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EV Companies like Lucid and Proterra Are Going Public Decidedly

EV Companies like Lucid and Proterra Are Going Public Decidedly

If you didn’t know any better, then you would be driving with gas, eating with gas, and passing with gas. That said, gas is slowly guzzling the Earth dry. And with that said, the Earth is guzzling away the obsession we’ve had with gas. Electric Vehicles – ever heard of them? – are taking over the transportation sector of the World in ways previously thought impossible. But believe it. EV culture is most likely here to stay. This is evident in a surge of companies in EV space getting major deals. Special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, are known full well as “blank check shell corporations with the intent to merge private companies together with the hopes of allowing for public trade without experiencing the traditional and complicated IPO process.

This strategy as it is can be witnessed as less prestigious than typical IPOs. Much worse than that, it’s even shadier. IPOs are historically comapnies in the early stages that have no real chance of survival than to take on a deal offered by the SPAC in question. Lately, in EV areas, Fisker, Nikola Motors and Lordstown Motors have gone through that route over 2020 alone in such crazy strides that many would probably find impossible. Lately, larger names and more experienced companies have been taking on SPAC deals as well. Companies like QuantumScape, Lion Electric and Arrival especially.

Which Two EV Companies Are Just Now Making The Leap?

Lucid and Proterra.

In Proterra’s case, they’ve been able to work out a SPAC deal with ArcLight Clean Transition Corporation. That deal is pretty intense with $415 million in PIPE Investments led by Daimler Trucks as well as Franklin Templeton. There are a couple of other companies in the deal that are trying to cash in on zero-emission buses, but I feel like the one running Funds and Accounts are all you need to notice. (P.S.: It’s BlackRock.)

With Lucid, these EV geniuses are going in at a value of $15 billion. The company hasn’t been able to deliver a vehicle yet but they did show the production version of the Air just last year, while alos completing construction of a new factory. So that’s cool, right?

Honda Recalls 1.4 Million Cars, SUVs for Three Separate Problems

Honda Recalls 1.4 Million Cars, SUVs for Three Separate Problems

Honda has filed three recalls with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this past week. The recalls cover just over 1.2 million cars.

Honda Recalls Vehicles For Various Issues

Honda will recall cars for failing power window switches that can lead to fires. In addition, to faulty body control modules and corroding driveshafts that may fail. This is according to the three separate filings.

Numerous vehicles are affected and there are three recalls. The first covers the 2002-06 Honda CR-V. The SUVs may feature failing power window switches. This is due to moisture entering the area of the SUV. If the wires dampen, they may melt or totally fail. As a result, there’s a chance of an interior fire. In fact, as of this past November, Honda said it’s aware of 23 reported fires. Moreover, there 87 other “incidents of thermal events” connected to the issue. 

Honda Service Centers

CR-V owners will need to bring their vehicles to a Honda service center. There the technician will inspect the wiring harness for damage. Then replace the master power window switch at no cost to owners. The company said there are a total of 268,655 SUVs may be at risk. On January 18th, mailed notices should be sent out.

Honda Accord, Hybrid and Insight

The 2018-2020 Accord, Accord Hybrid and the 2019-2020 Insight have recalls tackling the body control module failures. A host of vehicle malfunctions can occur due to a BCM software program. Drivers of the three cars may experience window wipers that don’t work. Also broken defrosters. As well as inoperable rearview cameras and exterior lights that won’t flick on. A software update for the cars is the fix. 713,233 cars were estimated by Honda that includes the defect and plans to send out notices went out on January 18th.

Corroded Driveshaft

The recalls include 210,000-car recall which consist of the 2013-2015 Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid, 2012 Civic Hybrid, and 2007-2008 Fit.

Where road salt or other contaminants may corrode the driveshaft and cause them to fail. This is related to specific vehicles that reside in those states.

General Motors Won’t Fight California Emissions Rules

General Motors Won’t Fight California Emissions Rules

General Motors says it has changed its position to back the Trump administration’s fight to force California along with 12 other states. They will comply with the less stringent fuel-efficiency standards Trump’s EPA put into place in 2018. This would be for 2022 to 2025. It’s reported this move signals that GM expects President-elect Joe Biden to take a much different stance on emissions regulations. This will occur once Joe Biden’s presidency begins in January.

