Unconfirmed UK reports hint that as a part of a new emissions crackdown, new cars unable to do at least 50 miles on electric power may be banned by 2040, a ruling that would hit the UK's best-selling hybrid, Toyota's Prius.
If the government stipulates that all cars must be able to travel at least 50 miles on electric power, then even the performance of most so-called plug-in hybrids, which can already travel at least some distance on battery power, will not be good enough.
"Unrealistic targets and misleading messaging on bans will only undermine our efforts to realize this future, confusing consumers and wreaking havoc on the new car market and the thousands of jobs it supports," said Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Read the article at BBC News.
American drivers are looking for relief from stressful commuting and a lot of them are finding it in their cars according to the results of a new study from Volvo Cars and Harris.
Volvo commissioned the study to better understand how commuting and traffic drive stress levels amongst Americans, and what factors might help drivers decompress and find their own personal sanctuary on the road.
"Top features that would help commuters relax in the car: comfortable seats (52%), seats that optimize posture (40%), better noise insulation (31%), air filters that prevent smells/pollutants (27%), automated safety features (26%) and better selections of music, podcasts and other audio features (26%)."
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.
Fleet manager Gary Lentsch talks about why he prefers renewable diesel over biodiesel, and explains the difference between the two fuels.
By Martha Garcia-Perry, VP of Growth Initiatives & Integration, MetroGistics/AmeriFleet
Would you rather own a car or have one on demand?
Just as we now have options for how we listen to and pay for music and movies, people want options for how they get from point A to point B. Today, companies like Uber, Lyft and ZipCar are offering people new options for getting around: apps that enable them to make car trips, whenever they want, without owning a car and without all the costs and hassles that go along with it.
Finding new ways to lower the risk soldiers face has become a top priority for various branches of the military: researchers have an added challenge of developing technology that can adapt to conflict zones in conditions all over the world.
Autonomous military vehicles would need both the ability to go off road in many cases and have sensors that can determine whether a bush beside the road is a camouflaged enemy or merely a plant
“You’re in a very vulnerable position when you’re doing that kind of activity,” Michael Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said during a hearing on Capitol Hill in April. “If that can be done by an automated unmanned vehicle with a relatively simple AI driving algorithm where I don’t have to worry about pedestrians and road signs and all of that, why wouldn’t I do that?”
Read the article at The Washington Post.
For someone whose job it is to be in their vehicle all day long, SiriusXM is a perfect perk, and an inexpensive one at that.
Our fleet industry is in the midst of unprecedented change and we herald the resurgence of the charitable NAFA Foundation to develop objective research as the industry evolves. Claude Masters, CAFM, President of the NAFA Foundation, talked to the immediate goals of the non-profit organization at the reccent I&E.
One of the first projects the Foundation will pursue is with international mobility expert Lukas Neckermann to develop a series of deliverables on the super-timely subject of fleet and mobility.
As one of the Foundation directors, I am excited for the future of the organization.
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Since 1970, California has held a waiver under the federal Clean Air Act, allowing it to enact more-stringent pollution rules, and in 2009 President Obama took the state’s standards nationwide to increase fuel economy to 50 miles per gallon by 2025
The Trump administration may try to freeze fuel-mileage standards for cars which would override California’s authority to set its own air pollution standards, potentially gutting one of the country’s most important climate change regulations and setting up a major legal battle with the state.
“If enacted, this would harm people’s health, boost greenhouse gas pollution and force drivers to pay more money at the pump for years,” Stanley Young, spokesman for the California Air Resources Board, which oversees most of the state’s programs to fight climate change, said in an email. “It would also severely disrupt the U.S. auto industry, compromising its ability to succeed in a highly competitive global market that increasingly values innovative and efficient technologies.”
Read the article at theSan Francisco Chronicle.