Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

by Jonathan Spira

While electric vehicles still look expensive, when compared to more traditional petrol-powered vehicles, their prices have come down in recent years. But that’s only half the story: their total cost of ownership is significantly lower as is the cost to power the vehicle.
More affordable EVs have come onto the market …

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Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

by Paul Riegler
Apple Adds Lane Guidance in Maps App to Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland

Apple added the Lane Guidance feature to its Maps App for users in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland
In February, Apple added Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland to the list.
Lane Guidance displays the lane the driver should be in via a floating black information panel that disappears after it’s …

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Toyota and Lexus to Launch V2V Communications Starting in 2021

by Paul Riegler
Toyota and Lexus to Launch V2V Communications Starting in 2021

Toyota and its luxury division Lexus announced that they will begin to broadly deploy vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology in the United States starting in 2021.
The Japanese automaker said it plans to have V2V technology available across almost its entire lineup by the middle of the coming decade.
Similar to initiatives from …

Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

by Paul Riegler
Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

Until recently, owning a car meant just that: either purchasing a car outright or leasing a new vehicle. For those who didn’t want to own a car, a few carsharing options such as Zipcar were available in some areas. Now a new option is emerging, namely cars by subscription.
BMW is …

BMW to Offer “Access” Car Subscription Option

by Paul Riegler
BMW to Offer “Access” Car Subscription Option

BMW announced the launch of a new-vehicle subscription service, Access by BMW, on Wednesday.
Access by BMW will provide its members with a selection of BMWs ranging from a 4 Series coupe or cabriolet, an X5 SUV, and a 5 Series sedan. There will also be a performance tier that will …

EPA to Roll Back Auto Emissions, Fuel Economy Standards

by Paul Riegler
EPA to Roll Back Auto Emissions, Fuel Economy Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it plans to ease auto emissions and fuel economy standards by revoking revoke Obama-era standards that would require cars and light trucks sold in the United States to average better than 50 mpg (5.67 l/100 km) by the year 2025.
The agency also plans to …

Tesla to Recall 123,000 Model S Electric Vehicles

by Paul Riegler
Tesla to Recall 123,000 Model S Electric Vehicles

Tesla said Thursday it is voluntarily recalling approximately 123,000 of its Model S sedans because of a problem with a component in the vehicle’s power steering system.
The problem is limited to vehicles manufactured prior to April 2016. Model X and Model 3 vehicles are not being recalled.
Tesla told customers via …

New York Auto Show 2018: Hail the SUV, but Plug in the Mini

by Jonathan Spira
New York Auto Show 2018: Hail the SUV, but Plug in the Mini

NEW YORK — The auto industry is showcasing dozens of new cars this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and …

Arizona Governor Suspends Testing of Uber Self-Driving Cars

by Anna Breuer
Arizona Governor Suspends Testing of Uber Self-Driving Cars

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suspended Uber Technologies’ tests of self-driving cars in the state in the wake of a fatal accident on March 18 in Tempe.
The accident was an “unquestionable failure” to meet public-safety expectations, the governor said in a letter to Dara Khosrowshahi, the ride-hailing company’s CEO. Ducey had …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE

While we love the Volkswagen Touareg, there was always something missing in the Wolfsburg automaker’s lineup: a three-row SUV. Enter the aptly named Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky on his shoulders. This Atlas …

Daimler: Diesel Trucks Are Here to Stay

by Paul Riegler
Daimler: Diesel Trucks Are Here to Stay

Diesel will continue to power trucks in the United States for years to come, according to a recent speech given by an executive at Daimler Trucks North America.
Speaking at the Green Truck Summit earlier in the month, Kary Schaefer, the company’s general manager of marketing, said diesel is the most …

Avis Budget to Add 10,000 Toyotas with Mobility Services Technology

by Paul Riegler
Avis Budget to Add 10,000 Toyotas with Mobility Services Technology

Avis Budget Group will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to the Avis Car Rental fleet in a partnership with Toyota, the two parties said.
The move will provide Avis with “enhanced connectivity and visibility into their fleet, and bring travelers increased control and convenience over their rental experience,” Toyota said.
The car rental …

Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and commissioned in 1930 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler, who wanted an inexpensive, simple people’s car for the country’s new Autobahn network, made its …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

The Nissan Murano is one of the SUVs whose appearance once a year everyone at Frequent Business Traveler/The Green Car Driver looks forward to. We love the Murano not only because it’s good looking but because it offers driver and passengers luxurious surroundings at a very reasonable price.
For 2018, the …