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Bollinger Motors Files Patents for Electric Class 3 Vehicles

DETROIT, Jan. 8, 2020 -- Bollinger Motors has filed for patent protection for its all electric, all-wheel drive, Class 3 vehicles. The scope of the patent includes the entire vehicle, and gives particular emphasis on the specific arrangement of major components and subsystems.

"Our team has created a vehicle that's engineered and packaged unlike anything ever built," says CEO Robert Bollinger. "Filing this patent will help protect that hard work, and help showcase the outstanding engineering capabilities of our company."

The innovative vehicle design, and resulting capabilities and features are highly differentiated from any other volume production vehicle. As just one example, the unique way large components – including motors, inverters, gearboxes, and chargers – are arranged centrally and symmetrically results in a desirable effect on the vehicles' center of gravity.

The patent highlights the vehicle-controls strategy and innovative software solutions used to achieve performance targets including adjustable ride height, variable payload responses, virtual front and rear differential, and various modes of operations, including outboard power usage.

The technical content contained in the application provides substantial competitive advantage and adds to a growing portfolio of intellectual property for Bollinger Motors.

National Gas Price Average Holds Steady Amid Tensions with Iran

The national gas price average held steady on the week at $2.58, but that could change depending on the movement of crude oil prices due to geopolitical concerns. Following airstrikes in Baghdad last Friday, which killed Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani, crude oil prices increased, causing market speculation about what could happen to gas prices in the near-term.

“It’s typical to see crude oil prices push more expensive amid current events,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “What this increase means in terms of retail prices is yet be seen. It depends on how expensive crude oil prices go and the duration at which it sells at a higher price point.”

Today’s national average is $2.58, which is the same price as last Monday and last month, but 34-cents more expensive than the beginning of 2019.

Quick Stats

The nation’s top largest weekly changes are: Ohio (-13 cents), Michigan (-8 cents), Indiana (-8 cents), Florida (+7 cents), Tennessee (+7 cents), Alabama (+5 cents)Louisiana (+4 cents), South Carolina (+4 cents), Georgia (+4 cents) and Mississippi (+4 cents).

The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets are: Missouri ($2.20), Oklahoma ($2.26), Kansas ($2.27), Texas ($2.28), Mississippi ($2.29), Arkansas ($2.29), Louisiana ($2.32), Alabama ($2.36), South Carolina ($2.36) and Iowa ($2.37).


West Coast

Pump prices in the region continue to drop into the New Year. On the week, Nevada (-3 cents) and Alaska (-3 cents) saw the largest decreases in the region. Hawaii ($3.65) and California ($3.54) remain the most expensive markets in the country. Washington ($3.15), Nevada ($3.01), Oregon ($3.01), Alaska ($2.96) and Arizona ($2.83) follow.

Increased gasoline stocks continue to help put downward pressure on pump prices, even as demand remains robust. According to EIA’s report for the week ending on Dec. 27, total gas stocks in the region are mostly holding steady at 21.56 million bbl. The current supply level is 3.3 million bbl higher than last year’s level at this time, which will likely continue to help prices in the region decline throughout the week.

Long-Term Use of Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies Can Result in Disengaged Drivers

As drivers develop more experience and comfort using advanced driver assistance systems, they are also more likely to drive distracted while using the systems

WASHINGTON (Dec 17, 2019) – Drivers with experience using advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, were nearly twice as likely to engage in distracted driving while using the systems compared to when they were driving without the systems, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Alternatively, drivers with less experience and familiarity using the technology were less likely to drive while distracted with systems activated compared to when systems were not in use. AAA wants drivers to remember that while new driver assistance technologies offer important benefits, drivers must remain active and engaged when behind the wheel to maximize safety.

“This new research suggests that as drivers gain more experience using ADAS technology, they could develop complacency while behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Over-reliance on these systems can put drivers and others in dangerous conditions during critical moments.”

Researchers at the AAA Foundation collaborated with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to analyze video of on-road behaviors for two groups of drivers using advanced driver assistance technology. Individuals in one group owned a vehicle equipped with ADAS and had more experience using the systems while drivers in the other group were given a vehicle equipped with ADAS to use during the 4-week study period and had less experience with the technology.

The research found that drivers who owned their vehicles – and therefore had more familiarity with ADAS technology — were more likely to drive distracted when these systems were active than when they were not. For example, some observed distracted driving behaviors included texting or adjusting the radio. Meanwhile, drivers with less experience using the technologies were more likely to remain attentive and engaged while the systems were engaged.

Car Care Council Urges Commuters to Maintain a Healthy Work-Drive Balance

Commutes to work are longer than ever, according to the most recent U.S. Census, with the average commute time up 20 percent since the Census began tracking this data in 1980. The more time we spend in our cars, the more important it becomes to make sure our vehicles are comfortable and safe places to be, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council has a number of tips for commuters to help ensure their trips to and from work are as enjoyable and worry-free as possible.

Change your cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air entering the passenger compartment. A functioning cabin air filter will help keep dirt, pollen, dust and exhaust fumes from entering your vehicle’s interior. Changing the cabin air filter at recommended intervals will allow you and your passengers to breathe clean air free from allergens and pollutants while commuting to and from work.

