Six months ago, Tesla abruptly announced that it had upgraded its electric cars with a new package of sensors for the Autopilot driver-assist system, known as "Hardware 2." The equipment was being fitted to all new Tesla Model S and Model X electric cars then in production—but there was a catch. Initially, those cars would have fewer features than earlier models with the hardware suite built into all Teslas since late 2015, retroactively known as "Hardware 1." DON'T MISS: Tesla Model S battery life: what the data show so far What followed was six months of increasing irritation on the...
Should Safer Cars Get Credit For More MPG? Automaker Trade Group Says Yes
As corporate average fuel economy standards continue to tighten each year, car companies have so far kept pace with the rising gas-mileage rules. But automakers are seeking credit for every possible advancement in new vehicles as they look toward an average goal of 54.5 mpg in 2025 (roughly...John Voelcker
Volkswagen Up Minicar Revealed, 3-Cylinder Engines, 56 MPG
Volkswagen has been teasing us with concept versions of its Up minicar since the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2007, but finally the production version has been revealed and will make its debut at Frankfurt again in September. The Up (which VW spells "up!") is part of Volkswagen's drive towards greater...Antony Ingram
How To Drive Badly & Lower Your Gas Mileage In The Real World
With gas-mileage standards through 2016 now in place, the EPA and NHTSA are turning their sights toward rules for 2017 through 2025. Proposals are floating around for CAFE standards of up to 62 mpg (which means the vehicles you might buy would average about 50 mpg in actual use). Ah, the hell with...John Voelcker