GM Innovates with Clutch Pedal for Enhanced EV Experience

GM Innovates with Clutch Pedal for Enhanced EV Experience

Beyond concerns about charging and range, many car enthusiasts believe electric vehicles lack the thrill of driving. They argue that features like one-pedal driving, regenerative braking, and the absence of a traditional gearbox make EVs feel soulless. General Motors aims to change this perception and convert drivers to the electric way.

The American carmaker is developing a clutch pedal for electric vehicle transmissions, as reported by Motor Authority. This initiative follows similar efforts by Hyundai and Lexus, both of which have outlined plans for manual EVs.

According to GM’s patents, the company is creating a new type of clutch actuation for its future electric models to enhance the transmissions in high-performance EVs. The patent describes using a hydraulic actuator to operate a clutch in automatic transmissions for electric cars. A controller would adjust the pressure of the fluid in the actuator, moving a piston to open or close the clutch based on what the controller deems optimal in different scenarios.

GM states that this setup would be simpler than conventional automatic transmissions, facilitated by the electric motor’s need for fewer gear shifts.

Additionally, it would avoid “instabilities at the electric motor” associated with other clutch actuation methods.

Published recently, the patent claims that the new clutch would boost the “efficiency and performance” of GM’s future electric models by giving drivers “precise control over the clutch operation,” as noted by GM Authority.

With more control over the transmission connected to an electric motor, drivers could make real-time adjustments, ensuring smoother gear shifts in some models. However, it’s crucial to note that a patent doesn’t guarantee the technology will be implemented in future electric models. Manual cars have been declining in the U.S., and stick-shift car sales have been unstable in recent years.

This innovative approach by GM reflects a broader trend among automakers to increase engagement and enjoyment in electric vehicles, potentially addressing one of the major criticisms from driving enthusiasts. If successful, it could mark a significant shift in the appeal and driving experience of electric cars.

EV Industry in Turmoil: First Quarter 2024 Earnings

EV Industry in Turmoil: First Quarter 2024 Earnings

The latest financial reports for the first quarter of 2024 paint a bleak picture for electric vehicle (EV) companies, both established and burgeoning. Investors with optimistic outlooks may find themselves disheartened by the downturn in fortunes for several major players in the industry. Let’s delve into the specifics.

Starting with Fisker, the outlook is grim. Following a series of setbacks earlier in the year, the company appears to be hurtling towards insolvency. A crucial revelation from Magna International, the contract manufacturer responsible for producing Fisker’s Ocean SUV, casts a shadow over the company’s future. In their earnings report, Magna International expressed doubts about the continuation of Ocean production, citing potential losses of $75 million linked to the Ocean contract. Essentially, the factory responsible for Ocean production is signaling an end to its operations. Since the Ocean represents Fisker’s sole vehicle offering, and there’s no alternative production facility in place, this development spells the beginning of the end for Fisker.

In a parallel narrative, Fisker’s Austrian subsidiary has filed for bankruptcy, further exacerbating the company’s woes.

Meanwhile, Rivian’s financial report for Q1 presents a mixed bag. While there are positive indicators such as increased deliveries, production, and revenue growth—a notable $661 million increase—the company is grappling with substantial cash burn. Despite the promising uptick in deliveries, Rivian incurred a staggering net loss of $1.45 billion in Q1 2024, marking an escalation from the previous year’s $1.2 billion loss for the same period. Speculation about potential partnerships, including rumors of collaboration with Apple, offers a glimmer of hope amidst the financial tumult. However, the persisting cash burn remains a cause for concern.

Similarly, Lucid finds itself ensnared in a cash-burning predicament. Although its production volume falls short of Rivian’s output, the company acknowledges a shortfall in its target of manufacturing 9,000 cars this year. Despite reporting an increase in revenue to $173 million for Q1, Lucid faces mounting losses, with a Q1 total loss of $685 million. Despite this, the company maintains a substantial cash reserve of $2.2 billion, providing a buffer against immediate crisis. Nonetheless, subdued demand for its vehicles underscores the challenges ahead.

Tesla, the industry giant, is not immune to the industry’s turbulence. Recent reports suggest further layoffs across various departments, including engineering, service, and software groups. Although Tesla has not officially confirmed

Kia Recalls Almost 430,000 Telluride SUVs

Kia Recalls Almost 430,000 Telluride SUVs

Kia, the company that makes Telluride SUVs, has announced a recall of 427,407 of these vehicles. The reason? There’s a problem with how some of the parts inside the car were put together. This issue could cause the parked car to start moving by itself, which could lead to accidents.

