Can Anyone Satisfy Amazon’s Craving for Electric Vans?

The company has big plans to turn its delivery fleet green. But very few of the vehicles are made right now.

#amazon-com-inc, #automobiles, #canoo-inc, #carbon-dioxide, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #general-motors, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #rivian-automotive-llc, #start-ups, #stellantis-nv, #vans

‘Superload’ Lumbers Across Pennsylvania, as Big as Two Whales

A mammoth tractor-trailer is hauling a tank from a decommissioned nuclear training site for disassembly near Pittsburgh. Top speed: 30 m.p.h.

#automobiles, #pennsylvania, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #trucks-and-trucking

CPI December 2021: Inflation Jumped at Fastest Pace Since 1982

The Consumer Price Index increased at the fastest pace in 40 years, a new report showed.

#automobiles, #consumer-price-index, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #powell-jerome-h, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy

Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers Struggled to Make Cars

The yawning disparity between the performance of the electric car company and established automakers last year reflects the technological change roiling the industry.

#automobiles, #batteries, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #supply-chain, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #volkswagen-ag

How to Stay Safe if You’re Trapped in Your Car During a Snowstorm

Safety experts offer advice on how people can keep warm and collected if they are stranded for hours on the road. Their top tip? Be prepared.

#automobiles, #content-type-service, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2022

Here we go again: Virtual reality, now dubbed ‘the metaverse,’ will be a thing. So will the smart home.

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #home-automation-and-smart-homes, #medicine-and-health, #virtual-reality-computers

Toyota Topped G.M. in U.S. Car Sales in 2021

After struggling to produce cars because of a global computer chip shortage, automakers are trying to move quickly to making electric vehicles.

#automobiles, #company-reports, #computer-chips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #japan, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #stockpiling, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states

Tesla Reports 87% Increase in 2021 Deliveries

The electric-car maker managed substantial growth as Europe and China increasingly propelled sales.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #automobiles, #company-reports, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #musk-elon, #supply-chain, #tesla-motors-inc

Snow Closed the Highways. GPS Mapped a Harrowing Detour in the Sierra Nevada.

Public safety officials warned that alternate routes offered by apps like Google Maps and Waze don’t always take into account hazards to drivers.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #automobiles, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #geography, #global-positioning-system, #google-inc, #google-maps, #maps, #mobile-applications, #navigation, #nevada, #plumas-county-calif, #reno-nev, #roads-and-traffic, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #transportation-department-calif, #truckee-calif, #washoe-county-nev, #waze-mobile

Selling Cars, Plus Coffee, Tea or a Fancy Dinner

Automakers are building “brand experience centers” to pitch their vehicles to consumers without the hard sell of a showroom.

#advertising-and-marketing, #audi-division-of-volkswagen-ag, #automobiles, #automobili-lamborghini-spa, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #genesis-motors, #intersect-by-lexus-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #lexus-division-of-toyota-motor-corp, #mercedes-benz, #shopping-and-retail

Supply Chain Problems Mean Buying a Car Sometimes Takes a Plane Ride

The limited supply of new and used vehicles is forcing some Americans to go to great lengths to find and buy them, including traveling to dealers hundreds of miles away.

#automobiles, #computer-chips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #group-1-automotive-inc, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #used-cars

E.P.A. Announces Tighter Auto Pollution Rules

Under the new plan, designed to reduce planet-warming tailpipe emissions, new vehicles would be required to average 55 miles per gallon starting in 2026.

#automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environmental-protection-agency, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Did Your Catalytic Converter Get Stolen? The Pandemic–and Rhodium–Could Share Some Blame

In 2021 the search phrase “what precious metal is in a catalytic converter” saw a more than 5,000 percent increase in use. Here’s why.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#automobiles, #technology

Battling for Bolivia’s Lithium That’s Vital to Electric Cars

Chinese and Russian industrial giants seek to tap mineral deposits vital to electric cars. A Texas entrepreneur has his own strategy: the long game.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #bolivia, #egan-teague, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energyx, #entrepreneurship, #foreign-investments, #international-relations, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining

Looking for a Way to Soup Up Your Car? Go Electric.

It may not be cheap, but swapping the combustion engine in your car for an electric one is getting easier.

#automobile-racing, #automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #engines, #future-of-transportation

GM’s EV Efforts Reportedly Include a Bigger Michigan Presence

The company will make electric pickups at an existing plant and batteries at a factory built with a partner, a person with knowledge of the plan said.

#automobiles, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #general-motors, #labor-and-jobs, #lg-electronics, #production

Here’s Why Inflation Is Worrying Washington

Price gains have moved up sharply for months, but the fact that the trend is lasting and broadening has newly put policymakers on red alert.

