Times have changed in the world of electric vehicles. Tesla's not the sole standard bearer for EVs anymore. Volvo recently announced each car will be either gas or diesel hybrids or fully electric after 2019.
More affordable EVs have begun hitting the market. More than a third of all cars could be electric by 2040. With every carmaker vying for a seat at the EV table, demand for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that go into electric cars is soaring. But whether supply of raw materials that make up the batteries, such as lithium and cobalt, can keep up with the growing market remains unclear.
Donlen announced today that Roger Setzke has joined Donlen as Vice President of Client Relations.
Setzke will be leading Donlen’s team of National Account Executives focusing on strategic relationships. Setzke brings more than 25 years of extensive sales leadership experience as well as 12 years of experience previously at Donlen. Setzke has served as Vice President of Customer Service at Union Leasing, Midwest Sales Manager for both BMW and Pep Boys, and Account Executive at PHH.
The small white cars topped with what look like stubby metal antennas swarm in and out of an unmarked San Francisco building like bees around a hive.
They're a daily sight in their South of Market neighborhood, to the point that smartphone-obsessed pedestrians rarely even notice them. Passersby also may not realize that much of the time, the cars are driving themselves.
These cars, equal parts Detroit and Silicon Valley, are the creation of a San Francisco startup, Cruise Automation, and General Motors, which bought Cruise last year for well over half a billion dollars.
Driving Dynamics Inc. has announced an ownership change.
This news follows the retirement of company founders Bill Buff and Paull Hubbard.
Art Liggio joined the company in 2008 with a plan to grow the business. As the managing owner, he has acquired full ownership of Driving Dynamics together with majority owner investment firm Intuitis LLC, with offices in New York and Paris and Delancey Street Capital Partners, based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
LeasePlan USA has appointed Juan Perez as senior vice president of operations, overseeing the teams that manage the lifecycle of vehicles, from vehicle acquisition to remarketing.
“Our aim as an operations team will be to advance innovation while maintaining the client experience that sets LeasePlan apart,” said Perez. “Our team is committed to delivering the promise to each and every client we serve.
By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics
Each year Driving Dynamics trains thousands of drivers across North America through its one day, behind-the-wheel advanced safety courses.
During the group discussions our instructors normally ask trainees to ‘raise their hand if they feel they’re above average drivers. Invariably, the vast majority do raise their hands backed up by comments such as: “Well yes, I’m an excellent driver. I haven’t had a ticket since I was a teenager.” “You bet I am, I haven’t had an accident or a fender bender in over 20 years.” Hey. I know everything there is about driving correctly. As a matter of fact, I just taught my kid how to drive.”
These interesting anecdotes go on and on, but do most people actually believe they are above average drivers?
Would you pay more for new car options with a proven chance of avoiding accidents? Apparently, most consumers won't. A recent survey shows that only 8 percent of respondents own cars with automatic emergency braking -- the most crucial new safety feature.
That's leading Nissan to make automatic emergency braking standard, with no extra charge, on the estimated 1 million vehicles it will sell in the U.S. as 2018 models. This will cover seven of the most popular Nissan models: Rogue and Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, Leaf, Pathfinder, Maxima and Sentra.