General Motors Hopes for a Way to Collaborate to Deliver an All-Electric Future

“We believe the ambitious electrification goals of the president-elect, California, and General Motors. They are connected together to address climate change by significantly reducing automobile emissions,” said Mary Barra. Barra reiterated this in a letter to environmental groups. Mary Barra is the GM CEO.

“We are positive that the Biden administration, California, and the U.S. auto industry, that support 10.3 million jobs, can as a result in collaboratively finding the pathway that will deliver an all-electric future.”

EPA Finds it Interesting the Changing Stances of Corporations

Moreover, other entities across the industry have had something to say about GM’s decision. Reportedly, the EPA only said it’s interesting to see the changing stances of corporations. Joe Biden said in a statement that it’s encouraging news to hear that GM will be working with his administration.

In fact, it’s a promising path forward on how industry, labor, government and environmental organizations can come together to tackle big problems. Then make vital progress on behalf of the American people, Biden said in a statement. It’s very important that GM has chosen to work with the Biden-Harris administration and California to advance these goals.

GM’s rival, Ford, is backing California and has done so since the beginning. Jim Farley, the new CEO, has commented on the decision on Twitter. He applauds GM for reversing the course on this critical issue. Farley said he is proud Bill Ford and Ford stood tall for environmental progress from the start putting principles over politics.

Germany Is In 4th Place As Far As Making Autos That Are Electric

Germany Is In 4th Place As Far As Making Autos That Are Electric

Firstly, or rather, fourthly, Germany sped into October with electric vehicles to boast back home about. Over 17.5% of their auto sales are absolutely seen as plugin electric vehicles. Talk about a blitzkrieg bop! This transition from the minor 3% share from the dismal yesteryead of 2019 defies damn near every expectation just about at the velocity of non-conformity.

To give this some context, let’s rewind back to value the importance of Germany and their win. Back in October 2019, this was coming in hot at a near-frightening 4.1% plugin as far as market shares are concerned.

BNEF, the most stubborn of all the auto industry psychics, had collectively thought that 6 months ago, Europe see only 3.75% of it’s original market share in 2020.

When in reality, Germany is the largest regional auto market in Europe.

And it’s not like the UK and the French are slacking behind or anything.

It’s just that the former predictions being 3.75% felt so ding-dang delusional from the current material.

So what does this mean for how Germany did with their electric vehicles this past month? For example, 17.5% of the share is actually made of 8.4% pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) – dig that acronym – as well as the 9.1% plugin hybrids (PHEVs). Not to get too nerdy or anything, but you did ask in your mind.

Furthermore, BEV models that are worth to get excited over include the Renault ZOE. This modern marvel is shattering the record books with an amazing amount of sales. (At least 5,014 units, from 22% of the BEVs of Germany.) Year-to-date? In Germany, over 20,000 ZOEs have been sold. And plenty more, for sure.

I guess what I’m really trying to say is that Germany has it figured out, if they’re the fourth in the world. That means that they’re playing the long game. They’re choosing to mess up now and clean up immediately. So as to not raise a cautious eyebrow when really they can only come up with happy accidents. Or as they would say: Glückliche Unfälle!

Songsan Motors Releases A Copycat of the 1958 Chevy Corvette C1

Songsan Motors Releases A Copycat of the 1958 Chevy Corvette C1

China is expanding its manufacturing and copycat skills by replacing its entire domestic fleet with locally built electrical alternatives. This was evident in the 2020 Beijing Motor Show, demonstrating what the future has in store for Chinese motorists as a result of flattery tactics. Songsan motors has said for a US Dollar amount of $86,000 in Chinese currency, they offer the SS Dolphin. Which wouldn’t be a problem at all if the plug-in hybrid wasn’t the spitting image of the four-headlamp 1958 Chevrolet Corvette C1. It comes heavyset with a 1.5-liter turbo engine and electric motor fed by a 16 kilowatt hour battery pack. It’s also full of LED lights and a removable hardtop on a longer body than Chevy’s.

