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Uber, Lyft Get Reprieve in California

Uber, Lyft Get Reprieve in California

Just hours before a looming deadline, a California appeals court judge deferred a lower court ruling, which was due to take effect Friday, that would have required Uber and Lyft—along with other ride-hailing companies and delivery firms—to treat drivers as employees rather than independent contractors under a state law that was implemented in January.

The ride-hailing giants had threatened to immediately suspend their services in California if they had lost the appeal.

Both companies are based in San Francisco and count California as their largest market. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the state accounted for about 16% of Lyft’s rides and 9% of Uber’s gross bookings, according to media reports.

The Fight Continues

Uber and Lyft say they shouldn’t ...READ MORE

2021 Washington, D.C. Auto Show Delayed 2 Months

The Washington, D.C., auto show has been held in the city every year since the end of World War II in the 1940s.

And the streak will continue next year… with some modifications.

For starters, organizers are pushing the show, which is touted as the largest indoor event in the nation’s capital, back two months, from late January to late March. And they vow to take special precautions to ensure public safety to help protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Safety First

"We believe this scheduling change is in the best interests of our attendees, our partnering auto manufacturers and the District of Columbia," says show CEO John O'Donnel. "Our top priority is to ensure the safety of all involved in this show, and we believe strongly that a two-month delay ...READ MORE

Buy an EV, Lease Its Battery

Why buy an electric car when you buy and lease it?

Shanghai-based startup Nio is testing the battery-as-a-service option in China, Bloomberg News reports. The impact on purchase price is huge, since the battery is the most expensive component in any EV.

Consider Nio’s zoomy ES6 crossover. Consumers can buy the SUV ready-to-go for $49,700. Or they can purchase the vehicle itself for $39,500 and lease its battery for $142 per month.

More Flexibility

Besides lowering the purchase price, the latter option gives owners the ability to seamlessly replace the battery or inexpensively shift to more powerful systems as they become available.

The battery leasing operations will be orchestrated by Wuhan Weineng Battery Asset Management, a $116 million venture involving Nio, CATL and ...READ MORE

Subaru Launches Next-Gen ADAS

Subaru is launching an upgraded version of its EyeSight advanced driving-assist system (ADAS) in Japan.

The technology, which exclusively uses stereo cameras rather than a combination of radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors to detect nearby objects, has added more safety and convenience capabilities. This includes driving aids and driver monitoring systems.

Initial applications will be limited to the Japanese market, starting with this week’s launch of the 2021 Levorg wagon.

Greater Assistance

The carmaker has continuously updated EyeSight since introducing the technology nearly a decade ago. The current version in the U.S. includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and throttle management, and lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

The updated system in ...READ MORE

Kandi: An EV for Under $18,000

Kandi America, a company that you’ve probably not heard of, has announced a special price on the electric vehicles (EVs) that it intends to launch in the market in the fourth quarter:

The K27 for $17,499 and the K23 for $27,499.

And if those numbers aren’t sufficiently appealing, know that with the $7,500 federal tax credit, the prices are $9,999 and $19,999.

The deal runs until there are 1,000 orders for each of the EVs.

So what, you might wonder, are the K27 and the K23?

The K27 is a diminutive sedan (136.22 inches long, 57.87 inches wide, 63.58 inches high, and with a 95.65-inch wheelbase). It is said to seat four. It has a 17.69-kWh battery, a 20-kW motor and a 100-mile estimated range.

The K23 is a larger vehicle (156.4 inches long, 64.5 inches wide, 63.9 inches ...READ MORE

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