AAA Urges Drivers to Safely Secure Christmas Trees

A new survey from AAA found that this holiday season, an estimated 84 million (33%) Americans plan to purchase a real Christmas tree and will be faced with the task of getting it home safely. Just like moving furniture, appliances or other large objects, transporting a tree is no different. If not properly secured, a tree can cause vehicle damage such as scratched paint, torn door seals or distorted window frames. Even worse, it could fly off or out of the vehicle and become a danger to other drivers.

AAA’s survey revealed that 44% of Americans who plan to purchase a real Christmas tree will transport the tree using unsafe methods. This includes 20% who will tie the tree to the roof of their vehicle without using a roof rack and 24% who plan to place the tree in the bed of their pickup truck unsecured.

Among those planning to purchase a live Christmas tree this year, 16% have previously experienced a Christmas tree falling off or out of their vehicle during transport. Previous research from AAA found that road debris caused more than 200,000 crashes during a four-year period, resulting in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths.

 

Transporting a real Christmas tree home is easy as long as you have the right tools and follow AAA’s simple tips:

Fun and Affordable 2020 Honda Fit Arrives in Showrooms

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 13, 2019 -- The 2020 Honda Fit arrives in showrooms Dec. 16 as the clear benchmark in the subcompact car category, with unparalleled versatility, premium feature content, fun-to-drive performance, and an available 6-speed manual transmission. Honda Sensing®, standard on EX and EX-L trims, makes Fit one of the most affordable new cars to offer such a comprehensive package of safety and driver-assistive features. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 for the 2020 Fit LX with a manual transmission starts at of $16,190, while Fit EX with standard Honda Sensing® starts at $19,060.

The 2020 Honda Fit arrives in showrooms Dec. 16 as the clear benchmark in the subcompact car category, with unparalleled versatility, premium feature content, fun-to-drive performance, and an available 6-speed manual transmission. Honda Sensing®, standard on EX and EX-L trims, makes Fit one of the most affordable new cars to offer such a comprehensive package of safety and driver-assistive features. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2020 Fit LX starts at $16,190.

The 2020 Honda Fit arrives in showrooms Dec. 16 as the clear benchmark in the subcompact car category, with unparalleled versatility, premium feature content, fun-to-drive performance, and an available 6-speed manual transmission. Honda Sensing®, standard on EX and EX-L trims, makes Fit one of the most affordable new cars to offer such a comprehensive package of safety and driver-assistive features. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2020 Fit LX starts at $16,190.

For 2020, the Fit lineup starts with the affordable but fun Fit LX and the more aggressively styled Fit Sport, both available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Fit EX comes standard with Honda Sensing® and an automatic transmission, while Fit EX-L adds leather upholstery and more. For the 2020 model year, Honda Sensing® is no longer available on LX and Sport trims.

All Fit trims are powered by a 1.5-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder i-VTEC™ engine producing peak output of up to 130 horsepower (SAE net) and 114 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net). In LX and Sport trims a slick-shifting 6-speed manual is standard, with a continuously variable transmission (CVT[2]) available; the CVT is standard on EX and EX-L trims. The 2020 Fit carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 29/36/31 mpg (city/highway/combined)[3] for the manual transmission LX, and 33/40/36 mpg for the CVT-equipped LX.

2020 Fit Pricing & EPA Ratings

The Honda Fit continues to blend fun-to-drive performance with outstanding fuel efficiency and comfort in a high-quality, affordable package. Clever packaging, such as the fuel tank mounted underneath the front-row seats, gives the 2020 Fit unequaled cargo capacity, boasting a class-leading 52.7 cubic-feet of space with the rear seats folded down. Standard features on all Fit models include rearview camera, liftgate spoiler, auto on-off headlights, LED taillights, Bluetooth®, and a multi-function center console. Fit's vibrant palette of exterior color consists of seven choices: Orange Fury, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red, Aegean Blue Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl.

For the latest in-vehicle connectivity experience, Sport models and up include Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration through a high-resolution, 7-inch touchscreen. The available Honda Sensing® suite of technologies includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and auto high-beam headlamps.

Honda Fits for the U.S. market are manufactured in North America, at Honda's Celaya, Mexico plant.


About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.


 

Neuron EV Releases Stunning T-ONE Image Gallery with Q&A

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 22, 2019 - Neuron EV answers questions about the history, vision, brand essence, outlook, and role of the innovative automotive company in expanding the EV landscape.

Q: What exactly is Neuron EV?

A: Neuron EV is a global company founded in California, driven to expand sustainability through practical and desirable electric utility vehicles.

Q: Why do we need Neuron EV?

A: We've come to a point when environmentally friendly is not just a feature anymore. It has become a requirement. Governments worldwide are set to be carbon neutral. People need quality electric vehicles that offer more value. Neuron understands the problems and has a unique approach to solve them quickly and effectively.

Q: What makes Neuron EV special?

A: Our values and our products. Neuron is about creating solutions for a better future. There is no compromise to our values or the quality of our products.

Q: Why is Neuron's vehicle named T-ONE?

