Like Honda Civic hybrid lawsuit, automakers should be held libel for deceiving consumers
Hey Los Angeles. Gasoline prices are rising. What’s the cure? A new car that achieves such and such fuel economy on the highway of course.
Who cares that highway fuel economy doesn’t help at all when you’re stuck in LA traffic. In fact almost no one that lives in Southern California and most urban areas averages highway fuel economy — if even anyone does.
I mean, what’s next, going down hill fuel economy? Read more…
What did America drive in 1975?
I don’t remember 1975, but I sure wish I did. Then it seems everything changed in America, but not for the better, and it began in Congress. OK, it didn’t really begin in Congress. It started long before, but 1975 is when Congress — with noble intentions (at least I hope) — almost destroyed America. Or, ironically, considering the escalating Israeli situation, maybe America is already DOA.
Following the Arab oil embargo in 1973, America demanded action. How could a bunch of camel jockeys in the middle of nowhere shut down the world’s most powerful country, I’m sure, most Americans wondered back then. How could an area of the world most Americans knew so little about, be so powerful? Read more…
Innovation and technology moves faster than politicians and regulators
Back in college I was a huge fan of the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Robert Pirsig. What struck me as most profound about Pirsig is his idea that society has become its own evolving entity.
Recently, I started reading Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants and was surprised to learn that he has the same idea, except about technology or the technium. It isn’t just life, humans and societies that are evolving, relatively independently, but technology as well.
And that’s what I find so annoying about politicians, automakers, regulators and CAFE. This idea that the future can be controlled and predicted when it’s so obvious such an idea is futile. Read more…
Categories: Buying Hybrids, Buying plug-ins, electric cars, Fuel Economy, Hybrid Cars, plug-in hybrid cars, Plug-in Vehicles, Tax Incentives Tags: CAFE, Chevy Volt, electric cars, Fuel economy, Hybrid Cars, Toyota Prius
And a gas tax too!
I got a good laugh this morning reading Take Polls With A Grain Of Salt by Jeremy Anwyl CEO of Edmunds.com regarding his recent testimony before Congress on new CAFE requirements. Essentially, Awyl observed that Congress is obsessed by polls, taking them almost as fact, despite the irrefutable evidence demonstrating that many polls, especially when in survey form, are often irrelevant or even counter-productive.
Chrylser 300 hybrid to be first out of the gate
While Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that hybrid cars are too “costly to produce” and will only “sell at low volumes”, 2025 CAFE regulations will require the automaker to use hybrid technology to achieve the new fuel economy requirements.
And the first new hybrid, the Chrysler 300 hybrid, is due out in 2013. Read more…
But is that a good thing since BMW doesn’t sell to the masses?
Today, BMW already offers a few hybrid cars, but in the next few years, BMW will significantly increase its output of electrified offerings, especially ones with plugs.
While it’s great to see an auto manufacturer like BMW embrace the efficiency of the battery, is BMW motivated to mainstream plug-in technologies, or to use them to balance numerous regulatory requirements, such as CAFE and European CO2 caps? Read more…
Categories: BMW EfficientDynamics plug-in hybrid, BMW i3 electric car, BMW Megacity electric car, Buying Hybrids, Buying plug-ins, electric cars, Hybrid Cars, MIsc., plug-in hybrid cars, Plug-in Vehicles Tags: CAFE, electric cars, Hybrid Cars, plug-in hybrids
The energy conversation is as dishonest as was the debt ceiling debate
Will America be energy independent in 2025 thanks to new CAFE regulations? Heck no. Not even close. Even if automakers built nothing but pure battery-powered electric cars beginning in 2025, it would still be at least another decade, minimally, before the US could end US foreign oil dependence. That’s 2035.
Unfortunately, the US will be nowhere near 100 percent EV sales by 2025. Even worse, real world fleet fuel economy in 2025 won’t even be close to 54.5 mpg. It won’t even be 40 mpg.
Today, nothing can impact the economy like energy, yet America is no where close to an honest energy conversation, especially as it relates to foreign oil dependence. Read more…
Categories: electric cars, Energy Independence, Fuel Economy, gas prices, Hybrid Cars, MIsc., plug-in hybrid cars, Plug-in Vehicles Tags: CAFE, electric cars, Energy Independence, foreign oil dependence, Fuel economy, Hybrid Cars, plug-in hybrids
Or will commuters choose other options and hold onto older vehicles longer?
Even when gas prices blow past $4.00 per gallon and many hybrid cars actually become wise long term investments, most consumers still don’t buy hybrids. Maybe they don’t believe high gas prices will last; however, numerous studies simply suggest that consumers don’t like to pay extra upfront to save money on fueling costs down the road.
Since we’re an instant gratification society, such results shouldn’t be surprising.
Nevertheless, new car buyers are almost certain to see higher new car prices as new CAFE regulations come into effect. So, how will consumers react? Read more…
The he said, she said of new CAFE rules
Lots of interesting news out there regarding the new CAFE rules. However, if one thing is clear, it’s that what the impact of these new CAFE rules will be is almost anyone’s best guess.
Nevertheless, the most noteworthy idea I’ve seen so far isn’t the change coming to the auto industry in terms of powertrains, but in terms of safety — and how that translates into autonomous cars. Read more…
Why does 54.4 mpg mean something more like 37 mpg?
At the most recent LA Auto Show, Hyundia North American CEO John Krafcik essentially mocked the hype around plug-in vehicles at the show while debuting the Hyundai Elantra — the kind of car Krafcik claimed was the future of the auto industry. According to Krafcik, even if the government passed 62 mpg by 2025, Hyundai would be able to meet that requirement without much reliance upon batteries.
Since 54.4 mpg, rather than 62 mpg by 2025, actually means something more like 37 mpg in terms of EPA window stickers, will batteries be the key to meeting new CAFE requirements by 2025? Read more…