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BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

BMW announced on Wednesday the closing of its ReachNow ride-hailing and car-sharing business.
The business, which was recently rolled into a joint venture with Daimler, offered services in Seattle and Portland and was set to be merged with Car2Go, also part of the joint venture, but a new “realignment” meant that …

Lee Iacocca, Auto Industry Icon Who Led Both Ford and Chrysler, Dies at 94

Lee Iacocca, Auto Industry Icon Who Led Both Ford and Chrysler, Dies at 94

Lee Iacocca, an auto industry visionary who led both Ford and Chrysler and who is credited with having created the Ford Mustang, died Tuesday at his hem in Bel Air, California He was 94.
His death from complications from Parkinson’s disease was confirmed by his youngest daughter.
Mr. Iacocca began his career …

Gas Prices Skyrocket as Summer Approaches

Gas Prices Skyrocket as Summer Approaches

The price of a gallon of gasoline at the pump has skyrocketed in some parts of the United States as oil refineries switch to summer-blended fuels.
The annual changeover is being exacerbated by OPEC and its allies who have taken one million barrels a day off the market for the moment.
Gas …

Gas Prices Continue to Fall at the Pump

Gas Prices Continue to Fall at the Pump

If you’ve noticed you can fill your tank at the pump for under $40 recently, it’s not an illusion. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in over a year.
The price at the pump averaged $2.321 on Monday according …

With Summer Just Around the Corner, Fuel Prices Rise Precipitously

With Summer Just Around the Corner, Fuel Prices Rise Precipitously

Schools are letting out, graduation caps are being tossed, and the beginning of summer is nearly here. For many people, that means packing up the car and heading to the beach or the mountains. For drivers around the country though, the bad news is that fuel prices are up across …

Nine New Diesels Announced at Detroit Show

Nine New Diesels Announced at Detroit Show

DETROIT—Six automobile manufacturers, including General Motors, Chevrolet, and BMW, announced new diesel options for passenger cars, SUVs, and at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.
New options for the 2018/2019 model years include General Motor’s 2019 Silverado pickup with an inline 6 diesel, as well as Ford’s 2018 F-150 pickup …

Diesel Prices at 2-Year High

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 …

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

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

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 …

BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

BMW Group debuted its new Mini Electric Concept Wednesday. A production version of the concept car will come in 2019.
The car is fully electric, and is the direct ancestor of the Mini E, BMW’s first all-electric car, introduced almost ten years ago.
The vehicle has many of the characteristics of the …

New Law in Washington State Penalizes Driving Under the Influence of Electronic Devices

New Law in Washington State Penalizes Driving Under the Influence of Electronic Devices

A new distracted-driving law went into effect in Washington State on Sunday that goes well beyond what the state’s current law covers.
In addition to making it illegal to hold a mobile phone to one’s ear while driving or to send text messages by typing them on the device, the new …

France to Ban the Sale of Gasoline and Diesel Cars by 2040

France to Ban the Sale of Gasoline and Diesel Cars by 2040

France will ban all diesel- and gasoline-powered cars by 2040. The news was announced by the new environment minister of France, Nicolas Hulot, at a briefing.
Hulot also pledged to make his country completely carbon neutral by 2050.
The minister said that the French government will be offering incentives to drivers who …