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Author Archives: James Ayre

A Spectacle At The Coliseum — US To Hold Public Climate Change Debate As Soon As January, EPA Head Says

December 8th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, has announced that the EPA may launch a "public climate debate" as soon as January. In other words, rather than dealing with the issue in any real way, the idea is that some monkeys can get together on TV and yell past one another — and that can substitute for an actual discussion of the civilization-wrecking issues now facing the world


Sysco Pre-Orders 50 Tesla Semi Trucks

December 8th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Following just a day after we reported that Anheuser-Busch had placed the largest pre-order yet for Tesla's new Semi Trucks — with reservations being placed for 40 units — Sysco Corporation has announced that it has reserved 50 units of the upcoming Tesla Semi Truck


Volkswagen Exec Oliver Schmidt Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison & Fined $400,000

December 7th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt — the head of the company's environmental and engineering office (overseeing emissions issues) in Auburn Hills, Michigan, until early 2015 — has been sentenced to 7 years in prison and fined $400,000 for his part in defrauding US regulators regarding the company's diesel vehicle emissions


India’s Ola Is Piloting Combined Ridesharing/Bikesharing Program

December 6th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Ola, the India-based on-demand taxi service ("ridesharing" service) commonly referred to as India's Uber, has begun trialing a new system/app that combines its taxi service with a dockless bikesharing service (as well as with an on-demand auto-rickshaw service) in some parts of the country


Long-Range 2018 Nissan LEAF Production Has Begun In Tennessee

December 6th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The long-range, completely refreshed, 2018 Nissan LEAF is now being produced at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, the company has revealed. Current plans call for these first units to be delivered to dealerships in the US beginning next month


Ford To Launch 15 Electrified Vehicles In China By 2025

December 6th, 2017 | by James Ayre

As part of a broader push to curtail falling sales figures in China, Ford will be launching 15 new electrified models there by 2025, company execs have revealed. Altogether, though, it should be noted that Ford is planning to launch 50 new vehicles in China by 2025 — so the planned electrified models comprise less than a third of the new models


GM (Cruise) Self-Driving Vehicle Test Drive In San Francisco Illustrates Differences Between Tech & Human Drivers Well

December 4th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Last week, we published an article recounting a journalist's demo drive of GM's (Cruise Automation's) self-driving vehicle tech. The drive was conducted in San Francisco and the most humorous bit seemed to be that a double-parked taco truck managed to stump the unit — for a minute or so, after which the backup driver took over instead of waiting around for a move from the self-driving tech



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