Author Archives: Steve Hanley

Texas Won’t Let You Buy Patriotic Tesla Model 3 — Crony Capitalism Beats Energy Independence?

May 31st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Tesla is prohibited by law from selling its cars directly to customers in Texas. Those who want one of the US manufacturer's high-tech electric cars can buy one online, but then have to pick it up in some other state and drive it home to the Lone Star state. Tesla has been trying to get the Texas legislature to change the law for years without success. Now, lawmakers in Texas have once again told Tesla to go pound sand


Southern California Edison Unleashes $450 Electric Car Rebate For Everyone

May 29th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Southern California Edison is offering people who drive a plug-in or electric car a one-time cash rebate of $450. What makes it different from other EV rebate programs is that it applies to second and third owners and those who lease cars as well. Typically, an EV rebate like the federal tax credit only helps new-car buyers. If someone leases a new EV, those rebates go to the leasing company (which is often a division of the manufacturer). Although that may help lower the customer's lease payment, it puts no cash in the driver's pocket


Another Way Donald Pissed Off Germany

May 29th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Donald Trump is suffering from oral diarrhea again. On May 25, while attending a NATO function in Brussels, the braying jackass masquerading as America's putative president told the assembled officials, "The Germans are bad, very bad. Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. We will stop this."


People Losing Faith In Self-Driving Cars (MIT Surveys, Exclusive Interviews)

May 29th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

In 2016, the MIT AgeLab, in cooperation with the New England Motoring Press Association, conducted a study to determine public attitudes about autonomous car technology. It found that younger drivers were more accepting of the idea that cars could drive themselves without human input than were older drivers. The more mature people who took the survey liked the idea of active safety systems that help keep a car within its proper travel lane, issue side collision warnings, adapt to the speed of other cars on the highway, or brake automatically in an emergency


Gas Cars Much Dirtier Than Expected

May 29th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

For years, the conventional wisdom has been that pollution from diesel engines was far worse than from gasoline engines for two reasons: First, diesel exhaust fumes are known to contain nitrous oxide emissions. Second, they also contain particulates, small molecules that are too small to see. Both are believed to cause serious damage to human lungs


Autonomous Car Testing Costs Could Be Cut 99% With New Method

May 29th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Autonomous car technology is the Holy Grail for auto manufacturers today. Elon Musk claims self-driving cars will be as common as self-service elevators in the very near future. But first, the systems used to allow cars to drive themselves need to be validated. Currently, that means collecting data from billions of miles of real-world driving


Trump Isolationism Leads Germany To Say Europe Can’t Rely On USA Any Longer — Implications For Global Warming

May 29th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Donald Trump brought his act to Europe last week. The reviews from leaders on the Old Continent were decidedly downbeat. Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, remarked after the close of last weekend's G7 meeting, Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” (See video below.) It was a clear sign that the special relationship that has existed between the United States and the rest of the world since the end of World War II is beginning to break apart. What will that mean for the world's efforts to find effective measures to combat the ravages of climate change? Or the notion of world peace in general



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