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California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation
Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025
The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road!
Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval
Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night
Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director
Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights
Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior
Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
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California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
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Biden wants U.S automakers to pledge 40% electric vehicles by 2030 -sources

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – The White House has told U.S. automakers it wants them to back a voluntary pledge of at least 40% of new vehicles sales being electric by 2030 as it works to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, sources briefed on the matter said.

The administration is set as early as next week to roll out proposed revisions to vehicle emissions standards through 2026. Sources said a voluntary electric vehicle (EV) target could be as high as 50% but emphasized that no agreement with automakers has been reached and many details remain under discussion, including whether that pledge will include various types of gasoline-electric hybrids.

United Auto Workers spokesman (UAW) Brian Rothenberg said a published report was inaccurate “that we have agreed to 40% EVs by 2030. The UAW is still in discussions and has not reached agreement at this point.” The UAW has opposed EV mandates, warning it could put some jobs at risk.

This month, Stellantis (STLA.MI), parent company of Fiat Chrysler, said it was targeting over 40% of U.S. vehicles be low emission by 2030. Stellantis declined to comment on Thursday.

General Motors Co (GM.N) declined to comment on the talks. It has said it aspires to end sales of new U.S. gasoline-powered light duty vehicles by 2035. The White House declined to comment on the discussions.

Ford Motor Co (F.N) did not comment on the discussions but noted it has said it plans “at least 40% of our global vehicle volume being all-electric by 2030.”

The Biden administration has resisted calls from many Democrats to set a binding target for EV adoption or to follow California in setting 2035 as a date to phase out the sale of new gasoline-powered light duty vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are reviewing former President Donald Trump’s March 2020 rollback of fuel economy standards. Trump required 1.5% annual increases in efficiency through 2026, well below the 5% yearly boosts set in 2012 by President Barack Obama’s administration.

Biden’s proposed rules, which would cover 2023-2026, are expected to be similar in overall vehicle emissions reductions to California’s 2019 deal with some automakers that aims to improve fuel economy 3.7% annually, sources told Reuters. The 2026 requirements are expected to exceed the Obama-era 5% annual improvements.

In March, a group of 71 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives urged Biden to set tough emissions rules to ensure that 60% of new passenger cars and trucks sold are zero-emission by 2030.

The United States pledged at a global climate summit this year to reduce emissions 50% to 52% by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.

In April, a dozen governors from states including California, New York and Massachusetts, urged Biden to endorse banning new passenger gasoline-powered vehicle sales by 2035.

Reporting by David Shepardson
Editing by Bill Berkrot

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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N.Y.’s Transit System Could Receive $10 Billion in Infrastructure Deal

“This bill includes the largest-ever federal investment in public transit and the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak 50 years ago,” said John Samuelsen, president of the Transport Workers Union. “Critical funding from this bill will be used to repair, maintain and expand these vital modes of transportation, creating thousands of new union jobs in the transportation industry.”

Mr. Schumer said that $20 billion of the transit funds in the bill would be a new allocation, at least $1.3 billion of which would go to the M.T.A. Of the remaining total of about $70 billion in transit funding, the M.T.A. would get more than $9 billion, he said.

“The agreement reached by the White House and members of the U.S. Senate on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework is the critical next step toward securing unprecedented and long-needed levels of federal investment in public transportation,’’ Ken Lovett, a spokesman for the M.T.A., said in a statement. “The Senate legislation includes funding for essential state of good repair needs and capital investment programs that will help the M.T.A. fund its historic 2020-24 capital plan.’’

That money would be on top of the $14.5 billion in federal pandemic relief the M.T.A. is receiving. After getting $8 billion in federal aid last year and an additional $6.5 billion this year, the M.T.A. postponed a fare increase that was scheduled for 2021 and resumed its capital-spending plan.

The New Jersey governor, Philip D. Murphy, also hailed the bill, which he said in a statement included “unprecedented investments in mass transit, roads, bridges, clean energy, and broadband, while creating thousands of good-paying jobs.”

New Jersey Transit, which operates a statewide network of buses and trains, received $1.4 billion in federal aid through the CARES Act last year. The agency has used that money to offset the steep decline in revenue caused by the drop in ridership since the pandemic began early last year. A spokeswoman for NJTransit said the agency was still awaiting official notice of what it might receive from the infrastructure bill.

Officials from New York and New Jersey have been sparring over how to share the emergency funds the federal government allocated to their transit agencies. New Jersey officials have argued for using a traditional breakdown, but the New York side has argued that the M.T.A. should get a bigger-than-usual share because it has suffered more.

“New York’s view of its own troubles is outrageous and shows a lack of awareness of the significant hardship experienced by neighboring states,” 12 members of Congress from New Jersey wrote in a July 22 letter to Nuria Fernandez, the administrator of the Federal Transit Administration.

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2022 Subaru BRZ Starts Just Under $29,000

  • Subaru has announced pricing for the 2022 BRZ, which starts at $28,955.
  • The standard model is the Premium trim level, and the Limited starts at $31,455.
  • The new BRZ will arrive at dealerships in the fall, and the related Toyota GR 86 will follow later.

