EV charging company moves US headquarters to Irvine

Noodoe EV, a Taiwanese maker of electric vehicle charging systems, has moved its U.S. headquarters to Irvine from Walnut. Company CEO Jennifer Chang said the move to a bigger facility was fueled by a growing demand for the company’s products in North America. Last year, Noodoe installed nearly 1,000 EV charging stations at U.S. casinos, hotels, parking lots and shopping malls. The company entered the U.S. market three years ago but has been servicing Europe and Asia for about eight years. The co...
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Tesla to reduce price of standard range Model 3 in China

Tesla said it will reduce the price of its standard range Model 3 vehicle in China to meet the government’s new eligibility requirements for subsidies. This marks the second time this year that the automaker has reduced the price. Several months ago, the base version of China-made Model 3 was lowered by 9%. Tesla has to cut the price of the vehicle to continue to qualify for government rebates on electric vehicles. The Chinese government instituted new regulations that require prices below 30...
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Tesla pushes Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021

Tesla is pushing back plans to produce and deliver its all-electric Class 8 until 2021, the company said in its quarter earnings report Wednesday. The move puts the Tesla Semi two years behind the automaker’s previous target. “We are shifting our first Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021,” the company said without providing any more details. The Tesla Semi was first unveiled in November 2017 in splashy ceremony in Hawthorne, Calif. on the grounds of Tesla’s design studio and Musk’s other company, S...
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Twisted Road Now Protects Owners and Riders for up to $1,000,000

All the Protection You Could Need The motorcycle rental company Twisted Road announced two significant changes recently to its insurance policy for both riders and motorcycle owners renting their motorcycle. Owners will now receive $1 million in liability coverage free of charge. Riders will now be able to receive up to $1 million in coverage as well.  “The most important thing is making sure that our community is safe,” said Austin Rothbard, founder and CEO of Twisted Road. “We are offering th...
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Tesla turns Q1 profit on cost reductions, rising car margins, credits

Tesla reported Wednesday that it earned $16 million and generated $5.985 billion in revenue in the first quarter, results buoyed by improved automotive margins and reductions in operating expenses. Tesla’s first quarter earnings were lower than the previous period as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted operations and dampened sales. But the company still managed to squeeze in a profit, its third consecutive quarter of profitability, despite the COVID-19 related disruption. Its automotive gross ma...
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Pandemic Discounts: One Buick Tops Them All

Not sure about you, but these past few weeks has seen yours truly think more about remdesivir and potatoes (at alternating times) than the Buick brand. I’d put the ratio somewhere close to 99:1, though you could add an extra digit to that first number and probably still be bang-on. Yes, it’s a brand that’s […] The post Pandemic Discounts: One Buick Tops Them All appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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GM delays GMC Hummer EV debut

GM said Wednesday that it will postpone its upcoming reveal of a GMC-branded electric Hummer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hummer EV debut, which was scheduled to occur May 20, is the latest automotive event to be delayed in recent months due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Geneva Motor Show and Cadillac’s Lyriq reveals were also canceled or postponed. GM said it will reschedule the reveal and that development work on the GMC Hummer EV is “on track and undeterred.” Ea...
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The Power of Parade: In Grim Times, Cars Suddenly Find a New Use

Ever since Illinoisans were asked to stay at home by our governor in March, a new trend has popped up – people celebrating birthdays or other milestones by driving past the house of the honored person, sometimes honking horns and displaying signs. It’s meant to be a nod to normalcy in these decidedly abnormal times, […] The post The Power of Parade: In Grim Times, Cars Suddenly Find a New Use appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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GM postpones the reveal of its new electric Hummer

The EV industry takes another hit — due to the coronavirus
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Bummer: GMC Hummer Reveal Delayed

We don’t know what sort of person will purchase the GMC Hummer EV; presumably, the sort of person that’s also salivating over Tesla’s Cybertruck. Rugged electrics are a novel segment and we’re not sure what its demographic looks like. Will it be technophiles hoping to secure their masculinity, or hard-living folks who’ve finally find a battery-driven […] The post Bummer: GMC Hummer Reveal Delayed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Porsche Is Going Back To Work

