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Category Archives: Driving it Today

48 VOLTS? (YET AGAIN? OR DIFFERENT?)

AUTOMOBILES WITH 48-volt electrical systems are being seen in some markets as a near-term necessity. In other markets, the unsettled U.S., for example, it’s anyone’s guess. Automobiles with 48-volt electrical … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

EV UPDATE: BUT WILL IT MATTER IN THE U.S.?

GLOBAL EV SALES are trending upward by significant percentages. Not that the overall numbers are large, mind. What’s more, the U.S. situation is at best unsettled. It’s a good time … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 3 Comments

WELL OILED

WHAT WITH CONFLICTING and often misleading news and opinions about the U.S. oil business, it’s helpful to consult a reliable source now and then. The U.S. Energy Information Administration offers … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE AUTOMAKERS’ DILEMMA

“MAY YOU LIVE IN interesting times.” This classic Chinese saying was intended as a curse, not a blessing. And so it would seem for automakers today. Reading the weekly Automotive … Continue reading

December 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

A RESET FOR MOTOR SPORTS

TO MANY, THE NAME John Glenn hearkens back to early days of the U.S. space program. And, to many, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would seem an odd place for … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

AUDI: VORSPRUNG DURCH SKULDUGGERY

I’VE LONG ADMIRED German automaker Audi’s slogan, Vorsprung Durch Technik, Advancement Through Technology. Back in the mid-1970s, for example, Audi was one of the first automakers to promote the safety … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

BEV LOVE OR BEV MEH?

WITH GASOLINE AS cheap as it is, battery electric vehicles in the U.S. aren’t exactly selling like hotcakes–or full-size pickup trucks either. Yet, automakers are covering their electric bets in … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment