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Honda Announces Timeline for Full EV fleet

Honda Announces Timeline for Full EV fleet

Automotive giant, Honda, has announced its timeline to reach a fully electric fleet of vehicles. Reuters recently reported the Honda CEO, Toshihiro Mibe, saying that the company aims to increase its ratio of EVs and fuel cell vehicles to 100% of ALL sales by 2040. They also project that EV and FCV sales to account for 40% of sales by the year 2030 and 80% of sales by 2035 in their major markets (including North America and China). During a press conference, when asked why the company chose to release this news, Mibe said, "I believe it is the responsibility of an automaker to achieve our carbon-free goal on a 'tank-to-wheel' basis."  Such research and development initiatives will account for a total of 46.3 billion dollars. The plan is to commit to such research and development over the next ... read more

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US to slash automotive emissions this decade

US to slash automotive emissions this decade

Recent news and analysis out of Washington, states that The US needs to set a target of slashing its greenhouse gas emissions between 57% and 63% below 2005 levels by 2030 if we hope to achieve the Biden administration's longer-term goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.     The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analyzed President Joe Biden's plans to decarbonize the electricity sector, commercial buildings, and new vehicle fleet and found that in order for the United States to do its part to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement in limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius — it needs to cut at least 57% of its emissions by the end of the decade.   European Union officials and environmental groups are calling on Washington to reduce emissions at least 50% this decade below 2005 levels. This is no small order, but by most accounts,  President Biden's climate team is working with all US government agencies and holding meetings wi ... read more

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Automotive News

Hyundai Replacing battery System in EVs

Hyundai has announced that they will be replacing battery systems in over 80,000 electric vehicles due to fire risks. This move will cost the automaker an estimated 900 million dollars and is the start of a growing issue between automakers and battery makers in the world of electric vehicles regarding who should foot the bill when trouble arises.    The recent recall focuses mostly on the Kona EV which is Hyundai's biggest-selling electric car with 76,000 models built between 2018 and 2020. There have been 15 reported cases of fires involving the Kona EV - 11 of which occurred in South Korea, 2 in Canada, 1 in Austria, and 1 in Finland. To learn more visit: https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/hyundai-will-replace-battery-systems-900m-global-ev-recall

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How to save 66% on annual cost of Vehicle ownership

How to save 66% on annual cost of Vehicle ownership

                     How to save 66% on the annual cost of ownership of your vehicle! You can lower your annual vehicle cost of ownership by 66% without filling your own tires or changing your own oil. By following the method outlined in the  University of Michigan's report titled Report No. CSS04-01 which can be found at  http://css.umich.edu/sites/default/files/css_doc/CSS04-01.pdf   Warning! this report is 94 really dry and boring pages. The good stuff is on pgs. 21 & 22 and 32 & 33 Executive summary: In the Uof M's study example a 2000 model year, generic sedan cost $20,000 to buy and cost $5,300 per year for depreciation, taxes and fees  If we jump forward to 2020, an average-priced 2020 model vehicle costs $38,000, plus, in Cook county, $3,800 sales  plus dealer fees etc. Using the dep ... read more

Don't let Covid 19 kill your hybrid battery

Don't let Covid 19 kill your hybrid battery

Hybrid batteries require periodic exercise to prevent battery deterioration. While Hybrid owners are locked down, so are their vehicles. To avoid a premature hybrid battery death please follow the attached Toyota link for more details. This procedure applies to all Hybrid vehicle makes and models that have nickel-metal-hydride style batteries. If you are unsure what style battery you have, please call us and we can tell you. 847-724-6724 Danae or Emilhttps://blog.toyota.co.uk/coronavirus-toyota-hybrid-car-maintenance    

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Hybrids

Top 10 Things New Drivers Need To Know

Top 10 Things New Drivers Need To Know

Driving for the first time can be scary, you aren’t sure what to expect, but you are full of excitement. Before you put the pedal to the metal and take off, you should read these top 10 things that all new drivers need to know. 1. There are no take-backs in driving. You need to pay attention to all of your surroundings because if you hit something you can’t take back that action with an apology. There are consequences that you have to own up to and face, not to mention it can be very pricey. 2. Speeding is overrated. You might think it’s cool, and you want to impress someone with your led foot, but it’s very dangerous. It’s not only hazardous to yourself but the other drivers on the road. Take your time, don’t speed, and enjoy the view you have while driving. 3. What to do when you get pulled over. You might be freaking out the first time you get pulled over or worry that the police are going to call your parents. They don’t call your par ... read more

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Safety

How Much Do We Love Our Cars? Let Us Count the Ways

How Much Do We Love Our Cars? Let Us Count the Ways

It’s a cliche to say that we Americans love our cars. But just because something is a cliche doesn’t mean it isn’t 100 percent true. We do love our cars! Why, though? Well, cars mean freedom for a lot of us. What’s better than grabbing your keys and jumping behind the wheel to take off on the spur of the moment--on a road trip to a famous location, to visit an old friend, or just to pick up some late-night munchies? To a lot of Americans, our cars reflect our personalities. And why not? Most of us spend an awful lot of time behind the wheel. Why not take the time to figure out exactly what kind of vehicle both meets our needs and tells the world, “Hey, world, here I am!” What do different types of cars say about their owners? Pickup truck drivers tend to be hardworking and no-nonsense. People drive hybrids both to save money on gas and because they care about the environment. Drivers of sports cars like to feel powerful and attractive. Do you kno ... read more

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Car Ownership

Gifts for the Car Lovers on Your List.

Gifts for the Car Lovers on Your List.

Do you stress out when December rolls around, and you struggle to find the perfect gifts for the car lovers on your list? We feel your pain. You can only give someone so many dashboard bobbleheads and “funny” bumper stickers (My Other Car Is an [Insert Reference to Hobby of Choice] before your car enthusiast giftees will start giving you the stink eye (or, worse, asking for gift cards). But don’t despair! We’ve compiled a list of some unusual and cool gifts for your gearhead friends and family members. Car Seat Gap Filler Did you even know that this is a thing? It’s a thing! Car seat gap fillers fit in between the car seats and the center console to keep small items from falling into the gap and disappearing forever. If you’ve ever dropped your cell phone in between your seat and the center console of your car, you can probably appreciate the car seat gap filler. Maybe your car enthusiast will, too! No Blind Spot Rearview Mirror This mirror shows a ... read more

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Auto Repair

Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

It’s hard to believe it’s November already. Are you and your car both ready for the cold weather? It’s not just a matter of staying warm inside your car as you drive through the snow or navigate icy roads. You need to make sure that your car can handle the chilly and sometimes slippery or visibility-limited conditions. There are a few things you can do every Autumn to keep you and your family safe on the roads in Winter. Keep an emergency winter supply box in your car. Last month’s post enumerated everything that should be included in a well-stocked emergency car kit, so please refer to that post for the full list. Important winter-specific items should include an ice scraper and a small shovel; a carpet remnant, kitty litter, or sand for traction; blankets, gloves, and changes of warm clothes for you and your passengers; and some high-energy snacks like nuts, chocolate, and beef jerky. Other items that are important to have with you year-round include a flash ... read more

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Auto Repair

The Cars That Are Most Popular with Women--and Why

The Cars That Are Most Popular with Women--and Why

OK. Is there such a thing as most popular with women? In what some people (not us!) might term “the good old days,” cars were something that only men were supposed to know or care about. Automobile manufacturers advertised to men in commercials written by men. The assumption was that men bought the cars, men drove the cars, men by their very nature understood cars. (Women? Not so much.)   The process of shopping for and buying a car was so manly it practically screamed (well, bellowed in a very deep voice) “ladies, stay away! And while you’re at it, bake me a pie!”   If a woman even dared to venture alone into the testosterone-fueled atmosphere of a dealership showroom, she most certainly would be patronized by the plaid-suit-wearing, cigar-chewing salesman (always a man) and told “Here’s the perfect car for you, little lady--look, it even has a light-up vanity mirror so you can check your lipstick while your husband is driving you ar ... read more

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Car Ownership
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