There’s still a lot of confusion about the different types of electrified vehicles out there.
National newspapers regularly mix up hybrids such as the Toyota Prius with pure electric cars such as Teslas.
Government agencies and academics serve up an ever-growing alphabet soup of acronyms (HEVs, PEVs, BEVs, FCVs, ULEVs, PZEVs and many more). It’s no wonder consumers are clueless.
We are more connected now than ever, and data and technology are a huge part of that. But real connections go far beyond that. Real connections are about people, as Laura Jozwiak lays out so articulately in The Connections That Drive True Results.
Safety is important to all of us, and we all know that Speeding isn’t safe. Today’s Safety & Risk column draw a clear line between Speeding and Time Management. It’s a good and thoughtful read.
LeasePlan just launched its “What’s Next” global marketing campaign. It’s big and it’s clever, featuring Top Gear’s Richard Hammond, with a key message of “Any car, Anytime, Anywhere.” Learn more and watch the action film here.
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The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says.
The study released Thursday is the latest by University of Utah professor David Strayer, who has been examining the impact of infotainment systems on safety for AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety since 2013.
Past studies also identified problems, but Strayer said the “explosion of technology” has made things worse.
There’s nothing new about electric trucks;they have labored on the streets of major cities across the world since the first decades of the 20th century.
Fleet managers prized these trucks for their strong pulling power and greater reliability than vehicles powered by early, fitful internal combustion engines (ICEs). And now, in a high-tech second act, both incumbent and nontraditional makers of commercial vehicles across most weight categories and a variety of segments are launching new “eTrucks.”
A century on, the question is, why now?
An oft-cited reason people don’t buy electric cars is “range anxiety” — if batteries struggle to take you as far as gas and charging stations are limited in number, the thinking goes, who would want one?
But there is another obstacle: charging time trauma.
Compared with a five-minute pit stop at your local gas station, charging an electric vehicle is a glacially slow experience.
Wheels, Inc.has announced the promotion of Dan Frank from President of Wheels, Inc. to the additional position of Chief Executive Officer Jim Frank will transition from CEO to Executive Chairman of the Board.
The Wheels Board of Directors, which consists of four independent directors and two Wheels executives, recommended and enthusiastically supported Dan’s promotion. Dan is the third CEO in Wheels’ 78 year history, following Armund Schoen and Jim Frank, both founding members of the Automotive Fleet Hall of Fame. “Dan’s total commitment to extraordinary customer service and uncompromising quality assure that Wheels will continue its industry-wide reputation for reliability and value creation for its clients,” said Jim Frank.
People under the influence of drugs and alcohol should be able to use driverless cars without falling foul of the law, a regulatory body in Australia has suggested.
The National Transport Commission (NTC), an independent advisory body, said current laws could reduce the uptake of automated vehicles.
One of those potential barriers could be any law that requires occupants of self-driving cars to comply with drink-driving laws.
In a 2015 interview, Elon Musk pointed out that recent advances in auto technology could lead to human-operated vehicles becoming illegal someday.
While this may seem ludicrous to some, it could play out sooner than you think. By 2025 — just a few short years away — the auto industry’s autonomous segment is projected to reach a worth of $26 billion, according to insights from Bain & Company.
Some estimates even project as many as 10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020.