Motormouth: A solar battery charger
Q: Like a lot of people, I haven’t been driving much during the pandemic. I couldn’t start the car one day, had it jumped, and drove right to the dealership, where they replaced the battery. A clerk told me that four computers are operating at all times in the car, draining the battery, and that I needed to drive the car more to charge the battery. I don’t want to drive around just to charge my battery. He instead suggested I buy a battery charger, but I do not have an electrical outlet where I park my car. S.P., Chicago A: A solar battery charger might be the answer. You simply place it on th...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: Incite much? Rudy Giuliani has been down this riot road before
When he needed someone to help incite the terrorist mob that would occupy the venerable seat of American government Wednesday, President Donald Trump turned to a trusted destructive ally with experience in that sort of thing. Rudy Giuliani’s criminal fingerprints are all over this calamity just as they are on the coffee mug he uses when he’s washing down his morning bagel, or the cigar he holds when he’s blowing a more traditional kind of smoke. The president’s personal lawyer was Trump’s warmup act at a Washington, D.C., rally to protest baseless voting fraud claims as lawmakers were gatherin...
New York Daily News
No one knew secret behind Ford's Mustang Mach-E, Bronco Sport — until now
The Bronco Sport wasn't in the original plan at Ford. It started out as a boxy, bland, nondescript, unmemorable small SUV . Definitely not part of a legendary Bronco family. And the Mustang Mach-E SUV was initially going to be a cautious toe in the water for an automaker debuting its first all-electric vehicle. It was conceived to help meet fuel economy targets for the company. Now each SUV has a waiting list. Owners of the 2021 Bronco Sport report being treated like Hollywood royalty. And the impressive off-road driving features have been designed to challenge Jeep and live up to the qualitie...
Detroit Free Press
Ford is repairing tons of new F-150s in Flat Rock — and UAW members aren't doing the work
In addition to thousands of early production 2021 Ford F-150 pickups being stockpiled in parking lots around Detroit Metro Airport for a quality review, a steady stream of the new vehicles is being delivered to a site across from Flat Rock (Mich.) Assembly Plant for installation of seatbelts and to fix other issues, the Free Press has learned. The work is not being done by UAW members based at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which builds the Mustang. Those workers noted their hours had even been cut in recent weeks. Vans and buses filled with other workers have been seen arriving and departing a...
Detroit Free Press
Police officer dead, another wounded after confronting suspect, NC officials say
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Concord, North Carolina, police officer was killed and a second officer was wounded when they confronted a carjacking suspect in a restaurant parking lot late Wednesday, according to the Concord Police Department. The suspect was later shot and killed by officers, the department said. Concord officials identified the fatally shot officer as Jason Shuping, 25, who had been with the department since 2019. The wounded officer was identified as Kaleb Robinson, 23. His injuries are non-life threatening, officials said. The suspect is 29 years old and has a Charlotte address, o...
The Charlotte Observer
Motormouth: Another alternator, same story
Q: I bought a used 2008 Chevy Trailblazer several years ago. It is the right distance above the ground, and I really like it. When I drive for 30 or 40 minutes the voltage on the dash would go down. It still started normally, so I didn’t worry about it. Then, one day, it didn’t start. The tow truck driver jumped it and I went to get it fixed. They said I needed a new battery and alternator, so I had them replace both. After short drives, it seemed OK. The next long drive, the voltage went down again. I plugged it my digital voltmeter. After start, the voltage would go up to 15 volts, then grad...
Tribune News Service
Trucks that can drive themselves are already on Texas roads, and more are on the way
The age of self-driving 18-wheelers traveling on U.S. highways may be much closer than many people realize, and North Texas is emerging as the likely location of a major hub for the trucks.One company that is aggressively working to build a nationwide freight network of driverless trucks is TuSimple, which has offices in Beijing and San Diego. TuSimple recently announced plans to build a hub for its autonomous trucks at Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development.The trucks use cameras and sensors that provide vast amounts of data, so the vehicle’s computer software knows what’s happening up to 3,0...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Public transit, battered by pandemic, triumphs at ballot box
Far fewer people are riding buses and trains during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in this month’s election voters still approved more than a dozen proposals to increase spending on public transit.From California to Virginia, voters supported sales or property tax hikes and bond issues to pay for maintenance, improvements or expansion of mass transit systems that have been hit hard in the last nine months.“Transit ridership is down in most cities. At the same time, it’s still moving millions of people a day, and a lot of those people are essential workforce — nurses, grocery store workers, people ...
Killings of young victims, many unsolved, form chilling pattern in Atlanta metro area
ATLANTA — A child is cut down in a drive-by shooting. A teenager on his bicycle is hit by a car and killed, but the driver leaves the scene. An 8-year-old girl in a car with her family is shot dead when armed protesters open fire on their vehicle.These are just a few stories from recent months across metro Atlanta that illustrate an unnerving pattern: fatal incidents involving young victims with no one to hold accountable.In the past week, two young victims have died in hit-and-run collisions.On Saturday morning, Decatur 16-year-old John William Poe was killed in a hit-and-run as he rode his b...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Auto review: For all its quirks, it should be the Ford Edgy ST
2020 Ford Edge ST AWD: A Mustang but taller?Price: $52,540 as tested. The ST Performance Brake Package added $2,695; Cold Weather Package added heated steering wheel and more for $495. More below.Conventional wisdom: “No quicker than the old Sport model,” says Car and Driver.Marketer’s pitch: “Top IIHS safety pick.” Wow. Exciting.Reality: Somewhere between a Focus RS — and a Windstar.What’s new: The Ford Edge ST is a new name (well, new for 2019) for the sporty version of the Ford Edge midsize SUV.Driver’s Seat: But first, Ford Edge, how I haven’t missed your cockpit. The long dashboard top, s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer