opinion Brian Dickerson Detroit Free Press Published 7:46 p.m. UTC Aug 25, 2018 In his eight years as Michigan's attorney general, Bill Schuette has been a champion for Michigan's environment in approximately the same sense that Bill Clinton has been a poster boy for marital fidelity. But another statewide election is drawing nigh — and unless I miss my guess, voters are about to be subjected to a glossy advertising campaign that portrays the Republican gubernatorial nominee as a stalwart defender of Michigan's air, land and water. Expect to see video of a shirt-sleeved Schuette listening compassionately to Flint residents whose water was poisoned on Gov. Rick Snyder's watch (which coincided, for those keeping score at home, with Schuette's own). An accompanying voice-over will remind viewers that the attorney general did not hesitate to prosecute officials from his own party for their conduct in Flint's environmental … [Read more...] about Bill Schuette’s environmental hypocrisy
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Tweet TweetI have a confession to make. I was feeling a bit environmentally friendly today and wanted to talk about green stuff, electric this and hybrid concept that but I seem to have given in to temptation. What I’m going to talk about this time is a massive 2011 Porsche Cayenne S which can get from 0 to 60 in around 6.1 seconds. The figures come in at 333 horsepower from a supercharged 3.6 liter V6 engine teamed with an electric engine that draws power a 288 volt nickel metal-hydride (NiMh) battery which can top itself off thanks to regenerative braking. The good news for all you interested folks is that this model will soon be available in the United States. By soon I mean it’s only a day away before it goes on sale stateside. In the states it should cost a base MSRP of $67,700 (excluding destination). If it seems a bit rich it will however be excluded from the gas guzzler tax a normal SUV would be subjected to. … [Read more...] about 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is almost in America
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Meet Der Cost-Killer It may seem typical of a German automaker for a guy like Herbert Diess to get the chief executive job at the Volkswagen Group. He was most recently the head of the Volkswagen car brand, after all. But Diess is more of an unconventional outsider choice than you might think, which is an unusual move for this incredibly insular carmaking giant. Diess only joined VW in 2015, and before that he had a two-decade career at rival BMW. There, Diess was known as a cost-killer, CNN Money reports, and he’s bringing that reputation and skillset to VW. His goals include selling one million VW-branded electric cars by 2025 and to make the company the lead manufacturer of EVs in the world, he said, as it still seeks penance from Dieselgate. But a big part of his job will be overhauling the VW … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s New Boss Is Here To Shake Up The Brands
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Volkswagen’s Likely New Head Is Cool As A Cucumber Sources at Volkswagen have indicated that Volkswagen Brand Chief Herbert Diess is likely to replace Matthias Müller as chief executive of the wider Volkswagen Group, reports Reuters. Müller’s contract runs through 2020, but VW has been undergoing a major management shake-up where even Müller isn’t safe. While Müller has been at Volkswagen for the past four decades, Diess was recently brought over from BMW AG in 2015. Diess is no stranger to handling controversy, Bloomberg notes, as he’s weathered a standoff with Volkswagen’s labor unions over cost cuts already in his time at Volkswagen: But Diess, a lanky, cool-headed Bavarian, never got ruffled and ultimately secured a landmark deal that paved the … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s Apparent New Boss Is No Stranger To Controversy
It’s no longer about the race for the win; it’s about the race for the future, says Sophie Williamson-Stothert through gritted teeth. But could the historic hierarchy be the saviours of the internal combustion engine? We certainly think so… “The future of motor racing is electric.” That’s according to CEO of Electric GT Mark Gemmell, speaking at the RACE TECH World Motorsport Symposium 2016, and many other engineering geniuses for that matter. Fair point; perhaps all racing cars of the future will be powered by electrified drivetrains, meaning the internal combustion engine, as we know it, will begin to fade into the history books. In any case, Formula E is growing at such a rapid rate, the industry is already gearing itself up for the first ever championship to be contested by autonomous cars – the ROBO RACE. So, that’s it for historics and modern classics then? Are they destined to be locked away in museums for all eternity? My … [Read more...] about Could the historic hierarchy be the saviours of the internal combustion engine?