    The new 2022 Subaru BRZ, which retains its rear-wheel-drive layout and boxer-four engine but features more horsepower and a nicer interior, will cost $28,955 to start. That starting price is actually cheaper than the 2020 model, which was only available starting with the Limited trim level that cost $29,745.

    A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, and a six-speed automatic is $1600 extra—though we don’t know why you’d pay extra for a slushbox in a sporty coupe like this. The Premium trim level has an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, a limited-slip differential, and 17-inch wheels. The Limited starts at $31,455 and adds summer tires and 18-inch matte-grey wheels, along with blind-spot monitoring. The automatic version of the BRZ Limited has a few additional driver-assistance features compared with the manual.

    We’re curious to see how the BRZ’s twin, the 2022 Toyota GR 86, stacks up in terms of pricing and equipment, but that car will go on sale later than the BRZ in the U.S. The Subaru is scheduled to arrive at dealerships starting in the fall.

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    2021
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    Review: The best bicycle tyre inflators to use with an air compressor

    If you’ve landed on this article then you probably have an air compressor already (or are at least considering one) and you’re looking for a dedicated bicycle tyre inflator to suit it. 

    Don’t have an air compressor? Check out our guide to air compressors for bicycle use. 

    When it comes to inflating tyres with an air compressor there are plenty of options. This article covers DIY options and dedicated bicycle-specific inflators across a broad price range. All the inflators covered below will work with any air compressor – it’s just a matter of fitting the appropriate couplers (covered in the guide to air compressors).

    There’s plenty of useful information in this article, but if you simply want to know the best bicycle inflator with a gauge, it’s the most expensive tested: the EVT 3-in-1 inflator.

    Meanwhile, EVT’s Presta-Only inflator, which lacks a gauge, is easily the best thing money can buy if you want unhindered air into your Presta valves and little more. The best budget inflator is the PrestaCycle Mini (also no gauge). 

    Those wanting something that’s equally great for cars and a family of bicycles (where Schrader valves are likely found) should consider the PrestaCycle Pro or a high-quality car inflator and use a thread-in Presta adapter (Arundel’s Woodsman valve has proven a good-value option). 

    Introduction to bicycle-specific tyre inflators 

    I’ve got some 15 years of hands-on experience with air compressors and over the past year of lockdowns I’ve intentionally tested some of the more common and popular tyre inflators with the goal of finding the best. In a broad sense, there are no awful choices here – they’ll all get air into a bicycle tyre. Similarly, there are also no perfect options, and even the best on the market still offers room for improvement. 

    There are a number of different tyre inflators on the market. I wanted to find both the absolute best and the best value.

    That said, there certainly are differences to be aware of and common themes in the ones I’d choose to own for home use or put into operation within a professional workshop. Notably, I’ve taken a liking to inflators that offer a 90º angle of approach to the valve and a design that allows one-handed operation –  this leaves a hand spare to hold the wheel or pinch and pull the tyre as needed (in the case of tubeless). 

    Following the last point, the best inflators offer a simple friction fit with the valve (and can be used with or without the valve core in place). A valve head that needs to be locked or threaded in place is at best more of a fiddle and slower to use. 

    A press-on valve head at a 90º angle makes for a one-handed operation.

    It’s also worth noting that there are big differences in the available airflow rate (volume of air at a given pressure) which will impact how easily stubborn tubeless tyres seat. And gauge accuracy should be considered for those looking

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    2021
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    Ex-Toyota Europe CEO van Zyl dies at age 63

    Johan van Zyl, the former president and CEO of Toyota Europe, died Friday in his native South Africa. He was 63.

    The cause was related to COVID-19 complications, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The automaker said Saturday he would be remembered for his humor, calmness and personal empathy.

    Van Zyl led Toyota’s European operations, which include Russia, Turkey, Israel and central Asian countries, from 2015 until April, when he was succeeded by sales and marketing chief Matthew Harrison.

    Under van Zyl’s strategic and operational leadership, Toyota Europe delivered sustained business results, with sales passing the one-million mark in 2019 for the first time in 10 years and market share exceeding 6 percent in 2020.

    Toyota was a leader in CO2 emissions with a lineup of hybrid powertrains that was expanded under van Zyl. During his tenure, the automaker expanded its production sites and added products in Russia, Poland, Turkey and France. Toyota took sole ownership of a joint venture plant with PSA Group in Kolin, Czech Republic, in January.  

    Van Zyl announced in 2018 that Toyota would discontinue diesel powertrains from the automaker’s passenger car lineup, with the exception of the Land Cruiser large SUV and the Hilux pickup.

    In leaving Toyota Europe, van Zyl said: “What I am most satisfied about is the very strong team we have here in Europe. With such great people across the Toyota European organization, with such talent and passion, there won’t be any disruption in the transformation we have embarked upon, and I have no doubt Toyota will do very well under Matt’s [Harrison] leadership.”

    Harrison said recently that he saw no reason to sharply change course as CEO of Toyota Europe.

    “I’ve worked incredibly closely with van Zyl for the last few years,” Harrison told Automotive News Europe in an interview. “So, I would like to think I have already had a lot of opportunity to offer input into our strategy, and I didn’t feel the need to scrap everything anything and rebuild. That element of my strategy was more about a seamless transition and continuity.”