The Truth About Cars » Infrastructure http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 20:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 ‘Green Cars Only’ Laws: Coming to a Debate Near You http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/green-cars-only-laws-coming-to-a-debate-near-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/green-cars-only-laws-coming-to-a-debate-near-you/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:35:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1327481 When you’re in conversation with a self-described urbanist, it’s usually impossible to avoid numerous references to Amsterdam, that progressive utopia of bikes, tulips, marijuana-smoking tourists, and more bikes. Well, expect to hear about it even more, now that Dutch parliament has passed a Dutch Labor Party motion to ban the sale of internal combustion vehicles in […]

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When you’re in conversation with a self-described urbanist, it’s usually impossible to avoid numerous references to Amsterdam, that progressive utopia of bikes, tulips, marijuana-smoking tourists, and more bikes. Well, expect to hear about it even more, now that Dutch parliament has passed a Dutch Labor Party motion to ban the sale of internal combustion vehicles in […]

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Highway Trust Fund: What It Was, and What It Is Now http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/highway-trust-fund-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/highway-trust-fund-now/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1321098 Somewhere between storming the beaches at Normandy and marching into Berlin, General Dwight D. Eisenhower became enamored with the German Autobahn system of superhighways, and so resolved to create a similar system in the United States — or so goes the legend. After the war, America began to build out from its crowded urban cores, […]

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Somewhere between storming the beaches at Normandy and marching into Berlin, General Dwight D. Eisenhower became enamored with the German Autobahn system of superhighways, and so resolved to create a similar system in the United States — or so goes the legend. After the war, America began to build out from its crowded urban cores, […]

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Office Space: Ford Goes Green With its 10-Year Plan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/office-space-ford-reveals-10-year-plan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/office-space-ford-reveals-10-year-plan/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1323362 Referring to one’s corporate buildings as a campus is en vogue, from Apple’s planned Spaceship HQ to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Yesterday, Ford Motor Company announced plans to transform its facilities in Dearborn into a green, modern, and high-tech work environment. The 10-year plan will co-locate over 20,000 employees in the Dearborn area. […]

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Referring to one’s corporate buildings as a campus is en vogue, from Apple’s planned Spaceship HQ to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Yesterday, Ford Motor Company announced plans to transform its facilities in Dearborn into a green, modern, and high-tech work environment. The 10-year plan will co-locate over 20,000 employees in the Dearborn area. […]

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Old Man Says to Hell With the Government, He’ll Fix Potholes Himself, Dammit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/old-man-says-hell-government-hell-fix-potholes-dammit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/old-man-says-hell-government-hell-fix-potholes-dammit/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 18:20:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1316698 If this catches on, local governments will have to choose between anarchy and saving on infrastructure repair. An 84-year-old man in rural Nova Scotia, Canada just did what many of us have always fantasized about — he rolled out his own heavy equipment to fix the road in front of his house, according to Global News. […]

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If this catches on, local governments will have to choose between anarchy and saving on infrastructure repair. An 84-year-old man in rural Nova Scotia, Canada just did what many of us have always fantasized about — he rolled out his own heavy equipment to fix the road in front of his house, according to Global News. […]

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Follow the High-speed Rail Money: $8 Billion and 6 Years Later http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/high-speed-rail-money-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/high-speed-rail-money-now/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 17:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1291809 The year is 2010. Hope and Change still lingers in the air. The water in Flint, Michigan is passably safe to drink. And Donald Trump doesn’t have a single pledged delegate to his name. This year saw $8 billion from the $831 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriated to dozens of so-called “high speed […]

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The year is 2010. Hope and Change still lingers in the air. The water in Flint, Michigan is passably safe to drink. And Donald Trump doesn’t have a single pledged delegate to his name. This year saw $8 billion from the $831 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriated to dozens of so-called “high speed […]

