In San Francisco, a Bolt EV was stopped behind a taxicab, when the cab driver - for unknown reasons – exited the vehicle and decided to sucker-punch the autonomous auto, leaving a scratch on the front passenger’s-side window.
It’s not difficult to understand why a licensed taxi driver, already losing business to smartphone-based ride-hailing services, might lash out at technology that by many reports will eventually render his or her job irrelevant.
Human Lyft and Uber drivers may feel the same way once those companies begin switching to autonomous rides.
Read the article at Forbes.
Ford today introduces the new 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van. New and exclusive driver-assist technologies, two new drivetrains including the only available diesel in the segment, and unsurpassed capabilities mean no other competitor can touch Transit Connect when it comes to helping any business go big.
Lightning Systems, a global developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets, today announced it is on schedule for March deliveries of its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit and that it has developed a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the product.
The LightningElectric battery conversion package available for Ford Transit as part of Ford Motor Company's eQVM program was announced last September. First customer deliveries will occur this month as planned. The product is on display in the Ford booth (#3239) at this year's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis March 7 to 9, and Lightning will host a series of hands-on ride and drive opportunities in California and New York in April. Locations will be announced soon.
Ram today revealed the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model at National Truck Equipment Association's (NTEA) "The Work Truck Show" in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Aimed at one of the largest traditional pickup customer categories — vocational use — the new Ram 1500 Tradesman is a hard-working truck designed for small businesses, construction jobsites and commercial fleets.
Ram launched the original Tradesman model in 2011, and our work truck customers have enjoyed Ram's benchmark durability ever since," said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand — FCA. "Ram has the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton truck and the Ram 1500 Tradesman model will continue to deliver confidence for hard-working people who rely on it every day."
• All-New Silverado conventional cabs will be the most customer-focused medium-duty trucks of any major competitor
• Easy to upfit: Clean, one-piece straight frame rails, seven Cab-to-Axle options
• Easy to drive: Excellent maneuverability, factory air suspension
• Easy to service: Lightweight clamshell hood allows "walk up" access to engine
Chevrolet revealed its first-ever Silverado Class 4, 5 and 6 chassis cab trucks today at NTEA The Work Truck Show – three supremely capable conventional cab models will be the most customer-focused trucks of any major competitor.
UK businesses are being advised that ditching company cars in favor of cash allowances for perk drivers is not without its risks from cost and duty of care points of view.
The warning comes from vehicle and asset finance specialist, Maxxia Group, which says it is holding increasing numbers of conversations with businesses which are looking at the implications of ditching perk cars and only retaining essential user vehicles.
Trump’s steep import tariffs on steel and aluminum are unpopular with virtually all sectors of the auto industry, both at home and abroad.
In an NBC News article, Cody Lusk, President and CEO of AIADA, says: “Even with limited exemptions, tariffs will raise the sale price of new vehicles, turning off price-sensitive consumers and leading to a dip in both auto sales and auto-related jobs.”
None of this is good news for commercial fleets.
Lots of excitement in Indianapolis last week. Mark Boada tells us all about it in GM, Ford Dominate the News at The Work Truck Show.
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Researchers believe they've discovered a new material that could boost the performance of a carbon-based supercapacitor - sometimes called an ultracapacitor - a type of energy storage device that can be charged very quickly and offload its power very quickly, too.
New forms of energy storage will be critical to the success of renewable energy as a replacement for fossil fuels. When the sun doesn't shine or the wind doesn't blow, we'll need to access stored energy very quickly to plug the gap.
Ulrik Grape, chief executive of NaWa technologies, a supercapacitor maker based in the South of France says, "We think the ability to charge and discharge a battery fast will be one of the most important things in the future."
Read the article at BBC News..