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U.S. to Require New Vehicles to Average 49 MPG by 2026

U.S. to Require New Vehicles to Average 49 MPG by 2026

The U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled new requirements for fuel economy that mandate a 49 mpg (4.8 l/100 km) fleet-wide average by 2026.
The action in the so-called CAFE or Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and  Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on …

Gas Prices in U.S. Ease Back From Record Highs

Gas Prices in U.S. Ease Back From Record Highs

After what seemed like non-stop increases for the past three weeks, gas prices in the United States are easing back somewhat.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the United States was $4.25 on Sunday, down from a peak of $4.33 on March 11.  While this  is more …

U.S. Bans Russian Gas and Oil Imports, Targets ‘Main Artery’ of Russia’s Economy

U.S. Bans Russian Gas and Oil Imports, Targets ‘Main Artery’ of Russia’s Economy

President Joseph Biden on Tuesday announced a ban on Russian oil, gas, and coal imports, taking aim at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Such exports are a main source of revenue for the Russian economy.
“Today, I am announcing the United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy,” Biden said. “We’re …

The 3G Network Shutdown is a Problem for Millions of Vehicles on the Road from Acura to Cadillac to Tesla to Volvo

The 3G Network Shutdown is a Problem for Millions of Vehicles on the Road from Acura to Cadillac to Tesla to Volvo

If telecommunications companies merely said they were sunsetting their 3G networks, many people might reply “How interesting “and then would have gone about their business, unaware of the consequences to come.
But what is actually happening is that older mobile networks, namely those using 3G technology – something commercially introduced in …

Gas Prices Hover at Eight-Year High at Start of Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Week

Gas Prices Hover at Eight-Year High at Start of Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Week

If you think you’re paying more at the pump, you’re not wrong: Gasoline prices have spiked over the past 12 months.
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.38 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, compared to $2.24 one year earlier, when fuel prices hit record lows …

Ford, GM, Mercedes Among 6 Automakers and 30 Countries in Glasgow Pledging a Zero-Emissions Future

Ford, GM, Mercedes Among 6 Automakers and 30 Countries in Glasgow Pledging a Zero-Emissions Future

Six automakers and 30 countries pledged, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, to move to eliminate the production of new gasoline- and diesel-powered automobiles by 2040. While the list includes such major automakers as Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, as well as countries such as Britain, …

Hertz Orders 100,000 Cars from Tesla, Will Rent 50,000 to Uber Drivers

Hertz Orders 100,000 Cars from Tesla, Will Rent 50,000 to Uber Drivers

Hertz Global Holdings announced plans to purchase 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles and later said it will rent 50,000 of them to Uber drivers.
The rental giant, which declared bankruptcy at the start of the pandemic in 2020, said it is making a substantial investment in an electric-vehicle fleet as well as …

New York City Plans Curbside EV Charging Stations

New York City Plans Curbside EV Charging Stations

New York City is planning to offer thousands of curbside public charging stations for electric vehicles and is currently rolling out a pilot program to test the concept.
PlugNYC, the program being operated as a partnership between the city, Con Edison, and Flo, an operator of EV charging infrastructure.
The city will …

The 2021 Frankfurt Auto Show? It’s Now in Munich

The 2021 Frankfurt Auto Show? It’s Now in Munich

Things were different at the biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, this year.  For one thing, the IAA is now known as IAA Mobility.  It’s also not just about cars anymore, but covers everything from bikes to e-scooters to automobiles.  Oh, and it’s no longer in Frankfurt but …

2021 New York Auto Show Cancelled Amidst Concerns Over Delta Variant

2021 New York Auto Show Cancelled Amidst Concerns Over Delta Variant

The 2021 New York International Automobile Show at the Javits Center was canceled due to the growing incidences of the Covid-19 Delta variant and the increased measures that state and local officials recently announced to stop its spread.
The show was originally intended to open to the public on August 20 …

Lucid Motors, Launching on Nasdaq, Changes Definition of Luxury EV

Lucid Motors, Launching on Nasdaq, Changes Definition of Luxury EV

Tesla competitor Lucid Motors celebrated its debut on the Nasdaq Monday with fanfare worthy of the best of television game shoes, including the appropriate amount of confetti for a company with a market value of roughly $43 billion that has yet to sell a single vehicle.
While there are many comparisons …

VW, BMW Fined €875 Million Over Diesel Emissions Collusion

VW, BMW Fined €875 Million Over Diesel Emissions Collusion

The European Commission Thursday hit Volkswagen and BMW with €875 million ($1 billion) in fines after finding that the German automakers had colluded to hinder competition in emissions systems for diesel-powered automobiles.
The decision encompassed VW’s Audi and Porsche units as well.
The EU’s investigation came in the wake of the VW …