Gas-powered cars might soon be a thing of the past in California, at least if Governor Jerry Brown and chairman of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols have any say on the matter.
According to Bloomberg, Nichols claimed Brown is interested in banning the sale of cars (and other vehicles) that use an internal-combustion engine within the state of California. This ban is not just a response to similar proposed bans in foreign countries, including China and France; it is also designed to help California meet climate goals set by Global Automakers, which hope to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80% from 1990 levels. According to Nichols, the best way to reach this goal is to “pretty much replace all combustion with some form of renewable energy by 2040 or 2050.” Replacing internal-combustion engines with electric engines just might do the trick.
While the ban won’t take effect for at least a decade, Nichols believes it might run into several legal problems. While California can create pollution laws thanks to the Clean Air Act, these laws need to be supported by waivers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, the EPA has been under attack from the Trump administration, which, according to Nichols, means California likely won’t receive an EPA waiver to enforce the ban. However, Nichols has suggested several alternatives, such as controlling of vehicle registration rules and deciding which vehicles can or can’t access state highways.
Another possible wrench in Brown and Nichols’ ban plan is if it’s feasible. Global Automakers has purportedly claimed that China’s internal-combustion engine car ban would be impossible, although, to be fair, China’s plan is much more ambitious. Instead of replacing all internal-combustion cars by 2050, China hopes to replace one-fifth of their cars by 2025, create quotas in 2018 to facilitate the replacements, and to enforce severe penalties on those who doesn’t comply. At first glance, this plan doesn’t look more ambitious, but reports indicate the number of people who own cars in China eclipses the population of California. Depending on how California plans to enforce the ban, Global Automakers might oppose it.
Nichols believes a ban on selling non-electric cars could happen as early as 2030, but we will have to wait much longer to see if the ban effectively cuts down on carbon dioxide emissions. Or if California car-owners accept the ban.
The Crew Motorfest is PS5’s Forza Horizon
The Crew Motorfest is the perfect time to return to Ubisoft’s The Crew series if you quit after its second installment or are intimidated by its many updates. The Crew 3 takes what worked in The Crew 2—its big open world and vehicle variety—and adds Forza Horizon 5-style casual racing, car culture, and open world fun. After the publisher’s June presentation, we played the racer and were impressed by its detail and new playlist system.
Ubisoft’s take on Forza Horizon is clear. You’ll race on and off the track at a festival on the tropical island of O’ahu, loosely based on Hawaii, to become the best driver. Our demo was a supercar, but you can drive bikes, boats, and planes.
The Crew Motorfest’s ability to control other vehicles may set it apart from the Playground Games series, but we can’t confirm. Playlists offer races and game progression. In our hands-on session, four themed races awarded currency and motors. One covered Japanese cars, another off-road, another F1 car, and the last Lamborghini. The new Revuelto supercar is on the game’s cover, so it’s no surprise it has its own section.
Ubisoft has taken extra steps to make each Playlist unique. The Made in Japan series prioritizes nitrous oxide and local cars. Hills, jumps, and mudslides make off-roading harder. The vintage Playlist removes the track map, and the F1 saga (called Motorsports) makes you worry about tyre wear.
During our demo, that last one stood out, giving you something to think about other than accelerating, braking, and turning. If you go off the track, crash into another racer, or spend a long time on one set of tyres, the wear gauge will deplete and your car will become less responsive. Spinouts are common as the gauge approaches zero. To finish on the podium, you’ll need to strategically pit to refill the meter and get new tires. Do you risk another lap to get back in front or pit early to avoid tyre wear for the rest of the race?
As you complete races, these Playlists unlock special edition cars with upgraded specs and custom decals to drive around the exotic island with optional activities. Feats and Photo Ops are two side tasks we found in the UI.
Our hands-on session briefly showed the Car Meet scene, a walkable hub for the game. Since Ubisoft is revealing more, we couldn’t explore it. Other observations included cool live-action clips to introduce each Playlist and billboards around the open world to jump directly into a race from the Playlists you’ve unlocked. A rewind function lets you scrub through the last 15 seconds of gameplay to find an appropriate place to return to the action, unlike other games’ pre-determined points.
Our 45-minute demo gave us a taste of The Crew Motorfest, so we’re excited to play the final version on PS5 and PS4 in September. We didn’t explore the open world that links all these playlists or any other modes or features. However, the game’s race structure has impressed us, and with Forza Horizon finally on PS5, we can enjoy the atmosphere as well as the races. The Crew Motorfest is great if this is the whole game.
The Crew Motorfest debuts on PS5 and PS4 on September 14, 2023. You excited?
BMW predicts a drop in sales as rising prices reduce consumers’ purchasing power
FRANKFURT — BMW’s quarterly net profit increased 23 percent to 3.18 billion euros ($3.1 billion), largely due to high car prices, but the company cautioned that rising inflation and interest rates will start to impact on sales in the coming months.
Increased profits are being seen despite decreased sales volumes caused by problems in the supply chain, such as the lack of semiconductor chips, which has slowed production for automakers throughout the world.
CEO Oliver Zipse stated in a statement that the company was on track to reach its annual goals because “our outstanding third quarter results highlight that flexibility fosters resilience.”
BMW and other automakers have been able to hike prices because to robust demand and low inventories, but economists believe that consumers will begin to rein down significant purchases as recession chances increase and central banks raise interest rates.
BMW predicted that its above-average order books will “normalize, especially in Europe” in the coming months as a result of rising inflation and interest rates, which would reduce the purchasing power of consumers.
BMW’s finance director Nicolas Peter, though, said the company anticipates its “good momentum” to carry over into 2023, despite full-year sales being somewhat lower than in 2021 and sales of full-electric vehicles expected to treble.
The company said that it expects an operating margin of between 7% and 9% for the full year.
However, the manufacturer saw a 35% increase in revenue to 37.18 billion euros ($36.49 billion) in the third quarter despite global sales falling 9.5% from the same period last year.
BMW’s pretax profit of €4.1 billion was higher than the consensus estimate of €3.4 billion.
Higher costs for raw materials and energy, as well as the price of gaining control of the Chinese joint venture Brilliance, contributed to the 2.7 billion euro increase in costs reported by the firm compared to the same time in the previous year.
By 2035, all new car sales in New York and California will be hybrid or electric vehicles.
According to Governor Kathy Hochul, New York will follow California’s lead and require that all new automobiles, trucks, and SUVs sold in the state be either electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids. By 2026, 35% of new cars must be zero-emission vehicles, and by 2030, 60% must be. By 2035, all new school buses must have zero emissions. The rules won’t go into effect until after a public hearing. According to Governor Kathy Hochul, New York will follow California’s lead and require that all new automobiles, trucks, and SUVs sold in the state be either electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids. By 2026, 35% of new cars must be zero-emission vehicles, and by 2030, 60% must be. By 2035, all new school buses must have zero emissions. The rules won’t go into effect until after a public hearing.
Hochul directed the state’s environmental agency to establish regulations resembling those imposed by California, which bans the sale of all vehicles powered only by fossil fuels by the year 2035. These regulations, which went into effect this month, with the goal of selling 9.5 fewer internal combustion engine (ICE) only vehicles by 2035 while reducing passenger vehicle pollution by 25% by 2037.
“We had to wait for California to take a step because there’s some federal requirements that California had to go first — that’s the only time we’re letting them go first,” in a press conference yesterday, the governor said.
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