Uber announced this week it will companion with Walgreens to permit customers to e-book a COVID-19 vaccine and a journey to the appointment on the identical time. It additionally introduced that customers can now e-book rental vehicles via the app, because of new partnerships with Avis and Hertz. And there is yet one more gimmick they need to have tried a very long time in the past: riders can now order and acquire meals supply orders whereas they’re on a ride-hail journey. Simply keep in mind to tip your driver additional should you make them wait within the Taco Bell drive-thru line.
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It was a gradual week for reveals after the flurry of exercise associated to final week’s Shanghai Auto Present, however we caught a glimpse of the C8 Corvette Z06 and Zr1 in a video posted to a Corvette-themed YouTube channel. The vehicles have been closely camouflaged, however there is not any hiding the sound of a flat-plane crank V-8.
Volkswagen introduced a GTX Performance trim for its ID.4 electric crossover. The brand new variant could have all-wheel drive and 295 horsepower in comparison with the bottom mannequin’s rear-wheel drive and 201 horses. The trim identify is meant as a nod to our beloved GTI, however we’ll need to drive one earlier than we resolve if the souped-up ID.4 is worthy of that affiliation.
Mercedes will bring its 503-hp GLC63 S SUV to america after beforehand limiting U.S. prospects to the sleeker-looking however much less helpful GLC63 S Coupe. That energy comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine, and if the coupe is any indicator, it needs to be blazing quick.
Hyundai has introduced the main points of its Kona N crossover. The Kona would be the second member of the N household within the U.S. (the primary was the Veloster N, which we love). It can hit dealerships this fall with 286 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
Ford will get the batteries for its Mustang Mach-E EV from LG Chem, which also supplies batteries for the Chevrolet Bolt and different EVs. However the very best provider isn’t any provider in any respect, which is why Ford has introduced a new battery production R&D project in southeastern Michigan. The endeavor, referred to as Ion Park, began as a pilot final yr. Ford has already spent $100 million on the challenge, which it hopes will uncover cheaper, faster methods to construct electrical automobile battery cells at scale. If the challenge bears fruit it may very well be properly well worth the funding. Ford is because of launch an electrical F-150, which we now know can be called the Lightning, in the course of subsequent yr.
Porsche additionally will get its EV batteries from LG Chem and can be investigating the potential for constructing its personal. Porsche says it is going to build a battery factory in Tübingen, Germany. Volkswagen, Porsche’s mother or father firm, has separate plans to construct half a dozen battery factories all through Europe, however the Tübingen manufacturing unit will concentrate on what Porsche CEO Oliver Blume known as “high-performance” battery cells.
Normal Motors has already invested scads of money in its proprietary battery challenge, referred to as Ultium, however could also be wishing it had independence of a special form after its employees’ union, the UAW, raised objections to a GM plan to spend $1 billion on a brand new EV manufacturing unit in Mexico. The plant would manufacture batteries and different parts for EVs to be bought in america and world wide. However the UAW says that since GM is courting authorities subsidies and funding for its EVs, the corporate ought to construct its vehicles (and rent its workers) in america. GM did not define its facet of the argument, however presumably it may be summed up thusly: $.
Provide Chain Disasters, Continued
The semiconductor scarcity continues to upend the automotive world. Ford says the scarcity might end in a 50 percent minimize to manufacturing within the second quarter, and Volkswagen has not too long ago announced new plant shutdowns. However that is outdated information. The brand new factor to fret about is an impending summer fuel shortage, introduced on by a scarcity of drivers certified to drive the gasoline tankers. The important thing takeaway from the story is that the gasoline shortages are more likely to be minor and remoted so long as individuals do not panic and begin to hoard gasoline. So do not do this.
And should you’ve spent fourteen months daydreaming a few trip to Hawaii, be warned that that fantasy might have to incorporate some inventive transportation options. Because the vaccinated and the incautious head out on trip there was a run on rental vehicles in Hawaii that has pushed charges for rental vehicles above $200 per day. One rental firm was even promoting a Toyota Camry at $700 per day final month. Within the face of these costs, some vacationers are selecting to rent wheels from U-Haul, so it is in all probability solely a matter of time earlier than these costs skyrocket, too. We advise turning to Craigslist as a substitute, the place industrious locals are listing their personal cars for hire at extra affordable costs.
The New York Times has a pleasant look into the lives of long-haul truckers who take their pets on the street.
Or learn concerning the Vietnamese electrical automotive firm that is hoping to make a splash in the U.S. and European markets.
And do not suppose we have forgotten about everybody’s favourite capsized cargo ship. Right here’s an update on the Golden Ray, nonetheless caught off the Georgia coast and nonetheless filled with doomed (and dangling) vehicles.
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