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Electric Cars Aren’t So Dirty, Coal Power at 35-year Low http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/electric-cars-arent-so-dirty-coal-power-at-35-year-low/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/electric-cars-arent-so-dirty-coal-power-at-35-year-low/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277834 Electric vehicles aren’t rollin’ coal anymore — or, at least, not nearly as much as they used to. Reuters reports coal-fired electricity generation is now at a 35-year low in the U.S., and November 2015 was the fifth month in a row more natural gas than coal was used to produce electricity. That’s not all. […]

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Electric vehicles aren’t rollin’ coal anymore — or, at least, not nearly as much as they used to. Reuters reports coal-fired electricity generation is now at a 35-year low in the U.S., and November 2015 was the fifth month in a row more natural gas than coal was used to produce electricity. That’s not all. […]

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Ford, Google Plan Autonomous Driving Venture Together http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ford-google-plan-autonomous-driving-venture-together/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ford-google-plan-autonomous-driving-venture-together/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 21:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1248833 The fine, fine reporters at Yahoo Autos have learned that Ford and Google will announce next month a joint project to build self-driving cars. According to the report, Google and Ford would spin off a separate company for the project, and Google would still shop around its technology to other automakers. Both Ford and Google wouldn’t […]

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The fine, fine reporters at Yahoo Autos have learned that Ford and Google will announce next month a joint project to build self-driving cars. According to the report, Google and Ford would spin off a separate company for the project, and Google would still shop around its technology to other automakers. Both Ford and Google wouldn’t […]

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Nissan/BMW Team Up on Fast Charging; Sorry, North Dakota http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/nissanbmw-team-fast-charging-sorry-north-dakota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/nissanbmw-team-fast-charging-sorry-north-dakota/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1248313 Nissan and BMW announced Monday that they would add 120 public fast-charging stations in 19 states to significantly expand electric vehicle infrastructure for cars not called Tesla. The 120 stations would supplement to Tesla’s network of more than 200 Supercharger sites around the U.S. and Canada, placed throughout the countries that serve as a backbone for long-distance EV travel. (Coast […]

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Nissan and BMW announced Monday that they would add 120 public fast-charging stations in 19 states to significantly expand electric vehicle infrastructure for cars not called Tesla. The 120 stations would supplement to Tesla’s network of more than 200 Supercharger sites around the U.S. and Canada, placed throughout the countries that serve as a backbone for long-distance EV travel. (Coast […]

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Tesla To Open Up Supercharger Network To Other EVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/tesla-to-open-up-supercharger-network-to-other-evs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/tesla-to-open-up-supercharger-network-to-other-evs/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 18:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1182362 Tesla owners always enjoyed rapid recharging thanks to the automaker’s Supercharger network. Soon, this privilege will be extended to other EVs. While speaking at a forum in Germany Thursday, CEO Elon Musk said the following regarding the Supercharger network, according to Gas2: We are actually in talks with some manufacturers doing just that and it […]

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Tesla owners always enjoyed rapid recharging thanks to the automaker’s Supercharger network. Soon, this privilege will be extended to other EVs. While speaking at a forum in Germany Thursday, CEO Elon Musk said the following regarding the Supercharger network, according to Gas2: We are actually in talks with some manufacturers doing just that and it […]

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California Roads Bill May Be The Future Of US Road Funding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/california-roads-bill-may-be-the-future-of-us-road-funding/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/california-roads-bill-may-be-the-future-of-us-road-funding/#comments Sun, 06 Sep 2015 17:19:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1162426 California electric vehicle drivers may pay $100 more in registration fees each year under a proposed bill that aims to raise $3.6 billion each year through gas taxes and fees that would repair and maintain California’s roads, according to the Associated Press (via Autoblog). The proposed fees would be a sweeping reform to transportation funding […]

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California electric vehicle drivers may pay $100 more in registration fees each year under a proposed bill that aims to raise $3.6 billion each year through gas taxes and fees that would repair and maintain California’s roads, according to the Associated Press (via Autoblog). The proposed fees would be a sweeping reform to transportation funding […]

