Today an electric car faces multiple issues to settle in as a viable means of transport. To name a few, it takes ages to reach a full charge of its batteries. It then runs out of juice a lot sooner as compared to a full tank of flammable fuel.
Having said that, nearly everyone is convinced that electric cars are here to stay and will replace today’s gas-guzzlers in the near future. It is on this conviction that car manufacturers around the world are spending millions to constantly improve their offering in the EV (electric vehicle) segment.
Earlier in the week, Uber made waves when the company announced that it would be deploying self-driving cars to assist in its operations in Pittsburgh before the end of the month.
Thursday however, in Singapore, a relatively unknown startup named nuTonomy has pipped mighty Uber to the post with the launch of what could possibly be the world’s first self-driving taxi service.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have decided to cut off public comment on the federal fuel-efficiency regulations and denied a request by automakers to extend the comment period.
The decision sets up a showdown between federal regulators and automakers that argue the current regulations are too stringent given the prevailing drop in fuel prices and the shift in consumer demand towards larger, less fuel-efficient vehicles, such as trucks and sport utility vehicles.
Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Because of their speed and unpredictability, flash floods are the most dangerous kind — especially for motorists.
Flash floods occur when excessive water fills normally dry creeks or river beds along with currently flowing creeks and rivers, causing rapid rises of water in a short amount of time.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation.
The final phase two standards were called for by President Obama's Climate Action Plan, and respond to the President's directive in early 2014 to develop new standards that run into the next decade.