The problem lies in something called the driveshaft system. It’s a crucial part of the car that helps it move. But in some Telluride SUVs, this system wasn’t assembled correctly. This mistake could mean that even when the car is supposed to be still, it might start moving on its own.

The affected models include all Telluride SUVs made between 2020 and 2023, as well as some made in 2024. But don’t worry too much. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), only a small fraction, about 1 percent, of these Tellurides might have the problem.

Kia has received reports about this issue happening in 16 Telluride SUVs so far.

In some cases, the cars had to be fixed under warranty because of this problem. Kia investigated and found that in six of these cases, there was clear damage to certain parts of the driveshaft system, which matched the issue they’re recalling the cars for.

The recall doesn’t cover every single Telluride ever made. It only includes those made between January 9, 2019, and October 19, 2023. However, there’s some good news for 2024 models built after October 20, 2023. These newer models have a different driveshaft system that’s been checked more carefully by the supplier, so they’re not part of the recall.

Kia will be sending letters to all the owners of the affected Telluride SUVs. These letters will have instructions on what to do next. Owners will need to take their vehicles to a Kia dealer to get them checked. If necessary, the dealer will replace certain parts of the driveshaft system. They’ll also update the electronic parking brake system to make sure the car stays put when it’s supposed to.

Dealerships will be informed about this recall on May 13, and the letters to owners are expected to be sent out by May 15. But if you’re worried your car might be affected, you can always check the NHTSA website for recalls before then. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to car safety!

Open or Enclosed, That is the Question

Open or Enclosed, That is the Question

When you plan to move soon, it is incredibly important to always remember to have a plan in place for how you will move your vehicles too. That is where our team is ready to step up to the plate! We are here to help you make the decision with how you will go about your auto transportation journey so that you select the service that is best for you and your vehicle! You first are faced with the tough decision of whether or not you want to have an open auto transportation service or a closed auto transportation service.

With our open-air transportation, you can have several vehicles shipped together!

Open air auto transportation is the best way to go about having several cars shipped together. That means if you are a family who has several drivers who each have their own car, this method is likely the one for you! Because of the shipping system consisting of a truck and trailer that often carries as many as eight vehicles, you can have all of your cars arrive at your new house at the same time. The trailer that carries the vehicles is one that has no sides, so it is just some metal bars creating a frame for the trailer. With this said, there is still a lot of protection that comes with this form of shipping. We take pride in our drivers abilities to endlessly protect all cars when they are in their hands.

If you do not want your cars exposed to open air and other natural elements, we also have a solution for you!

Our enclosed auto transportation service is a form of auto shipping that is more exclusive and luxurious. It is most often used when shipping sports cars, vintage vehicles, and other luxury vehicles. This shipping involves a truck and a trailer that is fully enclosed with four sides around. It essentially is a small room that carries your car around from place to place! With this form of shipping, it is most common for only one vehicle to be shipped at a time. This means that if you own multiple cars, you will have to have them all shipped separately.

Ultimately which form of shipping you choose is up to you and what you prioritize for your shipping. In any form, when you ship with us, you ship in the safest hands around!

Dodge Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300 Drive Into The Sunset

Dodge Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300 Drive Into The Sunset

Dodge is pushing forward despite the changes in their L Lineup. As is Chrysler, given that their trademark models are ceasing to be produced. Both are represented by the Stellantis Group. The Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300 are totally set to be parked for good, given that the last model was a 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, coated in a paint job of Pitch Black. As the Electric Vehicle industry is taking over everything on wheels, the Charger and Challenger are set to be swapped out from their former existence as internal-combustion engines. Meanwhile, the 300 is looking to be indirectly forgotten by the other Electric Vehicles in the upcoming years.

As a result, the Internet has gone wild for the other models, now that they’re a scarcity.

But They Used To Rule The Roads!

The L Platform, as is, has been able to highlight the three machines as of the 2005 model year in the Chrysler 300. Furthermore, the 300 will become legendary in the world of pop culture. The Charger had been imminent after in 2006 while the Challenger hit the streets in 2008. Each of the rear-wheel-drive cars had taken the V-8 muscle to the forefront of car culture, while everyone loved the 5.7-liter HEMI engines. As you may notice, the Dodge duo would turn into they’re own with the generation of 700 horsepower being unmatched by anyone but the Hellcats.

A successor model is said to be constructed in Canada, with electric powertrains and two-and-four-door offerings imminent. The latest from the Stellantis will also give an inline-six engine with about 510 horsepower ready in the Jeep and Ram vehicles. Chrysler 300 isn’t going to be directly replaced.

As for the Brampton factory, they’re looking to introduce other models on the assembly line, such as the Jeep Compass.

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Now that we are officially in the throes of winter weather, dealing with driving in it can be a bit difficult. We suggest first understanding what kind of weather is expected to hit your home city this winter and then adjusting your driving around that. Learn tips and tricks to make sure you are fully prepared for whatever kind of weather you find yourself in. For example, if you live in a snow heavy place, look into how to drive in the snow. If you live in San Francisco, or many other places in California, you can almost guarantee at least heavy rainfall. Sometimes you will experience snow as well, but most likely just snow. With this in mind, make sure you know how to drive in the rain.

Avoid Cruise Control

While this driving feature is very convenient for long trips on predominantly flat terrain, this is dangerous for drivers when driving in rainy environments. This increases the chance a driver has of spinning out, putting them and other drivers in serious danger. Slick roads require constant change in speed, even if small changes, so the driver has to actively have their foot by the brake and accelerator.

Leave Plenty of Space

This is an important driving rule to follow when on the road at any time, but especially when driving in the rain. Decelerating takes a lot more time in order to do so safely in order to avoid spinning out, so you want to make sure you leave plenty of space to account for that. Otherwise, you may either 1) reduce your speed too quickly and spin out or 2) hit the car in front of you.

Furthermore, Follow This Guide to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is something that happens to your car when the roads are wet. It is when your tires lose the grip of the road and rather than touching the surface of the road, glide along the water. In order to avoid this happening, make sure you slow down your overall driving speeds. You also will want to avoid aggressive braking, rather brake at a slower rate. We also suggest that you avoid taking sharp turns as that can also affect your tires’ grip of the road.

Enjoying San Francisco Fleet Week

Enjoying San Francisco Fleet Week

This week San Francisco is celebrating Fleet Week. Lasting through the entire week and ending on October 10th, this year’s Fleet Week will be extra special, having a special celebration of the life and work of late California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Active and former service members are arriving in the city to celebrate the week as are Naval ships.

Two U.S. Navy ships are expected to arrive in San Francisco Bay to participate in the festivities.

The first ship to arrive was the U.S.S. John P. Murtha. It docked in the waters on Sunday. The ship is over 650 feet and serves as the home for approximately 120 Marines. Starting later this week, on October 4th, tours of the ship will be open to the public. On Monday, the second ship joined the U.S.S. John P. Murtha, the U.S.S. Paul Hamilton.

The Fleet Week events were originally unconfirmed due to the possibility of a government shutdown, however Congress managed to reach an agreement hours before the shutdown would have begun. The 2023 Fleet Week marks San Francisco’s 42nd Fleet Week. This year’s two ships docking in the harbor both differ in service type. The U.S.S. John P. Murtha is an amphibious transport dock, while the U.S.S. Paul Hamilton is a guided missile destroyer.

The schedule for this year will feature some classic Fleet Week events, as well as some new ones.

This Friday, October 6th, there will be the Parade of Ships. Then with different events happening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there will be the annual Air Show featuring the Blue Angels. In the Air Show will be a first time San Francisco appearance of the Marines F-35B. The Air Show will also feature a tribute to late Senator Dianne Feinstein, who represented California for decades in office. Feinstein started her political career largely in the Bay Area, even serving as mayor of San Francico. During her time as mayor, she actually was the honorary chair and founder of Fleet Week in San Francisco.

This year the Fleet Week will certainly be a taste of the classic, well loved celebration as well as a taste of the future. With reflections to the past and honoring those who we have lost, celebrations of the future will feel all the more special.

Navigating the Hilly Streets of San Francisco

Navigating the Hilly Streets of San Francisco

San Francisco’s design differs from most other larger cities in a very interesting way. The city is built on a series of severe hills, creating steep roads that can be hard to drive around, even for residents. So, if you are a tourist planning your next visit, or a soon-to-be San Francisco resident preparing for what it will take to drive around the city, we suggest following these tips to understand these hilltop roads.

Drive Faster Than You Think To

Some people think the key to taking on a steep hill is to take it slow and steady, but that is the opposite of what you should do. It is best to drive faster rather than slower when trekking up a hilly road. Now, there is a happy medium that you have to find. If you go too fast, you risk stalling out, but if you go too slow, you risk not making it up the hill.

If you have an automatic car, you do not run the risk of stalling out, but you can cause damage to your engine still. We suggest drivers with those cars gain enough speed at the base of the hill to power them through the rest of the hill. If you have a manual car with a stick shift, you want to have enough speed to go into second gear and then take the rest of the hill that way, maintaining a consistent fast, but not too fast, speed.

Understand the Science of Parking

Parking on the hills of San Francisco is usually more intimidating than driving the hills to people. There is the concern of your car just rolling down the hill, hitting cars and people on its way down, creating chaos and destruction. That’s why it is extremely important that you understand the science behind parking since it ultimately comes down to basic physics. The most important thing to always remember when parking along the curb on a hill is to turn your wheels away from the curb when you are facing uphill and to turn them toward the car when you are facing downhill. These wheel turns will prevent your car from rolling right down the hill as it will naturally fall toward the curb instead.

San Francisco Residents Not Happy with Robotaxis

San Francisco Residents Not Happy with Robotaxis

Self-driving cars have been flooding the streets of San Francisco for quite some time now while they are being tested by a few different companies wanting to put them to market soon. Two of the companies, Cruise and Waymo, are using the cars as self-driving taxis, or robotaxis, to test how they handle different routes and people in the vehicles. However, residents of the city are not happy with the robot takeover of the streets.

San Francisco residents have outspokenly complained many times in the past regarding different tech companies using them as guinea pigs. For the most part though, in the past, you could just not participate in the tests, and you would remain relatively unaffected. That is not the case with the robotaxis, as they take up space on the streets, leaving others around them to have to deal with them in their testing stages.

A group of “safe street activists” in the city made a discovery that is helping them fight against robotaxis.

They discovered that a traffic cone on the hood of one of the driverless cars renders it confused and unmovable. It disables the car as it is no longer able to decipher how to safely continue driving.

This discovery has led to a viral social media trend, called “The Week of Cone.” The trend that is taking over Twitter and TikTok is not just a funny prank to the people doing it, but also their way of protesting against tech companies always testing on them, especially these companies like Waymo and Cruise.

Residents are tired of Waymo and Cruise’s presence in the city as the driverless cars malfunction frequently and leave others on the road to have to deal with the repercussions, such as traffic jams and even accidents.

Currently, the two companies are scheduled to have a hearing that will determine if they are able to expand their practices. The hearing is with the California Public Utilities Commission and is scheduled for July 13th. The Commission is not the determining agency that ultimately allows the companies to operate their cars on the streets, but they do allow them to charge money for their services, which would be an extension of their taxi services.

The ultimate goal for the “Week of Cone” movement is to spread the word about protests against the car companies in order to get more people vocally speaking out against them before the hearing happens.

Cadillac Celebrates Two Decades Of The Blackwing

Cadillac Celebrates Two Decades Of The Blackwing

Cadillac has first had their first “V” bAdge arrive about 20 years before, when 2004’s  Cadillac CTS-V arrived on the scene with a 400 horsepower and 5.7-liter V-8 engine had rocked the industry to it’s core.

As per celebration, Cadillac is showing off new advancements within their upcoming model year. That’s right! The 2024 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V sedans will be available with some choice adjustments.

With the addition of a 20th anniversary placard upon the car’s exterior, these new and improved models will also feature a new startup animation within the digital gauge cluster. Plus, brand-new colors will be available, such as Metallic Dandelion, Speedster Red and even West Coast Blue.

To ensure the visibility of the Blackwing badge, it’ll be placed next to the V placard.

The CT4-V is beginning at a price tag of $48,490 while the 360-horsepower powered CT5-V begins at a rate of $52,890.

When you notice the CT4-V Blackwing, it costs about a rate of $62,890 to begin with while the

The car costs an additional $6785 for the Super Cruise hands-free driving tech for the CT5-V Blackwing.

Additionally, the Blackwing V has a ten-speed transmissions with the extra two driver-assist packages.

When observing the V-Series high-performance is driven by the incredible 2023 CT5-V Blackwing, while giving out enough horsepower when utilizing a V-8 engine. Specifically, around 668 ponies and 6-speed manual transmission. 

Such a combo is pretty decently shown in 3.6 seconds when it zooming from zero to 60 miles per hour. A 10-speed automatic transmission is also around, but it’s significant to think about when you input the manual transmission.

Such handling is imperative as the acceleration gives off a stick-shift handling capacity as it produces a low range of prices as the chassis is well-tuned.

With great steering and a 472-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine that can go along well with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires with additional rear-wheel-drive.

As it isn’t quite as strong as the CT5-V Blackwing, the model still reached 60 miles per hour in only 4 seconds.

Overall, the Cadillac brand deserves to be celebrated, no matter which model you choose for your driving pleasure. The cars are at-large and in-charge of opportune destiny, therefore making your chances of having an admirable presence around your neighborhood.

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