Archives for the Category: Green Cars

2 Years Is A Long Time For Tesla To Fight Back

Posted by admin on January 15th, 2016 in Category Blog News, Going Green, Green Cars, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

2015 was a busy year when it came to cars and 2016 and 2017 seem to be no different.

Faraday Future debuted a stunning electric vehicle concept at CES 2016 on Monday night. But Tesla can do a lot between now and 2018 (or thereabouts) when Faraday plans to bring out a real car.

Executives from Faraday Future, the Chinese billionaire-backed startup,were dropping buzzy-sounding ideas like Variable Platform Architecture, battery strings, and “aero-tunnels” Monday night. Jia Yueting, the billionaire founder and chief executive of LeTV — a Chinese media company with a market value of over ten billion dollars — is putting down some serious bucks. He’s one of the principals investing $1 billion in a 3 million square foot manufacturing facility on approximately 900 acres in North Las Vegas. The project would create 4,500 direct jobs on site.

But the first production vehicle won’t be here for “a couple of years,” as Nick Sampson, a senior vice president at Faraday and a former Tesla engineer, said on stage Monday night (to be fair, he used the word “only” when stating a couple of years and also had praise for Tesla: “Tesla and Elon Musk have created something we should all applaud them for”). The challenge is, in a couple of years, the Tesla Motors TSLA -2.38% Model X crossover will be a maturing platform and pouring out of Tesla factories.  And of course that’s when the mass-market $35,000 Model 3 should hit the streets. And, needless to say, Tesla will have new car and technology announcements over the next couple of years.

Faraday claims it’s going to move fast and be able to crank out everything from FFZero1-like cars to SUVs to “even a pickup truck” based on its Variable Platform Architecture (see video at bottom). The VPA includes a battery structure arranged into “strings” — adding or removing strings changes the battery capacity and allows FF to develop new wheelbases. VPA also allows modular motor and power train configurations, including layouts with up to 4 motors and two or all-wheel drive systems.

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Average Age Of US Cars Have Now Surpassed The Record

Posted by admin on July 29th, 2015 in Category Auto Industry, Blog News, Fun and Humor, Going Green, Green Cars, Scrap Cars in Canada, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

The lifecycle of a car can depend on the maintenance as well as the family, s their a teenager who needs their own ride, or a family that needs more than one vehicle to drive to work. These factors can influence the amount of time a family keeps a car and the age of the car itself.

The average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. is rising, even as consumers snap up more new ones — a paradox attributable to substantial increases in reliability.

The typical car on the road in the U.S. is a record-high 11.5 years old, according to a new IHS Automotive survey.

Yet Americans are buying cars at an annualized rate of more than 17 million vehicles, marking a high not seen since before the Great Recession. In fact, U.S. vehicle owners bought 42% more cars than they scrapped in 2014, according to IHS. The number of light vehicles registered in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 257.9 million units.

How are vehicles getting older, while Americans are buying newer cars, too?

Simple: They’re either keeping the old ones along with the new ones — know anyone who bought a new car and kept their old one in the driveway? — or the vehicle made its way into the used-car market, where someone else bought it..

“Vehicles are simply lasting longer than ever before,” Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader at IHS Automotive, told USA TODAY. “The consumer is hanging onto their vehicle longer than ever before.”

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Renting Out A House Sure, But Your New Car?

Posted by admin on June 20th, 2015 in Category Auto Industry, Blog News, Fun and Humor, Going Green, Green Cars, Scrap Cars in Canada, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

In the past many people have rented out housing to young families and students as a way to invest. Recently there has been a suggestion to further this concept to renting out a vehicle that you have recently purchased.

Car manufacturers are desperately seeking new ways to increase sales, maximise financial returns and address the changing needs of new generations like the millennials, but urging people to rent our their own brand new cars stretches credulity and will fall on stony ground.

News this week that BMW’s Mini will offer buyers of its cars the chance to offset the purchase price by renting out their vehicles surely won’t find any takers. BMW itself has a similar scheme called DriveNow, which board member Peter Schwarzenbauer has said is based on the idea from accommodation sharing web site Airbnb. Ford and GM have also joined in.