A: The letter T signifies that it's built on a truck platform. The word ONE was used in combination because it's built as an all-in-one multipurpose vehicle. The platform can take on various truck bodies as well as a van. It's more than a simple pickup truck, it's an Electric Utility Vehicle that offers value through modular technology.

AAA, Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and The National Safety Council Unite to Adopt Common Naming for Advanced Driver Assistance Technology

November 20, 2019 – As leaders in consumer advocacy, traffic safety and industry advice, four organizations – AAA, Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and the National Safety Council – have come together to adopt standardized naming for advanced driver assistance technology in an effort to reduce confusion. To help educate consumers on the benefits, limitations and proper use of these technologies, the four organizations are calling on all safety organizations, automakers and journalists covering the automotive industry to join them in adopting these terms.

Automotive technology continues to evolve quickly with 93% of new vehicles offering at least one advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) feature. Earlier this year, AAA research found that consumers are faced with as many as 20 names for a single ADAS feature, varying by vehicle manufacturer. This can cause confusion. And while the technology has the potential to improve safety and save lives, the terminology often seems to prioritize marketing over clarity.

As a result, the four organizations have agreed on standardized naming that is simple, specific and based on system functionality. It is believed that, by adopting common terminology across systems, consumers will have a better understanding that this technology is intended to assist and not replace an engaged driver. These terms are not meant to replace automotive manufacturers’ proprietary system or package names; rather, they are meant to achieve clearer and consistent information on window stickers, owner’s manuals and other marketing materials on generic system components.

Half Of American Car Buyers Are More Likely to Research What To Watch On TV Than Their Payment Options

LendingClub survey finds blissful ignorance towards auto financing costs Americans billions in potential savings

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 18, 2019 -- LendingClub (NYSE: LC), America's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, today released findings from its survey on consumer awareness of auto loan financing. The study, conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of LendingClub, found that auto financing is among the lowest of priorities for buyers.

The key takeaway: Many car buyers are not researching how to finance their vehicle and this misguided strategy is costing them far more in the long run – approximately $37B in potential savings, to be exact.1

The LendingClub study also illustrates the knowledge gap among buyers when it comes to basic auto finance:

• One-third (33%) of recent auto loan borrowers don't know their APR

• A sizable portion of intenders (40%) aren't sure what APR to expect

• Almost half of all buyers (48%) say they're more likely to research what to watch next on TV/streaming than inquire about payment options for a new vehicle

• Almost half of all borrowers (43%) also said they know more about shopping with smart home devices than they do about refinancing auto loans

• Many buyers (44%) incorrectly believe that in order to refinance, you have to wait at least one year after you take out the initial car loan

"When you consider the fact that auto loan debt is the third-largest type of household debt (behind mortgages and student loans), it's alarming how little attention is given to auto loans when people purchase vehicles," said Todd Denbo, Senior VP & General Manager, Auto at LendingClub. "Nearly half of car buyers rely on financing. It's clear that we need to provide more accessible education and resources on auto refinancing to make it a less daunting part of the car-buying process."


Good Intentions Are Not Always Good
The study found that intenders (those somewhat likely to purchase, finance, or lease a vehicle in the next 12 months) have the right intentions at the outset, with a majority (81%) saying they will do some kind of research into financing; however, in reality, a much smaller number of recent buyers (59%) actually did any kind of research about financing. Many also have an apathetic view on the actual monetary impact loans will have, leading them to believe the time spent researching their options isn't justified. In fact, only 35% of buyers (those that have either purchased, financed, or leased a vehicle in the past 12 months), spend time looking for the best financing options versus the best price on their vehicle."

More Than 55 Million Travelers Taking to the Roads and Skies this Thanksgiving

The most since 2005; INRIX predicts record delays on Wednesday

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2019) – More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared with last year, a 2.9% increase. The vast majority of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations and, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects Wednesday afternoon to be the worst travel period nationally, with trips taking as much at four times longer than normal in major metros.

“Millions of thankful Americans are starting the holiday season off right with a Thanksgiving getaway,” said Paula Twidale, vice president, AAA Travel. “Strong economic fundamentals are motivating Americans to venture out this holiday in near-record numbers. Consumer spending remains strong, thanks to increasing wages, disposable income and household wealth, and travel remains one of their top priorities for the holiday season.”

By the numbers: 2019 Thanksgiving travel forecast

Automobiles: 49.3 million travelers will hit the road this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 and 2.8% more than last year.

Planes: With 4.6% growth, air travel will see the biggest increase in travel volume during the Thanksgiving holiday, with 4.45 million Americans expected to fly.

Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel by other modes will reach 1.49 million, a slight increase of 1.4% from 2018.

Nothing worse than Wednesday: Times NOT to be on the road

For the 49.3 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts major delays throughout the week, peaking Wednesday with trips taking as much four times longer as commuters mix with travelers.

“With record levels of travelers, and persistent population growth in the country’s major metropolitan areas, drivers must prepare for major delays,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX. “Although travel times will peak on Wednesday afternoon nationally, travelers should expect much heavier than normal congestion throughout the week.”

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