This article is spot-on. What are the mental midgets in Washington doing about it? Nothing. Wherever there are handicapped parking spaces (i.e. every parking lot in the country) there should be a mandate that charging stations also be installed in adjacent spots with a government subsidy. If not many people will be reluctant to bite the bullet and buy an EV. The government must step in and help the transition happen.
If there's one major automobile trend we've seen at the recent spate of trade shows, besides putting screens everywhere, it's electrification. The car industry has been moving towards more hybrids and EVs for some time, but this year's CES almost made gas look like a thing of the past. But are we also headed for an electric car crisis?
As they recover from Dieselgate, Volkswagen and Audi are going big on electric cars. So is Ford. So is Chevrolet. So is Mercedes and also pretty much everyone else. They're doing this in part because electrification is likely the future of automobile transport, but more because ever-stricter government fuel economy and emissions requirements force them to.
Problem is, with gas so cheap, nobody's buying these things right now. And if that trend continues it could mean costly headaches for car companies.
According to new data from Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak of University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute, the U.S.' average fuel economy was down in 2015 compared to the previous year. They reported fuel economy is down 0.9 mpg from the peak reached in August 2014, but on the plus side, it's still up 4.8 mpg from when the university began this study in 2007.
Renault-Nissan To Launch More Than 10 Vehicles With Autonomous Drive Technology Over The Next Four Years
Like driving your car? Get your fill in now.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years.
The global car group confirmed today that it will launch a range of vehicles with autonomous capabilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and China through 2020. The technology will be installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices.
In addition, Renault-Nissan will launch a suite of new connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks.
Already the winner of two stages on his first Dakar and leader of the general standings in front of the rally's specialists, Sebastien Loeb continued his progress on this 38th edition. He picked up another victory today and also extended his lead in the general standings. Behind him, Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel gave a second consecutive 1-2-3 to Peugeot. In the bike category, Toby Price won on completion of a perfectly ridden stage, climbing up to third in the general standings.
If he carries on like this, he will make them really angry… Whilst to date the victories of Sebastien Loeb were fairly logical given the profiles of the WRC type stages, today the nine times world champion and his loyal co-pilot Daniel Elena demonstrated that they had what it takes when it comes to navigation. Of course, setting off behind the experienced Peterhansel and Sainz, the inseparable duo were not completely left to their own devices. However, they still had to show that they were capable of following the pace.
Starworks Motorsport Announces IMSA Full Season Lineup In preparation for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's first series-wide test, the Roar Before the 24, Starworks Motorsports has announced its full season lineup for the 2016 season. The Pompano Beach, Florida based team will return to compete in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class, running the No. 8 and No. 88 Oreca FLM09s.
"We're confident 2016 will be a strong year for Starworks," said Team Owner Peter Baron. "For the first time since the new integrated series, we have been able to get our programs sorted for the season with two cars before the holidays. This has allowed us to plan and prepare for the upcoming season, which has been a weakness of ours for the last two seasons."
Tyler Alexander dies at 75 Ron Dennis (Chairman and CEO) has paid tribute to Tyler Alexander, one of McLaren's founding fathers, who sadly passed away on 7th January 2016, at the age of 75:
"Alongside Bruce McLaren, who founded the McLaren company in 1963, Tyler Alexander was one of the first pillars of our company - working hard alongside Bruce from the very earliest days - and Bruce couldn't have asked for a sturdier pair of shoulders upon which to help build the team's reputation.
NASCAR Driver Wonders If Skin Color Is A Reason He Can't Land Major Sponsor
Do black NFL quarterbacks have to bring a sponsor to play in the NFL? Of course not, in a real sport the athletes don't buy their way into the game.
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace wonders if his skin color is a reason why he and Roush Fenway Racing cannot find a "big sponsor" for their No. 6 Xfinity Series Ford. Appearing in an installment of BLEACHER REPORT's "Uninterrupted."
Wallace, who is African-American, lamented the difficulty of landing a major sponsor, saying, "I just need to figure out what I and my team need to do to land a big sponsor. I’ve been fighting that for 13 years now. ... They said to win, and we’ve done that numerous amounts of times. I can run up front with the big dogs. I don’t know. Is it because I look different? Who knows? We need to figure out something to get this ball rolling."
