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Tesla Dethroned By Volkswagen As The Top Seller Of EVs

January 7, 2021

Tesla, for the longest time, has been associated with electric vehicles as the face of the sub-culture. Much like how peanut butter simply can’t exist without jelly. Elon Musk, while smart, may have underestimated certain contenders in this industry. Namely, Volkswagen. What started off as a harmless friendship long ago may have since rotted into a bitter feud that online fanboys fantasize about. Herbert Diess himself may have come to Elon Musk–and very well still may be enamored with the man–for support and advice.

Well, now the tables have turned. I would say that Tesla is charging up for a revenge tactic but I’m never entirely sure of their methodology as they have murky deadline tactics.

Even in a generic country scale, battery-electric vehicles are being accounted for as more than half the cars being sold. Isn’t that terrific? It may be thanks fo huge tax incentives. Or maybe zero-emissions. Zero-worries as it turns out. Likely, polluting vehicles are being pushed to the curb. That is because Tesla is no longer outselling Volkswagen. How so, you might ask? Well, it has to do with battery electric vehicles accounting in some places for a lot of sales.

One-third? No. Three-thirds? Impossible.

Two-thirds. That’s more like it, really. That’s how much Tesla is losing to the VW company.

Tax incentives are likely a real reason to embrace electric vehicles rather than traditional internal combustion models. And with the way Volkswagen is more popular than Tesla, being how it’s way more affordable, it’s a no-brainer.

Tesla has a couple of tricks up their sleeves just yet. While Volkswagen is still rolling out their ID series of electric vehicles, coming in all sizes and flavors, Tesla bides the time.

Just you wait. The Cybertruck is really going to do some shocking damage to the competition.

Lightning In A Bottle! How EVs Are Anticipating A Huger Surge

December 12, 2020

EVs – or electric vehicles – have been prospering often this year. As crazy as it is, EVs like Tesla, NIO and Li Automobile have exploded their 409% massive capital shift has been electric vehicle companies.

EVs makers such as Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), NIO (NYSE:NIO), and newcomer Li Automobile (NYSE:LI) have seen their shares explode by 409%, 1158%, and 84% since January.

Even if these triple-digit returns weren’t great enough, plenty of analysts are looking forward to more upside for electric vehicle makers with the industry trying for Herculean efforts to make more brand-new electric cars.

Where will the EVs surge emanate from?

Here’s the skinny: new cars are always going to be north of $50,000. Good ones anyway. That said, the benefits of being a young car buyer is that low-cost and eco-friendly options do exist. And EVs therefore are spreading their accessibility everywhere.

NIO (NYSE:NIO),  offers batteries-as-a-service as a concept, in which car buyers rent out the battery and save nearly $10,000 while offering buyers to swap batteries after a few years. That’s kind of a cool update and certainly, it is one that we can all highly anticipate. For the future is vast with possibilities. So you should never turn any one of those opportunities down. Maybe that will be a goldmine option to swap batteries so effortlessly.

Who knows how successful we can be just doing that right? It’s all progressing towards a smarter brighter future and who’s to say that we can’t shift gears to best approximate stronger relationships with our vehicles? It’s the way of the future, Man. You have to either ship up or ship out. And that’s no different when it comes to respecting the bravery it takes to confidently drive an EV through a scary place. Don’t show off but show interest in people’s car-buying decision-making. Talk about making the right choices!

Chevy Bolt 2022 Seen In A Near View Windshield During Test

November 19, 2020

What can we say about this exceptional Chevy Bolt update that we haven’t said before? Everything! It’s a great electric vehicle with reliable mileage and a cozy interior that really has become the everyman for mechanical ingenuity. What’s more is that 2022 is bringing something new of that spice to the table. General Motors had shown many new electric vehicles at the Barclays Investor Event but one particular point of interest was hush-hush to the max. There, in the corner of a realtor’s eye, was a peek at the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV cruising around the highway.

There are downsides to this Chevy Bolt, as it turns out.

There likely won’t be the same GM Ultium batteries installed. Let alone the SuperCruise option. But the Bolt is likely to overhaul it’s own interior with a far more luxurious skin. By now, the video of the Chevy Bolt has been taken off the Net but the likelihood is that this model will be one of the few new EVs that GM is releasing in the Chevrolet side of things.

There has been talk in the past of self-driving electric vehicles but not of plug-in hybrids. Whether that remains true or not after the impact COVID-19 has had on the auto industry and the world, is uncertain. But electric vehicles like the Chevy Bolt aren’t so common.

