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Author Archives: James Ayre

PSA Group CEO Says Proposed 2020 CO2 Fines In Europe Would Create “Chinese Trojan Horse”

April 8th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Now that the other talking points have been mostly expended, PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares has moved on to a last-ditch effort. He is arguing against the European Union's planned 2020 carbon dioxide auto industry fines (if compliance with fleet-level fuel-efficiency goals aren't met) by saying that such a course of action will "create a Chinese Trojan Horse."


UK Diesel Car Sales Fell By Over A Third In March

April 6th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Diesel car sales in the UK fell by over a third in March on the back of continuing talk of possible selective diesel car bans as well as continuing fallout from the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal. That's according to new figures from the UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)


Fossil Water Depletion, Groundwater Contamination, Saltwater Intrusion, & Permanent Subsidence — The Great Freshwater Depletion Event Now Underway

April 5th, 2018 | by James Ayre

As these fossil water reserves are depleted, there is often nothing to replace them (the one notable exception being the possibility of desalination in some regions), with the eventuality often being large populations, industrial infrastructure, and farmland that is untenable in the regions in question, to be followed by mass migrations out of such regions.


Diesel Car Market Share Fell In March In Germany

April 5th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Following the recent ruling by a court in Germany that cities there have the right to ban diesel cars as a means of improving air quality, the share of the country's total auto market held by diesel cars has been falling sharply.


11 US States To Challenge EPA Rollback Of 2025 Fuel-Efficiency Standards

April 4th, 2018 | by James Ayre

The US EPA is pursuing a rollback of earlier plans (implemented under Obama's presidency) to raise the new-vehicle fuel-efficiency standard to nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2025 (that would be a fleet-level requirement, not model level). In response to that, 11 US states have now revealed an intention to oppose the rollback


3 MINI Countryman Panamericana PHEVs To Travel From North America To Tierra Del Fuego

April 1st, 2018 | by James Ayre

As a showcase for the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid, a group of 3 modified versions of the model will soon set off on a journey from North America to Tierra del Fuego in South America — traveling along part of the 25,750 kilometers Alaska-to-Argentina Pan-American Highway, according to a new press release


Tesla Stock Price Guesses Following Quarter 1 Financials Call, + Model 3 Production Guesses

March 31st, 2018 | by James Ayre

With the end of quarter 1 (Q1) 2018 nearly here — the time period by which Tesla CEO Elon Musk had most recently projected 2,500 Model 3 electric cars would be produced a week — it seems like it would be interesting to speculate a bit about the intersection of Model 3 production figures, investor and short-seller expectations, and company stock prices



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