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Breaking the Law Is Safer When Everyone Else Is Breaking It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/breaking-the-law-is-safer-when-everyone-else-is-breaking-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/breaking-the-law-is-safer-when-everyone-else-is-breaking-it/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:59:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1159034 Google. While breaking privacy laws seems to be their global sport of choice, they sure do stick to the letter of the law when their autonomous cars are perusing American roads. Oddly, that’s a problem according to the New York Times, because the rest of us operate our automobiles in a legal gray area, bending the rules to […]

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Google. While breaking privacy laws seems to be their global sport of choice, they sure do stick to the letter of the law when their autonomous cars are perusing American roads. Oddly, that’s a problem according to the New York Times, because the rest of us operate our automobiles in a legal gray area, bending the rules to […]

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Report: Toledo Plant Gains a Jeep Pickup, Loses a Cherokee http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/report-toledo-plant-gains-jeep-pickup-loses-cherokee/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/report-toledo-plant-gains-jeep-pickup-loses-cherokee/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1157850 Automotive News is reporting that Jeep will produce a Wrangler-based pickup at its Toledo, Ohio plant and shift production of its Cherokee to another site. The details were reported by the outlet as part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ ongoing negotiations with the United Auto Workers union. Officials from FCA didn’t comment on the report.  According […]

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Automotive News is reporting that Jeep will produce a Wrangler-based pickup at its Toledo, Ohio plant and shift production of its Cherokee to another site. The details were reported by the outlet as part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ ongoing negotiations with the United Auto Workers union. Officials from FCA didn’t comment on the report.  According […]

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Eisenhower Did Just About the Worst Damn Road Trip, Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/well-just-worst-damn-road-trip-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/well-just-worst-damn-road-trip-ever/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1152521 Atlas Obscura has a fine, fine retelling of former President Dwight Eisenhower’s treacherous slog across the U.S. in 1919, presumably before Google Maps could tell him where to go. His 62-day, transcontinental epoch may have served as inspiration for the creation of America’s interstate highway system — not the threat of a nuclear attack and evacuation […]

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Atlas Obscura has a fine, fine retelling of former President Dwight Eisenhower’s treacherous slog across the U.S. in 1919, presumably before Google Maps could tell him where to go. His 62-day, transcontinental epoch may have served as inspiration for the creation of America’s interstate highway system — not the threat of a nuclear attack and evacuation […]

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England Studying “Charge As You Drive” Inductive Charging Roads http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/england-studying-charge-as-you-drive-inductive-charging-roads/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/england-studying-charge-as-you-drive-inductive-charging-roads/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:45:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1143369 The British government is continuing on with a study of inductive charging on England’s busy A roads a reality, reports the BBC (via Gizmodo). Feasibility of the technology hasn’t been fully proven as of yet, but England is getting one step closer by tendering bids for off-road trials. If off-road trials are successful, you might […]

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The British government is continuing on with a study of inductive charging on England’s busy A roads a reality, reports the BBC (via Gizmodo). Feasibility of the technology hasn’t been fully proven as of yet, but England is getting one step closer by tendering bids for off-road trials. If off-road trials are successful, you might […]

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Michigan to Stay Ahead of Silicon Valley with “Mcity” for Autonomous & Connected Car R&D http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/michigan-tries-stay-ahead-silicon-valley-mcity-autonomous-connected-car-rd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/michigan-tries-stay-ahead-silicon-valley-mcity-autonomous-connected-car-rd/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1121737 The facility was mostly deserted by the time I got there deliberately late to avoid politicians’ speechifying. Between the very realistic — but empty — roadways with functional traffic lights, railway crossings, and even parking meters, on one hand, and the two city blocks of obviously faux buildings, theatrical scrims really, on the other, I […]

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The facility was mostly deserted by the time I got there deliberately late to avoid politicians’ speechifying. Between the very realistic — but empty — roadways with functional traffic lights, railway crossings, and even parking meters, on one hand, and the two city blocks of obviously faux buildings, theatrical scrims really, on the other, I […]

