The tug-of-war that is emissions regulations in this country has seen a remarkable past decade, as the Obama administration instituted some of the strongest emissions regulations in the world before the Trump administration tried to roll them back. Guess what the Biden administration plans to do.
According to the Associated Press, the answer is: a lot, in that the Biden administration wants to get 40 percent of people in EVs by 2030.
Acknowledging Biden’s goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least half by 2030, the rules would begin with the 2023 car model year and start by applying California’s 2019 framework agreement on emissions standards reached between Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, BMW and Volvo, according to three of the officials. The California deal increases the mileage standard and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7% per year.
Read the article at MSN.
OCTO Telematics announced a new agreement with Ford Motor Company. By leveraging Ford’s connected vehicle data, OCTO will extend its market-leading predictive insurance risk score, OCTO DriveAbility Score.
DriveAbility Score combines Ford connected vehicle data, available on the majority of MY2020 and newer Ford and Lincoln vehicles, in context of factors such as weather and road type, with policy and claim data across a large pool of insurers to provide a score that is not only highly predictive of loss costs but is accurate from the very first trip.
Read the article at Ford Media Center.
By Adam Danielson, Sales and Business Development Director
Data is abundant in the fleet industry and can be overwhelming.
There is data flowing to a fleet manager like an open firehose from many sources and in varying formats.
To make the data actionable a few things need to happen: automation, normalization, and aggregation.
Fleet managers need to consume several different types of data to create a holistic view of the driver and accomplish their driver safety goals.
When data collection is automated it is possible to collect from additional sources – the more sources of driver data that can be consumed, the clearer the view of the driver becomes. To accurately assess driver behavior and create a holistic view, multi-sourced, real-time data needs to be collected and automated.
By Michael Sheldrick, Senior Editor
Range anxiety, a stumbling block for many may be dissipating, thanks largely to battery improvements that already have pushed the average range of today's EVs to over 250 miles. Eventually, 500 miles might be within reach with still-better batteries.
That will put EVs on an equal footing with petroleum fueled vehicles as far as distance, but it still leaves another concern that could be called charge anxiety -- how long it takes to fully charge an empty EV. To be sure, there is lots of talk about fast charging, supercharging, and maybe even “utracharging.”
In reality, range anxiety no longer exists for most day-to-day driving. There’s no need to fill up an electric vehicle, there’s only the need to top it up. That’s because for the foreseeable future, most EVs will likely be charged at home, plugged into a 120-volt outlet, Level 1 charger.
Presently, of the 2 million EVs on the road, 80% of them are charged at home. Estimates are there will be 20 million in the fleet by 2030, and even then, most will still be charged at home.
Policymakers are running up against the reality that the main source of highway funding - fuel taxes - has long failed to generate enough revenue for needed infrastructure improvements, and that will only get worse as electric vehicles become a greater share of cars on the road.
But one thing appears to be off the table for now: Asking America's drivers to help foot the bill.
Infrastructure costs also don't have to be borne directly by the users. General fund money - raised by other fees such as sales taxes or income taxes - can be a source of funding.
Read the article at The Columbus Dispatch.