At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda announced that they’re bringing an all-new two-motor hybrid in 2018. These plans prove Honda’s overall electrification initiative as half of Honda’s all-new vehicle launches in the next two years will feature some sort of electric-drive technology. This initiative’s goal is to have two-thirds of all sales come from electrified vehicles by 2030, in hopes of cutting total C02 emissions in half by 2050.
Foreign and domestic car companies unveiled their new vehicles for 2017 & beyond at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) recently and did they ever have some lookers. Watch this brief video for a sneak peek at this lineup!
Jaguar recently revealed their electric concept SUV, the I-PACE, that may come to production as early as 2018. Jaguar’s I-PACE appears to be a sensible, small utility vehicle, with a five-door design and is eyeing up a 4 second-ish 0-60mph time, a 310+ mile range, and a 50kW DC charging mechanism charge it’s battery from 0 to 80 percent in just 90 minutes.
The I-PACE looks a little like the Tesla Model X, mainly due to a broad, rear-end designed for maximum boot space tapering to a slim and sleek rounded front-end. Designed for sport-loving drivers, the I-PACE has a low, road-hugging cockpit, and with tons of usable space for families.
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Two week ago, the White House announced a range of actions intended to stimulate and speed up the production of zero-emission electric vehicles in the U.S. This alternative fuel network plans to include 55 Interstate highways, with 48 of those designated as EV charging corridors. In total, the planned charging stations cover nearly 25,000 miles of road, with the appropriate signage along the corridors indicating where to charge up. EV owners can expect an existing or planned EV charging station within a 50-mile radius of one another.
The Federal Highway Administration has released a list of the locations of the corridors, which ones have been approved for the signage, and the type of fuels each will offer. Along with EVs, the program will accommodate vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, hydrogen, or other fuels.
Even if your new 2017 pickup truck has the fancy, high-cost headlights, you may not be seeing as much as you should.
In a recent test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that almost every new, 2017 pickup truck features headlights that deliver poor light coverage. In fact, only two trims (which are different levels of a particular model) of the Honda Ridgeline (the RTL-E and Black Edition) received the top "Good" rating, while only three other trucks were rated better than "Poor." Those models were the:
- Nissan Titan, which was rated "Marginal."
- GMC Sierra, which was rated "Acceptable" and "Marginal" for some models.
- Ram 1500, which was rated “Marginal” only for models with base halogen reflector headlights.
Even the best-selling vehicle in the United States, the Ford F-150, is rated as "Poor" for all trim levels!
So how do they measure headlight performance?
The IIHS looks both at how much light the high and low beam settings shine in corners and on straightaways. The agency also looks at how much glare the lights produce to ensure that they aren't blinding oncoming traffic.
All-in-all, here's how the 2017 models performed: