Volvo Cars, Ericsson announce Global Connected Car Services at 2014 CES on Driving the Nation

From Volvo: Las Vegas, NV - The launch of cloud-enabled connected car services across the Volvo product portfolio at the 2014 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas is the latest evidence of the visionary partnership between Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) and Ericsson. Leveraging extensive consumer research and industry-leading innovation, the partnership [...]

Young and Restless: Canadian Youth Dismayed at Canada’s Climate Performance

By Stephen Leahy (WARSAW, Poland) ” "I'm ashamed to tell anyone here I'm a Canadian. When they find out they say 'ohh we pity you'," said Leehi Yona, a 20-year old Montrealer who attended the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. "All Canadians would be outraged if they knew how Canada behaves on the world [...]

By |2017-03-22T08:00:32-07:00December 23rd, 2013|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Emissions, Environment, Europe, Fossil fuels, Politics|0 Comments

Cities Take Meaningful Climate Action as Nations Lag

By Stephen Leahy Canada and every other rich country need to crash their CO2 emissions 10% per year starting in 2014 to have any hopes of ensuring a not-super-dangerous climate for our grandchildren, said Kevin Anderson of Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. "We can still do 2C [...]

By |2017-03-22T08:00:35-07:00December 14th, 2013|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Emissions, Environment, Europe, Fossil fuels|0 Comments

Alex Innes, Rolls-Royce bespoke designer

Alex Innes is the bespoke designer for Rolls-Royce. Innes studied automotive design under the umbrella of industrial design and came to Rolls-Royce five years ago, right out of college. It's striking that such a young man is designing a car for such a mature cultured car owner. There are products and designs that you will [...]

Tesla Q3: Elon Musk; exploring options on battery plant with partners

Highlights from the Tesla Motors, Inc. “ Third Quarter 2013 Shareholder Letter * Record 5,500 Model S deliveries * Gross margin increased to 21% (non-GAAP) excluding ZEV credit's * Net income (non-GAAP-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) of $16 million * Major WW expansion of service centers, stores and Superchargers * Cash balance nonetheless increased by $49 [...]

Creating independence, Building a Better World, One Block at a Time

By Stephen Leahy NANTES, France, Oct 8 2013 (IPS) - One evening in the small village of Ashton Hayes in Cheshire, England, someone started a conversation about climate change and energy at the local pub. It was 2005. Two years later, residents had cut their carbon dioxide emissions and energy costs by 20 percent. Ashton [...]

Mayors Leading a local Urban Revolution

By Stephen Leahy NANTES, France, Oct 5 2013 (IPS) - With presidents and prime ministers failing to take meaningful action to avert a planetary-scale climate crisis, the mayors of cities and towns are increasingly stepping up to enact changes at the local level. “Cities are on the front lines of climate change,” Richard Register, founder [...]

How is GM-Europe’s Drive! 2022 working? Girsky: Hope is not a strategy

General Motors roundtable At the 2013 IAA, Frankfurt motor show, there were roundtables full of GM-Europe executives and journalists. The plan, dubbed Drive! 2022, was revealed in 2012 by GM-Europe acting president Steve Girsky. Girsky is also the person that dubbed a group of folks directed to study Tesla, Team Tesla. When asked what he [...]

Toyota of Europe – hybrids, manuals, automatics, diesel on Driving the Nation

Bart Eelen, Manager of Product Manager for Toyota Europe, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about Toyota and Lexus of Europe sales. The Toyota Auris and Yaris are the most popular Toyotas in Europe. What is the breakdown between hybrids, diesel and gasoline? 92% of Lexus sales in Europe are hybrids. What else is [...]

By |2017-03-22T08:00:39-07:00September 25th, 2013|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Europe, Lexus, Luxury vehicles, Toyota, Video,|0 Comments

September 13, 2013 real wheels washington post

Opel Monza concept Good morning Warren and Friends Both Warren and I attended the Frankfurt auto show next week. My favorite car was the Opel Monza concept. If GM is going in that direction that is great! Of course, the doors can't be built on it, but the car itself is great. You can see [...]