Summary of Nutson’s Weekly Automotive News September 4-10, 2022



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AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – Sep 11, 2022; Every Sunday, Larry Nutson, The Chicago Car Guy and Auto Channel Executive Producer, with the able assistance of Editor-in-Chief Thom Cannell of the Auto Channel Michigan office, compiles Auto Channel’s “take” on current affairs. automotive from the past week, condensed into easy-to-digest news Nuggets.

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Nutson’s Automotive Weekly Automotive News Summary – Week Ending September 10, 2022 Below are the major, relevant, semi-secret or vivid automotive news, opinions and insider stories from the past week, packaged as easy-to-understand nuggets of automotive news designed by experts.

* Drivers paid nearly $90 more per month to own and operate their vehicles in 2022 than in 2021, according to the latest AAA research. In 2021, the average annual cost to own and operate a vehicle was $9,666, or $805.50 per month. The rising cost of things like fuel and maintenance has pushed that figure to $10,728, or $894 per month, in 2022. According to AAA research, owners of small sedans and electric vehicles are spending the least to run their cars.

Electrify America has unveiled a redesign of its charging stations designed to make them more consumer-friendly. Changes include labels that clearly indicate charge levels, a new “balanced charge” system that delivers the maximum possible charge to each vehicle, and clearer payment options. The updates were made following surveys of electric vehicle drivers and are designed to create a more familiar “gas station” type experience, the company said. Electrify America will keep the CHAdeMo for low-level charging (up to 50 kW), but will use new labels on top: Ultra-Fast (up to 150 kW and Hyper-Fast (up to 350 kW), a much like mid-range and premium gas. It also displays one, two, or three lightning bolts for charge levels, plug type, and CHAdeMO or CCS labeling at the top.

* US DoE Factoid of the Week: Sales of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) increased 76% from 2020 to 2021. HEVs are gasoline powered and cannot be plugged in, but have better fuel economy than conventional gasoline vehicles due to their electric operation. drive systems. HEV batteries store energy from regenerative braking, provide electrical power to the wheels, and support vehicle electrical systems for short periods when the engine is off. The first full year of HEV sales in the United States was in 2000. Since then, there have been two distinct periods of growth before the 76% sales surge from 2020 to 2021. The 2020 to 2021 surge is perhaps be linked to rising gasoline prices. However, the price of gasoline is only one of many factors that affect vehicle sales.

* Consumer Reports writes about “How Temperature Affects Electric Vehicle Range.” CR has tested popular electric vehicles from Ford, Hyundai, Tesla and Volkswagen in cold, mild and hot weather. Learn more here

* The Jeep brand has announced a comprehensive plan for its next generation of all-electric 4xe vehicles as part of a sustainable transformation to become the world’s first electrified SUV brand. The brand will launch four zero-emission vehicles in North America and Europe by 2025. Electrified models will be offered across the US portfolio, including Wagoneer 4xe vehicles. 50% of sales in the United States and 100% of sales in Europe will be battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030. Jeep showed the first images of two fully electric SUVs – the all-new Jeep Recon and an all-new Wagoneer, codenamed Wagoneer S. Jeep Avenger, the first-ever all-electric Jeep SUV for Europe, will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show on October 17.

* AP reports that seventeen states whose vehicle emission standards are tied to rules set in California are facing big decisions about whether to follow that state’s toughest new rules that require all new cars, vans, and SUVs will be electric or hydrogen-powered by 2035. Under the Clean Air Act, states must meet federal standard vehicle emissions standards unless they at least partially choose to follow more stringent California requirements. Among them, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Vermont are expected to adopt California’s ban on new gas-powered vehicles. Colorado and Pennsylvania are among the states that probably won’t.

* The EPA fined two suppliers $10 million for emissions-killing devices. Diesel Ops LLC and Orion Diesel LLC have been the subject of a nationwide crackdown by the US Environmental Protection Agency against companies violating the Clean Air Act.

* A NASCAR executive says ‘it is unacceptable for cars to catch fire’ and series officials are continuing to review the matter after Kevin Harvick’s car became the latest to catch fire over the weekend last in the Southern 500. Harvick criticized NASCAR and the Next Gen car after leaving his vehicle on fire. Asked by NBC Sports’ Marty Snider about the cause of the fire, Harvick said, “I’m sure it’s just crap parts on the race car, like we’ve seen so many times. They didn’t fix anything. It’s kind of like the security stuff. We just let it go on and on.

* Paul Duchene, an automotive journalist for 40 years, died of injuries sustained in a fall at his home. He owned around 250 cars and rode an Isetta three-wheeler daily as a journalist in London in the 1960s. He raced motorcycles and raced the 1,000-mile Italian Moto-Giro on a 1957 Ducati and he raced the Alcan 5,000 Mile Winter Rally six times. He has written for the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Car and Driver, Autoweek and Roundel, and has served as automotive editor at The Oregonian and Portland Tribune, and managing editor at Sports Car Market Magazine.

* Famous 1960s drag racer Judy Lilly-Gunson, known as “Miss Mighty MOPAR”, died on August 9, 2022 at Platte Valley Hospital in Brighton, CO at the age of 80 . A prominent figure in the pioneering era of drag racing, Judy married Dennis Maurer and Chrysler became her godfather. She was so good and fast in the driver’s seat that she won five National Hotrod Association championships, five division championships, and was named Car Craft Magazine’s Driver of the Year three times. Judy became known to a generation as “Miss Mighty Mopar”. She raced for 23 years and was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1998 and became the first female inductee into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005.

* From Autoweek we read that the proposed partnership between Porsche Motorsport and Red Bull Racing in Formula 1 from 2026 has collapsed. The proposed deal between Red Bull and Porsche would have seen Porsche supply power units to Red Bull Racing from 2026. Porsche wanted an equal stake in the company that runs the racing team. Porsche reportedly wanted the team to be renamed Red Bull-Porsche, rather than just joining as a power unit supplier.

* Queen Elizabeth II, who died this week, had served her country well during a reign of almost 70 years. The 96-year-old monarch has remained an unwavering and stable force in British life throughout her career in public service. After struggling with her royal parents for more than a year, the future Queen signed up for the Auxiliary Territorial Service in February 1945 as a truck mechanic. She stayed until after VJ Day and continued to drive her entire life, even teaching her children and grandchildren to drive. A life well lived, rest in peace Your Majesty.

Be careful. Be well.

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