Schemes that allow people who don’t own cars to rent by the hour make much sense. This allows the young, who either can’t afford to own a new car, or don’t need one very often, to get wheels for specific jobs. It also allows makers of electric cars which nobody wants to buy, to get them off dealer lots and earn some money.

If it was a scheme that allowed, say, students to rent out their old clunkers to generate enough cash to pay for running costs and then some, it might make some sense. But is there anyone in the history of the world who bought a brand new car – whether it’s a little runabout or an expensive limousine, that would ever let a stranger drive off in it? The fact that they could afford a new car in the first place means the financial incentive just isn’t there.

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Classics of 2015 Already Predicted in Hagerty Hot List

Posted by admin on March 6th, 2015 in Category Auto Industry, Blog News, Fun and Humor, Going Green, Green Cars, Scrap Cars in Canada, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

Here are cars that you can look forward to traveling with you through generation after generation.

Classic cars are made every year, and certain features make them to stand out from others. But what truly makes a car memorable and remarkable enough to stand out from others?

Hagerty Hotlist has truly begun to narrow down the possibilities.Now the predictions are never 100% accurate. But today’s generation will definitely enjoy the range and diversity of vehicles on the list, there’s something for every type of driver.

Want a taut Italian sports car? Try the Alfa Romeo 4C. Supercar performance straight out of Detroit (er, Bowling Green)?Corvette Z06. The perfect balance of practicality and hot-hatch fun? VW Golf R.

None of these are economy-car-cheap, but they all sticker at well below $100,000 (what you do with the options catalog is up to you). Park any one of these 10 cars in your garage, and we think you’ll be a happy customer.

And if it’s worth something in a quarter-century? Consider that a bonus.

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Green Batteries Will Be a Challenge

Posted by admin on September 1st, 2011 in Category Auto Industry, Green Cars, Scrap Cars in Canada, Scrap Cars in the USA, World - Scrap News (no responses)

With fleets of electric cars starting to hit the roads, the next big mother lode for salvage companies is expected to be the expensive, newfangled batteries powering them.

Yet even as automakers vaunt the ways these cars can benefit the environment, they are divided over how best to handle the refuse: recycle or re-purpose.

That is worrying some companies involved in “urban mining” — a voguish term that refers to extracting valuable metals from all kinds of discarded electronics, from power tools to mobile phones. They have already begun spending money to build an infrastructure to handle the flood of partly depleted battery packs that are expected to enter the waste stream; Frost & Sullivan, a consulting firm, puts the number at about 500,000 a year by the early

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News on the Toyota 2012 Prius V Hybrid Wagon

Posted by admin on June 1st, 2011 in Category Auto Industry, Going Green, Green Cars (no responses)

Toyota this past week revealed more details of its new 2012 Prius V hybrid wagon – and reaffirmed plans to begin selling the car in the United States this fall, even though it has been delayed in Japan and other markets because of the March earthquake and tsunami.

The first new model in a planned expansion of the brand to create a family of vehicles bearing the Prius name, the V essentially is a crossover version of the mid-size hatchback that arrived for 2010 as the third generation of Toyota’s groundbreaking gasoline-electric gas saver.

Super Junk Car

Posted by admin on March 18th, 2011 in Category Fun and Humor, Going Green, Green Cars, Scrap Cars in Canada, Scrap Cars in the USA (no responses)

Now this is what I would call a Super Junk Car!!!

Green Future is Not So Simple

Posted by admin on February 3rd, 2011 in Category Green Cars (no responses)

Everyone seems to agree, green cars are the future! If we handle the transition away from fossil fuels right, we should be looking back one day at today’s addiction to the internal-combustion-engine-powered personal passenger vehicle and finding ourselves shaking our heads at the absurdity of it all.

Consider just what we’ve long done with our cars at the end of their useful lives: send them off to the scrap heap. The good news, though, is that’s changed considerably in recent years, with about 84 per cent of a car’s content now being recycled in the US. And with metals prices once again rising since they crashed along with economy in 2008, there’s a strong incentive to keep boosting that figure. (It’s also helped that Europe has had an End of Life Vehicles directive in place since 2000.)

