volt and Impala, the Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by geoleo
    +13 +4

    Ford cuts could eclipse GM's, Morgan Stanley says

    In the first half of next year, Ford Motor Co. will detail plans to lay off part of its global salaried workforce — and Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said in a note Monday that the Blue Oval's cuts could exceed the 8,000 salaried employees targeted by rival General Motors Co. Ford's response: "pure speculation."

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by hedman
    +16 +5

    As more cars disappear, affordability challenge grows

    With General Motors set to end production of its Chevrolet Cruze compact car next year, another high-volume, entry-level option will be crossed off American car buyers' shopping lists. On top of similar moves by Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the demise of the Cruze adds to growing affordability challenges in the new-vehicle market.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by 8mm
    +23 +3

    Chevy Camaro Chief Engineer Shifts Gears, Joins Electric Car Team

    Al Oppenheiser helped make the modern Camaro so great. Now, let’s see what he can do for GM’s EVs. General Motors’ next generation of electric vehicles might be a little more exciting to drive because Chevrolet Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser is moving away from the muscle car to join the automaker’s team focusing on future autonomous tech and EVs. Oppenheiser’s new role will be as a chief engineer concentrating on zero-emissions vehicles, and he’ll start the job in January.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by zobo
    +16 +5

    Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell

    Five Points, Huda Boss, Sacred Lies and Sorry for Your Loss will return to Facebook Watch. These shows, which collectively drew nearly 1.3 million followers, join an increasingly diverse slate of programming that includes Jada Pinkett Smith’s breakout talk show Red Table Talk, the interactive game show Confetti and the planned return of MTV’s The Real World.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +25 +3

    Electric cars will soon be cheaper to make than gas cars: battery-maker

    Electric vehicle batteries will cost less than $100-per-kWh to make by 2020; and less than $50-per-kWh by 2025, significantly reducing manufacturing costs for EVs, according to a Chinese supplier of EV batteries. The $100-per-kWh threshold has been heralded in the industry as the price at which an EV could be made cheaper to produce than a gasoline-powered car.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by geoleo
    +22 +3

    World’s Oldest Toyota Found in Russian Barn

    Toyota is an automaker with a rich history dating back to the 1930s. But, until recently, very little was known about the earliest Toyota models, which had likely been melted down and repurposed as planes, guns, or piston rings during World War II. In fact, following the war, even the plans for Toyota’s first-ever vehicles were lost; that was, until a 1936 Toyoda Model AA was found in a barn in Russia. The Toyoda Model AA was built between 1936 and 1942, and only 1,404 units were produced. But, after the war, all knowledge of this early model was lost.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by wetwilly87
    +18 +3

    Startup Claims Microwave Pulse Ignition Could Cut ICE Emissions by 80 Percent

    A German startup is developing a potential replacement for spark plugs: microwave pulse ignition. The tech is under development by MWI Micro Wave Ignition AG of Empfingen, Germany, which claims that its ignition system can be used in both gasoline and diesel engines, reducing fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent. Additionally, lower combustion temperatures are said to reduce nitrous oxide emissions—normally caused by high combustion temperatures—by as much...

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +18 +6

    The 2019 Ford Ranger Isn't the Ranger You Remember, but It's Good at What It Does

    The Ford Ranger seems to strike a personal chord with pretty much everybody in America; I remember being crammed into the jump seats of my dad’s as a kid. When the “return” of the truck in the form of the 2019 Ford Ranger was announced, people reacted like it was going to be personally delivered by God himself. Now it’s finally here, and it’s not the stripped-out little truck we all remember—but it’s pretty good at what it’s trying to do.

  • Expression
    5 months ago
    by Petrox
    +28 +6

    How electric cars are slowly moving from niche to something 'people want to buy'

    For your next car, would you consider plugging it in instead of filling it up? "Electric vehicle sales are still under 2 percent of the new car sales every month, so it's a very small number," said Kelley Blue Book executive analyst Rebecca Lindland. But she said that's beginning to change, especially in the luxury market.

  • Expression
    5 months ago
    by baron778
    +29 +3

    I drove more than 70 cars this year. Here are the things that annoyed me the most.

    I test and review dozens of cars, trucks, and SUVs every year.Most are impressive. But there are some things that annoy me.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by TNY
    +6 +3

    Tesla to start testing new Autopilot Hardware 3 in employee vehicles

    Tesla is working to bring to market its new Autopilot Hardware 3, which consists of a new neural net computer that they claimed will be the ‘world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving’. The company is now testing the new hardware in employee vehicles as part of its ‘Full Self-Driving Test Program’. Earlier this year, Tesla sought “hundreds of employees” to test its full self-driving system and offers free Autopilot upgrades with new purchases.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +25 +5

    China’s Great Wall Motor unveils $8,680 all-electric ORA R1 urban car with nearly 200-mile range

    Great Wall Motor is launching its new flagship vehicle under its new ‘ORA’ electric car brand: the ORA R1.

  • Expression
    5 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +17 +5

    2019 Porsche Cayenne Review: SUV, Thy Name Is (Finally) Porsche

    A Porsche is a Porsche, of course of course, unless the Porsche is an SUV. So goes the lament of the unappeasable purist, who sees every stilted hotcake built by an exotic automaker as an affront to history. Time for a reality check: Today's performance car market mostly rides on the subsidies provided by booming SUV sales. If you're a 911 fan, that means you, by definition, also better be a fan of the company's crossovers if you know what's best for the fabled sports car...