Ford shifts electric production to Mexico, start autonomous tests here

Ford shifts electric production to Mexico, start autonomous tests here

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock Ford will shift some electric SUV vehicle production to Mexico and start self-driving tests in the US in 2018. President Trump is guaranteed to be unhappy with this announcement: Ford Now Plans to Move Production of Electric SUVs From Michigan to Mexico. The SUV to be built in Mexico starting in […]

London’s iconic black cabs go electric

London’s iconic black cabs go electric

London’s first electric-powered black cabs hit the streets on Tuesday, the British capital’s iconic taxis getting a facelift for the modern age that should help cut pollution in the city. The new-look cabs will meet the strict new emissions regulations required for all new London taxis from 2018. They are replacing the old diesel cabs, […]

Eric Peters: Bob Lutz is senile . . . let’s hope

Eric Peters: Bob Lutz is senile . . . let’s hope

By Eric Peters The only rational explanation for Bob Lutz’ recent column predicting the imminent doom of autonomous cars – and of autonomous driving – is senile dementia. Or something much worse. See the picture above – of him with Elon Musk. Lutz writes that within 20 years, at the most, every autonomous car will be scrapped or taken off the […]

Eric Peters: How it’s being done . . . and why

Eric Peters: How it’s being done . . . and why

By Eric Peters By making “IC” cars impossible – legislatively – electric cars are to be made inevitable. In this way, the practical and functional deficits of EVs become irrelevances. Just as the Fourth and Fifth Amendments are irrelevant as a practical and functional matter. The commonalities – the tactics – are interesting. Naturally, they emanate […]

Volkswagen Thing might make comeback as electric vehicle

Volkswagen Thing might make comeback as electric vehicle

Remember the Volkswagen Kubelwagen? It’s a light military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by the German automaker during the World War II for use by the army. It also had a civil version, sold in the United States under the Thing moniker during the early 1970s. That thing might be coming back soon as an electric vehicle, according […]

Eric Peters: Where’s Ralph?

Eric Peters: Where’s Ralph?

By Eric Peters Ralph Nader made his name “exposing” the design defects (as he styled them) of the Chevy Corvair. Leaving aside the fact that what he styled a “defect” was really more a difference – the Corvair was rear-engined and nose-light and so handled differently than the overwhelmingly front-engined and ass-light American cars that drivers of […]

Eric Peters: But why aren’t people buying electric cars?

Eric Peters: But why aren’t people buying electric cars?

By Eric Peters Trump is ascendant not because he’s a freedom jouster but because the people are exasperated with a clueless (and contemptuous of them) party apparat that for years has been trotting out one inbred Bush after the next, with Bush-like things in between such as Mittens and Ted. This is not a cheer […]

Eric Peters: Extinction level event

Eric Peters: Extinction level event

By Eric Peters Since they can’t sell people on electric cars, the next best thing is to outlaw internal combustion-engined cars. In order to force people into electric cars. The German Bundesrat (their version of our Congress) just passed a bipartisan agreement toward that end. The legislative details have yet to be worked out, but […]

Eric Peters: Electric cars could work…

Eric Peters: Electric cars could work…

By Eric Peters The tragedy is, electric cars could probably work. If the government would get the hell out of the way. The feds postulate requirements – basically, design parameters – that are at odds, that conflict – and make an economically sane electric car absolutely out of the question. The government insist, for example, […]

EPA asks Volkswagen to make electric cars in U.S. to atone for rigged emissions tests

EPA asks Volkswagen to make electric cars in U.S. to atone for rigged emissions tests

U.S. environmental regulators are not letting a crisis go to waste, seeking to make Volkswagen do more than fix the diesel engines that cheated on emissions tests. According to a report in the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, the Environmental Protection Agency wants Volkswagen to subsidize the electric-car industry to atone for the diesel-engine cheating. […]