He said he and the team need to "start getting our I’s dotted and our T’s crossed" for the '16 season, which begins next month. Wallace: "The biggest issue right now is sponsorship. It will be for a long time, but 'm tired of stressing over it. I'm ready to land one and to go out there and set this season on fire” "ninterrupted," BLEACHERREPORT.com
ARCA Makes Changes To Points System The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has adjusted its championship points system heading into the 2016 season.
The first change eliminates the 25 point bonus for pre-entering and competing. Those 25 points become part of the total race points a driver and owner now earn. Teams who enter a race event but fail to qualify will still earn 25 owner and driver points. The maximum amount of points a single driver and car owner can earn during an event will be 250 points.
TJ Fischer signs with Team Pelfrey for 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – Team Pelfrey announced today that TJ Fischer will sign with Team Pelfrey for the 2016 season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
Fischer, 21, arrives at Team Pelfrey after competing in Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS during the 2015 season where the Vacaville, CA native raced on world class circuits throughout Europe and managed a career-best 5th place finish at Monza and a 7th place finish at GP de Pau. Fischer claimed 8th place overall in the championship, the highest finishing rookie.
MSR with Curb-Agajanian adds Olivier Pla to North America Endurance Cup lineup Pataskala, Ohio (7 January 2016) – Adding equal parts speed and experience to an already stout driver line up, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian announces that Olivier Pla will join the team for the four-round North American Endurance Cup as part of its 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign.
The talented French racing driver comes to the team with extensive experience in P2 machinery – particularly with the Honda-powered Ligier platform that Michael Shank Racing utilizes. Pla will join Rolex 24 At Daytona champions John Pew, Ozz Negri and AJ Allmendinger in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.
Pla will also team with Pew and Negri in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen, and Petit Le Mans.
BMW Team RLL to Race with Numbers 25 and 100 in 2016
RLL BMW M6 for 2016
BMW Team RLL will debut both of its new BMW M6 GTLM class challengers this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway as the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona three-day test gets underway for competitors in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
This year is a historic one for The Ultimate Driving Machine as Bavarian Motor Works celebrates its 100th anniversary and to mark the occasion one of the M6 machines will race with the number 100. The second M6 will continue to race the number 25 in honor of 3.0 CSL from BMW Motorsport’s first season racing in the US in 1975. 2016 also marks the 40th anniversary of BMW’s first overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona with a 3.0 CSL driven by Brian Redman and Peter Gregg.
8 Incredible Electric Concept Cars Formula E has put together a compilation of eight concept cars from car manufacturers around the globe. At one of the most exciting times in the history of automobile manufacturing, car-makers old and new are experimenting with electric drivetrains, autonomous tech, and new manufacturing processes and materials.
Felix Serralles will race with Carlin's Indy Lights team for the 2016 season, joining already announced driver Ed Jones for the British squad's second year in the USA. Serralles is already a race winner in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series, taking a total of two podiums including a race win in his rookie season.
Carlin's first season in the series was an exciting one, with the team taking victory in the first three races of 2015, challenging for the championship title with Ed Jones right up to the season finale.
Autonomous car breakthroughs featured at electronics show
Autonomous vehicles are the future. If the car drives itself you can talk and text away and not be a danger to yourself and others on the road. In the future, insurance companies are going to charge higher rates for drivers who insist on driving themselves - as they should because a large percentage of drivers on the road today are incompetent - they cause accidents, traffic jams and road rage. Mark C/AR1.com
Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to self-driving cars.
Some breakthrough features will come to your dashboard quickly, while others will take a few years. But companies from Silicon Valley to Detroit will use the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate that autonomous car technology is heading for prime time.
"It can happen today. The technology is more or less ready," said Amnon Shashua, chief technical officer of Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes computers to process information from car-mounted cameras that are increasingly sophisticated.
It's just a matter of time when electric cars replace air polluting internal combustion engine powered cars. The pollution they cause is horrendous
The backlash to Volkswagen's diesel-emissions cheating won't scare BMW away from selling diesel engines in the United States, its director of research and development insisted recently.
Even with some 500,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles being identified by the EPA as releasing too many NOx emissions, Dr. Klaus Frohlich insisted that BMW won't pull diesel engines from its U.S. lineup.
Video: Honda Racing/HPD's Snapple Project What do you get when you combine Honda #PowerOfDreams and Snapple's #BestStuff? One of our Honda engineers decided to find out. Besides engines and aero kits, see what else Honda Racing/HPD develops in the off-season.
The Peugeot armada dealt a huge blow to its rivals at the end of an amazing first half of the marathon stage. Stephane Peterhansel won ahead of teammates Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb. Nasser Al-Attiyah (Mini) finished in fourth place, preventing Cyril Despres from completing the Lion's whitewash by 57 seconds. In the motorcycle category, Paulo Goncalves (Honda) finished behind Joan Barreda, but he was named the victor after his team leader was again caught speeding and penalized. The Portuguese rider also moved to the top spot in the classification.
Piloted, electrified and fully connected - Audi at the 2016 CES Electrification, digitalization and piloted driving: Audi is making these three future trends of the automotive industry the focus of its appearance at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The world’s most important electronics show takes place January 6–9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
User-friendly operation is an Audi strength, and now the brand with the four rings is expanding its operating and display concept (HMI, human-machine interface) with new solutions.
France talks ownership structure, Chase on MRN NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France said Tuesday that the potential for a new ownership structure in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would help competing teams "participate in a more meaningful way with NASCAR."
France's remarks came during a preseason edition of MRN Radio's long-running "NASCAR Live" program, hosted by Eli Gold.
Katherine Legge and Andy Meyrick return for a third year to compete for Panoz DeltaWing Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. They are joined by Georgia native Sean Rayhall who proved his driving prowess behind the wheel of the coupe at the recent IMSA Daytona Test. Legge and Rayhall will campaign the full season with Meyrick joining for the endurance events.
The 2016 season looks set to be an exciting one for Panoz DeltaWing Racing. With the new name comes an impressive new livery reminiscent of the legendary Panoz 'Spirit of America' LMP1 Roadster S 14 years ago which continues to be a fan favorite to this day. This new livery represents Panoz continued focus as a U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of exclusive luxury sports cars with a truly successful motorsports heritage.
Guasch returns to United Autosports for 2016 European Le Mans Series campaign
Guasch (L) and Matt Bell
Former American Le Mans Series LMPC champion Mike Guasch will return to the United Autosports team for their maiden European Le Mans Series campaign this year.
Mike will join Britain's burgeoning sportscar star Alex Brundle in one of the team's two Ligier JS P3 cars as preparations intensify for the Anglo-American team's ELMS debut that begins at Silverstone on 16 April.
Video: Ford Racing Driver Announcement Press Conference Watch how Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced its Ford GT Drivers for the FIA World Endurance Championship at Greatworth Park, home of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the UK. Marino Franchitti, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Andy Priaulx will race the all-new Ford GT for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the WEC starting at Silverstone, UK in April. (Note: This is different from the previous video we published).
MAVTV to air 2016 Chili Bowl MAVTV and the new LucasOilRacing.TV will broadcast the 30thrunning of the world famous Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire. Through the channel and app, nationally and internationally, viewers can watch the three-hour finals Saturday night, January 16 starting at 8:30pm ET from the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, OK. With the number of entries already topping 335, including 24 U.S. States plus Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the world's largest indoor race is on course to set driver and team records.
Richmond International Raceway will remove its entire backstretch of stands prior to the April race weekend. The project will decrease seating capacity to approximately 60,000. Capacity was about 75,000 after the last project a little more than two years ago, and was at 69,000 in 2015 after the venue slowly widened seats.
The purpose of the move is to improve the race experience for fans. This is phase two of the track's plan. In October of 2013, the venue removed its Henrico Tower, a portion of backstretch seating. RIR is also changing prices for seats on Turn 2, in order to accommodate racing fans who purchased the backstretch seat tickets. Those Turn 2 seats will now cost $35, the cost of the seats the venue will be removing. Track personnel is still determine what will replace the space vacated by the removed stands. WWBT
GM Exploring Mobileye Advanced Mapping With Onstar Data for self-driving cars General Motors is exploring a new mapping technology from Mobileye that could use crowd-sourced real-time data collected by OnStar for precise localization and high-definition lane data that supports fully autonomous driving.
GM is Mobileye's largest customer and is engaged with Mobileye Road Experience Management (REM) to create a continuously updated road map. Mobileye's existing EyeQ processing platforms extract landmarks and roadway information at extremely low bandwidth of about 10kb per kilometer.
