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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.

Bakersfield Protester Finds Her Car Burning

June 24, 2020

Bakersfield Protester Vonnesha Harris found her car burning where it was parked outside of her apartment earlier this month. She had attended a peaceful rally in the downtown area Sunday, May 31st. The next evening, a neighbor knocked on her door around 9 PM to inform her that her car was burning in the complex’s parking lot.

Once the fire was extinguished, Harris found racial slurs written on her car door. Some of the messaging revolved around the BLM movement. Basically the only word appropriate to reprint was “die.”

Bakersfield Protester Worries About Safety

The Kern County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office collaborated on an incident report. Currently, the KFCD continues to investigate possible arson. But without answers, Harris finds herself questioning whether it’s safe for her to return to protests. “I don’t know if I should feel threatened or not because I don’t know what this was, what this was intended to do.”

Harris did not believe that she was followed Sunday night. Thus, she worries about how much of her personal information the perpetrator has. She feels someone would need her address to know exactly which parking spot and car belonged to her. The intimate size of Bakersfield also concerns her. “(The fire) just made me realize that all of this is real. We see this happen in bigger cities and bigger states, and we’re just a little small town. Now we know that we have these types of people out here that will do this to us.”

The frightening event brought some good news as well, though. Many Bakersfield residents have reached out to show her support. Additionally, her friend created a GoFundMe to help replace the 2009 Chevy Impala. Harris has modestly said she does not expect much and would be grateful just for help affording a bus pass. “I don’t need anything extravagant.”

Fortunately, the GoFundMe page has collected over $8,000. So Harris will either be able to afford a car to get her to and from work, or she’ll be able to ride the bus for a while to come.

Oil Prices Mark Slow Comeback

May 28, 2020

Oil prices have hit a record-breaking low during COVID-19. With the basic principles of supply and demand, many big oil companies have run the industry far below the $0-dollar mark.

For a long time, it wasn’t certain when the industry would pull-out of its price free fall. Now, a light has been showing at the end of the tunnel. States that are starting to reopen have now seen an active increase in fuel purchases.

Oil Prices Dropped Below $0 Per Barrel

COVID-19 threw a stick in the wheel of virtually every industry on the planet. For big oil, this is devastating.

Two of the worlds largest producers of oil (Saudi Arabia and Russia) went into a heated production war. With each country bidding to be the highest producer, the expectation was to lower the price of oil. This would remove the cap that each country had and allow them to produce an infinite amount of fuel.

This happened just before COVID-19 hit the world. With everyone staying inside, the oil industry felt the painful sting of low demand. One of the largest global industries was now beckoning for people to go out, travel and drive. Most importantly the airline industry has seen an 88% decrease in travelers. With such a high supply of oil, the cost took a nosedive.

State Reopening Cause Oil Consumption

While states are currently reopening, many are hitting the road. Transportation to and from multiple places across the country is increasing as well as fuel consumption. Many citizens in cities that are slow-opening are getting back into the daily routine and are back at the pump.

With this new process, the oil industry is starting to see its extensive reserves moving back into the world. Where companies like WTI have had to pay just to have another company take oil, they are starting to see the excess oil starting to flow.

Bakersfield Car Sales Decrease

April 30, 2020

Car sales have slowed globally. Bakersfield is now different from the rest. With money being tight, consumers are opting to save rather than spend.

These actions have hit the economy pretty hard. Since the start of the stay-at-home procedures, shops have been closed and work has been limited. In California alone the states unemployment now supersedes the employed.

Car Sales Offer 0% APR

Auto sellers have had to resort to offering extremely low incentives just go get people in the door. For many, all but the best employees have been let go. This is to save what is left for companies across the country.

Offering low rates such as 0% APR and now down payment, as well as no payments for extended periods of time have helped sell cars, but the low cost comes at the price of the seller.

They have also gone so far as transporting the car free of charge. As many have opted out of walk-ins, many have gone to online buying. This has helped promote car buying during this time of crisis.

For others, this has only gone to hurt their business. As many decide to stay away from social interactions, many are left shopping from home as well as holding off on any large scale spending. As rent hasn’t changed, many are focusing their efforts on just keeping a roof over their heads.

Sales Plummet

Businesses have seen a drastic shortfall for the month of April. The typical auto seller has seen approximately 40-60% decrease in auto sales and they continue to fall. This is but a only one way that COVID-19 has put a halt on all operations.

It might take a while for this industry to bounce back, but it will in time. For now, many are left riding out the storm.

Business Travel: Won’t Bounce Back Soon

April 22, 2020

Business travel has undoubtedly taken a hit. Due to the global pandemic that is COVID-19 travel closure is now extremely limited. For the US, this even means closing travel between countries like Mexico and Canada.

According to reports, travel restrictions have been pushed further. For those who travel to these countries for business, this means that your national meeting will be withheld to a later time. For many already struggling to keep their businesses open, this has the potential to be the nail in the coffin.

Post-COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

As of right now, current restrictions will be held in place for an indefinite amount of time. These restrictions are creating a large deficit for the airline industry who relies on a good portion of business travelers to help keep them afloat.

For other countries like China, they have opened their travel lines in hope to lure people back to the country. Unfortunately, this can cause a lot of problems.

For airliners to open, there needs to be individuals filling seats. This won’t be enough to help bounce back considering a few key points.

The first is that, even though China has lifted their restrictions, the rest of the world hasn’t. This means that even though they can have people flying in, they won’t.

The second factor is that China was the hot spot for COVID-19, which has spread around the world and continues to spread. Whoever decides to pack up and travel to another country might think twice about their destination. As for containing the pandemic, China is the first to curve the spread. Unfortunately, other countries and citizens crossing the boarder have a high potential to bring the disease back to form a second wave.

Business Travel At A Stand Still

Businesses aren’t sending their employees to other countries. This is for the obvious reason that no company wants to be responsible for their employees to get sick. This leaves them with a moral dilemma as well as a financial one.

For many who rely traveling for their income, the ability to go back to work will be held off for an indefinite amount of time.