Except, by the way, when you commonly confuse the Bolt with the Volt. I am honestly a little perturbed at Chevy’s marketing team, for not having created a name that is way less easy to confuse. Yes, they’ve had both a Chevy Volt and a Chevy Bolt but the names are way too close to being swapped interchangeably. It’s actually quite annoying. There must be a better way to distinguish a difference between the two.

NASCAR in it’s Hey-Day: Five Instances Through Close-Call, Nail-Biting

November 2, 2020

When you watch a NASCAR race, you’ve seen only a glimpse of history. The industry of racecar driving has been around for ages. When really, each generation would watch the drivers go around and around with such tenacity but not even realize how small it all felt. Well, virus or no virus, NASCAR is still rounding the block. So here are some instances in which NASCAR went from unforgettable to eternal. These are legendary instances where the racing sport was taken for redefinition, thanks to all these cars.

NASCAR Star: Dodge Charger

1966 saw Dodge create the Dodge Charger, which was less concerned with aerodynamics and more intrigues about doing well in the race. It’s a couple with the Hemi now, but before, Dodge took the Charger’s swoop and made it a winning car. A winner for 18 victories in that year. Ford could easily dominate the manufacturers championship, seven years onward. But they were refusing to take things lightly.

Aero-Rivals

The 1964 Fords were the framework for new body work of mass-market production cars. 1969 brought on a whole new type of dynamic, however. Special low-production aero variants came about in the form of Ford’s Torino Talladega as well as a Mercury Cyclone Spoiler.

Plymouth to the Rescue!

Never fear! A winged car is here! The Plymoth is a winged vehicle which would have it’s own race at 1970, at the Riverside International Raceway in California. Chrysler was advantageous throughout the whole Daytona program. This innovation has been previously unheard of but having a wing as a spoiler definitely lead to helping the Plymouth going places.

Winged-Warriors Fly High

Winged Mopars in the 1970s saw a whole slew of Dodge Daytonas lining up. Bobby Isaac, Ray Elder, James Hylton, Bobby Allisona and Dave Marcis were among the few that faced off against Dan Gurney, Roger McClusky and Richard Petty.


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Elon Musk Accidentally Leaks Tesla Electric Bus In A Twitter Post

October 14, 2020

Working with his two companies, Tesla and The Boring Company, Elon Musk is planning to premiere the electric bus somehow. This has to do with an expansion of the Loop project, supposedly set to be guineaed at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Apparently, the Boring Company, which probably is already in cahoots with the Hyperloop project, is making tunnels that will allow Tesla brand vehicles to transport the public underground, using Electric Vehicle technology. At a certain point, they plan to have higher passenger density vehicles. To which Musk responded with the following.

“We will make a dense Tesla if it matters. Maybe just better to have more tunnels though. There is no practical limit to tunnel count. Increased traffic due to “induced demand” is the second dumbest theory I’ve ever heard after homeopathy!” – @elonmusk

Elon Musk Likes To Tease.

The dude has been known to tease as well as mislead the public into thinking that he’ll actually make the deadline. But who knows? This might just be crazy enough to work, given that he already has the resources – and funding – at his disposal. This should turn out to be interesting as he’s mentioned in the past, as part of his “Tesla Master Plan Part 2.” In it, Musk details the likelihood to bring in heavy-duty trucks as well as high passenger-density urban transport. They’re each in early beta development over at the automaker. He’s almost confident about the potential of the Tesla Semi, anyway. It’s supposedly to deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while also increasing safety and making it fun to operate.

It turns out to be the only vehicle that the company has not quite yet shown at all.

My opinion on this? Let Tesla do what Tesla wants. It’s Tesla! Oh forget about it. Long live the future.

Jobs Lobbed Off! Continental Board Cuts 30,000 Automotive Positions

October 1, 2020

A massive restructuring is reported to lead to the elimination or transfer of 30,000 jobs in the Automotive Industry, Continental has reported. In fact, this drastic action was caused by Asian rivals going into Europe. From there, they went into the market with way too many tires.

10th Tire Factory to Close or Restructure

Continental’s plant in Aachen, Germany’s westernmost city will approximately be the 10th tire factory in Western Europe to close or restructure in a five-year period. CEO Elmar Degenhart told reporters on Wednesday, September 30th. “We had so far been able to withstand this development, but is reaching a point where the overcapacity in Western Europe is between 13 and 15 million passenger-vehicle tires,” he said.

Aachen Factory Shut Down

The Aachen factory will shut down by Continental at the end of 2021. The shutdown will affect as many as 2,000 jobs. However, Continental’s supervisory board approved a more severe reorganization of the almost 150-year-old manufacturer. Degenhart spoke after the supervisory approved this extreme step.

Efforts To Revive Profits

Last year, measures to boost profit were insufficient as the COVID-19 pandemic hurt global car production and it heavily weighted on prospects for the auto industry.

Workforce Cuts, Jobs Transfer

As of September 1st, Continental said it planned to cut or transfer as much as 13 percent of its workforce to reduce costs by at least 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) a year. Therefore, put into place by 2025, with some 90 percent of the restructuring measures as they would affect 30,000 automotive jobs.

13,000 positions will move to other areas under the restructuring of the company’s German operations will be hit hard. In Karben, north of Frankfurt, an auto-electronics plant, will close by the end of 2024. About 232,000 people work for Continental. This includes 59,000 in Germany.

Outlook For Full Year, Persistent Market Uncertainty With Jobs

Continental is hesitant to provide an outlook for the full year, citing ongoing market uncertainty. As a result, the global market may not return to 2017 levels until the middle of the decade. As a result, the company has forgotten plans to spin off. This would include its powertrain division Vitesco Technologies until markets start to improve.

Musk In A Fuss Over Gates’ Hate And Distrust

September 14, 2020

Tesla and Microsoft don’t pull any punches when it comes to the CEOs. Elon Musk and Bill Gates are like oil and water, night and day, Jekyll and Hyde. They just don’t like each other. It seems like that controversy has no escalated to statements.

In a blog post made to his site GatesNotes, the founder of Microsoft said of electric fuel to “probably never be a practical solution.” This was said in regards to semi-trucks and passenger jets. Gates does advocate for “cheap alternatives, such as biofuels. But this rubbed Musk in the worst way.

As evidenced by a reply in a tweet asking what were his opinions on Gates’ opinions.

To which he said “He has no clue.”

Yet, this isn’t the first time the two tech giants have clashed.

Musk: “Gates… underwhelming tbh.”

After news came out that Gates opted for an electric Porsche Taycan instead of a Tesla, Musk was very dry in mentioning his contempt for Gates by responding to a tweet from user @Tesletter calling conversations with Bill Gates “underwhelming.”

Gates: “Hope he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in.”

When Musk made some comments about the outbreak of COVID-19 back in July, Gates called him out for the inconsiderate action. “Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments.”

Robin Li: You Both Are Just Pawns Of A Circus.

Leonard | December 17th 2018

Watch this at your own pleasure.

To be frank, I don’t have time to listen to this whole interview. But off the little I’ve skimmed of Baidu CEO Robin Li interviewing them both at what appears to be a summit on AI, they are just funny to see clash. And they should keep clashing. For our enjoyment and for that of Robin Li’s when it comes to the two different generations of tech CEOs.

One, a hotshot of the car industry who still has a lot to learn before arriving on Mars. The other, a kindly genius who may finally be losing his edge after so long being synonymous with success.

Air Quality Worsens As Fires Spread Across Bakersfield

August 24, 2020

Bakersfield, CA – Air quality is growing significantly worse as fires spread across Bakersfield and the surrounding areas. Three major zones are currently battling the flames to hold off residential evacuations.

The Canyon Zone, Calaveras Zone and the Deer Zone are all major areas impacted by the fires. Unfortunately, these zones are not the only place under the sun.

For many citizens living in the surrounding areas, the fires are bringing a large level of smog and poor air quality.

In the Los Angeles area, smog is picking back up. Throughout 2020, COVID-19 has kept people indoors. With travel restrictions in place, a noticeable difference was seen along the cities skyline.

Now, as a repercussion of large scale fires across the area, the smog is back. Hazy palm trees and an unnoticeable skyline are continuing to keep residents inside.

Poor Air Quality Adds To The COVID-19 Pandemic

“Just when you think it’s safe to go out again, it’s not,” says LA residents Jeff Rianni. “I was staying home due to COVID, but now I am staying in due to the poor air quality.”

Another factor arises when you add in the current elderly living conditions. Southern California is currently experiencing its summer heatwave. With temperatures rising into the triple digits, many elderly citizens are feeling the heat. For some, staying indoors is all they can do.

“The elderly are the most affected by the current conditions,” says Tonya Leipzig – a local caregiver. “They can’t go out to get their groceries for fear of either catting sick, or for getting COVID-19.

Poor air quality is only adding to the issues in Southern California. With so many taking precautions to avoid COVID-19, the air quality is not helping.

“Many of these elderly people do not have air conditioners set up. This means they are sitting inside their homes with limited air circulation,” Leipzig adds. “It’s imperative that constant contact is between family members to ensure these people are maintaining their health.”

Firefighters are currently holding off the spread of the fire in each zone. While they are continuing their efforts, many are concerned about possible evacuations.

Muscle Car Tropes That No Longer Exist

August 17, 2020

For decades the muscle car has reigned supreme. With its large V8 or V10 engine, the vehicle became synonymous with American automotive performance. Although its golden age was during the late-60s and early 70s, the car has since gone to improve upon the heavy tropes of today.

The Muscle Car Is A Gas Guzzler

While it may have been a major factor in its heyday, cars like the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro consumed a reasonably large quantity of fuel. Big V8 engines use a lot of fuel. They are heavy and in order to generate the power to push the car to its limits, large uses of fuel is required.

Today:

Muscle cars utilize a fewer amount of fuel for propulsion. With over 40 years of technological advancements, equal-to, or greater than power output utilizing less fuel. With the advent of electric cars (more notable the all-electric Mustang) the vehicle has zero fuel consumption and generates more power.

Muscle Cars Are Expensive

When we think about sports cars, the price of one is almost always at the top of everyone’s mind. Fortunately, this only applies to certain makes and models. When the muscle car was introduced to the world, it was in the form of a few cars. The Chevy Corvette, Pontiac GTO, and others utilized large-engines to produce power. After some time, a fast, affordable car came into production as the Ford Mustang. This helped to propel American Sports cars due to their affordability. While not utilizing high-end V8 engines, these cars still provide fun qualities for the right price.

All Muscle Cars Are Fast

When you have over 40 years of development, you are bound to have a few flops. This issue comes about during the mid-late 70s. When the oil embargo hit American markets, the focus on huge gas-guzzling V8 engines went by the wayside. Instead, the industry focused on smaller compact vehicles. The emergence of the Japanese market with makers such as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan moved into US homes and the focus of power was replaced with the focus on fuel consumption. Afterward, we had unforgivably underpowered muscle cars. This was typically through the 80s and 90s – although there were some that stood out. These cars typically put less than 200 horsepower into the engine and were relatively slow. Still, if you lived in the ’80s and wanted a cool muscle car, it was still a viable option.

Hot Shot Trucking: Is it for You?

July 10, 2020

Just the name ‘hot shot’ probably seems appealing. But is hot shot trucking really the industry for you? Here, we’ll discuss the ups and downs associated with hot shot truck driving so you can assess whether this might be just the change you need.

What’s the Difference?

Many drivers work by operating company trucks. Hot shot trucking is a different ball game, though. A good portion of hotshot drivers act as owner-operators.

A hotshot truck would haul a considerably smaller load than you might be used to. Their hauls tend to cap somewhere between 10,000 and 26,000 pounds. They deal with time-sensitive loads but are different than Expedited services. Expedited loads usually contain more precious cargo and deal with truly time-sensitive material. Hot shot trucking is more geared towards moving goods quickly and cost-effectively by targeting accessible locations.

Hot shot trucking presents the ability to own your own business and therefore keep more of the money involved in transactions. But it also carries much more responsibility and far higher risk than life as a company driver.

Avoiding Potential Pitfalls of Hot Shot Trucking

If you don’t want to own your own business and you just want to drive for a hot shot company, make sure you vet the company thoroughly. Check in with past and present drivers. Look into their history and read up about them to determine if they’re financially stable.

If you do intend to own and operate, do a lot of reading before you put any money down. If you front the money for expensive equipment, you want to make sure it’s the right kind of equipment. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Will your truck and/or trailer require air brakes?
  • Will you need a light, medium, or heavy-duty fifth wheel?
  • How will you secure it to the truck bed?
  • Will I need to run a log book?
  • Will I need to stop at scales?
  • Where will I get my loads from? Do I need to join a load board to network with shippers and brokers?

You’ll also want to check insurance rates. Scour laws about commercial loads and driving licenses.

A significant portion of hot shot drivers may not be following rules as closely as they should. While they may have been able to fly under the radar initially, the DOT is cracking down now. Don’t get caught in a compromising position. You don’t want to lose your license or have to pay hefty fines.

Is It Worth it?

Whether or not you love the hot shot industry probably depends on your personality. Many drivers and owner-operators within it are happy, knowledgeable, and responsible. Just be sure you understand the full depth of what you’re getting into before jumping in.