Abortion, automobiles, and Alabama

Shortly after the female Republican Governor of Alabama endorsed HB 314, a law that would ban all abortions statewide, even in case of rape or incest, the calls for boycotting Alabama in all forms started. Kay I'vey signed into law the “Human Life Protection Act” a bill that is intended to be a “vehicle” to [...]

By |2019-12-25T18:48:40-08:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Politics, Toyota|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Ghosn still in jail, Tesla 500 miles? Amazon buys Rivian stock

Carlos Ghosn and Elon Musk Carlos Ghosn went down a rabbit hole the minute the Ni55an jet landed in Japan. He was jailed on November 19, 2018, and the nightmare for him has not let up. Ghosn has been in detention for three months. He has been indicted three times, has been refused bail a [...]

By |2020-05-24T07:03:20-07:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Nissan, Politics, Tesla Motors|0 Comments

Russia versus Azerbaijan – political pipelines

John Batchelor and Lou Ann Hammond talk about the political pipeline There's a reason Vladimir Putin is interested in President Trump and Ukraine. He is losing the dependence on Russian natural gas with the finding of gas in Azerbaijan and a proposed pipeline to Italy. Even though President Trump has given coal companies more leniency [...]

By |2018-12-14T17:45:54-08:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Emissions, Environment, Europe, Natural gas, Politics|Tags: |0 Comments

California legislature to strengthen car dealer franchise laws

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California New Car Dealers Association, representing more than 1,150 new car dealers statewide, has achieved a significant milestone in its aggressive efforts to strengthen and update California’s new motor vehicle franchise laws. In the final hours of the 2018 legislative session, AB 2107, authored by Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino), received [...]

By |2018-08-31T11:45:24-07:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Auto industry news, Politics|Tags: |0 Comments

Tesla death watch 2.0 BMW vs GM tariffs

Listen as John Batchelor and Wall Street Journal's Mary Kissel talks about Tesla death watch 2.0 and why BMW pays 2.5 percent import fees when coming to the United States versus General Motors paying 25 percent when selling cars exported to Europe. Tesla - The company known for making products of the future is once [...]

Why Tesla has already succeeded

I had dinner the other night with a wealthy car collector. Whether this person talks about cars or politics, it is done with passion. At one point in the dinner, the conversation turned from politics to cars. He told me he owned a Tesla, an all-electric car initially owned by very wealthy people, now trickling [...]

By |2020-04-14T09:52:12-07:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: electric vehicles (EV), Politics, Tesla Motors|Tags: |2 Comments

Nichols McCarthy CARB EPA look back over 50 years

* McCarthy - more Volkswagen executives will go to jail * Nichols - Governor Brown invited Chinese to sell their electric vehicles in California * McCarthy - when the federal government takes a break, CARB doesn't * Nichols - the U.S. as a whole is not as big a part of the world market for [...]

Gov. Brown on CARB – to the Sun and back

CARB celebrates 50 years of more emissions * Californians drove almost 335 Billion miles last year * historic agreement (now known as CARB) was between California's Republican Governor Reagan and the United States Republican President, Richard Nixon * Henry Ford II came out to California to complain about not being able to meet the standard [...]

Washington Auto show hosts Senate hearing

Washington Auto Show goes political The Washington Auto Show 2018 is in full gear, and since the auto show is in Washington D.C., it is full of rules, regulations, and politics. It was standing room only as U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, convened a hearing [...]

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