#automobiles, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #pizza, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #wages-and-salaries

Supply Chain Snarls for Cars on Display at a Kansas Terminal

A shipping terminal in Kansas reveals the fundamental problem — no one can plan, and no one is sure what will happen next.

#automobiles, #delivery-services, #factories-and-manufacturing, #jack-cooper-transport, #kansas-city-kan, #ships-and-shipping, #trucks-and-trucking

How Tesla Helps China’s Firms Compete With the U.S.

The electric car company is helping Chinese companies become global players in the emerging industry, posing a competitive threat to traditional rivals.

#automobiles, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #liu-siong-song, #lk-group, #machinery-and-equipment, #musk-elon, #outsourcing, #tesla-motors-inc

The Car Key of the Future (Is Still in Your Pocket)

They’re in fobs or on phones, and digital or “smart,” and they can do far more than just open doors and start the engine.

#automobiles, #locks-and-keys, #mobile-applications

Volkswagen C.E.O. Herbert Diess Sets Sights on Beating Tesla

Herbert Diess, the chief executive, seeks to cast VW as a dynamic, modern company, but his style risks the ire of its powerful works council.

#automobiles, #content-type-personal-profile, #diess-herbert, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag, #wolfsburg-germany

How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

Americans failed to safeguard decades of diplomatic and financial investments in Congo, where the world’s largest supply of cobalt is controlled by Chinese companies backed by Beijing.

#automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #einstein-albert, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #freeport-mcmoran-oilgas-inc, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #jones-james-l, #kabila-joseph, #kissinger-henry-a, #mines-and-mining, #mobutu-sese-seko, #nixon-richard-milhous, #obama-barack, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uranium

High Gas Prices Force Sacrifices, Like Travel and Dining Out

They hit their highest level since 2014 last month, forcing Americans to rejigger household budgets and forgo leisure activities.

#american-automobile-assn, #automobiles, #california, #new-jersey, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

How Hunter Biden’s Firm Helped Secure Cobalt for the Chinese

The president’s son was part owner of a venture involved in the $3.8 billion purchase by a Chinese conglomerate of one of the world’s largest cobalt deposits. The metal is a key ingredient in batteries for electric vehicles.

#automobiles, #batteries, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Leasing a Car? Here’s Why You Can Get a Good Deal if You Buy.

People who leased their cars before the pandemic can probably buy their vehicles at the end of the lease for much less than the going market price.

#automobiles, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #national-automobile-dealers-assn, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #used-cars

Horse Carriage Ban in New York? De Blasio Wants to Try Again.

As he enters his final weeks in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio is resurrecting an old campaign promise to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #automobiles, #carriages, #de-blasio-bill, #elections-governors, #horses, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-city, #new-yorkers-for-clean-livable-and-safe-streets, #nyclass

He Helped Build Tesla. Now He Hopes to Do the Same at Lucid.

Peter Rawlinson designed the Tesla S. His new Lucid Air sedan is a direct challenge to Tesla’s dominance.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #lucid-motors-inc, #musk-elon, #rawlinson-peter-automotive-executive, #rivian-automotive-llc, #stocks-and-bonds, #tesla-motors-inc

How Leather Seats in Luxury SUVs Fuel Amazon Deforestation

An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-river-basin, #automobiles, #beef, #brazil, #cattle, #ford-motor-co, #forests-and-forestry, #general-motors, #global-warming, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jbs-sa, #land-use-policies, #leather-and-leather-goods, #marfrig-group, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #ranches, #volkswagen-ag

A New Mercedes SL Stresses Horsepower and Verve

Across seven decades, the roadster has radiated a sporty elegance, and a new generation adds a dash of modern driving technology.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #automobiles, #daimler-ag, #mercedes-benz

Rivian, the Electric-Truck Maker, Closes with a Big Gain After Its I.P.O.

The electric-vehicle maker, backed by Amazon and Ford, ended its first day of trading valued at $86 billion, though its deliveries so far total 156.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #initial-public-offerings, #rivian-automotive-llc, #scaringe-r-j, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #stocks-and-bonds

6 Automakers and 30 Countries Say They’ll Phase Out Gasoline Car Sales

Ford, G.M. and Mercedes agreed to work toward selling only zero-emissions vehicles by 2040. But Toyota, Volkswagen and Nissan-Renault did not join the pledge.

#air-pollution, #automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations

Rivian prices its I.P.O., valuing the electric-vehicle maker at nearly $70 billion.

The company, backed by Amazon and Ford, has delivered only 156 trucks so far, but its market worth approaches that of Ford.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #initial-public-offerings, #rivian-automotive-llc, #scaringe-r-j, #stocks-and-bonds

6 Automakers and 31 Countries Say They’ll Phase Out Gasoline Car Sales

Ford, G.M. and Mercedes agreed to work toward selling only zero-emissions vehicles by 2040. But Toyota, Volkswagen and Nissan-Renault did join the pledge.

#air-pollution, #automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations

How to Turn a Red State Green

Ford’s plans for multi-billion dollar manufacturing sites for electric vehicles has Tennessee and Kentucky singing a different tune on cleaner energy.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #tennessee, #united-states-politics-and-government

Chip Shortage Creates New Power Players

Low-profile chip makers with aging factories have become surprisingly powerful, leading to industry changes that may outlive the pandemic-fueled supply crunch.

#automobiles, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #microchip-technology-inc, #shortages, #taiwan-semiconductor-manufacturing-company-ltd

The New Deal Came Too Late for Electric Vehicles

Lack of energy infrastructure explains the rise of the gasoline car

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#automobiles, #history, #social-sciences, #technology, #transportation

Access to Electric Vehicles Is an Environmental Justice Issue

We must build tomorrow’s transportation infrastructure with equity at its core

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#automobiles, #environment, #inequality, #pollution, #social-sciences, #technology, #transportation

To Protest Iran’s Anti-Gay Abuses, an Artist Painted a Dictator’s Car

“Wherever there is injustice, we need to talk about it,” Alireza Shojaian said.

#art, #automobiles, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-foundation, #iran, #shojaian-alireza

China’s Popular Electric Vehicles Have Put Europe’s Automakers on Notice

By selling battery-powered S.U.V.s and luxury sedans in places like Germany and Norway, China is striving to become a force in the global auto industry.

#automobiles, #byd-co-ltd, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #great-wall-motor-co-ltd, #nio-ltd, #polestar-performance-ab, #shanghai-automotive-industry-corp, #zhejiang-geely-holding-group

Primp Your Ride

Larry Kosilla, one of the top car detailers in the country, gives Ferraris, Lamborghinis and old barn finds the beauty treatment.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #automobiles, #car-washes

Old Power Gear Is Slowing Use of Clean Energy and Electric Cars

Some people and businesses seeking to use solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles find they can’t because utility equipment needs an upgrade.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy

General Motors’ Third-Quarter Profit Hit Hard by Chip Shortage

The automakers said the profit outlook for the full year had improved, and higher car prices eased the impact of reduced production.

#automobiles, #company-reports, #computer-chips, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #shortages, #united-states-economy

Hertz Places Order for 100,000 Tesla Vehicles

The order, which is expected to be delivered by the end of next year, is a sign of the growing momentum in the shift toward electric cars.

#automobile-renting-and-leasing, #automobiles, #brady-tom, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #hertz-global-holdings-inc, #tesla-motors-inc

Supply Chain Shortages: Your Questions Answered

Confession: We didn’t even have a logistics beat before the pandemic. Now we do. Here’s what we’ve learned about the global supply chain disruption.

#automobiles, #china, #computer-chips, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #south-korea, #suez-canal, #united-states, #vietnam

Italy’s Car Museums Offer More Than Just Ferrari And Lamborghini

There’s more to see than Ferrari and Lamborghini, and three museums in the country’s automotive heartland offer a deeper look.

#alfa-romeo-automobiles, #automobiles, #fiat-chrysler-automobiles-nv, #italy, #marchionne-sergio, #museo-nazionale-dellautomobile, #museums, #pirelli-spa, #stellantis-nv

Foxconn Unveils Electric Vehicle Prototypes

The company known for making iPhones presented three electric vehicles that can serve as a basis for working with car companies.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #foxconn-technology, #innovation, #liu-young, #yulon-motor

A Nostalgic Quest to Buy a 1986 Toyota MR2

The pursuit of a car wistfully recalled from the writer’s youth begins with an exhaustive online search and ends with an auction victory and a special delivery.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #automobiles, #bring-a-trailer-media-llc, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #toyota-motor-corp

Toyota to Cut November Production 15% Amid Chip Shortages

The automaker had initially planned to produce a million vehicles in November, but it now projects it will make 850,000 to 900,000 vehicles next month.

#automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #shortages, #toyota-motor-corp

Supply Chain Crisis Has New Car Buyers Turning to Backup Options

Amid a shortage of new cars, many buyers have been forced to kick the tires of overlooked models and brands.

#automobiles, #chevrolet-division-of-general-motors-corp, #e-commerce, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #hyundai-motor-co, #nissan-motor-co, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #used-cars

Britain Needs Truckers Fast. We Went to a School Where They Train.

Britain has experienced shortages of gasoline and some foods because of too few drivers. At a military barracks in South London, trainees are learning how to maneuver trucks through streets and highways.

#automobiles, #england, #london-england, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking