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The EU has been able to accomplished car companies not affair their ever-tighter emissions standards, but now Europe is accepting a tougher rule: It can anamnesis cheating and non-compliant cars. That and added in The Morning Shift for September 1, 2020.

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I accept a activity that EU regulators are still ashamed about a agglomeration of West Virginians advertisement Dieselgate aback anybody in Europe already knew all about “cycle beating” cars that complied with the letter of the law, but attenuated in the absolute world. In any case, the EU’s emissions regs aloof got some new administration measures, as Reuters reports:

The European Commission will be able to anamnesis cartage and potentially abjure their acceptance for roadworthiness if they aperture EU emissions limits, beneath new rules that aim to abstain a echo of Volkswagen Group’s agent scandal.

The rules accord the European Union’s controlling ability to analysis cars for compliance, adjustment recalls beyond the 27-country affiliation and affair fines of up to 30,000 euros per car for automakers whose cartage aperture EU laws on emissions or safety.

Previously, recalls and fines could alone be issued by the civic ascendancy which accustomed the vehicle. The Commission said this arrangement has not accustomed cars to be anchored bound on a advanced abundant scale.

How abundant of this is absolutely angry altitude change in a all-around ambience I can’t say, but every bit helps and stricter administration does represent a bit of an attitude change.

This one isn’t absolutely as bad as it sounds, but it is consistently advantageous to accede how abundant of the auto industry is subsidized in all kinds of ways. Automotive Annual Europe explains:

French new-car registrations fell by 20 percent in August afterwards an added coronavirus auctioning allurement asleep at the end of July, with alone Hyundai, Kia, Volvo and Toyota assuming growth.

There were 103,631 registrations in August on 21 affairs days, the aforementioned cardinal of canicule as in August 2019, according to industry accumulation CCFA.

A French government auctioning affairs to accommodate up to 5,000 euros ($5,990) for buyers trading in older, higher-emissions cartage for new or acclimated ones with the latest certifications asleep at the end of July afterwards 200,000 affairs were financed.

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Even admitting August sales were bottomward significantly, totals were abutting to archetypal for the month, commonly the slowest in France.

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Our gas is cheap, our anchorage are about free. Well, they’re not really. We angel them, a acquainted best that we could reverse.

Around 50,000 ventilators after and Ford is done authoritative ventilators. GM additionally accomplished its arrangement at 30,000 machines, as the Freep reports:

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are departure the chase business, axis their focus aback to the car business.

Both automakers accept accomplished the agreement of the affairs they had with the federal government to accomplish the life-saving machines.

[…] As of two weeks ago, the Department of Bloom and Human Services told the Chargeless Press there is no best a curtailment of ventilators in the civic stockpile.

“While there is not currently a arrears of ventilators in the Strategic Civic Accrue (SNS), the new ventilators acquired during the COVID-19 acknowledgment will ensure the United States is able to acknowledge to any hot spots in the advancing months as able-bodied as any approaching accessible bloom emergency acknowledgment that ability crave these accessories for lifesaving care,” said Amber Dukes, a agent for the U.S. Department of Bloom and Human Services.

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I’m aloof afraid that GM and Ford are “done” with their allotment of the assignment angry Covid and Covid seems actual abundant not done blame the active bits out of America. It all highlights the limitations of America’s inconsistent accomplishment to activity Covid. Time and time again, we do bisected of the appropriate affair and disengage its amount by not accomplishing the added half. If we had some accepted healthcare in the mix, whoooo, we’d be in a altered ballgame.

Bloomberg is claiming that this isn’t accompanying to Covid, I assumption in the aforementioned way that not aggregate is accompanying to Covid. Normally I’d say that sounds like babble to me, but Ford has been authoritative autogenetic errors all over the abode for the accomplished few years, so it’s maybe fair. Via B’berg:

Ford Motor Co. is advancing to trim about 1,000 salaried jobs in North America, attractive to its home bazaar for accumulation as allotment of an $11 billion all-around restructuring amorphous two years ago as it projects an operating accident this year.

The job cuts are aimed at convalescent the automaker’s ability and are not accompanying to ascent costs from the coronavirus pandemic, said bodies accustomed with the activity on Monday who asked not to be articular absolute centralized plans. An advertisement could appear as aboriginal as this week, the bodies said.

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Last year, Ford bankrupt plants and alone accoutrements of jobs in Europe, breadth it has been accident money. In North America — the automaker’s best assisting arena acknowledgment to F-Series pickups — the cutbacks are abate and are accepted to appear in the anatomy of autonomous buyouts. They are in accession to 2,300 ahead appear salaried job reductions in the U.S. during Hackett’s tenure.

This is maybe a hardly skewed eyes of the world, as we affectionate of booty for accepted the absolute oil industry’s pollution, as if it was some array of given, or a affectionate of aloof baseline. Still, it’s annual account this Financial Times address to bethink that tailpipe emissions are alone a allotment of the picture. Via the FT:

Elon Musk’s alarm for miners to dig added nickel for Tesla’s batteries faces its better analysis in Indonesia, breadth companies in the world’s top bearing nation are planning to dump millions of tonnes of decay into the sea.

Mr Musk said on an balance alarm aftermost ages that Tesla would accord a “giant contract” to companies that could abundance nickel “efficiently and in an environmentally acute way,” in acknowledgment to a catechism about the better coercion on the electric car maker he runs.

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Analysts adumbrate that Indonesia will annual for about all of the advance in nickel food over the abutting decade, cutting achievement from new mines in Canada and Australia. But a cardinal of Chinese-backed projects in the country plan to dump abundance decay absolute metals such as adamant into the sea, in an breadth acclaimed for its different apricot reefs and turtles.

“It could attenuate the absolute hypothesis of aggravating to advertise a customer a artefact that is environmentally friendly, if you accept this aback story,” said Steven Brown, a Jakarta-based adviser and above agent at nickel miner Vale.

Read the abounding FT address actuality for a bit added context.

It is aerial that this date is… 1998! Via History:

On September 1, 1998, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Ability Act of 1991 assuredly goes into effect. The law appropriate that all cars and ablaze trucks awash in the United States accept air accoutrements on both abandon of the advanced seat.

Inspired by the inflatable careful covers on Navy torpedoes, an automated engineering artisan from Pennsylvania called John Hetrick patented a architecture for a “safety beanbag accumulation for automotive vehicles” in 1953. The abutting year, Hetrick beatific sketches of his accessory to Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, but the automakers never responded. Inflatable-safety-cushion technology languished until 1965, aback Ralph Nader’s book “Unsafe at Any Speed” speculated that bench belts and air accoutrements calm could anticipate accoutrements of deaths in car accidents.

Do you anticipate the accepted spectrum of automotive regulations are demography us bottomward the appropriate path? What would you like to see?

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