EVs are Brand New, Relatively Speaking… But Could They Be Used?

EVs are Brand New, Relatively Speaking… But Could They Be Used?

In an effort to minimize carbon emissions, electric vehicles are to do their best by staying on the road for as long as possible. And if they have to do so by experiencing second-life on the used-car lot, then so be it. EVs are popular. They’re flashy. They’re hip. But are they important? Only 70 percent of vehicles sold last year were used cars. This means if America is going to save the planet, they’re going to have to snag a used hero-mobile. There are other factors at play besides thrift.

For example, a researcher at the World Resources Institute, Ryan Sclar, says that “we need to get rid of every internal combustion engine in the next 15 or 20 years.” Because that’s apparently a perspective that is critical to help keep electric cars on the streets for as long as possible. Currently, however, not a lot of a market has been made for used electric vehicles.

In fact, electric vehicles hadn’t even made 1% of US vehicle sales until 2017. If you’re poking around for some older EV, certain selections can be limited.

A lot of new EVs had been under lease. After which dealerships disliked how they just lazed about on the lot. So much for “saving the planet.”

The anxiety afflicts new-car shoppers as well. But worse, yet, prospective buyers are concerned that expensive batteries in vehicles could bring it all down all at once. Sure there was a generation of electric lemons. Those suckers were around for some time.

But with all these Nissan Leafs and Volkswagen E-Golfs running loose, there’s a pretty good chance that new EV consumers, whether they like it or not, will be concerned about the usual in the instance of batteries exploding and parts becoming sentient and taking over the whole ride, as it were. There could be some hope.

Electric Vehicles had been the life and blood of many contemporary Americans. Such an easy way to save the environment, so it were. You can find good deals for EVs, and that makes other folks nervous. Are they really able to become used, cheap cars fast?


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Random Acts Of Helpfulness: Honda And Their Philanthropy

Random Acts Of Helpfulness: Honda And Their Philanthropy

You’ve heard / seen / smelt / tasted / felt the advertisements before, right? Honda and their never ending quest to help every non-Honda owner with their infamous “Random Acts Of Helpfulness?” Do you ever wonder how those people get helped to begin with?

I figure it must be because of public desperation. And Facebook. Which often times, seem to be the one and the same. So who’s to say why they do it? It’s a major marketing campaign for sure that has spread all over the United States. But the point is, they do it.

And you’re welcome.

We Need More Random Acts Of Helpfulness That Are More 2020-Oriented

  • If Honda could be so kind as to assist their customers with COVID-19 testing centers, then that would be so amazing so as to prevent the spread of this disease that has made living life so lifeless.

  • Additionally, what if Honda sponsored the Black Lives Matter movement by having individuals drive in bullet-proof CR-Vs? That would definitely be the most political of Honda’s many Random Acts Of Helpfulness.

  • I think another avenue they can take with their goodwill would be to create drivers education centers for those who crash their cars all too quickly. (Provided that they are of Honda make-and-model.)

  • What if Honda was kind enough to give disabled folks their own swanky – and affordable – line of disability-sensitive vehicles to help them drive around town, pickup hot dates and take care of groceries? That would be helpful for sure!

  • I think what would really be neat for Honda to do is if they were able to turn their cars into their motorcycles. Like how the batmobile turned into the batcycle in those incessant The Dark Knight films. Gosh, I hate that trilogy so much. So unbelievably corny.

Anyway, get to helping, Honda. Your “random” acts can only be advertised for so long before they become predictable.

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Ben Bailey And The Cash-In Of Taxicabs: How It Got Started

Ben Bailey And The Cash-In Of Taxicabs: How It Got Started

Cash Cab was maybe my favorite trivia game show on the Discovery Channel. And though I’ve only met Ben Bailey in passing, I’m certain he’s as straightforward as the very question he poses to people.

Here’s a scene from 30 Rock explaining what the show is, amusingly enough.

30 Rock Official | March 25th, 2018

Not enough detail? Read these next words carefully. You might get quizzed in an Uber.

British Ben Bailey

Firstly, it was originally premiered in Britain, back in 2005. It’s been relicensed to multiple television networks in over twenty-four countries.

The Variety Network 2 | April 21, 2020

The host? John Moody. And it seems cut-dry in contrast to the international version but still seemed to delight and dismay it’s contestants with a similar ennui. Though the concept died out there, it still set the wheels rolling towards a quizzical end.

