Photo Essay: The American Cars of Cuba

Photo Essay: The American Cars of Cuba

by Paul Riegler

One of the images of Cuba ingrained in my mind is the incredible scene of classic American cars from the 1950s that continue to ply Cuban streets. Indeed, a ride in a classic American car (many serve as taxis) is a rite of passage for visitors to Havana.
It is an …

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Tesla Unveils Electric Truck – and a Surprise New Sports Car

by Paul Riegler
Tesla Unveils Electric Truck – and a Surprise New Sports Car

Tesla unveiled its first ever electric semi-truck on Thursday evening at an event in Los Angeles that also included the surprise reveal of a new electric sports car.
The Roadster, as the new sports car is dubbed, carries the same name as Tesla’s first vehicle, which was produced from 2008 to …

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The Insider’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

by Anna Breuer
The Insider’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

Despite the much-delayed start of winter in many parts of the country, Thanksgiving is just around the corner as is one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
If that’s not enough, the number of people expected to take to the skies in the 12-day travel period is expected to …

Diesel Prices at 2-Year High

by Jesse Sokolow
Diesel Prices at 2-Year High

The price of a gallon of gasoline is up in many parts of the country as demand reached its highest levels since 2006 while supply continues to drop. This has led to a surge in fuel prices, something particularly noticeable in the Midwest.
In that region, the price for a gallon …

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

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

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 …

U.S. Dept. of Energy to Supercharge Development of ‘Extreme Fast Charging’ Systems

by Jesse Sokolow
U.S. Dept. of Energy to Supercharge Development of ‘Extreme Fast Charging’ Systems

The United States Department of Energy announced that it plans to provide up to $15 million on research projects to develop what it called “extreme fast charging” systems for electric vehicles as well as batteries capable of very fast charging.
The agency said the new systems will likely decrease charge time …

China, California Tighten Zero Emission Vehicle Standards

by Jesse Sokolow
China, California Tighten Zero Emission Vehicle Standards

From California to China, regulators are promulgating new and more stringent emissions and fuel consumption requirements. A new law in China will require 8% of automakers’ sales in the country to consist of zero emission vehicles starting in 2019.
Certain states in the U.S., such as California, have put similar measures …

U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

by Paul Riegler
U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

U.S. and California regulators approved Volkswagen AG’s recommended course of action for 38,000 diesel-powered vehicles from the company’s Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche brands, according to a letter released publicly on Monday.
The approval addresses the automaker’s SUVs with 3.0-liter diesel engines believed to emit excess emissions and means that the German …

Delayed Fall Foliage Season Arrives with Promise of Color

by Anna Breuer
Delayed Fall Foliage Season Arrives with Promise of Color

Many parts of the Northeast United States including New York and New England will experience peak foliage conditions in the coming week as the extended summer season begins to come to a close. This means it’s time for a fall foliage drive or weekend getaway to see the colors.
Trees throughout …

GM and Ford Announce Plans to Expand Lineup of Electric Models

by Paul Riegler
GM and Ford Announce Plans to Expand Lineup of Electric Models

General Motors announced plans on Monday for 20 all-new all-electric vehicles. The automaker said it would introduce all 20 by 2023, including two within the next 18 months.
The General’s move was followed by an announcement by Ford, which said it would add 13 electrified models by the end of the …

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 11 Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, and Alternative Routes

by Paul Riegler
Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 11 Lane Guidance, Speed Limit Info, and Alternative Routes

Apple has released the latest and greatest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, which included significant updates to Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone. We took the opportunity to spend a few weeks behind the wheel in several …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Ford Focus ST

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2017 Ford Focus ST

While the words “Ford Focus” might not generate a big grin on the part of most auto enthusiasts, adding two letters – ST – will surely change that. The ST is an enthusiast’s car, fun to drive, inexpensive, and powerful.
Our Ford Focus ST arrived in with the new Triple Yellow …

Dyson to Develop an Electric Vehicle

by Paul Riegler
Dyson to Develop an Electric Vehicle

Dyson, a company known for its innovative vacuum cleaners and fans, said Tuesday it is working on an electric vehicle to be launched by 2020.
The news was announced by the company in a tweet.
“James Dyson just announced to @Dyson employees that we’ve begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due …

Mercedes-Benz to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in the United States

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in the United States

Mercedes-Benz announced Friday it plans to expand its Tuscaloosa plant to produce electric passenger cars. The news came at the time of the facilities’ 20th anniversary celebration.
In addition to manufacturing SUV models for the automaker’s EQ brand, Mercedes said it will also build a battery factory near the plant to …