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July 18 2018


Peak Oil Coming as Early as 2036, Report Claims

Last week, a report from the Energy Security Weekly Update warned oil prices could double from today’s levels in 2020. In 2036, oil companies may face peak oil.

According to Wood Mackenzie, an oil industry consultancy, 2036 will be the year when oil demand drops globally. The consultancy told the Financial Times in a Monday report that self-driving cars would ultimately bring oil consumption down. Self-driving cars, which many predict will feature electric powertrains, will likely drive further distances and further displace the need for gasoline and other fossil fuels. It will likely be especially true as autonomous technologies move into more areas of the transport industry—not just personal mobility.

“Each autonomous electric vehicle [is] expected to have a larger impact on curbing oil demand than a conventional electric car. They will be on the road far more as they are autonomous, displacing a disproportionate amount of oil-based transport,” Ed Rawle, chief economist at Wood Mackenzie, told FT.

SEE ALSO: Oil Prices May Surge By 2020, Could Boost Electric Car Sales

As it stands, the demand for oil grows daily, mostly thanks to China and millions of first-time buyers opting for traditional engines over electric cars. However, the country continues to introduce generous incentives and regulations to steer buyers into “new-energy vehicles” over vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines.

Should oil prices continue to climb from their relatively cheap levels, sticker shock at fuel pumps could once gain push drivers into fuel-efficient cars and provide a boost to electric-car sales. Nearly every major automaker has announced plans to electrify vehicle portfolios and introduce numerous battery-electric cars.

[Source: Financial Times]

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Volkswagen Wants to Build Electric Cars in the US

German brand Volkswagen is preparing to unleash an onslaught of electric cars in the years to come, and two of them may be built in the United States.

Autocar reported on Tuesday the production versions of the ID Crozz electric crossover and ID Buzz electric minibus could be built in the U.S. The vehicles would likely find a home at the VW facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“For strong product momentum, they need to be produced in the USA,” VW North America boss Hinrich Woebcken, said. He added a “high-volume” scenario won’t be possible with imported electric cars.

SEE ALSO: VW to Install 100 Fast Chargers at Walmarts

The move would follow VW’s strategy to build cars tailored to the market they’re sold in. The brand has found greater success in differentiating the Passat and Jetta models from global counterparts in the U.S., for example. Both the ID Crozz and ID Buzz cater to North America’s love affair with utility vehicles as well, and Woebcken said the models will be “Americanized” over their global cousins.

Meanwhile, VW will produce its first electric car based on the ID hatchback concept. The hatch hasn’t been confirmed for North America, but it will launch in Europe.

[Source: Autocar]

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July 16 2018


New Volvo Trademarks Hint at EV Spinoff for XC60

Either Volvo is going back in time or there’s a new form of propulsion on the horizon for the XC60, because the Swedish brand just trademarked the names XC60 B4 AWD and XC60 B5 AWD nameplates, which was discovered by editors at Swede Speed.

Given Volvo’s naming structure, we know that B4 and B5 will refer to the XC60’s powertrain.

Currently, Volvo sells diesel engines under the D4, D5, D6 (etc.) badges, while gas-powered cars start with T: T5, T6, or the plug-in hybrid T8.

Go back in time, though, and Volvo used to designate its engines with B names: 1944’s B4B engine, for instance, found its way into the PV and the Duett; while the B18 graced the engine bays of every US Volvo from 1961 to 1974 (with the exception of the 164).

ALSO SEE: Electric Volvo XC40 to Serve as Brand’s First EV

The name came from Bensin, the Swedish word for gas, with the numbers generally referring displacement. In 2010, though, that all stopped when Volvo switched the B for a T.

And since Volvo is making such a big deal out of its electric push, we’d guess that the new B motors won’t be burning anything at all. A quick stop by Sesame Street will tell you that B is also for Battery, which we would hazard to say suggests that Volvo is planning on releasing an all-electric XC60.

If rumors of range from its sister brand, Polestar, are to be believed, an electric XC60 could have a range of up to 350 miles, putting it well ahead of most electric vehicles on the road today.

This article originally appeared on Swede Speed

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Best Automotive Deals for Amazon Prime Day 2018

Another prime day is upon us and there are hundreds of deals to be made. What has become the Black Friday of Amazon is also quickly becoming one of the best reasons to be a Prime member. If you’re not already, it’s not too late to sign up and enjoy the deals, just follow this link. Let’s take a look at some interesting Prime Day items.

GOOLOO 1500A Portable Car Jump Starter

Give things a boost when you find yourself flat lined, without waiting for a good Samaritan. These portable jump starters are an essential part of any emergency kit.


TORQ BUF502X Orbital Polisher kit

Buff out those scratches and dings to bring your vehicle’s finish to a factory shine. Included in this nine-piece kit is everything you need to get started saving yourself some elbow grease.

ANCEL AD410 Enhanced ODBII Code Reader

If you’ve ever wanted a handy tool to quickly read check engine light codes, an ODBII reader is it. This handy size should fit into most toolboxes.


Moso Natural Air Purifying bag

Get rid of those lingering odors from your car, or keep them from happening in the first place, with these handy air purifying bags. Also ideal for use around your house.

Bestek 200W Power Inverter

Ever wished your vehicle came with AC power plugs? This 200W inverter is a quick and easy way to enable powering basic AC devices from your car’s 12-volt plugs.

Car seat organizer

Keep that mess contained in a handy seat organizer. Fits most vehicles between the front or second row captain’s chairs. Ideal for storing games or books to use while on long road trips.

EJ’s LED interior lights

Add style and modern looks to the inside of your vehicle with a set of four LED lights. Available in a selection of colors, these LED lights connect to most 12V power sources and are easy to install.

Chemical Guys Waffle Weave Microfiber Towel

Microfiber towels are one of the must haves in any detailer’s toolbox. These waffle weaved towels provide excellent absorption for streak-free drying.

Rhino USA Heavy Duty Tire Pressure Gauge

Keeping your tires inflated to the right pressure is important before taking off on any road trips. This heavy-duty gauge also comes in a handy storage bag to stash away when it’s not being used.

Drive Auto Car Garbage Can

Finding a place to store all the fast food and snack package waste can be a pain. Instead of tying a plastic bag to your armrest, use one of these handy, portable cloth garbage bags instead. Available in single or multi-packs.


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