The best way to pack your car for any road trip
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by Alisha McDarris
6M ago
We all hope the trunk will look like this. But we know it's always way worse. belchonock / Deposit Photos For most people, summer means vacation and traveling. As temperatures rise, 80 percent of Americans plan on changing their everyday scenery, and most of them will do so by taking a road trip. And it makes sense since driving is more flexible and cheaper than flying. The trunk of your car has a lot more room than a single carry-on, but it’s definitely limited and you’ll need to make the most of it. Packing for the road isn’t just about the satisfaction of winning a complicated game of lu ..read more
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What’s going on with self-driving cars right now?
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by Harry Guinness
6M ago
Pony.ai Pony.ai is the latest autonomous car company to make headlines for the wrong reasons. It has just lost its permit to test its fleet of autonomous vehicles in California over concerns about the driving record of the safety drivers it employs. It’s a big blow for the company, and highlights the interesting spot the autonomous car industry is in right now. After a few years of very bad publicity, a number of companies have made real progress in getting self-driving cars on the road. If you’re curious about what Pony.ai and some of the other major outfits are up to, here’s a handy alpha ..read more
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How Ford is trying to fix public EV charging
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by John Voelcker / The Drive
7M ago
Ford's FordPass app allows customers to monitor their EV charging status and find FordPass Charging Network stations. Ford Media Center This article was originally featured on The Drive. Ten years after its first Supercharger site opened, Tesla is undeniably the gold standard for EV fast charging. Drive up, plug in, then stay only as long as your car suggests to gain another 200-plus miles of range. It’s easy, seamless, and now all but ubiquitous in the United States. Drivers of any other EV brand face a very different landscape because no other automaker has invested in buil ..read more
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Smarter cars won’t last you decades
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by Mike Spinelli / The Drive
7M ago
You won't be able to own a car for decades when its on-board software becomes outmoded and can't be updated. Deposit Photos This article was originally featured on The Drive. You’ve heard the stories: Irv Gordon’s three-million-mile Volvo; Rachel Veitch had the oil in her Mercury Comet changed every 3,000 miles since 1964; a 102-year-old man drove the same car for 82 years. In the car world, we think of these rare owners as moral heroes. Whatever their reason—sentimentality? Yankee thrift? Obsessive compulsion?—they’ve sacrificed the novelty of the new for a durable relations ..read more
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Why Lexus is rolling out a new steering ‘yoke’
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by Bradley Brownell
7M ago
This yoke features a steer-by-wire system behind the scenes. Lexus Cars have steered much the same way for just over 100 years, but recently both Tesla and Lexus have decided to reinvent the steering wheel: The auto companies have swapped the wheel out for a simplified steering yoke. Reactions to the change have been polarizing, with some Tesla fans preferring the new look, and others declaring it significantly worse than a wheel. Reviews of the Tesla yoke have indicated an unsafe learning curve, which includes possibly reaching for where a wheel should be and grabbing air. Has Lexus made t ..read more
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Magneto 2.0 reveals what an electric Jeep Wrangler might look like
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by Bradley Brownell
8M ago
The Magneto 2.0 Concept. Jeep Every year thousands of Jeep enthusiasts gather in Moab, Utah for an event known as Easter Jeep Safari. The eight-day off-roading holiday in one of the world’s best rock-crawling locales has evolved over the years into an opportunity for Jeep to connect with its fans.  At the same time, for several years a cabal of engineers within the company have come together to develop a slew of concept vehicles that debut at the event. On occasion these teasers give potential customers a taste of what the company is cooking up for future product unveils, or at least i ..read more
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The sleek, shiny transport van NASA never built
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by Lewin Day / The Drive
8M ago
This article was originally featured on The Drive. NASA has been shopping around for a new Crew Transport Vehicle lately. The space agency recently granted a contract to EV startup Canoo to build a vehicle for ferrying astronauts to the launchpad for Artemis missions. However, that’s not to say the other designs proposed to NASA weren’t any good; the effort from Oxcart Assembly is particularly eye-catching. Oxcart Assembly brands itself as a “decentralized, multi-disciplinary cooperative” that has primarily worked on audiovisual projects thus far, including produ ..read more
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Hertz wants to accelerate its efforts to rent electric vehicles
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by Harry Guinness
8M ago
Hertz and Polestar announced an EV deal on Monday. Polestar Global rental company Hertz announced on April 4 that it will purchase as many as 65,000 electric vehicles from Swedish manufacturer Polestar over the next five years. This follows Hertz’s announcement last year that it was ordering 100,000 Teslas for delivery in 2022 in a push to electrify its fleet. While the Tesla announcement was initially lauded and it pushed Tesla’s market cap to over $1 trillion for the first time, the situation got complicated when Tesla CEO and now new Twitter board member Elon Musk weighed in, declaring o ..read more
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Inside the lab that’s 3D-printing sleek car concepts for McLaren, Rolls-Royce, and more
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by Dan Carney
9M ago
The Nio EP9. Vital Auto When large automobile companies need to build a physical example of their designers’ latest flights of computer-rendered fancy, they call British fabrication specialist shop Vital Auto. Vital creates concept cars for a roster of clients that includes Rolls-Royce, McLaren, Jaguar, Lotus, Volvo, Nissan, Tata, and Geely.  The outfit uses two different methods to render these concepts into the physical world. The first is what is known as subtractive manufacturing. This is when a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine does the carving, following a software model o ..read more
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How electric vehicles could help power California homes
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by Colleen Hagerty
9M ago
GM and PG&E are working on bidirectional EV charging hardware that can be used to power homes. GM General Motors (GM) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are exploring whether electric vehicles can be used to power homes in California. The hope, according to press releases the automotive corporation and the utility company shared on Tuesday, is that the vehicle can serve as “on-demand power sources” in the future, offering a way for homeowners to stay connected when PG&E’s electric supply is unavailable, like during preventative shutoffs, power failures, or other grid-re ..read more
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