Automakers themselves are seeing the benefit. Renault, for example, has partnered with French recycling firm SITA with the goal of recovering 95 per cent of the material from old cars for reuse in new ones. And PSA Peugeot Citroën not only uses recycled metal but has set a goal this year of reducing plastic content and using 20 per cent “green” polymers in its vehicles.

Beyond the material content of cars, though, there’s the whole transportation model itself. Our overwhelming dependence on petrol-fueled vehicles is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. And transportation is driving some 95 per cent of the globe’s increasing appetite for oil.

Sure, driving a car is more convenient than waiting for a bus (if they’re even available where you live) and quicker than walking. But new models of getting around are beginning to emerge: car-sharing and car clubs, hybrids and EVs, and, eventually, even smart cars that can let you know when public transport is a better option. In fact, as a new report from business and technology service company Logica points out, new models will have to emerge … thanks largely to the combined threats of peak oil and climate change.

“Both the end of oil and the effects of global warming point to the same conclusion: we need to move to alternatively powered vehicles that have little or no dependence on oil and very low or zero emissions,” states the report, “Eco-Mobility: The end of the road for fossil fuels?”

The transition won’t be easy or quick, but there are other reasons to smarten up our ways of travelling. As the report points out, the auto industry in the UK accounts for over 3 per cent of GDP … but road accidents, congestion, pollution and related health effects make a serious dent in that economic benefit. In fact, serious road accidents alone cost Europe about 2 per cent of its annual GDP. This suggests that today’s cars aren’t the great economic benefit they first appear to be, but that transport — as opposed to just cars –  could be, especially if it’s made safer and more efficient.

Cars are individually expensive as well: not just in fuel costs, but in taxes, parking fees, insurance and maintenance. It’s interesting to note that governments, while on the one hand trying to encourage cleaner, more efficient means of transport, will suffer a financial blow as gas-based tax revenues decline. Making up for those losses means officials will have to turn elsewhere for revenues,, whether it’s a carbon tax or new fees on vehicles that don’t use petrol.

Theo Quick, Logica’s head of intelligent transport solutions, foresees some encouraging developments over the next five years, including a “huge push” in the UK to get many more citizens using electric vehicles instead of fossil fuel-powered cars. Some of the larger-scale transportation issues, however — tax policies, a transition away from car ownership and alternative transport fuels such as hydrogen — will take longer to resolve, he believes.

While there’s a good amount of investment and momentum beginning today, meeting longer-term fuel and climate targets will remain a challenge, according to Quicke.

“I think we’re probably tight on time, in truth,” he said.

One of the biggest hurdles in getting from here to there will likely be keeping progress consistent in an inconsistent economic environment. With the price of Brent crude having now passed the $100-a-barrel mark for the first time since late 2008, we’re dancing on an especially shaky tightrope: should oil grow much more expensive, the global economy risks another slowdown, which will put a crimp on investment in alternative transportation technologies. It would also hit consumers’ pocketbooks yet again while at the same time reducing world demand for oil, which would cause petrol prices to drop … a big disincentive to buying pricier yet more fuel-efficient cars.

In other words, there are a lot of ifs ands and buts between the here and there of transport.

Government Scraps Green Car Fund

Posted by admin on February 1st, 2011 in Category Auto Industry, Green Cars (no responses)

A bit of bad news down-the-pipeline today! Unions and automotive industry groups say they are disappointed the Federal Government is abolishing the Green Car Innovation Fund.

The Government dumped the fund, which provides incentives to manufacturers making more environmentally friendly cars, to help fund its flood recovery package.

But Dave Oliver, from the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, says the program has proven its worth and the decision puts jobs in the automotive sector at risk.

“The manufacturing sector is under significant pressure, particularly the way the dollar is at the moment being so high as it is, we’ve got the threats of further free trade agreements,” he said.

“Now is not the time to be cutting programs designed to attract investment to the sector.”

Andrew McKellar, from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, says it is a bitterly disappointing decision.

“The sector at the moment is of course under intense competitive pressure with the high value of the Australian dollar,” he said.

“I think that really does put those jobs at risk and all those families reliant on the industry, it’s unnecessary to be undermining their welfare.”  Very disappointing news but the real incentive for manufacturers moving forward should be profits as green car technology and consumer interest picks up!