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The Future of Roads May Be in Lego-type Construction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/future-roads-may-lego-type-construction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/future-roads-may-lego-type-construction/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1115337 Dutch company VolkerWessels is proposing a new type of roadway construction that could make it easier to remove, replace or resurface streets in the near future, Gizmodo is reporting. The engineering firm is working with the City of Rotterdam to test its early concept. The streets are prefabricated and dropped into place. The roadways use a below-surface […]

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Dutch company VolkerWessels is proposing a new type of roadway construction that could make it easier to remove, replace or resurface streets in the near future, Gizmodo is reporting. The engineering firm is working with the City of Rotterdam to test its early concept. The streets are prefabricated and dropped into place. The roadways use a below-surface […]

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Google Sends Self-Driving Lexus Hybrids to Test in Texas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/google-sends-self-driving-lexus-hybrids-test-texas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/google-sends-self-driving-lexus-hybrids-test-texas/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109377 Google’s autonomous cars have made it to the Lone Star state for testing, The Detroit News is reporting. A self-driving Lexus 450h prototype was recently dispatched to Austin, Texas for testing on that city’s streets. The cars are used to map roadways and signs for future autonomous vehicles to use. Google said the car has begun […]

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Google’s autonomous cars have made it to the Lone Star state for testing, The Detroit News is reporting. A self-driving Lexus 450h prototype was recently dispatched to Austin, Texas for testing on that city’s streets. The cars are used to map roadways and signs for future autonomous vehicles to use. Google said the car has begun […]

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Mass Transit In Greece Free This Week Due To Economic Crisis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/mass-transit-in-greece-free-this-week-due-to-economic-crisis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/mass-transit-in-greece-free-this-week-due-to-economic-crisis/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1102009 Some transit authorities offer free service to encourage ridership. Greece is offering free service this week because no one has money. As a result of Greece’s banks shutting their doors and ATMs for the entire week in order to prevent potential bank runs at the expense of their customers — in turn the result of […]

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Some transit authorities offer free service to encourage ridership. Greece is offering free service this week because no one has money. As a result of Greece’s banks shutting their doors and ATMs for the entire week in order to prevent potential bank runs at the expense of their customers — in turn the result of […]

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Hyundai Struggles Against Infrastructure Issues To Meet Global FCV Sales Target http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/hyundai-struggles-against-infrastructure-issues-to-meet-global-fcv-sales-target/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/hyundai-struggles-against-infrastructure-issues-to-meet-global-fcv-sales-target/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1094721 Global sales of Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell haven’t been able to match sales targets since the FCV’s launch in 2013, though not for a lack of trying. Hyundai says it shipped a total of 273 units of the Tucson Fuel Cell to showrooms in its home market and abroad since 2013, Yonhap News Agency reports, […]

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Global sales of Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell haven’t been able to match sales targets since the FCV’s launch in 2013, though not for a lack of trying. Hyundai says it shipped a total of 273 units of the Tucson Fuel Cell to showrooms in its home market and abroad since 2013, Yonhap News Agency reports, […]

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General Motors Repurposes Chevrolet Volt Batteries For Energy Storage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/general-motors-repurposes-chevrolet-volt-batteries-for-energy-storage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/general-motors-repurposes-chevrolet-volt-batteries-for-energy-storage/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1094633 Having already recycled battery covers into animal habitats, General Motors is turning its efforts toward the Chevrolet Volt’s batteries themselves. General Motors battery life cycle boss Pablo Valencia says the packs used in the PHEV can still be of use in storage applications once its days providing energy to the vehicle draws to an end, […]

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Having already recycled battery covers into animal habitats, General Motors is turning its efforts toward the Chevrolet Volt’s batteries themselves. General Motors battery life cycle boss Pablo Valencia says the packs used in the PHEV can still be of use in storage applications once its days providing energy to the vehicle draws to an end, […]

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General Motors Announcing Entry Into Stationary Energy Storage Next Week http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/general-motors-announcing-entry-into-stationary-energy-storage-next-week/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/general-motors-announcing-entry-into-stationary-energy-storage-next-week/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1090601 Forging a different path than rival Tesla, General Motors will announce its entry into the stationary energy storage market next Tuesday. While Tesla plans to bring energy storage to the home and office with its Powerwall system — consisting of new battery packs linked to solar power — GM will instead extend the economic life […]

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Forging a different path than rival Tesla, General Motors will announce its entry into the stationary energy storage market next Tuesday. While Tesla plans to bring energy storage to the home and office with its Powerwall system — consisting of new battery packs linked to solar power — GM will instead extend the economic life […]

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Musk: No Interest In Tesla Battery Swap Facility From Consumers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/musk-no-interest-in-tesla-battery-swap-facility-from-consumers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/musk-no-interest-in-tesla-battery-swap-facility-from-consumers/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1089113 How many Tesla owners have paid a visit to the automaker’s sole battery-swap station in the world? Not enough to keep the experiment going. During Tesla’s annual shareholders meeting Tuesday, CEO Elon Musk responded to a question regarding accessibility to the facility on the grounds of the automaker’s Supercharger station in Harris Ranch, Calif. between […]

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How many Tesla owners have paid a visit to the automaker’s sole battery-swap station in the world? Not enough to keep the experiment going. During Tesla’s annual shareholders meeting Tuesday, CEO Elon Musk responded to a question regarding accessibility to the facility on the grounds of the automaker’s Supercharger station in Harris Ranch, Calif. between […]

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Oregon First In Nation To Implement Per-Mile Road Tax Program http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/oregon-first-in-nation-to-implement-per-mile-road-tax-program/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/oregon-first-in-nation-to-implement-per-mile-road-tax-program/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1072250 This July, Oregon will be the first to implement a program taxing motorists by miles driven instead of collecting at the pump. Up to 5,000 cars and light-duty commercial vehicles can volunteer for the program — dubbed OReGO — each of whom will then be charged 1.5 cents per mile, USA Today reports. The information […]

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This July, Oregon will be the first to implement a program taxing motorists by miles driven instead of collecting at the pump. Up to 5,000 cars and light-duty commercial vehicles can volunteer for the program — dubbed OReGO — each of whom will then be charged 1.5 cents per mile, USA Today reports. The information […]

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California Hit By Rising Fuel Prices Due To Supply Issues http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/california-hit-by-rising-fuel-prices-due-to-supply-issues/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/california-hit-by-rising-fuel-prices-due-to-supply-issues/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1071650 While most of the United States enjoys fuel prices under $3 per gallon, the West Coast can’t say the same, especially California. The average fuel price in the U.S. is currently $2.772/gal. per the AAA, Bloomberg reports, but a combination of factors have pushed California’s average to $3.809. The first involves a series of refinery […]

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While most of the United States enjoys fuel prices under $3 per gallon, the West Coast can’t say the same, especially California. The average fuel price in the U.S. is currently $2.772/gal. per the AAA, Bloomberg reports, but a combination of factors have pushed California’s average to $3.809. The first involves a series of refinery […]

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Phoenix Suburb Installing License Plate Readers To Thwart Rare Burglary Activity http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/phoenix-suburb-installing-license-plate-readers-to-thwart-rare-burglary-activity/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/phoenix-suburb-installing-license-plate-readers-to-thwart-rare-burglary-activity/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 20:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1068658 Police in Paradise Valley, Arizona are planning to install 15 license plate readers to aid in thwarting burglaries in the Phoenix suburb. The LPRs are the result of an anonymous donation of $234,000 to Paradise Valley Police Department, with 11 of the devices set to be installed in fake cactus plants, Ars Technica reports. The […]

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Police in Paradise Valley, Arizona are planning to install 15 license plate readers to aid in thwarting burglaries in the Phoenix suburb. The LPRs are the result of an anonymous donation of $234,000 to Paradise Valley Police Department, with 11 of the devices set to be installed in fake cactus plants, Ars Technica reports. The […]

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