Songsam Motors brings a 315 hp hybrid Corvette C1 to the Beijing Auto Show.It costs 590.000 yuan or $86.460.The…

Posted by CarNewsChina.com on Saturday, September 26, 2020

Background of The Songsan Inspiration

Late 1950’s and the industry had been undergoing a transformation from corporate big wigs to smaller and more intense companies pitting against each other.

Some few unknowns from Europe were trying to compete with the all-American Ford and General Motors.

In came the 1958 C1 to rattle the competition. Corvettes were already the bee’s knees. But here, you had a 230 horsepower V-8 engine that was a real hit with any of the major buyers. And this was just the cruising version. A race-ready version was made ready for local dealerships around the country.

It was a sweet two-seater. To compete with Ferrari, Jaguar and Porsche.

So Is GM Mad?

You would think a company as big as their’s would hound after Songsan for making an imitation Corvette. But they haven’t.

Kevin Kelly, the senior manager of car and crossover communications at Chevy didn’t mind either.  “They are not using any of our trademarked names or logos, and the design is not identical to the C1.”


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Ford Officially Discontinues The Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R

Ford Officially Discontinues The Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R

The leaked product information says, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R will go away in 2021, according to autoblog.com. With those two vehicles on their way out, there goes the 5.2 liters flat-plane-crank V8 and its exotic soundtrack. Yet, there is “no future product talk” when Ford when contacting the company about the engine’s future. Moreover, it seems the 8,250-rpm “masterpiece” has no home.

Ford Statement on Discontinuation Model

“With the 760 horsepower Shelby GT500 now in full stride, we will finish production of  Shelby GT350 Mustang and GT350R this fall as planned. This makes the way for new additions to excite our passionate Mustang fans for 2021 model year – including the limited-edition Mach 1.”

2021 Replacement is the Mach 1

The 2021 replacement is Mach 1 says autoblog.com and has high hopes for it. They think it steals a number of parts from the GT350. But says the engine isn’t one of them. In addition, they feel this generation of Ford isn’t long for the world at this point. According to Automotive News reveals the next-gen Mustang tags it as a 2022 reveal. With 2023, being the first model year it is available. Still, they lament they will miss the GT350 in the 2021 and 2022 Mustang lineup.

Over the years, Ford has updated the GT350 and GT350R. autoblog.com‘s most recent drive in the car was in the GT350R on track. They said that it was updated (for 2020). But, the Ford GT350R only has one year of life left in it. It would make a fantastic catch if you can get your hands on one to own.

Also according autoblog.com, with the GT350 and GT350R no longer in the picture, they are calling the super-expensive, speedy, rugged and sporty GT500 the only Shelby-branded Mustang left in the lineup. autoblog.com says goodbye to the GT350 and is thankful for the wonderful service.

Restoration Vacation: 5 Cars Want Your Love

Restoration Vacation: 5 Cars Want Your Love

To undergo restoration for any model car is a large undertaking. It takes time, commitment and skills to bring a former king of the road back to it’s glory days. This is no easy task but sometimes finishing challenges rewards! You have to be willing to risk it all to win it all, true. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself! We’ve got some suggestions for cars that will be an easy fix if you find them nearly nixed, life-wise. Happy tinkering!

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

A rough but road-worthy restoration in the making, the Camaro is the classic bad boy of mechanics. Power steering, vinyl interior and a 302 V8 engine await you inside the bulk of this beast. But be warned! This car’s 4-speed manual stick shift is not for the faint of heart. The Z28 model was introduced by Vince Piggins who wanted to adapt the Camaro line to be “virtually race-ready.” Who wouldn’t want to bring this monster back to life?

1969 Mustang Mach 1

Certainly, Ford’s Mustang everyman type of vehicle has variations by grease monkeys with turn-key ignitions and nice paint jobs. It was a benchmark year for the American company and certainly for the Mach 1. It had it’s humble beginnings, street wise with a V8-powered “sportsroof” body. (A sensation then, a given now.) A higlight of this standard sports car was the turn-signal lights installed in the back of the hood. The “shaker hood” was an air scoop that mounted the motor with all the bravado of a Buick but none of the fat. It’s worth a spin, needless to say.

