BMW manufacturing exporting USA

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, BMW, North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Politics, Presidential candidates|Tags: , , , , , |

BMW's Ludwig Willisch talked about BMW's manufacturing plant in Spartanburg S.C. and exporting from the United States of America to other countries. Willisch talked about the production in South Carolina. Over 400,000 vehicles are produced in the Spartanburg plant with the value of exports over $10 Billion, according to the Department of Commerce. The BMW [...]

Vice President Joe Biden at #NAIAS2017

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Categories: #unitedstates, North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Politics, Presidential candidates|Tags: , , , , , , |

Vice President Joe Biden is not gone yet as evidenced by his appearance at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). "The folks that are out there selling these vehicles, they're job creators too," as Biden entered the hall and headed to the Chrysler products. As the Vice President got out of the vehicle I [...]

Pacifica on the Pacific, Volt, Altima carchat

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:40+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|Categories: #carchat, Automobiles and Energy, car buying tips, Technology, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , , , , , |

Good Morning Warren and Friends, Last week I told you I would be driving the Chrysler Pacifica, so today I am on the Pacific Ocean about to head off in the Pacifica. Next week I will have the driving impressions. I am in a Pacifica presentation as we speak, so if you have any questions [...]

Lexus, Chrysler and politics washingtonpost.com carchat

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:40+00:00 March 13th, 2016|Categories: #carchat, Automobiles and Energy, Chrysler, Lexus, Politics, Presidential candidates, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , , , , |

Last week I drove the Lexus RC-F, this week I drove the Lexus NX200t F-Sport. The RC-F is a luxury sports car, around $75,000. The NX200t F-Sport is an SUV out the door at $44,000. I see why it is so hard to decide what to buy. Most the time when you ask us which [...]

Senator Fran Pavley (D-CA) at the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS)

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:45+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Categories: #climatechange, #LAAutoShow #LAAS, Automobiles and Energy, Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

Senator Fran Pavley (D-CA) attended the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS) and talked about climate change, senate bill SB-32, the Volkswagen diesel defeat device and the latest in alternative fuel vehicles at the LA auto show (LAAS). There are some people that think these regulations hamper the car companies. What does Senator Pavley [...]

Toyota’s politics of advanced technology

By | 2017-03-22T08:05:27+00:00 January 21st, 2010|Categories: 2010 Detroit auto show (NAIAS), Alternative Fuels, Alternative vehicles, Auto industry news, Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, batteries, California Air Resources Board (CARB), Car shows, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), DOE (Department of Energy), Electric - Range Extender Vehicle (E-REV), electric vehicles (EV), electricity, Emissions, Environment, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Fuel cells, Gas Tax, Green cars, Hybrids, Manufacturers, Plugin-electric vehicles, Politics, Technology, Toyota, Video, youtube.com, Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)|Tags: , , |

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI - Bill Reinert is the  National Manager, Advanced Technology Group, Toyota Motor Sales USA. I wish everyone would stop and listen to this piece and answer these questions. Reinert talks about the readiness of utility companies, states and government policy. Do we have enough [...]

Argonne – Is this worse than an earmark?

By | 2017-03-22T08:06:04+00:00 September 21st, 2008|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, batteries, DOE (Department of Energy), Video, youtube.com|Tags: , , |

I caught up with Don Hillebrand from Argonne at the Chevy Volt unveiling. I had already attended the first day of Argonne's First International Lithium-Ion battery conference. Khalil Amine from Argonne had talked to me about the chemistry that Argonne had developed and licensed to Toda Kogyo from Japan. Toda Kogyo will produce the lithium-ion [...]

California sues EPA over clean car waiver

By | 2017-01-20T18:33:52+00:00 January 23rd, 2008|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, California Air Resources Board (CARB), Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), DOE (Department of Energy), Emissions, Environment, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Politics|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Anyone watching this story had to know California wasn't going to walk away from this fight. California has become the trumpeter of clean air with Schwarzenegger traveling the world holding the environmental beacon of light. For the first time, states could be allowed to limit greenhouse gasses to prevent climate change, which is recognized as [...]

Kerry vs. Bush – what if Kerry became President?

By | 2017-03-22T08:08:21+00:00 August 6th, 2004|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Automobiles and Energy, Politics, Presidential candidates, Technology, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What if Kerry became President? What effect would it have on the automotive industry if Kerry became President. Every person -whether they were voting for Bush or Kerry - in each corporation I spoke with told me that they were " policy neutral" . After questioning - off the record - they would say, " [...]

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)

By | 2017-03-22T08:08:21+00:00 August 6th, 2004|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), Fuel economy, Podcasts, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) is a federally mandated program enacted in 1975 that requires automakers to achieve a particular miles-per-gallon average over their entire vehicle fleet. What are the requirements now? Current CAFE requirements are 27.5 MPG for passenger cars, and 20.7 MPG for light-duty trucks. For example, if an automaker sells a luxury [...]