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The Arkitekt: A bold and brassy BMW R75/6 from Austria

Certain bikes tend to attract formulaic builds. And when it comes to customizing, BMW airheads in particular tread a well-worn path. But a handful of workshops like to stretch boxer builds into new directions, and one of those shops is Titan. You may remember Titan for their magnificent ‘Bavarian’ BMW R50/3 bobber from three years ago, which looked as good as any official BMW concept. And now they’re back with an R75/6 with a steampunk vibe, a beautiful bronzed frame, and girder-style forks. ...
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Trashed by a Twister and Crucial to Ford, a BorgWarner Plant Struggles to Get Back on Its Feet

A South Carolina assembly plant that took major damage from a tornado back on April 13th is making headway in returning to production. It’s still a long way from normal, but the plant’s promise of “limited production” in the coming weeks should be music to the ears of Ford, which relies on the Seneca, SC […] The post Trashed by a Twister and Crucial to Ford, a BorgWarner Plant Struggles to Get Back on Its Feet appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Fire Risk Prompts McLaren Recall

McLaren is recalling 2,763 vehicles built between 2016 and 2020. Considering the ultra-premium auto brand rarely moves more then 4,000 units a year (a tally it hopes to ramp up to 6,000 by 2025), its a sizable recall. Affected models include the $1-million Senna, 570GT, GT, and 720S. As if hearkening back to the supercars of yore, the […] The post Fire Risk Prompts McLaren Recall appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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NIU Launches the NQi GTS and UQi GT

Electric Scootin’ I’ve written about NIU before. The company has a lot of electric scooters around the world in various rideshare programs. Now it has launched some new electric scooters in Italy. The scooters are the NQi GTS and the UQi GT. They’re both small commuting scooters, and they provide good performance for urban environments. The NQi GTS features a 3,100 -watt rear hub motor from Bosch and either a 26Ah battery (Sport) or a 35Ah battery (Pro). The sport is good for 90 km (about 56 m...
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Harley-Davidson’s Business Is Hurting Due to Coronavirus

COIVD-19 Takes Its Toll The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on every industry. The market has dipped considerably, and Harley-Davidson wasn’t able to escape it. Like other motorcycle company’s Harley is struggling to cope. The company saw sales drop by 18 percent in Q1 of 2020 when compared with 2019’s Q1 sales results. In terms of profits, the company saw a 45 percent drop, according to Visordown. The profits went from $128m in Q1 of 2019 to $70m in Q1 of 2020. Harley is now bracing for an eve...
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Rare Rides: A Very Rare Bizzarrini Strada From 1967

If the Bizzarrini name seems familiar, it’s because we previously learned about one of the very last designs to wear the name: the BZ 2001. In contrast to that failed Nineties project, today’s Rare Ride was Bizzarrini’s most successful commercial offering. It’s the Strada, from 1967. While Giotto Bizzarrini did some of the design work […] The post Rare Rides: A Very Rare Bizzarrini Strada From 1967 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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EV startup Nio secures $1 billion investment from China entities

Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio has secured a $1 billion investment from several state-owned companies in Hefei in return for agreeing to establish headquarters in the city’s economic development hotspot and giving up a stake in one of its business units. The injection of capital comes from several investors, including Hefei City Construction and Investment Holding Group, CMG-SDIC Capital and Anhui Provincial Emerging Industry Investment Co. Nio’s factory is already in Hefei, which it opera...
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Uber’s longest-serving exec quits, while coronavirus threatens 5,000 jobs

According to an SEC filing earlier this week, Uber‘s chief technology officer is stepping down. The rest of the executive board is reportedly discussing further measures to help the company weather the financial challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. [Read: Global e-scooter numbers could quadruple once lockdown measures lift, analysts say] The Information reports that more than 5,400 jobs could be at risk as Uber‘s management looks to cut costs. This would represent a loss of about one ...
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Podcast: Ratchet+Wrench Interviews Openbay CEO to Discuss Partnerships, Modern Day Consumers and Online Chat Platforms