How It Works

Contestants are either prescreened or chosen randomly, based on who needs to hail a cab in New York (though the show has since expanded to Chicago with Beth Melewski.) After being chosen from a fake series Show Me New York, the participants are asked to come back later, to a different location, where Ben Bailey picks them up and reveals the reality. As they start to play, despite many rejections during the first season in 2005, a black van holds the crew. They’re responsible for managing the lights, music, cameras and – most importantly – the release forms! You can’t be on TV without signing a release form! Money’s also something they keep a track of but who needs accountants anyway?

Nowadays?

BUILD Series | December 4th, 2017

In recent years, Cash Cab has felt a little irrelevant. Uber and Lyft rising, taxis didn’t seem as popular anymore. However, Discovery brought the series back as recently as 2017. (Bravo took it in 2019.) We’ll see how newer generations who grew up with this comedian do. It would be interesting to see the Red Light Challenge answered by way of “social media shout-outs.”

When Will Electric Cars Overtake ICE?

When Will Electric Cars Overtake ICE?

Electric cars are on the fast track to becoming the new standard in the automotive industry. With Tesla widening the gap between them and some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world, when will we see the full shift into the electric industry?

It depends on the country you live in. For some, this is just a pipe dream. For others, much sooner. Countries around the world are taking fast initiatives in order to cut their reliance of fossil fuels and the industry that runs them.

Take Norway, for example. Their policies are one of the most ambitious right now. Their new plan for establishing the industry has them set for a fully electric market by 2025 – just 5 years away. They might be in the lead, but other European countries like Germany and France are not that far behind.

Electric Cars Sell Like Crazy In Germany

In Germany, massive COVID-19 incentive is giving rise to the Renault Zoe. A small – compact EV capable of getting a family of four comfortably where they need to go is a big hit right now. The German Government took hold of a bad situation and gave incentives so large that the car could be purchased for next to nothing.

The US, on the other hand, has no real plan to create massive incentives to further push progress. The country – being one of the largest oil producers in the world still has its grip on the dominant energy industry. The plan is to let the public move out of their traditional cars in a natural way.

Projecting paths for automakers and nations is a tricky concept. While nothing is bound to go as smoothly, and free markets are the major deciding factor, it resides on buying and selling for both commercial and consumer needs. For some, the future looks brighter, for others – only time will tell.

Quincy Market Reopens To Small Gatherings

Quincy Market Reopens To Small Gatherings

Quincy market is one of the most popular areas of Boston. In fact, it is a staple of the city. It plans to open to the public in small amounts.

The market is opening for the first time in 3 months. COVID-19 is taking its toll on the city of Boston. With many businesses closing down, reopening during the virus poses problems.

With so many shops closing, the reopening of Quincy Market – a three building wide shopping center in the city, is detrimental for many businesses.

The event of reopening has a hint of celebrations in the air. Although it marks that businesses are opening, it also gives residents the idea that it is safe.

For Boston, the city has been able to handle the spread of the pandemic. With 20,000 confirmed cases, these results are exponentially low compared to places like New York City and Miami.

One of the largest issues facing many of these businesses is the rent. For months, they have not been able to pay rent. The lease holder, though, is expecting payments. While it has differed the payments for the months under quarantine, they are expecting those payments on top of the regular monthly payments.

Another issue for these businesses is the limited number of customers. COVID-19 still has many in their homes. Even if businesses are open to the public, it relies on the high-volumes of traffic to keep their business afloat.

The pandemic is limiting the level of income that many are relying on to keep a roof over their head. While these businesses are doing what they can to keep themselves going.

Many are stepping in to save Quincy Market. With kick-starters implementing various iconic businesses, the public is moving to help maintain the cultural integrity of the city.

For many of these businesses, the hope of business resuming is keeping them open.

Best Cars for New Drivers Ready to Hit the Road

Best Cars for New Drivers Ready to Hit the Road

What are the best cars for new drivers? When considering what to give someone just getting out on the road, you’ll want to look at cost, fuel efficiency, and safety. Here are three of what we’ve found to be the best cars for new drivers on the market today.

Top 3 Best Cars for New Drivers

As soon as you drive that car off the lot, it depreciates in value. So while shiny, expensive new vehicles may catch the eye, they aren’t always the wisest investment. New drivers are often still acclimating to the road. This can lead to common mistakes that wind up doing damage to the vehicle. Even basic cosmetic damage depreciates your car’s worth. So opt for models that are inexpensive, easy to handle, and safe.

3. Subaru Impreza

The 2019 Subaru Impreza is a sleek little sedan with great fuel efficiency. In the city, it clocks in at 22-28 MPG. On the highway, it gets a full 30-38 MPG. It has All Wheel Drive, making it a solid option for all kinds of weather. And though it isn’t as big as an SUV, it handles similarly. It’s quiet and pretty roomy inside. The main drawback is an underwhelming engine. It accelerates at an okay pace but it isn’t anything to write home about. So make sure that your new driver can safely handle a car that takes a few seconds to pick up speed.

2. Chevrolet Cruze Premier

The Chevrolet Cruze Premier is available as both a sedan and a hatchback. The 2018 model gets 29 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway. It’s a Front Wheel Drive vehicle. Many units have a back-up camera installed as well as headlights that automatically turn on and off when needed. Both of those features provide a little extra safety. Keyless and remote engine start options give this a more luxurious feel than some of its contemporaries. The engine is 1.4L so don’t expect a powerhouse. But it will get the job done and it’s a highly affordable option, especially when you purchase it used.

1. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is a classic car and a great choice for new buyers. It’s a smaller car but the 2018 model comes with 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter engine options. It’s undoubtedly one of the best models out there when it comes to fuel efficiency. This little baby can get up to 32 MPG in the city, and 42 MPG on the highway. If your teen or new driver is having to make long commutes and you want to help them save on gas, this is one of the best cars available. Many units are equipped with a rearview camera. Traction control and ABS brakes make for great additional safety measures.

For 3.7 Million This Centenario Could Be Yours!

For 3.7 Million This Centenario Could Be Yours!

A Lamborghini Centenario could be yours! With only 22 in produced, this V-12 powerhouse is a rare find to see up at auction.

With so many popular high-end sports cars, the event of having the same one as your neighbor can be embarrassing. Then it comes down to who got their first.

I remember growing up and wanting to be the first kid on my block to own a muscle car. It didn’t matter what kind as long as it was cool and it ran. That was when I was a kid. When you grow up, your tastes change. You find something more practical – like a Honda or Toyota. Well, for those who can afford a cool 2.7 million dollar car, there is a limited chance that will happen when you purchase the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario.

The almost one-of-a-kind vehicle sports some amazing features! The 6.5 Liter V-12 engine sports 770 horsepower. Its clocked at 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. The car itself only has 369 miles on it and is considered “mint condition.”

The car can reach up to 270 miles per hour at full throttle. The interior looks like something only high-end luxury Italian engineering could make. The interior remains untouched. With the sleek “Rosso” coloring, it adds a “pop” to the slick black finish exterior.

The vehicle has one of the most effective braking systems in the automotive world. With carbon-ceramic brakes, the vehicle can slow down from 60-1 within 102 feet.

The roadster features the rear-wheel driving system. This is a first for the automaker. This allows total control when taking sharp turns at higher speeds. The vehicle also boasts a twin-plane front splitter. This acts to keep the car from taking off.

While this is only for those in the budget, the rest of us can dream of the smooth, sporty and fast ride of the Centenario. For one lucky person with a solid 3.7 million – they get to be one of only 20 owners of this rare luxury coupe.

Reliant Robin: A Tri-Wheel Terror

Reliant Robin: A Tri-Wheel Terror

The Reliant Robin was one of the worst cars ever built. The concept was easy. Take a motorcycle and make it as much like a car as possible…without being a real car. This was disastrous.

Reliant Robin Makes Driving Accessible

The idea was to create a vehicle that could be road worthy, but not require a drivers license. For the coal miners up in the North, this meant they could get to work without braving the harsh elements of snow and rain.

For the miners at the time, having a drivers license was a luxury. Having a vehicle that could get them to where they needed to go meant easier living. The North was a huge hit with the Robin.

One key feature that made the car popular was how light weight it was. In snowstorms, a standard car would get stuck, but the Reliant Robin wasn’t an ordinary car. Its light weight meant it could easily maneuver through heavy snow.

And that was it.

Now that we have covered the benefits, lets take a look at why this car was awful.

Reliant Robin Tipped

This was the 70s. The automotive industry had made leaps and bounds in the over 50-years since the introduction of the car. Unfortunately, England missed the memo.

The results of having three wheels (one in the front two in the back) was that if the vehicle needed to turn, it would flip. Leave it to the ingenuity of coal miners to figure out how to reduce this from happening.

They simply stuck a bag of cement in the passenger side to distribute the weight more evenly. Still, this only reduced the issue, not stopped it.

Wheelies Were a Big Problem

Also, someone at Reliant had the idea to make the car even more powerful. With little wind resistance due to the design of the car, there wasn’t much in the way of keeping the front of the car down. With an extra boost of juice, the lightweight front end can pop a wheely and point skyward. Now, that seems fun, but when you’re on a busy England road, that only spells trouble.

Stimulus Checks: When Are You Getting Yours?

Stimulus Checks: When Are You Getting Yours?

Where are our stimulus checks? This question has been hot on the minds of many. Since a record number of citizens are laid off due to coronavirus, many are waiting to receive money from either the federal government or their own state’s unemployment office.

The money is sent out to re-stimulate the economy. Unfortunately, for the majority of Americans currently out of work, this is simply going to their rent. For others, money is meant to go back into the economy.

Some Stimulus Checks Have Arrived

Starting the week of the 13th, citizens around the country are expected to receive their checks. Typically they will be showing up this week, but if not, it may take a little longer. Paper checks might take longer to come through the mail, but if you did your 2019 tax returns, they should be directly deposited into the bank account that you chose to send your tax refund to.

Direct Deposit From IRS

People in the lowest bracket ($10,000/year or lower) will receive their checks first. This is typically for bartenders, servers and waitresses and those deemed “essential” will be receiving their checks first.

The next bracket are those under $30k per year. Very often there will be different wealth brackets receiving checks at the same time.

How to Track Your Stimulus Check

Tax company TurboTax has lent a hand with customers 2019 tax returns. They have also helped detrimentally with giving notice for people to receive their refunds as well as their federal stimulus check. For those that filed their tax returns through them, they may receive their stimulus check sooner than expected.

The best way to spend this check is on necessities. If you have been laid off, this is meant to help pay bills or rents. For others who are currently working, this can provide a safety net, OR it can be used to shop local in order to keep businesses growing. It is best to use this wisely.

Class A CDL Licenses Are In Demand!

Class A CDL Licenses Are In Demand!

Obtaining your CDL is a great career path for our global emergency. Looking for work during this global emergency. Perhaps you the thought of a career change was in your mind prior to being closed off for 30 days. Well, trucking companies are in high demand and are looking to fill positions. COVID-19 has many store shelves empty and the only ones responsible for keeping them stocked (outside of the store managers themselves) are truck drivers.

One of the most critical responders during a time of emergency is truck drivers. When large-scale panic buying comes to your local supermarket, truck drivers are responsible for getting it there. Right now, there is a massive surge in hiring for skilled truck drivers.

CDL Benefits

Recently, the trucking industry was in a bit of a pitfall. Many skilled truckers were leaving after their long years of service. They put their time in across the country and it was time to retire. The problem was that there weren’t enough skilled truck drivers to fill the quickly emptying positions. This issue has evolved tenfold. With the new COVID-19 emergency, the importance of skilled drivers is larger than ever. Prior to the coronavirus emergency, trucking companies were offering larger starting benefits and increase pay in order to appeal to new and prospecting workers. This has since grown increasingly more appealing for those looking to make the switch. For those that are looking to do their part to better the lives of many during this time, truck driving has the potential to fulfill that need.

Right Now Is The Perfect Time To Become A Driver

With many people staying in and finding a new hobby or skill, many are going back to school! One of the best resources right now is the internet. Many truck driving schools are offering courses to those who are looking to help the community and make the switch. You can research and find the right CDL training courses as well as find instructors who have been in the field for longer than you have been alive!

On top of having a wide network of resources at hand to advance your career path, your first trip has a high potential to be a cakewalk. One of the largest issues for truck drivers is accidents. Truck drivers maintain the responsibility of keeping our roads safe. If you don’t understand this yet, you definitely will when you take your first trips in a big rig. The benefit right now is that there is an extremely limited number of cars and trucks on the road. Getting from point A to point B can be easy if you are just starting out right now. This provides the perfect entry point for those starting out! What better time to get a full grasp of the wheel on an empty open road!

CDL Drivers Are a Hero To Many!

For many rural areas, panic buying has hit them hard. Many local grocery stores are out of many products, pharmacies are out of prescription medication, etc. Well, it’s up to truckers to deliver it! Thinking about making the switch? Check out obtaining your Class A CDL License today!

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