1972 Pontiac GTO

A smooth bulk of metal, the GTO had a street credibility of being bright, loud and proud. Even if the spoiler spoiled nothing for the hungry auto-enthusiast. There’s still high praise for the flashy roar of the Ram Air IV engine. It’s uproarious enough to upset a mountain! Out of all the cars listed here as “fun” for restoration, the GTO is arguably a little more difficult. Mainly because collector vehicle values have turned to lower-cost offerings. Don’t blame the players. Blame the game. That’s just how they get their kicks on Route 66.

1967 Mercury Cougar

Under the hood, this Cougar has all the attributes of a certain horse power. Making it smooth move to find any parts for the mechanical and electrical doohickeys. It’s not totally unheard of to restore the early Cougar. Body panels like it’s own have been made for ages beforehand. There are also a bunch of interiors made for this purveyor of peace. This will get you some demand even from Mercury themselves. Very much a darling of the restoration Reddits you might follow.

1955 De Soto Fireflite Hemi

As gangster as this Hemi may be, this car is most notorious for it’s affordability. It’s so buyable, it’s a crime! And sure, maybe it doesn’t have the same KA-POW as it’s brother, the 426 Hemi. But it’s still got a purr that will startle a dinosaur. Doesn’t that count for anything? Keep in mind, this is the oldest model we’ve listed so far. You might just have to search for swapped body and trim parts if at all applicable. Good news? It’s very easy to restore. Just an itch to find out how and with what.

For more on restoration preparation, check out this guide from CarsDirect.

Will the Hummer EV Reign Supreme?

Will the Hummer EV Reign Supreme?

The Hummer EV is looking to flip the current electric car trend. With the ability to overcome its two largest rivals – Ford and Tesla, the brand is looking good.

Oneo f the largest issues that the electric car industry has dealt with over the past decade is the excuse that electric cars can’t outperform standard ICE’s.

Well, that time is gone. The Hummer EV has the potential to put out over 1,000 horsepower. A fully-electric vehicle, the truck looks to take on its largest rivals.

For Ford, they have the Bronco. The vehicle is one of the most anticipated launches of both 2020 and 2021. Its a smaller engine than its predecessors, but that only works to be in its favor. With fuel prices increasing, many will be venturing their capitol into other avenues.

On the other side of the coin, the performance of Tesla’s Cybertruck turned many heads upon its release. Unfortunately, the vehicle did not appear to be as bulletproof as it originally was, but the performance of the vehicle is what stole the show. On it’s debut, the Cybertruck could out-tow a Ford F-150 absolutely smashing the excuse of it being under powered.

The Hummer EV was once king of the cars when it launched in the early 2000’s. Now its ready to get back onto the thrown as the most effective EV vehicle on the market.

By having the name of Hummer, customers know that this will be the new hot take for electric superiority. 2020 has brought a significant change to the automotive industry. At the start, there was only a single contender in the ring, now that there are more of them being unveiled, the competitive side of electric vehicles is coming to fruition. Will the Hummer EV take the throne once more? We will have to see next years sales reports.

Flying During Coronavirus: What to Expect

Flying During Coronavirus: What to Expect

As states continue to slowly reopen, some brave passengers consider flying during the coronavirus. Airlines and airports both are taking extra precautions and cleaning with vigor. But is it really safe to fly right now? And what should you expect if you do decide to hop on-board?

The federal government currently allows interstate flights. But with no solid regulations about flight capacity, flying experiences currently vary by a pretty wide margin. Some passengers report comfortable trips. They are pleased to find airports are not nearly as crowded as they remember. Their flights are not full and everyone wears their mask. But still other trips have involved crowding to board and deboard or flights in which every seat is packed full.

So if you have to travel, what should you be prepared for?

New Procedures While Flying During Coronavirus

Some of the routine of flying remains the same. Other aspects have changed. Read on to feel fully informed and prepared before you embark on your journey.