Why Now is the Time to Learn About New Technologies and How an Advanced Online Chat Platform Can Help Automotive Business Owners Today Openbay founder and CEO, Rob Infantino, recently sat down with Ratchet+Wrench staff writer Abby Patterson for a podcast discussion about the opportunities an online chat platform can bring to an automotive service business. Listen here  for an in-depth conversation about why an automotive repair business needs an online chat platform.  Rob and Abby d...
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Infiniti Presents New “Carigami” Art

Infiniti is releasing a small collection of “Carigami” models to help everyone discover their artistic side while staying home. The models are 1:27 the scale and can be construed at home with a printer, some paper, craft knife, and glue. “In this unprecedented time where citizens of the world are doing their part to fight COVID-19 by staying at home, we wanted to develop something that will help ease the boredom, while having a bit of fun,” said Phil York, General Manager of Infiniti Global B...
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Volkswagen and Daimler to Merkel: Spiff Our Rides

Amid steep drops in operating profit and a dismal sales outlook, both Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler are appealing to the state in a bid to generate sales demand. Both automakers appealed to the German government for assistance on Wednesday, Reuters reports, ahead of a meeting of auto industry leaders. With vehicle production making up […] The post Volkswagen and Daimler to Merkel: Spiff Our Rides appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Indian Teases the FTR Carbon

It’s Coming May 1 On May 1, Indian will reveal the FTR Carbon. The upcoming new version of the motorcycle was recently teased on Indian’s YouTube channel. It was touted as the closest thing to the champion flat track racing bike. This would suggest to me that it will be fully decked out in carbon fiber and full of high-spec suspension, brakes, and just about everything else. The teaser video doesn’t reveal much, but the bike will have a carbon fiber tank. That much you can see in the video. Wha...
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Energica Resumes Production

Getting Back In the Swing of Things I reported that Italy’s motorcycle manufacturers are starting production again since the COVID-19 outbreak. One of them kicking things back in gear, so to speak, is Energica. The company resumed production yesterday and will continue to ramp up production from there. Soon the company will be back to operating at full steam and churning out new bikes that seem to be very much in demand right now. “The past lockdown weeks have not stopped our beating heart. The...
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Hyundai, Genesis Design Boss Hits the Road

The man behind the expressive designs rolling out of Hyundai and the newly sporty elegance of the fledgling Genesis brand is leaving the company. As reported by Automotive News, Luc Donckerwolke, who joined the automaker in 2015 after a prestigious career at Volkswagen Group, is stepping down as chief designer. The automaker cites “personal reasons” […] The post Hyundai, Genesis Design Boss Hits the Road appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Coronavirus Drags Ford Into $2 Billion Quarterly Loss

Call it the coronavirus crash. Ford Motor Company released its first-quarter 2020 financial results late Tuesday, revealing a deep dip into the red as March’s production shutdown and and domestic (and overseas) sales dive ate into earnings. Free cash flow was negative $2.2 billion last quarter, Ford said, as it reported a net loss of […] The post Coronavirus Drags Ford Into $2 Billion Quarterly Loss appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Suzuki GSX-S300 (Haojue DR300) detailed in live images ahead of launch

After revealing the Suzuki GSX-S300 (Haojue DR300) naked streetfighter at the...
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QOTD: Worst Upscale SUV Design of the 2010s?

We continue our conversation on automotive design from the recently ended 2010s this week. Prior installments in this series have covered the best and worst affordable SUVs and CUVs, and last week, the best of the not so affordable. In today’s entry, we’ll discuss the worst upscale 2010s designs to ever grace the driveways of […] The post QOTD: Worst Upscale SUV Design of the 2010s? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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New Honda MSX 125 revealed, to be launched in Vietnam next month - IAB Report

The new Honda MSX 125 for MY2020 has been revealed. The quirky-looking 125 cc...
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The 372bhp BMW M440i Is A Mild Hybrid

BMW has confirmed various technical details for the range-topping version of the new 4-series coupe, including its mild hybrid setup
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