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Category Archives: Driving it Today

AUTOMOBILING—BY THE DECADES

IHS MARKIT SPECIALIZES in information and analytics of many categories, including the automobile industry. A recent Automotive News includes a 14-page insert from IHS Markit that identifies key elements in … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

WAGNER’S NORNS AND PCH MEMORIES PART 2

YESTERDAY, A TOYOTA Mirai fuel cell car and I began a drive up Southern California’s Pacific Coast Highway, accompanied by Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Here in Part 2, we continue north to … Continue reading

October 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

WAGNER’S NORNS AND PCH MEMORIES PART 1

THIS ADVENTURE BEGAN as an errand to drop off letters at the post office drive-through a couple miles from home.  To make the errand more interesting, I took the Mirai … Continue reading

October 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

FCEVS—TODAY AND TOMORROW PART 3

IN THE PAST two days here at SimanaitisSays, we’ve talked about the “classic” Toyota Mirai, its 2021 second-generation version, and four generations of its hydrogen refueling at the University of … Continue reading

October 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

FCEVS—TODAY AND TOMORROW PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1 we began reporting on experience with the first-generation Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle that’s briefly residing in the SimanaitisSays fleet. This car is about to … Continue reading

October 4, 2020 · 4 Comments

FCEVS—TODAY AND TOMORROW PART 1

I HADN’T DRIVEN a fuel cell electric vehicle since the introduction of the TOYOTA MIRAI back in June of 2015. Recent news of a GEN V hydrogen refueling station being … Continue reading

October 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS TIDBITS—THE LIGHT SIDE

I GAIN LOTS of industry insights from Automotive News, even though this is often peripheral to whatever I feel like writing about these days. Nevertheless, it’s fun to encounter the … Continue reading

September 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

LE MANS 2020—PANDEMICALLY MODIFIED

TRADITIONALLY HELD MID-JUNE, the 24-hour race at Le Mans is being held this year on September 19-20. Here are tidbits on implications of this pandemically modified event gathered from a … Continue reading

September 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

TESLA TIDBITS PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE FOUND Teslas inexplicable stopping at Burger Kings and the automaker’s stock doubling. (I hasten to add, there’s no obvious causal relationship in this.) Today, in Part 2, Automotive … Continue reading

August 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

TESLA TIDBITS PART 1

I’VE BEEN READING a lot recently about Tesla and its mercurial Elon Musk. Here, in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, are tidbits gleaned from Automotive News, July 13, … Continue reading

August 14, 2020 · Leave a comment