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Time to pull the plug on EV subsidies

by Keith Crain is Editor-in-Chief of Automotive News.

Editor’s note: The original version of this column, which also appeared on Page 12 of the April 24 issue, should have said the tax credit for electric vehicles was added during the George W. Bush administration.

For the first 200,000 electric-drive vehicles sold by an automaker, the federal government gives consumers a $7,500 tax credit. California and several other states add a few thousand more in incentives to sweeten the pot.

But the federal government should not be picking winners and losers in the marketplace. If the federal corporate average fuel economy target stays at 54.5 mpg by the 2025 model year there is already enough incentive for car companies to develop and market electric vehicles. Any automaker selling vehicles with gasoline engines will need EVs in the mix to reach that target.

The George W. Bush administration wanted to encourage the purchase of EVs so it added the tax credit. But with the federal deficit looming high and just about everyone joining the EV marketing blitz, it is time to remove the monetary incentive for buying an electric car. We sure don’t need to add to the deficit with another unnecessary subsidy.

For those interested in buying an EV there are plenty of reasons to do so — without the tax credit. Tesla brags that it will sell hundreds of thousands of its newest model, the Model 3. Indeed, it has already taken hundreds of thousands of deposits.

It is time for EVs to enter the mainstream of the automobile industry and for carmakers to find out just how they will do in the marketplace without a life jacket.

Consumers have plenty of EVs to choose from — in a variety of sizes and body styles and at prices that range from inexpensive to very expensive. And hydrogen-powered EVs are also being added to the menu.

For many consumers, EVs make a lot of sense. But only time will tell if enough Americans want them.

We should find out if the marketplace will sustain EVs without artificial incentives.

It is time to pull the plug on EV subsidies.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R Sets New Front-Wheel Drive Lap Record At Nurburgring

  • Time-attack attempt at Nürburgring sets time of 7min 43.8sec
  • All-new Civic Type R’s engine produces 320 PS and 400Nm of torque
  • Advanced aerodynamics deliver best-in-class balance between lift and drag
  • New Civic Type R to be built in Swindon, UK; European sales start in summer 2017
  • Lap time achieved in development car with technical specifications representative of the final production car

Following the production model’s debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the all-new Honda Civic Type R has set a new benchmark lap time for front-wheel drive cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. On 3 April 2017, a development car lapped the world-famous circuit in 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.

The lap time was achieved during the final phase of the model’s testing regime, on a dry track with an optimum ambient temperature for the best tyre and powertrain performance. The new time represents an improvement of nearly seven seconds compared to the model’s predecessor.

The new Civic Type R was part of the all-new tenth-generation Civic’s development programme – the largest in Honda’s history – and was engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment, both on road and on the race track.

Several factors contributed to the new Civic Type R’s new benchmark time at the Nordschleife. At its heart is the optimised and refined 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, producing 320 PS and 400Nm of torque. New lower gear ratios in the six-speed manual transmission further improve the car’s acceleration, while the new Type R‘s comprehensive aerodynamic package delivers outstanding high-speed stability, with a best-in-class balance between lift and drag.

The high-rigidity body frame of the all-new Civic Type R is 16kg lighter than the previous model’s, with a torsional stiffness improvement of 38%, which provides significant benefits to steering response and cornering stability. New multi-link rear suspension enhances stability under braking and reduces the total roll movement of the car, enabling later braking into corners and helping to achieve higher cornering speeds during the lap.

Ryuichi Kijima is the lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R. He explains where the all-new model shows the most significant improvements around the Nürburgring compared to the previous generation car.

“The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimised aerodynamics that improves stability, ” said Kijima-san. “For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150 km/h. Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h higher due to the new Type R’s excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new Type R to achieve a much quicker lap time.”

The development car that achieved the lap time was technically representative of production specification. A full floating roll cage was installed for safety reasons, but its presence did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame. The extra weight of the cage was compensated for by the temporary removal of the infotainment system and rear seats. The car was using road legal track-focused tyres.

Production of the new Civic Type R for European customer will begin in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon – the global manufacturing hub for the tenth generation Civic hatchback. The Type R will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.

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Election Day Hours. May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 is election day in The Bahamas.

Every citizen should have the ability to cast a vote for the party of their choice so we’re closing at 1:00 pm.

Department hours are as follows:

Department Open Close
Sales/Leasing 8:30 AM 1:00 PM
Service 7:00 AM 1:00 PM
Parts 8:30 AM 1:00 PM
Administration 9:00 AM 1:00 PM

The first-ever Corvette debuted in 1953

“Since then many generations of GM teams have helped shape the past and present of the iconic car. Pictured here in the very first production model Corvette is Tony Kleiber, the body assembler who drove it off the line.”

Source, General Motors at Linked in…

McLaren-Honda-Andretti Indy 500 car revealed

First look at the 2017 challenger

Fernando will be taking to the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28, racing in the 101st Indy 500.

Watch the unveiling of our 2017 challenger, the #29 McLaren-Honda-Andretti.

Follow TEAMStream, the McLaren App and McLaren’s official Indy 500-focused Twitter feed @McLarenIndy for all of the build-up and live insights from the team.


Honda: Safety By Design

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