You May Have to Check Your Own Bags

Plenty of passengers prefer to check their bags outside of the airport. But currently, Skycap services are hit or miss. So you may need to drag those bags inside and take care of checking them at a kiosk or the ticketing counter.

Airport Eateries May Remain Closed

Hungry? You’ll want to eat before you arrive and pack some snacks besides. You’re facing a gamble as to how much of the airport is open. We suggest checking online to see if the airport has listed what businesses are still running. Many newspaper stands continue to operate and sell snacks but lines are long since passengers lack other options. And–bad news: you won’t be fed much on the plane either.

In-Flight Services Are Limited

You won’t find any relief onboard, either. Airlines such as Southwest have switched to providing water and snacks. You can, of course, bring your own food on the plane. But you won’t be able to sit back and sip any cocktails. So if that’s part of your plan, scout any open bars at the airport beforehand and do your drinking there.

Not Everyone Respects Social Distancing and Not Everyone Wears a Mask

By nature, navigating an airport requires some close encounters. Even without the usual crowds, passengers are facing difficulty in social distancing. Some people simply don’t seem to pay attention or care. But even for those who are attentive, lining up to board and deboard becomes a cramped situation. Some airlines are enforcing rules about masks but not all will remove passengers that refuse. Be prepared to see people around you with and without their faces covered.

You’ll Need to Fill Out the Forms at Check-In

Like many aspects of this pandemic, authorities are handling this procedure via the honor system. At check-in, travelers of several airlines may have to fill out an additional health form. On it, they will agree to wear their mask while traveling and promise they have not shown symptoms of or knowingly come into contact with anyone with COVID-19 up to 14 days before flying. Frontier screens their passengers but other airlines are asking TSA to handle temperature checks.

Is it Safe?

So is it safe to be flying during the coronavirus? The short answer is no one knows. And it’s frustrating; we get it. It seems there are new unknowns to cope with each and every day. If you absolutely have to travel, be prepared and alert. If you don’t have to fly? Consider whether it’s worth the risk to you.

Motorcyclists Ride Against Police Brutality

Motorcyclists Ride Against Police Brutality

La Mesa Motorcyclists united a week ago to ride against police brutality. They began at Oak Park and finished outside police headquarters. The ride began around 1 PM. It comes on the heels of recently condemned police behavior in eastern San Diego county. These events are part of a larger scope of protests. And San Diego citizens are getting creative.

Demonstrations have been underway since late May to protest the murder of George Floyd. But with Covid-19 still an unsolved issue, large crowds can feel threatening. San Diego residents are finding ways around this, however. Car caravans are a safe option. Skateboarders and rollerbladers are starting to mobilize. The motorcycle parade is just one instance of citizens practicing social distancing while making their voices heard this month.

Motorcyclists Speak Out

The leader of the biker faction, “Caveman”, says they are riding to encourage the police to reflect. “I’m not a big fan of police brutality,” he said. “And it’s unfortunate that it has come to our community. They need to stand back and maybe look at themselves.”

The June 14th protest was billed as peaceful. Bikers and organizers are asking for San Diego police to examine the frequency with which they utilize force against civilians.

Riding for Reform: What’s the Message?

Activists are discussing many different solutions. One suggestion involves decreasing police budgets. Officers have noted that they have their hands full. They are a one-stop-shop for disputes of all levels. Moving money over to social programs could make their lives easier.

Consider this: a neighbor is having a party. The music is too loud. The family living next to them calls the police. Across town, an armed burglary is in process. The same department is having to handle both situations. One of those events is much less likely to required armed officers. Creating peaceful divisions of non-police can, in fact, empower the police to better do their jobs.

Additional social services could help take some of the stress off of officers. Mental health care professionals could assist individuals suffering substance abuse. Cities could fund solving homelessness. Specialists could handle domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.

The ultimate goal is peace. How we get to that is a tricky road. But citizens are opening the door to dialogue. And some people on the other side are listening.

La Mesa Police Chief Walter Vasquez responded to the motorcyclists. “Thank you. But we need their input,” Vasquez said. “And then change needs to occur, especially from the police department. We all need to get better.”

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