The Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July Road Trips: The Best Times to Travel

by Paul Riegler
The Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July Road Trips: The Best Times to Travel

If you are planning a road trip on Independence Day weekend, you most certainly won’t be alone.
More than 47.7 million Americans will travel during the five-day July 4th holiday period according to the American Automobile Association, and 91% of them will be going by car.
If possible, leave before the extended …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle Offers Fahrvergnügen for the EV Era

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle Offers Fahrvergnügen for the EV Era

There will be a time when it will no longer be necessary to write the words “Electric Vehicle” after a model name in the headline of a car review, but that time has not yet arrived. However, if more cars such as Volkswagen’s entertaining ID.4 come to market, we may soon …

VW to Stop Selling Internal Combustion Engine-Powered Vehicles by 2035

by Paul Riegler
VW to Stop Selling Internal Combustion Engine-Powered Vehicles by 2035

Volkswagen announced it plans to stop selling internal combustion engine-powered vehicles in the European market by 2035 and become completely carbon neutral by 2050, a member of its Vorstand, or board of directors, told a German newspaper on Saturday.
The move comes as it undertakes a global shift to electric vehicles.
“We …

Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

by Kurt Stolz
Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

The price of oil settled at a two-year after OPC and its allies said they would maintain the current output plan amidst a forecast of higher demand.
Brent crude, the is the leading global price benchmark for Atlantic basin crude oils, rose 1.3% to $70.25 a barrel, its highest close since …

Ford Doubles Down on EVs, Expects They Will Be 40% of Global Volume by 2030

by Paul Riegler
Ford Doubles Down on EVs, Expects They Will Be 40% of Global Volume by 2030

Ford Motor Company plans to boost spending on the development of electric vehicles to $30 billion by 2025, a third more than it forecast earlier this year.
The move comes as the Dearborn-headquartered automaker plans to begin manufacturing its own batteries, including at two new U.S. battery-cell factories in partnership with …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

‘Tech, Style, Comfort, and Driving Pleasure’
Redesigned for 2021, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is not only a significant improvement over its predecessor but it packs enough tech, style, comfort, and driving pleasure that it will make it stand out from the pack.
The GLA nameplate is part of the automaker’s current SUV nomenclature, …

Higher Prices Greet Drivers at the Pump as Memorial Day Holiday Looms

by Kurt Stolz
Higher Prices Greet Drivers at the Pump as Memorial Day Holiday Looms

Woman Sets Herself on Fire Hoarding Fuel in Pontiac
The Memorial Day holiday weekend may be two weeks away, but vaccinated Americans hoping to get an early start on the holiday or just get away for the weekend may be in for a surprise at the pump.
The price of a …

37 Million People Expected to Hit the Road This Memorial Day

by Kurt Stolz
37 Million People Expected to Hit the Road This Memorial Day

If you are heading out on the road or by air to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, you most certainly won’t be alone. Some 37 million Americans will hit the road according to figures released by the Automobile Association of America.
While the figure is 60% greater than the number of people …

In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

by Kurt Stolz
In Speech to Congress, Biden Calls for the Deployment of 500,000 EV Charging Stations

While Not ‘A Chicken in Every Pot,” The Program Will Propel U.S. Towards an EV in Every Garage
In his first address to Congress, President Joseph Biden proposed spending $15 billion to fund the creation of a national network of electric-vehicle charging stations as part of the administration’s American Jobs First plan …

Lyft to Sell Autonomous Vehicle Unit to Toyota in $550 Million Deal

by Paul Riegler
Lyft to Sell Autonomous Vehicle Unit to Toyota in $550 Million Deal

Ride-hailing service Lyft said it plans to sell its autonomous driving division to a unit of Toyota.
The $550 million sale to Woven Planet Holdings, Toyota’s autonomous tech subsidy, will pay Lyft $550 million as part of the deal.  Lyft said it receive an initial payment of $200 million that is …

2 Killed in Tesla Crash in Texas Where ‘No One Was Driving’

by Paul Riegler
2 Killed in Tesla Crash in Texas Where ‘No One Was Driving’

Two men were killed in a crash in Texas after the Tesla they were riding in, with neither behind the wheel, crashed into a tree and burst into flames, local officials said.
The crash took place Saturday night in Spring, Texas.  One person was found in the front passenger seat, and …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

We were as excited as a group of auto writer can be when we welcomed the first of the Volvo 90 Series vehicles – a 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – into our short-term press fleet in the spring of 2016.  That was followed – in the winter of …