Drivers need to get from A to B safely - not feed their digital addictions
This is why autonomous vehicles are the future. If the car drives itself you can talk and text away and not be a danger to yourself and others on the road. In the future, insurance companies are going to charge higher rates for drivers who insist on driving themselves Mark C/AR1.com
Ford and Fiat Chrysler apparently have concluded that safety takes a back seat to amusement when it comes to pleasing drivers writes David Lazarus of the LA Times.
The two carmakers announced Monday amid the hoopla of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that state-of-the-art infotainment systems in new vehicles will include both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Ford's system "allows customers to bring the smartphone technology they're comfortable with into a vehicle and use it without hassle," said Don Butler, who heads the company's connectivity initiatives.
New Holland Auto Group to be sold to Penske and Castroneves
Castroneves going into car business with Penskes
A legend of IndyCar racing and a current IndyCar driver are part of a group that will be buying New Holland Auto Group in Lancaster, PA.
Roger Penske, Helio Castroneves and Geoff Penske have formed a new limited-liability company to buy New Holland Auto Group, according to Geoff Class, president of the New Holland dealership.
Class said settlement for the transaction, which includes the real estate, is scheduled for Jan 19. He declined to give the sale price.
New Holland Auto Group consists of Scion and Toyota at 524 W. Main St. and Dodge, Chrysler, Ford, Jeep and Ram at 508 W. Main St. In addition to the two showrooms, New Holland Auto Group has a 50,000-square-foot service facility.
F1 Needs More Than Just A Team To Crack U.S. Market
Hunter-Reay knows Americans will never be attracted to F1 in droves until an American driver is in a winning car
IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay said that F1 needs more races in the U.S. and "not just a team if it is to crack the American market," according to William Esler of SKY SPORTS.
The 2012 IndyCar champion and 2014 Indy 500 winner believes that Haas's arrival on the F1 grid this year "will not help increase the fan base in the U.S., particularly when the start-up team also have a factory in Banbury in the U.K."
Currently only one grand prix is held in the U.S. and even its future is rumored "to be under threat after a reduction in government funding for the Circuit of the Americas."
Southland Truck Partners With NHRA Southland Truck & Trailer, a leading distributor of high-quality heavy duty trucks and trailers, was named the official heavy duty truck dealership of NHRA on Tuesday.
"Through this great sponsorship we hope to bring people and trucks together," said Matt Morales, founder and president of Southland Truck & Trailer. "It's a big deal for us to be involved with NHRA and I know this relationship will be mutually beneficial. We plan to utilize this sponsorship to bring exposure to our company and at the same time to introduce more people to the sport of NHRA drag racing."
Dakar Stage 3: Dakar - The PEUGEOT 2008 DKR doubles up on stage wins!
Sainz recovered to finish 2nd today
After a one-two yesterday, the Team PEUGEOT Total took the first two places in the car class for the third leg of the 2016 Dakar.
On this third stage, the special was predicted to suit quick drivers and riders. Indeed, it lived up to its expectations. Sebastien Loeb gave a veritable demonstration behind the wheel of his Peugeot, just like Joan Barreda behind the handlebars of his Honda. Whilst Barreda, enjoying his 14th stage win on the Dakar with this success, regained the lead in the bike category, Sebastien Loeb strengthened his position of leader in the car race.
Kentucky Speedway has made no decision on when to repave (Update)UPDATE Kentucky Speedway announces it is undertaking a comprehensive renovation of its racing surface which is highlighted by increased banking in Turns 1 and 2 and further includes drainage improvements, additional SAFER barrier, and repaving of the entire 1.5-mile tri-oval. Work has begun and will be completed in time for this year's NASCAR tripleheader weekend in July.
"Modifying Turns 1 and 2 will present an exciting challenge to the drivers while addressing issues of the track surface, SAFER barrier and drainage will improve safety, which is always our paramount concern," said General Manager of Kentucky Speedway, Mark Simendinger. The project will be coordinated by Vice President of Operations and Development for Speedway Motorsports Inc., Steve Swift.
Premium Motorsports hires most of Hillman Racing staff, purchases cars and equipment # 62 team Premium Motorsports announced that the team has hired Mike Hillman to head up its NASCAR Sprint Cup operation for 2016. The deal also includes the hiring of Crew Chief, Mark Hillman, along with most of the staff from the #40 team that competed in the 2015 season.
