These were some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry the week of February 22nd, 2016.
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Nissan Leaf Cyber Vulnerabilities Discovered; Quickly Fixed
Earlier this week, it was discovered that anyone with knowledge of a Nissan Leaf’s vehicle identification number could use it to manipulate heating and air-conditioning functions and potentially drain the electric vehicle’s battery. Outsiders could also view location data from a vehicle’s recent trips and obtain private information on a driver’s whereabouts. Spooky. Nissan has since apologized and shuttered the app.
MOPAR and Dodge Have Teamed Up…
MOPAR and Dodge have teamed up and are offering free driving instruction to teens nationwide. Sign-ups are available here.
The Cleveland Auto Show Opens Tonight Through March 6th.
The auto show will feature more than a thousand concept, pre-production, and production vehicles. For those of you in Ohio, it’ll be at the International Exposition Center located on One I-X Center Drive. Tickets are only $13. See anything cool there? Let us know by tweeting to us at @CarStory, or posting on our Facebook page.
The Geneva Motor Show Opens Next Week Too, and We’re Excited…
For a motor show that’s a little bit more exotic, mozy on over to Geneva, Switzerland. AutoGuide lists the most anticipated cars set to debut.
U.S. drivers break previous record set in 2007
According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Americans drove a record 3.148 trillion miles last year, shattering the previous 3.003-trillion-mile record set in 2007.
VW faces March deadline to disclose diesel emissions fix
A federal judge turned up the heat on Volkswagen AG on Thursday, setting a March deadline for the German automaker to disclose whether it has found an emissions fix for 600,000 diesel vehicles that is acceptable to U.S. regulators.
Wired Says the Electric Car Revolution Is 6 Years Away
According to an article from Wired, the EV revolution’s upon us…or at least will be come 2022. Using data gathered from a report released by Bloomberg New Energy, a finance research firm, Wired predicts that as electric cars go down in price, the market will slowly adapt, spiking in the early 2020’s and reaching 25% of the total market share by 2040.
Want in on the revolution now?
- Electric conversions of classic cars are quickly leaving the niche market, thanks to Zelectric Motors. Stay tuned for our DIY how-to, if you’re interested in converting your classic car or used vehicle and don’t want to pay the San Diego start-up’s hefty price tag.
- Zelectric Motors isn’t the only California based start-up looking to get in on the E.V. game, Nomadic Power is making news this week for their mobile car batteries. Their tech allegedly will double the range of electric cars.