Team owner Jay Robinson announced that with increased competition within the racing industry, "We had to upgrade our team moving forward and that included Mike Hillman, select key personnel and the purchase of additional cars and equipment. The racing bar is being raised even higher and this effort will enable us to commit more resources and become more competitive for 2016".
Ford Triples Autonomous Vehicle Development Fleet, Accelerating On-Road Testing Of Sensors And Software
Ford Autonomous Focus
Ford is tripling its fleet of fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid test vehicles - making it the largest in the automotive industry - and will use a new-generation sensor technology as the company further accelerates its autonomous vehicle development plans.
This year, Ford will add 20 Fusion Hybrid autonomous vehicles to the company's autonomous fleet, bringing the total number to 30 vehicles being tested on roads in California, Arizona and Michigan.
Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe Ring in New Year Memorably
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe found memorable ways to ring in the new year. Hunter-Reay drove the "pace car" for the 127th annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., while Hinchcliffe attended the NHL's Bridgestone Winter Classic in Foxborough, Mass.
Honda, which supplies engines to Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport Verizon IndyCar Series team, asked him to lead the parade of floats and bands in its new Acura NSX on New Year's Day while his family watched from the grandstands. While it was at a snail's pace - 2.5 mph - to what he is accustomed, Hunter-Reay filed it away in the memory books.
Bourdais Added to Ganassi Lineup for Rolex 24 At Daytona Four-time Indy car champion Sebastien Bourdais has been added to the roster of Chip Ganassi Racing drivers who will pilot the Ford GT in the Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance sports car race Jan. 30-31.
Bourdais, who competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series with KV Racing Technology and owns 34 career Indy car wins, will join American Joey Hand and German Dirk Muller in the No. 66 Ford GT. German Stefan Mucke will be paired with Australian and long-time Indy car driver Ryan Briscoe and England's Richard Westbrook in the No. 67 Ford GT. The two cars will compete in the GT Le Mans category.
'IndyCar Year in Review' Airs Today on NBSCN NBCSN will review the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a 30-minute year-end recap show on Jan. 5.
"IndyCar Year in Review," hosted by NBCSN lead motorsports announcer Leigh Diffey, will feature highlights of the exciting season in which Scott Dixon claimed his fourth series title and a one-on-one interview with Bob Jenkins and team co-owner and late-night TV legend David Letterman. The program is slated to air at 5 p.m. ET.
Harman And Microsoft To Bring Driver Productivity To The Global Automotive Industry HARMAN, the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, announced a connected car collaboration with Microsoft Corp. at CES 2016. This project will introduce new mobile productivity services, as well as utilize existing products, services and technologies, including cloud platforms, telematics and driver productivity, to offer better convenience, safety and reliability for drivers and greater operating efficiency for auto manufacturers. Most importantly, the collaboration will integrate key elements of Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite capabilities into HARMAN infotainment systems.
Audi selects Thunderhill Raceway for autonomous testing Audi has selected Thunderhill Raceway Park in northern California as a key U.S. test center for advanced piloted driving research.
Under the multi-year partnership, engineers from Audi and the Electronics Research Lab in Belmont, Calif., will use the track to study how self-driving vehicles perform at the limits of speed. In this way, the engineers will understand how to calibrate the vehicle software and advanced driver assistance systems to handle sudden and extreme conditions.
Faraday Future 1,000-horsepower electric concept car Faraday Future - the California-based electric car company that's been operating in stealth mode for the past year and a half - made its first big splash on the eve of CES this week with the unveiling of the FFZERO1, a high-performance concept car. The sinewy machine looks more appropriate for a race track than a city street thanks to a claimed 1,000 horsepower, a 0-60 time under three seconds, and a top speed over 200 miles per hour. Of course, those are all purely theoretical numbers since this is just a concept, though the company teases that it could see "limited production."
U.S. files suit against Volkswagen over emissions scandal The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday filed suit against Volkswagen AG, alleging it installed illegal emissions defeat devices in nearly 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles.
The civil complaint, filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, alleges the German auto maker VOW, -5.42% VLKAY, -2.82% violated the Clean Air Act by making and selling vehicles that were designed differently from what Volkswagen had stated in applications for certification to the EPA and another regulator, the California Air Resources Board.
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